Mexico Begins Mayan Train Project

Mexico’s new president is asking businesses to invest in the Maya Train, a railway line that would link passengers to archaeological sites and popular tourist destinations. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador engaged in a traditional religious ceremony in the Mayan language Sunday, calling on the ancestors to give their blessings to the project.  The governors of …

Germany Sees Notable Drop in Asylum Applications in 2018

The German government anticipates a drop in asylum applications in 2018, even including the thousands of babies born to recent migrants. The Bild newspaper reported Sunday on a preliminary report it obtained showing about 166,000 asylum applications will have been filed by year’s end, including 30,000 babies born to migrants in Germany. That’s down from …

Russians In Far East Vote For Governor, Again

People headed to the ballot boxes in Russia’s Far Eastern Primorye region in a repeat election for the governor on December 16. This footage comes from the region’s administrative center, Vladivostok. The new vote was held after Russia’s election commission identified violations in a September 16 gubernatorial runoff. …

Maldives Former Leader’s Bank Accounts Frozen

Authorities in the Maldives have frozen bank accounts linked to former president Abdulla Yameen. Officials say the accounts hold a total of $6.5 million. Suspicions  that Yameen had received over $1 million in illegal payments have dogged him since his failed bid for re-election earlier this year.     Yameen’s path to a second five-year term …