Last Build Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:40:48 -0700Copyright: ©2017 Los Angeles Times
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:40:00 PDT
In video posted online this week by the Vatican, Pope Francis sounds excited about his two-day trip to Egypt starting Friday, despite recent terrorist attacks.
“As salaam alaikum — peace be with you!…Thank you for having invited me to visit Egypt, which you call Umm al Dunya, Mother of the World,”...(image)
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:15:00 PDT
A German army officer posed for months as a Syrian with the aim of carrying out a violent attack he hoped would be blamed on refugees, prosecutors said after the 28-year-old’s arrest on Thursday.
The first lieutentant — identified in German media reports only as "Franco A." — had managed to fulfill...(image)
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:00:00 PDT
Venezuela is expected Thursday to formally begin the process of withdrawing from the Organization of American States, the hemispheric cooperation group based in Washington, after the country’s leaders accused the body of interference in domestic affairs.
The decision comes amid monthlong marches,...(image)
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:20:00 PDTAfter thousands of years of history, Christians have never been more under attack than in today's Middle East.(image)
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:10:00 PDT
It’s another in a series of attacks whose aftermath has solidified into a routine diplomatic dance.
Syria’s army accused Israel of “launching several missiles from inside the occupied territories at dawn on Thursday,” which struck a “military position” near Damascus International Airport, according...(image)
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:05:00 PDT
President Trump on Wednesday told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to do just that.
The White House made the surprise announcement in a...(image)
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:35:00 PDT
The Trump administration, filling the week with warnings over North Korea, is seeking to send a message to the government of Kim Jong Un and the world — and to reach an audience at home as well, with a rare White House hosting of the entire U.S. Senate as the president nears 100 days in office....(image)
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:05:00 PDT
Relatives of U.S. citizens jailed in Iran are trying to press the Trump administration to secure their release as worries grow over the health of an imprisoned father and son.
Baquer and Siamak Namazi, convicted of espionage in a secret trial six months ago, are being held in a section of Tehran’s...(image)
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:15:00 PDT
The question now is whether Europe can and will step in to keep Turkey’s leader from expanding his powers.
Turkey’s main opposition party announced Wednesday it will challenge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s April 16 referendum victory to replace the country’s parliamentary democracy with an all-powerful...(image)
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:45:00 PDT
France’s foreign ministry says deadly sarin gas used in a chemical attack in Syria this month that killed 87 people “bears the signature” of President Bashar Assad’s government.
A six-page report by French intelligence services claims the nerve agent came from hidden stockpiles of chemical weapons...(image)
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT
A decade ago, Achmat Hassiem and his younger brother were playing the part of drowning swimmers in a routine lifesavers’ drill when they spotted a huge dorsal fin speeding toward them in the chilly waters of False Bay, a major habitat of the great white shark.
The 16-foot shark was headed for his...(image)
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:35:00 PDT
The robbers numbered about 50 and came armed with high-caliber weapons, grenades, dynamite and caltrops, those spiked devices designed to puncture tires.
The Paraguayan government says they escaped by water as well as land, and when their assault on an armored car company was done, they made off...(image)
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:50:00 PDT
The two candidates in France’s hotly contested presidential election called a brief truce Tuesday to honor a police officer gunned down last week on the Champs-Elysees.
Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and the far right’s Marine Le Pen attended an emotional memorial ceremony for Xavier Jugele,...(image)
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:20:00 PDT
Pushing back against jeers from a skeptical audience in Berlin after she called her father a “champion of families,” Ivanka Trump told German Chancellor Angela Merkel and others on a high-powered panel discussion she participated in Tuesday that President Trump firmly believes that women can do...(image)
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT
The assembly lines stopped whirling years ago. Now weeds blanket the factory grounds.
Like so much in this country destabilized by political and economic turmoil, the General Motors plant here in one of Venezuela’s largest cities no longer functions. It stopped producing cars in late 2015.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:15:00 PDT
As the clock on the main television news channel ticked toward early projected results at 8 p.m., a loud countdown began around the room: trois … deux … un. There was the briefest of pauses before, at the top of the hour, far-right leader Marine Le Pen’s picture flashed on all the screens.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:40:00 PDT
After a year of electoral shocks around the globe, France delivered its own surprise when political neophyte and centrist Emmanuel Macron topped 10 other candidates in the first round of presidential voting.
Suddenly, an obscure former investment banker who has never been elected to political office...(image)
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:55:00 PDT
Afghanistan’s defense minister and army chief stepped down Monday amid growing outrage over the deaths of more than 100 soldiers in one of the deadliest Taliban attacks of the 16-year war.
President Ashraf Ghani accepted the resignations of Defense Minister Abdullah Habibi and Qadam Shah Shaheem,...(image)
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:45:00 PDT
A Filipino lawyer filed a complaint Monday with the International Criminal Court accusing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte of crimes against humanity and mass murder — charges stemming from his war on drugs, which has left thousands dead.
The complaint, filed with the court in The Hague, blames...(image)
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:20:00 PDT
The thump of the bass drum reverberated through the neighborhood.
It was the cue for the dozens of young scouts in two-tone uniforms to take their positions in a procession through Beirut’s Christian quarter to the Patriarchate of the Armenian Catholic Church.
The solemn march Monday afternoon...(image)
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:50:00 PDT
Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Monday implored President Trump to show restraint toward North Korea, repeating a plea for patience amid signs the isolated nation is preparing for another nuclear test.
The two spoke by phone for the second time this month, and following a face-to-face meeting in Florida....(image)
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:30:00 PDT
During a phone conversation intercepted by Italian police, one prison inmate’s wife told her husband in no uncertain terms how incarceration was changing him for the worse.
“You are hanging around with stupid people!” Caterina Hmidi told her husband, Saber, who was at Rome’s Regina Coeli Jail....(image)
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:00:00 PDT
Biking through the rubble-choked streets of this besieged city’s west side, Mohammed Kamal Mahmoud paused to explain his family’s criteria for venturing out aboard its battered, mud-caked, three-speed cycle.
“When the airstrikes are heavy, we are not driving it around,” the mechanic said. As he...(image)
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:15:00 PDT
North Korean authorities have reportedly detained a U.S. citizen, raising the total number of Americans known to be held in North Korea to three and potentially deepening animosities between Washington and Pyongyang at an already tense moment.
North Korean officials detained Tony Kim, an academic...(image)
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:05:00 PDT
France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen took her party to within reach of power on Sunday with a second-place finish in the country’s presidential election that catapulted her into a runoff with centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron.
The result pits the "French-first" Le Pen, who is staunchly anti-immigrant...(image)