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Coverage of the top world news stories from across the globe, including politics, breaking news and opinion.

Last Build Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2017 05:26:12 -0700

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On eve of Hong Kong's 20th anniversary under Chinese rule, many residents wonder what's to celebrate

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:45:00 PDT

Reminders are everywhere, even underfoot. Stairs at Hong Kong parks, glued with Chinese floral prints, help mark an anniversary many refuse to celebrate.

Hong Kong will commemorate 20 years under Chinese rule Saturday, honoring the rainy night Britain returned the territory and ended a century...


As the world focuses on its nuclear ambitions, North Korea deploys another weapon: Drones

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:00:00 PDT

Earlier this month, a resident in a rural province of South Korea found a small, sky-blue unmanned plane perched nose-up against a tree in a remote forest.

The drone belonged to the North Korean military and apparently had flown south for five hours, capturing images of a sensitive new U.S. anti-missile...


South Korea’s president to meet President Trump this week amid grave concerns over North Korea

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:10:00 PDT

South Korea’s newly elected president is in Washington this week, hoping to build a relationship with President Trump and pave the way for cooperation on North Korea’s advancing nuclear threat.

Moon Jae-in, a liberal whose election could alter his country’s posture toward both the totalitarian...


Dissident officer steals helicopter, fires shots and throws grenades on Venezuelan government buildings

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:10:00 PDT

Maduro says helicopter fired at Venezuela's Supreme Court(image)

Cyberattack using data-scrambling software causes disruptions in Europe

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:05:00 PDT

A cyberattack that started in Ukraine before rippling across Europe on Tuesday had security experts racing to understand the intent of the latest computer virus to spook global Internet users.

The so-called Petya virus bore some resemblance to a growing wave of international ransomware attacks...


Half a century of conflict in Colombia comes to close as FARC rebels disarm

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:55:00 PDT

In a ceremony that once seemed unimaginable, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, finished disarming on Tuesday as part of last year’s historic peace deal. With that, it officially morphed from an insurgent group that wrought violent havoc for more than half a century to a political...


Warning on Syria's chemical weapons is test of Trump's credibility, and of intelligence community he attacks

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:45:00 PDT

The Trump administration has sent the kind of dire warning — that Syria is planning another chemical weapons attack and would pay “a heavy price” if it followed through — that requires a credible messenger to have a receptive national and foreign audience.

Yet the initial bafflement among U.S....


Ivanka Trump leads U.S. condemnation of China and other countries for human trafficking

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:10:00 PDT

Ivanka Trump led U.S. condemnation Tuesday of China and several other countries for failing to fight the scourge of international human trafficking, the 21st century version of slavery, marking a shift for a White House sometimes accused of indifference to human rights.

In the State Department’s...


How dinner with a lesbian couple changed Angela Merkel's position on same-sex marriage

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:15:00 PDT

Chancellor Angela Merkel surprised Germans and her own conservative party just three months before the Sept. 24 election by abruptly signaling her support for same-sex marriage — a major shift for the normally cautious leader.

Even though Germany, generally considered progressive on social issues,...


Coalition investigating whether airstrike killed civilians at Syrian prison

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:15:00 PDT

Syrian activists say a coalition airstrike Monday on an Islamic State prison in eastern Syria killed dozens of prisoners.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based group that monitors the country’s civil war through local sources, said the dawn strike killed 42 prisoners and 15 militants...


Sergey Kislyak, D.C.'s most famous — or infamous — ambassador, on his way out

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:25:00 PDT

Remarkably fresh despite the tropical heat, Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was doing what he does best: hobnobbing in a room full of diplomats and dignitaries.

Only the setting was unusual for the most famous — or infamous — foreign envoy assigned to Washington in decades. He was in Cancun,...


Prime Minister Theresa May unveils details of her 'Brexit' plan for EU nationals in Britain

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:30:00 PDT

Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday attempted to allay the fears of European nationals living in Britain, saying they would not be forced to pack their bags once the country exits the European Union.

“We want you to stay,” she told the roughly 3 million EU citizens who live and work in Britain...


They're killing babies and torching villages: Who is behind the Democratic Republic of Congo's ugly new war?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:00:00 PDT

More than 3300 people have died in new fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as a stubborn president clings to power(image)

With 'no one to talk to,' allies and adversaries try unconventional means — including a beauty pageant — to communicate with the U.S. government

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:00:00 PDT

The State Department long has been the key to American diplomacy abroad, while leaders in foreign capitals used well-trodden channels at Foggy Bottom to contact their counterparts in Washington.

But under President Trump’s approach to foreign policy, that has changed.

“There’s just no one to talk...


China's jailed Nobel laureate is granted parole after terminal cancer diagnosis

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 03:45:00 PDT

Chinese authorities released detained dissident and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo on medical parole after he was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer, his lawyer said Monday.

Liu, 61, is receiving treatment at a hospital in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang, according to his lawyer Mo Shaoping.


Israel abandons deal on prayer at Western Wall, angering liberal Jews

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:00:00 PDT

Israel’s government on Sunday scrapped a compromise to allow pluralist prayer at the Western Wall holy site in Jerusalem, bowing to pressure from ultra-religious parties in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition and angering liberal Jewish denominations with large followings in North America.


More than 150 dead after Pakistan oil truck ignites, engulfing villagers who rushed to collect leaking fuel

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PDT

More than 150 people were killed Sunday in Pakistan when an oil tanker overturned, a crowd rushed in to collect fuel and the truck exploded, police said.

The tanker flipped over on a highway in the city of Bahawalpur in Punjab province at about 6 a.m. Seeing fuel spilling onto the road, villagers...


Mexican soccer fans are reluctant to give up a favorite chant — an anti-gay slur

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 03:00:00 PDT

They’ve been begged by star players to stop it, fined repeatedly, and threatened with dramatic sanctions that could hurt their national team’s chances in the World Cup.

But Mexican soccer fans have been loath to give up their favorite game-day chant, a homophobic slur that has been condemned by...


Apartment building evacuations continue in London in wake of deadly fire

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:35:00 PDT

The evacuation of hundreds of London public housing residents from their apartments rolled on Saturday as the fallout from Britain's deadliest fire in generations continued to intensify and turn into a full-blown crisis.

More than a week after a council-owned west London residential tower block...


Chinese authorities put the brakes on a surge in live streaming

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:20:00 PDT

It’s becoming a common refrain.

A new social networking technology takes China by storm. Its users outsmart the censors, ushering in an era of relative freedom. And then, almost inevitably, the Communist Party begins to feel threatened and shuts it down.

Thus is the story of live-streaming apps....


Canadian sniper kills an Islamic State fighter from more than 2 miles away, a record shot

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:20:00 PDT

Imagine taking a rifle to the end zone of a football field, peering through your scope at a target 38 football fields away, then squeezing the trigger and hitting that target. That’s a two-mile shot.

If you’re in Los Angeles, that’s like shooting from the roof of Staples Center and hitting a target...


Attacks in three Pakistani cities leave at least 85 people dead, many injured

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:55:00 PDT

A series of attacks in three Pakistani cities Friday left at least 61 people dead and many injured, authorities said.

A suicide bomber in the city of Quetta killed at least 12 people and injured about 20, officials said. Some of the injured were hospitalized in critical condition.

The injured groaned...


Voices grow louder in Turkey to convert Hagia Sophia from a museum back to mosque

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:50:00 PDT

As the time for afternoon prayers approaches, Onder Soy puts on a white robe and cap and switches on the microphone in a small 19th century room adjoining the Hagia Sophia.

Soon, Soy’s melodic call to prayer rings out over a square filled with tourists hurrying to visit some of Turkey’s most famous...


Will Qatar agree to Arab countries' new list of demands? Unlikely

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:45:00 PDT

Four Arab countries locked in a blockade of Qatar since June 5 have issued a list of 13 demands posted online by Doha-based Al Jazeera that the Persian Gulf nation is unlikely to accept:

1) Scale back diplomatic ties with Iran; close Iranian diplomatic missions in Qatar; expel members of Iran's...


More than 200,000 people wait in limbo as the Philippines fights Islamic State's allies in Mindanao

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:25:00 PDT

In an evacuation center filled with parents running after scampering children and adults huddled together on mats, Saipoding Mariga stood alone.

He spent his days wandering aimlessly, trying to pass time while waiting for word about his wife, Geraldine. She was trapped in their home in the city...