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28 killed in attack on bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:10:00 PDT

A bus carrying Coptic Christians to a monastery south of Cairo was targeted in a bloody attack by gunmen Friday, killing 28 people, officials said.

Egyptian state television reported that 25 others were wounded in the attack in Minya, a Christian enclave about 140 miles south of the capital.



India bans sale of cows for slaughter, a move designed to appease conservative Hindus

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:50:00 PDT

The Indian government has issued a nationwide ban on selling cattle for slaughter, the toughest measure yet imposed to protect cows, an animal that conservative Hindus regard as sacred.

Under new rules issued this week, the government ordered that no cows or buffaloes could be traded at a livestock...


U.S.-led airstrike on Syrian city kills more than 100; criticism of air campaign mounts

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:30:00 PDT

Warplanes of the U.S.-led coalition pounded an eastern Syrian city Thursday and Friday, killing more than 100 family members of Islamic State jihadists, activists and a monitoring group said. The U.N. condemned the escalating airstrike campaign on the northeastern provinces of the country.



What's that drone flying in over the horizon? It's a scout from Islamic State

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:20:00 PDT

The silence was shredded by the rat-tat-tat eruptions of a single gun. More soldiers fired, their volleys coalescing into the grim music of war — a sustained snare drum roll soon interrupted by the bass thumps of the 50-caliber machine gun. All the barrels pointed at a speck tracing a line in the...


British police resume sharing bombing investigation info with the U.S. after fury over leaks

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:25:00 PDT

British police said Thursday they had resumed sharing intelligence about the Manchester bombing with U.S. authorities, despite concern about leaks by overseas intelligence sources.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said British officials had received fresh assurances about...


Trump finds a new ally in his war on leaks: Britain

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:35:00 PDT

President Trump gained something Thursday he's been craving: validation from America's closest ally for his war on leaks.

Trump, a onetime fan of leaks who has spent much of his early term decrying them, vowed a “complete review” of possible intelligence leaks related to this week's deadly terrorist...


Mexican band Tigres del Norte fined for singing about drug smugglers

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:25:00 PDT

It was a well-known ballad about Camelia the Texan — a woman who smuggles drugs into the United States and then murders her lover in a jealous rage — that got Los Tigres del Norte into trouble.

The wildly popular band played the song — one of their many hits chronicling the lives of drug smugglers...


Trump scolds NATO allies for not spending more on defense

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:00:00 PDT

President Trump directly rebuked NATO allies for not paying their fair share of military costs, as they stood stone-faced nearby, and stopped short of reaffirming the alliance’s mutual defense pledge as the foreign leaders met Thursday for a celebration of unity.

The unusually pointed remarks at...


Pentagon investigation into deadly airstrike in Mosul says U.S. bomb ignited Islamic State explosives

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:50:00 PDT

A U.S. military airstrike inadvertently set off explosives that ripped through a sprawling apartment block and killed more than 100 civilians, a Pentagon investigation determines.(image)

Bloodshed, fires and chaos as thousands march in Brazil to demand president's ouster

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:45:00 PDT

Tens of thousands of Brazilians descended on Brasilia, the capital, on Wednesday, setting fires, smashing windows and storming government buildings to demand the ouster of yet another Brazilian president engulfed in a corruption scandal.

President Michel Temer ordered federal troops to restore...


Suicide bomber's father arrested in widening Manchester terrorism investigation

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:25:00 PDT

Seven additional people were taken into custody in Britain and Libya on Wednesday in connection with the suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester, England, as officials examined the attacker’s possible ties to jihadis in the Middle East.

As Britain deployed hundreds...


We’ve read the pope’s encyclical on climate change. In case Trump skips it, here's what it says

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:15:00 PDT

Pope Francis had a not-so-subtle gift for President Trump when they met at the Vatican on Wednesday: a copy of his 2015 encyclical on climate change.(image)

Death toll in Venezuela protest violence rises to 56

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:30:00 PDT

The death toll from nearly eight weeks of Venezuelan street protests rose to 56 on Wednesday after three opponents of President Nicolas Maduro were reported killed by gunfire in Barinas state, the birthplace of late President Hugo Chavez.

Violent clashes between demonstrators and police and national...


Manchester attack makes terrorism the focus of Trump's NATO meeting

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:05:00 PDT

The deadly suicide bombing in Britain and threats of more attacks thrust counter-terrorism to the top of President Trump’s agenda for talks with NATO leaders here on Thursday, buttressing his bid to enlist the alliance he had called obsolete to join the fight against Islamic State.

Secretary of...


15-year-old Olivia Campbell, whose mother's words brought a nation to tears, is among Manchester's dead

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:25:00 PDT

Olivia Campbell’s family asked police not to knock on their door with bad news after the Manchester bomb attack. If the news about the missing 15-year-old wasn’t good, they wanted to be told in a phone call.

Charlotte Campbell, 36, had spent Tuesday making so many desperate television and newspaper...


Thousands in Belgium protest Trump's stances on issues ranging from reproductive rights to Brexit

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:05:00 PDT

Thousands of people with flags, bullhorns and bongos crowded the center of Belgium’s capital Wednesday to protest President Trump's arrival for meetings with officials including Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and NATO leaders.

Women wearing pink cat-ear hats known as “pussy hats” led the...


Taiwan's high court paves the way for same-sex marriage, a first in Asia

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:25:00 PDT

Taiwan’s highest court paved the way Wednesday for Asia’s first law allowing same-sex marriage, a reflection of widespread support for LGBTQ causes that has sprung from three decades of democracy.

The Constitutional Court ruled that it is illegal to ban marriages between two people of the same...


South Korea opened fire at tense border zone. Turns out incursion was North Korean balloons

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:40:00 PDT

The slow-moving, unidentified object flying over South Korea’s border on Tuesday afternoon caused so much concern that soldiers issued loudspeaker warnings and ultimately fired more than 90 machine gun rounds in the air.

What first seemed like a provocative North Korean military incursion — perhaps...


From a friendly Mideast, Trump arrives in a skeptical Europe

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:15:00 PDT

From the hushed halls of government to cobblestoned streets and plazas across the Continent, Europeans are greeting Donald Trump’s first visit with considerable skepticism, no small degree of apprehension — and even overt hostility.

The president’s inaugural overseas trip, which began Friday in...


Members of Manchester's Muslim community among those most strongly condemning deadly bombing

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:15:00 PDT

Greater Manchester police ran a mock anti-terrorist operation a year ago featuring a bomber shouting in Arabic, "Allahu akbar,” or God is great.

Eight hundred volunteers took part in the overnight drill at a huge shopping center on the outskirts of the city to make it as realistic as possible...


By throwing America's lot in with Sunni Arabs, does Trump miss opportunities with Iran?

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:10:00 PDT

On his first official trip to the Middle East, President Trump has resoundingly thrown America’s lot in with Sunni Arab states and cast Shiite Iran as a global pariah, even as Iranians reelected a president who has offered to work with the West.

During his two days in Riyadh, Trump’s full-throated...


Britain raises terror threat level to 'critical,' suggesting another attack could follow Manchester bombing

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:45:00 PDT

Britain began mobilizing troops to help protect key locations Tuesday as the government warned of the potential for another terrorist attack in the wake of a suicide bombing that killed 22 people outside a Manchester arena.

For the first time in 10 years, the government raised its terrorism threat...


One of South Africa's top tourist destinations is almost out of water

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:25:00 PDT

“Day Zero” in Cape Town — the day that the water taps slow to a muddy dribble, then a drip and run dry — is around three months away.

The city, one of South Africa’s top tourist destinations, nestled on the country’s southern coast beneath Table Mountain, faces a severe water crisis as reservoirs...


8-year-old girl is identified as a victim of Manchester bombing, which left 22 dead

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:05:00 PDT

As officials continue to investigate the suicide bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in England, the names of the 22 victims emerge.(image)

Trump found Holocaust museum 'amazing' — which has many people cringing

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:05:00 PDT

Trump's tweet-like message in the guestbook at Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust museum, has sparked a new round of controversy.(image)