U.S. officials confirm influx of Russian troops into Crimea

February 28, 2014

U.S. officials said Friday that Russian troops had entered Crimea, as President Obama warned that there “will be costs for any military intervention” and vowed to stand by the Ukrainian …

Ousted Ukraine president says he’s surprised by Putin’s silence

February 28, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Toward the end of a self-justifying news conference Friday, Viktor Yanukovych said he was surprised that Russian President Vladimir Putin has “kept silent” about the crisis in …

WorldViews: Mansion was only a fixer-upper, Yanukovych says

February 28, 2014

The house! You know the mansion that Victor Yanukovych, overthrown president of Ukraine, lived in until a week ago? The one with gold-footed toilets, crystal-laden chandeliers, 6,700 square feet of …

WorldViews: Both Ukrainian and Venezuelan protesters have been called fascists. Why?

February 28, 2014

In a news conference Friday, Viktor Yanukovych, now holed up in the Russian port of Rostov-on-Don, wasted no time in describing the protesters who had ousted him from the Ukrainian …

WorldViews: Syrian extremists amputated a man’s hand and live-tweeted it

February 28, 2014

The extremist Syrian group deemed too radical even for al-Qaeda performed what may have been a Twitter first Friday: live-tweeting the amputation of a hand.

The amputation took place in …

The latest from Ukraine: Feb. 28 edition

February 28, 2014

Ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych gave a press conference in Russia today, and men in green camouflage took over parts of the civilian airport in Simferopol in Crimea; here’s the …

Yanukovych says he will not ask Russia to intervene militarily in Ukraine

February 28, 2014

MOSCOW — Ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych said Friday he had no intention of asking for Russian military intervention in Ukraine, blamed the chaos there on Western manipulation and said …

Court silences Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny for 2 months

February 28, 2014

MOSCOW — Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was put under house arrest for two months Friday and was prohibited from using the Internet, texting or speaking with anyone but his family.…

Pro-Russia separatists flex muscles in Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula

February 28, 2014

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Several hundred armed men in green camouflage, without insignia and carrying military-style automatic rifles, entered and secured areas of the civilian airport in Crimea’s regional capital of …

Chinese President Xi Jinping takes charge of new cybersecurity group

February 28, 2014

BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping personally took charge of a new government body overseeing China’s cybersecurity and vowed Thursday to turn China into a
“cyber power,” according to state-run …

U.S. human rights report focuses more on LGBT discrimination in global community

February 27, 2014

Gay and transgender people are singled out for state-sanctioned discrimination or mistreatment in about 80 countries, the United States charged Thursday in the broadest statement yet that Washington considers the …

In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s biggest pro-Russian city, a question of who is in charge

February 27, 2014

KHARKIV, Ukraine —More than four days have gone by since a crowd of protesters occupied the regional government office here in Kharkiv, bringing the Maidan revolution to the biggest city …

Ukraine’s Viktor Yanukovych remains defiant; tensions rise in Crimea

February 27, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — As Moscow lashed out Thursday at Ukraine’s new leaders and the Western nations it believes to be backing them, ousted president Viktor Yanukovych resurfaced in Russia and …

British spy agency kept images of Yahoo webcam chats

February 27, 2014

The British spy agency GCHQ, aided by systems provided by the National Security Agency, collected still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk and saved them to its databases, regardless …

Huber Matos Benitez, Cuban opponent of Castro, dies at 95

February 27, 2014

Huber Matos Benitez, who helped lead the Cuban Revolution as one of Fidel Castro’s key lieutenants before his efforts to resign from the burgeoning communist government landed him in prison …

WorldViews: To understand Crimea, take a look back at its complicated history

February 27, 2014

When President Viktor Yanukovych fled Kiev this week, it was tempting to assume that Ukraine’s crisis was over: Euromaidan had won, and the forces of Western-style democracy had prevailed over …

NATO agrees to prepare for complete pullout from Afghanistan by end of year

February 27, 2014

BRUSSELS — NATO defense ministers agreed here Thursday to begin preparing for a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan at the end of this year, as a senior U.S. military official warned …

Pakistan party drops its blockade of NATO supply routes

February 27, 2014

A major Pakistani political party announced Thursday that it was ending its blockade of NATO supply routes through the northern part of the country, capping a three-month protest over U.S. …

Where things stand in Ukraine

February 27, 2014

Will Englund and William Booth are in Ukraine, reporting on the latest developments. Here’s a quick look at where things stand this morning:

Yanukovych gets a security guarantee

Ousted …

WorldViews: How a sensible economic policy might have sparked Venezuela’s protests

February 27, 2014

While much of the world was focused on the dramatic scenes in Ukraine over the past few weeks, a situation much closer to home (geographically at least) exploded: Weeks of …

In parting remarks, U.S. ambassador urges China to improve human rights record

February 27, 2014

BEIJING — Outgoing U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke broached some of China’s most sensitive topics in his last public appearance here, urging Chinese authorities Thursday to improve human rights conditions, repair …

Gunmen’s seizure of parliament building stokes tensions in Ukraine’s Crimea

February 27, 2014

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine — With unrest growing in the Crimea over Ukraine’s political transformation, a group of armed men seized the local parliament and the regional government headquarters in Simferopol early …

Alice Herz-Sommer, concert pianist and Holocaust survivor, dies at 110

February 27, 2014

Alice Herz-Sommer, a concert pianist who was widely believed to be the oldest survivor of the Holocaust and who became known around the world for her belief in the redemptive …

WorldViews: This map helps put Russia’s military moves near Ukraine in perspective

February 26, 2014

The surprise announcement that the Russian military would begin large-scale drills so soon after Ukraine ousted Kremlin-ally Viktor Yanukovych may well seem ominous. In the recent past, Russia has shown …

McFaul leaves Moscow — and two dramatic years in relations between U.S. and Russia

February 26, 2014

MOSCOW — U.S. Ambassador ­Michael McFaul left Russia on Wednesday, a departure that attracted far more than the usual headlines for a change in diplomats and illuminated a tumultuous period …

Careful: Is that Yanukovych, in Moscow?

February 26, 2014

MOSCOW — The rich were out on the streets of Moscow on Wednesday night, gliding along Kutuzovsky Prospekt in their black Cadillac Escalades and Mercedeses, chase cars full of armed …

Syrian troops ambush, kill at least 150 rebels

February 26, 2014

BEIRUT — Syrian troops ambushed and killed at least 150 rebels east of Damascus on Wednesday in one of the deadliest single attacks against opposition fighters, according to state media, …

India’s Common Man Party faces doubts as it tries to go national

February 26, 2014

GANGAICHA, India — In this dusty northern village, a dozen volunteers from India’s new anti-corruption party wound through narrow dirt lanes one recent day, hoping to win over voters in …

Carnaval could sap Venezuela protests

February 26, 2014

CARACAS, Venezuela — It is Carnaval time in Venezuela, when revelers typically fill the streets in rum-powered dance parties leading up to Tuesday’s Mardi Gras blowout.

And after two weeks …

Hezbollah vows retaliation against Israel for airstrike against site in Lebanon

February 26, 2014

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah movement threatened Wednesday to retaliate against Israel for carrying out an airstrike against one of the group’s positions in Lebanon for the first time in …

WorldViews: This photo from Syria is horrifying, but does seeing it change anything?

February 26, 2014

The above picture was released Monday by the United Nations Relief And Works Agency (UNRWA). It shows the Palestinian refugees in the Yarmouk Camp in Damascus, southern Syria, which has …

Defense ministers say NATO is prepared to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan

February 26, 2014

BRUSSELS — NATO defense ministers convened a two-day meeting here Wednesday with a renewed warning that they are prepared to withdraw all of their troops from Afghanistan without a signed …

WorldViews: The colorful history of this Soviet monument in Bulgaria, and why it angers Russia

February 26, 2014

The continuing destruction of Soviet-era monuments in Ukraine has caused a stir in Russia, where such monuments are often linked to a historical pride for the sacrifices made during …

‘El Chapo’ by the numbers

February 26, 2014

The capture of drug lord Joaquin Guzman isn’t likely to derail his Sinaloa cartel’s booming business anytime soon. The man known as “El Chapo” leaves behind a global empire.

PostTV’s …

WorldViews: Why do people choose to live in the ‘worst city in the world?’

February 26, 2014

Human resources consulting firm Mercer recently crunched the numbers on dozens of factors about life for an expatriate. The aim? To calculate exactly how much extra international firms should be …

Iraqi army struggles in battle against Islamist fighters in Anbar province

February 26, 2014

DIWANIYAH, Iraq — The United States is shipping arms to Iraq to help its army fight a Sunni Islamist insurgency in Anbar province. But some Iraqi soldiers argue that basic …

World Digest: Feb. 25, 2014

February 26, 2014

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Militants set fire to dormitory, kill 58

Islamist militants set fire to a locked dormitory at a school in northern Nigeria, then shot and slit the throats of students …

In Ukraine, objections from Maidan slow naming of new cabinet

February 26, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — The interim leaders of Ukraine stepped on the brakes Tuesday as they faced resistance from street protesters and some members of parliament who objected that they were …

Obama orders Pentagon to prepare for complete withdrawal from Afghanistan

February 26, 2014

President Obama has ordered the Pentagon to begin formally preparing for a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced …

U.S. quietly whittles down foreign detainee population at facility in Afghanistan

February 26, 2014

The United States has quietly begun to whittle down the population of detainees it holds at a military prison in Afghanistan, but it is struggling over what to do with …

Former world champion boxer found fatally shot in native Venezuela

February 26, 2014

CARACAS, Venezuela —Former world champion boxer Antonio Cerme ño was kidnapped and killed in his native Venezuela, police said Tuesday.

Cermeño, a WBA super bantam­weight and featherweight champion in …

Former Guantanamo detainee arrested in Britain

February 25, 2014

LONDON —Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg was among four people arrested in Britain on Tuesday on suspicion of terrorism offenses related to the war in Syria, British police said.…

WorldViews: How did Venezuela’s protests get so big? These two charts offer a clue

February 25, 2014

After weeks of protests against Nicholas Maduro’s United Socialist Party government, some 13 people are thought to have died in Venezuela. The protests appear to be the largest since …

Egypt appoints prime minister with ties to Hosni Mubarak regime

February 25, 2014

CAIRO — Egypt has appointed a man with close ties to longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak to become the country’s new prime minister.

Egypt’s interim president, who was appointed after the …

WorldViews: The important thing missing in this video of Xi Jinping walking Chinese streets

February 25, 2014

The cellphone footage above shows something you don’t see often: A Chinese president taking a stroll in a Beijing alleyway.

Xi Jinping was walking in the trendy traditional neighborhood of …

Pakistan plans military operation in North Waziristan, targeting extremist groups

February 25, 2014

The Pakistani government is on the verge of launching a major military offensive in the North Waziristan tribal region after brutal Taliban attacks in recent weeks and the apparent failure …

WorldViews: The most surprising thing at Yanukovych’s estate? He has relatively good taste.

February 25, 2014

Over the years, my press pass has afforded me the opportunity to join, as a kind of participant/observer, in the sacking of various interior ministries, newly liberated prisons and the …

WorldViews: Ukrainians keep pulling down Soviet statues. Now Russia is getting angry.

February 25, 2014

Looking back, the moment when Euromaidan protesters toppled Kiev’s most prominent statue of Lenin on Dec. 8 now seems like a key point in Ukraine’s political crisis. It was when …

Changing course, Japan now sees future for nuclear power

February 25, 2014

SEOUL — The Japanese government unveiled the draft of a contentious new national energy plan Tuesday that calls for the long-term reliance on nuclear power and all but voids the …

Retired Pope Benedict watches his successor soar

February 25, 2014

VATICAN CITY — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is not “jealous” of his successor’s worldwide celebrity, holds him in “high esteem” and is developing an ever closer relationship with Pope Francis …

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