PM: France is facing violent ‘new form of anti-Semitism’

January 31, 2018

France is facing a “new form of anti-Semitism” marked by violence, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Wednesday, deploring an assault this week in a Paris suburb on an 8-year-old boy wearing a Jewish skullcap.…

Venezuela rejects UN plan to settle border fight with Guyana

January 31, 2018

Venezuela has rejected a United Nations proposal to send its longstanding border dispute with neighboring Guyana to an international court.…

Pope’s briefing system under scrutiny after Chile gaffe

January 31, 2018

Just how well informed is Pope Francis about the goings-on in his 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church?…

Syria’s Kurds push US to stop Turkish assault on key enclave

January 31, 2018

Syria’s Kurdish militia is growing frustrated with its patron, the United States, and is pressing it to do more to stop Turkey’s assault on a key stronghold in Syria.…

France’s Macron promotes youth employment on Tunisia visit

January 31, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron opened a two-day visit to Tunisia on Wednesday by announcing a fund to boost youth employment in the North African nation, a budding democracy that is struggling economically while contending with Islamic extremists.…

US urges Poland to drop Holocaust bill angering Israel

January 31, 2018

The United States asked Poland to rethink plans to enact proposed legislation regulating Holocaust speech that has sparked a diplomatic dispute with Israel, arguing Wednesday that if it passes it could hurt freedom of speech as well as strategic relationships.…

Civilians pay price as Turkey battles Syrian Kurds

January 31, 2018

More than 65 noncombatants have died since Turkey’s campaign began Jan. 20, activists said.…

North Korea’s list of U.S. human rights abuses includes inequality, racism and marijuana use

January 31, 2018

Trump was accused of filling his Cabinet with “billionaires from conglomerates.”…

Australian attempt to avoid ‘Boaty McBoatface’ boat-naming debacle results in far worse ‘Ferry McFerryface’ scandal

January 31, 2018

An Australian official stands accused of ignoring a vote that cost $81,000 so he could call a ferry “Ferry McFerryface.”…

With FBI statement on memo, Christopher Wray could now be in the president’s crosshairs

January 31, 2018

The FBI is now publicly at odds with the White House over the release of the controversial House Intelligence Committee memo.…

Trump alarms China with ‘Cold War’ rhetoric in State of Union address

January 31, 2018

The president’s language reflected a fundamental shift in the U.S. attitude toward Beijing.…

Rex Tillerson visits Mexico as bilateral ties hit their lowest point in years

January 31, 2018

Mexicans are smarting over Trump’s policies on free-trade talks and immigration.…

BBC editor who quit over equal pay offers stunning testimony to Parliament

January 31, 2018

Carrie Gracie said she was “shocked” to discover that her male peers earned “at least 50 percent” more than she did — disclosures that have rocked the world’s best-known public broadcaster.…

UK lawmakers agree to leave Parliament for years of repairs

January 31, 2018

This is not a metaphor: Britain’s Parliament is a mess.…

Venezuela’s divided leaders bring home terms of talks

January 31, 2018

Negotiators from Venezuelan’s government and opposition say they’ll return home to consult with their supporters on potential aspects of an accord to settle the nation’s deep divides.…

Protesters hurl trash on Ecuador ex-president’s vehicle

January 31, 2018

Protesters have hurled trash on a vehicle used by former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa as he campaigns against a referendum that could prevent him from seeking re-election.…

Romania: Ceausescu auction marks centenary of his birth

January 31, 2018

A Romanian auction house on Wednesday sold memorabilia belonging to former Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu to mark what would have been his 100th birthday.…

African leaders nearly demanded public apology from Trump

January 31, 2018

African leaders this week came close to demanding that President Donald Trump publicly apologize for his vulgar remark about the continent “that defies all forms of diplomatic etiquette,” according to a draft declaration obtained by The Associated Press.…

Ex-strongman’s son in Peru to form own bloc in congress

January 31, 2018

The son of former Peruvian strongman Alberto Fujimori is forming his own bloc in congress after being kicked out of the party led his sister.…

A London cafe is at the center of a national debate for celebrating ‘racist’ Winston Churchill

January 31, 2018

The debate over the cafe’s theme has risen to the highest levels of the UK government.…

London man to be deported after conviction for trying to rob Georgetown student

January 31, 2018

Paolo Aldorasi, 35, ordered the victim into his SUV and drove to ATMs and retail stores, court records show.…

Eritrea’s leader criticizes Israel migrant deportation plan

January 31, 2018

Eritrea’s president in a rare interview is expressing his displeasure with Israel’s plan to deport tens of thousands of African migrants, saying they deserve far more than the $3,500 offered to leave.…

US steps up pressure on Hamas with new terror designation

January 31, 2018

The U.S. has added the leader of Hamas to its list of international terrorists, ratcheting up pressure on the Islamic militant group.…

UK lord astonishes Parliament by resigning for being late

January 31, 2018

A member of Britain’s House of Lords has drawn praise and puzzlement for resigning as a government minister because he was late to answer a question.…

UN negotiator in Macedonia seeks to end name dispute

January 31, 2018

A U.N. negotiator has arrived in Macedonia for talks with the country’s leadership, in a revived effort to settle a peculiar but acrimonious dispute with neighboring Greece over Macedonia’s name.…

Israeli defense chief: Lebanon will pay for Iranian meddling

January 31, 2018

Israel’s defense minister said Wednesday that Lebanon would “pay the full price” for Iran’s entrenchment in any future war, the latest in a series of Israeli warnings about Tehran’s growing presence in neighboring Lebanon and Syria.…

Israel vows to retain West Bank control in any peace deal

January 31, 2018

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said Israel will retain security control over the Palestinians as part of any future peace deal, deepening Palestinian fears that Israel and the Trump administration are colluding on a proposal that will fall far short of their dreams of independence.…

The temperature in Siberia rose 100 degrees. The northern U.S. may pay a frigid price.

January 31, 2018

The record-warmth in Siberia may displace frigid cold into the northern U.S.…

From several angles, a new look at how a Russian jet buzzed a Navy aircraft

January 31, 2018

“For the Russian fighter aircraft to fly this close to the U.S. Navy aircraft, especially for extended periods of time, is unsafe,” a Navy official said.…

White House’s Kelly slams teacher who disparaged troops: ‘I think the guy ought to go to hell’

January 31, 2018

The White House chief of staff weighs in on the case of El Rancho High School teacher and Pico Rivera councilman Gregory Salcido, who has been placed on leave by the school district.…

This Chinese math problem has no answer. Actually, it has a lot of them.

January 31, 2018

A math problem posed to Chinese fifth-graders may not have a right answer, but that hasn’t stopped people from trying to solve it.…

Withdrawal of U.S. envoy candidate and tough talk from Trump worry South Korea

January 31, 2018

As Trump threatens a “bloody nose,” North Korea plans a new military parade.…

Justice Department seeks to toss out charges against Sen. Menendez

January 31, 2018

Prosecutors signal retreat from high-profile corruption case after mistrial and a judge dismissed some charges.…

Singer Lorde canceled her concert in Israel. Now those who told her not to go are being sued.

January 31, 2018

New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde is also the first international artist to prompt a lawsuit for canceling her concert in the Jewish state.…

Dutch come up with new scheme for quake damage compensation

January 31, 2018

Dutch authorities have brokered a new agreement about how to compensate damages suffered by homeowners in the northeastern Netherlands due to earthquakes caused by gas extraction.…

Journalist says BBC treating women as ‘enemy’ over pay gap

January 31, 2018

A senior BBC journalist who quit her post to protest the gender pay gap says management is hurting the corporation’s credibility by failing to address the issue.…

German FM says Trump support not necessarily good for Israel

January 31, 2018

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel expressed his grave concern Wednesday for Israel’s future, telling an academic conference that the government’s ambivalence toward a Palestinian state showed a lack of direction and suggesting that President Donald Trump’s unflinching support wasn’t necessarily in Israel’s best interest.…

Cape Town tightening water restrictions again amid drought

January 31, 2018

South Africa’s drought-hit city of Cape Town plans to introduce new water restrictions on Thursday in an attempt to avoid what it calls “Day Zero,” the day in mid-April when it might have to turn off most taps.…

Environment, gender equality on agenda at G7 Canada meeting

January 31, 2018

Climate change will be on the agenda for this year’s Group of Seven summit in Quebec despite Canada’s difference of opinion with the Trump administration.…

The Latest: US works to avoid friction with Turkey in Syria

January 31, 2018

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

Russian spy chiefs met in Washington with CIA director to discuss counterterrorism

January 31, 2018

The meeting raised concerns among some U.S. officials that Moscow may believe the Trump administration is willing to move beyond the issue of election interference.…

The State of the Union revealed one of Trump’s biggest foreign affairs dilemmas

January 31, 2018

Advocates of nonviolent protests, including the late Gene Sharp, have warned against the use of coercive foreign measures to topple regimes.…

A plane carrying dozens of plumbers was forced to turn back because of toilet problems

January 31, 2018

“We’d have gladly fixed the toilets, but it must unfortunately be done from the outside….”…

Germany probes Bosch workers in US over diesel emissions

January 31, 2018

Prosecutors in the German city of Stuttgart are investigating two employees of auto components and technology firm Robert Bosch LLC in the U.S. on suspicion of being accessories to fraud in connection with manipulated diesel emissions in Fiat Chrysler vehicles.…

Putin to athletes: Ignore doping scandals at Olympics

January 31, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told the country’s athletes to forget about doping scandals when they compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics.…

Former Kenyan VP: Home attacked in ‘assassination attempt’

January 31, 2018

Former Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said Wednesday that gunshots and a grenade were fired at his home in what he called “an assassination attempt,” as a government shutdown of three major TV stations continued the day after the mock inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga.…

Holocaust survivor addresses German lawmakers at parliament

January 31, 2018

A survivor of the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp praised Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to open her country’s doors to asylum seekers in 2015, telling lawmakers Wednesday at a special parliamentary session commemorating the victims of the Holocaust it was a sign of Germany’s “exemplary” conduct following the war.…

The Latest: Man who ‘swore in’ Kenya’s Odinga arrested

January 31, 2018

The Latest on the mock inauguration of Kenya’s opposition leader (all times local):…

‘I read my own obits’: A female Vietnam War reporter’s harrowing weeks as a POW

January 31, 2018

Fifty years ago, Kate Webb was the first wire service reporter to cover the Viet Cong’s attack on the United States. Embassy in Saigon. Later, she was captured and imprisoned by the North Vietnamese.…

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