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Asia's newest drug war leaves more than 90 people dead in less than two weeks
Sun, 27 May 2018 11:00:00 PDT

A sweeping crackdown on alleged drug dealers has left at least 91 people dead in less than two weeks in Bangladesh, sparking fears of a Philippines-style "drug war" marked by extrajudicial killings.

Most of the deaths have occurred in what the Bangladeshi news media have referred to as shootouts...

U.S. citizen jailed for two years in Venezuela says he's 'overwhelmed with gratitude' after release
Sat, 26 May 2018 21:25:00 PDT

A Utah man who was imprisoned in Venezuela amid deteriorating ties between the United States and Venezuela and languished for nearly two years in a Caracas jail was released Saturday.

The family of Joshua Holt, 26, announced his release in a statement, and President Trump later confirmed it on...

Colombia's presidential election could signal end of peace pact with former FARC rebels, analysts say
Sat, 26 May 2018 14:50:00 PDT

Colombians go to the polls Sunday in a historic presidential election that could decide the fate of the already precarious peace agreement by the country's largest and most violent rebel group and the government of outgoing president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Juan Manuel Santos.

The election...

Ireland's overwhelming vote to repeal abortion restrictions is new evidence of a changed nation
Sat, 26 May 2018 14:40:00 PDT

In a historic referendum closely watched around the world by activists on both sides of the abortion debate, Ireland overwhelmingly approved a referendum to end its constitutional ban on abortion, among the world's most restrictive.

The vote was an undeniable confirmation of what has been true...

For Hamas, the deadly protests against Israel are a welcome diversion
Fri, 25 May 2018 16:30:00 PDT

The response from Israel has been harsh: at least 115 Palestinians killed and thousands more injured in eight weeks of protests along the Gaza Strip's eastern border.

Many if not most of the dead were affiliated with Hamas, the armed Islamist movement that controls the squalid coastal enclave and...

In a historic referendum, Ireland is poised to repeal its abortion ban, exit polls show
Fri, 25 May 2018 16:25:00 PDT

Exit polls late Friday showed that Ireland was poised to repeal its constitutional ban on abortion in a historic referendum that divided the nation during the run-up to the election.

After voting ended, an exit poll showed that 68% of the voters cast ballots to rescind the ban, which outlaws almost...

Trump nominates anti-immigration activist to head agency for immigrants and refugees
Fri, 25 May 2018 15:45:00 PDT

President Trump has nominated a staunch anti-immigration activist to head the State Department agency that oversees refugee and immigration issues.

Ronald W. Mortensen, a former U.S. Foreign Service officer and longtime fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates against legal...

Brazilian president sends in troops to remove blockages as truck strike paralyzes nation
Fri, 25 May 2018 14:50:00 PDT

President Michel Temer on Friday deployed federal forces to remove trucks blockading highways across the country after a five-day strike by truck drivers left supermarket shelves and gas stations empty, flights grounded and surgeries canceled.

Temer, who has asked state governors to follow his...

Palestinians look to Arab governments for support, but the response is tepid
Fri, 25 May 2018 03:00:00 PDT

There has been no shortage of dramatic images from the Gaza Strip in recent weeks as Palestinian protesters have faced off against the Israeli military.

Crowds of demonstrators rushing the border fence. Israeli soldiers using tear gas and live fire to keep them back. Funeral processions for more...

P.F. Chang's comes to Shanghai, but can you really sell American Chinese food to the country that invented the wok?
Fri, 25 May 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Nearly two centuries ago, Chinese workers stir-fried an amalgam of home and sold it in America. Last month that legacy returned to China in a steaming pile of fried honey chicken and scallion pancakes.

P.F. Chang's, the Scottsdale, Ariz., chain that made its name off American-style Chinese food,...

Ireland is voting on whether to lift its abortion ban — and the fight has been bitter
Thu, 24 May 2018 15:25:00 PDT

Abortion, long a taboo subject here, now dominates the public airwaves and conversations on the street as Ireland prepares to vote on whether to scrap a constitutional amendment that bans the procedure.

Women are sharing their stories about traveling for "job interviews" to England, where the procedure...

'Disappointed' and 'deeply concerned': World leaders confused after Trump cancels North Korea summit
Thu, 24 May 2018 13:10:00 PDT

President Trump's cancellation of a June 12 meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un has left many international leaders confused as they attempt to understand what comes next in discussions about nuclear disarmament.

In South Korea, President Moon Jae-in said Trump's "very regrettable" announcement...

In canceling the North Korea summit, Trump found an exit from an increasingly risky meeting, analysts say
Thu, 24 May 2018 13:00:00 PDT

As recently as Wednesday afternoon, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted that "all across the administration" preparations were steaming along for a historic summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Less than 24 hours later, Trump abruptly canceled the meeting, citing...

Investigators say Russian missile downed MH17 over Ukraine in 2014. Moscow calls conclusions 'fakes'
Thu, 24 May 2018 12:55:00 PDT

An international group of investigators said Thursday that its four-year probe found "legal and convincing evidence" that the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine belonged to the Russian army.

The Joint Investigative Team, at a news conference in the Netherlands, revealed...

Burkina Faso breaks ties with Taiwan in fresh blow to island, boost to China
Thu, 24 May 2018 12:35:00 PDT

Burkina Faso gave notice Thursday that it planned to establish diplomatic relations with China, leading Taiwan to break ties with the tiny West African nation and leaving just one country in Africa — Swaziland — in Taipei's camp.

The decision by Burkina Faso means Taiwan is now recognized as a...

Five takeaways from Trump's decision to cancel talks with North Korea's Kim Jong Un
Thu, 24 May 2018 11:45:00 PDT

President Trump on Thursday canceled his June 12 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but he signaled that the two could still meet.

"If and when Kim Jong Un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions," Trump said, "I am waiting."

Here are five key takeaways from Thursday's...

Escaping Venezuela: They pour into Brazil by the thousands looking for work
Thu, 24 May 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Luis Baena shares a room with 127 other men.

During the day he looks for work or sings on the streets of downtown São Paulo for a few reais. When he sits down for a meal, he feels pangs of guilt, wondering whether his wife and children back in Venezuela even have food on the table. The last time...

There is only one gun store in all of Mexico. So why is gun violence soaring?
Thu, 24 May 2018 03:00:00 PDT

The only gun shop in all of Mexico is behind a fortress-like wall on a heavily guarded military base.

To enter the Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales, customers must undergo months of background checks — six documents are required — and then be frisked by uniformed soldiers.

The army-run store...

Injury U.S. consulate worker in China suffered after odd sounds is similar to Cuba case, Pompeo says
Wed, 23 May 2018 10:50:00 PDT

A U.S. government employee stationed in China has suffered health problems "very similar" to those that afflicted several American and Canadian envoys in Cuba and led to a still-ongoing diplomatic row, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday.

A health alert sent to U.S. citizens from the...

Indian court stops construction at copper plant after 11 killed in protests
Wed, 23 May 2018 10:40:00 PDT

A court in India on Wednesday ordered a stop to the expansion of a copper plant in the southern city of Tuticorin, a day after police killed 11 protesters upset about pollution caused by the factory.

The Sterlite copper plant — part of the London-based metals company Vedanta — has been accused...

How air pollution, a dying river and swarms of defecating insects threaten the Taj Mahal
Tue, 22 May 2018 03:00:00 PDT

India's most famous poet, Rabindranath Tagore, once wrote that the Taj Mahal stood on the banks of the Yamuna River "like a teardrop suspended on the cheek of time."

One wonders whether the late Nobel laureate could have found a lyrical description of the latest threat facing the grand, white-marble...

South Korea's President Moon heads for Washington to help keep Kim and Trump summit alive
Mon, 21 May 2018 15:55:00 PDT

Three weeks ago, South Korean President Moon Jae-in triumphantly celebrated a successful inter-Korean summit — a precursor, it seemed, for a historic sit-down between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump.

Now the summit between Kim and Trump scheduled for June 12 in Singapore at...

In his first major policy speech, Pompeo calls for global anti-Iran coalition
Mon, 21 May 2018 14:00:00 PDT

The Trump administration, two weeks after it withdrew from an international arms control deal that curbed Iran's nuclear ambitions, called Monday for a new global coalition to force the Islamic Republic to capitulate to a long list of political and military demands.

In his first major policy address,...

Trump hits Venezuela over criticized presidential election
Mon, 21 May 2018 11:45:00 PDT

President Trump took steps Monday to punish Venezuela for what his administration called a fraudulent presidential election Sunday in the once-oil-rich country now devastated by economic and social crises.

The action came amid a growing international rebuke of Venezuelan socialist leader Nicolas...

As demand for Nigerian art booms abroad, a homegrown movement looks to inspire domestic collectors too
Mon, 21 May 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Late last year, a family in north London contacted the Bonhams auction house and asked one of its experts on African art to come see a painting that might solve a decades-old mystery.

In 1973 and 1974, the Nigerian modernist Ben Enwonwu painted three portraits of Princess Adetutu Ademiluyi. The...

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