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Pope Francis, in Chile, apologizes for sexual abuse by priests

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:40:00 PST

Pope Francis on Tuesday opened his weeklong visit to Chile and Peru with a somber apology for sexual abuse by priests, a scandal that has roiled the Catholic Church.

"I cannot help but express the pain and shame, shame that I feel over the irreparable harm caused to children by church ministers,"...


The long fight of the Mapuche people at times has turned violent. Pope Francis is about to get involved

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 04:00:00 PST

Pope Francis will step into the middle of one of South America’s longest-running conflicts Wednesday when he visits the largely indigenous Araucania region of Chile.

In the century and a half since they were conquered by Chile’s military, the Mapuche people have continued to resist, demanding greater...


Vietnam’s corruption crackdown is targeting the powerful. Has it gone too far?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

The world learned of Vietnam’s anti-corruption drive on a warm summer day in Berlin, when park goers reportedly watched as agents crammed a Vietnamese oil executive into a car.

Germany accused the Vietnamese Embassy of helping kidnap Trinh Xuan Thanh, former chairman of a construction company tied...


At the busiest airport in South America, a cat-and-mouse game to catch cocaine smugglers

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

The airport in Sao Paulo, the largest in Latin America, has become a prime location for smuggling cocaine.(image)

Mexican journalist is stabbed 21 times in front of his family

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:55:00 PST

Carlos Dominguez was waiting at a traffic light in the northern Mexico border city of Nuevo Laredo with his son, his daughter-in-law and his grandchildren when men armed with knives flung open the car door.

Dominguez, a 77-year-old opinion columnist who had worked as a journalist for nearly four...


Pope Francis arrives in Chile for weeklong trip focused on the poor, the rainforest and indigenous people

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:35:00 PST

Pope Francis arrived here in the Chilean capital Monday evening to start a weeklong swing through Chile and Peru in which he is expected to highlight the plight of indigenous peoples, the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and the precarious status of immigrants and the poor.

In an eleventh-hour...


North Korea is playing a new tune as it gears up for the Winter Olympics

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:15:00 PST

The parties negotiating North Korea’s role in the Winter Olympics secured a promising but vague deal last week, and agreed to settle the details before the Games begin next month.

One key detail — at least for the North — emerged Monday.

The totalitarian nation plans to send a 140-member orchestra...


Rogue police officer known as Venezuelan Rambo is cornered by government

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:05:00 PST

Venezuelan authorities said Monday they had surrounded and captured members of a rebel group whose leader hijacked a helicopter in June and dropped grenades on the Supreme Court and Interior Ministry. His fate was unclear.

According to an Interior Ministry press release, police surrounded a house...


U.S. must accept a new, multipolar world order, Russian foreign minister says

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:35:00 PST

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sharply criticized the United States for being a destabilizing force in the world, saying Washington was provoking North Korea into a military confrontation and attempting to derail the Iran nuclear agreement.

Despite the Kremlin’s attempts to rebuild bilateral...


Pope will highlight indigenous issues and the Amazon during his trip to South America

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

Pope Francis on Monday begins a weeklong visit to Chile and Peru that is expected to highlight the plight of the continent’s indigenous peoples, the decimation of the Amazon rainforests and the struggles of immigrants and the poor.

The trip will mark the Argentine pope’s fourth visit to South America,...


Israel says it destroyed 'attack tunnel' that went from Gaza into Israel and Egypt

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 15:20:00 PST

It was an unusual and terse announcement: "In accordance with current assessments," the Israel army said on Saturday, the Kerem Shalom Crossing would be closed the next day. There was no further explanation.

Kerem Shalom is one of the Gaza Strip’s few lifelines to the outer world and the principal...


African immigrants are more educated than most — including people born in U.S.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 19:15:00 PST

Lots of the news from sub-Saharan Africa is about war, famine, poverty or political upheaval. So it’s understandable if many Americans think most Africans who immigrate to the United States are poorly educated and desperate.

That’s the impression that President Trump left with his comments to members...


Africans react with anger — and some humor — to Trump's crude remark about immigrants

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:45:00 PST

The anger was swift and the shock not surprising, but the humor — spontaneous social media posts of breathtaking images of African savannas, sunsets and wildlife tagged with the word “shithole” — drove home a point about making sweeping generalizations of an entire continent.

President Trump himself...


Pakistan, U.S. try to soothe tensions over aid suspension

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:35:00 PST

In the weeks since the Trump administration withheld nearly $1 billion in security aid for Pakistan, Washington and Islamabad officials have been working to patch things up and avert a dangerous deterioration in their often troubled relationship.

Several U.S. officials have held talks with senior...


As Trump moves closer to autocrats, the nation's 'special relationship' with Britain is on the rocks

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:30:00 PST

They love him in Saudi Arabia. Britain? Not so much.

President Trump has shared warm photo-ops with autocrats from Riyadh to Beijing and Manila. But the century-old special bond with Britain, America's most celebrated world partnership, is more frigid than it’s been in decades. And now Trump has...


Trump keeps Iran nuclear deal intact but adds unrelated sanctions on Tehran

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:30:00 PST

President Trump agreed Friday to extend sanctions waivers on Iran to keep the landmark nuclear disarmament deal intact, but vowed to quickly withdraw from what he called “the disastrously flawed” accord unless it is significantly revised.

“No one should doubt my word,” Trump said in a harshly worded,...


Kremlin accuses U.S. of anti-Russia fearmongering after State Department travel warning

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:20:00 PST

Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Friday accused the U.S. State Department of cultivating “blind fear of Russia among Americans” after the department issued a travel warning this week urging U.S. citizens to reconsider visits to the country.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed the...


Beijing won't like it, but Congress may foster closer ties with Taiwan

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

Relations between the United States and Taiwan have long been based on a sort of diplomatic sleight of hand.

Officially, there is no U.S. ambassador to Taiwan, which mainland China considers a renegade province. Unofficially, the United States maintains a quasi-governmental entity called the American...


Why the State Department said these 5 Mexican states were unsafe for travel

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:45:00 PST

The State Department issued "do not travel" warnings for five Mexican states - the northeastern border state of Tamaulipas and the Pacific coast states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan and Sinaloa.(image)

Palestinian leaders threaten to withdraw formal recognition of Israel

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:20:00 PST

It was a historic day for the Middle East and a U.S.-backed effort to bring peace. On Sept. 9, 1993, the Palestine Liberation Organization recognized “the right of the State of Israel to exist in peace and security.”

Now, more than two decades later — as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence prepares...


South Korea's president appears to be threading the needle between Kim Jong Un and Trump

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:15:00 PST

The Korean peninsula over the years has been a shrimp between whales, a proverbial reference to its unwitting involvement in other nations’ disputes.

A slightly different version of that history repeated itself this week.

In striking a deal for North Korean participation in the upcoming Winter...


Distrusting China’s medical system, patients turn to U.S. doctors online

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

The doctor told Renee Gao’s parents that the tumor in their teenager’s chest wasn’t disappearing. The girl would need a costly operation that could leave her sterile — if she survived.

Then he ushered them out.

Gao Jiang and Yu Wenmei had dragged their ailing daughter across this capital city of...


The U.S. tells citizens not to travel to five Mexican states

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:30:00 PST

Weeks after Mexico logged its deadliest year on record, the United States urged its citizens not to visit five violence-ridden Mexican states, placing them in the same danger category as war-torn Somalia, Afghanistan and Syria.

In an advisory made public Wednesday, the State Department issued “do...


As new deadline looms, Trump is expected to stay in Iran nuclear deal despite reservations

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:25:00 PST

With new deadlines looming, President Trump plans to again refuse to certify to Congress that the Iranian nuclear disarmament deal is America’s best interest — but will stop short of reimposing energy sanctions that could kill the landmark accord, according to a U.S. official involved in the process...


Iran suspends death penalty for some drug crimes, potentially sparing thousands on death row

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:10:00 PST

Iran has lifted the death penalty for certain nonviolent drug offenses, relaxing some of the world’s harshest laws on drug crimes and potentially sparing the lives of thousands of death row inmates.

An amended narcotics law directs judges to suspend executions for 5,000 people convicted of drug-related...