U.S. stocks stage dramatic reversal, erasing rally and raising new fears

August 25, 2015

U.S. stocks plunged in the last hour of trading Tuesday to wipe out a day-long rally, adding fresh uncertainty to markets that had seemed to be on the rebound.The wild…

Islamic State accused of using mustard gas in Syria attack

August 25, 2015

BEIRUT —Doctors and an aid organization said this week that the Islamic State appears to have used mustard gas during an attack last week in northern Syria, a claim that…

Refugees race into Hungary as border fence nears completion

August 25, 2015

BRUSSELS — Thousands of refugees, most fleeing wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have been snaking northward through the Balkans in recent days, confronting a Europe woefully unprepared to deal…

China’s economy is in big trouble, but it isn’t collapsing

August 25, 2015

BEIJING —Steep slides of Chinese stocks in recent days are stoking global panic about the state of the world’s second-largest economy, with commentators ranging from Chinese state media to Donald…

S. Korea agrees to end broadcasts as North expresses regret for provocations

August 25, 2015

TOKYO — North and South Korea reached an agreement early Tuesday to resolve the showdown on the divided peninsula, with Pyongyang promising to express regret for recent provocations, including a…

China’s ‘Black Monday’ spreads stock market fears worldwide

August 24, 2015

BEIJING — Stock market jitters spread throughout Asia and the rest of the world, and Wall Street sustained a major plunge, after Chinese stocks recorded their biggest slump in eight…

After attack, what can be done about train security? Experts say: Not much

August 24, 2015

BRUSSELS — After three vacationing Americans and other passengers tackled and trussed a Moroccan man who had started shooting aboard a high-speed train in Europe’s heart, this is what authorities…

In China, a ghost town points to shifting fortunes

August 24, 2015

SHENFU, China — Giant skyscrapers tower unfinished and abandoned around a lake that forms the centerpiece of this new town. The wind blows through the empty hulk of what was…

A change of seats for 3 Americans led to saved lives on Paris-bound train

August 24, 2015

PARIS — The three American friends who helped foil what could have been a mass shooting on a packed high-speed train bound for Paris started their journey in a different…

A change of seats for 3 Americans led to saved lives on Paris-bound train

August 24, 2015

PARIS — The three American friends who helped foil what could have been a mass shooting on a packed high-speed train bound for Paris started their journey in a different…

Americans awarded France’s highest honor after stopping European train attack

August 24, 2015

BRUSSELS —One of the Americans who prevented a bloodbath on a high-speed European train Friday serves in the Air Force. Another is in the Oregon National Guard. On Monday, the…

As marathon talks continue, Koreas ready their militaries for conflict

August 24, 2015

TOKYO — Representatives from North and South Korea held a day of marathon talks Sunday — stretching more than 21 hours past noon local time Monday, without any word of…

Gaza Strip’s middle class enjoys spin classes, fine dining, private beaches

August 23, 2015

GAZA CITY — Alongside the Hamas training camps and bombed-out neighborhoods, there is a parallel reality where the wafer-thin Palestinian middle class here is wooed by massage therapists, spin classes…

Trash crisis sparks clashes over corruption, dysfunction in Lebanon

August 23, 2015

BEIRUT — Protests over corruption and political dysfunction are rattling Lebanon, threatening more instability in a country already hobbled by a huge influx of Syrian refugees and attacks by Islamist…

Lebanon rattled by protests over trash crisis, corruption

August 23, 2015

BEIRUT — Protests over corruption and political dysfunction are rattling Lebanon, threatening more instability in a country already hobbled by a huge influx of Syrian refugees and attacks by Islamist…

North and South Korea to hold second day of talks in bid to ease tensions

August 23, 2015

TOKYO — The specter of conflict on the Korean Peninsula has receded, at least temporarily, as representatives from North and South Korea began a second day of talks aimed at…

More than a dozen killed in two car bomb attacks in Somalia

August 22, 2015

MOGADISHU, Somalia — At least 21 people were killed in two separate car-bomb attacks in Somalia on Saturday, one in Mogadishu and another at a military training base in the…

UPDATE 6-Refugees tear through police lines at Macedonian border

August 22, 2015

GEVGELIJA, Macedonia — Thousands of migrants Saturday stormed across Macedonia’s border from Greece, overwhelming security forces who threw stun grenades and lashed out with batons before apparently abandoning an effort…

Train suspect had been flagged as potential risk

August 22, 2015

PARIS — The shooter boarded the packed high-speed train with enough firepower to slaughter dozens in a matter of minutes, and he was foiled not through high-tech security but because…

Bomb attack kills 12, including three Americans, in Afghan capital

August 22, 2015

KABUL — A massive car bomb targeting a U.S.-led NATO mission convoy killed at least 12 people, including three Virginia-based American civilian contractors, near a hospital during rush hour Saturday,…

Bomb attack kills 12, including three Americans, in Afghan capital

August 22, 2015

KABUL — A massive car bomb targeting a U.S.-led NATO mission convoy killed at least 12 people, including three Virginia-based American civilian contractors, near a hospital during rush hour Saturday,…

Ieng Thirith, a leader of Cambodia’s brutal Khmer Rouge regime, dies at 83

August 22, 2015

Ieng Thirith, a Khmer Rouge leader who was the highest-ranking woman in the genocidal regime that oversaw the death of nearly 2 million Cambodians in the late 1970s, died Aug.…

Ieng Thirith, a leader of Cambodia’s brutal Khmer Rouge regime, dies at 83

August 22, 2015

Ieng Thirith, a Khmer Rouge leader who was the highest-ranking woman in the genocidal regime that oversaw the death of nearly 2 million Cambodians in the late 1970s, died Aug.…

Egon Bahr, West German statesman who helped improve ties with East, dies at 93

August 22, 2015

Egon Bahr, the German statesman who helped lead the Ostpolitik, or eastern policy, of improving relations with the communist East under West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, a reduction of tensions…

Egon Bahr, West German statesman who helped improve ties with East, dies at 93

August 22, 2015

Egon Bahr, the German statesman who helped lead the Ostpolitik, or eastern policy, of improving relations with the communist East under West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, a reduction of tensions…

While Congress argues over Iran, Europe rushes to do business there

August 22, 2015

BRUSSELS — The ink was barely dry on a landmark agreement with Iran to limit its nuclear program before a German government plane packed with the nation’s economic elite touched…

An arugula-growing farmer feeds a culinary revolution in Cuba

August 21, 2015

CAIMITO, Cuba — Like all homestead stories, Fernando Funes Monzote’s starts with an epic battle against harsh elements and long odds. Funes, a university-trained agronomist, settled on a badly eroded,…

Islamic State second in command killed in U.S. strike, White House says

August 21, 2015

The second in command of the Islamic State was killed in northern Iraq earlier this week, the White House said Friday.Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, a leader of Islamic State operations also…

Islamic State second-in-command killed in U.S. strike, White House says

August 21, 2015

The second-in-command of the Islamic State was killed in northern Iraq earlier this week, the White House said Friday.Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, a leader of Islamic State operations also known as…

Israel hits Syrian targets following rocket fire it says was ordered by Iran

August 21, 2015

JERUSALEM — In an intense cross-border skirmish Thursday and Friday, Israeli artillery and aircraft struck more than a dozen military installations in southern Syria, as well as an alleged jihadist…

Israel hits Syrian targets following rocket fire it says was ordered by Iran

August 21, 2015

JERUSALEM — In an intense cross-border skirmish Thursday and Friday, Israeli artillery and aircraft struck more than a dozen military installations in southern Syria, as well as an alleged jihadist…

Tehran official: Diplomats seek release of at least 19 Iranians held in U.S.

August 21, 2015

A senior Iranian diplomat said the country is working through third-country channels to seek the release of at least 19 Iranians jailed in the United States, according to a report…

Iranian official: Diplomacy being used to urge release of Iranians held in U.S.

August 21, 2015

A senior Iranian diplomat said the country is working through third-country channels to seek the release of at least 19 Iranians jailed in the United States, according to a report…

As Shanghai plunges again, another stock market shows where China’s torment starts

August 21, 2015

SHENZHEN, China — Not one, or two, but three bulls stand sentinel outside the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, symbols of a city, and a country, that have spent more than three…

Shanghai got the headlines, but this diving market was China’s ground zero

August 21, 2015

SHENZHEN, China — Not one, or two, but three bulls stand sentinel outside the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, symbols of a city, and a country, that have spent more than three…

Beyond terrorism, Iraq’s leader is struggling to fight corruption

August 21, 2015

BAGHDAD — After five years of trying to get a job as a public school teacher, Saleh Ali paid a bribe of $4,300 to an official in Iraq’s Education Ministry…

Beyond terrorism, Iraq’s leader is struggling to fight corruption

August 21, 2015

BAGHDAD — After five years of trying to get a job as a public school teacher, Saleh Ali paid a bribe of $4,300 to an official in Iraq’s Education Ministry…

North Korea threatens action in South Korea over anti-Pyongyang broadcasts

August 21, 2015

TOKYO — Tensions on the Korean Peninsula heightened Friday morning, when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his military chiefs to the border with South Korea and told them…

Chinese hackers may have turned sights on India, new report says

August 21, 2015

BEIJING — India is under attack, virtually.A sophisticated cyberespionage group, probably based in China, is taking advantage of India’s weak cyberdefenses to burrow into government bodies and academic institutions to…

Pakistan fears that U.S. will slash military aid over counterterror efforts

August 20, 2015

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The Pentagon could withhold hundreds of millions of dollars from Pakistan’s military over concerns that it is not doing enough to combat insurgent groups that plan and…

Greek prime minister resigns, calls snap elections to shore up support

August 20, 2015

BRUSSELS — Greek Prime Mini­ster Alexis Tsipras resigned Thursday, calling snap elections in his economically embattled nation in a bid to combat dissent within his own party.The decision injected fresh…

Islamic State claims responsibility for massive car bombing in Cairo

August 20, 2015

CAIRO — The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a massive car bombing on Thursday that targeted security forces here in the Egyptian capital in what the militant group deemed as…

Report: Britain to reopen embassy in Tehran

August 20, 2015

Britain plans to reopen its embassy in Tehran, a report said Thursday, nearly four years after protesters stormed the compound in one of the most dramatic diplomatic ruptures in Iran…

Islamic State claims responsibility for massive car bombing in Cairo

August 20, 2015

CAIRO — The Islamic State claimed Thursday it carried out a massive car bombing that targeted Egyptian security forces in Cairo, calling the operation revenge for the deaths of some…

Thai authorities rule out international terrorism in deadly shrine bombing

August 20, 2015

Thai authorities largely ruled out international terrorism Thursday as the cause of a deadly pipe bomb attack in Bangkok earlier this week, but said it was probably the work of…

Fearful of Jewish settlers, Palestinians deploy night watchmen

August 19, 2015

KUSRA, West Bank — The men of this hilltop town who gather at night with clubs and flashlights stress they are not afraid. But they say something changed after the…

Russia’s summer of intrigue: Political trials take center stage

August 19, 2015

MOSCOW — It’s the summer of political trials in Russia.As most Russians head to their dachas for the seasonal break, Russian prosecutors are keeping busy with several high-profile cases the…

Syria says Islamic State militants beheaded a noted archaeologist

August 19, 2015

BEIRUT — Khaled Asaad was a respected scholar who devoted more than five decades of his life to preserving the majestic, 2,000-year-old ruins of Palmyra, a city in the Syrian…

Thai police: Bangkok bomber linked to ‘network’ of plotters

August 19, 2015

Police in Thailand broadened their hunt Wednesday for the perpetrator of a deadly bomb attack in central Bangkok, issuing a police sketch of the man sought in a huge manhunt…

Islamic State reportedly beheads antiquities scholar, 82, who oversaw Palmyra ruins

August 19, 2015

Khaled Asaad was a bespectacled scholar who had devoted more than five decades of his life to preserving the ruins of Palmyra, a majestic 2,000-year-old city in the Syrian desert.On…

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