Hezbollah leader: Kurdish vote will sow division in region

September 30, 2017

The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group has warned that a controversial referendum on support for independence in Iraq’s Kurdistan will lead to dividing several countries in the region.…

The Latest: Protesters rally against Catalan independence

September 30, 2017

The Latest on Catalonia’s plans to hold a referendum Sunday on breaking away from Spain (all times local):…

Greek police arrest 8 smugglers who brought in 38 migrants

September 30, 2017

Greek police announced they have arrested eight migrant traffickers who reportedly smuggled 38 migrants through Greece’s land border with Turkey.…

Separatists vow to defy police ultimatum over Catalan vote

September 30, 2017

Catalan separatists vowed Saturday to ignore a police ultimatum to leave the schools they are occupying to use in a vote seeking independence from Spain. As police methodically sealed off…

On China’s border with North Korea, a constricted economic lifeline is still a lifeline

September 30, 2017

Although Chinese traders say sanctions are hurting, the measures aren’t enough to strangle Pyongyang.…

All the theories about what’s happening to the diplomats in Cuba

September 30, 2017

At least 21 Americans have reported a bizarre rash of symptoms.…

Spain’s FM calls Catalan referendum a mockery of democracy

September 30, 2017

The Catalan regional government’s plan to hold an independence referendum is a “mockery of democracy,” Spain’s foreign minister said Saturday.…

Rights groups urge Egypt to halt crackdown on homosexuals

September 30, 2017

Two international rights groups called on Egyptian authorities on Saturday to halt their crackdown on people suspected of homosexuality following the waving of the LGBT rainbow flag at a recent…

Death toll rises to 360 in Mexico earthquake

September 30, 2017

The death toll from Mexico’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake has risen by two and now stands at 360.…

Airstrikes on IS-held areas in Syria kill and wound dozens

September 30, 2017

Airstrikes on villages and towns held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria have killed and wounded dozens a day after an attack by the extremists killed more than…

Hurricane stresses Puerto Rico’s already weak health system

September 30, 2017

Martin Lopez was shot in the hand last Saturday by two thieves who made off with his precious cans of gas in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. He was rushed…

‘Ja’ at last: 1st same-sex couples in Germany to wed Sunday

September 30, 2017

Almost 40 years after their first kiss, Karl and Bodo are getting hitched.…

German prosecutors: Suspect used poison threats as blackmail

September 30, 2017

German authorities said Saturday they are confident that a 53-year-old man arrested a day earlier is behind a blackmail attempt that saw jars of poisoned baby food placed on store…

Tillerson: U.S. is in direct contact with North Korea, is ‘probing’ talks 

September 30, 2017

“We have lines of communications to Pyongyang. We’re not in a dark situation,” secretary of state said.…

Austria’s ‘Burqa ban’ law signals rightward political turn

September 30, 2017

A law prohibiting any kind of full face covering — known popularly as the “Burqa ban” — takes effect Sunday in Austria, and strong support for it portends political upheaval…

Spain, Catalonia head for showdown over independence vote

September 30, 2017

Montserrat Aguilera wasn’t intending to vote for the Catalonia region to secede from the rest of Spain.…

Arrests made as anti-Semitic group marches in Swedish city

September 30, 2017

A dozen people were detained during a right-wing demonstration in Sweden’s second-largest city Saturday that left a police officer and several others injured.…

Turkish police detain 2 for Syrian activists’ slayings

September 30, 2017

Turkish police have detained two suspects in connection with the slayings of a prominent Syrian activist and her U.S.-born daughter, the country’s official news agency said Saturday.…

Thousands rally across Pakistan ahead of Ashura celebrations

September 30, 2017

Thousands of Shiite Muslims have rallied across various parts of Pakistan ahead of tomorrow’s religious festival of Ashura, or “Day of Remembrance”.…

Turkey opens military training base in Somalia capital

September 30, 2017

The Turkish government has opened a military training base, its largest in Africa, in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.…

Report: Welsh climber killed in Yosemite tried to save wife

September 30, 2017

A British newspaper is reporting that the Welsh climber killed by falling rock in Yosemite National Park this week died while trying to shield his wife.…

The Latest: News agency reports Iran will maneuver with Iraq

September 30, 2017

The Latest on developments in Iraq (all times local):…

Bali authorities urge many who fled volcano to return home

September 30, 2017

Authorities are trying to convince more than half of the 144,000 people who fled a menacing volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali to return home, saying they left areas…

Turkish police detain suspect for Syrian activists’ murder

September 30, 2017

Turkey’s official news agency says police have detained a suspect in connection with the murder of a prominent Syrian activist and her U.S.-born daughter.…

Norway grants immigration to Israeli nuclear whistleblower

September 30, 2017

Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordecai Vanunu has been granted permission to immigrate to Norway so he can be united with his Norwegian wife.…

Romania: Ex-secret police chief Vlad dies at age 86

September 30, 2017

A former colleague of Iulian Vlad, the general who led Romania’s feared communist-era Securitate secret police, says Vlad has died at age 86.…

Egypt’s population stands at nearly 95 million

September 30, 2017

Egypt said Saturday its population stands at nearly 95 million, in addition to an estimated 9.4 million who live abroad, according to the latest census figures.…

Spain’s foreign minister says Catalonia region’s plan to hold an independence referendum is “a mockery of democracy.”

September 30, 2017

Spain’s foreign minister says Catalonia region’s plan to hold an independence referendum is “a mockery of democracy.”…

Mexico’s president faces an earthquake of his own when he asks citizens for disaster assistance

September 30, 2017

Mexicans respond that politicians should stop filling their pockets, instead of turning to citizens for quake assistance.…

Europe wary but muted ahead of Catalonia’s independence vote

September 30, 2017

Across Europe, people are watching Catalonia’s independence referendum closely and nervously — but quietly.…

Romania: Fire at Bucharest retirement home leaves 1 dead

September 30, 2017

Authorities in Romania say one person has died and 19 people were hospitalized for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at a retirement home in the capital.…

Afghan official: 2 people killed by roadside bombs

September 30, 2017

At least two people including a police officer were killed by roadside bombs in Afghanistan’s western Herat province, a provincial official said Saturday.…

In Indonesia, the ‘fake news’ that fueled a Cold War massacre is still potent five decades later

September 30, 2017

Conservative and Islamist activists have recently used the kind of anti-communist propaganda that fueled the 1965 killings to attack moderate President Joko Widodo.…

In Hong Kong, political banners reveal gulf with mainland

September 30, 2017

The banners and posters were quietly hung in universities across Hong Kong, often appearing overnight, with bold white lettering calling out for change and testing the limits of the freedoms…

SKoreans relieved after NKorean skaters qualify for Games

September 30, 2017

South Korean Olympic officials said they were pleased after a North Korean figure skating pair became the nation’s first athletes to qualify for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, hoping…

Pakistan: Indian fire kills 2 villagers, soldier in Kashmir

September 30, 2017

Pakistan’s army says Indian troops with heavy weapons have targeted civilians from across the frontier in the disputed region of Kashmir, killing two villagers and a soldier.…

Iraqi military preparing to take control of Kurdish borders

September 30, 2017

Iraq’s military prepared Saturday to take control of the international borders of the northern Kurdish region.…

Villagers race to save Bali cows from volcanic oblivion

September 30, 2017

Bali’s gently lowing cows, prized for their hardiness and doe-like temperament, won’t become victims of the tropical island’s menacing Mount Agung volcano if villager Wayan Sudarma has any say in…

Myanmar refugee exodus tops 500,000 as more Rohingya flee

September 30, 2017

He trekked to Bangladesh as part of an exodus of a half million people from Myanmar, the largest refugee crisis to hit Asia in decades. But after climbing out of…

Official survey: China factory activity rises to 5-year high

September 30, 2017

An official survey released Saturday said that China’s factory activity expanded in September at the fastest pace in five years, as the country’s vital manufacturing sector stepped up production to…

Where buildings fell to quake, memorials rise in Mexico City

September 30, 2017

On sidewalks, on median strips and amid the brick dust and rubble of buildings that collapsed in Mexico’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake, impromptu memorials have sprung up across the capital as…

Colombia rebel leader readies troops ahead of cease-fire

September 30, 2017

The head of Colombia’s last remaining rebel group has ordered guerrillas to stand down ahead of a bilateral cease-fire slated to go into effect this weekend.…

Obama, in Canada, warns of pace of technological change

September 30, 2017

Former U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday that closing borders won’t create future jobs because what’s changing industries like manufacturing are automation and artificial intelligence.…

Aid flows to Puerto Rico but many still lack water and food

September 30, 2017

Thousands of Puerto Ricans were finally getting water and food rations Friday as an aid bottleneck began to ease, but many remained cut off from the basic necessities of life…

Memorials spring up at Mexico City’s quake collapse sites

September 30, 2017

On sidewalks, on median strips and amid the brick dust and rubble of buildings that collapsed in Mexico’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake, impromptu memorials have sprung up across the capital as…

Colombia rebel leader readies troops ahead of cease-fire

September 30, 2017

The head of Colombia’s last remaining rebel group has ordered guerrillas to stand down ahead of a bilateral cease-fire taking effect this weekend that is an important milestone in efforts…

UN body: Int’l experts to examine rights abuses in Yemen

September 29, 2017

The leading U.N. human rights body on Friday approved a compromise resolution calling for a group of “eminent international and regional experts” to monitor and report on rights abuses in…

UN appeals for $31 million for hurricane-battered Dominica

September 29, 2017

The U.N. humanitarian office is launching a $31 million emergency appeal for the hurricane-battered Caribbean island of Dominica which was hit by a category 5 storm on Sept. 18.…

SpaceX: Rocket for moon, Mars and NY-to-Shanghai in 39 mins

September 29, 2017

SpaceX chief Elon Musk’s elaborate plan for a mega-rocket to carry astronauts to Mars may have some down-to-Earth applications.…

The Latest: Catalan leader rallies independence backers

September 29, 2017

The Latest on Catalonia’s plans to hold a referendum Sunday on breaking away from Spain (all times local):…

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