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Japanese prime minister Abe, embroiled in scandals, faces calls to stand down

Japanese prime minister Abe, embroiled in scandals, faces calls to stand down  Washington Post Japan PM Abe’s woes deepen as ratings drop, predecessor predicts resignation  Reuters North Korea isn’t Shinzo Abe’s only problem as he meets with Trump again  Quartz Full coverage Russia brands Queen and Prime Minister Theresa May heavy alcohol drinkers …

Russia brands Queen and Prime Minister Theresa May heavy alcohol drinkers as fake news blitz continues

Russia brands Queen and Prime Minister Theresa May heavy alcohol drinkers as fake news blitz continues  The Sun Poll: A majority of Bulgarians side with Russia in the Skripal case  BulgarianPresidency.eu (blog) Full coverage

Hungary goes to polls with possibility of reelecting Viktor Orban to 3rd term as prime minister

Hungary goes to polls with possibility of reelecting Viktor Orban to 3rd term as prime minister  Washington Post Hungary votes, expected to grant third term to nationalist PM Orban  Reuters Hungary election: Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party hopes for third straight term  BBC News Hungary’s war on democracy is a war on democracy everywhere  gulfnews.com …

Japan’s Abe Apologizes Again as Records Scandals Deepen Mistrust

Japan’s Abe Apologizes Again as Records Scandals Deepen Mistrust  Bloomberg Beyond Tokyo: 8 of Japan’s best foodie destinations  CNN Japanese investors dump record amount of US bonds in Feb  Reuters In Trade Fight, China Today Differs From 1980s Japan  Wall Street Journal Full coverage

Bill Cosby retrial, Day 2: First ‘other accuser’ takes stand after defense calls Andrea Constand a ‘con artist’

Bill Cosby retrial, Day 2: First ‘other accuser’ takes stand after defense calls Andrea Constand a ‘con artist’  USA TODAY Opening Statements in Cosby Trial Focus on Andrea Constand’s Seven-Figure Settlement  Vulture Bill Cosby Lawyers Open Defense Portraying Comedian As Victim  Deadline Full coverage

Pakistan’s High Court Bans Ousted Prime Minister Sharif From Politics

Pakistan’s High Court Bans Ousted Prime Minister Sharif From Politics  NPR Pakistan court bans ex-PM Sharif from elections for life  Washington Post Pakistan bars former PM Sharif from holding office for life  Nasdaq How Cake changes the game for Pakistani cinema  The Globe and Mail Full coverage

Canadian Prime Minister Presses For Pipeline

Canadian Prime Minister Presses For Pipeline  Wall Street Journal Canada’s Trudeau ready to offer aid to ensure pipeline is built  Reuters Canada’s Trudeau pledges money, new law pipeline happen  Washington Post After a sunny Summit of the Americas, Trudeau arrives home to face warring premiers  CBC.ca In Canada, 2 Provinces Feud Over Pipeline: Will …

Abe faces awkward Trump summit on North Korea amid plummeting support in Japan

Abe faces awkward Trump summit on North Korea amid plummeting support in Japan  CNN Japan PM Abe’s woes deepen as ratings drop, predecessor predicts resignation  Reuters China, Japan Vow North Korea Cooperation, Plan High-Level Visits  Bloomberg Full coverage

Japan Defense Ministry faces renewed scandal over SDF logs

Japan Defense Ministry faces renewed scandal over SDF logs  Nikkei Asian Review Japan activates first marines since WW2 to bolster defenses against China  TODAYonline Full coverage

Trump’s Secretary of State pick Mike Pompeo faces hearing amid Syria crisis, other threats

Trump’s Secretary of State pick Mike Pompeo faces hearing amid Syria crisis, other threats  USA TODAY Pompeo faces uphill battle in Senate confirmation hearing for secretary of State job  Los Angeles Times Lawmakers to Hear From Pompeo, Mattis in Midst of Syria Crisis  Wall Street Journal Representative Mike Pompeo Stands Statement Hillary Clinton …

Speaker Ryan resists calls to step aside for quicker transition to new GOP House leader

Speaker Ryan resists calls to step aside for quicker transition to new GOP House leader  Washington Post How red and pink Starburst might make Kevin McCarthy the next House speaker  CNN Ryan slams suggestions he step down as speaker early  Politico Kevin Owen McCarthy | TheHill  The Hill Scalise comeback fuels talk of succeeding …

Teen makes frantic 911 calls as he is crushed to death in a minivan

Teen makes frantic 911 calls as he is crushed to death in a minivan  Chron.com Honda Responds After Ohio Teen Dies from Being Pinned by Folding Seat Inside Minivan  PEOPLE.com Boy, 16, dies after being crushed by minivan seat in school parking lot despite 2 calls to 911  Fox News Full coverage

Trump Calls Comey ‘Untruthful Slime Ball’ as Book Details Released

Trump Calls Comey ‘Untruthful Slime Ball’ as Book Details Released  New York Times Trump Replies to Barbs in James Comey’s New Book on Twitter  Wall Street Journal Comey hints at damaging material involving ex-AG Lynch ‘still unknown to the American public’  Fox News Comey: Trump asked me to investigate ‘pee tape’ to reassure …