Vatican sex abuse investigator wraps up his mission in Chile

February 28, 2018

The Vatican’s sex crimes investigator has ended his mission in Chile, and Roman Catholic officials say he plans to deliver a report to the pope on a Chilean bishop who has been accused of ignoring sex abuse by a priest.…

Brazil mail implements security tax for deliveries in Rio

February 28, 2018

Brazil’s state-run postal service says it will start charging extra to deliver letters and packages in Rio de Janeiro due to a wave of wave of violence in the state.…

Russia and Syria clash with US and West on Syria cease-fire

February 28, 2018

Russia and Syria clashed with the U.S. and its Western allies Wednesday over responsibility for the failure of a cease-fire to take hold in Syria as the U.N. said humanitarian convoys are ready to head to 10 locations including besieged eastern Ghouta near the capital Damascus.…

Haley thanks Guatemala for help on Venezuela, Israel embassy

February 28, 2018

Washington’s U.N. ambassador thanked Guatemala on Wednesday for its support in confronting Venezuela over concerns about democracy and human rights in the South American nation.…

Jailed Instagram model wants to trade secrets for freedom

February 28, 2018

A Belarusian woman jailed in Thailand for offering sex lessons without a work permit says she has a story to tell involving the Kremlin, Russian billionaires and even the president of the United States.…

Brutal storm is pummeling Britain with heavy snow and wicked wind chill

February 28, 2018

Up to a to a foot of snow has fallen since yesterday — and more is on the way — causing major travel headaches.…

Why Russia’s #MeToo moment hasn’t happened

February 28, 2018

This is a country that recently decriminalized domestic violence, with the church’s blessing.…

Egypt’s chief prosecutor wants close monitoring of the media

February 28, 2018

Egypt’s chief prosecutor told his staff Wednesday to closely monitor the media and move against any they consider to be “hurting national interests,” the latest move by authorities to suppress any dissenting voices ahead of elections seen as virtually a one-man race ensuring the re-election of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.…

4 UN peacekeepers killed in central Mali

February 28, 2018

The U.N. mission in Mali says four of its peacekeepers have been killed after their vehicle hit an explosive device in the central Mopti region.…

Slain Slovak journalist worked on story of links to mafia

February 28, 2018

An investigative journalist shot dead in Slovakia last week was working on a story about the activities of the Italian mafia in his country and their links to people close to Prime Minister Robert Fico.…

UK police arrest 3 men over blast that killed 5 people

February 28, 2018

British police say they have arrested three men in connection with an explosion over the weekend in the English city of Leicester that killed five people.…

Two housemates conspired to commit a ‘bucket list’ murder. Now they’re in prison for life.

February 28, 2018

Jemma Lilley had a fascination with serial killers and, with the help of Trudi Lenon, fatally stabbed an 18-year-old man with autism, court records said.…

Turkey’s Erdogan wants to make adultery a crime

February 28, 2018

The president’s Justice and Development Party, or AKP, tried to make adultery illegal in 2004, but the proposal was scrapped after it sparked a battle with the European Union.…

Europe’s 1st successful sciatic nerve transplant in Poland

February 28, 2018

Doctors in Poland say they have successfully completed Europe’s first transplant of a sciatic nerve from a deceased donor. The recipient is officer from an anti-terrorism police unit.…

Japan police confirm arrest of US man over dismembered body

February 28, 2018

Japanese police confirmed Thursday the arrest of an American on suspicion of dismembering and abandoning the body of a woman in western Japan.…

Rescuer of French climber splits up with his Polish team

February 28, 2018

A prominent member of Polish Himalaya climbers’ team, Denis Urubko, who recently rescued a French climber, has split up with the team and left its base camp in Pakistan, the head of the team said Wednesday.…

Honduras’ former first lady arrested in graft case

February 28, 2018

Military police searched the home of former Honduran President Porfirio Lobo on Wednesday and arrested his wife as part of a corruption probe by an international team of investigators.…

Mexican police allegedly used near death-squad tactics

February 28, 2018

Police in Mexico’s corruption-plagued state of Veracruz set up units that used dirty-war, death-squad style tactics to abduct, kill and dispose of at least 15 people, mostly youths, who they suspected of being drug cartel informers and drug runners, according to charges filed by state prosecutors.…

Ethiopian Jews threaten mass hunger strike over Israel move

February 28, 2018

In an emotional gathering, representatives for thousands of Ethiopian Jews announced Wednesday they will stage a mass hunger strike if Israel eliminates funding to allow them to join their families in that country.…

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Heavy winter weather batters UK, European mainland

February 28, 2018

Persistent snow and freezing conditions from a Siberian cold snap snarled transit Wednesday and caused a handful of deaths across a swathe of Europe from Britain to the Balkans.…

EU unveils Brexit draft, ramping up pressure on Britain

February 28, 2018

Concerned that time is fast running out, the European Union moved Wednesday to force Britain’s hand in Brexit negotiations by publishing a draft text that distils into legal language what they have — and even what they have not — agreed so far about Britain’s departure.…

Nigeria orders ‘all schools’ defended in Boko Haram region

February 28, 2018

The office of Nigeria’s president says police and civil defense forces are ordered to defend all schools in “liberated areas” of the northeast to avoid further attacks on schools by Boko Haram extremists.…

Poland’s Kaczynski reprimanded for saying rivals ‘murderers’

February 28, 2018

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the head of Poland’s conservative ruling party, was reprimanded Wednesday by a parliamentary ethics committee for an emotional outburst in parliament last year in which he accused political rivals of murdering his brother, a former president who died in a plane crash.…

1 UNICEF worker, 5 others killed in Central African Republic

February 28, 2018

A United Nations children’s agency staffer and five other education workers have been killed in an attack in Central African Republic, the U.N. agency said Wednesday.…

No civilians leave Syria’s Ghouta; Putin blames rebels

February 28, 2018

The Russia-ordered brief humanitarian pause was in effect for a second day Wednesday in rebel-held Damascus suburbs but no civilians used the corridor manned by Syrian and Russian forces to leave the enclave. Government forces, meanwhile, tried to push their way into the area, setting off ground battles.…

Trump lashes out at attorney general over alleged surveillance abuses

February 28, 2018

The president questioned why Jeff Sessions was relying on the Justice Department inspector general to investigate.…

The Latest: Slovak minister resigns after reporter’s death

February 28, 2018

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The Latest: Ireland welcomes first EU draft for Brexit deal

February 28, 2018

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The Latest: Elderly man dies after falling through Dutch ice

February 28, 2018

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In patriarchal Japan, saying ‘Me Too’ can be risky for women

February 28, 2018

Japanese women who say “Me too” do so at their own risk.…

EU demands that Russia, Iran, Turkey halt Syria fighting

February 28, 2018

The European Union is demanding that Russia, Iran and Turkey take responsibility for ensuring that the fighting stops in Syria and that a real 30-day halt in fighting is respected.…

Two stowaway teens hid in a plane’s landing gear — and fell to their death during takeoff

February 28, 2018

The two teenagers fell nearly 1,000 feet on Latam Airlines flight XL1438 from Guayaquil, Eduador, to New York.…

Europe is so cold now that the Arctic appears to be a warm escape

February 28, 2018

As London and Rome — which rarely see freezing weather — get buried under snow, the Arctic is witnessing one of its warmest winters ever.…

Sudanese president names new military chief, top commanders

February 28, 2018

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has reshuffled his military command, naming a new chief of staff, as well as leaders of the ground, naval and air forces.…

Nigeria reports record high Lassa fever cases with 317

February 28, 2018

Health authorities say a Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has reached a record high and there are suspected cases in neighboring Benin as well.…

3 Nobel laureates blame Suu Kyi for Rohingya crisis

February 28, 2018

Three Nobel Peace laureates on Wednesday accused Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the nation’s military of genocide for their role in violence that has forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh.…

Israel group mints Trump coin to honor Jerusalem recognition

February 28, 2018

An Israeli organization has minted a coin bearing President Donald Trump’s image to honor his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.…

China detains relatives of U.S. reporters in apparent punishment for Xinjiang coverage

February 28, 2018

Radio Free Asia says authorities appear to be using detentions to intimidate independent media.…

Why a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians is closer than you think

February 28, 2018

In a Catch-22 survey finding, the most significant reason people oppose a two-state solution is their perception that it is not feasible.…

Papua New Guinea quake killed at least 15, injured dozens

February 28, 2018

A powerful earthquake this week killed at least 15 people, injured dozens and brought work to a halt at four oil and gas fields in a remote Papua New Guinea region, the local governor said Wednesday.…

Indonesia seizes yacht wanted by US in probe of Malaysia

February 28, 2018

Indonesia has seized a luxury yacht on the tourist island of Bali that is wanted by U.S. authorities as part of a probe into alleged multibillion-dollar corruption at Malaysian state investment fund 1MBD.…

Aid groups: Iraqi authorities push refugees to return home

February 28, 2018

Iraqi authorities are increasing pressure on families in displacement camps in Anbar province, who fled their homes during the war against the Islamic State group, to return to their homes ahead of national elections in May, international aid agencies warned on Wednesday.…

Lion kills woman at refuge of South African ‘lion whisperer’

February 28, 2018

A lion that mauled a young woman to death in South Africa was under the care of a man known as the “lion whisperer” for his close interactions with the predators in his animal sanctuary.…

Taiwan detains developer of building where quake killed 14

February 28, 2018

Prosecutors in eastern Taiwan say a building complex that collapsed in an earthquake earlier this month, killing 14 people, was structurally unsound and have detained the developer.…

Indian in UAE helped famed actress Sridevi’s body come home

February 28, 2018

Away from the cameras’ flash and the eyes of her millions of fans in India, the actress Sridevi’s body made its way to a simple mortuary in the United Arab Emirates, where one man helped sign out her remains to return home.…

Takata air bag recall made compulsory for Australia vehicles

February 28, 2018

Australia on Wednesday issued a compulsory recall for all 2.7 million cars fitted with defective Takata air bags in an effort to lift the auto industry’s mixed efforts to fix the fault blamed for at least 23 deaths around the world.…

Church of the Holy Sepulchre reopens post Jerusalem tax spat

February 28, 2018

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem has reopened after Israeli officials suspended a plan to impose taxes on church properties in the holy city.…

Philippine chief justice taking leave, expects impeachment

February 28, 2018

The Philippine Supreme Court’s chief justice — who has drawn the ire of President Rodrigo Duterte — expects to be impeached by the House next month and will go on leave to prepare for the trial she’s confident of winning, her spokesman said Wednesday.…

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