Trade issues expose the limits of Trump-Abe ‘bromance’

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe courted the new American president with a golden driver not long after Donald Trump won the White House. He’s met with the billionaire businessman more than any other world leader, and he’s Trump’s second-most frequent caller.

Miguel Diaz-Canel selected as next president of Cuba

HAVANA (AP) – The Cuban government on Wednesday selected 57-year-old First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as the sole candidate to succeed President Raul Castro in a transition aimed at ensuring that the country’s single-party system outlasts the aging revolutionaries who created it.

North Korea has a new budget and it’s full of fiscal hijinks

TOKYO (AP) – Imagine a national budget that reflects steady growth, gives a healthy boost to science and technology while reserving big slices of the overall pie to defense and social spending. It’s generous with infrastructure improvements, and is certain of unquestioning, unanimous approval in parliament.