Council of Europe slams Greek prison conditions

February 29, 2016

Europe’s leading human rights body has slammed conditions in Greek prisons and criticized the handling of police abuse allegations, describing dramatic circumstances for the country’s detainees and saying not enough…

Common-law wife says drug lord El Chapo has health problems

February 29, 2016

The common-law wife of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman said Monday that his health problems have gotten “a lot worse” because guards at a maximum-security prison rouse him for…

Oscar victory spotlights Pakistan’s grim culture of violence

February 29, 2016

“For a social justice documentary filmmaker, it’s a dream come true.”


Puerto Rico governor calls for legalizing marijuana

February 29, 2016

Puerto Rico’s governor has called for the legalization of marijuana during his last public address as leader of the U.S. territory.


The strange ways North Korea makes detainees confess on camera

February 29, 2016

These are some of the previous cases of strange confessions by detained Westerners — which have been explained after their release.


(CORRECTION) Canadian archbishop: Last rites can be denied to those seeking assisted suicide

February 29, 2016

A leading Canadian Catholic churchman has said that a person who plans to die through assisted suicide can be denied last rites by a priest, a view that may spark…

Argentina and US creditors reach deal in longstanding spat

February 29, 2016

Argentina and a group of U.S. creditors announced a deal Monday in a longstanding debt standoff, potentially breaking an impasse that has kept the country on the margins of international…

Vatican gives two thumbs up to Oscar winner ‘Spotlight’

February 29, 2016

Just hours after the movie “Spotlight” picked up the best picture prize at the Academy Awards, the Vatican newspaper praised the film for its portrayal of The Boston Globe’s investigation…

Brazil’s justice minister leaves post

February 29, 2016

Brazil’s presidential palace announced Monday that Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo is leaving his post, a change that comes after political allies criticized his handling of a big corruption scandal.…

Australian cardinal says he has ‘full backing’ of pope

February 29, 2016

One of Pope Francis’ top advisers has told reporters he has the pope’s backing as he prepared to testify for a second day at an Australian inquiry into child abuse.…

A ‘hero’ cop gets lost in Peru’s narco war

February 29, 2016

Johnny Vega rarely carried his 9-mm pistol when he wasn’t on duty. He wishes he had that day.


Chilean attacked in Poland after being mistaken for Arab

February 29, 2016

Dozens of people turned out for a short concert Monday evening in Warsaw in support of a Chilean pianist and teacher who was recently beaten by skinheads who mistook him…

Canadian archbishop: Last rites can be denied to those seeking assisted suicide

February 29, 2016

A leading Canadian Catholic churchman has said that a person who plans to die through assisted suicide can be denied last rites by a priest, a view that may spark…

AP Explains: Iranian clerics tasked with picking top leader

February 29, 2016

Iranian moderates have won a majority in the Assembly of Experts, a clerical body that is tasked with choosing the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic, and which was previously…

The Latest: Hungary endorses referendum on EU migrant quotas

February 29, 2016

The Latest on Europe’s migration crisis (all times local):


Lech Walesa: Signatures on informant documents aren’t his

February 29, 2016

Poland’s democracy champion and Solidarity founder Lech Walesa said Monday that signatures on documents that purport he was a communist-era paid informant aren’t his.


Iranian hard-liners losers in parliament, clerical body

February 29, 2016

Iranian voters dealt hard-liners a serious blow in elections for parliament and an influential clerical body, favoring reformists and relative moderates who support last year’s nuclear deal in the country’s…

Palestinians lose SodaStream jobs after Israel boycott

February 29, 2016

Hundreds of Palestinian workers are now unemployed after the factory where they worked in a West Bank settlement was targeted by an international boycott movement and forced to move to…

Ex-President’s brother arrested in Colombia death squad case

February 29, 2016

The brother of former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has been arrested on allegations he was involved in murders and forced disappearances while helping form a far-right death squad in the…

Russian warplane crashes on training exercise, pilot killed

February 29, 2016

The Russian military says one of its warplanes crashed while on a training exercise in southern Russia and the pilot was killed.


3 bodies found in 1 grave in violence-hit Burundi capital

February 29, 2016

Burundian authorities have discovered three bodies in a single grave in the capital, heightening concerns about the existence of mass graves in the violence-plagued country.


France’s most famous intellectual urges Jews not to leave

February 29, 2016

In his latest book, Bernard-Henri Lévy returns to a subject that has animated him throughout his life: Judaism.


Fiery backlash as Calais migrant camp is dismantled

February 29, 2016

Makeshift huts went up in flames on Monday in an angry backlash as workers, guarded by scores of French police, began pulling down tents and shelters in the sprawling migrant…

The Latest: NATO chief says Syria cease-fire largely holding

February 29, 2016

The Latest on the conflict in Syria as a fragile cease-fire enters its third day (all times local):


Death toll rises to 38 in IS bombing at Iraqi funeral

February 29, 2016

The death toll has risen to 38 after an IS suicide bomber struck an Iraqi funeral Monday, wounding dozens in a crowded reception room. A local Shiite militia leader is…

Cardinal George Pell admits ‘indefensible’ errors in abuse crisis

February 29, 2016

Australian Cardinal George Pell, now a top adviser to Pope Francis, testified in a landmark clergy sex abuse inquiry that the Catholic Church made “enormous mistakes” in trying to deal…

The ‘Splainer: Pope Gregory makes the leap to leap year

February 29, 2016

The ‘Splainer (as in “You’ve got some ‘splaining to do”) is an occasional online feature in which RNS staff give you everything you need to know about current events to…

Dozens of Syrian residents of Kuwait barred from re-entering

February 29, 2016

Several Syrian residents of Kuwait said Monday that airport officials there have kept them waiting for more than 48 hours, barring their re-entry on suspicion of having forged passports.


Europe’s crisis worsens: Migrants face razor wire, tear gas

February 29, 2016

Pressed against coils of razor wire and shouting “Help us!,” refugees stranded at Greece’s northern border were pushed back Monday by Macedonian police using tear gas and stun grenades, as…

Bolivia’s president asks to see love child he said was dead

February 29, 2016

Bolivian President Evo Morales said wants to see a son he says he’d long thought dead in a strange new twist to a scandal focused on his former girlfriend, who…

14 jailed for stealing antiques, rhino horn from UK museums

February 29, 2016

Fourteen members of a criminal gang have been convicted of stealing millions of pounds (dollars) worth of rhinoceros horn and Chinese artifacts from British museums and auction houses.


UN chief: Syria cease-fire holds despite growing breaches

February 29, 2016

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday that a shaky cease-fire in Syria is holding “by and large” on its third day despite sporadic fighting and growing accusations of violations.


UK troops to advise Tunisia on halting Libya border breaches

February 29, 2016

Britain’s defense minister says about 20 U.K. troops are being sent to Tunisia to help stop people crossing illegally from chaotic Libya.


China’s ‘Donald Trump’ is latest victim of government crackdown

February 29, 2016

Outspoken property mogul Ren Zhiqiang runs into trouble for criticizing growing controls over the media.


U-Va. student held in North Korea ‘confesses’ to ‘severe’ crime

February 29, 2016

In a highly choreographed appearance in Pyongyang, Otto Warmbier said he was acting on instructions from a U.S. church when he stole a propaganda sign.


Kenya wildlife rangers probe sighting of 2 lions out of park

February 29, 2016

Kenya wildlife authorities Monday deployed a tracking team to investigate reports that two lions were spotted outside Nairobi National Park near a residential area.


Japan signs pact to supply defense equipment to Philippines

February 29, 2016

Japan signed an agreement Monday to supply defense equipment to the Philippines, the first such Japanese defense pact in a region where the U.S. allies have been alarmed by China’s…

Israeli-American woman sues El Al after she was asked to change seats

February 29, 2016

An 81-year-old Israeli-American woman has agreed to sue El Al airlines after a flight attendant asked her to change her seat when an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man refused to sit next…

Argentina reaches tentative agreement with holdout debtors

February 29, 2016

Argentina reaches tentative agreement with holdout debtors.


El virus de Zika se ha vinculado a defectos de nacimiento. Ahora puede estar causando parálisis.

February 29, 2016

Esta pequeña ciudad Colombiana ha tenido cinco casos del síndrome de Guillain-Barré en las últimas seis semanas.


Suicide bombing at Iraqi funeral kills at least 14

February 29, 2016

Iraqi officials say a suicide bombing at a funeral north of Baghdad has killed at least 14 people and wounded 45.


‘People will agree to any wage’: Russian car workers’ drama

February 29, 2016

Once intended as a Soviet rival to the capitalist symbol of Detroit, Russia’s auto-making hub of Togliatti is sliding into economic depression. And blue collar workers are taking the brunt…

Iranian moderates win majority in parliament, clerical body

February 29, 2016

Iranian reformists and relative moderates who support last year’s nuclear deal won the most seats in parliament and a clerical body charged with selecting the next supreme leader in a…

Iraqi officials: Suicide bombing at funeral kills at least 14

February 29, 2016

Iraqi officials: Suicide bombing at funeral kills at least 14.


Danish Cabinet is reshuffled ahead of no-confidence vote

February 29, 2016

Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen has reshuffled his government after its environment and food minister resigned.


Stolen pickup in Mexico had radioactive material aboard

February 29, 2016

Mexican authorities have issued an alert after thieves stole a pickup truck with radioactive material aboard.


Emergency crews take part in large-scale disaster drill

February 29, 2016

Emergency crews are taking part in a large-scale disaster drill in southeastern England, complete with blood-covered “victims,” trapped in rubble and mangled subway carriages in an Underground station.


Russian police arrest woman seen waving child’s head

February 29, 2016

Russian police on Monday arrested a woman who was seen waving the severed head of a small child outside a Moscow subway station. She is suspected of killing the child…

A ‘hero’ cop gets lost in Peru’s narco war

February 29, 2016

Johnny Vega rarely carried his 9-mm pistol when he wasn’t on duty. He wishes he had that day.


The many ways Canada’s Trudeau is the anti-Trump

February 29, 2016

How the Canadian prime minister and the Republican front-runner are polar opposites.


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