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Attempt by Israel to bulldoze homes in Bedouin village leads to violence, two deaths

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:05:00 PST

A police operation to demolish about a dozen buildings in the Israeli Bedouin village of Um al Hiran on Wednesday turned violent, leaving a policeman and a village resident dead and inflaming tensions between Israel’s government and the country’s Arab minority.

A convoy of nearly 500 officers arrived...


South Korean judge turns down warrant request for Samsung executive's arrest

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:00:00 PST

A South Korean court ruled Thursday that prosecutors lacked sufficient grounds to arrest the de facto head of Samsung Electronics Co. in a bribery case that reached into the highest levels of business and politics in the country.

The ruling by Judge Cho Eui-yeon appeared to put to rest, at least...


American businesses say working with China is getting harder, despite government rhetoric about free trade

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:55:00 PST

Chinese President Xi Jinping stood in front of the world’s financial elite this week and fiercely championed free trade. But for many foreign companies, doing business in China is getting harder.

Many American companies, confronted with a chillier reception and murky regulatory hurdles, are rethinking...


Defeated dictator clings to power in Gambia as African leaders mull how to save democracy

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:10:00 PST

Yahya Jammeh has ruled a tiny slice of West Africa for 22 years, but his refusal to step down Wednesday after his defeat in last month’s elections in Gambia has created an outsized headache for regional leaders.

Jammeh was supposed to leave office to pave the way for Thursday’s inauguration of...


Bollywood icon Salman Khan acquitted of weapons charges

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:20:00 PST

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was acquitted Wednesday of illegal possession of weapons, another victory for an Indian movie icon who has been beset by legal problems.

Khan was found not guilty in an incident from 1998, when he was accused of poaching two rare blackbucks, a type of antelope, in the...


At her confirmation hearing, Nikki Haley decries U.N.'s position on Israel

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:30:00 PST

Nikki Haley, Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, used her Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday to attack the world body for what she called its bias against Israel, a position that put her in sync with most of Congress.

Haley told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee...


Myanmar groups call for independent probe into alleged abuse of Rohingya Muslims

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:00:00 PST

Dozens of ethnic minority groups called on Wednesday for an independent international investigation in western Myanmar, adding to pressure on the government to account for alleged human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims.

A statement signed by 41 civil society organizations was a show of broad-based...


The Chinese zodiac says Jan. 20 is not an auspicious day to inaugurate anything

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:00:00 PST

On a shady street just inside the former city walls of old Beijing, Chen Yi predicts the destinies of conflicted souls.

He also welcomes visitors inside his one-room shop to gauge the auspiciousness of a day many in China have begun to dread: the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.



An Indian charity battled caste-based discrimination for three decades. Then it became a target

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:00:00 PST

Dudhabhai Kalabhai knew the rules: He could stand outside the village temple and join his hands in a quick, whispered prayer. He was not to linger or attempt to climb the steps.

As a Dalit, part of the lowest rung of Hinduism’s ancient caste system, his mere touch, to some, would render the shrine...


Trump worries European allies before inauguration

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:40:00 PST

Even before he enters the White House on Friday, President-elect Donald Trump has signaled that his foreign policy could include a diminished Europe and an unfettered Russia, creating deep unease in many of America’s traditional allies.

In recent days, he has called the North Atlantic Treaty Organization...


Nigerian fighter jet mistakenly bombs refugee camp, killing at least 52, aid group says

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:25:00 PST

The Nigerian air force accidentally bombed a camp for displaced people Tuesday, killing at least 52 in what the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders called a “shocking and unacceptable” tragedy.

More than 100 others were wounded when air force bombers mistook the camp for a hide-out of Boko...


A man died when his car caught fire. It took a year and dozens more fires before Ford recalled the car

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:55:00 PST

On a December night in a town on South Africa’s south coast, Reshall Jimmy’s car burst into flames.

The 33-year-old was on vacation. A video of the incident that aired in South African media showed fire shooting out of the front of the car on the driver’s side as passers-by stopped their cars,...


British Prime Minister May lays out plans for a 'stronger, fairer, more united' country after 'Brexit'

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:35:00 PST

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday set out her vision for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, declaring that there would be no “half in, half out” deal.

May pledged to create global alliances and a prosperous country for all, while saying that the British public voted for change...


As star attraction at Davos, China's Xi Jinping pushes globalization: 'No one will emerge as a winner in a trade war'

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:30:00 PST

One year ago, the financial elite mingled in a Swiss Alps resort over Champagne and caviar, discussing a Hillary Clinton presidency in the U.S. and chuckling at the thought of Britain leaving the European Union.

They warned of China’s “hard landing” as its economy sputtered. 

This year, Chinese...


Search for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 ends after nearly 3 years

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:20:00 PST

Nearly three years after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared over the Indian Ocean, Australia, China and Malaysia on Tuesday called off the underwater search, saying “no new information has been discovered” to solve what has become one of aviation’s greatest mysteries.

A statement by the Joint...


Music festival in Mexico turns tragic as gunman leaves at least five dead, 15 injured

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:15:00 PST

It was supposed to be the celebratory finale of a 10-day international electronic music festival known as BPM, for Bartenders, Promoters, Musicians.

Ticket prices reached $900 or more for a 10-day pass to what promoters lauded on the Internet as “the ultimate festival experience for underground...


As parliament bickers and brawls, Turkey's Erdogan could be on the cusp of claiming vast new powers

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:10:00 PST

The Turkish parliament has given preliminary approval to a series of constitutional amendments that, if ratified in a national referendum, would mark the most significant shift in the country’s governance since its founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, abolished the Ottoman caliphate nearly a century...


South Korean prosecutors seek to arrest Samsung's vice chairman following president's impeachment

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:05:00 PST

South Korean prosecutors on Monday sought a warrant for the arrest of the Samsung Group’s de facto leader — one of the nation’s wealthiest and most-powerful executives — in a bribery case related to last month's impeachment of the country’s president.

Investigators allege that Lee Jae-yong, vice...


Turkish cargo plane crash kills at least 37, destroys half of village

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:00:00 PST

A Turkish cargo plane crashed Monday in a residential area just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, destroying half of a village and killing at least 37 people in the plane and on the ground, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. 

The Boeing 747 crashed at 7:40 a.m. local time while approaching...


One family fought the system and stopped Donald Trump's first venture in India

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 03:00:00 PST

When a Mumbai real estate developer acquired a crumbling, 80-year-old apartment building and announced plans to replace it with a luxury skyscraper, two dozen families accepted buyouts and moved. But one tenant refused.

Prasad Panvalkar, an ink salesman, argued that city regulations required the...


When Obama dropped the 'wet foot, dry foot' policy, he also snuffed out another program few Americans knew about

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:15:00 PST

When President Obama killed the 22-year-old policy giving preferential, fast-track citizenship to Cubans who could make it to the U.S., his administration nixed another program, too. Not well known to most Americans, it sought to undermine the Cuban government through a form of brain drain.



Paris peace conference agrees on two-state solution in Mideast - but neither Israel nor Palestinians take part

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:10:00 PST

A conference aimed at kick-starting peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians concluded Sunday with more than 70 countries and international organizations pledging their support for a two-state solution as the only way to achieve lasting peace in the region. 

However, neither Israel nor the...


What we know about Christopher Steele, the British ex-spy who wrote the controversial Trump dossier

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 03:00:00 PST

He’s a former British spy, a man used to operating in the shadows. Now, however, he is dramatically, and uncomfortably, in the spotlight.

Christopher Steele, whom some confidants describe as a real-life Agent 007, has been identified in news reports as the author of a controversial dossier suggesting that...


France's Mideast peace conference is branded a failure before the doors even open

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 19:20:00 PST

Foreign ministers and top international envoys from 70 countries are jetting into Paris for a Middle East peace conference Sunday.

Sounds positive — except the Israelis and the Palestinians won’t be there. Neither will the incoming U.S. administration. And French President Francois Hollande, who...


Bitter, disbelieving: Cuban migrants en route to U.S. hope for some kind of eleventh-hour reprieve

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:50:00 PST

This sweltering town just north of Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala is a three-day bus jaunt from the U.S.-Mexico frontier, a fact that has long drawn migrants from across the globe en route to the United States.

Images of the Stars and Stripes and the Statue of Liberty adorn travel agencies...