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With its Arab neighbors uncharacteristically quiet, Israel seeks to stem crisis

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:45:00 PDT

Seeking to defuse rising tensions with Muslims over access to a holy shrine in Jerusalem, the Israeli Cabinet announced early Tuesday that it would remove metal detectors it had placed at the entrance to the site after a deadly attack by Israeli Arab gunmen there this month.

Photographs posted...


'For Charlie, it's too late': Parents of British baby abandon legal fight to get treatment in U.S.

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:25:00 PDT

Quiet sobs reverberated in a London courtroom Monday as the parents of the terminally ill baby Charlie Gard told a judge they had decided to let their “sweet, gorgeous and innocent” boy go and were withdrawing a bid to take him to the United States for experimental treatment.

Bowing to the consensus...


Journalism is under siege in Turkey as trial begins for 17 defendants from leading newspaper

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:35:00 PDT

Hundreds of activists, lawyers and observers packed an Istanbul courthouse Monday as prosecutors began laying out an indictment against 17 people from Turkey’s leading secular newspaper, Cumhuriyet, including its senior editorial staff.

The defendants are alleged to be a part of various terror...


At least 24 killed, 42 wounded in car bombing in Kabul

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:40:00 PDT

A car bomb exploded in Kabul on Monday morning, striking a minibus carrying Afghan government employees and killing at least 24 people, officials said.

Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry said 42 other people were wounded, all but one of them outside the bus.

The Toyota Corolla packed with explosives...


How an L.A. native learned to stop worrying and love — OK, tolerate — India's monsoon

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

After the stultifying heat of April and May, Indians greet the onset of the annual monsoon like a long-lost relative, racing outside to be showered in its affections or gazing at it tenderly through a window while sipping hot tea.

This, at least, is the response of characters in movies and television...


An outspoken researcher of Stalin's crimes fights for his own fate and freedom in Russia

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:00:00 PDT

A small clearing in a dense northwestern Russian forest marks the site where, 20 years ago, Yuri Dmitriev discovered a group of mass graves containing victims of Josef Stalin’s Great Terror.

Using detailed documents uncovered in KGB archives, Dmitriev was able to piece together the location where...


Israeli security Cabinet meets to reconsider metal detectors at sacred Jerusalem plaza

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 19:20:00 PDT

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu huddled with Cabinet ministers Sunday to reconsider the placement of metal detectors at the entrance to a sacred Jerusalem plaza, which touched off a wave of deadly Palestinian unrest and a diplomatic crisis for Israel.

Palestinian leaders and Israel’s Arab neighbors...


Conflict among Syrian forces may draw U.S. into proxy fight

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:50:00 PDT

American-backed Syrian opposition fighters were standing watch against Islamic State militants from atop a water tower earlier this month when they were shocked to face a barrage of mortar shells — not from militants, but from the Syrian army.

“We are fighting ISIS. They are fighting ISIS. Why...


Confused by all those groups fighting in Syria? We break it down with arm patches

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:50:00 PDT

Opposition forces have united in eastern Syria against Islamic State with U.S. backing as the Syrian Democratic Forces, but they still wear the signature badges and insignia of their militias(image)

Israeli troops on high alert as violent protests continue in Jerusalem

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:50:00 PDT

East Jerusalem continued to smolder Saturday after one of the worst days of Israeli-Palestinian unrest in years. Masked youths clashed with riot police on streets littered with stones hurled by rioters and shops were shuttered to protest violence that left three Palestinians dead the day before...


Errant U.S. airstrike kills 16 Afghan police officers in Helmand province, officials say

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:15:00 PDT

A U.S. airstrike mistakenly hit an Afghan police unit in the southern province of Helmand, killing 16 police officers and wounding two others, the provincial governor’s office said Saturday.

The Pentagon confirmed that coalition forces had launched the errant strike on Friday near the town of Gereshk,...


Mexico's bloody drug war is killing more people than ever

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Drug war bloodshed in Mexico has spiked to record levels, with more homicides recorded in June than in any month in at least two decades.

Prosecutors opened 2,234 homicide investigations last month, according to government statistics released Friday. That’s an increase of 40% over June of last...


Abbas freezes relations with Israel after deadly clashes over Jerusalem shrine

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:45:00 PDT

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday froze ties with Israel hours after clashes with Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem and the West Bank left three Palestinians dead and hundreds injured, in one of the worst days of unrest in years.

Three Israelis were stabbed to death...


Gustavo Dudamel speaks out on Venezuela's constitution fight: ‘The present is the future’

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:55:00 PDT

“You know, I didn’t want to speak out,” Gustavo Dudamel said in a short interview in his office at Walt Disney Concert Hall. He’d just taken part in a conversation at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Take a Stand” symposium, which brings together administrators, teachers and young musicians from...


Shootout raises anew specter of cartels in Mexico City

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:30:00 PDT

It was still daylight when a Mexican military patrol was attacked on the city streets, leading to what authorities described as a fierce firefight with a heavily armed gang.

Soon the Internet and newspapers were showing images of the gory aftermath: the bloodstained bodies of the gang leader and...


State Department will ban U.S. citizens from traveling to North Korea

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:15:00 PDT

The State Department said Friday it will prohibit U.S. citizens from traveling to North Korea starting late next month, citing the risk of arrest and imprisonment by the authoritarian regime in Pyongyang.

The decision by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson bars use of U.S. passports "to travel in,...


Italy struggles with an influx of migrants trying to find their way

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:40:00 PDT

The teenager, after traveling alone from Nigeria to Italy, was living in a migrant reception center in the city of Catania waiting for word about her request for asylum.

Jennifer Oyakhilome said she arrived more than a year ago, having fled poverty and violence in her home country. She felt both...


Trump said he left his seat at G-20 dinner because the Japanese first lady spoke no English. She's pretty fluent

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:35:00 PDT

It’s yet another element of mystery concerning President Trump and Vladimir Putin — this one centering on the quality of dinner-party chitchat.

Trump says he went over to speak with the Russian president during a dinner in Germany earlier this month because he was unable to speak to his seat mate,...


Crisis over Jerusalem holy site intensifies ahead of Friday prayers

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Days of escalating clashes and a diplomatic crisis over recently installed Israeli metal detectors at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City are stoking concern of a new wave of violence ahead of Friday prayers.

Girding for a surge of friction at noontime prayers on the Muslim day...


Ukraine's separatists propose a new country: Little Russia. Kremlin denies any involvement

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:50:00 PDT

The Russian government said it was taken by surprise Tuesday when the rebel leader of a breakaway region of eastern Ukraine proposed the creation of a new nation-state called Malorossiya, or Little Russia.

The head of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, told reporters...


Youths protest violence, 'emerging dictatorship' as the Philippines' Duterte seeks to extend martial law

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:45:00 PDT

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has cursed world leaders, threatened to kill criminals and promised to eat the livers of terrorists, but Shibby de Guzman and her friends don’t seem intimidated.

Shibby, a 13-year-old ninth-grader, and other young activists are calling for the end of extrajudicial...


Iran's latest culture battle: Should women in cars keep their heads covered?

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:05:00 PDT

Reihane Taravati, an outspoken social media activist, was riding in a taxi the other day when she received a stern reprimand from the driver.

Unbeknownst to Taravati, 26, her headscarf — which Iranian women are required to wear as a show of modesty — had slipped down the back of her head, leaving...


A 42-foot, 660-pound balloon is a symbol of Brazil's problems

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

When “Pixuleco” made his first public appearance at a Brasilia protest in August 2015, he became an instant star.

The 42-foot, 660-pound inflatable version of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, complete with a black-and-white striped prison jumpsuit, drew not only stares, but...


After Trump reluctantly certifies Iran is obeying nuclear deal, he slaps it with new sanctions

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:50:00 PDT

A day after certifying that Iran is obeying international restrictions on its nuclear program, the Trump administration went in the opposite direction Tuesday and slapped new sanctions on Tehran for unrelated alleged transgressions.

The Treasury Department blacklisted 18 people and entities for...


Singapore is orderly, civil — and aghast over a family feud

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:35:00 PDT

Paint is chipping off the two-story house at 38 Oxley Road. If not for the empty white guard posts, few could tell it housed the man who built Singapore into a global symbol of order and opportunity.

Now this modest former residence of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founder and first prime minister,...