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Football — the American kind — is all the rage in Mexico

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:25:00 PST

The quarterback spied an open player in the end zone and hurled the ball downfield. Touchdown.

Or, as they shout here in Mexico: Gooooooool!

At this stadium on the northern edge of Mexico City and others like it across the country, the National Football League is waging a war on soccer.

Every weekend,...


With Raiders and Patriots set to play in Mexico City, here's a glossary of American football terms in Spanish

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:20:00 PST

When the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots play in Mexico City on Sunday, Spanish-language commentators will refer to "bloquear" and "el lanzador." Here's a guide to some American football terms in Spanish.(image)

In Zimbabwe, Mugabe's fall appears to mark the end of Africa's postcolonial 'Big Men' era

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

The collapse of Africa’s colonial order set in motion the almost Shakespearean trajectory of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe: from fiery liberation hero to avaricious dictator to seeming victim, in frail old age, of his own misrule.

Now, as his 37-year stint in power appears to be drawing to a close,...


Russia warns some news organizations to prepare to register as foreign agents

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:00:00 PST

The warning from the Russian Ministry of Justice said the Moscow bureau of U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe should prepare to register as a foreign agent, a move critics view as an attempt to limit free speech.

Editors and reporters at the broadcast news bureau read the emailed warning, looked up...


If the Middle East is a chessboard, here's how the pieces line up in light of recent developments

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:00:00 PST

For years, Lebanon, often a play thing for foreign powers, had largely avoided becoming a battleground for the region's toxic rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran. That may change.(image)

Zimbabwe military warns it will act against those who do not cooperate

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:25:00 PST

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, whose 37 years in power make him one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, faced his end game Wednesday, after the military placed him under house arrest and seized control of the country to end a prolonged succession crisis.

The 93-year-old ruler was being held...


From typist to first lady of Zimbabwe to presidental contender. Did Grace Mugabe's political ambitions topple her husband?

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:30:00 PST

To supporters, she is a talented businesswoman and philanthropist. Detractors consider her a shrewd and power-hungry opportunist.

Now it appears that the machinations of Grace Mugabe have unintentionally led to the downfall of her 93-year-old husband, Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe and...


A Saudi prince is shaking up the Middle East — and may be pushing it toward war

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:15:00 PST

From the rocky Mediterranean coast to the warm waters of the Persian Gulf, an upstart young Saudi Arabian crown prince is making waves across the Mideast, exploiting and exacerbating the region’s deep sectarian divides.

Why, many wonder, is Mohammed bin Salman, the 32-year-old heir apparent to...


After brazen poisoning of North Korean leader's half brother, trial unfolds in Malaysian courtroom

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:40:00 PST

The two defendants appeared in court with scarves wrapped around their heads, partially obscuring their faces. One of the young women spoke animatedly, hands awhirl as she bantered with her lawyers during a recess.

Her relaxed demeanor belied the charges against them. Since Oct. 2, Siti Aisyah,...


China will send a special envoy to North Korea on Friday, signaling a potential thaw

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 06:40:00 PST

China will send a special envoy to North Korea on Friday, just days after President Trump’s visit to Asia, Chinese and North Korean state media announced Wednesday, marking a potential diplomatic thaw between Pyongyang and Beijing.

The announcement closely follows Trump’s Tuesday departure from...


Zimbabwe's military intervenes in political crisis as explosions and gunfire are heard in the capital

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:50:00 PST

Zimbabwe’s military revealed Wednesday that it had in effect taken control of the country, moving to end a political crisis on a chaotic night that saw explosions and gunfire erupting in the capital, Harare.

The military said in a statement that President Robert Mugabe remained president and commander...


In Iraq, crashing boulders, collapsed homes and a town on edge after powerful earthquake

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:00:00 PST

In the craggy mountains that separate northern Iraq from Iran, people are used to earthquakes. The area sits atop a major fault line that frequently sends shock waves through towns and villages.

But few here can recall anything like the magnitude 7.3 temblor that rocked the region Sunday night.


In quake-hit Iranian village, 'people are helping people' as aid is slow to arrive

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:45:00 PST

The residents of Quik Hasan village slept outdoors in the cold and awoke early Tuesday looking for help. Fifty people had died here in a massive earthquake two nights earlier and had been buried by their relatives in makeshift graves.

But when aid workers from the Iranian Red Crescent arrived,...


Huddled masses? Not so much. The latest migration route to Europe is aboard luxury yachts

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:00:00 PST

When the migrants got off their yacht on the tiny Italian island of Lipari last month, there was no point in trying to blend in.

“It’s easy to spot a group of Syrians and Iraqis dressed in Dolce & Gabbana who are working their phones at 6 in the morning in an uninhabited part of the island,” said...


Israel's president tries to soothe rift between Israel and American Jewry

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:25:00 PST

A broad coalition of Jewish organizations has admonished the Israeli government for siding with ultra-Orthodox Jews on two issues that have divided the Jewish community: whether men and women can pray together at the Western Wall and who has the power to perform conversions to Judaism.

The Jewish...


Government-controlled 'keyboard' armies now a global phenomenon, new report says

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:05:00 PST

By now, the world is well aware of how Russia used armies of bots and online commentary to manipulate information on social media and spread disinformation during the United States’ 2016 presidential campaign.

Less well known is how those methods have spread internationally, with dozens of countries,...


South Korean authorities capture U.S. citizen in buffer zone along border with North Korea

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:40:00 PST

South Korean authorities captured a U.S. citizen in a buffer zone along the North Korean border, officials said.

The man, who was not identified, was detained Monday morning in the Civilian Control Line, a miles-wide zone along the border established after the Korean War to prevent skirmishes.


Officials in Iran and Iraq order aid rushed to areas hit by deadly magnitude 7.3 earthquake

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:10:00 PST

A 7.3 earthquake struck near the Iran-Iraq border, killing hundreds of people and injuring thousands.(image)

UCLA basketball players in China are 'doing fine' in hotel detention

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:50:00 PST

The three UCLA basketball players enmeshed in a legal fiasco in China emerged publicly for the first time Monday and a spokesman insisted they are “doing fine.”

LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley walked out of Hangzhou’s Hyatt Regency health club in Bruins workout gear and lumbered toward...


This Mexican village lives under a volcano — but it's earthquakes residents fear

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 04:00:00 PST

They live under the volcano, literally, but their fears are not focused on the latest torrents of smoke, ash and flaming stones belching from “Don Goyo” — as the Popocatepetl volcano is known in these parts, with equal measures of respect and affection, and surprisingly little dread.

“We are all...


At least 345 people killed and thousands injured in magnitude 7.3 earthquake near Iran-Iraq border

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 03:25:00 PST

Wailing survivors crowded hospital emergency rooms as rescue teams and sniffer dogs combed through rubble for bodies Monday following a powerful earthquake near the Iran-Iraq border that killed more than 340 people and left 6,300 injured, Iranian officials said.

The state-run Iranian Students News...


Trump's chief of staff: 'I do not follow the tweets'

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 19:05:00 PST

Hours after President Trump taunted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Twitter, suggesting he is "short and fat," the White House chief of staff insisted he doesn’t carefully follow Trump's comments on social media and tells other aides not to react to them.

"Someone, I read the other day, said...


Lebanese prime minister's TV interview does little to clear up mystery around resignation

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:40:00 PST

It was an appearance that many Lebanese hoped would explain the week’s bizarre events, in which Prime Minister Saad Hariri flew to Saudi Arabia, announced his resignation and triggered widespread speculation that he was being held against his will.

Instead, Hariri’s televised interview Sunday,...


Taiwan's military says a missing pilot didn't defect to China, but speculation blooms anyway

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 11:25:00 PST

A Taiwanese air force jet has been missing for five days, the military says, prompting speculation about what happened — including the possibility that the pilot defected to mainland China.

Military search-and-rescue crews, as well as Taiwan’s coast guard, have turned up no sign of the French-made...


Trump says Putin 'means it' when he says he didn't meddle in U.S. election

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 20:30:00 PST

President Trump on Saturday repeatedly defended Russian President Vladimir Putin against charges that the Russian government meddled in last year’s U.S. elections, apparently vouching for Putin’s assurances that there was no interference despite the U.S. intelligence community’s reports to the...