Seoul police say they’re questioning anti-North activists

June 30, 2020

South Korean police say they’ve summoned two activists accused of raising tensions with North Korea by sending propaganda balloons and plastic bottles filled with rice across the border…

After embassy move, U.S. to sell envoy’s house near Tel Aviv

June 30, 2020

The U.S. State Department says it has put the ambassador to Israel’s official residence in an affluent Tel Aviv suburb up for sale…

China’s campaign of ‘genocide’ could bring the U.S. and E.U. closer together

June 30, 2020

New reports detail a shocking, widespread campaign of forced sterilizations in China’s far-western region of Xinjiang.…

Israel’s Netanyahu still working out West Bank annexation plans

June 30, 2020

A lack of details is frustrating backers of annexation and critics alike.…

EasyJet may close 3 UK bases as it slashes staff

June 30, 2020

Budget carrier easyJet says it may close three bases in England as it consults with unions on steps to stay afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic…

China’s security law sends chill through Hong Kong, 23 years after handover

June 30, 2020

Pro-democracy parties disbanded, and people deleted social media accounts en masse as Beijing passed measures intended to eliminate political opposition.…

Netanyahu signals delay in West Bank annexation plan

June 30, 2020

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says discussions with the U—S— on his plan to annex occupied West Bank territory will continue “in the coming days.”…

Pandemic probe: Brazilian governor targeted in police raid

June 30, 2020

The governor of Brazil’s Amazonas state was targeted by a police raid over allegations of corruption related to COVID-19 spending…

Amid anti-racism protests, Belgian king expresses regrets to Congo for colonial brutality

June 30, 2020

Belgian Black Lives Matter activists have called for Belgium to reckon with its colonial history.…

Toronto mayor wants masks mandatory, citing U.S. problems

June 30, 2020

The mayor of Canada’s largest city is asking Toronto city council to make masks mandatory in public indoor spaces…

Congo marks 60th anniversary of independence from Belgium

June 30, 2020

Congo is marking its 60th anniversary of independence from Belgium amid a global reckoning over racial inequality…

French, Spanish and African leaders meet to combat extremism

June 30, 2020

Leaders from the five countries of West Africa’s Sahel region — Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger — will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in Mauritania’s capital Nouakchott on Tuesday to discuss military operations against Islamic extremists in the region, as jihadist attacks mount…

Outrage in Colombia over alleged soldier abuse of Indigenous

June 30, 2020

Accusations that a group of soldiers sexually assaulted two young Indigenous girls in rural Colombia have sparked protests outside army bases and rekindled fears about the military’s human rights record, especially in parts of the country still recovering from decades of armed conflict…

Israeli AG rejects Netanyahu request for financial legal aid

June 30, 2020

Israel’s attorney general says he opposes a request from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to have a wealthy American supporter finance his legal defense against corruption charges…

1st COVID-19 case in asylum seeker camp at US-Mexico border

June 30, 2020

An international disaster relief organization reports the first confirmed case of COVID-19 among migrants living in a tent encampment of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border…

India bans TikTok, other Chinese apps amid border standoff

June 30, 2020

India is banning dozens of Chinese apps amid a military standoff in the remote Karakoram mountain border region…

Protesters return to Sudan streets, calling for more reforms

June 30, 2020

Sudanese protesters have returned to the streets to pressure transitional authorities, demanding justice for those killed in the uprising last year that led to the military’s ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir…

Australian national news agency sold in binding agreement

June 30, 2020

Australia’s national news agency has been sold in a binding agreement to a consortium of philanthropist investors who say they are driven by a desire to retain media diversity…

Security Council trying again for first COVID-19 resolution

June 30, 2020

The U.N. Security Council is trying again to reach agreement on its first resolution on COVID-19 since the coronavirus started circling the global in February, after a lengthy dispute between the U.S. and China over mentioning the World Health Organization…

‘Ours is a face-to-face business’: The Irish ambassador to the U.S. on the difficulties of diplomacy during a pandemic

June 30, 2020

Daniel Mulhall hasn’t been in the Irish embassy for more than two months.…

Vatican prosecutors seize data from St. Peter’s Basilica

June 30, 2020

Vatican prosecutors have ordered the seizure of documents and computers from the administrative offices of St. Peter’s Basilica in an apparently new investigation into financial irregularities in the Holy See…

Germany takes EU hot seat with big challenges, expectations

June 30, 2020

Germany, the European Union’s biggest economic power, is taking the chair of the 27-nation bloc amid massive challenges and huge expectations as the continent grapples with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic…

U.S. finds little support for extending arms embargo against Iran

June 30, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the United Nations Security Counci to extend the embargo, due to expire in four months, but he faced resistance from China, Russia and even European allies.…

Singapore election campaign begins, PM’s brother not running

June 30, 2020

The estranged brother of Singapore’s prime minister is not running in next month’s general election but says he hopes to be a “catalyst for change” as campaigning officially begins…

Trump’s two Russias confound coherent US policy

June 30, 2020

When it comes to Russia, the Trump administration just can’t seem to make up its mind…

What is happening in Hong Kong?

June 30, 2020

Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a sweeping new national security law that will dramatically overhaul the city’s freedoms.…

What is happening in Hong Kong?

June 30, 2020

Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a sweeping new national security law that will dramatically overhaul the city’s freedoms.…

Pope urges US Catholic media to work to overcome racism

June 30, 2020

Pope Francis is urging Catholic media in the U.S. to work to overcome “the diseases of racism and injustice” in his latest comments about anti-racism protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd…

Travel between US, Canada complicating MLB Toronto approval

June 30, 2020

The Ontario government says frequent travel between the U.S. and Canada is the complicating factor that’s holding up approval for Major League League Baseball to play in Toronto amid the coronavirus pandemic…

Top aides to Ukraine’s Zelensky outline plans to make tape leaks illegal

June 30, 2020

The officials said the “malicious practice” of leaks was hurting Ukraine’s international image.…

Pompeo calls Taliban leader amid Russian bounty scandal

June 30, 2020

A Taliban spokesman says that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called the Taliban’s chief peace negotiator amid a roiling controversy in Washington over the Russian bounty scandal…

Australian national news agency sold in binding agreement

June 30, 2020

Australia’s national news agency has been sold in a binding agreement to a consortium of philanthropist investors who say they are driven by a desire to retain media diversity…

Belgian king expresses regret for violence in colonial rule

June 30, 2020

For the first time in Belgium’s history, a reigning king has expressed regret for the violence carried out by the former colonial power when it ruled over what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo…

Israel undeterred by international opposition to annexation

June 30, 2020

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears determined to carry out his pledge to begin annexing parts of the occupied West Bank, possibly as soon as this week…

Mortar shells hit after Somalia celebrates reopened stadium

June 30, 2020

At least three mortar blasts have sent sports fans in Somalia ducking for cover, hours after the Mogadishu Stadium reopened following years of instability…

Security Council extends peacekeeping force in Mali for year

June 30, 2020

The U.N. Security Council has voted unanimously to extend the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali for a year…

Protests as currency slides, price of bread rises in Lebanon

June 30, 2020

Protesters closed several major roads in the Lebanese capital Beirut amid rising anger as the currency hit a new record low on the black market, electricity cuts increased and the government raised the price of bread for the first time in more than a decade…

AP PHOTOS: Preparing to welcome back Thai preschoolers

June 30, 2020

For the past month, Darunee Khedkhow has arrived at Bangkok’s Makkasan community preschool at 8 a.m. each weekday, just as she has done for most of her past 12 years as a teacher.…

Puerto Rico to demand COVID-19 test results from passengers

June 30, 2020

Puerto Rico’s governor has announced strict new rules for all passengers flying into Puerto Rico in a bid to curb coronavirus cases as officials blame recent outbreaks on those who flew to the U.S. territory and were infected…

Worsening drought forces state of emergency in Puerto Rico

June 29, 2020

Puerto Rico’s governor has declared a state of emergency as a worsening drought creeps across the U.S. territory amid a coronavirus pandemic…

Polish group seeks pope’s action against sex abuse, cover-up

June 29, 2020

The Vatican says Pope Francis has been informed about an appeal launched by Catholics in Poland urging intervention into cases where bishops have continued to cover up for priests who sexually molested children…

Kissing of Blarney Stone resumes as Ireland eases lockdown

June 29, 2020

Life has become ever so slightly more normal in Ireland as pints are pulled and locked-down hair is trimmed for the first time since March…

Philippine police fatally shoot 4 army soldiers in south

June 29, 2020

Philippine policemen have fatally shot four army soldiers, including two officers, who were trying to locate a suicide bomber but were suspected of being criminals by the police in the volatile south…

Lawyers urge Trump to rescind sanctions, travel bans for International Criminal Court

June 29, 2020

A group of 175 human rights and national security lawyers say the penalties are “wrong in principle” and “contrary to American values.”…

The world’s climate catastrophe worsens amid the pandemic

June 29, 2020

While countries went on lockdown, the Arctic caught on fire.…

China enacts Hong Kong security law, escalating confrontation with U.S.

June 29, 2020

Washington has imposed visa restrictions on Chinese officials responsible for eroding political freedoms in the financial center and suspended trade privileges.…

Asian shares rise after Wall St rally, strong housing data

June 29, 2020

Asian shares are rising, cheered by a rally on Wally Street reflecting some optimism over stronger than expected housing data, despite the coronavirus pandemic…

Philippine army outraged by fatal police shooting of troops

June 29, 2020

The Philippine army chief has expressed outrage over the fatal police shooting of four soldiers and demanded justice…

New Zealand cancels 2021 APEC summit, will lead it virtually

June 29, 2020

New Zealand has canceled its plans to host a major meeting of U.S. and Asian leaders next year because of the coronavirus, opting instead to host a virtual summit…

Japan to boost space cooperation with US in revised policy

June 29, 2020

Japan plans to step up defense cooperation with the United States in space and improve its ability to detect and track missiles in response to what it called a growing threat from North Korea and China…

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