Nigeria opposition candidate wins presidency in historic race

March 31, 2015

KADUNA, Nigeria — In a historic moment for Africa’s most ­populous country, former dictator Muhammadu Buhari won Nigeria’s presidency on Tuesday, the first time in 16 years of democracy that…

WorldViews: Map: How the world executed people in 2014

March 31, 2015

The year 2014 was a mixed one for executions. According to new data collected by Amnesty International, the number of executions carried out around the world dropped — but the…

Diplomats to continue Iran nuclear talks past deadline into Wednesday

March 31, 2015

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND — Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program blew past a Tuesday deadline, U.S. officials said, with diplomats struggling to reach consensus on the difficult issues of sanctions, enrichment research…

Turkish prosecutor dies after being held hostage in a courthouse, reports say

March 31, 2015

A prosecutor taken hostage in an Istanbul courthouse Tuesday died of multiple gunshot wounds after security forces killed his two captors, according to multiple reports.Mehmet Selim Kiraz served as the…

WorldViews: Saudi generals use Yemen war to showcase their new swagger

March 31, 2015

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — There’s no fog of war here. It’s more like a high-gloss, stage-crafted showcase of Saudi Arabia’s new military swagger.Every evening since the Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen…

Iraqi prime minister claims victory against Islamic State in Tikrit

March 31, 2015

BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces claimed to have seized the city of Tikrit from Islamic State militants on Tuesday after U.S.-led airstrikes cleared the way for ground operations, an advance that…

Yemen’s Houthi rebels get boost from country’s ousted dictator

March 31, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — An unlikely alliance with a deposed dictator appears to have helped Yemen’s advancing Shiite insurgents weather intensifying airstrikes directed at them by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition.Even as…

WorldViews: The key moments in the long history of U.S.-Iran tensions

March 31, 2015

In Lausanne, Switzerland, top-level negotiators from Iran and a number of world powers are still wrangling over the outline of a deal that they hope will ease tensions surrounding Tehran’s…

WorldViews: How the heart-wrenching photo of Syria’s surrendering child came to be

March 31, 2015

She was clearly a child of war. Against a backdrop of broken cement bricks and the dirt ground, the 4-year-old clenched her tiny hands above her head, pursed her lips…

WorldViews: What Yemen’s crisis reveals about China’s growing global power

March 31, 2015

On Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported that more than 500 Chinese nationals who were evacuated from Yemen had arrived safely in the city of Djibouti. The evacuees had been picked…

Thai junta leader seeks to replace martial law with sweeping new powers

March 31, 2015

BANGKOK — Thailand’s general-turned-prime-minister moved a step closer to seizing absolute authority Tuesday, proposing to replace martial law with even more-sweeping executive powers.Prayuth Chan-ocha, who traded his military uniform for…

WorldViews: Two German businessmen are on a daring mission to save migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean

March 31, 2015

Harald Höppner and Matthias Kuhnt could have spent their savings on houses or cars. Instead, they decided to rescue refugees.Thousands of people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea…

U.S., Britain fear possible ‘political interference’ in Nigerian election

March 31, 2015

KADUNA, Nigeria — The United States and Britain said Monday that Nigeria’s election results “may be subject to deliberate political interference,” a harsh warning issued just as the official vote…

Dozens killed in airstrike at refugee camp in Yemen

March 30, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — An airstrike killed dozens of people Monday at a camp for displaced people in northern Yemen, in what appeared to be the single deadliest attack since a…

WorldViews: Saudi Arabia’s hostile relationship with Russia is leaving Egypt stuck in the middle

March 30, 2015

At a gathering of Arab leaders in Sharm el-Sheikh this weekend, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi read a letter from Vladimir Putin. “We support Arab nations in their effort to …

Co-pilot of doomed plane was treated for suicidal tendencies, officials say

March 30, 2015

DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY — The co-pilot who crashed a Germanwings jetliner was treated years ago for suicidal tendencies, authorities said Monday. But although doctors who were worried about Andreas Lubitz’s mental…

Iran talks intensify in final-hour bid to resolve ‘tricky issues’

March 30, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — As the White House said that talks on Iran’s nuclear program would go “down to the wire,” negotiators struggled to bridge their remaining differences in the hours…

Shiite militias in Iraq say they have assurances that U.S. will stop strikes

March 30, 2015

BAGHDAD — Shiite militia leaders claimed Monday to have received reassurances from Iraq’s prime minister that there would be no more U.S.-led airstrikes on Tikrit, opening the way for their…

WorldViews: Islamists hack another blogger to death in Bangladesh

March 30, 2015

Three assailants cornered Washiqur Rahman, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi blogger, outside his Dhaka home on Monday and hacked him to death with meat cleavers. Police said the attackers rained their blows…

WorldViews: Watch: A wild rhino wreaks havoc in a town in Nepal

March 30, 2015

A rhinoceros entered the town of Hetuada in southern Nepal on Monday, creating chaos and killing at least one person. The wild creature’s rampage was documented by a number of…

WorldViews: China jails a Muslim for six years — for refusing to shave his beard

March 30, 2015

A Muslim was jailed for six years in China for refusing to shave off his beard, while his wife was imprisoned for two years for wearing a burqa, as part…

Middle East peace prospects are slim, outgoing U.N. envoy says

March 30, 2015

JERUSALEM — If judged by outcome, the United Nations’ special coordinator for the Middle East peace process has met with limited success, to put it diplomatically.In his seven years in…

Arab leaders announce joint force to intervene in region’s wars

March 30, 2015

CAIRO — Arab leaders ­announced Sunday that they would form a joint military force to intervene in neighboring states grappling with armed insurgencies. It is a dramatic step to quell…

In Nigeria, anxiously awaiting results to a crucial election

March 30, 2015

KADUNA, NIGERIA — Nigerians waited anxiously Sunday as the results of a bitterly contested presidential election were tabulated, a pivotal moment for Africa’s largest democracy and the region as a…

Iraqi army weighs cost of U.S.-led strikes in Tikrit as militiamen leave

March 30, 2015

TIKRIT, IRAQ — In the makeshift Iraqi army command headquarters for the operation to clear Tikrit, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Ibrahim reads out the coordinates for targets that planes from the…

Negotiators race deadline in Iran talks

March 29, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — ­Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program are focused on the pace at which sanctions and restrictions would be eased, diplomats said Sunday, as Israel’s prime minister predicted that…

Germanwings co-pilot worried about job security, officials say

March 29, 2015

DÜSSELDORF, Germany — The co-pilot who crashed Germanwings Flight 9525 had consulted with several medical professionals about a vision issue that, coupled with preexisting psychological problems, appeared to give him…

Foreign ministers arrive amid crucial weekend for Iran nuclear talks

March 29, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Diplomats from Germany and France joined the United States in frenetic talks with Iran on Saturday, amid indications that negotiations were foundering with only days left before…

Nigerian presidential vote is extended amid glitches and fears of violence

March 28, 2015

KADUNA, Nigeria —Nigerians voted Saturday in the most bitterly contested election in the history of the country’s young democracy — a poll that will determine the next chapter in a…

The Syrian War: What Does It Take

March 28, 2015

On March 16, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon gave a speech in Tokyo marking this year’s 70th anniversary of the United Nations. The world institution, he said, “was created after…

Saudi-led airstrikes intensify in Yemen as possible coalition land attack looms

March 28, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — Arab leaders vowed Saturday to back the embattled Yemeni president as a Saudi Arabia-led coalition intensified airstrikes on Shiite rebel targets across Yemen, escalating a conflict that…

Syrian rebels take strategic town of Idlib

March 28, 2015

BEIRUT — Syrian rebels captured the key northern city of Idlib from government forces on Saturday in what amounts to the most significant defeat in two years for the forces…

Among new clues about co-pilot: Reports of ‘pressure,’ vision problems

March 28, 2015

MONTABAUR, Germany — One year ­before he made the cut for Lufthansa’s elite flying school, Andreas Lubitz worked at a Burger King behind a carwash, flipping Whoppers and frying fries…

Reports: Desperate pilot used ax on locked cockpit door of doomed plane

March 28, 2015

In a last-ditch attempt to enter the cockpit, the pilot of doomed Germanwings Flight 9525 used an ax to try to break down the reinforced door moments before the plane…

WorldViews: How Yemen was once Egypt’s Vietnam

March 28, 2015

On Friday, Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi arrived at the Egyptian seaside town of Sharm el-Sheik on a plane from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The smiling Hadi, who was about…

In fight for Tikrit, U.S. finds enemies on both sides of the battle lines

March 28, 2015

BAGHDAD — As American forces open another front of battle in Iraq, they find themselves on the same side as an array of armed groups that not only consider the…

Co-pilot in jet crash said to have had depression

March 28, 2015

MONTABAUR, Germany — On the day he appeared to fly a commercial airliner into a chilly mountainside in France, Andreas Lubitz was hiding a potentially deadly secret: a chronic medical…

How the Yemen conflict risks new chaos in the Middle East

March 28, 2015

BEIRUT — The meltdown in Yemen is pushing the Middle East dangerously closer to the wider regional conflagration many long have feared would arise from the chaos unleashed by the…

Nigerians vote for president amid fears of Boko Haram, political violence

March 28, 2015

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — One week after she was freed from her captors in the notorious Boko Haram militia, Ubwamtu Papka was sitting in a harshly lighted room in the Pinnacle…

Cuban baseball, standing on second, waits for a sign

March 27, 2015

Raúl Castro is not a large man. He was never said to possess a decent curveball, unlike his older brother, nor any passion for baseball, let alone baseball politics.Whether that…

Cuban baseball, standing on second, waits for a sign

March 27, 2015

Raúl Castro is not a large man. He was never said to possess a decent curveball, unlike his older brother, nor any passion for baseball, let alone baseball politics.Whether that…

WorldViews: Who are the two candidates running to become the president of Nigeria?

March 27, 2015

President elections in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, are scheduled on Saturday. The two leading candidates are starkly different: one is a Christian politician who has struggled with the growing…

Despite Saudi-led airstrikes, Shiite rebels continue to advance in Yemen

March 27, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — Shiite rebels reached the outskirts of the key southern city of Aden on Friday, boldly defying a bombing campaign led by Saudi Arabia that is seeking to…

Israel backs down and returns frozen funds to Palestinians

March 27, 2015

JERUSALEM — Under pressure from his advisers and the United States, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is releasing some of the tax payments Israel has withheld from the Palestinian Authority for…

Iran nuclear talks move into crucial weekend

March 27, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The United States and Iran forged ahead Friday in a bid to settle disagreements on Iran’s nuclear program, as diplomats from other countries involved in the negotiations…

WorldViews: A new Chinese anti-corruption drive has an unfortunate name in English

March 27, 2015

This week, authorities in Beijing announced an initiative to catch corrupt officials who have fled overseas. The plan, set to be put into action next month, will better coordinate Chinese…

WorldViews: Iranian President Rouhani trumps the supreme leader — on Twitter, at least

March 27, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — When it comes to the Iran nuclear talks, the ultimate decision on whether to make a deal will be up to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. …

WorldViews: Pakistan’s long history of fighting Saudi Arabia’s wars

March 27, 2015

Saudi Arabia’s campaign against Houthi rebel forces in Yemen, which began with waves of airstrikes overnight on Thursday, has laid down a new marker in the dangerously unstable Middle East.As…

WorldViews: 4 reasons you should care about Nigeria’s election

March 27, 2015

ABUJA, Nigeria — On Saturday, Africa’s most populous and oil-rich country will go to the polls. The election looks to be the tightest in the 16 years since military rule…

A year into a conflict with Russia, are sanctions working?

March 27, 2015

MOSCOW — When it comes to inflicting economic pain on Russia, the Kremlin may be doing a better job than Western sanctions. Just don’t tell that to the Russian people,…

Miesihai site about all things