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Koreas complete the disarming of 22 guard posts

The North and South Korean militaries completed withdrawing troops and firearms from 22 front-line guard posts on Saturday as they continue to implement a wide-ranging agreement reached in September to reduce tensions across the world’s most fortified border, a South Korean Defense Ministry official said.

In Scottish schools, students will be required to learn about LGBTI history

Just 18 years ago, it was still illegal in Scotland to “intentionally promote homosexuality” in schools. Now, the Scottish government will mandate that all state schools introduce a curriculum that explains the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) activism.

Floods kill 9 in Jordan, visitors seek high ground in Petra

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 10:31 p.m.

Flash floods caused by heavy rain across Jordan killed nine people Friday and forced hundreds of tourists to seek higher ground in the kingdom’s ancient city of Petra, the government spokeswoman said.

Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair sells for $393,000 at auction

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 6:22 p.m.

LONDON – A wheelchair used by physicist Stephen Hawking has sold at auction for almost $390,000, while a copy of his doctoral thesis fetched almost $767,000, auctioneer Christie’s said Thursday. The motorized chair, used by Hawking after he was paralyzed with motor neuron disease, raised $387,629 in a Christie’s online auction. It had been expected to fetch up to $20,000.

Migrants decide to depart Mexico City with or without buses

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 10:43 p.m.

Thousands of Central American migrants decided to depart Mexico City early Friday and head toward the northern city of Tijuana, opting for the longer but likely safer route to the U.S. border, caravan organizers said.

Cuban dancers return to island that once spurned them

As a young dancer compared with ballet legends Vaslav Nijinsky and Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rolando Sarabia made headlines around the world when he abandoned Cuba in 2005 for a career in the United States.

Macron praises WWI general who later collaborated with Nazis

French President Emmanuel Macron waded into controversy Wednesday by praising a general who helped win World War I but became a top Nazi collaborator in World War II – comments that triggered outrage among French Jews.

Closed bank, mothballed planes: Iran mocks U.S. sanctions list

The “largest-ever” U.S. sanctions list targeting Iran drew mockery from Iranian officials on Tuesday for including mothballed Boeing 747s, a bank that closed years earlier and a sunken oil tanker that exploded off China months ago.

China to overtake France as top travel destination by 2030

China is set to overtake France as the world’s number one tourist destination by 2030 as a growing middle class in Asia looks to spend more on travel, according to experts at market research group Euromonitor International.

Yemeni rebels say they halted Saudi-led forces at port city

CAIRO – Yemen’s rebels claim they halted advances of their adversaries, the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led Arab coalition, at a key battlefield around a strategic Red Sea port city. Fighting continued around Hodeida on Tuesday despite the statement from the Shiite rebels, also known as Houthis, that a three-pronged coalition assault had been stopped around the city’s outskirts.

New Zealand fisherman’s ocean rescue of toddler ‘miraculous’

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A New Zealand fisherman plucked a toddler from the ocean in a “miraculous” rescue after thinking he was watching a doll float past. Gus Hutt was at the beach checking his fishing lines at about 7:15 a.m. on Oct. 26 when he spotted the 18-month-old boy and reached out and grabbed his arm.

Migrant caravan embarks on ‘route of death’ through Mexico

Thousands of wary Central American migrants resumed their push toward the United States on Sunday, a day after arguments over the path ahead saw some travelers splinter away from the main caravan, which is entering a treacherous part of its journey through Mexico.

Defense lawyer in Pakistan blasphemy case flees country

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018, 5 p.m.

The lawyer for a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy charges after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan has fled the country, fearing for his safety, her brother said Saturday.

Migrant caravan in Mexico trudges through ‘route of death’

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018, 5:38 p.m.

Hundreds of Central American migrants from a 4,000-strong caravan winding its way through southern Mexico and toward the U.S. border splintered off on their own Saturday after broken promises of bus transportation.