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May 22, 2017 8:03 PM With huge arms deal, US pivots back to Saudis. How does it affect the region?

putting it in perspective The $110 billion deal places US squarely on Saudi side in its rivalry with Iran, and is likely to further embolden Saudi Arabia in its devastating war in Yemen, analysts say. May 22, 2017 Istanbul, Turkey—The $110 billion arms deal President Trump signed with Saudi Arabia may ultimately be as destabilizing in the Middle East as it is good for business 5

May 22, 2017 7:39 PM Peace on the Korean Peninsula must start in the shadows

A recent North Korea policy review under the Trump administration has christened the new U.S. strategy toward Pyongyang — “maximum pressure and engagement.” The strategy calls for increasing pressure on North Korea with China’s help while holding out the promise of future engagement. In line with this new strategic framework, it is time for bold new ideas 7

May 22, 2017 6:10 PM Ape that lived in Europe 7 million years ago could be human ancestor, controversial study suggests

In 1944, German soldiers constructing a bunker in Greece uncovered a fossilized jawbone. The specimen was in poor shape, just a curve of mandible with its teeth mostly chipped away. “It was considered to be a specimen that nobody really knew what to do with,” said paleobiologist David R. Begun, a professor at the University of Toronto. But a new analysis 4

May 22, 2017 4:13 PM Duterte off to Russia in blow to US

DAVAO CITY—Self-styled socialist President Duterte flew to Russia on Monday to meet his hero, seek arms and steer the Philippines’ foreign policy course further away from its longtime ally, the United States. The five-day trip will cement a dramatic improvement in ties between the two nations since Mr. Duterte came to power last year and began unraveling 5

May 22, 2017 4:00 PM Jestoni: Balancing work & family through the years

Like good wines, the matinee idols of our youth seem to get better as they mature. Two examples are Edu Manzano who, at 60, still maintains a trim figure and mestizo good looks; and Jestoni Alarcon, who looks even better now at 53 (his birthday is on May 29). Jestoni has been in show business for 33 years. His first big screen role was in the 1985 movie 3

May 22, 2017 1:48 PM Gabriela representative wants soldiers probed for farmers' death

GABRIELA Women's Party representative eyes the filing of house resolution to investigate the death of a farmer in Dominga village, Calinan Distict. Gabriela representative Arlene Brosas, in a media conference Monday, May 22, held at Haran House, said that filing of the resolution is needed to give justice to Rodolfo Dagahoya, 36, a farmer who was allegedly 4

May 22, 2017 12:27 PM Bomb on coup anniversary wounds 21 at Thai Army hospital

A bomb struck a Bangkok military hospital on Monday and wounded 21 people, one seriously, three years to the day after the Thai army seized power in the politically unstable kingdom. BANGKOK: A bomb struck a Bangkok military hospital on Monday and wounded 21 people, one seriously, three years to the day after the Thai Army seized power in the politically 4

May 22, 2017 12:20 PM The Latest: Trump signs book: 'Great honor' to be in Israel

President Donald Trump has signed the guestbook at the official residence of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. In a short inscription, Trump wrote: "It is such a great honor to be in Israel and be with all of my great friends!" Following tradition, a tree was planted in Trump's honor in the presidential garden, as has been done for other visiting dignitaries 7

May 22, 2017 12:15 PM Iran reformists sweep Tehran municipal council election

Amir Vahdat and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press Their win in Friday's election marks the first time reformists have gained total control of Tehran's municipal council since such votes began in the Islamic Republic in 1999. Iranian media also reported similar big gains for reformists in other major cities. While their powers are limited to local affairs 5

May 22, 2017 10:56 AM Bangkok hospital bomb wounds 24, junta blames its opponents

BANGKOK A bomb at a hospital in the Thai capital wounded 24 people on Monday, the third anniversary of a 2014 military coup, the government said, with the army chief blaming groups opposed to the junta. There was no claim of responsibility for the blast at the Phramongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok, which is popular with soldiers and their families and retired 6