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A visit to a haven for kids in France's 'Jungle' refugee camp one day before it's set to be destroyed

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 17:40:00 PDT

On the final day before authorities begin to dismantle the Calais refugee camp known as “the Jungle,” dozens of young people headed to a small sanctuary amid the chaos: a graffiti-fronted, one-room cafe — made of plywood and a tarpaulin roof — that has become a regular fixture in their otherwise...


Taliban's deadly onslaught across Afghan provinces draws increased U.S. air power

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 16:40:00 PDT

One after another, American fighter jets and armed drones screech down the runway at this mountain-fringed northern military outpost, launching missions around the clock to support Afghan forces battling militants aligned with Islamic State and the Taliban.

More than 700 U.S. airstrikes have been...


Only Africans have been tried at the court for the worst crimes on Earth

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:20:00 PDT

Since the inception of the International Criminal Court more than a decade ago, only Africans have been brought to trial.

That fact has led to frequent accusations of bias by the first permanent tribunal set up to prosecute the worst atrocities on earth — war crimes, genocide and crimes against...


As Iraqi government forces close in on Mosul, Islamic State tries to create a diversion

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:55:00 PDT

Iraqi government forces came within six miles of Mosul’s outskirts on Sunday, carrying out an essential piece of the campaign to retake Islamic State’s primary stronghold in the country.

Kurdish peshmerga troops launched fresh attacks against Islamic State positions northeast of the city, officials...


Buying baby formula at $40 a can, and other stories of survival from Aleppo

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Monther Etaky’s wife was breast-feeding, and in desperate need of nutrition. He spent five days hunting for yogurt to give her — anything to keep her and their 2-month-old son alive — then gave up.

The streets outside their apartment were a 24-hour-a-day death zone of exploding bombs and whistling...


Why Mexico is giving out half a million rape whistles to female subway riders

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 03:00:00 PDT

The protesters boarded the Mexico City subway dressed in black burqas. They weren’t Muslim, just women trying to make a point that their bodies — whether cloaked in heavy cloth or tank tops — weren’t objects to be stared at or touched. 

“Do I have to dress like this for you to respect me?” their signs...


'This is our land': Christians return to Iraqi town recaptured from Islamic State

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:40:00 PDT

Hussam Matti knelt to the ground, grabbed two fistfuls of brown-gray sand and poured it over his head. The grains mixed with the sweat on his brow as he stood up, smiled and threw up his arms. 

“This is the earth of Bartella,” he shouted. “This is our land.”

Government forces earlier this week...


Junko Tabei, the first woman to climb Mount Everest, dies at 77

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:25:00 PDT

Junko Tabei, the first woman to climb Mount Everest, died of cancer on Thursday, Japanese media reported. She was 77. 

Tabei reached the summit of the world's highest mountain in 1975. In 1992, she also became the first woman to complete the “Seven Summits,” reaching the highest peaks of the seven...


Indian protesters end opposition to Bollywood movie, but it could be the last to feature a Pakistani actor

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:30:00 PDT

As tensions with rival Pakistan fuel jingoistic fervor in India, a Hindu nationalist party on Saturday withdrew its opposition to an upcoming Bollywood film after its producers promised they no longer would work with Pakistani artists.

The deal appeared to clear the way for the Oct. 28 release...


Facing Iraq government-led Mosul offensive, Islamic State extremists strike back

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:45:00 PDT

With an Iraqi government-led offensive underway to oust Islamic State from the northern city of Mosul, militants Friday staged an attack in the oil hub of Kirkuk designed to divert forces from the frontlines, officials said.

More than 60 civilians were killed in attacks in Kirkuk, about 95 miles...


A Mexican police chief is finally arrested in the disappearance of 43 students. But will he talk?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:25:00 PDT

Mexican authorities said they hope the arrest of a former police chief who had been a fugitive for more than two years will help them solve one of the country’s most notorious human rights cases: the disappearance and presumed murder of 43 students.

Felipe Flores Velazquez, 58, was arrested Friday...


Sailor from Anaheim killed in battle against Islamic State

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:05:00 PDT

A roadside bomb explosion in northern Iraq killed a 34-year-old Navy sailor from Orange County, the Pentagon said Friday, in the first U.S. casualty in the Iraqi-led offensive to retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State.  

Chief Petty Officer Jason C. Finan of Anaheim died Thursday after his...


The sprawling refugee camp in France known as the Jungle is about to close

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:30:00 PDT

It’s squalid and dangerous, crowded and muddy – and home to thousands of migrants desperate to reach Britain.

French officials said Friday the sprawling encampment known as “the Jungle,” outside the port city of Calais, will be closed in the next few days and its inhabitants sent to hundreds of...


Anger grows as Venezuela blocks effort to recall president

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:05:00 PDT

In what critics blasted as the latest efforts of an embattled government to quash dissent, Venezuela’s electoral council derailed efforts to recall President Nicolas Maduro, and a judge ordered eight prominent opposition leaders not to leave the country, a move that could presage their arrests. 


South Africa quitting international court created to prosecute world's worst criminals

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:55:00 PDT

South Africa said Friday it will withdraw from the International Criminal Court at The Hague, raising fears of an African exodus from a tribunal established to prosecute the worst crimes against humanity.

Human rights activists quickly expressed dismay that South Africa’s governing African National...


Break away from the U.S.? Here's what Philippine officials say Duterte really meant to say

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:40:00 PDT

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s divorce from the United States may have ended before it began.

On Thursday, Duterte, while in Beijing on a state visit, announced a “separation” from the U.S. by the Philippines — a top U.S. ally since the 1950s — in favor of closer economic and military ties...


James Bond wouldn't use this Indian breath freshener, and Pierce Brosnan says he wouldn't either

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:00:00 PDT

An ad for a breath freshener in India has left Pierce Brosnan both shaken and stirred.

The former James Bond star has objected to the “unauthorized and deceptive use” of his image in a marketing campaign for Pan Bahar, a brand of the Indian-made mouth freshener called pan masala.

Brosnan said he...


As tensions over Taiwan's national identity reignite, tourists from mainland China avoid the island

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 03:00:00 PDT

A Taiwanese tour guide stood outside the National Palace Museum and waited for crowds she didn’t expect to see.

Last October, the line snaked through the lobby, out the front door and across the outdoor pavilion. This year, about a dozen people stood at the admissions counter.

China's weeklong...


Inside the underground hide-out of an Islamic State leader

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:00:00 PDT

A tunnel leading to the underground hide-out of an Islamic State leader killed in the Iraqi forces-led Mosul offensive was outfitted with extremist graffiti, electricity, appliances, stockpiles of food and, potentially, booby traps.

“We found some of their mortar shells over there under the tunnels,”...


Dispatch from the front lines: Intense fighting as Iraqi forces drive toward Mosul; U.S. service member killed

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:45:00 PDT

First there was a rocket, flying low, kicking up dust before it smacked the ground in a fiery bloom. Then an Islamic State suicide bomber gunned his car toward the Iraqi Kurdish fighters.

The car exploded in a fireball crowned with a plume of black smoke, and the earth shook. Though dazed, the...


What makes Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who compared himself to Hitler, so popular

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:15:00 PDT

He has compared himself to Hitler, called President Obama a “son of a whore,” and overseen a wave of extrajudicial violence that has left thousands of people dead. 

Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines’ 71-year-old president — a former city mayor with a level gaze and an aura of casual dishevelment...


Philippine President Duterte: 'I announce my separation from the United States'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:05:00 PDT

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced Thursday that he was “separating” from the United States and embracing China as the new best friend of the Philippines.

The 71-year-old president, famous for blunt, often profane rhetoric, announced his country’s realignment in a state visit to Beijing,...


Turkey has further complicated the Syrian war by attacking the United States' Kurdish allies

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:00:00 PDT

As pivotal fighting unfolds in Syria and Iraq, NATO ally Turkey is showing itself to be more and more of a wild card, fueling complications on a pair of already chaotic battlefields.

Turkey’s military said Thursday that it had killed up to 200 Kurdish-led fighters in a series of overnight strikes...


U.S. service member killed by bomb blast in northern Iraq

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:40:00 PDT

A U.S. service member was killed Thursday by a roadside bomb blast while aiding the Iraqi-led operation to recapture the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants, the Pentagon said.

The incident marks the first American death since the offensive was launched Monday, and the fourth U.S. service...


What it was like to watch Trump talk about 'bad hombres' in a Mexican BBQ joint

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:25:00 PDT

During Wednesday night’s presidential debate, Donald Trump answered a question about illegal immigration with a little bit of Spanish. 

“We have some bad hombres here, and we’re gonna get ’em out,” Trump said.

The crowd at a Mexico City barbecue joint screamed with laughter. “Hambres?!” they repeated,...