Belarus’ leader faces toughest challenge yet in Sunday vote

MINSK, Belarus — After 26 consecutive years in office, the autocratic leader of Belarus is confronting something unfamiliar as he tries to win a sixth term: circumstances beyond his control. Discontent over a worsening economy and his government’s dismissive response…

Q&A: Nagasaki marks 75th A-bomb anniversary on Sunday

TOKYO — The city of Nagasaki in southern Japan marks the 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing on Sunday. It was the second nuclear bomb dropped by the U.S. three days after the attack on Hiroshima. Japan surrendered on…

Bad week for Mexico tourism capped by mis-translations

MEXICO CITY — It has been a bad week for Mexican tourism promotion, and it got worse Friday when the English language version of the country’s tourism website appeared with hilarious mis-translations. Entire states like Hidalgo and Guerrero apparently got…

FAA employees who oversee airplane makers report pressure

Federal employees overseeing Boeing and other aircraft makers say they face pressure from the companies and fear retribution from their own bosses if they raise too many safety concerns, according to a survey of the workers that was delivered to…

Rajapaksa brothers win by landslide in Sri Lanka’s election

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s powerful Rajapaksa brothers secured a landslide victory in the country’s Parliamentary election, according to results released Friday. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is most likely to be sworn in the same position by his younger…

Rajapaksa brothers win by landslide in Sri Lanka’s election

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s powerful Rajapaksa brothers secured a landslide victory in the country’s Parliamentary election, according to results released Friday. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is most likely to be sworn in the same position by his younger…

Rajapaksa brothers win by landslide in Sri Lanka’s election

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s powerful Rajapaksa brothers secured a landslide victory in the country’s Parliamentary election, according to results released Friday. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is most likely to be sworn in the same position by his younger…

Europeans urge fair election in Belarus, criticize run-up

BERLIN — Top European officials urged Belarusian authorities on Friday to ensure a free and fair presidential election this weekend and denounced “unacceptable” restrictions ahead of the vote. President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the ex-Soviet nation with an iron…

Turkish president slams Egypt-Greece deal, drilling resumes

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s president has called a maritime deal between Greece and Egypt “worthless,” saying Turkey will resume oil and gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean. Egypt and Greece on Thursday signed a maritime deal that sets the sea boundary…

Turkish president slams Egypt-Greece deal, drilling resumes

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s president has called a maritime deal between Greece and Egypt “worthless,” saying Turkey will resume oil and gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean. Egypt and Greece on Thursday signed a maritime deal that sets the sea boundary…