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Scantily clad models — long a fixture in Mexico — are banned at official events in Mexico City
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 03:00:00 PDT

They are a common feature at government and corporate events across Mexico: Young female models in high heels and tight clothing whose primary function seems to be to serve as eye candy.

For years, the employment of "edecanes," or hostesses, has angered feminists who say the practice is sexist...



Turkish president finds solidarity with his people in a boycott on the iPhone and other U.S. products
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 03:00:00 PDT

One video shows a man smashing iPhones with a hammer. "This is for our president," he declares.

Another shows men burning dollar bills or using them to blow their noses.

Both videos have been shared widely on social media in Turkey as the country's trade war with the U.S. escalates and ordinary...



Pompeo announces Iran Action Group to ramp up pressure on Tehran
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:30:00 PDT

In an effort to ramp up pressure for political changes in Iran, the State Department has set up a task force to coordinate punitive measures, including sanctions and oil boycotts, Secretary of State Michael R. Pomeo said Thursday.

Pompeo said the Iran Action Group would "closely synchronize" policy...



The harsh effects of Trump's Iran sanctions, and why Iranians worry the worst is still to come
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:35:00 PDT

In the days since some U.S. sanctions on Iran snapped back into place, the signs of misery have been everywhere in Tehran's commercial districts.

Stores are open but empty. Shopkeepers pass the time on their cellphones and exchange tales of economic woe: prices soaring, workers laid off, inventory...



Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Indian prime minister who pursued peace with Pakistan, dies at 93
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:15:00 PDT

It was South Asia's version of Nixon going to China: the ardent Hindu nationalist leader of India riding a golden-colored bus across the border into Pakistan, less than a year after the archrivals had conducted tit-for-tat nuclear tests that pushed the region to the brink of atomic war.

The February...



As China and Taiwan fight, a tiny coffee bean business thrives amid bitter political dispute
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:10:00 PDT

Elias Rivera didn't plan it this way, but one of Asia's thorniest political disputes is giving his coffee bean startup a serious business jolt.

The 32-year-old Honduran national, who moved to Taiwan for a university degree and then stayed on to open a coffee bean import company, is breaking even...



Truce goes into effect on Israel-Gaza border, and goods flow into Palestinian enclave again
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 15:10:00 PDT

A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group ruling the Gaza Strip, went into effect Wednesday evening, ending four months of conflict along the volatile border.

The tenuous truce was roundly criticized by senior politicians both in Israel and in the Palestinian Authority, which views...



Lost amid the weeds and brush, a 65-foot-long section of the Berlin Wall reappears
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:20:00 PDT

Nearly 30 years after the Berlin Wall was toppled, a 65-foot-long section of the barrier has been discovered — hidden behind bush, weeds and overgrown trees that over the years slowly obscured a remnant of one of the Cold War era's most divisive symbols.

Officials confirmed Wednesday that the 11-foot-high...



His son died in a road accident, so India's 'pothole dada' fills his family's sorrow with stone and gravel
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Dadarao Bilhore clapped his hands together, releasing a cloud of dust into the moist air. He grabbed a gunnysack filled with dirt and stepped into the empty road.

With a heave of his beefy forearms, he dropped the sack into a pothole the size of a large casserole.

He grabbed a second bag he had...



The human rights situation in Egypt is getting worse. Could withholding American military aid help?
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 03:00:00 PDT

The pattern over the last five years has been consistent: The U.S. withholds military aid from Egypt, citing human rights concerns, only to eventually release the funds before any substantial improvement.

The first time was under President Obama's administration in 2013. The United States suspended...



Egypt's summertime escape: White sand beaches and designer cocktails, but no room for the public
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Kiki's Beach Bar offers cool breezes and $14 designer cocktails. But good luck getting in — unless you're famous, or, better yet, know someone who works the door.

But exclusivity, of course, is a draw for Cairo's junior beau monde, which on Thursday afternoons this time of year decamps north to...



Britain's Boris Johnson may have finally crossed the line — or maybe it's just Boris being Boris
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 07:00:00 PDT

Ever since he was left dangling from a zip line stretching over a London park during the 2012 Olympics, it has been hard to take Boris Johnson too seriously.

With his floppy blond hair, disheveled suits and penchant for using inflammatory language, he cuts an unlikely political figure.

Yet, buffoonery...



A half-century after being uprooted for a remote U.S. naval base, these islanders are still fighting to return
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 03:00:00 PDT

The memories remain fresh in her mind: the fishermen tramping in from the surf with armfuls of fresh catches, the Saturday night dance parties under swaying palms, the long Sundays swimming in crystalline waters until her parents called her in for dinner.

"I will never forget those days," said...



Israel is said to be on the verge of relaxing sanctions against Gaza
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:10:00 PDT

After over a month of suffocating sanctions that left many Gazans on the brink of economic collapse, relief may be on its way.

Israel's Defense Ministry said Monday that two days of "complete quiet" on its border with Gaza have led Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman to consider easing the closure...



120 Afghan forces and civilians killed in battle with Taliban in strategic city
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 10:45:00 PDT

More than 100 members of Afghan security forces and 20 civilians have been killed in four days of heavy fighting with the Taliban in a strategic city, officials said Monday, illustrating the potency of the insurgency even as the U.S. pursues peace talks.

The clashes in Ghazni, about 90 miles southwest...



U.S. tariffs only the latest setback for a Turkish economy running on borrowed cash
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Cranes loom over this mega-city.

Vast construction projects — extravagant shopping malls, apartment towers wrapped in mirrored glass, expansive bridges, a $100-million mosque — are touted by the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as symbols of Turkey's prosperity and global clout.

But...



Arrest of prominent Cuban dissident draws protest and concern
Sun, 12 Aug 2018 14:40:00 PDT

One of Cuba's most prominent dissidents has been arrested and held incommunicado for days, sparking international pleas for his release.

Jose Daniel Ferrer, from Cuba's Santiago region, was detained a week ago, his organization, the Patriotic Union of Cuba, said.

Ferrer is a longtime critic of...



China threatens to demolish a mosque, the same day it faces questions at the U.N. over its treatment of Muslims
Sun, 12 Aug 2018 04:00:00 PDT

It took two years to build the Grand Mosque of Weizhou, with its four towering minarets and nine onion-shaped domes.

On Aug. 3, officials in Tongxin county in northern China ruled the all-white structure had been built without proper permits and ordered that it be razed in seven days or the government...



Brazilian lawmakers seek to deregulate pesticide use and ban sale of organic produce in major supermarkets
Sun, 12 Aug 2018 03:00:00 PDT
A Brazilian Congress commission has approved a controversial bill to lift restrictions on pesticides despite fierce opposition from environmentalists.

Policy disconnect between Trump and his own administration confuses allies and adversaries
Sat, 11 Aug 2018 13:40:00 PDT

The Russians were confused. They were not alone.

On Wednesday, the Trump administration said it would impose sanctions later this month against Russia in retaliation for the attempted assassination of a former Russian spy, now a British citizen, and his daughter, in England last spring with an...



Tensions increase between U.S. and Turkey over detained American pastor. Here are the players involved
Fri, 10 Aug 2018 19:20:00 PDT

Relations between Turkey and the United States suffered another blow Friday after President Trump announced via Twitter that he had authorized the doubling of tariffs on steel and aluminum exports from Turkey.

The deepening rift between the two NATO allies is over failed talks to release an American...



Iraq's manual recount brings little change to election results
Fri, 10 Aug 2018 15:35:00 PDT

Three months after Iraq's parliamentary elections, the long-awaited results of a recount are in, and the faction allied with Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr, a once implacable U.S. foe turned nationalist leader, is still in the lead.

Sadr's bloc, known as Sairoon, which means "marching to reform,"...



Trump hits Turkey with tariffs after talks to free U.S. minister deadlock
Fri, 10 Aug 2018 15:15:00 PDT

Following an impasse in high-level negotiations to free an America preacher detained in Turkey, President Trump on Friday said he had ordered heavy tariffs on Ankara's export of steel and aluminum to the United States, a punitive move that deepened a growing political and economic rift with the...



These activists helped bring India to the brink of a landmark ruling on gay rights
Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:00:00 PDT
Lawyers, a radio host and a hotelier are among those who fought a ban on same-sex relations, which India's Supreme Court is due to rule on within weeks.

Indonesia set for rematch of bitter presidential election
Fri, 10 Aug 2018 11:35:00 PDT

The presidential election in Indonesia next year may see a reprise of the testy 2014 contest between President Joko Widodo and retired general Prabowo Subianto after both men registered their candidacies Friday.

The incumbent, popularly known as Jokowi, selected a 75-year-old cleric as his running...





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