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At least 13 killed, 100 injured in Barcelona van attack blamed on 'jihadi terrorism'

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:05:00 PDT

A van plowed into crowds of pedestrians on Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas street on Thursday, killing at least 13 people and leaving scores of bloodied survivors sprawled on the sidewalk in what authorities said was a terrorist attack.

The extremist group Islamic State claimed its “soldiers”...


As Mexico debates giving the military more power, a judge asks why soldiers gunned down 22 people

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:20:00 PDT

As Mexican lawmakers debate expanding the role of the military in the country’s drug war, a judge has ordered a new probe into whether army commanders ordered soldiers to shoot 22 people in a 2014 incident described by human rights advocates as an extrajudicial massacre.

The federal judge, whose...


79-year-old Iranian opposition leader calls off hunger strike but will remain under house arrest

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:50:00 PDT

One of Iran’s leading opposition politicians called off a hunger strike from his hospital bed on Thursday after intelligence officials agreed to withdraw agents from his house, where he has been under arrest for six years.

Mehdi Karroubi, a 79-year-old who suffers from heart disease and was recently...


Hong Kong student leaders jailed over pro-democracy protest tied to Umbrella Movement

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:10:00 PDT

Nearly three years ago, several Hong Kong youth with hopes of greater democracy led a downtown protest that ballooned into thousands and lasted for 79 days. Now, they’re going to jail.

Three student leaders who helped catalyze the city’s pro-democracy movement were sentenced to prison on Thursday,...


On 100th day in office, South Korean president tries to ease nation's war tensions

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:55:00 PDT

South Korea’s new president came to office in May after an unprecedented political corruption scandal, promising a clean administration and a fresh approach to dealing with North Korea.

The president, Moon Jae-in, might well avoid the ethical pitfalls that haunted previous South Korean leaders,...


Tijuana's big growth industry? Barbershops, with 100 opening in three years

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Hidden a few blocks away from Tijuana’s main thoroughfare, an old warehouse has become a cultural landmark for the city’s fashion-conscious men.

Wings painted outside the building are the only indication something is different about the space, most recently used as a gym. Inside, a Drake song blasts...


Humanitarian groups fear aid is being diverted to terrorist group after militant takeover of Syrian province

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:30:00 PDT

The recent takeover of the Syrian province of Idlib by an extremist organization has created a dilemma for the United States and other countries that send humanitarian aid to civilians and military aid to various rebel factions fighting the Syrian government.

It has become impossible to provide...


Latest crisis on North Korea eases as both sides pull back — for now

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:20:00 PDT

The latest nuclear crisis with North Korea appeared to ease Tuesday as Pyongyang and Washington sought to lower tension before their increasingly heated threats could spiral into war.

The question is what happens next in the world’s most dangerous hot spot.

U.S. and South Korean military forces...


Trump's demand that Germany increase its military defense spending enters German election campaign

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:35:00 PDT

President Trump’s demand that Germany nearly double its defense spending has become an election issue for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has increasingly come under attack for sticking to her 3-year-old promise to NATO to sharply increase investments in weapons.

Although Merkel’s Christian Democrats...


State Department report on religious persecution accuses Islamic State of genocide

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:30:00 PDT

Rejecting criticism that it has sidelined human rights in U.S. policy, the State Department on Tuesday accused Islamic State of trying to commit genocide of Christians and other minorities as it sought to build an Islamist caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the armed...


In direct challenge to Trump, Iran's president says it could restart its nuclear program 'within hours'

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:45:00 PDT

Iran’s president on Tuesday warned it could restart its nuclear program “within hours or days” if the Trump administration continued its confrontational policies toward the Islamic Republic.

President Hassan Rouhani’s remarks were a direct response to Trump’s increasingly bellicose rhetoric toward...


Hong Kong opposition party member arrested for allegedly falsifying story of abduction

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:15:00 PDT

Hong Kong police arrested a pro-democracy opposition party member on Tuesday after they said surveillance footage contradicted his claim that he had been kidnapped and tortured by mainland Chinese agents.

Last week, Howard Lam Tsz-kin, a member of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party, sent shock waves...


To make North Korean sanctions stick, the 'gloves are off' for U.S. in fight against Chinese smugglers

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 04:00:00 PDT

Cai didn’t know what he was bringing into North Korea, and he didn’t dare ask.

Whenever the 49-year-old truck driver crossed the bridge into North Korea, the cargo was carefully wrapped so he couldn’t see what was inside.

For all he knew, the packages contained agricultural tools, baby clothes,...


The U.S. is now routinely launching 'danger-close' drone strikes so risky they require Syrian militia approval

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

The Air Force pilot carefully throttled the controls of a missile-firing MQ-1 Predator drone flying half a world away in northern Syria. Suddenly his headset crackled to life.

Militants firing from bombed-out buildings had ambushed a U.S.-backed militia on a rubble-strewn street in Raqqah, Islamic...


North Korean ruler stands down on threat to Guam, but could change his mind 'if the Yankees persist'

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:05:00 PDT

North Korea’s autocratic ruler has decided not to launch missiles toward Guam, Pyongyang’s state media reported Tuesday, easing the immediate threat of an attack on the U.S. territory in the western Pacific.

The North Korean statement said Kim Jong Un could change his mind “if the Yankees persist...


Pence visits South America as White House struggles to resolve crisis in Venezuela

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:55:00 PDT

With Vice President Mike Pence on a weeklong visit to South and Central America, the White House is grappling with the hemisphere’s most urgent crisis and offering little in the way of answers.

Venezuela, engulfed in political violence and humanitarian disaster, poses the geographically closest...


Horrifying images on social media fuel tension after Kenya's disputed election, but not all are real

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:15:00 PDT

As protests erupted after Kenya’s disputed presidential election, horrifying photographs and videos flashed across social media: a boy terrified by riot police in a Nairobi slum, a vehicle in flames and a bloodied man with a military boot on his neck.

Some of the images were genuine, but others...


Another grim milestone for Yemen: Cholera infections soar to half a million

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:05:00 PDT

The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen this year hit 500,000 on Sunday, marking a grim milestone in the spread of the disease across the war-ravaged country. Almost 2,000 people have died since April, when the disease’s spread began to accelerate, according to the World Health Organization.


What a standoff on a small Himalayan plateau says about the rivalry between the two most populous nations

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

In a tense standoff between nuclear-armed nations that threatens to destabilize Asia, both sides are digging in, with one warning of unspecified “countermeasures” and the other saying it won’t be bullied.

In this case, it’s not the United States and North Korea — whose leaders exchanged bombastic...


Mexico enters new NAFTA negotiations with delicate task: give President Trump a 'win' but do no harm

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

There was excitement in the air when Mexican negotiators sat down 25 years ago with their counterparts from Canada and the United States to hammer out what would become the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“Negotiations were tough, but there was a consensus about the end game,” recalled Antonio...


Departure of Syrian rebels and refugees from Lebanon raises specter of forced returns

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 15:40:00 PDT

For the second time in a matter of weeks, thousands of rebel fighters and civilian refugees who had found a haven in Lebanon are being transported back to Syria to live in what is being billed as a “safe zone” in the war-torn country.

Depending on the point of view, the transfers are humanitarian...


Kenya's opposition calls for a boycott to protest the deaths of 24 people in post-election clashes

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 13:40:00 PDT

Kenya’s main opposition leader, Raila Odinga, addressed rallies of cheering supporters in two Nairobi strongholds Sunday and called for a work stoppage to protest the deaths of at least 24 people in post-election clashes with police.

“Tomorrow there is no work,” Odinga told supporters gathered...


What does it take to secure a border? Lessons from the wall dividing San Diego and Tijuana

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 05:00:00 PDT

From here, where Southern California greets Mexico along steep canyons, images of a border gone awry once inflamed the nation’s immigration debate.

“The place was completely out of control back then,” recalled Oscar Peña, a veteran Border Patrol agent who recently stood atop a mesa looking down...


Meet Charles Robert Jenkins, an American detained by North Korea for 40 years

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 03:30:00 PDT

Charles Robert Jenkins deserted the U.S. Army on a freezing night in January 1965. He pounded 10 beers to quiet his nerves, and abandoned his patrol unit along the border dividing South and North Korea — a 160-mile-long, 2.5-mile-wide strip of mine-ridden no man’s land.

He unloaded his M-16 rifle...


24 killed in Kenyan election violence, many after police open fire on opposition protesters, rights group says

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 14:40:00 PDT

At least 24 people have been shot by police in violence during Kenya’s disputed election, including many killed in protests in opposition strongholds after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory late Friday, according to Kenyan human rights observers.

The Kenya Red Cross Society said it picked up 93...