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With Populist Anger Rising, Italy May Be Next Domino to Fall

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:00:23 GMT

A demonstrator at a march in Rome on Sunday over a referendum that will be held to overhaul the Constitution.Italy could be the next domino to fall as populist anger sweeps through Europe and the United States, upending the political establishment.


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President François Hollande of France Won’t Seek Re-election

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:21:19 GMT

Mr. Hollande stunned the nation with his decision, even though few observers thought he could recover from his poor approval ratings to win next year’s vote.



A Subdued Vladimir Putin Calls for ‘Mutually Beneficial’ Ties With U.S.

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:54:28 GMT

The Russian leader lamented rising global “fractures,” even in affluent countries, but made no mention of the Kremlin’s efforts to stir up disorder.



Zac Goldsmith, Prominent ‘Brexit’ Advocate, Loses Election in London

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:36:30 GMT

Sarah Olney canvassed ahead of the Richmond Park and North Kingston by-election, in London, on Wednesday.The outcome highlighted some of the rancorous divisions in Britain over its looming departure from the European Union.


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He Was a Senior Afghan Government Official. Except He Wasn’t.

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:48:21 GMT

Mohammad Daoud Khan, the first president of Afghanistan. Sardar Zmarai claimed to be his descendant, the authorities said.The arrest of a serial impostor revealed more than a decade of fraud, audacious even by the standards of Afghanistan, where con artists have flourished in the chaos of war.


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Myanmar’s Leader Faulted for Silence as Army Campaigns Against Rohingya

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:01:24 GMT

Satellite images of two villages in Rakhine State, Myanmar, before and after they were destroyed. The village of Kyet Yoe Pyin, is shown in the images at left on March 30 and Nov. 10, and the village of Wa Peik is shown in 2014 and on Nov. 10.Rights advocates accuse Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, of inaction during a brutal counterinsurgency drive against a Muslim minority.


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New King for Thailand as Crown Prince, Vajiralongkorn, Ascends to Throne

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:38:34 GMT

The prince was crowned as King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun seven weeks after the death of his father, a revered figure in Thailand.



Great Barrier Reef Threatened by Climate Change, Chemicals and Sediment

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:20:15 GMT

A scientist assessing coral mortality on a section of the Great Barrier Reef in an undated photograph. A new report from the Australian government paints a grim picture of the scale of protecting the 1,400-mile-long reef.An Australian government report to Unesco says the risks are well-managed, but it also paints a grim picture of the scale of protecting the area.


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Gambians Choose Between Ruler of 22 Years and a United Opposition

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 03:48:23 GMT

Voters at a polling station in Banjul, the Gambian capital, on Thursday.President Yahya Jammeh predicted a decisive win, but his challenger, Adama Barrow, said, “He is not going to be re-elected — his era is finished.”


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One of World’s Most Wanted Hashish Smugglers Arrested in Morocco

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:01:21 GMT

Ben Ziane Berhili, one of the world’s most wanted hashish smugglers, was arrested in Casablanca.The capture of Ben Ziane Berhili was the highest-profile arrest yet in an operation that has seized $3.2 billion worth of hashish since 2013.


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Fighting in Nova Scotia for Canada to Grant ‘Indian Status’

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:07:23 GMT

John Brennick and his cousins face a mountain of skepticism and shifting rules as a claim for recognition as Mi’kmaq, the indigenous nation on Canada’s Atlantic coast, creeps through the Canadian bureaucracy.Indian status comes with a host of privileges, including tax breaks. Descendants of indigenous people who have been denied these benefits say they were robbed.


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Trump’s Breezy Calls to World Leaders Leave Diplomats Aghast

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 02:12:48 GMT

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan, center, invited President-elect Donald J. Trump to visit his country in a recent call.The president-elect’s unfiltered exchanges prompted the White House to urge him to seek the State Department’s expertise in his encounters with foreign leaders.


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Cyberattacks Strike Saudi Arabia, Harming Aviation Agency

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:21:42 GMT

A version of Shamoon, the virus that hit Middle Eastern energy companies in 2012, was used in mid-November to attack government agencies.



One Family. Six Decades. Myriad Views of Fidel Castro’s Revolution.

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 10:00:23 GMT

Fidel Castro after arriving in Havana on Jan. 8, 1959. Mr. Castro’s revolution was welcomed by Cubans like Juan Montes Torre, a poor laborer at the time. “It was an emotional shock,” Mr. Montes recalled. “These bearded men, poorly dressed — they won! And on behalf of the lower classes!”The clash of emotions common in Cuban families is reflected in a grandfather’s loyalty to Mr. Castro and a granddaughter’s glum view of conditions in her country.


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Donald Trump’s Threat to Close Door Reopens Old Wounds in Cuba

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 02:11:33 GMT

President Obama met with the Cuban president, Raúl Castro, in Havana in March.In a post on Twitter, he said he would “terminate” the pact President Obama made if Cuba is unwilling to make “a better deal for the Cuban people.”


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Subdued Cuba Prepares Memorial for Castro

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 14:50:30 GMT

A two-day memorial and a period of “Duelo Nacional,” or national mourning, will offer Cubans a chance to pay their respects to the longtime leader.



Op-Ed Contributor: The Little Fidel in All of Us

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 23:54:21 GMT

People in Miami reacting to the news of the death of Fidel Castro.Who would any of us be if he hadn’t rearranged our destinies and caused this rupture in our lives?


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Fidel Castro, Cuban Revolutionary Who Defied U.S., Dies at 90

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 05:59:13 GMT

Fidel Castro was seen as a ruthless despot by some and hailed as a revolutionary hero by others.Mr. Castro brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere, bedeviled 11 American presidents and briefly pushed the world to the brink of nuclear war.


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What in the World: On an Island Named for Ice, the Poets Are Just Getting Warmed Up

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:00:23 GMT

Poetician (2016), by Birgitta Jónsdóttir | In Iceland, people of all ages and every walk of life compose and publish verse. Cold, damp weather and long winter nights may be among the reasons.


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South Korean Opposition Vows to Impeach Park Geun-hye Next Week

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:00:23 GMT

A protester wearing a mask of President Park Geun-hye of South Korea at a rally this week in Seoul, the capital, calling for the leader to step down.The embattled president’s party hopes she will agree to resign by April instead, arguing that impeachment would then be unnecessary.


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Sinosphere: Fear, Then Skepticism, Over Antibiotic-Resistant Genes in Beijing Smog

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:05:20 GMT

People in Beijing wearing masks this month, after the government declared an orange alert for air pollution, the second-highest level in a four-tier warning system.Researchers did not find live bacteria capable of infecting anyone, despite discovering antibiotic-resistant genetic material in the smog.


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Andrew Sachs, Hapless Waiter on the BBC Sitcom ‘Fawlty Towers,’ Dies at 86

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:45:49 GMT

Andrew Sachs, who played the waiter Manuel in the BBC television series “Fawlty Towers,” in 1981.His earnest yet bumbling character, Manuel, was regularly recruited into the schemes of the hotel owner Basil Fawlty, played by John Cleese.


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Common Sense: Trump’s Potential Conflicts Have a Precedent: Berlusconi’s Italy

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:36:14 GMT

As prime minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi had blatant conflicts of interest, and others tried to curry favor with him by steering business to his companies.As prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi kept majority ownership in his businesses. Scandals ensued as those businesses profited and his fortune grew.


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Mexico’s Central Bank Chief to Take International Post

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:48:05 GMT

Agustín Carstens, governor of the Bank of Mexico, announced that he would leave that post in July. He will become general manager of the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland. His departure comes as the ascent of Donald J. Trump to the United States presidency has stirred anxiety in Mexico. Agustín Carstens, governor of the Bank of Mexico, will leave that post next year to become head of the Bank for International Settlements.


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Russian Spacecraft Carrying Supplies Burns Up in Flight

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:06:40 GMT

The Progress 65 spacecraft in Kazakhstan on Tuesday. No astronauts were aboard when it failed to reach orbit on Thursday and largely burned up in the atmosphere as it fell back down.The cargo ship, which was not carrying any astronauts, disappeared shortly after liftoff, according to Roscosmos, the Russian space agency.


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U.N. Apologizes for Role in Haiti’s 2010 Cholera Outbreak

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:00:52 GMT

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon avoided any mention of who brought the disease to Haiti, and critics said his mea culpa came too late.



Senate Votes to Extend Iran Sanctions Authority

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:56:07 GMT

Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, after a Republican caucus at the Capitol on Tuesday.Senators said that the vote would help ensure that the United States could quickly reimpose sanctions if Iran violated its obligations under an agreement.


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Dutch Ask E.U. to Pressure Turkey Over Crackdown

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:48:11 GMT

The Netherlands joined Austria in balking at membership talks with Turkey, which has purged thousands of people after a failed coup effort.



Buzz Aldrin Is Evacuated From the South Pole After Falling Ill

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:23:33 GMT

Buzz Aldrin in Australia in November.The former astronaut and second man to walk on the moon was flown to a New Zealand hospital and was in “good spirits,” a tour operator said.


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Mont Péko Journal: Ousting Squatter Farmers to Save Forest, Ivory Coast Sets Off New Crisis

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:30:02 GMT

Workers filling sacks with cocoa beans at an agricultural cooperative in Guiglo, Ivory Coast.Squatters using protected land to grow cocoa have helped strip the country of four-fifths of its woodlands. Now evicted, many of them are struggling to survive.


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Prince Harry Announces a Scholarship to Serve the Royal Family

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:21:50 GMT

Prince Harry inspected the guard of honor after arriving in Bridgetown to commemorate the 50th independence anniversary of Barbados on Tuesday.Recipients of the scholarship will spend time in Buckingham Palace, but don’t get the wrong idea: They will cook, cater and otherwise serve the British royals.


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Sinosphere: Whistle-Blowing AIDS Doctor Reflects on Roots of Epidemic in China

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:38:10 GMT

Dr. Gao Yaojie, who helped expose H.I.V.-tainted blood sales in Henan Province, in her apartment in New York last month.Dr. Gao Yaojie, who has tied the epidemic to an unsanitary network of blood sales, discussed what she considers the still-untold truth about AIDS in China.


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Charlie Hebdo, a Lightning Rod in France, Hits German Newsstands

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:47:21 GMT

The satirical newspaper, the target of an attack in 2015 that killed top editors and cartoonists, has started a German edition that features Angela Merkel on its first cover.



Counterterrorism Law to Let Australia Detain Convicts After Their Sentences

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:45:50 GMT

George Brandis, left, the attorney general of Australia, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Parliament House in Canberra this week.The law allows extensions of up to three years for convicts who are judged to be a continuing threat, with no limit on the number of renewals.


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South Korean Arrested After Fire at Birthplace of President’s Father

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:27:25 GMT

The burned birthplace of the military dictator Park Chung-hee, the father of President Park Geun-hye, in Gumi, South Korea, on Thursday.The fire destroyed part of a memorial to Park Chung-hee, the assassinated dictator and father of South Korea’s embattled president, Park Geun-hye.


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Police Confiscate Passports in Parts of Xinjiang, in Western China

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:41:22 GMT

Uighurs last year in Kashgar, in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang. The government, dominated by the Han ethnic group, has tightened control in areas with Uighurs, who are mostly Sunni Muslims.Residents and online notices reveal no obvious pattern to the restrictions in the region, where ethnic Uighurs have chafed under tightening government control.


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Op-Ed Contributor: The Freedom Party’s Second Chance in Austria

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:36:18 GMT

Norbert Hofer.The presidential election represents a renewed opportunity for the populist far right to extend its march across the electoral map of Europe.


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Editorial: The Great Arch of Chernobyl

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:21:01 GMT

The protective shelter over the remains of nuclear reactor Unit 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.A huge steel arch has been moved over the radioactive wreckage of a Chernobyl reactor, a project in which many nations helped to raise funds.


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Editorial: In Colombia, Turning a Peace Deal Into Reality

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:21:01 GMT

Demonstrators in Colombia rallied in support of the peace agreement.The nation’s lawmakers signed off on the peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Now comes the hard part.


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Where Even Nightmares Are Classified: Psychiatric Care at Guantánamo

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 14:12:36 GMT

A guard tower at a now-empty detention block at Guantánamo Bay. The prison, where nearly 800 men were held over the years, now has 60 detainees.Secrecy, mistrust and the shadow of interrogation at the American prison limited doctors’ ability to treat mental illness among detainees.


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Postcard From the Hajj: A Pilgrim’s Progress: Checking Mecca Off My Bucket List

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:32:12 GMT

“Pilgrims surprised me with their warmth.”This reporter’s long-dreamed-of journey to explore the heart of Islam revealed surprises, debunked stereotypes and produced one stunning bird video.


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Postscript: One Year Later, a Tip About a Border Crossing Pays Off

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 01:21:57 GMT

Laborers transported ammonium nitrate at the crossing from Akcakale, Turkey, into Syria in April 2015. The compound, a common fertilizer, has been used by terrorists to create explosives.How New York Times reporting may have made the Middle East just a little bit safer.


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Turkish Dam Project Threatens to Submerge Thousands of Years of History

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 17:50:16 GMT

The Turkish town of Hasankeyf will be submerged under 200 feet of water after a hydroelectric dam now under construction is completed.A contentious dam project that dates to the 1950s is more than 80 percent complete, and the filling of a reservoir will swamp much of the town of Hasankeyf.


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Devanampattinam Journal: Mortal to Divine and Back: India’s Transgender Goddesses

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 19:25:04 GMT

During the 10-day Hindu festival Mayana Kollai, the troubles of transgender women are distant as they transform into the deities they worship and are revered by villagers.


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