WorldViews: Jonathan Pollard: Why Israel wants him free, why the U.S. doesn’t, and what might happen next

March 31, 2014

The Obama administration is reportedly considering freeing spy Jonathan Pollard in return for concessions from the Israeli government.

If it happens, it certainly would be a bold move. The …

U.S. is considering release of Israeli spy as Kerry detours to Mideast in bid to save talks

March 31, 2014

JERUSALEM — The Obama administration is considering the early release of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard as part of an effort to keep U.S.-backed peace talks from collapsing, according …

Volokh Conspiracy: Russian government advocates “federal system” for Ukraine

March 31, 2014

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov recently advocated a “federal system of government” for Ukraine:

Lavrov said he hopes “all political forces in Ukraine will have an equal voice and …

Social conservatives are mobilizing in France, leading to talk of a tea party

March 31, 2014

PARIS — Steeped in conservative rage and tasting of grass roots, a political backlash has traditional politicians and the news media asking the once-unthinkable: Is le tea party brewing in …

Weather Gang: UN Climate report: Dissecting the key messages, from the dire to the less direct

March 31, 2014

Landmark report frames climate change as part of an interconnected web of environmental and social challenges.

    

Russia announces withdrawal of a battalion from Ukrainian border

March 31, 2014

MOSCOW — The Russian Defense Ministry said Monday that a motorized infantry battalion is returning home after taking part in military exercises along the Ukrainian border.

Russian President Vladimir Putin …

WorldViews: Black Death is so 14th century. Ebola is spreading in West Africa now.

March 31, 2014

While the weekend’s revelations about the plague from teeth of 14th-century skeletons were riveting the Internet, medical workers and health authorities in West Africa were working to stop a more …

WorldViews: The surprising political importance of Crimea’s shift to Moscow time

March 31, 2014

On Saturday as the clock struck 10 p.m., a crowd in Simferopol, Crimea, watched as their railway station’s clock was set forward two hours. It was now midnight in Crimea, …

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert found guilty of taking bribes

March 31, 2014

JERUSALEM — An Israeli court convicted former prime minister Ehud Olmert of taking about $140,000 in bribes from real estate developers when he served as mayor of Jerusalem, a ruling …

WorldViews: How Erdogan’s jubilant victory speech targeted his two biggest enemies

March 31, 2014

On Sunday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo an was jubilant. His AK Party had established relatively healthy results in municipal elections with 44 percent of the vote. It’s …

WorldViews: Why the Malalysian government’s problems go way deeper than the handling of MH370

March 31, 2014

The Malaysian government’s reputation has taken a beating during the last three weeks, as the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight has veered from one dead end to another. …

WorldViews: Tales from the skies: The search for Flight 370

March 31, 2014

The hunt for Malaysia’s missing flight MH370 is perhaps the greatest and the largest-scale search in aviation history, as well as its biggest mystery. Since March 8, thousands of …

New debris sightings but no confirmed signs of missing Malaysian airliner

March 31, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Search crews looking for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 set out again Monday morning after efforts Sunday resulted in new debris sightings but no confirmed signs of …

Search for Flight 370 is a global struggle

March 31, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Brandon Yaeger sees something in the distance, glistening on the surface of the Indian Ocean. He can’t tell what it is. It could be nothing significant. …

U.N. climate panel: Governments, businesses need to take action now against growing risks

March 31, 2014

The world’s leading environmental scientists told policymakers and business leaders Sunday that they must invest more to cope with climate change’s immediate effects and hedge against its most dire potential, …

China seizes $14.5 billion in assets from family, associates of former security chief

March 30, 2014

BEIJING — Chinese authorities have seized assets worth at least $14.5 billion from family members and associates of retired domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, who is at the center of …

Kerry, Russia’s Lavrov fail to reach deal over Ukraine, say they will keep talking

March 30, 2014

PARIS — The United States and Russia reached no agreement Sunday on how to defuse the crisis over Russia’s annexation of a Ukrainian territory and its massing of troops for …

Palestinians, worried that peace talks will fail, plan for ‘day after’

March 30, 2014

Worried that U.S.-brokered peace talks might collapse in coming days, Palestinians are weighing their options, which they say range from urging international boycotts against Israel to holding mass protests to …

In Turkey, prime minister’s party comes out on top in municipal elections

March 30, 2014

ISTANBUL — The party of embattled Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan headed for a comfortable win in municipal elections Sunday, despite a corruption scandal and complaints about his increasingly …

Egypt sets presidential vote for May 26-27, with former army chief expected to win

March 30, 2014

CAIRO — Egyptians will vote on May 26 and 27 in a presidential election that Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is expected to win easily, meaning the former army chief who deposed …

Aircraft spot objects in new search area for Malaysia Airlines flight

March 30, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight entered its fourth week Sunday with a growing group of planes and ships assisting in the effort, but …

Donetsk fearful of Russian military might on Ukraine’s border

March 29, 2014

DONETSK, Ukraine — Some people are making sure their cars stay gassed up, in case their families need to flee advancing tanks. Others are stockpiling food so they can dig …

WorldViews: Turkey’s political crisis isn’t just about Twitter and YouTube. Here are two important factors you should understand.

March 29, 2014

On Sunday, Turkey will hold nationwide municipal elections, and while local elections do not generally make international news, this one is different: The Turkish government has banned YouTube and Twitter

Turks head to polls for local elections that will serve as a referendum on premier’s rule

March 29, 2014

ISTANBUL — When Arabs rose up three years ago to demand greater freedoms, it was to the Turkey of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that many looked for inspiration, as …

Officials in Yalta, Crimea, are nervous but hopeful about this year’s tourism season

March 29, 2014

YALTA, CRIMEA — At the czar’s summer palace, where the 1945 Yalta Conference was held, curators anticipating waves of Russian tourists are preparing a new art exhibit in the solarium.…

Palestinians threaten walkout in Mideast talks over Israel’s refusal to free prisoners

March 29, 2014

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The Obama administration sought Friday to keep peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians from falling apart over Israel’s refusal to free about two dozen Palestinian …

U.S. seeks detente with Russia over Ukraine with Kerry, Lavrov to meet in Paris

March 29, 2014

SHANNON, Ireland — Hoping to defuse the diplomatic crisis with Russia over its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, Secretary of State John F. Kerry is to meet with his Russian …

Gay marriage ban ending in England and Wales on Saturday

March 29, 2014

LONDON — Partners for nearly a decade, Sarah Keith and Emma Powell are moving next month from their native England to New York. But first, they have an important piece …

New analysis shifts search for missing Malaysian jetliner nearly 700 miles

March 29, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Observers on five aircraft Friday spotted multiple objects floating in a new section of the southern Indian Ocean, where the massive search for the missing Malaysia …

Putin calls Obama to discuss ‘diplomatic resolution’ to Ukraine crisis, White House says

March 28, 2014

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Russian President Vladi­mir Putin called President Obama on Friday to discuss how to pursue a “diplomatic resolution” to the crisis in Ukraine, the White House announced.…

WorldViews: White House and Kremlin seem to have different recollections of Obama-Putin call

March 28, 2014

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama spoke on the phone. Given recent tensions over Ukraine and Crimea, dialogue seems like a good thing. However, were …

Taliban attacks guesthouse of U.S.-based charity

March 28, 2014

KABUL — The Taliban attacked the offices of a U.S.-based charity Friday, a complex assault that came just over a week before the country’s presidential election.

The attack, involving …

WorldViews: This is why Germany doesn’t want China anywhere near Berlin’s holocaust memorial

March 28, 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Germany for the next two days, meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel and other German officials. It’s the third leg of Xi’s European Union trip, …

WorldViews: Putin says Crimea showcased ‘new capabilities’ of Russian military

March 28, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with a number of military officers at the Kremlin on Friday to commend them on their service, saying that they had performed well in …

Despite reluctance at home, Merkel shifts toward tougher stance on Russia

March 28, 2014

BERLIN — As the West considers what to do about Russia, Chancellor Angela Merkel is running up against a force she has repeatedly bowed to in the past: German public …

Search for missing Malaysian plane shifts to another area following ‘new credible lead’

March 28, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 shifted to another section of the southern Indian Ocean on Friday after new analysis by investigators indicated that …

Secret Service flap creates barely a ripple among Amsterdam’s residents

March 27, 2014

AMSTERDAM — In this relaxed canal city famous for its tolerant approach to drinking, sex and drugs, the notion that three Americans went out drinking on a Saturday night barely …

In Italy, gay Catholics feel the ‘Francis Effect’

March 27, 2014

FLORENCE, Italy — The power of the Catholic Church in Italy has compelled thousands of gay men and lesbians to live in the shadows, and the opposition of bishops helped …

WorldViews: World Tour: Here are five interesting videos to watch this week

March 27, 2014

From a PSA for the upcoming Afghan presidential election that resembles “Rock the Vote” to a daredevil leap off the Great Wall of China, here are the most interesting videos …

WorldViews: How scary is Putin’s Russia compared to the Soviet Union? This chart has some answers

March 27, 2014

“Russia is a regional power that is threatening some of its immediate neighbors — not out of strength but out of weakness,” President Obama said Tuesday. The comments seemed …

Former Ukraine leader to run for president; IMF moves on $18 billion in aid for the country

March 27, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Yulia Tymoshenko, who for a decade has made Ukrainian politics an impassioned melodrama, said Thursday that she would run for president in the May 25 election.…

Obama says talk with Pope Francis focused on plight of poor, wars

March 27, 2014

ROME — President Obama joined Pope Francis on Thursday at the Vatican, a meeting of two world figures with radically different politics but a shared concern that the global economy …

Out of the spotlight, Egyptians’ anger lives on

March 27, 2014

CAIRO — They pounded on drums and blared music, drawing spectators from the balconies up above. The demonstrators held their banners aloft as they marched. And they chanted, repeatedly, against …

WorldViews: Here are the 11 U.N. members that voted against a resolution on Ukraine’s unity

March 27, 2014

Resolutions from the United Nations’ General Assembly, unlike those from the Security Council, are non-binding. So a vote for or against a measure — like the one Thursday that says …

WorldViews: By banning YouTube, has Turkey revealed just how damning today’s leaked recording is?

March 27, 2014

Just under a week after a controversial ban on Twitter went into force, the Turkish government has reportedly begun blocking YouTube.

Turkish visitors to the video-sharing Web site are …

WorldViews: China is believed to execute thousands of people every year, but no one seems quite sure how many

March 27, 2014

The number of executions worldwide rose 15 percent in 2013, according to an Amnesty International report, with the United States up with Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia as the …

Despite ‘wake-up call’ in Ukraine, Europe reluctant to bolster its militaries

March 27, 2014

LONDON — After years of watching as budget cuts sliced away at the army he once led, Richard Dannatt decided that Russia’s thrust into Ukraine marked the right moment to …

Debrief: East Wing Debrief: First lady’s gentle approach allows her to raise issues in China

March 27, 2014

BEIJING —Michelle Obama’s team billed her visit to China, with her daughters and mother tagging along, as a goodwill tour unconnected to the political tensions that complicate …

Thai satellite spots 300 objects in area where jetliner is believed to have crashed

March 27, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A Thai satellite spotted 300 floating objects in the southern Indian Ocean, where authorities say the flight of the missing Malaysia Airlines ended more than three …

WorldViews: Here are the military leaders who have ruled Egypt since it became a republic

March 27, 2014

Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi has formally announced his plan to run for president. As our Cairo bureau chief Abigail Hauslohner writes, if he wins the election, it would complete the …

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