Predominately Buddhist Thailand has opened its first halal hotel as hopes to attract more Muslim visitors and boost one of the few bright spots in its economy. Nearly 30 million foreign tourists came to Thailand last year but only about 658,000 were from the Middle East, according to industry data.
By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a foreign policy speech meant to reach out to Republican and independent voters, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Wednesday will argue for a robust commitment to U.S. leadership in the world and tout the idea of "American exceptionalism
One year since Germany controversially opened its arms to Syrians fleeing war, the EU has tightened the borders of "Fortress Europe" but remains deeply divided over how to share the refugee burden. Angela Merkel justified her decision at the time by saying that the biggest migrant crisis since
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A pregnant woman was among those diagnosed with Zika infections in Singapore, local media reported on Wednesday, citing the health ministry. Singapore confirmed 24 new Zika cases on Wednesday, taking the tally to 115, local media reported. The Zika virus was detected in Brazil last
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Latest on fallout from GOP Gov. Paul LePage's obscenity-laced tirade against a Democratic legislator (all times local):
Pick-your-own pumpkin patches, secret fall escapes and a tour through four states along the Connecticut River are a few of the ideas for enjoying autumn in New England in the September-October issue of Yankee magazine.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — School administrators this year are being pushed to get better at recognizing homeless students — those "hidden" in other people's homes or whose families are staying in places like campgrounds, motels and cars — and to keep them in school even if they're missing
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When the bill comes after a meal, there's no crunching numbers for the tip — just pay and go.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage said Wednesday he intends to seek "spiritual guidance" in hopes of quieting a controversy he created when he left an obscene message on a Democratic lawmaker's voicemail and then said he wished he could challenge him to a duel and point
Small businesses that can't find the right people to fill their job openings may be suffering from a Great Recession hangover. Their futile searches may partly reflect a healthier economy — more people ...
Security forces clashed with protestors in Gabon's capital Libreville on Wednesday shortly after authorities announced the re-election of President Ali Bongo by a narrow majority, an AFP reporter said.
Ireland's cabinet could not agree on Wednesday on whether to appeal a European Commission ruling against Dublin's tax dealings with Apple and will meet for further talks later this week, a government source told Reuters. Finance Minister Michael Noonan has recommended lodging the appeal, saying
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Hillary Clinton plans to address America's leadership in the world during a speech in the battleground state of Ohio, arguing that Republican nominee Donald Trump would undermine the country's greatness while she would maintain it.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential aspirations and insistence that he was done with the Senate didn't hurt him with GOP voters. Now it's time to see if the rest of Florida will be as forgiving as he seeks a second term.
A potential presidential bid by centrist former minister Emmanuel Macron has added to an already complex picture in French politics, with the left and right in turmoil eight months before the election. The 38-year-old Macron, who resigned as economy minister on Tuesday to "begin a new stage in
Tanzania's main opposition party on Wednesday postponed for a month promised protests against what it says are anti-democratic actions by President John Magufuli. The Chama Cha Demokrasia (Chadema) party said countrywide "defiance rallies" against Magufuli's "dictatorial tendencies
PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Two Eritrean baby boys were recovering well at a hospital in Palermo on Wednesday, a week after they were born prematurely in Libya and then — at only 5 days old — put on a cramped boat headed to Europe's shores.
ALMATY (Reuters) - An Uzbek state television presenter on Wednesday read out the Independence Day address traditionally delivered by President Islam Karimov, who has been in hospital since Saturday following a brain haemorrhage. Karimov's daughter said earlier on Wednesday he was recovering, countering
Brazil's Senate met Wednesday to vote on stripping Dilma Rousseff of the presidency in a traumatic impeachment trial set to end 13 years of leftist rule over Latin America's biggest country. Senators and journalists crammed into the circular, blue carpeted chamber for what were likely to be
The reputation of the Karolinska Institute, one of Sweden's top hospitals that awards the Nobel prize for medicine, has been badly damaged by allegations patients died as a result of a surgeon performing experimental operations without clearance, an official report said. Criticism of the Karolinska
BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group's spokesman and chief strategist, who laid out the blueprint for the extremist group's attacks against the West, has been killed while overseeing operations in northern Syria, the group has announced.
Pope Francis on Wednesday announced the creation of a new Vatican ministry for human development in the latest move by the reforming pontiff to put his personal stamp on the Catholic Church. The new Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development is being established by papal decree and will start
PARIS (AP) — Potential French presidential contender Emmanuel Macron says he's leaving his job as economy minister because he wants to take new risks, after a tenure marked by controversial labor reforms.
By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday and meet President Enrique Pena Nieto in a surprise trip to a country which the Republican presidential candidate has vilified as the main source of illegal immigration and drug smuggling to the United States. Trump
A brigadier general from Iran's Revolutionary Guards had been killed during fighting in Aleppo, Iranian news sites reported Wednesday Ahmad Ghulami was killed on Tuesday by "takfiri terrorists", a label used by Shi'ite Muslims to describe Sunni Muslim militants, according to the Tasnim
The first regular commercial flight in more than 50 years from the United States landed in Cuba on Wednesday, as the two nations took the latest step in their efforts to boost ties. JetBlue Flight 386 landed in the central Cuban city of Santa Clara a little before 11:00 am (1500 GMT), about an hour