As Mosul fighting rages, a family tries to come back home

March 31, 2017

The Iraqi policemen went house to house, kicking in doors, searching through piles of belongings left behind. The Islamic State group had been driven out of this neighborhood of western…

Pressure grows on Hungary to let Soros-founded school remain

March 31, 2017

Pressure is growing on the Hungarian government to withdraw a draft bill on higher education that could lead to the closure of the Central European University in Budapest, which was…

Mexico court orders drug lord Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo freed

March 31, 2017

A drug lord convicted in the 1985 killing of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent has been ordered freed by a Mexican appeals court, authorities said Friday.…

UN Security Council cuts 500 peacekeepers from Congo mission

March 31, 2017

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday to cut 500 troops from the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo and improve its operations to focus on protecting civilians and enabling presidential…

Paraguay Senate majority approves presidential re-election

March 31, 2017

A majority in Paraguay’s Senate has approved a constitutional amendment allowing the re-election of a president to a second term, a move that was termed illegal by opposition members and…

For Russians in Washington, the spy jokes are getting old

March 31, 2017

“We can’t see a KGB agent behind every bush,” one local leader says.…

Mexico City subway, UN use genitals in anti-harassment ads

March 31, 2017

How do you bring home to men the discomfort and disgust caused by sexual harassment on the subway?…

Canadian troops operate in east Mosul as mission extended

March 31, 2017

Canada will extend its current military contribution to the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq until June 30.…

Venezuela’s top prosecutor rebukes Supreme Court power grab

March 31, 2017

Security forces violently repressed protests that broke out in Venezuela’s capital on Friday after the Supreme Court gutted the opposition-controlled Congress of its last vestiges of power, drawing widespread condemnation…

No deal in sight as fifth round of UN Syria talks concludes

March 31, 2017

The U.N. envoy for Syria wrapped up a fifth round of talks between opposition leaders and the government on Friday, pointing to “incremental” progress while acknowledging no peace deal is…

28 Americans register to run in Iran’s 1st Intl marathon

March 31, 2017

The website of Iran’s track and field federation is saying that 28 American runners have registered to participate in the country’s first international marathon next Friday.…

Teachers across Poland strike to protest education overhaul

March 31, 2017

Teachers across Poland went on strike Friday to protest a sweeping educational overhaul by the populist government that will eliminate middle schools this fall. Many fear the change is a…

While Trump promotes coal, other countries are turning to cheap sun power

March 31, 2017

Nations such as Chile, which aspires to be a “solar Saudi Arabia,” are leading the switch.…

Trump expects ‘difficult’ meeting with China, but Beijing will come bearing gifts

March 31, 2017

China’s president is likely to woo Trump with promises of investment, but thorny security issues loom.…

E.U. to Britain: We’re in control of Brexit talks, not you

March 31, 2017

The bloc’s leaders said the 27 remaining members will hang together and drive a tough bargain.…

Tillerson clashes with NATO allies on defense spending at Brussels meeting

March 31, 2017

Germany and others questioned Trump’s spending push at a gathering of NATO’s top diplomats.…

South Sudan’s people are starving, and fighters are blocking aid

March 31, 2017

Violence and government restrictions have cut off those most in need of help.…

Kenya arrests 12, including 3 Italians, over drug offenses

March 31, 2017

Kenyan police have arrested 12 people, including three Italians, accused of drug-related offenses in a major security operation.…

3 airliners in near-misses with drones at Heathrow

March 31, 2017

Three airliners narrowly missed colliding with drones near London’s Heathrow Airport in the space of three weeks last year, underscoring increasing concerns about the devices near aircraft, a report Friday…

UN reports Palestinian population decline in Syria

March 31, 2017

Syria’s Palestinian refugee population has fallen by one-fifth since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011 and many of those who stay in Syria have been displaced, the U.N.’s…

Estonia children’s charity plans to donate teddies to police

March 31, 2017

An Estonian charity plans to donate two teddy bears to every police car in the Baltic country in case officers need to comfort traumatized children.…

Suicide bomber kills 24 near mosque in northwestern Pakistan

March 31, 2017

A car bomb exploded Friday near a Shiite Muslim mosque in the town of Parachinar in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 24 people and wounding over 100, officials said.…

Prince Charles tours Bucharest, says hi to Vlad the Impaler

March 31, 2017

Britain’s Prince Charles reconnected with one of his ancestors on Friday, walking past a statue of Vlad the Impaler during a tour of Bucharest on his final day in Romania.…

Beware speeders, Italian police will rock you with their Huracán

March 31, 2017

The traffic cops in Bologna get a new squad car, a 610-hp Lamborghini. Can your car go faster than 201 mph?…

Julian Assange’s asylum is at stake when Ecuador votes Sunday

March 31, 2017

One of the two presidential candidates has vowed to evict the WikiLeaks founder from the country’s embassy in London.…

U.S. defense chief says North Korea has ‘got to be stopped’

March 31, 2017

North Korea must be stopped on its path toward being able to threaten the United States with nuclear attack, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday in a stark expression…

South Africa faces political turmoil after Zuma sacks finance minister

March 31, 2017

The respected political veteran’s ouster exposes the rifts undermining the ruling African National Congress party.…

With growing economy, Spain presents cutback-free budget

March 31, 2017

Spain’s minority conservative government has presented its 2017 budget, with a growing economy allowing it to increase social spending and cut taxes and to move away from the austerity measures…

Belarus police raid offices of Polish-funded TV

March 31, 2017

Police in authoritarian Belarus are searching the offices of a Polish satellite TV channel that has given extensive coverage to a recent wave of anti-government protests.…

Thailand’s Thaksin not interested in reconciliation process

March 31, 2017

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, ousted by a military coup in 2006 and still the object of political passions, declared Friday he doesn’t want to be included in a…

EU: Settle Brexit items, then hold fall talks on UK’s future

March 31, 2017

The European Union on Friday raised the possibility of starting general talks on Britain’s future relationship with the bloc as early as the fall if decisive progress is made on…

Jailed pro-Kurdish party leader begins hunger strike

March 31, 2017

The jailed leader of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party said Friday he has begun a hunger strike to protest prison conditions.…

Trump just kicked off NAFTA renegotiation. Here’s what history tells us about how that’ll go.

March 31, 2017

The trade pact has faced a long history of skeptics.…

Park arrest, Malaysia deal: Let the corks pop in Pyongyang

March 31, 2017

There might well have been some corks popping in Pyongyang on Friday.…

Turkmenistan, Belarus launch major potash fertilizer plant

March 31, 2017

Leaders of ex-Soviet nations of Turkmenistan and Belarus have attended the launch of a huge potash fertilizer plant worth more than $1 billion.…

Malaysia interviewed, cleared 3 N. Koreans before they left

March 31, 2017

Malaysia’s police chief said Friday that three North Koreans who had been hiding out in their country’s embassy for weeks were allowed to fly home after investigators cleared them of…

US gives NATO allies 2 months for defense spending plans

March 31, 2017

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned NATO allies Friday to boost defense spending or come up with plans to reach the alliance’s budget guidelines within two months.…

UN chief: More funding needed for Iraq programs

March 31, 2017

More funding is needed for U.N. programs in Iraq, the United Nations chief said Friday, calling for international solidarity with the people of Mosul.…

Danish NGO puzzled by Turkish decision to expel staff

March 31, 2017

A Danish organization working in Turkey with Syrian refugees said Friday it had not received an official explanation of the expulsion of five of the organization’s employees while five others…

Greece: Offices of extreme right party attacked

March 31, 2017

The main offices of Greece’s extreme right Golden Dawn party were attacked Friday by a group of youths wielding sledgehammers, causing damage to the premises but no injuries.…

FIFA sends 1,300-page corruption probe to Swiss prosecutors

March 31, 2017

FIFA has sent 1,300 pages of internal investigation reports into suspected bribery and corruption to Switzerland’s attorney general.…

Muslim protesters march against Jakarta’s Christian governor

March 31, 2017

Undeterred by the arrest of hard-line protest leaders, thousands of Muslims marched in Indonesia’s capital on Friday, calling for the jailing of the city’s minority Christian governor.…

Netanyahu to slow down settlement activity in effort to appease Trump

March 31, 2017

The move comes after announcing the first new Jewish settlement in the West Bank in two decades.…

12 killed in Philippine troops’ clash with communist rebels

March 31, 2017

Philippine troops clashed with communist rebels in an eastern town, leaving 10 guerrillas and two soldiers dead, military officials said Friday, in violence that comes just days before the resumption…

Fukushima 4-year-old missing in Japan thyroid-cancer records

March 31, 2017

A child diagnosed with thyroid cancer after the Fukushima nuclear accident is missing from government checkup records, an aid group said Friday, raising questions about the thoroughness and transparency of…

Mortar attack in northern Afghanistan leaves 5 dead

March 31, 2017

An Afghan official says a mortar attack in northern Takhar province killed five civilians, including four children, all from the same family.…

Owner nixes coal mine expansion over German climate plans

March 31, 2017

The owner of one of Germany’s biggest coal mines is shelving plans to expand the site because of government efforts to curb the country’s carbon emissions.…

France’s presidential election may determine the future of the European Union

March 31, 2017

The French elections have become the decisive referendum on the dream of a unified Europe, 60 years later.…

New Zealand to review building design standards after quake

March 31, 2017

New Zealand’s government says the partial collapse of a modern office building’s interior floors during an earthquake last November was unacceptable and could have killed people.…

French national victim of knife attack in Shanghai

March 31, 2017

France is warning its citizens in China to be vigilant after a French national was attacked by a man with a knife in Shanghai this week.…

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