Wuhan: The Chinese mega-city at the center of coronavirus outbreak

January 23, 2020

With its central location, Wuhan might be thought of as China’s Chicago — but its far bigger.…

At least 13 killed in torrential rains in Madagascar

January 23, 2020

Authorities say at least 13 people have died in flooding and landslides from torrential rains in Madagascar this week…

At Davos: The growing gap between Trump and Europe, and Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam speaks

January 23, 2020

Lam showed little to no sympathy for the protesters’ demands for meaningful political reform.…

George Herbert Walker III, cousin of 2 presidents, dies

January 23, 2020

George Herbert Walker III, who was a cousin of two presidents, a former U.S. ambassador to Hungary and a prominent St. Louis businessman and philanthropist, has died…

He told me of his battle to save the monarch butterfly from illegal loggers. Now he’s missing.

January 23, 2020

Some in Mexico have linked the disappearance of Homero Gómez González to his activism. Others discount a connection.…

AP Explains: How climate change feeds Africa locust invasion

January 23, 2020

Locusts by the millions are chomping their way across a large part of Africa in the worst outbreak some places have seen in 70 years…

Chinese cities cancel New Year celebrations, travel ban widens in effort to stop coronavirus outbreak

January 23, 2020

Beijing and Wuhan have banned large public gatherings, and an area of central China that is home to 20 million people is now under a travel freeze.…

World leaders convene in Jerusalem to remember Holocaust and counter anti-Semitism

January 23, 2020

Participants warned that festering hatred will once again foster violence.…

Pope Francis appoints a new archbishop of Philadelphia, replacing a prominent conservative prelate

January 23, 2020

The new archbishop, Nelson Perez, has been vocal about immigrant rights. He was previously the bishop of Cleveland.…

New Lebanese minister says he won’t permit attacks on police

January 23, 2020

Lebanon’s new interior minister says he won’t permit attacks on security forces amid angry rioting that has gripped the country’s capital amid a deepening economic crisis…

International Court of Justice orders Myanmar to prevent genocide against the Rohingya

January 23, 2020

The ruling at the top United Nations court represented the first international reckoning against Myanmar over its alleged atrocities against the Rohingya.…

Ghosn wasn’t the only one trapped in Japan — many foreign workers also want to escape

January 23, 2020

The former Nissan boss complained about “hostage justice” in Japan, but some foreign workers are kept here by employers who refuse to return their passports, activists say.…

Three Americans killed as firefighting plane crashes in Australia

January 23, 2020

The C-130 Hercules crashed with a ball of fire; authorities do not yet know the cause of the accident.…

Those trapped in China virus lockdown expect lonely holiday

January 23, 2020

Bai Xue had planned a road trip through China’s lush eastern coast to ring in the Lunar New Year, usually a time of lively family reunions and abundant feasts…

Top UN official says Myanmar must follow order on Rohingya

January 23, 2020

A top United Nations official who deals with human rights in Myanmar says the international community must continue to put pressure on the Southeast Asian nation to follow any decision by the International Court of Justice regarding its treatment of minority Rohingya Muslims. U.N. Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee spoke in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, ahead of the court’s verdict in The Hague, Netherlands…

Burkina Faso to arm civilians in fight against extremists

January 23, 2020

Burkina Faso’s parliament has approved legislation allowing the military to use civilian volunteers in the fight against Islamic extremism…

Mount Vesuvius eruption was so hot it turned one victim’s brain into glass, researchers say

January 23, 2020

It’s the first time that brain tissue from any human or animal has been found preserved as glass, a forensic anthropologist said.…

Dubai airport implements special screening for China flights

January 23, 2020

Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest for international travel, says it is taking special precautions to screen the droves of Chinese tourists expected for the Lunar New Year holiday after the outbreak of a pneumonia-like virus that has led to the lockdown of the entire city of Wuhan…

Italian populist Matteo Salvini is campaigning for a comeback — by serving gelato and live-streaming from an underwear store

January 23, 2020

Italians aren’t sure about the prospect of the first far-right leader since WWII.…

Japan’s Abe hopes a dash of Olympics magic will distract from scandals

January 23, 2020

Critics accuse the prime minister of attempting to use the Games for a political boost.…

Top U.N. court orders Myanmar to halt violence and prevent genocide against Rohingya

January 23, 2020

These provisional measures from the Hague-based International Court of Justice was a win for efforts to protect the group against genocide that international observers say is still underway. This is a developing story. It will be updated.  …

Trump appears to confuse the Kurds of Syria and Iraq in a meeting with the president of Iraqi Kurdistan

January 23, 2020

At Davos, Trump praised Iraq’s Kurds for actions taken by Syrian Kurds.…

Hundreds of rebels surrender to Indian forces in peace push

January 23, 2020

Police say that more than 600 insurgents belonging to eight different rebel groups have surrendered to Indian authorities in a troubled northeastern state…

Putin’s constitutional proposals OK’d in first Duma reading

January 23, 2020

Russia’s parliament has approved a package of constitutional amendments in the first reading Thursday, in a move that has been widely seen as President Vladimir Putin’s attempt to stay in on power past the end of his term in 2024…

AP Explains: Why US troop cuts in Africa would cause alarm

January 23, 2020

Islamic extremists are already exploiting possible U.S. military cuts in Africa that have caused a rare bipartisan outcry in Washington…

Assad may have won the Syrian war, but now he’s battling the economy

January 23, 2020

As the Syrian pound plunges and consumer prices rise, signs of popular discontent emerge.…

Billionaire’s cash helps Zimbabwe’s doctors back from strike

January 23, 2020

A billionaire has offered to pay striking doctors in Zimbabwe to help end a months-long protest over grave hospital conditions as the economy crumbles…

Puerto Ricans protest in anger over unused emergency aid

January 23, 2020

A couple of hundred people joined a protest Thursday organized by Puerto Rico singer René Pérez of Calle 13 fame in a demonstration reminiscent of those that ousted the island’s former governor last year…

US general says troop surge in Middle East may not end soon

January 23, 2020

The top U.S. commander in the Middle East is telling some newly arrived American troops in the region that they could be there for a while…

Q&A: WHO representative addresses China’s new virus outbreak

January 23, 2020

Shortly before authorities closed off the Chinese city at the epicenter of an outbreak of a new virus, the World Health Organization sent a team to check conditions on the ground in Wuhan, a city of more than 11 million people…

First stage of extradition hearing for top Huawei exec ends

January 23, 2020

A Canadian judge says she will announce her decision at a later date after she ended the first phase of an extradition hearing that will decide whether a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei is sent to the United States…

Trump is preparing to release his Middle East peace plan, will brief Israel’s Netanyahu in Washington, Pence says

January 23, 2020

The Israeli-Palestinian plan could be unveiled before Israeli elections in March, without input from Palestinians. The White House also plans to brief Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz.…

Migrant boat sinks in Indonesia, 10 rescued, 9 missing

January 23, 2020

A boat carrying 20 Indonesian migrant workers sank on its way to Malaysia, and rescuers have found 10 survivors and are searching for 9still missing…

Canadians don’t mind if Harry and Meghan stay a while. But they don’t want to pay for them.

January 23, 2020

The anti-monarchist leader of the separatist Bloc Québécois suggested another season of “The Crown” could cover costs.…

Colombia soccer star extradited to US on trafficking charges

January 23, 2020

A former midfielder for Colombia’s national soccer team has been extradited to the U.S. to face drug trafficking charges…

Targeted killings up as 8 wounded in Iraq protest violence

January 23, 2020

Government inaction over the rising number of assassinations targeting anti-government demonstrators and supporters is stirring fear and resentment, activists said Thursday…

What we know about the mysterious, pneumonia-like coronavirus spreading in China and elsewhere

January 23, 2020

The World Health Organization said Thursday that it would hold off designating the outbreak a global health emergency.…

School headmaster charged in fatal gold robbery in Thailand

January 23, 2020

An elementary school headmaster says he planned a gold shop robbery in Thailand due to personal and financial problems and apologized to the families of the three people who were killed…

Mapping the spread of the new coronavirus

January 23, 2020

Chinese health officials confirmed that the pneumonialike coronavirus came from wild animals sold at a market in Wuhan, the city of 11 million people and capital of the Hubei province in China.…

Iran uses violence, politics to try to push US out of Iraq

January 23, 2020

Iran has sought the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq for years…

Lawmaker targeted by Lebanese protests rejects calls to quit

January 23, 2020

A Lebanese lawmaker and former foreign minister who has been a frequent target of protesters in the economically troubled country says he understands his people want change, but he says he’s not going anywhere until voters drive him out…

Why the Polish president boycotted the Jerusalem event commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz

January 23, 2020

Poland’s Duda was not granted the opportunity to speak at the event, whereas Russian President Vladimir Putin was. The two leaders have recently clashed over World War II history.…

Russia-Poland feud over history clouds Auschwitz anniversary

January 22, 2020

Over the next several days, world leaders will gather twice to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the most notorious of Nazi Germany’s death camps…

Trump meets Iraqi counterpart, first since Soleimani strike

January 22, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump has hinted that sanctions on Iraq are still a possibility in a bilateral meeting with Iraq’s president…

Travel ban goes into effect in Chinese city of Wuhan as authorities try to stop coronavirus spread

January 22, 2020

The government suspended travel in Wuhan and imposed other restrictions as the death toll increased to 17.…

Burundi’s president set to get title of ‘paramount leader’

January 22, 2020

Burundi’s president could receive the title of “paramount leader” under draft legislation approved by the government as his troubled third term nears an end…

Migrants weigh limited options at Guatemala-Mexico border

January 22, 2020

Hundreds of Central American migrants stranded in Guatemala are weighing a handful of options for how to make it into Mexico and continue toward the U.S., none seen as good…

China closes off large city to stop spread of deadly virus

January 22, 2020

China has closed off a city of more than 11 million people in an unprecedented effort to try to contain a deadly new viral illness that has sickened hundreds and spread to other cities and countries in the Lunar New Year travel rush…

U.N. calls for investigation of Saudi crown prince’s alleged involvement in targeting Jeff Bezos and opponents

January 22, 2020

The announcement came in response to the alleged hacking of a phone belonging to Washington Post owner and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. United Nations investigators said that they had concluded “with reasonable certainty” that Bezos’s phone was hacked from an account belonging to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, warranting an “immediate investigation . . […]…

All eyes on Putin as world leaders gather in Jerusalem amid hopes for backpacker jailed in Russia

January 22, 2020

Russia has announced that Putin will meet with the mother of Israeli-American backpacker Na’ama Issachar.…

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