Slain IS figure was powerful leader with multiple roles

August 31, 2016

With the killing of Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the Islamic State group lost one of its most powerful figures, a militant with multiple roles: A propaganda chief, overseer of spectacular attacks…

Brazil’s ousted and incoming leaders go from allies to foes

August 31, 2016

For years, President Dilma Rousseff and Vice President Michel Temer had a political partnership of convenience. From different parties, they ran on the same presidential ticket and served together for…

The Latest: Brazil’s Temer tasks Cabinet with pushing reform

August 31, 2016

The Latest on the impeachment trial of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (all times local):…

Gabon president re-elected; buildings are looted, burned

August 31, 2016

Gabon’s president has narrowly won re-election, election officials said Wednesday, keeping alive a family dynasty in this oil-rich Central African country that reaches back to the 1960s. Clashes quickly broke…

Russian military claims it killed senior ISIS strategist

August 31, 2016

The Pentagon said it had targeted the same militant in a different location and was assessing the attack.…

String of Bahraini prison sentences issued against Shiites

August 31, 2016

Courts in Bahrain have issued a string of guilty verdicts against Shiite activists and clerics, including a blogger who was sentenced to one year in prison for insulting the king…

Historic commercial flight from U.S. lands in Cuba

August 31, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Cuba — The first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than half a century landed in the central city of Santa Clara on Wednesday…

Brazil’s President Rousseff ousted from office by Senate

August 31, 2016

Brazil’s Senate on Wednesday voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office, the culmination of a yearlong fight that paralyzed Latin America’s largest nation and exposed deep rifts among its…

German nationalist lawmaker lashes out at Jewish activist

August 31, 2016

Days before a closely watched regional election in Germany, a leading member of the nationalist party Alternative for Germany launched an attack on a prominent Jewish activist, calling Wednesday for…

Yemeni rebels: Saudi-led airstrikes kill 16 civilians

August 31, 2016

Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition hit a house in the northern Yemeni city of Saada in the early hours of Wednesday, killing at least 16 civilians, Yemen’s rebel-controlled state news…

Protesters in Gabon burn parliament building amid allegations of stolen election

August 31, 2016

Photos of protests in Gabon emerge after election results were released Wednesday.…

Another North Korean execution, but is this a sign of instability or strength?

August 31, 2016

South Korea is portraying recent defections and executions as indicating ‘serious cracks’ in the North Korean regime.…

The Latest: Renzi names official to rebuild quake-hit area

August 31, 2016

The Latest on the aftermath of the Italy earthquake (all times local):…

Uneasy truce holds between Syrian Kurds, Turkey

August 31, 2016

An uneasy truce between Turkish troops and Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria held on Wednesday, despite Ankara’s vow that it would never negotiate with what it calls a “terror organization.”…

Spain Parliament rejects PM’s bid to form government

August 31, 2016

A majority of Spanish lawmakers Wednesday rejected conservative party leader Mariano Rajoy’s bid to form a government, signaling Spain’s eight-month political deadlock is unlikely to end any time soon.…

Israel approves plans for new homes in West Bank settlements

August 31, 2016

Israel on Wednesday approved plans for hundreds of new housing units for Jewish settlers in the West Bank, Israeli media reported, prompting a swift condemnation from the White House.…

Pellet guns blind too many protesters, so India seeks a new nonlethal weapon

August 31, 2016

The police in Kashmir are looking for a crowd-control tool that doesn’t leave permanent injuries.…

The largest-ever survey of elephants in Africa reveals startling declines

August 31, 2016

The continent’s elephant population has plunged faster than almost anyone predicted.…

‘They will execute us’: Couple held hostage by the Taliban plead for U.S. help

August 31, 2016

Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle pleaded for the safety of their children.…

U.S. is trapped between its allies’ ambitions in Syria

August 31, 2016

Syria’s Kurds feel betrayed, and Turkey is angry.…

Post-quake investigation in Italy starts with contracts

August 31, 2016

Firefighters have conducted a preliminary search of Amatrice’s crumbled elementary school and financial police have begun gathering documentation about contracts for renovations of quake-destroyed public buildings as the investigation into…

Israeli man seeks ouster of Palestinians from scout movement

August 31, 2016

The son of an American-Israeli man killed in a Palestinian attack last year said Wednesday he has asked the global scout movement to expel its Palestinian branch after local members…

It’s a girl! Giant panda gives Madrid Zoo 1st female birth

August 31, 2016

There’s a new giant panda in Madrid, and it’s the first female of the endangered species born at the Spanish capital’s zoo.…

Egypt parliament toughens penalties for female circumcision

August 31, 2016

Egypt’s parliament has toughened penalties for female genital mutilation, adopting amendments that punish perpetrators with up to 15 years in prison if a child dies and up to seven years…

Mexico president to deliver annual report on a troubled year

August 31, 2016

When President Enrique Pena Nieto delivers his annual report to congress, he’ll reflect on a year that has seen rising homicide rates, a sluggish economy and a midterm electoral rout…

Tiger at Rome zoo undergoes root canal — no bones for a bit

August 31, 2016

A team of veterinarians at the Rome zoo has performed a root canal on a 2-year-old Sumatran tiger named Terima Kashi.…

After Brexit, some Brits want to ditch the metric system, too

August 31, 2016

Goodbye kilograms, hello pounds?…

‘Hitler’ and a ‘false prophet’: A quick guide to what Mexicans think of Trump

August 31, 2016

Trump has few fans south of the border.…

In Mexico, Donald Trump is more of a puppet than a politician

August 31, 2016

Mexico loves to lampoon the Republican presidential candidate.…

Historic commercial flight from US lands in Cuba

August 31, 2016

The flight re-establishes regular air service severed at the height of the Cold War.…

Mexicans are angry at their own president for meeting with Trump

August 31, 2016

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s invitation is seen as a risky political move.…

Stem-cell doctor did surgeries with ‘inadequate’ proof

August 31, 2016

An independent commission investigating Italian stem cell scientist Dr. Paolo Macchiarini, whose work was once considered revolutionary, says there were numerous problems in how he treated patients and that the…

4 athletes stripped of medals from 2008 Beijing Games

August 31, 2016

The IOC has stripped four more athletes — including three Russians — of medals from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after their doping samples were retested and came back positive.…

Premature twins in hospital after rescue from boat off Libya

August 31, 2016

Two Eritrean baby boys were recovering well at a hospital in Palermo on Wednesday, a week after they were born prematurely in Libya and then — at only 5 days…

U.S. evaluating Taliban video of captive couple in Afghanistan

August 31, 2016

The video warns they will be killed unless the Kabul government ends its executions of Taliban prisoners.…

Who’s more harmful: Women in burqas or men in suits?

August 31, 2016

A reader’s astute comment crystallized a sense of bewilderment over the burkini bans.…

Mexicans are angry at their own president for meeting Trump

August 31, 2016

President Enrique Peña Nieto’s invitation is a risky political move.…

Relatives of MH17 victims seek EU help in getting radar data

August 31, 2016

Frustrated relatives of those killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine are appealing to the EU’s top diplomat to put pressure on…

Pilot’s body found after fighter jet crash in Swiss Alps

August 31, 2016

Swiss authorities say the body of a Swiss fighter jet pilot has been found after his U.S.-built F/A-18C aircraft went missing in the Alps two days ago.…

The Latest: Switzerland gears up for asylum reform

August 31, 2016

The Latest on Europe’s response to the wave of immigration from the Middle East and Africa (all times local):…

Jewish avengers unapologetic for targeting Nazis after WWII

August 31, 2016

Seventy years after the most daring attempt of Jewish Holocaust survivors to seek revenge, the leader of the plot has only one simple regret — that to his knowledge he…

Bomb in eastern Lebanon inflicts casualties

August 31, 2016

A small bomb exploded Wednesday on a main road near the eastern Lebanese city of Zahleh, killing at least one person and wounding 11 others, security officials and state media…

A brief history of nations deciding there’s something wrong with their anthems

August 31, 2016

Some countries scrapped their anthems for the sake of unity.…

Trump to meet in Mexico with the country’s president

August 31, 2016

The trip will come hours before the GOP candidate’s Arizona speech on immigration.…

For Brazilian man, Mother Teresa worked a miracle

August 31, 2016

Mother Teresa is known for having loved beggars, prostitutes and street children without discrimination or distinction. Marcilio Andrino is convinced she also loved him — and interceded with God to…

Mother Teresa: A saint despite spiritual ‘darkness’

August 31, 2016

When Pope Francis canonizes Mother Teresa on Sunday, he’ll be honoring a nun who won admirers around the world and a Nobel Peace Prize for her joy-filled dedication to the…

Danish team removes 500 tons of chemical weapons from Libya

August 31, 2016

Denmark says a Danish-led international operation to rid Libya of its chemical weapons has removed 500 tons of chemicals from the North African country.…

Philippine court hears petitions against Marcos hero burial

August 31, 2016

Lawyers for victims of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos’s regime said Wednesday that the late leader was a despot and oppressor unfit for a hero’s burial, as they argued at a…

Annual tomato battle leaves Spanish town awash in red pulp

August 31, 2016

Thousands of people have pelted each other with tons of ripe tomatoes, creating a red, mushy mess in the annual “Tomatina” street battle in eastern Spain.…

In his father’s footsteps, Justin Trudeau is looking to be big in China

August 31, 2016

Justin Trudeau returns to China as prime minister after a childhood visit with his father.…

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