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Rain brings relief after Portugal wildfire death toll reaches 41; one person missing

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

Burned vehicles are seen after a forest fire in Miro, near Penacova, Portugal, Tuesday. | REUTERS

Overnight rain and calmer winds on Tuesday helped firefighters tame a spate of deadly wildfires that broke out over the weekend, devouring homes and killing ...

Trump hails Greece’s economic revival at White House meeting with once-critical Athens leader

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks toward Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras while addressing the media in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on Tuesday. | AFP-JIJI

President Donald Trump reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to Greece’s economic recovery at the White House on Tuesday, a meeting that allowed the country’s prime ...

Fall of Raqqa no end game for U.S. as Islamic State, other extremist threats persist, spread

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters ride atop of military vehicles as they celebrate victory in Raqqa, Syria, Tuesday. | REUTERS

The imminent fall of the Islamic State’s de facto capital leaves America a multitude of tasks to restore stability in the Middle East, starting with ...

Whistle-blowing journalist’s murder turns spotlight on ‘mafia island’ Malta

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

Lawyer and blogger Andrew Borg Cardon (center, in hat) addresses the crowd during a protest over the assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in a car bomb attack, outside the law courts in Valletta Tuesday. | REUTERS

The son of murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Joseph Muscat of being complicit in his mother’s death as the ...

English teams enjoy productive night in Champions League

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho (right) takes on Maribor's Dino Hotic during their Champions League match on Tuesday in Maribor, Slovenia. | AFP-JIJI

Tottenham held defending champion Real Madrid to 1-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday, while Liverpool racked up its biggest ever away win in Europe.Juergen ...

Japan exits Under-17 World Cup after shootout loss to England

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

Japan’s Taisei Miyashiro (11) chases the ball during Tuesday’s Under-17 World Cup game against England in Kolkata. | AP

Japan was beaten by England 5-3 in a penalty shootout after a goalless 90 minutes in the round of 16 at the Under-17 World Cup ...

Catalonia rejects Madrid’s Thursday deadline for renouncing symbolic declaration of independence

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

People hold placards reading 'Freedom' during a demonstration Tuesday in Barcelona, Spain, following the arrest of two Catalan separatist leaders. | AFP-JIJI

Catalonia refused on Tuesday to bow to the Spanish government’s demand that it renounce a symbolic declaration of independence, setting it on a collision course ...

Malta’s top investigative reporter, who revealed Panama Papers and fought corruption, is killed by car bomb

via The Japan Times    Oct 17, 2017

Forensic experts use lights as they look for evidence on a road near a field after a powerful bomb blew up a car (rear) and killed investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Bidnija, Malta, Monday. | REUTERS

Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta’s best-known investigative journalist, was killed on Monday when a powerful bomb blew up her car, police said, in a case that ...

Pyongyang envoy tells U.N. ‘a nuclear war may break out any moment’

via The Japan Times    Oct 17, 2017

This undated photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Friday shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un photographed with students and teachers of Mangyongdae Revolutionary School in Pyongyang on its 70th founding anniversary. | KCNA VIA KNS / STR / VIA AFP-JIJI

North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador warned Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break ...

Xi’s Communist Party reasserts itself to ordinary Chinese

via The Japan Times    Oct 17, 2017

A man works outside Beijing Exhibition Center for an exhibition displaying China's achievements for the past five years in the capital as it prepares for the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on Oct. 10. The words read, 'Achievement.' | REUTERS

Officials from the Communist Youth League of China felt they had to act: Busy with their education and careers, young Chinese were struggling in the ...

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