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International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach addresses a press conference in New Delhi, India. Photo: Altaf Qadri / Associated Press

India Bidding to host Three Major Sporting Events

NEW DELHI — The Indian Olympic Association says it will bid for three major sporting events — the 2026 Youth Olympics, the 2030 Asian Games and the 2032 Summer Olympics.

Tiny African Kingdom of Swaziland Changes Its Name

JOHANNESBURG — Breathe easy, Switzerland: The tiny African kingdom of Swaziland is changing its name.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, carries her baby Maile Pearl Bowlsbey after they went to the Senate floor to vote Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo: Alex Brandon / Associated Press

Thai-American Duckworth’s Newborn Makes US Senate History

WASHINGTON — Tiny Maile Pearl made Senate history Thursday without making a sound.
A visitor checks out a Lexus car, similar to a one used in the Black Panther film, that is on display at the King Abdullah Financial District Theater, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photo: Amr Nabil / Associated Press

First Saudi Movie Theater Opens With Black Panther Screening

RIYADH — The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots as Hollywood's blockbuster "Black Panther" premiered in Saudi Arabia's first movie theater.

Chinese E-Commerce Giant Alibaba Sets Plans for Thailand

BANGKOK — The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has agreed to step up investments in Thailand.
Cuba's President Raul Castro enters the National Assembly followed by his successor Miguel Diaz-Canel for the start of two-day legislative session in Havana, Cuba. Photo: Irene Perez / Associated Press

Miguel Diaz-Canel to replace Raul Castro as Cuba’s President

HAVANA — A 57-year-old bureaucrat will take Raul Castro's place as the president of Cuba on Thursday as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the long-term survival of one of the world's last communist states.

Starbucks to Close Stores for Bias Training

NEW YORK — Starbucks, moving swiftly to confront a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores in Philadelphia, plans to close more than 8,000 U.S. stores for several hours next month to conduct racial-bias training for nearly 175,000 workers.

Pot Holiday Traces Roots to California High School Stoners

SAN RAFAEL — Friday is April 20, or 4/20. That's the numerical code for marijuana's high holiday, a celebration and homage to pot's enduring and universal slang for smoking.
Cover image released by Warner Bros. shows "Primal Heart," a release by Kimbra. Photo: Warner Bros. / Associated Press

Kimbra Showcases Impressive Range on ‘Primal Heart’ Album

If there's any musical justice, Kimbra's third studio album should be the one that finally catapults the New Zealander to the acclaim she deserves.
Anastasia Vashukevich on Tuesday at the Pattaya Provincial Court.

Sex Instructors Teasing Trump-Russia Evidence Shift Blame to US

PATTAYA — The Belarusian escort promising to spill secrets about the election of Donald Trump following her arrest in Thailand appeared tired and in low spirits as she walked into the Pattaya Provincial Court on Tuesday for her first court appearance.

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