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US companies see grim outlook in Cuba despite Obama opening

HAVANA (AP) — For a while Saul Berenthal and Horace Clemmons were the seventy-something poster boys of U.S.-Cuba detente. The retired software entrepreneurs made worldwide headlines by winning Obama administration permission to build the first U.S. factory in Cuba since 1959. Cuban officials lauded their plans to build small tractors …

Police battle rioters in Zimbabwe’s capital

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Police in Zimbabwe’s capital on Monday fired tear gas, water cannons and warning shots during riots by minibus drivers and others protesting alleged police harassment. The violence, in which 30 people were arrested, came amid a surge in protests in recent weeks because of increasing economic …

Tens of thousands of students protest in Nepalese capital

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Tens of thousands of students held hands, waved banners and chanted slogans in Nepal’s capital Friday to protest against a border blockade that has caused severe shortages of fuel and an increase in food prices in the Himalayan country. The students lined the Ring Road which …

Unrest a new blow to Nepal’s quake-ravaged tourism industry

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Just when Nepal was recovering from the devastating earthquake that killed thousands, flattened communities and chased away foreign tourists, protests by ethnic groups and severe fuel shortages are again keeping visitors away from the nation known for the world’s highest peaks. The comeback that the damaged …

Vietnamese villagers block traffic to protest pollution

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Hundreds of villagers in central Vietnam blocked traffic on the country’s main artery for hours to protest pollution from a coal-fired thermo power plant, a local official said Thursday. Nguyen Thanh Sang in Binh Thuan province said Thursday that the villagers threw rocks, bricks and gasoline …

Cambodian garment workers block traffic over pay

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Striking workers making shoes and clothes in Cambodia for Western brands blocked roads and briefly scuffled with police on Friday. The workers are demanding a two-fold increase in the minimum wage to $160. The protesters snarled traffic in and around the capital, Phnom Penh, and …

Thai protesters try to block election sign-up

BANGKOK (AP) — Anti-government protesters determined to unseat Thailand’s prime minister surrounded a Bangkok sports stadium in an unsuccessful attempt to physically block political parties from registering for a February election. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who is popular among the rural majority but disliked by the urban middle class and …

Protester killed by gunfire in southern Thailand

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — One protester was killed by gunfire and another was seriously wounded Sunday at the site of a blockade in southern Thailand where rubber farmers have been protesting for more than a week against a steep decline in rubber prices. It was not clear who was …