Efforts to Ease Congestion Threaten Street Food Culture in Southeast Asia

“Bangkok wasn’t so crowded and congested” when the 1992 law regulating street vendors came into effect, said Vallop Suwandee, the chairman of advisers to Bangkok’s governor. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyBut in trying to modernize, these cities risk diluting their local flavor. Eating street food was a way of life in Southeast Asia long before the region became popular with globe-trotting foodies like Anthony Bourdain and famous chefs started peddling classic street-food dishes in fancy Western restaurants. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyBut the price of the shift to hawker centers, some gourmands say, was atmosphere. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyAnd some experts say street food is not inherently less sanitary than restaurant food.

April 29, 2017 22:52 UTC

American Service Member Dies in Explosion Outside Mosul

WASHINGTON — An American service member was killed in an explosion on Saturday near Mosul, Iraq, the Pentagon said, as part of the battle to drive Islamic State fighters out of their last major stronghold in the country. The United States Central Command did not identify the service member, pending notification of the family. A Central Command statement said that “a U.S. service member died from wounds sustained in an explosive device blast outside of Mosul, Iraq.”American service members have been getting closer to the fighting in Iraq as Iraqi security forces have been engaged in urban warfare in West Mosul, where Islamic State fighters have had almost three years to dig into entrenched positions. Iraqi civilians and soldiers, as well as militants, have suffered a number of deaths and injuries from mines and roadside bombs in East Mosul and West Mosul.

April 29, 2017 22:41 UTC

Samantha Bee got Will Ferrell to roast Donald Trump — in character as George W. Bush

Samantha Bee speaks during her “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” special at DAR Constitution Hall on April 29. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TBS)Samantha Bee’s live “Full Frontal” event in Washington certainly was no White House correspondents’ dinner. Which is to say: Will Ferrell showed up as a surprise special guest to reprise his famed Dubya impersonation. It’s very prodigal.”Will Ferrell performs onstage during Samantha Bee’s “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” special. At the end of the event, Bee asked the audience to pretend they were living in a different timeline.

April 29, 2017 22:41 UTC

A Spring Thaw? Trump Now Has ‘Very Good’ Words for China’s Leader

Before the recent courtship, Mr. Trump had little good to say about China or Mr. Xi. In March 2016, Mr. Trump was asked in an interview with The New York Times about his impressions of Mr. Xi. But even as that issue faded as a source of tension with China, Mr. Trump has appeared increasingly alarmed about North Korea. “We have a very, very good bond — very, very good chemistry,” Mr. Trump said after meeting Mr. Abe in February. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyAs Mr. Trump wrote in “The Art of the Deal,” words can carry a cause only so far.

April 29, 2017 22:30 UTC

A different sort of White House correspondents’ dinner

“The Daily Show” correspondent Hasan Minhaj entertains the guests at the White House correspondents’ dinner. [‘We are not fake news’: At a Trump-free correspondents’ dinner, White House press has its say.] (Reuters)The White House Correspondents’ Association dinner had a message for President Trump, and it came from Bob Woodward: “Mr. Bob Woodward, left, Carl Bernstein, center, and White House Correspondents’ Association President Jeff Mason during the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Red carpet at White House correspondents' dinner We're at the White House correspondents' dinner where guests are starting to arrive on the red carpet.

April 29, 2017 22:26 UTC

Trump leaves door open for military action against North Korea

Story highlights When asked about military action, Trump responded: "I don't know. Trump downplayed the significance of North Korea's "small missile launch," which occurred early in the day. But when asked by host John Dickerson if he would consider military action in response to another nuclear test, Trump responded: "I don't know. Later, when asked at during a factory tour before a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to mark his 100th day in office what his message on North Korea is, Trump told reporters: "You'll soon find out, won't you?" Pressed on whether that meant military action, Trump said, "You'll soon find out."

April 29, 2017 22:07 UTC

President Trump: In my first 100 days, I kept my promise to Americans

People cheer as President Trump walks out to speak during a campaign rally in Nashville on March 15. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)Donald J. Trump is the president of the United States. In the past 100 days, I have kept that promise — and more. After decades of a shrinking middle class, open borders and the mass offshoring of American jobs and wealth, this government is working for the citizens of our country and no one else. This is the first time a new justice has been confirmed in the first 100 days in 136 years.

April 29, 2017 22:00 UTC

Wins Over Nationals Is Encouraging Sign for Debilitated Mets

Advertisement Continue reading the main story“It would be easy to dismiss this as ‘this is just how baseball goes,’” Alderson said. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyCespedes missed three games and gained two more days of rest with a day off and a rainout. Last season, Cespedes missed a few days to rest a right quadriceps muscle and returned briefly — only to end up on the disabled list. He now has a chance to complete a sweep of the Nationals — and put a small degree of concern about the Mets’ injuries to rest. Advertisement Continue reading the main story“If we can come out of here with another win, that would be a huge stride forward for us,” Collins said.

April 29, 2017 21:59 UTC

Amazing finish for Joshua with TKO win over Klitschko

Britain's Anthony Joshua came up with a gutty TKO win over Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine. Joshua looked done in the middle rounds after Klitschko knocked him down in the fifth round. After he survived rounds 5-9, Joshua slowly got his legs back and by the 10th was back in control. Joshua, the unified heavyweight champion of the world at 19-0, rocked Klitschko to start the 11th round and he didn't let the chance to finish it go by. He knocked Klitschko down another two times before the referee stopped the fight to the delight of the 90,000 fans in Wembley Stadium.

April 29, 2017 21:55 UTC

Will Ferrell returns as Bush at 'Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner'

President Donald Trump may have skipped the White House Correspondents' Dinner, but Will Ferrell made sure at least one president showed up to Samantha Bee's "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner." Ferrell joked in his iconic Bush twang, to huge laughs from the crowd of about 2,600. In an ode to Amazon's "Man in the High Castle," Bee found footage of this alternate world and watched herself give an address to Clinton at the imagined White House Correspondents' dinner. Cregg and spoke to a room of oddball bloggers in a the White House briefing room. The "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner" special airs Saturday on TBS at 10 p.m.

April 29, 2017 21:45 UTC

What It Costs to Move to Italy

So what did it cost me to move to Italy? $470 Swiss Air taxes$100 Swiss Air pet fee$400 Swiss Air extra luggage fee______________Total: $970Extra luggageI used "Send My Bags" in order to send two extra pieces. (I loved it and did not want to sell it, but the sacrifices we make to live in Italy!) I paid $15,500 for it and 18 months later was only able to get $9,200. In conclusion, the main expenses for my move to Italy came to $3,321Subtracting the selling of the gadgets, furniture and the yard sale, the move to Italy cost $2676—that's for about a fourth of my stuff and no furniture.

April 29, 2017 21:45 UTC

The long-anticipated return of Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is here

A brief statement from the presidential palace said Ghani “welcomes Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s return to Afghanistan as a result of the Afghan-led peace process. “Don’t test your ammunition on our oppressed people.”Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar arrives to speak to supporters in Laghman province, Afghanistan. He is traveling with numerous armed loyalists as he makes his way to the Afghan capital, being greeted by supporters from his Hezb-i-Islami party. The Taliban and Hezb-i-Islami both fought the Kabul government, but they were never allies and sometimes fought over power in rural areas. One leader who expressed concern about Hekmatyar’s impact was Mohammed Atta Noor, a powerful northern governor and former militia boss.

April 29, 2017 21:36 UTC

Here's why Donald Trump is obsessed with the 2016 electoral map

In an interview with Reuters earlier in the week, Trump handed out copies of the county-by-county 2016 electoral map to each of the three reporters assembled in the Oval Office. And, in a speech to the National Rifle Association on Friday in Atlanta, Trump led off with a recounting of his 2016 electoral victory. He seems totally and completely fixated on the 2016 electoral map in a way that leads even some of his allies to wonder if he's ever going to, you know, move on. The 2016 election, then, was a validation of massive proportions for Trump. That's why Trump can't leave the 2016 election and the electoral map it produced behind.

April 29, 2017 21:33 UTC

European Union leaders — minus Britain — gather ahead of 'Brexit' negotiations to plot their moves

“It is with unity that Europe will preserve its interests,” French President Francois Hollande told reporters after the summit. Gostyńska said leaders are afraid that conceding too much to the U.K. in Brexit negotiations could set a dangerous example. Northern Ireland, a part of the U.K., voted to remain in the EU last year with a majority of 56%. Unity between EU countries is fragile, and Brexit negotiations, as they drag on and become more complex, still could drive leaders of the 27 member states apart. EU leaders face another threat to their unity next week when French voters elect a new president.

April 29, 2017 21:33 UTC

Soldier killed by explosive device is third US combat death this week in Iraq and Afghanistan

A U.S. military service member was killed by an explosive device outside Mosul, Iraq, today, according to U.S. Central Command. Further information about the service member who died from wounds sustained in the blast will be released as appropriate. This is the third American combat death this week in Iraq and Afghanistan. In keeping with U.S. military policy, the name of the solider killed Saturday will not be released until 24 hours after next-of-kin notification. Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin, Hollie McKay, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

April 29, 2017 21:33 UTC

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