Attack on US Embassy in Iraq shows stark choices for Trump

December 31, 2019

The attack on the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad by Iran-supported militiamen shows that President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran has not crippled its ability to strike at American interests…

Migrant in Libya relives brutal detention through sketches

December 31, 2019

An Eritrean migrant has documented what he saw inside Libya’s militia-run detention centers in rough sketches, showing starvation, lack of water and sunlight, and disease…

European money spawns more misery for migrants in Libya

December 31, 2019

Money sent from the European Union into Libya to slow the tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean has instead spawned a thriving web of businesses feeding off their misery…

Panama Canal marks 20 years of US handover amid water crisis

December 31, 2019

Panama is marking the 20-year anniversary of the turnover of the Panama Canal, now amid a water crisis that threatens the viability of the waterway…

Protesters chanting ‘Death to America’ break into U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad

December 31, 2019

Supporters of the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia said they planned to besiege the embassy until it closes down, in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes.…

European money spawns more misery for migrants in Libya

December 31, 2019

Money sent from the European Union into Libya to slow the tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean has instead spawned a thriving web of businesses feeding off their misery…

Brazil’s Bolsonaro keeps far-right entering tough 2nd year

December 31, 2019

Jair Bolsonaro is heading into his second year as Brazil’s president holding firm to his combative culture-warrior policies while feuding with critics at home and abroad…

These 3 pro-Iran militia leaders are provoking protesters at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

December 31, 2019

It’s a very different crowd than the anti-government protesters filling Iraq’s streets since October.…

Ex-Nissan boss flees to Lebanon, slams Japan’s justice system

December 31, 2019

It’s unclear how Carlos Ghosn, the ousted auto executive — who holds Lebanese, French and Brazilian citizenship — managed to leave Japan, where he was on bail on charges of financial misconduct and had surrendered his passports.…

Egypt draws ire with artifacts’ move to busy Tahrir Square

December 31, 2019

Egypt’s government has sparked controversy over its decision to transport ancient Pharaonic artifacts to a traffic circle in the congested heart of Cairo…

Australia sending aid to wildfire towns as death toll rises

December 31, 2019

Australia has deployed military ships and aircraft to help communities ravaged by apocalyptic wildfires that have left at least 17 people dead nationwide and sent thousands of residents and holidaymakers fleeing to the shoreline…

Militia supporters chanting ‘Death to America’ break into U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad

December 31, 2019

Supporters of the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia said they planned to besiege the embassy until it closes down, in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes.…

Trump says he’ll sign first-step China trade deal on Jan. 15

December 31, 2019

President Donald Trump says he’ll sign the first phase of a trade deal with China at the White House on Jan. 15…

Oman says Sultan Qaboos, 79, is ‘stable’ amid health scare

December 31, 2019

Oman’s royal court says the 79-year-old sultan is in “stable condition,” amid days of worried speculation about his health…

Pakistan issues health IDs for trans people to improve care

December 31, 2019

Pakistan has begun issuing special health ID cards for transgender people  as way to lessen health care discrimination…

North Korea’s Kim touts strategic weapon amid stall in talks

December 31, 2019

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has expressed frustration over stalled nuclear negotiations and warned that his country will soon show to the world a new strategic weapon…

Protesters attack US Embassy in Baghdad after airstrikes

December 31, 2019

Angered by deadly airstrikes targeting an Iran-backed militia, dozens of Iraqi Shiite militiamen and their supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad in one of the worst attacks on the embassy in recent memory…

A Chinese doctor is stabbed to death at a hospital on Christmas Eve, leaving a nation aghast

December 31, 2019

The case highlights the stresses in an overburdened medical system dealing with a rapidly aging population.…

Trump deploys more troops to Mideast after embassy attack

December 31, 2019

President Donald Trump has ordered about 750 U.S. soldiers deployed to the Middle East with about 3,000 more preparing for possible deployment in the next several days…

Thousands take refuge on Australian beach as deadly wildfires close in

December 31, 2019

Blazes closed in around a popular holiday destination, trapping vacationers in apocalyptic conditions.…

Turmoil in Iraq comes amid shrunken U.S. diplomatic footprint

December 31, 2019

The Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign against Iran has come at a cost: The ability to keep a full diplomatic presence in Iraq.…

A country with a growing death row reconsiders capital punishment

December 31, 2019

Any change in executions by the Malaysian government would have significance beyond the country’s borders.…

Death toll from tribal clashes in Sudan’s Darfur rises to 24

December 31, 2019

A Sudanese aid group says sporadic tribal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs are continuing in Sudan’s West Darfur province…

Israeli top court hears case on Netanyahu’s political future

December 31, 2019

Israel’s Supreme Court began deliberations on whether an indicted parliament member can form a new government, hearing a petition that could potentially abruptly end Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political career after March elections…

Israeli top court hears case on Netanyahu’s political future

December 31, 2019

Israel’s Supreme Court heard a petition on whether an indicted member of parliament can form a new government, a key test case for whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can prolong his political career after March elections…

The big news stories of 2020 may feel eerily similar to those of 2010

December 31, 2019

A look at how little — and how much — has changed in a decade.…

The big news stories of 2020 may feel eerily similar to those of 2010

December 31, 2019

A look at how little — and how much — has changed in a decade.…

How the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad compares to attacks at other American diplomatic facilities

December 31, 2019

At first glance, images out of Iraq could be mistaken for Tehran or Benghazi.…

Some of the world’s tastiest New Year’s good luck traditions

December 31, 2019

Basically anything round or coin shaped.…

Hundreds of Iraqis converge on U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to protest airstrike that killed members of Iran-backed militia

December 31, 2019

A spokesman for the Kataib Hezbollah militia said the demonstrators plan to remain outside until the embassy shuts down and U.S. diplomats leave Iraq. This is a developing story. It will be updated.  …

Abducted Sri Lanka journalist’s wife: Military derails case

December 31, 2019

The wife of an abducted Sri Lankan journalist is accusing the military of trying to derail a court case in which nine soldiers have been charged with her husband’s abduction and enforced disappearance nearly 10 years ago…

Abducted Sri Lanka journalist’s wife: Military derails case

December 31, 2019

The wife of an abducted Sri Lankan journalist is accusing the military of trying to derail a court case in which nine soldiers have been charged with her husband’s abduction and enforced disappearance nearly 10 years ago…

SKorean prosecutors indict Moon’s key ally over corruption

December 31, 2019

South Korean prosecutors have indicted a key ally of President Moon Jae-in on a dozen charges including bribery as they concluded a monthslong probe into a political scandal that rocked Seoul’s liberal government and sparked huge protests…

Israeli top court hears case on Netanyahu’s political future

December 31, 2019

Israel’s Supreme Court heard a petition on whether an indicted member of parliament can form a new government, a key test case for whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can prolong his political career after March elections…

US seeks review of state DMV laws on immigration enforcement

December 31, 2019

The acting secretary of Homeland Security is taking aim at new laws in New York, New Jersey and other states that allow immigrants to get driver’s licenses without proof they are in the U.S. legally…

How the hottest decade in recorded history unfolded around the globe

December 31, 2019

Localized data shows a consistent trend — but with a wide variance in temperatures across the planet.…

A British barrister was famous for battling Brexit. Then he beat a fox to death, while wearing a kimono.

December 30, 2019

Jolyon Maugham has become the subject of days of debate.…

Brazil police seeking 8 fugitives after jailbreak

December 30, 2019

Brazilian police are hunting eight fugitives who escaped from a prison in the state of Minas Gerais on Sunday night, according to authorities…

Venezuela’s collapse: Enduring a catastrophe

December 30, 2019

Protests have diminished, and optimism that any change will come has evaporated. Indeed, Maduro has solidified his grip on power as the opposition has fallen into disarray following the failed uprising.…

Want OxyContin in China? Pain pill addicts get drugs online

December 30, 2019

Officially, China doesn’t have an opioid problem like the United States…

Sick woman campaigns for medically assisted suicide in Peru

December 30, 2019

Ana Estrada is a 42-year-old Peruvian who is almost completely paralyzed by a terminal illness…

Raging wildfires trap thousands at Australian town’s waterfront

December 30, 2019

Wildfires burning across Australia’s two most populous states Tuesday trapped residents of a seaside town in apocalyptic conditions and were feared to have destroyed many properties and caused fatalities.…

A British woman accused a group of Israeli men of raping her in Cyprus. She was found guilty of ‘public mischief.’

December 30, 2019

Attorneys for the 19-year-old said she was questioned by police without a lawyer present and was forced to retract her statement.…

US, German, Israeli envoys weigh in on Russian WWII claims

December 30, 2019

The U.S., German and Israeli ambassadors in Warsaw weighed in Monday against claims by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Poland bears part of the blame for the outbreak of World War II…

North Korean leader calls for ‘military countermeasures’

December 30, 2019

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for active “diplomatic and military countermeasures” to preserve the country’s security in a lengthy speech at a key political conference…

Colombian soccer star seeks answers on disappeared father

December 30, 2019

The newly appointed chief of Colombia’s army has said that he is willing to meet with soccer star Juan Fernando Quintero to discuss his father’s disappearance…

Greta Thunberg’s parents went green to ‘save’ their daughter

December 30, 2019

The parents of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg made changes in their lives to “save” their daughter, not the world…

Trump’s lawyer and the Venezuelan president: How Giuliani got involved in back-channel talks with Maduro

December 30, 2019

Rudolph W. Giuliani participated in a September 2018 phone call with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro that was part of a shadow effort to ease him from power.…

Germany’s Merkel urges climate action in New Year message

December 30, 2019

Chancellor Angela Merkel is telling Germans in her New Year message that “everything humanly possible” must be done to tackle climate change…

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