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I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old Revolutionary maxim, "Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God."
Susan B. Anthony,
in Federal Court on trial for voting
June 18, 1873



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'Poor but sexy' Berlin now home to soaring rents and rising tensions
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Thirty-two years after moving into her cozy one-bedroom apartment near Berlin's city center, Brigitte Lustig is about to be evicted — a fate the 61-year-old never imagined in a city renowned for its cheap rents and bohemian spirit.

"I was born just up the street and lived here my whole life," she...



How 'Made in China 2025' became the real threat in a trade war
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

China unveiled its plan to dominate the world's most crucial technologies with little international fanfare, another vague, guiding principle in the labyrinth of Communist Party bureaucracy.

Three years later, it's at the core of a trade dispute with Washington that threatens to upend the global...



Three missing Mexican students were slain, their bodies dissolved in acid
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:50:00 PDT

Three Mexican film students whose disappearance last month sparked large-scale protests in the city of Guadalajara were beaten, killed and their bodies dissolved in acid, Mexican authorities said Monday.

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the gruesome crime, said officials of the...



Saying 'I was wrong,' Armenia's prime minister resigns amid large-scale protests
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:55:00 PDT

Serzh Sargsyan, who ruled Armenia for 10 years, resigned Monday as prime minister after thousands of people poured into the streets to protest his political maneuvering to cling to power in this former Soviet republic.

The stunning development touched off jubilation in the capital, Yerevan, with...



Death toll after van strikes pedestrians in Toronto rises to 10. Cause remains a mystery
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:10:00 PDT

A rented van plowed down a crowded Toronto sidewalk Monday, killing 10 people and injuring 15 before the driver fled and was quickly arrested in a confrontation with police, Canadian authorities said.

Witnesses said the driver was moving fast and appeared to be acting deliberately, but police officials...



Nicaragua scraps unpopular welfare plan, but unrest continues
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:05:00 PDT

A sense of smoldering discontent was evident in Nicaragua on Monday after President Daniel Ortega's decision to cancel a welfare overhaul plan — a proposal that sparked days of deadly protests and looting in this Central American nation of 6 million.

On Monday afternoon, thousands of peaceful protesters...



Senate panel approves Mike Pompeo as secretary of State after Rand Paul flips to support
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:40:00 PDT

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved CIA Director Mike Pompeo as secretary of State on party lines Monday after a Republican holdout changed his mind at the last minute, avoiding an embarrassing defeat for President Trump.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky had vowed to oppose Pompeo, but Paul...



Making history: Britain's royal baby boy won't push aside his older sister in line to the throne
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:00:00 PDT

The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby boy Monday, her third child with husband Prince William and the fifth in line to the British throne.

The child, who weighed 8 pounds and 7 ounces, was born at the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, where his older siblings,...



A victim of its own industrial success, China's hanger capital is now just hanging on
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Many of the world's clothes hangers originate in two-story warehouses on the road to Lipu, a steamy town in southern China where the river flows between towering karst formations and vendors sell the sweetest taro.

Lights strung along the promenade form shapes of the town's lifeblood. Residents...



In Mexico's own Motor City, billion-dollar investments but also fear of Trump's trade moves
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

In a swath of Mexico locals call the "New Detroit," General Motors is hiring hundreds of workers and expanding operations at a truck factory. BMW is on track to finish building an assembly plant next year.

Just last month, Canadian parts manufacturer Linamar announced it would pour $50 million...



Son of former top aide of ex-dictator Stroessner elected Paraguay president
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 21:35:00 PDT

The son of a former top aide to ex-dictator Alfredo Stroessner was elected president of Paraguay on Sunday in voting that was much closer than projected, according to official results.

With 99.4 percent of the vote counted, Mario Abdo Benitez, 46, a U.S.-educated construction executive who ran...



Ahead of summit, South Korea says it will stop blasting K-Pop, propaganda along border with the North
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 18:40:00 PDT

The South Korean military has muffled its high-decibel propaganda loudspeakers along the highly fortified border with North Korea as a gesture of goodwill ahead of this week's summit between the two nations' leaders.

The speakers have in the past broadcast a mix of messages that can be heard for...



French, German leaders will bring Trump the same message: Save the Iran nuclear deal
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 12:10:00 PDT

President Trump faces a European double bill this week as a crucial deadline looms for a decision on whether to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, arriving back to back, will bring a unified message: Save the deal.

"I don't...



63 people killed in attacks on voter registration centers in Afghanistan
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 11:00:00 PDT

As a crowd lined up outside a voter registration center in Kabul on Sunday, a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing 57 people in the deadliest of a spate of attacks targeting Afghanistan's upcoming elections, officials said.

Six more people were killed when a vehicle struck a roadside bomb near...



Trump claims bragging rights on North Korea, but Kim also acting from position of strength
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 05:00:00 PDT

Within minutes of North Korea's announcement that it was suspending nuclear and missile tests and closing a test site, President Trump proclaimed a victory of sorts.

"Big progress!" he tweeted, eager to bask in the glow of credit for having influenced a significant reversal by a traditionally intractable...



The CIA closed its original 'black site' years ago. But its legacy of torture lives on in Thailand
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 04:00:00 PDT
Collaborating with the CIA ushered in an era of impunity for Thai security forces that adopted the agency's torture methods, according to human rights groups.

In Paraguay, presidential front-runner is son of aide to ex-dictator Stroessner
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 03:30:00 PDT

The son of a top aide to former dictator Alfredo Stroessner is expected to be elected president of this South American nation as Paraguayans go to the polls Sunday.

The heavy favorite is Mario Abdo Benitez, 46, a former senator and standard-bearer of the center-right Colorado Party, which has long...



Why India's rape crisis is getting worse under Narendra Modi
Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:35:00 PDT

An 8-year-old Muslim girl was locked in a Hindu shrine, drugged, gang-raped for several days and bludgeoned to death with a stone.

As if the January killing in northern India weren't horrifying enough, lawyers and right-wing Hindus this month marched in defense of her assailants. Prime Minister...



Investigators enter Syria's Duma, 11 days after suspected chemical weapons attack killed dozens
Sat, 21 Apr 2018 10:40:00 PDT

Almost two weeks after a suspected chemical weapons attack killed almost 40 people in Syria, a team of experts arrived Saturday at one of the sites of the alleged attack in the city of Duma.

"Early on April 21, a special OPCW [Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons] mission for finding...



North Korea says it will suspend nuclear and missile testing
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:45:00 PDT

North Korea said Saturday it will suspend nuclear tests and missile tests and shut down its underground test site, boosting hopes for a diplomatic breakthrough with rival South Korea and the United States.

Although the announcement stopped well short of a complete freeze, Pyongyang said it had...



4 die, including a 15-year-old boy, as clashes continue at border of Gaza Strip and Israel
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:25:00 PDT

Four people were killed, including a 15-year-old boy, in the fourth consecutive week of protests organized by the Islamist militant group Hamas along the border between the Gaza Strip, which it controls, and Israel.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza reported 96 injured. The boy, Mohammed...



Relatives win injunction against Mattel's Frida Kahlo Barbie
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:35:00 PDT

Distant relatives of the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo said Friday they have won a temporary injunction that stops sales of a Frida Barbie doll.

Kahlo's great-niece Mara de Anda Romeo argues that Mattel doesn't have the rights to use Kahlo's image as part of its Inspiring Women series.

According...



'We have four generations of former terrorists here today': Rehabilitating extremists in Indonesia
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:45:00 PDT

The Indonesian media has dubbed him "The Terrorist Whisperer."

In a hotel conference room here, Noor Huda Ismail welcomed the participants in his three-day workshop. "We have four generations of former terrorists here today," said the jovial 45-year-old as he bounded around the room in a batik...



Unexploded WWII bomb brings large-scale disruption to Berlin
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:30:00 PDT

Germany got a big, frightening reminder of World War II on Friday, after an unexploded 1,000-pound bomb was found buried just beneath the surface in the heart of Berlin and defused.

The operation forced more than 10,000 people to evacuate their apartments and offices and shut down the entire city...



Syrian army secures areas south of capital
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:30:00 PDT

Fresh off their takeover of Syria's eastern Ghouta enclave earlier this month, loyalist forces were poised on Friday to subdue pockets south of Damascus held by Islamic State and rebel groups, Syrian pro-government media and activists said.

The move is part of a larger bid to secure the capital,...





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