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Pope Francis heads to Egypt on Friday with a peace and mercy message for Muslims and Christians

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:40:00 PDT

In video posted online this week by the Vatican, Pope Francis sounds excited about his two-day trip to Egypt starting Friday, despite recent terrorist attacks.

“As salaam alaikum — peace be with you!…Thank you for having invited me to visit Egypt, which you call Umm al Dunya, Mother of the World,”...


German army officer posed for months as a Syrian refugee and planned an attack, prosecutors say

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:15:00 PDT

A German army officer posed for months as a Syrian with the aim of carrying out a violent attack he hoped would be blamed on refugees, prosecutors said after the 28-year-old’s arrest on Thursday.

The first lieutentant — identified in German media reports only as "Franco A." — had managed to fulfill...


In act of defiance, Venezuela may become first country to withdraw from Organization of American States

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:00:00 PDT

Venezuela is expected Thursday to formally begin the process of withdrawing from the Organization of American States, the hemispheric cooperation group based in Washington, after the country’s leaders accused the body of interference in domestic affairs.

The decision comes amid monthlong marches,...


The pope is coming to the Middle East. But Christians are heading for the exits

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:20:00 PDT

After thousands of years of history, Christians have never been more under attack than in today's Middle East.(image)

Syria blames Israel for missile attack near Damascus International Airport

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:10:00 PDT

It’s another in a series of attacks whose aftermath has solidified into a routine diplomatic dance.

Syria’s army accused Israel of “launching several missiles from inside the occupied territories at dawn on Thursday,” which struck a “military position” near Damascus International Airport, according...


Trump says U.S. will not withdraw from NAFTA

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:05:00 PDT

President Trump on Wednesday told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to do just that.

The White House made the surprise announcement in a...


Full Senate, in rare move, goes to White House grounds for classified North Korea briefing

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:35:00 PDT

The Trump administration, filling the week with warnings over North Korea, is seeking to send a message to the government of Kim Jong Un and the world — and to reach an audience at home as well, with a rare White House hosting of the entire U.S. Senate as the president nears 100 days in office.


Iran convicted two U.S. citizens of espionage. Their relatives are pressing Trump for help

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:05:00 PDT

Relatives of U.S. citizens jailed in Iran are trying to press the Trump administration to secure their release as worries grow over the health of an imprisoned father and son.

Baquer and Siamak Namazi, convicted of espionage in a secret trial six months ago, are being held in a section of Tehran’s...


Turkey's opposition party to challenge referendum on expanding presidential powers at European Court

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:15:00 PDT

The question now is whether Europe can and will step in to keep Turkey’s leader from expanding his powers.

Turkey’s main opposition party announced Wednesday it will challenge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s April 16 referendum victory to replace the country’s parliamentary democracy with an all-powerful...


Syrian chemical attack bears Assad's signature, France says

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:45:00 PDT

France’s foreign ministry says deadly sarin gas used in a chemical attack in Syria this month that killed 87 people “bears the signature” of President Bashar Assad’s government.

A six-page report by French intelligence services claims the nerve agent came from hidden stockpiles of chemical weapons...


He lost a leg to a shark. Now he's trying to save the species

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

A decade ago, Achmat Hassiem and his younger brother were playing the part of drowning swimmers in a routine lifesavers’ drill when they spotted a huge dorsal fin speeding toward them in the chilly waters of False Bay, a major habitat of the great white shark.

The 16-foot shark was headed for his...


Heavily armed gang storms security company in Paraguay and runs off with millions of dollars

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:35:00 PDT

The robbers numbered about 50 and came armed with high-caliber weapons, grenades, dynamite and caltrops, those spiked devices designed to puncture tires.

The Paraguayan government says they escaped by water as well as land, and when their assault on an armored car company was done, they made off...


French candidates call a brief truce as France honors officer killed by Champs-Elysees gunman

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:50:00 PDT

The two candidates in France’s hotly contested presidential election called a brief truce Tuesday to honor a police officer gunned down last week on the Champs-Elysees.

Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and the far right’s Marine Le Pen attended an emotional memorial ceremony for Xavier Jugele,...


Groans and hisses in Berlin as Ivanka Trump defends her father as champion of women, families

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:20:00 PDT

Pushing back against jeers from a skeptical audience in Berlin after she called her father a “champion of families,” Ivanka Trump told German Chancellor Angela Merkel and others on a high-powered panel discussion she participated in Tuesday that President Trump firmly believes that women can do...


After GM flees their country, Venezuelans take sides over who is to blame

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

The assembly lines stopped whirling years ago. Now weeds blanket the factory grounds.

Like so much in this country destabilized by political and economic turmoil, the General Motors plant here in one of Venezuela’s largest cities no longer functions. It stopped producing cars in late 2015.



'Oui, oui, oui!': At Marine Le Pen's victory party when she won a spot in France's presidential runoff

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:15:00 PDT

As the clock on the main television news channel ticked toward early projected results at 8 p.m., a loud countdown began around the room: trois … deux … un. There was the briefest of pauses before, at the top of the hour, far-right leader Marine Le Pen’s picture flashed on all the screens.

A roar...


Meet the man who could become France's youngest president

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:40:00 PDT

After a year of electoral shocks around the globe, France delivered its own surprise when political neophyte and centrist Emmanuel Macron topped 10 other candidates in the first round of presidential voting.

Suddenly, an obscure former investment banker who has never been elected to political office...


Top Afghan defense officials resign after Taliban attack that killed more than 100 soldiers

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:55:00 PDT

Afghanistan’s defense minister and army chief stepped down Monday amid growing outrage over the deaths of more than 100 soldiers in one of the deadliest Taliban attacks of the 16-year war.

President Ashraf Ghani accepted the resignations of Defense Minister Abdullah Habibi and Qadam Shah Shaheem,...


International Criminal Court filing accuses Philippines' Duterte of carrying out 'national bloodbath'

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:45:00 PDT

A Filipino lawyer filed a complaint Monday with the International Criminal Court accusing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte of crimes against humanity and mass murder — charges stemming from his war on drugs, which has left thousands dead.

The complaint, filed with the court in The Hague, blames...


Among worldwide Armenian genocide observances, Lebanon's is first among equals

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:20:00 PDT

The thump of the bass drum reverberated through the neighborhood.

It was the cue for the dozens of young scouts in two-tone uniforms to take their positions in a procession through Beirut’s Christian quarter to the Patriarchate of the Armenian Catholic Church.

The solemn march Monday afternoon...


China's Xi urges Trump to use caution in handling North Korea

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:50:00 PDT

Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Monday implored President Trump to show restraint toward North Korea, repeating a plea for patience amid signs the isolated nation is preparing for another nuclear test.

The two spoke by phone for the second time this month, and following a face-to-face meeting in Florida....


Italy offers a glimpse of the international concern over violent extremism in prisons

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:30:00 PDT

During a phone conversation intercepted by Italian police, one prison inmate’s wife told her husband in no uncertain terms how incarceration was changing him for the worse.

“You are hanging around with stupid people!” Caterina Hmidi told her husband, Saber, who was at Rome’s Regina Coeli Jail....


Dodging rubble is one thing — in Mosul, cyclists contend with mortars and gunfire too

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:00:00 PDT

Biking through the rubble-choked streets of this besieged city’s west side, Mohammed Kamal Mahmoud paused to explain his family’s criteria for venturing out aboard its battered, mud-caked, three-speed cycle.

“When the airstrikes are heavy, we are not driving it around,” the mechanic said. As he...


North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen, potentially raising tensions

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:15:00 PDT

North Korean authorities have reportedly detained a U.S. citizen, raising the total number of Americans known to be held in North Korea to three and potentially deepening animosities between Washington and Pyongyang at an already tense moment.

North Korean officials detained Tony Kim, an academic...


Macron and Le Pen are now in a battle for the soul of France

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:05:00 PDT

France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen took her party to within reach of power on Sunday with a second-place finish in the country’s presidential election that catapulted her into a runoff with centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron.

The result pits the "French-first" Le Pen, who is staunchly anti-immigrant...