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January 3, 2019 4:59 PM North Korean envoy to Italy vanishes — did he defect?

North Korea, which touts itself as a socialist paradise, is extremely sensitive about defections, especially among its elite diplomatic corps, and has previously insisted that they are South Korean or U.S. plots to undermine its government. About 30,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, according to South 33

December 29, 2018 3:30 PM 2-year-old son of Yemeni mother who sued U.S. to see him has died

When the boy’s health worsened, the father went ahead to California in October to get their son help, and Swileh remained in Egypt hoping for a visa. As the couple fought for a waiver, doctors put Abdullah on life support. “My wife is calling me every day wanting to kiss and hold her son for the one last time,” Ali Hassan said, choking up at a news conference 28

December 28, 2018 6:31 PM Bomb strikes tourist bus near Egypt’s Giza pyramids, kills two

The bus was carrying a total of 14 Vietnamese tourists, it added, saying only two of them escaped unharmed. Egypt has battled Islamic militants for years in the Sinai Peninsula in an insurgency that has occasionally spilled over to the mainland, hitting minority Christians or tourists. However, this is the first attack to target foreign tourists in almost 23

December 11, 2018 1:52 PM Briton arrested in Egypt on spying charges says he is free

CAIRO—A British-Libyan tourist says Egyptian authorities released him two weeks after he was arrested over a video he filmed on his cellphone that showed a military helicopter in the background. Muhammed Fathi AbulKasem announced his release in a one-minute audio message posted on YouTube on Dec. 8, thanking his family and supporters. “I’m not ready 24

November 29, 2018 9:07 PM The week that was: A girl named Abcde gets mocked, and a ping-pong miracle shot is for naught

MOCKED: A Texas girl by a Southwest Airlines employee. Traci Redford told a TV station (an ABC affiliate ...) her 5-year-old was made fun of for her name, and a gate agent even posted a picture of the daughter’s boarding pass on social media. The name is Abcde, pronounced “ab-si-dee.” Southwest apologized. PRAISED: An egg hoarder. As a child, his lawyer 36

November 20, 2018 6:35 PM Canada Pension seeks ‘disruption’ with cruise line, robo taxi

From a river-cruise line to a robo-taxi company, the head of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is looking beyond market cycles and seeking to capitalize on structural changes shaking up the global economy. “CPPIB is embracing disruption, whether that disruption is technological, demographics, economic, climate change or any number of other forces 39

November 6, 2018 2:19 PM Egypt says archeologists found more artifacts at Cairo dig

Some of the fragments date back to the 12th and the 20th Dynasties and the Third Intermediate Period while others are more recent. Egyptologist Dietrich Raue, the head of the mission, says one inscription points to Atum, an important and frequently mentioned god, as being responsible for the flooding of the Nile River in the Late Period, from 664-332 B.C. Egypt 29

October 25, 2018 3:56 PM Egyptian archeologists find parts of pharaoh’s booth

Egyptologist Mamdouh el-Damaty says the structure was probably used in celebrations and for public gatherings, and dates back to the 19th Dynasty. Ramses II ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. He is credited with expanding ancient Egypt’s reach to present-day Syria and Sudan, earning him the title “Ramses the Great.” Egypt frequently announces archeological 30

October 23, 2018 6:36 PM Lappage, Di Stasio advance to finals, Wiebe loses semi at wrestling worlds

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY — Canadians Danielle Lappage and Justina Di Stasio advanced to the final bout of their competitions at the world wrestling championships, while Olympic champion Erica Wiebe just missed joining them. Lappage, from Olds, Alta., moved on to the 65-kg gold-medal match with a 11-0 technical superiority victory over Irina Neterba of Azerbaijan 42

October 4, 2018 2:02 PM Melania Trump visits Malawi school as part of Africa tour

All the classrooms were outdoors, with the young students sitting shoulder to shoulder in rows on the loose red dirt in their blue uniforms, girls in dresses with red collars and boys in collared shirts and short pants. The students welcomed Mrs. Trump to the school with song: “We are happy today to see you. Welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome 42