New UN chief wants consensus but faces antagonistic Trump

December 31, 2016

Antonio Guterres takes the reins of the United Nations on New Year’s Day, promising to be a “bridge-builder” but facing an antagonistic incoming U.S. administration led by Donald Trump who…

Congo political parties sign deal under which president will leave office after elections to be held by end of 2017

December 31, 2016

Congo political parties sign deal under which president will leave office after elections to be held by end of 2017.…

Congo president to leave after 2017 vote under new deal

December 31, 2016

Political parties in Congo signed a deal late Saturday that calls for President Joseph Kabila to leave power after an election that now will be held by the end of…

Putin won 2016, but Russia has its limits as a superpower​

December 31, 2016

In a New Year’s address, Putin thanks his country for “the victories and achievements.”…

No big New Year’s celebrations for Iraq’s displaced

December 31, 2016

There were no big New Year’s celebrations for the Iraqi men, women and children who narrowly escaped the fighting in Mosul, only to wait for hours under armed guard while…

Man arrested after shouting ‘bomb’ at Berlin New Year party

December 31, 2016

German police say they have arrested a man who shouted “bomb, bomb, bomb” at Berlin’s massive open-air New Year’s party.…

U.N. backs Russian-Turkish Syria efforts as cease-fire wavers

December 31, 2016

The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Saturday supporting efforts by Russia and Turkey to end the nearly six-year conflict in Syria and jump-start peace negotiations, as a fragile…

Inside the economic war against the Islamic State

December 31, 2016

Bombings of tankers, attacks on wells and actions against financial networks bleed the militants’ resources.…

UN adopts resolution supporting efforts by Russia and Turkey to end violence in Syria and jumpstart peace negotiations

December 31, 2016

UN adopts resolution supporting efforts by Russia and Turkey to end violence in Syria and jumpstart peace negotiations.…

Finland kicks off celebrations for 100 years of independence

December 31, 2016

A children’s event on Saturday at the National Opera kicked off a year of festivities in Finland to celebrate 100 years of independence from Russia.…

Pope urges the faithful to help youth find purpose

December 31, 2016

Pope Francis strolled through St. Peter’s Square Saturday evening during the last frigid hours of 2016, exchanging New Year’s Eve greetings with the faithful.…

Long gas lines, price hike mar holiday season in Mexico

December 31, 2016

The holiday season has been a little less merry for car owners in Mexico as gasoline shortages in many parts of the country have forced grumbling customers to contend with…

Venezuela frees jailed activists, ex-presidential candidate

December 31, 2016

Venezuela’s government has freed a former presidential candidate and several student activists who were jailed during anti-government protests in 2014.…

Ousted after the Arab Spring, a former dictator is back

December 31, 2016

Former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who ruled for 33 years, is trying to deepen his influence in a time of chaos and war.…

American reporter leaves Turkey after being detained by authorities for three days

December 31, 2016

The newspaper believes the detention of Dion Nissenbaum was related to a reporting ban on a video of two Turkish soldiers released by the Islamic State.…

16 bodies recovered after mine collapse in India

December 31, 2016

Rescue workers have recovered the bodies of 16 miners buried after 23 miners were trapped by a mound of fallen earth in eastern India, police said Saturday.…

Egypt releases remains of Paris flight crew

December 31, 2016

Egypt’s Forensics Authority says it has released the remains of ten crew members of the EgyptAir Paris flight that crashed in May, killing all 66 passengers on board.…

3,000 years ago, it ruled the Mideast, now blown to pieces

December 31, 2016

The chilly December wind whipped rain across the strewn wreckage of a city that, nearly 3,000 years ago, ruled almost the entire Middle East. Rivulets of water ran through the…

China’s Xi offers populist message in New Year’s Eve address

December 31, 2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping says his government will continue to focus on poverty alleviation at home and resolutely defending China’s territorial rights on the foreign front.…

Venezuelans are fleeing to Brazil for medical care, overwhelming its hospitals and morgues

December 31, 2016

Desperate for care and often undocumented, patients are overwhelming Brazilian emergency rooms as they turn up by the thousands.…

S. Koreans demand leader’s removal in New Year’s Eve protest

December 31, 2016

Even on New Year’s Eve, large crowds of South Koreans gathered to join another rally demanding the ouster of impeached President Park Geun-hye, who’s determined to restore her powers through…

Sinai explosion kills officer and soldier

December 31, 2016

A security official says that an explosion targeting a security vehicle in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula has killed one junior officer and one soldier and injured another soldier.…

Boko Haram leader urges fighters: kill, slaughter and abduct

December 31, 2016

Boko Haram’s leader is urging his fighters to “kill, slaughter and abduct … and detonate bombs everywhere,” in a new video that denies Nigerian government claims that his Islamic extremist…

A young man died in police custody, and middle-class Chinese are outraged

December 31, 2016

The show of white-collar anger is unusual but is considered unlikely to rock the system. …

Iraqi police and medical officials: 2 bombs strike central Baghdad market, killing at least 21 and wounding 44

December 31, 2016

Iraqi police and medical officials: 2 bombs strike central Baghdad market, killing at least 21 and wounding 44.…

Turning Iraq history to rubble, leaving the mess to looters

December 31, 2016

The giant winged bulls that once stood sentry at the nearly 3,000-year-old palace at Nimrud have been hacked to pieces. The fantastical human-headed creatures were believed to guard the king…

Agatha Christie had little-known role in ancient Nimrud

December 31, 2016

Her diligence and face cream cleaned Nimrud’s most famous ivory. She captured the archaeological dig on celluloid and Kodak film, developing the prints in water painstakingly filtered from the nearby…

Taiwan leader urges China for ‘calm’ talks as pressure grows

December 31, 2016

Taiwan’s leader on Saturday urged China to engage in “calm and rational” dialogue to maintain peace, vowing not to give in to Beijing’s recent moves to “threaten and intimidate” the…

Baghdad explosions kill at least 28

December 31, 2016

The two bomb blasts targeting a market Saturday in central Baghdad also wounded dozens of others, officials said.…

UN Security Council to vote on Syria cease-fire agreement

December 31, 2016

The U.N. Security Council will vote Saturday on a resolution that would endorse the cease-fire agreement in Syria brokered by Russia and Turkey, and reiterate support for a roadmap to…

Ban Ki-moon buoyed by climate accord but laments conflicts

December 31, 2016

Ban Ki-moon ends 10 years at the helm of the United Nations lamenting the “fires still burning” from Syria to South Sudan but buoyed by a global agreement to combat…

Thick fog shrouds Dubai ahead of New Year’s Eve fireworks

December 31, 2016

A thick fog has shrouded downtown Dubai ahead of a New Year’s Eve fireworks display at the world’s tallest building.…

Always mangle Korean names? It might not be your fault

December 31, 2016

Impeached President Park Geun-hye’s surname is “Park,” right? Nope. In Korean it’s closer to “Bahk.” Park’s allegedly corrupt confidante, Choi Soon-sil, pronounces her name more like “Chwey” than the way…

Trump and Putin: A relationship where mutual admiration is headed toward reality

December 31, 2016

U.S.-Russia ties may be in for surprises with the new administration, but opinions differ on what they will be.…

China says it will shut down ivory trade by end of 2017

December 31, 2016

China says it plans to shut down its ivory trade by the end of 2017 in a move designed to curb the mass slaughter of African elephants.…

Brazilian police: Greek ambassador killed by wife’s lover

December 31, 2016

Police in Brazil believe that Greece’s ambassador to the country was killed by his wife’s lover under her orders in a house in the Rio area and have detained three…

UN chief Ban Ki-moon bids colleagues, staff farewell

December 31, 2016

Ban Ki-moon joked to hundreds of diplomats and U.N. staff as he left United Nations headquarters Friday for the last time as secretary-general that he feels “like Cinderella — tomorrow…

Putin says he won’t deport U.S. diplomats as he looks to cultivate relations with Trump

December 31, 2016

The Russian leader said he “wouldn’t create problems for American diplomats” despite recommendations from his Foreign Ministry to deport 35 U.S. Embassy employees.…

Mark Rylance, Victoria Beckham on Queen’s list for honors

December 31, 2016

Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year honors list focuses on sports stars, some luminaries from the world of fashion and entertainment, and a heavy helping of researchers, doctors and volunteers who…

Mark Rylance, Victoria Beckham on Queen’s list for honors

December 31, 2016

Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year honors list focuses on sports stars, some luminaries from the world of fashion and entertainment, and a heavy helping of researchers, doctors and volunteers who…

Knighthoods for Murray and Farah in New Year’s Honors List

December 31, 2016

Andy Murray received a knighthood in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s Honors list on Friday, recognition from the monarch for reaching the pinnacle of tennis by winning his second Wimbledon…

Merkel tells Germans their country is stronger than terror

December 31, 2016

Chancellor Angela Merkel is telling Germans in her New Year message that their country is stronger than terrorism and the government will do everything to ensure “security in freedom.”…

US stocks end modestly lower on final trading day of 2016

December 31, 2016

Investors capped a year of solid gains on Wall Street Friday in a selling mood, sending the major U.S. stock indexes modestly lower on the final trading day of 2016.…

Russia urges UN Security Council to endorse Syria cease-fire

December 31, 2016

Russia urged the U.N. Security Council on Friday to quickly adopt a draft resolution endorsing the cease-fire agreement in Syria and reiterating support for a roadmap to peace that starts…

China’s $9 billion effort to beat the U.S. in genetic testing

December 31, 2016

An American family turned to a Chinese company to diagnose their baby’s rare disease.…

China’s $9 billion effort to beat the U.S. in genetic testing

December 31, 2016

An American family turned to a Chinese company to diagnose their baby’s rare disease.…

UN chief Ban Ki-moon bids colleagues, staff farewell

December 30, 2016

Ban Ki-Moon joked to hundreds of diplomats and U.N. staff as he left United Nations headquarters Friday for the last time as secretary-general that he feels “like Cinderella — tomorrow…

Police believe Greece’s ambassador to Brazil killed near Rio

December 30, 2016

Authorities believe that Greece’s missing ambassador to Brazil was killed at the home that his wife kept in the Rio de Janeiro area, a police investigator said Friday.…

AP PHOTOS: Dogs provide therapy in a Brazilian hospital

December 30, 2016

Each week, patients at the Support Hospital of Brasilia receive visits from a special breed of therapist: dogs trained to help them recover from disease or injury.…

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