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Trump says 'no going back' in attempts to oust Venezuela's Maduro
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:40:00 PST

President Trump, speaking Monday in vote-rich south Florida, called on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's supporters to abandon him or face ruin, and denounced what he termed socialism at home and abroad.

Aides had billed Trump's speech as a show of support for Venezuela's opposition leader...

Law used against journalist Maria Ressa stirs fears among Filipinos: It could target 'all of us'
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 11:10:00 PST

A day after posting bail, a defiant Maria Ressa sat in a car winding its way through Manila's notoriously congested traffic to attend a rally in support of press freedom.

The chief executive and executive editor of the news site Rappler, Ressa was arrested last week and charged with cyber libel,...

Israel's Netanyahu and his foreign minister enrage Poland with Holocaust finger-pointing; summit collapses
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 10:15:00 PST

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wager that he could cement his status as a master diplomat by allying himself with a coalition of right-wing Central European countries unraveled on Monday when the Polish and Czech governments pulled out of a Jerusalem summit following a row over Holocaust...

As Venezuela spirals downward, South America struggles to absorb its migrants and refugees
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 05:00:00 PST

Latin American countries are straining to cope with an influx of Venezuelan immigrants, a tide of humanity that is expected to increase in 2019 as the troubled socialist government of Nicolas Maduro clings to power.

Experts now estimate that more than 4 million Venezuelans, or more than 10% of...

Paris authorities investigate anti-Semitic remarks hurled at philosopher during 'yellow vest' march
Sun, 17 Feb 2019 18:30:00 PST

An upsurge in anti-Semitism in France reached a climax over the weekend with a torrent of hate speech directed at a distinguished philosopher during a march of "yellow vest" protesters, adding to questions about the radicalized fringes of the movement hidden within French society.

Paris judicial...

As Islamic State's caliphate withers, the fate of its foreign-born members looms over European nations
Sun, 17 Feb 2019 13:35:00 PST

Islamic State's self-styled caliphate once spanned territory larger than South Carolina. The extremist group controlled the lives of more than 8 million Iraqi and Syrian residents and established its own currency, a taxation system and a sprawling bureaucracy that went so far as to dictate what...

Israel's Netanyahu stirs a hornets' nest in Poland
Sun, 17 Feb 2019 11:15:00 PST

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's participation in the U.S.-sponsored Middle East conference in Warsaw ended on a discordant note.

Over the course of two days in Poland, the prime minister, who faces a reelection bid in April, was forced several times to retract or rectify statements...

U.S. Air Force cargo planes land in Colombia with supplies aimed at neighboring Venezuela
Sat, 16 Feb 2019 16:55:00 PST

The Trump administration ratcheted up pressure Saturday on embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, dispatching U.S. military planes filled with humanitarian aid to this city on the Venezuelan border.

In Germany, Vice President Mike Pence urged the European Union to follow the U.S. lead in...

Vatican defrocks former U.S. Cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse
Sat, 16 Feb 2019 15:45:00 PST

Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick for soliciting sex during confession as well as other sex crimes against minors and adults, marking the most serious punishment meted out against a Catholic cardinal in modern times.

McCarrick, 88, a former archbishop of Washington,...

Nigerians bewildered after presidential election is postponed at the last minute
Sat, 16 Feb 2019 10:40:00 PST

Tens of millions of Nigerians ready to elect their next president woke up to some bewildering news on Saturday morning: Elections were off.

Around 3 a.m., while most of the nation slept, the country's electoral commission announced that the vote was being postponed for a week, citing vague logistical...

Russia looking to ratify Paris climate agreement as U.S. continues withdrawal
Sat, 16 Feb 2019 04:00:00 PST

Russia, the world's fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitter, is inching closer to ratifying the Paris climate accord by the end of the year, placing Moscow in yet another position to fill a void left by a United States withdrawal.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's top climate advisor, Ruslan Edelgeriev,...

A specter hangs over Nigeria's presidential election: Hunger
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:40:00 PST

Salamatu Jibril takes one look at month-old Sufiyan, drowsy under a heavy blanket on a sweaty day in northern Nigeria, and knows there's a problem.

"The child is 2.7 kilograms [5.9 pounds] and is wasted," Jibril says, using a term that specialists commonly ascribe to children who don't weigh enough...

Another American is arrested in Moscow; prominent investor is accused of fraud
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:30:00 PST

A prominent American investor with business ties in Russia since the early 1990s has been detained on suspicion of fraud in a case that is likely to shake a Moscow business community already reeling from the country's uncertain investment climate.

Michael Calvey, the founder and senior partner...

More U.S.-China trade talks set after 2 days of negotiations in Beijing raise hopes of a deal
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:10:00 PST

Talks between China and the U.S. will resume in Washington next week after both sides declared Friday that progress had been made in two days of high-level discussions in Beijing by negotiators seeking a breakthrough to end a bruising trade war.

With the conflict threatening to undermine global...

With each generation, the people of Taiwan feel more Taiwanese — and less Chinese
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 04:00:00 PST
Within just one family, three generations' lives in three different versions of Taiwan have given them disparate views on what it means to be Taiwanese, and whether that has anything to do with China.

Myanmar sentences two men to death for murder of prominent Muslim lawyer
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 01:00:00 PST

It took nearly two years, more than 100 witnesses, and often bizarre legal maneuvering by the defense. But on Friday a court in Myanmar handed down guilty verdicts, including two death sentences, to four men involved in the murder of U Ko Ni, a prominent constitutional lawyer credited for bringing...

Trump officials promote joint action against Iran and downplay Israeli-Palestinian peace plan
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:10:00 PST

In a choreographed show of rare unity, officials from the United States, Arab states and Israel joined together at a Middle East peace conference Thursday to pledge tough action against Iran, calling that nation a threat to all.

The focus on Iran, however, overshadowed discussion of the still-secret...

In the Philippines, where 'rice is life,' a move to allow more imports signals change
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 10:00:00 PST

The Philippines has long touted the idea of self-sufficiency in rice, an essential staple here at the heart of every breakfast, lunch and dinner.

But rice growers like Efraen Serrano know that dream is falling further out of reach. The country's geography doesn't provide enough suitable land for...

Germany faces an awkward struggle to build and maintain its armed forces
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 08:50:00 PST

German Chancellor Angela Merkel had taken off for an international meeting in Buenos Aires in November when the electronics systems on her Luftwaffe jet abruptly failed, forcing the pilot of the 20-year-old government craft to make an emergency landing in Cologne and Merkel to switch to a commercial...

After libel arrest, Philippine journalist Maria Ressa urges others: Do not be silent
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 07:40:00 PST

The award-winning head of a Philippine online news site that has aggressively covered President Rodrigo Duterte's administration was freed on bail Thursday after her arrest in a libel case.

National Bureau of Investigation agents served the warrant against Maria Ressa late Wednesday afternoon and...

U.S. and Chinese officials meet in Beijing for last-ditch effort to end trade war
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 06:35:00 PST

American and Chinese officials met in Beijing on Thursday for high-level trade talks in an effort to reach a deal to end a bruising trade war, after President Trump told reporters that talks were "going along very well."

U.S. tariffs on $200 million in Chinese goods are due to rise from 10% to...

Iran suicide bombing kills 27 Revolutionary Guard members
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 19:25:00 PST

A suicide bombing killed 27 of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard members and injured 13 others shortly after sunset Wednesday in the country's southeast, according to state media.

The Sunni Muslim extremist group Jaish al-Adl claimed responsibility for the attack on a bus carrying guard...

U.S. hosts Middle East peace conference in Poland, but Palestinians are a no-show
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 16:20:00 PST

The United States on Wednesday opened a highly promoted international conference on peace in the Middle East, but some central players, the Palestinians, were a no-show.

Representatives of about 60 countries, including several Arab states, planned to attend, but a number of European nations sent...

Prominent journalist Maria Ressa, a Duterte critic, faces new charges in the Philippines
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 15:05:00 PST

Maria Ressa, a veteran Philippine journalist and frequent target of the country's president, was arrested Wednesday and charged with cyber libel.

Ressa, who garnered international recognition last year when she was among several reporters named Time magazine's Person of the Year, was already facing...

Elliott Abrams, U.S. envoy for Venezuela, faces combative House hearing as policy stalls
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 14:20:00 PST

In his first appearance in Congress as special U.S. envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams on Wednesday defended the Trump administration's seemingly stalled efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro, saying the authoritarian ruler's "time is up."

"There is a storm brewing inside the Maduro regime,"...

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