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Michael Fallon, the British defense secretary, talks terrorism and Trump

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:45:00 PST

Britain has long been the United States’ closest and most important ally. At the Reagan National Defense Forum — a gathering last weekend of hundreds of defense industry executives and government officials at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley — its defense secretary, Michael...


German Chancellor Angela Merkel calls for ban on full-face veils and for fewer migrants

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:30:00 PST

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she knows her push for a fourth term in office will be her toughest campaign yet.

On Tuesday, in a distinct nod to voter angst over an enormous influx of mainly Muslim migrants, the 62-year-old leader for the first time endorsed legal restrictions on face-covering...


India mourns death of politician who inspired such devotion that her fans set themselves on fire

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 12:05:00 PST

India declared a national day of mourning, and thousands poured into the streets to grieve Tuesday following the death of Jayaram Jayalalithaa, a former teenage actress who climbed the male-dominated ranks of both film and politics to win five terms as leader of the southern state of Tamil Nadu.


Japanese leader Shinzo Abe to visit Pearl Harbor with Obama 

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:55:00 PST

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced plans Monday to visit Pearl Harbor, becoming the first sitting Japanese leader to visit the Hawaiian naval base since the 1941 attack that killed more than 2,400 people and led to America’s entry into World War II.

Abe’s decision to accompany President...


Italy hears echoes of Trump and Brexit as anti-establishment parties press their cause

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 14:40:00 PST

Anti-establishment parties are feeling emboldened after the defeat of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in a crucial referendum, demanding snap parliamentary elections in the wake of his resignation.

The Five Star Movement, which wants Italy to drop the euro currency, and the anti-migrant Northern...


New Islamic State spokesman urges fresh wave of attacks -- especially against Turkey

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 13:50:00 PST

Islamic State introduced a new spokesman Monday, exhorting its followers to rise up against its many enemies even as the group faces the prospect of losing vital territory in Iraq and Syria.

The debut of Abi Al Hassan Muhajer came in a 24-minute speech posted on social media. Replete with verses...


In China, American Apparel courts controversy - but not over what you'd expect

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 12:15:00 PST

American Apparel is no stranger to controversy. The Los Angeles-based clothing company has endured scandals regarding its risque advertisements and allegations of sexual harassment by its founder, Dov Charney.

Now, it has found itself in hot water over a different issue: Chinese sovereignty. 



This could be the week that ends Park Geun-hye's presidency in South Korea

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 11:50:00 PST

South Korean president Park Geun-hye, mired in an influence-peddling scandal and facing abysmal public-approval ratings, has apologized publicly three times and even hinted about leaving office early in an effort to stave off impeachment.

Yet the pressure continues building — and events this week...


Arrest of refugee in rape and slaying in Germany threatens Merkel's immigration policy

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 09:10:00 PST

The arrest of a 17-year-old Afghan refugee suspected of raping and killing a young German medical student turned into a political maelstrom Monday, with opponents pointing to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision last year to welcome more than a million migrants into the country.

Vice Chancellor...


How the Trump presidency could impact South American currency markets

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST

As it became clear the day of the U.S. presidential election that Donald Trump would win, currencies throughout South America began to lose value.

In Brazil, the region’s largest economy, the real has fallen more than 9% against the U.S. dollar since election day. 

The currencies in the next three...


Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas consolidates control over his party

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:00:00 PST

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas cemented his control over his political party, Fatah, on Sunday after 18 politicians loyal to him won spots on its powerful Central Committee. The vote capped a six-day conference of the party, which also saw a former West Bank security chief receive...


Another populist victory: Italian prime minister says he's resigning after referendum defeat

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:50:00 PST

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced his resignation early Monday, sending shock waves around Europe, after he was handed a resounding defeat in a referendum by anti-establishment voters.

The prime minister’s plan to slash the power of the Italian Senate to speed up lawmaking was voted...


Austrian right-wing populist loses again in presidential race

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:35:00 PST

Far-right populist Norbert Hofer, who had railed against migrants and Muslims while hoping for a tailwind from Donald Trump’s election last month, lost his bid to become Austria’s president on Sunday after a bitter 10-month-long election that raised tensions across Europe.

Alexander Van der Bellen,...


Iran says it won't walk away from the nuclear deal that Trump has threatened to 'dismantle'

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 09:30:00 PST

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized U.S. lawmakers on Sunday for, in his view, undermining a landmark nuclear agreement but said Tehran had no intention of abandoning the deal.

In a speech to parliament, Rouhani slammed a Senate vote last week to extend for 10 years a longstanding package...


China struggles to make sense of Trump and his phone call with Taiwan

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 17:15:00 PST

President-elect Donald Trump's surprise phone call with Taiwan’s president left many in China reeling over a perceived assault on the country’s sovereignty and questioning their assumptions about America’s future leader.

Although Trump repeatedly denounced China’s trade policies as unfair during...


Trump's call with the Taiwanese president was his latest break from diplomatic norms

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 16:00:00 PST

He praises enemies, he ignores allies, he upends decades of policy.

And Donald Trump hasn’t even been sworn in as president.

In a series of telephone calls with foreign leaders apparently eager to congratulate the president-elect, Trump has broken many of the rules that govern delicate matters...


Italy's prime minister says he'll resign if Sunday's referendum on political reforms goes against him

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 11:50:00 PST

Italians will vote in a referendum Sunday on reforms proposed by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi that would bring complex changes to Italy’s constitution, but which he says would streamline the country’s sluggish lawmaking and centralize state power.

Voter approval of Renzi’s plans could dramatically...


In Nigeria, schoolboys turned killers and came after their ex-teachers and students

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST

The killers came hunting their former teachers, gunning them down in their offices and in their classrooms. 

At the top of Boko Haram’s kill list: head teachers, examiners, primary school staff and science and geography teachers, whose curriculum contradicted the group’s flat-Earth ideology.



Trump speaks with Taiwanese president, possibly provoking China

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 21:05:00 PST

President-elect Donald Trump had a potentially provocative phone conversation Friday with Tsai Ing-wen, the president of Taiwan, which could upset delicate relations between the U.S. and the Chinese government.

It is believed to be the first call between a president or president-elect with a Taiwanese...


Europol warns of fresh terror threats to Europe

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:20:00 PST

Even as Islamic State loses ground in Iraq and Syria, its fighters still have the ability and the will to launch attacks in Europe, the European Union’s police agency warned Friday.

Several dozen fighters capable of committing terror attacks may already be present on the continent, and more are...


Gambia's president said he'd rule for a billion years. But voters decided otherwise

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:15:00 PST

It was the election result analysts predicted would never happen. And even if it did, everyone thought the mercurial president of the tiny West African nation of Gambia, who once said he would rule for a billion years, would cling to power.

Just last month, Yahya Jammeh, 51, declared that no mortal...


European far-right populist movements energized by Britain's 'Brexit' vote and Trump's victory

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:35:00 PST

The online denunciations pile up daily: Muslims can’t be trusted. Neither can the mainstream media. The elites have run amok. Institutions are out of touch with the will of the people.

It might sound a lot like the hubbub surrounding last month’s U.S. presidential vote. But this time, the balloting...


Not everyone's ready to make peace with the rebels in Colombia

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST

For most of her life, Natalia Jaramillo endured the abuses of living in a village controlled by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. The leftist guerrillas spied on her, told her when she could leave her house and forcibly recruited two cousins.

Her breaking point came one day in 2014 when...


Why U.S. airstrikes are still killing Syrian civilians even with the most high-tech targeting technology

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST

The sun had yet to rise over the northern Syrian village of Al Tokhar on July 19 when a U.S. airstrike obliterated much of the town, leveling adobe buildings and killing families as they slept.

Soon grisly photos of bloody corpses and grieving survivors began appearing on social media, alerting...


Trump picks retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as Defense secretary

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:35:00 PST

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen James N. Mattis, a highly respected retired Marine four-star general, to head the Defense Department, filling in a critical national security position in the emerging Cabinet.

Mattis served 44 years in the Marine Corps before he retired in 2013. He headed...