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North Korea gets official OK to compete in Winter Olympics, will march with South
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 05:15:00 PST

For all its diplomatic promise, the recent deal securing North Korea's unexpected participation in the upcoming Winter Olympics still faced one official obstacle: approval from the international event's governing body.

Both nations cleared it on Saturday.

After meeting with the two nations for...



Vice President Mike Pence gets an earful in Cairo on his first official Middle East tour
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:20:00 PST

Vice President Pence met with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Sisi on Saturday in a 2 1/2-hour session that focused, in part, on Egypt's anger over President Trump's abrupt decision last month to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"We heard Al Sisi out," Pence, who is making his first...



Pakistan closes U.S.-funded radio station, citing 'hostile' agenda
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:10:00 PST

Pakistani authorities on Friday closed the offices of a U.S. government-funded radio station whose broadcasts it said were "against the interests of Pakistan," dealing another blow to relations with the United States.

The Pakistani Interior Ministry said that Radio Mashaal portrayed the country...



In Cape Town, 'Day Zero' is coming very soon — the day the water runs out
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:00:00 PST

South Africa's second-largest city is facing its worst drought in a century, with its water supply expected to run dry April 21.

They're calling it "Day Zero." In this city of 4 million, people will have to line up in the streets at just 200 water stations. The police and army will enforce a limit...



Pope Francis, in Peru, speaks of threats to native Amazonian people and the rainforest
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:50:00 PST

Pope Francis ventured to a bustling corner of the Peruvian Amazon on Friday and sounded an alarm for the fate of the lands and inhabitants of the vast rainforest.

"The native Amazonian peoples have probably never been so threatened on their own lands as they are at present," the pontiff told thousands...



U.S. criticizes Turkey over military offensive in Kurdish-held northern Syria
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:45:00 PST

The Trump administration on Friday branded as "destabilizing" a Turkish military offensive against a Kurdish-held region in neighboring Syria, threatening to further inflame tensions between the U.S. and a NATO ally.

But U.S. officials also scrambled to backtrack from a U.S. military plan to recruit...



Some in Chile feel betrayed as pope scolds critics of bishop's response to alleged sexual abuse
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:30:00 PST

Pope Francis stunned some Chileans by suggesting that people who have accused a cleric of covering up the alleged sexual abuse of minors by another priest were guilty of slander.

The comments, coming as the pope was winding up his visit to Chile on Thursday and heading to Peru, were especially...



Analysis: Pope Francis uses Latin American trips to recover soul of the Catholic Church
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:00:00 PST

Pope Francis' fifth trip to Latin America in just five years as pontiff underscores his careful attempt to recapture the soul of the Roman Catholic Church in the region.

During his weeklong travel through Chile and Peru, the Argentine-born pope's message often has stood in marked contrast to those...



Pope Francis urges compassion toward immigrants, those 'who have had to leave everything behind'
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:45:00 PST

While celebrating Mass on Thursday near the north Chilean port of Iquique, Pope Francis reminded his listeners that, in the indigenous Aymara language, the city's name means "land of dreams."

Iquique was once a booming mining town but is now better known for its beaches, earthquakes and as the...



North Korea to send 'army of beauties' cheering squad to Winter Olympics in South Korea
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:30:00 PST

Regardless of which North Korean athletes end up competing in the Winter Olympics next month, their country is ready to bring an army of fans.

That's because the North Korean government — master of the giant, choreographed celebration — negotiated the right to bring its state-sponsored cheering...



No one is talking about building a wall, but Ireland fears a 'Brexit' divide
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:00:00 PST

It takes only a few seconds to drive across the bridge between the towns of Blacklion and Belcoo.

That they are in different countries is not readily apparent, notwithstanding the speed limit signs. Blacklion is in the Republic of Ireland and uses kilometers. Belcoo is in Northern Ireland and uses...



Trump tweets that Mexico is the most dangerous country in the world, and Mexico fights back
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:20:00 PST

President Trump falsely claimed in a tweet Thursday morning that Mexico is "now rated the number one most dangerous country in the world."

A border wall between the United States and Mexico is needed, Trump said, "for the safety and security of our country."

A few hours later, the Mexican government...



More violence reported as Pope Francis visits the homeland of Chile's indigenous Mapuche
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:20:00 PST

Pope Francis brought a message of peace and reconciliation Wednesday to a picturesque area of central Chile that has experienced a rash of violence attributed to indigenous Mapuche activists struggling to reclaim ancestral lands.

In the third day of his swing through Chile, Francis flew to the...



Tillerson says U.S. military should stay in Syria and vows diplomatic push to end civil war
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:30:00 PST

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday it was "crucial" for the United States to maintain an open-ended military and diplomatic presence in Syria to prevent Islamic State militants from regrouping, to thwart Iranian influence and ultimately to see the exit of President Bashar Assad.

Tillerson...



A long-simmering factor in Iran protests: climate change
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:10:00 PST

In the mountains of western Iran, the province of Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari is known for mile-high lagoons, flowing rivers and wetlands that attract thousands of species of migratory birds.

But years of diminishing rainfall have shriveled water sources. Conditions worsened, residents say, after Iranian...



Pope Francis begins visit to Chile and Peru with apology for sexual abuse by priests
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:40:00 PST

Pope Francis opened the first full day of his visit to Chile with a somber apology for clerical sexual abuse, confronting a scandal that has roiled the Roman Catholic Church here and elsewhere.

"I cannot help but express the pain and shame, shame that I feel over the irreparable harm caused to...



Meeting in Vancouver, old allies from the Korean War look for new solutions to North Korean problem
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:30:00 PST

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday hosted the United States' Korean War allies, seeking diplomatic ways to avert the urgent threat of conflict with a nuclear-armed North Korea.

The U.S. approach has so far consisted mainly of economic sanctions and belligerent threats from President Trump...



Turkey says U.S. 'stabbed us in the back' by aligning with Kurds on Syrian border
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:10:00 PST

In the ever-shifting landscape of the Syrian civil war, the line between allies and enemies is rarely clear.

It was further muddied this week when the U.S.-led coalition revealed plans for a 30,000-strong security force to police Syria's northeast borders with Turkey and Iraq. The plan instantly...



Venezuela says rogue pilot and rebel known as 'Rambo' is dead
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:00:00 PST

Venezuelan authorities on Tuesday announced the death of a rebel group leader, a pilot known as "Rambo" and the subject of an intense manhunt since June when he hijacked a government helicopter and hurled grenades at the Supreme Court.

The announcement came the day after President Nicolas Maduro...



Philippine government orders closure of news site Rappler, fueling concerns about press freedoms
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:15:00 PST

Rappler, a digital pioneer in the Philippine media scene, won international awards for its critical, unabashed look at President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly drug war.

Now the independent online news site is trying to stay alive.

Philippine authorities this week ordered Rappler to close, infuriating...



The long fight of the Mapuche people at times has turned violent. Pope Francis is about to get involved
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 04:00:00 PST

Pope Francis will step into the middle of one of South America's longest-running conflicts Wednesday when he visits the largely indigenous Araucania region of Chile.

In the century and a half since they were conquered by Chile's military, the Mapuche people have continued to resist, demanding greater...



Vietnam's corruption crackdown is targeting the powerful. Has it gone too far?
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

The world learned of Vietnam's anti-corruption drive on a warm summer day in Berlin, when park goers reportedly watched as agents crammed a Vietnamese oil executive into a car.

Germany accused the Vietnamese Embassy of helping kidnap Trinh Xuan Thanh, former chairman of a construction company tied...



At the busiest airport in South America, a cat-and-mouse game to catch cocaine smugglers
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST
The airport in Sao Paulo, the largest in Latin America, has become a prime location for smuggling cocaine.

Mexican columnist is stabbed 21 times in front of family, underscoring deadly risks faced by journalists
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:55:00 PST

Carlos Dominguez was waiting at a traffic light in the northern Mexico border city of Nuevo Laredo with his son, his daughter-in-law and his grandchildren when men armed with knives flung open the car door.

Dominguez, a 77-year-old opinion columnist who had worked as a journalist for nearly four...



Pope Francis arrives in Chile for weeklong trip focused on the poor, the rainforest and indigenous people
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:35:00 PST

Pope Francis arrived here in the Chilean capital Monday evening to start a weeklong swing through Chile and Peru in which he is expected to highlight the plight of indigenous peoples, the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and the precarious status of immigrants and the poor.

In an eleventh-hour...





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