During one-day cease-fire in Ukraine, team reaches site of plane crash, collects DNA

July 31, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — A small advance team of forensic experts on Thursday finally reached the site where a Malaysia Airlines flight went down in eastern Ukraine two weeks ago, after …

WorldViews: Will sanctions work against Russia? Iran’s experience offers a few clues.

July 31, 2014

When the United States first threatened Russia with sanctions in April, Iranian officials reportedly cautioned the Kremlin against ignoring the American warnings. Having experienced the effect of such restrictions on …

Russian blogger law puts new restrictions on Internet freedoms

July 31, 2014

MOSCOW — Russia’s shrinking space for freedom of expression on the Internet is set to constrict further Friday, as tough regulations go into effect that will give Russian authorities powerful …

Kerry tries to repair damage in U.S.-India relations

July 31, 2014

NEW DELHI — Washington is eager to work with India’s newly elected government to become “indispensable partners,” Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Thursday during a visit aimed at …

WorldViews: This is what an Israeli airstrike on a building in Gaza looks like

July 31, 2014

GAZA CITY — It was around 2:30 p.m., and the word had spread on al-Jalla Street.

An Israeli airstrike was about to unfold. The target: a gray, concrete building of …

WorldViews: The other assassination that led up to World War I

July 31, 2014

World War I, we have long been told, was a fait accompli after an assassination. The murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian emperor, by a …

WorldViews: How a Nazi-era sports stadium in Berlin became Turkey’s largest polling station

July 31, 2014

Berlin’s Olympiastadion, an enormous stadium built under Adolf Hitler’s rule in the 1930s, is mostly used for soccer games or concerts these days. Until Sunday, however, the historic site will …

WorldViews: Latin America’s support for Palestinians and the echoes of the Cold War

July 31, 2014

On Wednesday, Bolivia’s outspoken President Evo Morales denounced Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip, which has led to the deaths of hundreds of Palestinian civilians, and labeled the country a …

WorldViews: Nigerian official warns pastors and healers to stop making false Ebola-cure claims

July 31, 2014

African governments are doubling down on efforts to contain the widening Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which also involves combating rumors and falsehoods about the disease.

In Nigeria, there has …

WorldViews: Crossword: What in the world, this week

July 31, 2014

We’re starting a new feature on WorldViews this morning. How much do you really know about events around the world this week?

Try our multimedia crossword puzzle.

Read full article …

WorldViews: News Crossword: What in the world, this week

July 31, 2014

We’re starting a new feature on WorldViews this morning. How much do you really know about events around the world this week?

Try our multimedia crossword puzzle.

Read full article …

WorldViews: In Gaza: a warning, an airstrike and a family without a home

July 31, 2014

The Israel Defense Forces have a tactic in place where they contact families in Gaza to alert them that their house is about to be targeted by the military and …

WorldViews: Egyptian media reveals just how isolated Hamas is

July 31, 2014

Back in 2011, following the ouster of longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, relations between Egypt and Israel were at a low point. Things reached a nadir on the Sept. 9, …

WorldViews: Britain back to a familiar role: American wing-man in Europe

July 31, 2014

LONDON — When the British House of Commons voted last summer to buck calls to join the United States in a possible military intervention in Syria, it set off a …

Gay activists in China sue over electric shock therapy used to ‘cure’ homosexuality

July 31, 2014

BEIJING — Gay rights activists in China sued a counseling center Thursday for its offers to cure homosexuality through “conversion therapy” — the first lawsuit of its kind in a …

Japan poised to impose sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

July 31, 2014

TOKYO — When Vladimir Putin was preparing for another shot at the Russian presidency a little more than two years ago, he said he would give a command to Russian …

Anti-Jewish slogans return to the streets in Germany as Mideast protests sweep Europe

July 31, 2014

BERLIN — Before the start of a pro-Palestinian rally — one of the scores being staged almost daily here since Israel launched its offensive in Gaza — an organizer on …

Uighur scholar charged with separatism amid new violence in western China

July 31, 2014

BEIJING — A prominent Uighur scholar was formally charged with separatism Wednesday and will face trial in Xinjiang, even as conflicting accounts of violence in the restive Chinese region …

U.N. says Israel violated international law, after shells hit school in Gaza

July 31, 2014

GAZA CITY — United Nations officials accused Israel of violating international law after artillery shells slammed into a school overflowing with evacuees Wednesday, an attack that Palestinian and U.N. officials …

In Gaza, 11 members of a Palestinian family are killed in a single strike

July 31, 2014

JABALYA, Gaza Strip — The Balatas, like many Palestinian families, disliked Israel but also sought to distance themselves from Hamas.

For more than three weeks, as the conflict has stretched

Kerry urges Afghan presidential candidates to put power-sharing agreement to work

July 30, 2014

Secretary of State John F. Kerry appealed to both candidates in Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election to translate the broad power-sharing agreement they reached with him early this month into a …

Razing of Mosul’s shrines sparks first signs of resistance against Islamic State

July 30, 2014

BAGHDAD – As al-Qaeda-inspired militants have reduced Mosul’s ancient religious shrines to rubble in recent weeks, their support has also crumbled, with popular outrage producing the first signs of resistance …

WorldViews: I wouldn’t live here: Israeli soldier patrolling a border town near Gaza

July 30, 2014

NETIV HAASARA, Israel — This is one of those sleepy little Zionist farm towns, filled with Jews who confess they page through seed catalogs as much as the Torah. They …

WorldViews: Watch: U.N. official breaks down over deaths of Palestinian children

July 30, 2014

As my colleagues report, Palestinian officials and a U.N. agency say Israeli artillery shells on Wednesday hit a U.N.-run school that was sheltering Palestinian families, killing at least 20. …

WorldViews: If you litter, Europe’s last dictator may confiscate your car

July 30, 2014

Belarus’s long-ruling president, Alexander Lukashenko, is sometimes referred to as Europe’s “last dictator.” But while he is frequently criticized abroad, Belarusans are the ones who feel the effects of his …

WorldViews: How Israel helped create Hamas

July 30, 2014

All signs indicate that the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is prepared to wage a protracted battle in the battered Gaza Strip as it seeks to crush the …

WorldViews: Pro-Russian separatist commander orders soldiers to stop cussing

July 30, 2014

Pro-Russian separatist fighters are being warned to clean up their foul-mouthed language by local militia commander Igor Girkin, who goes by “Strelkov.”

This week, Strelkov ordered his troops to quit …

WorldViews: New poll finds many Russians believe Ukraine shot down MH17

July 30, 2014

A poll released by the independent Russian pollster Levada on Wednesday has found that a large number of Russians believe that Ukraine shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, with …

Investigators again blocked from plane crash site; Ukraine blames rebel mines

July 30, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — An international team of investigators abandoned efforts to reach the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine for a fourth day Wednesday because of …

India high court’s ‘disgruntled wives’ ruling tests dowry laws enacted to protect women

July 30, 2014

NEW DELHI — Roughly 8,000 women in India died violent deaths in 2013 because their families were unable to cough up the demands for more dowry, according to government statistics.…

Clashes again force investigators to abort visit to Malaysia Airlines crash site

July 30, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — For a fourth day, the international team of investigators on Wednesday abandoned their effort to reach the Malaysia Airlines crash site in eastern Ukraine due to heavy …

WorldViews: How Anonymous and other hacktivists are waging war on Kenya

July 30, 2014

In its latest attack, Anonymous cell Anon_0x03 on July 27 cracked, took control and used Kenya Deputy President William Ruto’s Twitter account to tweet a list of government websites it

Russia’s central bank vows to support banks hit by new sanctions

July 30, 2014

MOSCOW — Russia’s central bank vowed Wednesday to support financial institutions targeted by new U.S. and European sanctions, adding potential strain to an already-taxed Russian economy.

The United States …

Netanyahu warns Israel to prepare for long Gaza conflict, as at least 10 more are killed

July 30, 2014

JERUSALEM — Israel will press its air and ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, preparing his country for a longer and bloodier campaign and …

Israelis support Netanyahu and Gaza war, despite rising deaths on both sides

July 30, 2014

JERUSALEM — The airwaves are filled with images of death and destruction in the Gaza Strip. President Obama is pressing for an immediate cease-fire. More than 50 Israeli soldiers have …

Israel steps up bombardment of Gaza; territory’s only power plant struck

July 30, 2014

GAZA CITY — Israel targeted the home of the top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in some of the heaviest bombardment of the ongoing conflict after Prime …

Palestinians in West Bank watch, worry and check their phones as Gaza conflict rages

July 30, 2014

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The cellphone bill will be astronomical this month, but Sami Shaath remains glued to his device. Every two hours, or sooner if he sees a breaking-news …

WorldViews: It isn’t just sanctions. A landmark $50 billion ruling will isolate Russia further.

July 29, 2014

While European diplomats were discussing further sanctions against Russia, a Dutch arbitration court ordered a record-high compensation package on Monday, making a landmark decision that could see Russia pay out

WorldViews: Why China’s investigation of Zhou Yongkang is such a big deal

July 29, 2014

The following post was written by Xu Yangjingjing, Gu Jinglu and William Wan.

BEIJING — After two years of rumors and anticipation, China’s Communist Party finally announced their investigation

WorldViews: Is it true that American support for Israel is waning?

July 29, 2014

The enduring friendship between the American public and Israel is legendary, and something that often bewilders and infuriates critics of Israel’s policy in the Middle East. With this most recent …

WorldViews: Ground crew member who checked in MH17 passengers recalls ‘a laugh, a greeting, a happy face’

July 29, 2014

Here’s what Renuka Manisha Virangna Birbal says she remembers seeing before Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 took off: Families with loads of luggage. A grandmother taking pictures. Newlyweds, headed to their …

Obama announces expanded sanctions against Russia as E.U. aligns

July 29, 2014

LONDON — The European Union on Tuesday overcame months of misgivings to impose a wave of tough new economic sanctions on Russia, including an arms embargo and limits on access …

WorldViews: Turkish Deputy Prime Minister says women shouldn’t laugh out loud

July 29, 2014

One of Turkey’s top officials says women should refrain from laughing out loud in public.

A woman “should not laugh loudly in front of all the world and should preserve …

WorldViews: In Gaza, things are going from bad to horrifying

July 29, 2014

As the conflict between Israeli forces and Hamas crosses the three-week mark, the situation in the Gaza Strip is turning extremely bleak, with death tolls rapidly rising and whole …

WorldViews: One chart that explains the U.S. border crisis

July 29, 2014

This summer, a considerable amount of attention has fallen on the alarming influx of Central American migrants attempting to cross over into the United States from across the Mexican border, …

WorldViews: Who is Zhou Yongkang, and why did China decide to launch an investigation on him?

July 29, 2014

Zhou Yongkang is a former domestic security chief of China, making him the most powerful man to be investigated as part of President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign.

The probe is …

In China, two weeks of flight delays have passengers seething

July 29, 2014

BEIJING — While passengers normally measure flight delays in terms of hours, in China it’s been two weeks of hell — and it only looks to be getting worse.

The …

WorldViews: In Ukrainian village near MH17 crash site, residents fear more death is coming

July 29, 2014

War came this week to Lidiya Goryushko’s eastern Ukrainian village, where wreckage fell earlier this month from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Late last week, she and I spoke over the

China to investigate once-powerful Zhou Yongkang, former domestic security chief

July 29, 2014

BEIJING — The ruling Communist Party on Tuesday announced an investigation of the country’s former domestic security chief, Zhou Yongkang, sending tremors through China’s political world and signaling that …

Afghan president’s cousin assassinated by suicide bomber

July 29, 2014

KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s cousin was killed at his residence by a suicide bomber Tuesday in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province, officials said.

The bomber, a 16-year-old boy, detonated …

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