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 swing highlighted investors’ anxieties about an expansive Chinese slowdown and hinted at fault lines in a U.S. economy otherwise considered strong.Read full article >>


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 intensifies fears that the extremist group has obtained banned chemical weapons.Read full article >>


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 with them at every step.Read full article >>


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 Trump taking a doomsday view.Read full article >>


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 land-mine attack that severely injured two South Korean soldiers.Read full article >>


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 years during what China’s state media dubbed “Black Monday.” Read full article >>


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 did.They provided a new hotline for rail passengers to phone in any suspicious activity. Slapped “Be Vigilant” stickers on the lapels of train personnel. And put a few more security officers at the biggest train stations.Read full article >>


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 supposed to be a multistory hotel and restaurant complex. A salesman insists that people have moved into one of the few housing complexes to be completed around the shore, but as dusk falls, only a handful of lights blink on. He offers to throw in a free car with every apartment purchased.Read full article >>


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 car, they said Sunday, underlining how easily their triumph could have been a tragedy.Read full article >>


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 car, they said Sunday, underlining how easily their triumph could have been a tragedy.Read full article >>


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 enlisted men became knights — of the Legion of Honor — along with two others who foiled an attacker, as French President François Hollande awarded them the country’s highest decoration.Read full article >>


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 either progress or failure — as they tried to find a way to defuse escalating tensions. Read full article >>


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 and private beach resorts.Read full article >>


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 militants.Read full article >>


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 militants.Read full article >>


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 defusing rising tensions. The two sides resumed discussions at 3 p.m. Seoul time (2 a.m. Eastern) Sunday.Read full article >>


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 southern port city of Kismayo, police and military officials said.Read full article >>


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 to stem their flow through the Balkans to Western Europe.Read full article >>


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 two vacationing American service members happened to be there to overpower him.Read full article >>


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, the latest in a series of deadly attacks that have struck the capital in recent weeks.Read full article >>


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, the latest in a series of deadly attacks that have struck the capital in recent weeks.Read full article >>


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. 22, her family and U.N. officials said. She was 83.Read full article >>


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. 22, her family and U.N. officials said. She was 83.Read full article >>


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 that eventually led to reunification, has died.Read full article >>


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 that eventually led to reunification, has died. He was 93.Read full article >>


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 down in Tehran.They were just the first in a rush of European ministers and businesspeople flocking to a market that is poised to reopen after years of grinding sanctions. Upscale Tehran hotels are packed and tables at trendy restaurants are scarce as foreigners jostle for bargains, even amid uncertainty over whether President Obama can overcome congressional opposition to the deal.Read full article >>


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, brushy hillside here outside Havana four years ago and began digging a well into the rocky soil. The other farmers nearby thought he was crazy, or worse — a dilettante with a fancy PhD whose talk of “agroecology” would soon crash into the realities of Cuban farming.Read full article >>


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 Hajji Mutazz, was traveling in a vehicle near Mosul on Aug. 18 when he was killed in a U.S. airstrike. Hayali was a senior deputy to the Islamic State’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, according to a statement from Ned Price, a spokesman for the National Security Council.Read full article >>


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 Hajji Mutazz, was traveling in a vehicle near Mosul on Aug. 18 when he was killed in a U.S. airstrike. Hayali was a senior deputy to the Islamic State’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, according to a statement from Ned Price, a spokesman for the National Security Council.Read full article >>


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 cell, in response to four rockets fired into northern Israel.Read full article >>


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 cell, in response to four rockets fired into northern Israel.Read full article >>


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 Friday, even as U.S. officials press Tehran to free Americans held in custody.Read full article >>


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 Friday, even as U.S. officials press Tehran to free Americans held in custody.Read full article >>


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 decades charging up, and up, and up. Read full article >>


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 decades charging up, and up, and up. Read full article >>


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 to secure one. He says it was the only way. The 29-year-old’s experience is a common one in Iraq, where corruption permeates every facet of society. But Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is pledging to change that, with the biggest shake-up in Iraq’s political system since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.Read full article >>


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 to secure one. He says it was the only way.The 29-year-old’s experience is a common one in Iraq, where corruption permeates every facet of society. But Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is pledging to change that, with the biggest shake-up in Iraq’s political system since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.Read full article >>


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 to put front-line troops in “a war-time state.”Read full article >>


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 steal sensitive diplomatic information, a leading U.S. network security company alleged Friday.Read full article >>


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 coordinate attacks from its soil on neighboring Afghanistan, according to U.S. and Pakistani officials.Read full article >>


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 uncertainty into Greece’s turbulent economics. The nation last month narrowly escaped being cast out of the euro currency zone and instead took on a new round of austerity in exchange for its third bailout in five years.Read full article >>


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 retaliation for a deadly government operation against its fighters.Read full article >>


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 since the early days of the Islamic revolution.Read full article >>


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 of its members earlier this year. Read full article >>


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 a network of at least 10 plotters who planned the attack months in advance.Read full article >>


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 recent arson attack that left a toddler dead in a village just a few miles away.Read full article >>


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 West has denounced as biased.Read full article >>


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 desert.On Tuesday, Islamic State extremists beheaded the former chief of antiquities in the city and left his body hanging in public for terrified residents to view, according to the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).Read full article >>


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 and suggesting he was part of a wider network.Read full article >>


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 Tuesday he was beheaded by Islamic State extremists, his body left to hang from one of the stone columns in the ancient city’s central square, activist groups and officials told reporters, according to the AP and Reuters.Read full article >>


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