Europe rallies behind Merkel as Greeks hit breaking point

June 30, 2015

BERLIN — Her critics call her the villain of the Greek drama, a taskmaster forcing a bankrupt nation to its knees. But even as the Greeks reach their breaking point,…

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Can Tunisia crack down on terror while preserving its democracy?

June 30, 2015

TUNIS — Tunisian authorities have promised to shut extremist mosques, squeeze terrorists’ ­access to funds and call up army reserves. They are also promoting sweeping new anti-terrorism legislation.The measures are…

WorldViews: China’s new climate change plan — in four graphs

June 30, 2015

On Tuesday, China formally submitted its climate change action plan to the United Nations. The document, which can be viewed here (in Chinese first, and then in English), formalizes the…

WorldViews: Israel’s prime minister tweets cartoon comparing Iran to the Islamic State

June 30, 2015

It’s no secret that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is adamantly opposed to the negotiations currently taking place in Vienna right now over Iran’s nuclear program.For months now, Netanyahu, backed…

WorldViews: The U.N. says South Sudanese soldiers gang-raped girls and then burned them alive

June 30, 2015

A new report by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) claims to have found evidence that the Sudan People’s Liberation Army and associated armed groups in South Sudan…

WorldViews: Three Cuban cities on Pope Francis’s fall tour

June 30, 2015

A schedule of Pope Francis’s eight-day trip to Cuba and the United States this fall shows he will meet with Raul Castro and celebrate Mass in three different cities on…

WorldViews: Chart: There are more Spanish speakers in the U.S. than in Spain

June 30, 2015

// </p> <p>// The population of Spanish speakers in the United States has now surpassed that of Spain, according to a report published by an organization affiliated with the Spanish…

WorldViews: Burma, once a pariah state, gets its first taste of KFC

June 30, 2015

KFC has become the first major Western fast-food chain to open a restaurant in Burma, with the grand unveiling of an outlet in the country’s commercial capital on Tuesday.Images from…

WorldViews: How Mexico is going to make Donald Trump pay

June 30, 2015

MEXICO CITY — One of the risks of having a business empire with tentacles encircling the globe is that if you refer to your business partners as drug-runners and rapists, …

WorldViews: Putin offered to support Venezuela in case of war with Colombia, book claims

June 30, 2015

During a moment of peak tensions between Colombia and Venezuela, Vladimir Putin told the late Hugo Chávez to count on his support if war broke out, according to a new…

WorldViews: Greece’s government has an unlikely ally: A Turkish politician

June 30, 2015

Greece’s imminent economic collapse has polarized political opinion in Europe and elsewhere. Some have little sympathy for the indebted nation’s unwillingness to play by the rules of the euro zone;…

At barren shops and closed banks, Greeks feel strain of ‘economic war’

June 29, 2015

ATHENS — Ten packages of pasta, a bag of flour, canned white beans and rice.On a Monday of uncertainties for Greece, which may soon bid farewell to the euro, groceries…

Europe may not admit it, but its future is on the line in Greece

June 29, 2015

LONDON — He said he felt sorrow and betrayal. He begged, and he blamed.With Greece’s future in Europe on the line, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker pulled off an emotional…

Puerto Rico’s governor on need to postpone debt payments for years: ‘It’s about math’

June 29, 2015

The governor of Puerto Rico said in a televised address Monday that the island cannot pay back more than $70 billion in debt, setting up an unprecedented financial crisis that…

U.S. markets slide as Greece fears rattle investors

June 29, 2015

BEIJING — U.S. markets slid about 2 percent Monday as investors reacted to the latest chapter in Greece’s financial saga, handing investors their biggest losses of the year.The Standard &…

WorldViews: Here’s what is in the way of a ‘good’ Iran nuclear deal

June 29, 2015

They’re happening again. In an elegant Vienna hotel, international diplomats and negotiators, including U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, will be locked in discussions with interlocutors from Iran over…

Cairo blast kills top prosecutor, raising fears about militant reach in Egypt

June 29, 2015

CAIRO — A powerful car bomb killed Egypt’s top prosecutor Monday in a high-profile assassination that underscored the apparently expanding reach of militants and their ability to mount a sophisticated…

WorldViews: The remarkable bravery shown by Tunisians during the Sousse beach attack

June 29, 2015

In the aftermath of last week’s attack on a tourist resort in Sousse, Tunisia — a mass shooting that left at least 38 people, mainly tourists, dead — there has…

Shock, grief in Britain over deaths of up to 30 nationals in Tunisia attack

June 29, 2015

LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday called the fight against the Islamic State “the struggle of our generation,” as Britain grappled with the aftermath of a beach massacre…

Greece banks closed amid deepening crisis over future in euro zone

June 29, 2015

ATHENS — Greeks faced shuttered banks and a closed stock market Monday at the beginning of a fateful week that may determine whether they will be able to hold on…

WorldViews: This is what Greece looks like on the brink of economic disaster

June 29, 2015

As talks between Greece and its creditors broke down over the past few days, a Greek financial meltdown has become a very scary and very real possibility.Images from Greece show…

China launches development bank for Asia, calls it first step in ‘epic journey’

June 29, 2015

BEIJING — Underscoring its growing global heft, China launched an infrastructure bank for Asia on Monday, receiving the backing of 50 countries for an initiative that seeks to boost the…

Israel intercepts Gaza-bound aid ship in Mediterranean

June 29, 2015

JERUSALEM — Israeli naval commandos intercepted a protest ship at sea bound for the Gaza Strip on Monday and diverted the vessel toward a port in Israel. The Israelis said…

In Japan, even the gun enthusiasts are in favor of gun control

June 29, 2015

ISEHARA, Japan — Chiaki Sakurai heard a story from his shooting buddies about an American school in Japan. “I heard that there’s an American school here that has a sign…

In Japan, even the gun enthusiasts welcome restrictions on firearms

June 29, 2015

ISEHARA, Japan — Chiaki Sakurai heard a story from his shooting buddies about an American school in Japan.“I heard that there’s an American school here that has a sign out…

Greece will close banks for 6 days, impose limits on withdrawals

June 29, 2015

ATHENS — Greek leaders planned to shutter their banks for six business days starting Monday and impose strict limits on ATM withdrawals amid rising global concerns about the nation’s economic…

Puerto Rico governor says island’s debts can’t be paid

June 29, 2015

Puerto Rico is set to release a key financial stability report by former International Monetary Fund economists Monday, officials said Sunday, in a crucial week for the island as bond…

Years after invasion, the U.S. leaves a cultural imprint on Afghanistan

June 29, 2015

KABUL — In a private room inside the Wiana Cafe, Mahmood Rezai snapped his hands to an imaginary beat, mimicking the actions of his favorite rap stars: Eminem, 50 Cent…

Unpopular Brazilian president to visit U.S. as her country’s economy slides

June 29, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO — In March 2011, President Obama swept onto the stage at the Municipal Theater here to tumultuous applause.“I met with your wonderful new president, Dilma Rousseff, and…

Iran nuclear talks to miss Tuesday deadline, will run ‘a few days’ longer

June 28, 2015

VIENNA — The Iran nuclear talks will spill beyond a Tuesday deadline, officials said Sunday as Iran’s foreign minister broke off from the negotiations and flew to Tehran for consultations.A…

Israel wants to force-feed Palestinian prisoners who go on hunger strikes

June 28, 2015

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Israeli government wants to force-feed Palestinian prisoners who go on hunger strikes, an extreme medical procedure that Israeli doctors say they will refuse to perform…

Three attacks deepen fears about Islamic State’s global reach

June 28, 2015

The attacks appeared to have no connection in terms of tactic or target.The beheading and failed attempt to blow up a chemical plant in France bore no operational resemblance to…

CIA photos of ‘black sites’ could complicate Guantanamo trials

June 28, 2015

Military prosecutors this year learned about a massive cache of CIA photographs of its former overseas “black sites” while reviewing material collected for the Senate investigation of the agency’s interrogation…

Greece on the brink of default after talks with creditors break down

June 28, 2015

LONDON — Greece’s long-running standoff with its European creditors appeared headed on Saturday for an abrupt — and potentially cataclysmic — ending as the continent’s finance ministers rejected an emergency…

WorldViews: Justice Roberts cited the traditions of four cultures in his dissent on gay marriage. Here’s what he didn’t mention.

June 27, 2015

In his written dissent to the Supreme Court’s decision to effectively legalize gay marriage in all 50 states in the United States, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. made a…

Witnesses recall the horror of terrorist attack on Tunisian beach

June 27, 2015

SOUSSE, Tunisia — In the final moments of the worst terrorist attack in Tunisia’s history, witnesses recalled, the assailant casually strolled to the ocean at a popular resort to wash…

Armenian president suspends electricity hikes behind protest

June 27, 2015

YEREVAN, Armenia — The president of Armenia on Saturday suspended hikes in household electricity rates in an effort to end the protests that have blocked the capital’s main avenue for…

Fears of terrorism mount in France

June 27, 2015

LYON, France – Following Friday’s attempted assault on a chemical plant that officials described as a terrorist attack, France was hunkering down Saturday for what politicians and analysts warned could…

Thousands mourn in Kuwait’s mass funeral after Shiite attack

June 27, 2015

KUWAIT CITY — Thousands of people in Kuwait took part in a funeral procession Saturday for 27 people killed in an attack on a Shiite mosque in the capital a…

Kerry begins final round of Iran nuclear talks

June 27, 2015

VIENNA — The final round of the Iran nuclear talks began Saturday with Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif cautioning that a lot…

WorldViews: Japan has a flag problem, too

June 27, 2015

As the debate about the use of the Confederate flag raged in the United States this week, many looked abroad for other symbol-based controversies. Germany, which had banned the swastika…

Cuban artist pushes boundary between art and politics, and pays a price

June 27, 2015

HAVANA — It was probably inevitable, given the trajectory of her career, that Cuban artist Tania Bruguera’s creative vision would collide one day with her country’s less-expansive political reality.From a…

ISIS claims to be behind deadly Tunisia attack

June 27, 2015

BEIRUT — Assailants beheaded, bombed and gunned down victims on three continents Friday, killing more than 60 people and raising fears that a global surge of terror strikes could be…

Gunman storms Tunisia resort in deadly attack aimed at foreigners

June 27, 2015

CAIRO — Tunisia suffered its worst terrorist attack in recent memory Friday as a gunman fatally shot 39 people at a beach resort, an assault that rattled the fragile democracy…

An exclusive look at the draft schedule for Pope Francis’s U.S. trip this fall

June 27, 2015

Pope Francis will meet with inmates in a Philadelphia prison gym, poor migrants at a D.C. church — where he may serve them lunch — and disadvantaged youth at an…

Islamic State claims responsibility for Tunisia attack

June 27, 2015

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bloody attack on tourists at a resort town in Tunisia on Friday.In a statement circulated by Islamic State supporters online, the group said…

Explosions hit French factory; terrorism probe opened

June 27, 2015

SAINT-PRIEST, France — Yassin Salhi was another extremist who fell through the cracks.Like the three homegrown terrorists who staged multiple assaults in and around Paris in January, Salhi, a 35-year-old…

WorldViews: In Kuwait, a man paused to gaze at worshipers. Then he blew them up.

June 26, 2015

A ghastly day of terror attacks on three continents began with a suicide bombing of a mosque in Kuwait. The attacker entered the Imam Sadiq mosque, one of the oldest…

WorldViews: Bangladesh might exile Rohingya refugees to a remote, flood-prone island

June 26, 2015

Mohammed Islam is a Rohingya Muslim who has lived in a refugee camp in Bangladesh since age 9, after his family fled religious tension in his home country of Burma,…

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