WorldViews: U.N. satellite photos confirm destruction of Palmyra’s Temple of Bel

August 31, 2015

Satellite images released by the United Nations appeared to confirm the destruction of the famous Temple of Bel, one of the most important structures in the 2,000-year-old archaeological complex at Palmyra, which is now controlled by the jihadists of the Islamic State.Read full article >>


WorldViews: China pins market plunge on financial journalist, airs ‘confession’

August 31, 2015

What’s roiling China’s stock market? A journalist, apparently.Wang Xiaolu, a reporter for a respected Chinese business magazine, “confessed” to causing chaos and panic in the markets, state media reported Sunday.Read full article >>


WorldViews: China pins market plunge on financial journalist, airs ‘confession’

August 31, 2015

What’s roiling China’s stock market? A journalist, apparently.Wang Xiaolu, a reporter for a respected Chinese business magazine, “confessed” to causing chaos and panic in the markets, state media reported Sunday.Read full article >>


E.U. leaders show little unity ahead of emergency conclave on refugees

August 31, 2015

BRUSSELS — European leaders traded barbs Monday about who was to blame for a worsening migration crisis, as mounting calls to take in desperate asylum-seekers mixed with skepticism that swift changes would actually take place.Read full article >>


E.U. leaders show little unity ahead of emergency conclave on refugees

August 31, 2015

BRUSSELS — European leaders traded barbs Monday about who was to blame for a worsening migration crisis, as mounting calls to take in desperate asylum-seekers mixed with skepticism that swift changes would actually take place.Read full article >>


Secular scholar in India fatally shot

August 31, 2015

NEW DELHI — Writers and intellectuals took to the streets Monday in the southern Indian state of Karnataka to protest the shooting death of prominent secular scholar Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi, the third such killing in India since 2013.Read full article >>


Secular scholar in India shot to death

August 31, 2015

NEW DELHI — Writers and intellectuals took to the streets in protest Monday in the southern Indian state of Karnataka over the shooting death of prominent secular intellectual Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi, the third such killing in India since 2013.Read full article >>


Iran’s post-sanctions windfall may not benefit Hamas

August 31, 2015

GAZA CITY — In the congressional battle being waged over the Iran nuclear deal, critics point to a likely windfall of cash and weapons that could flow from Tehran to terrorist groups, including the Islamist militant movement Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel.Read full article >>


Migrants’ deaths bring scrutiny to European handling of refugees

August 31, 2015

BUDAPEST — The 71 people whose bodies were found in an abandoned truck on the main highway between Budapest and Vienna last week may have died at the hands of smugglers. But critics are also blaming a broken European refugee system that is increasingly forcing desperate asylum-seekers into the arms of human traffickers.Read full article >>


Islamic State destroys a treasured Palmyra site

August 31, 2015

BEIRUT — Islamic State militants have blown up one of the most important temples in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, accelerating their relentless campaign of destruction against the historical treasures that have fallen under their control, activists and monitors said Sunday.Read full article >>


How farmers from rural China bet on the stock market and lost

August 30, 2015

NANLIU, China — Nobody has seen the village chief.Just months ago, his courtyard home at the edge of the orchard was a makeshift trading floor where local farmers gathered to share tips and track the Shanghai Composite. Now, the gates are closed, a security camera stands watch, and nobody wants to talk about the stock-trading local party secretary.Read full article >>


How farmers from rural China bet on the stock market and lost

August 30, 2015

NANLIU, China — Nobody has seen the village chief.Just months ago, his courtyard home at the edge of the orchard was a makeshift trading floor where local farmers gathered to share tips and track the Shanghai Composite. Now, the gates are closed, a security camera stands watch, and nobody wants to talk about the stock-trading local party secretary.Read full article >>


World digest: Aug. 29, 2015

August 29, 2015

UKRAINEPutin doesn’t agree on why peace failedThe leaders of France, Germany and Russia backed a new cease-fire in eastern Ukraine in a three-way phone call on Saturday but offered contrasting views of why February’s peace deal is in trouble.Read full article >>


Smugglers who drove migrants to their deaths were part of a vast web

August 29, 2015

KECSKEMET, Hungary — The smugglers responsible for driving 71 migrants to their deaths in the back of a cramped, unventilated truck in Austria were part of a vast international syndicate that has been a subject of multiple criminal investigations, a leading European law enforcement official said Saturday.Read full article >>


As tragedies shock Europe, a bigger refugee crisis looms in the Middle East

August 29, 2015

AL-MINYA, Lebanon — While the world’s attention is fixed on the tens of thousands of Syrian refugees swarming into Europe, a potentially far more profound crisis is unfolding in the countries of the Middle East that have borne the brunt of the world’s failure to resolve the Syrian war.Read full article >>


Thailand issues arrest warrant for suspect in second blast

August 29, 2015

BANGKOK — Thai authorities arrested a foreign man Saturday, whom they said had been holed up in a suburban apartment with bomb-making equipment and stacks of passports, in the first possible breakthrough in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine nearly two weeks ago.Read full article >>


Paul Royle, Australian POW who took part in the ‘Great Escape,’ dies at 101

August 29, 2015

Paul Royle, an Australian pilot who took part in a mass breakout from a German prisoner of war camp during World War II that is remembered as the Great Escape, died Aug. 23 in his home town of Perth. He was 101.Read full article >>


More ID, bag checks on Europe’s trains after foiled attack

August 29, 2015

PARIS — European countries will increase identity checks and baggage controls on trains after three American passengers and a Briton thwarted an attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris, France’s interior minister said Saturday.Read full article >>


More ID, bag checks on Europe’s trains after foiled attack

August 29, 2015

PARIS — European countries will increase identity checks and baggage controls on trains after three American passengers and a Briton thwarted an attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris, France’s interior minister said Saturday.Read full article >>


Thousands of demonstrators continue protests in Lebanese capital

August 29, 2015

BEIRUT — Thousands of people gathered in downtown Beirut on Saturday to protest corruption and dysfunctional governance, continuing demonstrations that have shaken the Lebanese capital with sporadic violence.Read full article >>


Egyptian court sentences 3 Al Jazeera journalists to 3 in prison

August 29, 2015

CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to three years in prison on charges of broadcasting without a license, in a ruling that has highlighted Egypt’s harsh treatment of the media.Read full article >>


An 8-year-old’s tragic illness tests Mexico’s ban on marijuana use

August 29, 2015

MONTERREY, Mexico — They can tell the next one’s coming when she begins rubbing her hands together, as if washing them. Her head slumps, and she looks left. She starts to flick her fingers and knead her skinny thigh.Read full article >>


Clashes erupt between India and Pakistan along disputed border

August 28, 2015

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — Clashes erupted between Indian and Pakistani security forces Friday, killing at least 11 civilians and wounding scores more on both sides of the contested border, according to officials in both countries.Read full article >>


Children among 71 dead in Austrian truck tragedy as police make arrests

August 28, 2015

LONDON — The deaths en masse of scores of migrants on land and at sea prompted fresh calls on Friday for Europe to overhaul the way it responds to a never-before-seen influx of men, women and children that shows no sign of abating despite risks that seem to rise by the day.Read full article >>


North Korean leader says his nukes, not negotiation, avoided war

August 28, 2015

SEOUL — Kim Jong Un, the querulous North Korean leader, said the recent standoff with South Korea was resolved not through negotiation but “thanks to the tremendous military muscle” of the country’s nuclear weapons.Read full article >>


China stocks, currency rise as government shows renewed resolve

August 28, 2015

BEIJING — China’s share market rose significantly for a second day Friday, while the central bank also pushed the currency higher, as authorities showed new resolve to calm investors’ frayed nerves. Other Asian markets enjoyed a third day of gains, buoyed by Thursday’s rally on Wall Street. Read full article >>


200 migrants thought dead in boat sinking off Libya

August 28, 2015

More than 2,000 migrants have died this year trying to reach Europe from North Africa by sailing across the Mediterranean. And Thursday, that death toll rose markedly when officials reported a boat packed with about 400 people headed to Italy sank off the coast of Libya, killing an estimated 200 people, according to multiple news reports.Read full article >>


The ‘saddest bride I have ever seen’: Child marriage is as popular as ever in Bangladesh

August 28, 2015

On her wedding day, 15-year-old Nasoin Akhter looked “melancholic,” according to photographer Allison Joyce, who documented the teenage girl’s wedding to her 32-year-old husband, Mohammad Hasamur Rahman, last week in Manikganj, Bangladesh.Read full article >>


A pope beloved by many secular intellectuals is also passionate about miracles and relics

August 28, 2015

NAPLES, Italy — The faithful here are still talking about Pope Francis and the holy blood.On an official trip to this ancient city in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Pope Francis entered the local cathedral to pray to Januarius, the patron saint of Naples. Januarius’s 1,700-year-old dried blood is known to “spontaneously liquefy,” a phenomenon seen by true believers as a miraculous sign from above. Those gathered watched anxiously as Francis prayed before, then kissed, the ornate silver-and-glass reliquary containing the coagulated clot.Read full article >>


Guatemalan prosecutors urge president to resign amid scandal

August 28, 2015

GUATEMALA CITY — Pressure grew Thursday on Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina to resign as business and government offices closed, protesters marched by the thousands and the attorney general’s office urged him to step down “to prevent ungovernability that could destabilize the nation.”Read full article >>


U.S. stock markets rally for second day

August 27, 2015

All major U.S. stock indices rose more than 2 percent Thursday, extending their rally and wiping out losses for the week.Gains were steady through much of the day, but markets seesawed in the last hour before heading to a strong finish. The Dow Jones industrial average ended the day up 369 points, or 2.3 percent, to close at 16655. The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index rose 2.4 percent. And the Nasdaq was up 2.5 percent.Read full article >>


World Digest: Aug. 27, 2015

August 27, 2015

GreeceTop judge sworn in as caretaker premier Greece’s top Supreme Court judge was sworn in as caretaker prime minister Thursday to lead the country to elections next month, ending a week of political deadlock after leftist leader Alexis Tsipras resigned amid the country’s financial crisis.Read full article >>


Discovery of more than 70 bodies in truck highlights European migrant crisis

August 27, 2015

BERLIN — Austrian authorities launched an international probe Thursday into the deaths of more than 70 suspected migrants, with white-suited forensic experts still struggling to count the decomposed corpses left by a tragedy that immediately touched off a new round of recriminations over Europe’s handling of an escalating refugee crisis.Read full article >>


Augusta Chiwy, ‘forgotten’ African nurse of Battle of the Bulge, dies at 94

August 27, 2015

For decades, stories circulated among veterans and historians about an African nurse who tended to wounded and dying American soldiers in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge, the bloody campaign through the Ardennes in the winter of 1944-1945 that became the last major German offensive of World War II.Read full article >>


Mosul commander was on vacation despite warnings of attack, report says

August 27, 2015

BAGHDAD — The top Iraqi army officer for Mosul remained on vacation last summer despite repeated warnings that Islamic State militants were planning to seize the city, and his units had less than a third of the soldiers they were supposed to have on the day of the battle.Read full article >>


Ukraine, creditors agree on debt deal in bid to lighten financial load

August 27, 2015

BRUSSELS — Ukraine’s main creditors agreed Thursday to forgive a portion of the nation’s debt, lightening the war-burdened country’s economic problems and unlocking additional international assistance.Read full article >>


Ukraine, creditors agree on debt deal in bid to lighten financial load

August 27, 2015

BRUSSELS — Ukraine’s main creditors agreed Thursday to forgive a portion of the nation’s debt, the Ukrainian Finance Ministry said, lightening the war-burdened country’s economic problems and unlocking additional international assistance.Read full article >>


China’s economic woes expose drawbacks of president’s power play

August 27, 2015

BEIJING — President Xi Jinping has set out a beguiling vision for what he calls the “great rejuvenation” of the Chinese nation, one where his country strides confidently on the world stage while, at home, a reinvigorated Communist Party curbs corruption and crushes dissent.Read full article >>


China’s economic woes expose drawbacks of president’s power play

August 27, 2015

BEIJING — President Xi Jinping has set out a beguiling vision for what he calls the “great rejuvenation” of the Chinese nation, one where his country strides confidently on the world stage while, at home, a reinvigorated Communist Party curbs corruption and crushes dissent.Read full article >>


An Afghan woman’s murder has led to sound and fury, but little justice

August 27, 2015

KABUL — Along a road overlooking a trash-filled riverbed, visitors from across the country stop at a memorial to Afghanistan’s most famous murdered woman. They snap photos of the drooping green Islamic flags and the spiny pine tree planted in her honor. They read the poem written on a red board that eulogizes her death.Read full article >>


WorldViews: How tens of thousands of migrants could help save Europe

August 27, 2015

Europe’s startling refugee crisis, unparalleled perhaps since World War II, has generated all sorts of alarmist headlines. A right-wing British tabloid bemoaned the ”swarms” flooding across the Channel. Anti-immigration protesters in Germany have attacked asylum centers for recent arrivals. Faced with a dramatic influx, the Hungarian government accelerated the construction of a border fence and warned that it could deploy its military against tens of thousands making the the trek to safe havens in the European Union.Read full article >>


Report: Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal could become the world’s third-biggest

August 27, 2015

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A new report by two American think tanks asserts that Pakistan may be building 20 nuclear warheads annually and could have the world’s third-largest nuclear stockpile within a decade. Read full article >>


‘The rules are flawed’: Chinese stock crash leaves investors cynical

August 27, 2015

BEIJING — When hairdresser Zhang Liang first tiptoed into the Chinese stock market back in March, things could hardly have gone better.Without any real idea what he was doing — he chose companies because their names seemed lucky or because they were backed by the government — he doubled his money in just a month.Read full article >>


Dow soars more than 600 points, ending a six-day losing streak

August 26, 2015

The Dow Jones industrial average soared more than 600 points Wednesday, snapping a six-day losing streak and notching its third-largest daily point gain.The Dow, the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index and the Nasdaq all climbed close to 4 percent. For the Dow and the S&P 500, it was the strongest percentage gain since November 2011.Read full article >>


Merkel condemns rash of Neo-nazi attacks in Germany

August 26, 2015

BERLIN — Seeking to counter a rising tide of neo-Nazi rage in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled to the eastern city of Heidenau on Wednesday to deliver what critics called a long-overdue public statement against a terrifying wave of attacks on asylum seekers.Read full article >>


Leaders sign deal to end South Sudan’s civil war, but challenges loom

August 26, 2015

NAIROBI — South Sudan’s president signed a peace deal Wednesday intended to end a 20-month-old civil war that has left thousands dead in the wake of the country’s historic declaration of independence in 2011.Read full article >>


Two U.S. troops killed in apparent ‘insider’ attack by Afghan soldier

August 26, 2015

KABUL — Two American service members were killed Wednesday in an apparent “insider” attack by an Afghan soldier at a military base in Afghanistan’s southwestern Helmand province, U.S. and Afghan officials reported.Read full article >>


After deal, North and South Korea try to work together — but for how long?

August 26, 2015

SEOUL — When you have an alcoholic in the family, South Korean President Park Geun-hye recently told advisers, you can hide all the bottles and take him to rehab. But you can’t make him quit until he is ready to quit.Read full article >>


India’s Modi appeals for calm after night of rioting: ‘Violence will not benefit anyone’

August 26, 2015

AHMEDABAD, India — India’s prime minister appealed for calm Wednesday after a rally that drew half a million members of a powerful clan resulted in a night of rioting that left three dead and dozens of buses and police stations torched.Read full article >>


A prosperous clan in India rallies for government aid, sparking violence

August 26, 2015

AHMEDABAD, INDIA — Violence erupted throughout the western Indian state of Gujarat on Tuesday night after an emotionally charged rally where one of India’s most prosperous clans had gathered to demand that they be included in government programs for the socially disadvantaged.Read full article >>


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