Airline employees took on new mission in Afghanistan conflict’s final days: Getting evacuees to the U.S.

August 31, 2021

The stories they told and the bruises on their bodies brought tears to her eyes. But her time with them also brought something else.…

Victorious Taliban focus on governing after US withdrawal

August 31, 2021

The Taliban are reveling in their victory after the American withdrawal from Afghanistan, while reiterating their pledge to bring peace and security to the country after decades of war…

Western Balkan nations postpone school openings due to virus

August 31, 2021

Kosovo has postponed the beginning of the school year for students up through high school by two weeks following a surge of infections due to the delta variant…

Migrant death toll increases on Atlantic route to Europe

August 31, 2021

Authorities say that at least 11 people are feared dead after another boat traveling from North Africa to Spain’s Canary Islands became a trap for migrants trying to reach European territory…

Taliban takeover propels tiny Qatar into outsize role in Afghanistan

August 31, 2021

Praised for its vital role in evacuations, the Persian Gulf state is a crucial mediator between the militants and the West.…

Geronimo the alpaca killed by British officials after failed legal battle to save him

August 31, 2021

The most controversial alpaca in Britain was euthanized after testing positive for bovine tuberculosis.…

As U.S. leaves Afghanistan, Europe sours on Biden

August 31, 2021

The sudden Taliban takeover in Afghanistan and the seemingly chaotic handling of the American withdrawal have shaken European faith in Biden’s decision-making and political priorities.…

Costa Rica’s environmental minister wants to build a green economy. She just needs time.

August 31, 2021

Andrea Meza has ambitious plans for the country’s fight against climate change. But between a warming planet and limited time in her role, she’s on a tight deadline.…

Live Afghanistan updates: Taliban celebrates at airport, invites in international investors

August 31, 2021

The Taliban took control of Kabul’s airport early Tuesday, and celebratory gunfire echoed across the city.…

Polish court delays EU law case for motion to exclude judge

August 31, 2021

Poland’s constitutional court has reopened but then recessed its proceedings in a case over whether Polish or European Union law has primacy in the country…

An Afghan politician spent her life working for women’s rights. She barely made it out of the country.

August 31, 2021

Once she was negotiating with the Taliban over the country’s future. On Monday she caught one of the last flights out.…

Venezuelan opposition declares end to boycott, agrees to participate in local and state elections

August 31, 2021

Opposition leaders acknowledged the likelihood that the elections in November would again be rigged against them.…

Venezuelan opposition declares end to boycott, agrees to participate in local and state elections

August 31, 2021

Opposition leaders acknowledged the likelihood that the elections in November would again be rigged against them.…

Saudi TV: Drone attack on airport wounds 8, damages plane

August 31, 2021

Saudi state TV says that a bomb-laden drone has targeted an airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia, wounding eight people and damaging a civilian plane…

After leaked videos, Iran opens cases against prison guards

August 31, 2021

Iran’s judiciary says that prosecutors have opened criminal cases against six guards at the country’s notorious Evin prison, after footage showing the widespread abuse of detainees at the facility leaked out last week…

This U.S. soldier’s boots were the last on the ground in Afghanistan

August 31, 2021

Army Maj. Gen. Christopher T. Donahue, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, was pictured in night-vision green.…

Poland seeks state of emergency along border with Belarus

August 31, 2021

Poland’s government has asked the president to declare a state of emergency along the border with Belarus as it tries to stop migrants from entering from the neighboring country…

Greek coast guard intercepts yacht, sailboat with migrants

August 31, 2021

Greek coast guard authorities say they have intercepted a yacht carrying 124 people believed to be migrants just off the coast of the Cycladic island of Milos, nearly three days after intercepting nearly three dozen others in a sailboat on the coast of the southern Greek island of Kythira…

Cypriot official: Pope Francis to visit Cyprus in December

August 31, 2021

A Cyprus official says Pope Francis will visit Cyprus in December, making him the second Roman Catholic pontiff to ever travel to the eastern Mediterranean island nation…

U.S. troops depart a dramatically changed Afghanistan after 2 weeks of chaos and 20 years of war

August 31, 2021

The threat of more terrorist attacks like last week’s suicide bombing could undercut the finality of the U.S. withdrawal.…

Bangladesh court sentences 6 militants to death in slayings

August 31, 2021

A Bangladesh anti-terrorism tribunal has sentenced six Islamist militants to death in the brutal slayings of two men, including a prominent gay rights activist…

Pakistan says 11 Islamic State militants killed in raid

August 31, 2021

Pakistan’s counter-terrorism police say 11 militants of the Islamic State group were killed in a raid in restive southwestern Baluchistan province…

As U.S. completes Afghan withdrawal, American allies in Syria watch warily

August 31, 2021

The top Kurdish commander is looking to the Biden administration to keep its promises and maintain U.S. troops in Syria.…

Gay Games in Hong Kong face attacks as China’s proxies target LGBT groups

August 31, 2021

The controversy comes as mainland authorities clamp down on advocates of sexual minority rights.…

Turkish, UAE leaders talk on phone as tensions seem to ease

August 31, 2021

The Turkish president the United Arab Emirates’ de-facto leader have spoken by telephone, in a sign of easing tensions between the countries…

No stranger to plagues, Venice opens film fest with caution

August 31, 2021

Venice’s central place in the history of battling pandemics provides the backdrop to this year’s Venice Film Festival…

European Union recommends new travel restrictions for unvaccinated Americans

August 30, 2021

The proposed travel restrictions come with caveats: They are not legally binding, and it’s up to E.U. members to decide whether to implement them.…

IAEA: N Korea appears to have resumed nuke reactor operation

August 30, 2021

The U.N. atomic agency says North Korea appears to have restarted the operation of its main nuclear reactor used to produce weapons fuels…

The world should unfreeze Afghanistan’s reserves and pour in aid to rebuild the country, Russia says

August 30, 2021

Russia’s ban on the Taliban as a terrorist group has not stopped Moscow officials from stepping in to support it.…

The U.S. reckons with defeat in Afghanistan

August 30, 2021

Many of the same doyens of the Washington establishment who are now outraged that the Taliban is back in power have been less vocal about the failures and shortcomings of the two decades spent keeping the militants at bay.…

1st group of 149 Afghan evacuees arrives in North Macedonia

August 30, 2021

A first group of 149 Afghan evacuees has landed in North Macedonia, where they will stay for a few months pending resettlement elsewhere…

Qatar emerges as key player in Afghanistan after US pullout

August 30, 2021

Qatar has played an outsized role in U.S. efforts to evacuate tens of thousands of people from Afghanistan…

Fighting in Syrian city after Russia-brokered talks collapse

August 30, 2021

Syrian government forces have shelled rebel-held parts of a volatile southern city killing at least one person after Russian-brokered talks to end the presence of opposition fighters in the area collapsed…

Cladding questions arise in Milan’s 20-story building blaze

August 30, 2021

Italian firefighters are tackling remaining hot spots in a 20-story apartment building in Milan that was destroyed by fire, but say there were no indications that anyone is missing inside…

Tropical Storm Nora fading, after leaving 1 dead, 7 missing

August 30, 2021

Tropical Storm Nora is dropping heavy rains along the Gulf of California after weakening from a hurricane that set off floods and landslides on Mexico’s Pacific coast, caused havoc in Puerta Vallarta and left at least one dead and seven missing…

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, a mad scientist in the recording studio, dies at 85

August 30, 2021

The Jamaican producer worked with artists including Bob Marley, the Clash and the Beastie Boys.…

Colombia court refuses to try general accused in 104 murders

August 30, 2021

A court in Colombia has refused to allow a trial for a retired general accused of offering incentives that led soldiers to murder 104 civilians and pass them off as guerrilla fighters killed in combat during Colombia’s long civil conflict…

10 civilians killed by U.S. drone strike in Kabul, family says

August 30, 2021

The dead were all from a single extended family who were exiting a car in their driveway when the strike hit a nearby vehicle, relatives said.…

Heavily armed criminal group ties hostages to getaway cars after storming Brazilian city

August 30, 2021

Even in a country long accustomed to random spasms of violence, Brazilians reacted with shock and fear.…

Israeli policeman dies of gunshot wound from Gaza protest

August 30, 2021

An Israeli border police officer who was shot in the head at point-blank range during a violent protest on the Gaza border last week has died…

Taliban celebrate victory as U.S. troops leave Afghanistan

August 30, 2021

Taliban fighters watched the last U.S. planes disappear into the night sky and then fired their guns into the air…

Afghanistan live updates: Rockets fired at Kabul airport as U.S. withdrawal date looms

August 30, 2021

A top U.S. commander recently warned that the Islamic State is seeking to target Kabul airport with rocket attacks.…

Author Murakami criticizes Japan PM over pandemic measures

August 30, 2021

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami has criticized the country’s prime minister over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic…

North Korea appears to have restarted Yongbyon nuclear reactor, U.N. body says

August 30, 2021

A new annual report shows “deeply troubling” signs, IAEA says, amid stalled negotiations between Kim Jong Un’s regime and the U.S.…

Some Indonesian students return to schools, at a distance

August 30, 2021

School bells in some parts of Indonesia’s capital have rung for the first time in more than a year as some school were allowed to reopen now that the number of new coronavirus infections is on the decline…

Return to school filled with uncertainty in Mexico

August 30, 2021

With bottles of gel, temperature checks and wide-open windows a new school year has begun for millions of children in Mexico…

Explosion at Colombian police station leaves 13 injured

August 30, 2021

At least 13 people were injured following an explosion at a police station near Colombia’s border with Venezuela, officials in the city of Cucuta said…

Robbers escape with hostages atop cars in Brazil bank heist

August 30, 2021

Bank robbers armed with explosives and high-powered rifles plunged a city in Sao Paulo state’s interior into terror, taking civilians hostage and even putting some on their cars while making their escape…

Jamaican reggae legend “Lee Scratch” Perry dies at 85

August 30, 2021

Jamaican singer and record producer “Lee Scratch” Perry, considered one of reggae’s founding fathers, has died…