36 reported killed in Shanghai stampede

December 31, 2014

BEIJING — Stampeding crowds at a New Year’s celebration in the heart of Shanghai killed at least 36 people and injured 47, authorities said.The stampede occurred shortly before midnight, at…

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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas moves to join International Criminal Court

December 31, 2014

JERUSALEM —A day after a failed bid at the United Nations to push a Middle East peace settlement, ­Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas moved Wednesday to join the International Criminal…

South American commodity boom drives deforestation and land conflicts

December 31, 2014

BOGOTA, Colombia — A commodity boom has helped pull millions out of poverty across South America over the past decade. It has also unleashed a new scramble for oil, minerals…

WorldViews: Could war come back to Western Sahara? Some of Algeria’s Sahrawi refugees think so.

December 31, 2014

Tumana Ahmed is tired of dreaming of a homeland she has never seen.The 28-year-old was born in the desolate desert of western Algeria, in a refugee camp that was supposed…

Hundreds of Syrian migrants reach Italy after crew apparently abandons ship

December 31, 2014

A cargo ship hiding hundreds of Syrian migrants docked at an Italian port overnight Wednesday after authorities intercepted the drifting vessel. Authorities believe the crew abandoned the ship and set…

WorldViews: Throw your furniture out the window, and other ways to ring in 2015

December 31, 2014

New Year’s Eve is upon us and, yes, many of us will explode fireworks and perhaps down some booze. But why not celebrate the New Year with some of these…

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December 31, 2014

KABUL — Many winters ago, I stood in a vast, empty intersection of central Kabul. The only sounds were the jingle of passing horse carts and the ticking spokes of…

AirAsia search-and-rescue effort becomes a recovery operation

December 31, 2014

BEIJING — With the discovery of floating wreckage and bodies Tuesday in waters off Indonesia, the massive search-and-rescue effort for a missing AirAsia jet now turns into a recovery operation.Crews…

Putin foe Alexei Navalny avoids jail but decries Kremlin for punishing his brother

December 30, 2014

MOSCOW — President Vladi­mir Putin’s foremost opponent defiantly challenged the Kremlin on Tuesday evening, hours after a court ruling that seemed cunningly designed to keep him in check.A judge had…

Palestinian-backed resolution fails at U.N. Security Council

December 30, 2014

The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday rejected a resolution that would have called for Israelis and Palestinians to strike a peace deal within a year and for Israel to withdraw…

WorldViews: This single tweet got a Turkish journalist detained

December 30, 2014

#SedefKabaş pic.twitter.com/qaSC5Lj5Xp The detention of journalists is not exceptional in Turkey: The Committee to Protect Journalists says the country was the world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2012 and 2013,…

WorldViews: In Venezuela, screaming over ice cream

December 30, 2014

Setting aside for a moment whether it is appropriate to be serving trout-flavored ice cream, let alone scoops of something called “mushroom in wine sauce,” the closure of a favorite …

WorldViews: The story of one of the Cold War’s greatest unsolved mysteries — and the new effort to solve it

December 30, 2014

Around midnight on Sept. 18, 1961, a plane carrying U.N. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold crashed nine miles from its intended destination, the town of Ndola in Northern Rhodesia, now the…

WorldViews: What if North Korea didn’t hack Sony?

December 30, 2014

Anyone who follows North Korea will be familiar with the wild fake stories that come out of the country. Remember when Kim Jong Un had his uncle fed to a…

WorldViews: What happens next in AirAsia search?

December 30, 2014

After an agonizing three-day search, Indonesian authorities spotted bodies and debris they have confirmed came from the missing AirAsia plane. The announcement ends one phase of the investigation and mystery…

In Colombia, a palm oil boom with roots in conflict

December 30, 2014

MAPIRIPAN, Colombia — Long before the massacre, when Mapiripan was just a faraway little place not worth fighting for, Aida Gordilla and her family came to the wide-open grasslands outside…

WorldViews: Did Argentina’s president ‘adopt’ a Jewish boy to save him from life as a ‘werewolf’?

December 30, 2014

Last week, Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner “adopted” a boy as her godson to prevent him from turning into a werewolf, according to multiple news reports. A report in…

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December 30, 2014

MOSCOW— The opposition activist widely considered Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most formidable political foe avoided prison Tuesday after trial on fraud charges, but denounced a decision to jail his brother…

Jordan pilot purportedly interviewed by Islamic State

December 30, 2014

BEIRUT — The Islamic State has released what it claims is an interview with the Jordanian pilot who was captured by the militant group after his plane went down in…

WorldViews: Is Luis Estrada the conscience of Mexico?

December 30, 2014

MEXICO CITY–A Luis Estrada film is not a riddle to decipher. The themes from the famous Mexican director come blaring at you with their high-beams on, usually from the opening…

WorldViews: ‘The Interview’ isn’t the only piece of American pop culture causing international incidents

December 30, 2014

One of the key takeaways of the whole “The Interview” saga is that American-made works of pop culture can be subject to very different interpretations when looked at from abroad.…

In education-crazy South Korea, top teachers become multimillionaires

December 30, 2014

SEOUL — Clasping his headphones and closing his eyes as he sang into the studio microphone while performing a peppy duet with one of South Korea’s hottest actresses, spiky-haired Cha…

Search for missing AirAsia jetliner yields no solid evidence of its location or fate

December 30, 2014

BEIJING — As the search for a missing AirAsia passenger plane stretched into its third day, authorities widened their hunt and asked for outside help, even as hopes dimmed among…

WorldViews: Chinese murder mystery leaves tantalizing clues

December 30, 2014

BEIJING — For eight years, the deaths of his neighbor’s two children have haunted Nian Bin. Police arrested Nian, tortured him into confessing to the  murders and sent him to…

Palestinians to ask U.N. for recognition of statehood and demand end to occupation

December 30, 2014

Arab nations on Monday endorsed a Palestinian proposal for the U.N. Security Council to set a 2017 deadline for Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank, a return to the borders…

WorldViews: Watch: Iraq’s miserable 2014, in two minutes

December 29, 2014

More than a decade after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the country is no closer to living in peace and stability. The onslaught of the Islamic State, which captured swaths…

Scottish government confirms Ebola case in Glasgow

December 29, 2014

LONDON — A health-care worker who recently returned to Scotland from West Africa has been diagnosed with Ebola, the Scottish government said Monday.The patient has been isolated and is receiving…

Adriatic ferry fire claims 10 lives; hundreds rescued by helicopter

December 29, 2014

Battling a gale-force storm and monster waves, rescue crews used helicopters to pluck more than 420 people from the frigid decks of a Greek-operated ferry crippled by fire in the…

Greek impasse forces early elections and fears of a return to euro crisis

December 29, 2014

ATHENS — The Greek government collapsed Monday, setting the stage for elections in four weeks that are shaping up as a contest between the public’s anger over the pain of…

WorldViews: 5 Google search trends that help explain the chaos of 2014

December 29, 2014

Every year, Google releases a variety of lists that reveal the world’s favorite search terms. The American tech corporation also distinguishes between countries and categories, which allows an examination of…

In China, a rare criminal case in which evidence made a difference

December 29, 2014

FUZHOU, China — Hope is rare in China’s courts.This is a country where 99.9 percent of suspects are found guilty. Where authorities put to death more convicted criminals each year…

WorldViews: Report says 120 Islamic State fighters executed — by Islamic State

December 29, 2014

Few doubt the horrific scale of atrocities committed by the Islamic State since it captured large areas of Syria and Iraq earlier this year. What may be more surprising is…

WorldViews: How a Bollywood blockbuster about an alien from outer space prompted outrage in India

December 29, 2014

NEW DELHI — It is not the usual boy-meets-girl Bollywood movie plot. The new blockbuster holiday movie called “PK” is about how an alien-meets-India.The film has earned more than $33…

WorldViews: 7 awful conflicts that were under-reported in 2014

December 29, 2014

2014 has been a brutal year. The death toll of Syria’s ongoing civil war likely eclipsed 200,000, while the hideous rise of the Islamic State spurred a U.S.-led bombing campaign.…

WorldViews: Searching for a sliver of hope in Congo

December 29, 2014

KIVUYE, Congo — The Rwandan militia commander showed up moments after I arrived in this village deep in the eastern Congo. He was barely more than a teenager, a youth…

Indonesian official says missing AirAsia jet is believed to be at the bottom of the sea

December 29, 2014

BEIJING — As they resumed the search for the missing AirAsia plane Monday morning, Indonesian authorities said they believe the commercial jet with 162 people on board already lies at…

Flamboyant AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes faces his first major crisis

December 29, 2014

AirAsia was failing and falling ever deeper into debt in 2001 when Tony Fernandes bought the carrier from Malaysian conglomerate DRB-Hicom for a single Malaysian ringgit — worth less than…

NATO flag lowered in Afghanistan as combat mission ends

December 29, 2014

KABUL — The 13-year NATO combat mission in Afghanistan formally ended Sunday with a ceremonial retirement of its green flag and a pledge by top officials of the U.S.-led coalition…

Desperate for soldiers, Assad’s government imposes harsh recruitment measures

December 28, 2014

BEIRUT — The Syrian regime has intensified efforts to reverse substantial manpower losses to its military with large-scale mobilizations of reservists as well as sweeping arrest campaigns and new regulations…

World Digest: Dec. 28, 2014

December 28, 2014

CAMEROONBoko Haram attacks towns, military campAbout 1,000 suspected Boko Haram fighters from Nigeria attacked five towns in northern Cameroon during the weekend and briefly occupied a military camp Sunday before…

After years of delays, Pakistan cracks down on violent Islamists

December 28, 2014

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — After pledging for years to crack down on violent Islamists, Pakistani authorities are now taking exceptional steps to do so, with a major military operation against the…

Greek Parliament vote could bring back euro crisis as elections loom

December 28, 2014

ATHENS — The long-dormant euro crisis could come roaring back to life Monday with a vote in the Greek Parliament that is expected to bring down the pro-austerity government and…

Air search for missing AirAsia jet suspended

December 28, 2014

BEIJING — With the disappearance Sunday morning of yet another plane from Southeast Asia, the day unfolded here with scenes that have grown tragically familiar: the series of news conferences…

Islamist with $3 million U.S. bounty surrenders to Somali authorities

December 28, 2014

NAIROBI, Kenya — A leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, who the United States offered $3 million for his capture, surrendered in Somalia, a Somali intelligence official said Saturday.Zakariya…

AirAsia Indonesia flight to Singapore goes missing with 162 on board

December 28, 2014

A Singapore-bound AirAsia Indonesia jet carrying 162 passengers and crew members lost contact with air-traffic control on Sunday morning, prompting Indonesian authorities to launch search and rescue operations.Read full article…

The U.S. and Iran are aligned in Iraq against the Islamic State — for now

December 28, 2014

Iranian military involvement has dramatically increased in Iraq over the past year as Tehran has delivered desperately needed aid to Baghdad in its fight against Islamic State militants, say U.S.,…

John Paul II gunman lays flowers at Vatican tomb

December 27, 2014

VATICAN CITY — The man who tried to kill Pope John Paul II more than 33 years ago showed up at the Vatican on Saturday to put white roses on…

WorldViews: McCain: ‘We are literally doing everything the Iraqi government has requested.’

December 27, 2014

BAGHDAD — Normally a fierce critic of President Obama’s foreign policy, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) sounded almost like an ally to the president on Saturday when he spoke to reporters…

North Korea slams U.S. over Internet shutdown, calls Obama a ‘monkey’

December 27, 2014

BEIJING — North Korea on Saturday compared President Obama to a “monkey in a tropical forest” as it blamed the administration for disrupting its Internet access amid a hacking dispute…

Americans are eager to visit Cuba, but changes to U.S. rules may come slowly

December 27, 2014

MEXICO CITY — There are the people who want to honeymoon on the same beaches their grandparents did. Those who want to extend their Florida vacations with a quick jaunt…

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