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Last Build Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:01:42 -0800

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Putin pays surprise visit to Syria, where Assad tells him: 'Thanks a million'

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:05:00 PST

In July 2015, the defeat of Syrian President Bashar Assad appeared imminent.

His troops, overstretched and exhausted, had lost too many men, and a string of humiliating defeats meant the government controlled only a quarter of the country.

Two months later, Russian warplanes streaked through Syria’s...


These are Afghanistan's best troops. The U.S. is backing a plan to create many more of them

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 04:00:00 PST

A $200 million plan would nearly double the size of Afghanistan's widely praised - and heavily overworked - army and police special operations forces.(image)

How the humble KitKat conquered Japan with ever-changing flavors. Anyone for sushi KitKat?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

Two years ago, KitKat’s marketing manager in Japan won an internal corporate award. His prize: a golden trophy shaped like one of the iconic chocolate bars.

Today, the manager, Ryoji Maki, doesn’t remember why he won the award. But he’s immensely proud of what it inspired.

“That’s how I came up...


Saudi Arabia to allow movie theaters for the first time in 35 years

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:40:00 PST

Saudi Arabia announced Monday that it will allow movie theaters to open for the first time in more than three decades, part of a broad modernization drive led by the conservative kingdom’s reform-minded crown prince.

The announcement was hailed by the American exhibition industry, but also raised...


Dennis Rodman says he'll organize a basketball game between North Korea and U.S. territory Guam

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:15:00 PST

Dennis Rodman plans to organize a basketball game between North Korea and the U.S. territory of Guam, the retired basketball star said Monday, as he seeks to personally mitigate a dangerous war of words between Washington and the isolated, nuclear-armed state.

“We thought, ‘This would be awesome!’”...


A mostly Christian city in the Philippines lays out the welcome mat for displaced Muslims

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

Alyassa Macabaya fled his hometown of Marawi two months after fighting between government troops and Muslim rebels destroyed his house.

The Philippine government has since declared the combat over. But ask the 31-year-old tricycle taxi driver about going home, and he laughs. So do half a dozen...


Declaring 'liberation is now a reality,' Iraq's prime minister claims victory in war against Islamic State

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 17:00:00 PST

Iraq’s prime minister declared victory Saturday over Islamic State, the extremist group that imposed its brutal reign on millions, saying government forces have driven the militants from their last footholds in the country after three years of grueling combat.

In a televised address to the nation,...


Two weeks after Honduras' still-unresolved election, a sense of disquiet broadens

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 15:25:00 PST

Almost two weeks after Hondurans went to the polls, the still-unresolved results of the country’s disputed national elections remain a source of uncertainty and disquiet amid widespread allegations of fraud.

A sense of instability has overtaken the country since the election of Nov. 26.

On Friday,...


European allies give Tillerson an earful about Trump's decision on Jerusalem

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

It was Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s bad luck that he was in Europe meeting with dozens of U.S. allies when President Trump, on Wednesday, announced formal U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that angered much of the world.

Tillerson, who wound up a five-day, four-city,...


Pope Francis suggests rewording the Lord's Prayer. The problem? 'Lead us not into temptation'

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 18:40:00 PST

Pope Francis has called for a rewriting of the Lord’s Prayer, saying the current translation gives God a bad name and, essentially, does not give the devil his due.

Described in the Bible as a prayer taught by Jesus, the Lord’s Prayer is viewed in the catechism of the Roman Catholic Church as “the...


What will U.S. foreign aid look like in the age of Trump?

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 13:45:00 PST

As the Trump administration slashes the State Department’s payroll and turns U.S. foreign policy inward, worries have spread through the U.S. Agency for International Development, which directs most of the government’s development assistance worldwide.

Foreign aid accounts for about 1% of the federal...


In a rare court challenge to its abortion ban, Brazil grapples with its own version of Roe vs. Wade

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 11:55:00 PST

Debate over abortion is nothing new in Latin America, where laws banning the procedure have driven millions of women to do it themselves or have it performed clandestinely.

But for five days last month, the controversy had a face in Brazil: Rebeca Mendes Silva Leite, the first woman in this staunchly...


Two killed, hundreds wounded after clashes erupt across West Bank, Gaza over U.S. Jerusalem pivot

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 09:00:00 PST

At least two Palestinians were killed and hundreds more wounded across the West Bank and Gaza, medical sources said Friday, as angry demonstrators took to the streets in another “day of rage” against President Trump’s controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The Palestinian Health...


Britain and the European Union declare a 'Brexit' breakthrough

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 06:45:00 PST

Nearly 18 months after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May declared that a breakthrough had been reached in “Brexit” negotiations Friday so talks can finally turn to trade.

Standing beside European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker after an early breakfast...


A sacred Japanese island juggles secrecy and survival

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

Okinoshima is a sacred island in the Sea of Japan, shrouded in mystery and strewn with ancient treasures.

For centuries, the island was forbidden to all but about 200 men, who could wade ashore only one day a year after “purifying” themselves, naked, in the freezing sea. Women were banned. Photographs...


Protests flare on 'day of rage' by Palestinians after Trump's Jerusalem pronouncement

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 15:40:00 PST

Protests erupted throughout the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and cities across the Middle East on Thursday in what was dubbed a “day of rage” after President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Trump announced on Wednesday that he would “officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s...


China's 'sexy cyborg' took on Silicon Valley bro culture — and won

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 09:20:00 PST

There’s no mistaking Naomi Wu amid Shenzhen’s deliverymen and investors.

Her long, auburn-dyed hair falls over tight, low-cut tops; her miniskirts reveal more. Wu often wears these outfits in do-it-yourself videos that show her devising an LED-lit skirt or creating heels that hide hacking tools.


Taiwan has statues of him everywhere. Now many want Chiang Kai-shek's image removed

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

Across Taiwan, his image and name are everywhere — on statues and street signs and at a lavish memorial hall in the capital. Chiang Kai-shek was long heralded as a national hero who worked to unify China and fought both the Japanese and the communists.

But now many Taiwanese view Chiang as a despot...


Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital sparks anger across Muslim world and beyond

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 16:25:00 PST

Fresh anger poured in from across the Muslim world Wednesday as President Trump said the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move that Arab and European leaders have warned could spark violence and destroy any hopes of reviving the Mideast peace process.

Israel responded with...


Trump says U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as capital of Israel, upending U.S. policy and sparking protests

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:35:00 PST

Saying that “old challenges demand new approaches,” President Trump announced Wednesday that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will begin a process to transfer the U.S. Embassy to the ancient city, reversing decades of American policy and defying widespread...


A young corruption investigator is killed in Afghanistan. Why didn't his U.S.-trained agency do more to protect him?

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

When 22-year-old Almar Habibzai was shot outside his house in Kabul, it raised troubling questions about the leadership of the FBI-trained Major Crimes Task Force.(image)

Trump expected to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, angering Arab allies

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 18:20:00 PST

With President Trump poised to do what no other president has been willing to do — move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem — leaders and analysts in the region warned Tuesday that it could spur insecurity and instability in a part of the world already beset by both.

Fulfilling an oft-repeataed...


In Honduras, electoral board agrees to opposition demands for partial recount

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 15:00:00 PST

Honduran electoral authorities on Tuesday agreed to opposition demands for a recount of returns from more than 5,000 polling places, representing almost 30% of all voting sites in last week’s disputed presidential election.

“We are going to review the [ballots], and if there are discrepancies we...


Deposed strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh killed after switching sides in Yemen's war

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 18:55:00 PST

Ali Abdullah Saleh, the deposed strongman who led Yemen for more than three decades and colluded with Iran-aligned rebels to topple his successor, was killed Monday as fighting raged between his followers and their former allies, according to officials on both sides.

Saleh’s death removes one of...


Incumbent president leads in disputed Honduran elections, but no winner declared

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 17:50:00 PST

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, seeking a second term in office, continued to hold a slim lead Monday as officials largely completed the count in disputed national balloting.

But eight days after the voting, authorities had yet to proclaim a winner as the opposition continued to allege...