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Shortages hit Cuba, raising fears of new economic crisis

After two decades of relative stability fueled by cheap Venezuelan oil, shortages of food and medicine have once again become a serious daily problem for millions of Cubans.


London climate-change protesters to disrupt Heathrow Airport

Environmental protesters who have blocked London roads and bridges for more than three days said Thursday they plan to take their civil disobedience campaign to Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, at …


North Korea says it tested new weapon, wants Pompeo out of talks

North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon,” its first such test in nearly half a year, and demanded that Washington remove Secretary …


Investigators think electrical short-circuit likely caused Notre Dame fire

Paris police investigators think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, a police official said Thursday as France paid a daylong tribute to the firefighters …


UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 11:35 a.m.

Notre Dame fire raises fears for UK’s crumbling Parliament

For some Britons who watched Notre Dame burn so fiercely in Paris, the horror was mixed with apprehension. What happened to the French landmark this week could easily befall the …


Thousands protest in Sudan capital, demand civilian rule

Tens of thousands of protesters converged on the main sit-in in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Thursday to pressure the ruling military council to speed up the transition of …


E.U. threatens to tax $20 billion of U.S. goods over Boeing aid

The European Union has drawn up a list of $20 billion worth of U.S. products it could tax in an escalating feud over plane industry subsidies, the E.U.’s executive commission …


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 5:54 p.m.

Trump cracks down on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela

The Trump administration is stepping up its crackdown on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela – three countries that national security adviser John Bolton on Wednesday called the ‘three stooges of socialism’


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 12:33 p.m.

UK climate protesters block roads, glue themselves to train

Climate change protesters glued themselves to a train and blocked major London intersections Wednesday, on the third day of a civil disobedience campaign.


Official: Notre Dame faced ‘chain-reaction collapse’ in fire

Notre Dame Cathedral would have burned to the ground in a “chain-reaction collapse” had firefighters not moved as rapidly as they did to battle the blaze racing through the beloved …


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 12:12 p.m.

Greek PM says he will revive bid for German WWII reparations

Greece’s prime minister says his government will formally revive a long-standing demand for Germany to pay vast reparations for the World War II Nazi occupation.


Egypt schedules 3-day referendum on constitutional changes

Authorities on Wednesday scheduled three days of voting in a nationwide referendum starting Saturday on proposed changes to Egypt’s constitution that could see President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi remain in power until …


Long-lost Kafka works could emerge after messy legal battle

A long-hidden trove of unpublished works by Franz Kafka could soon be revealed following a decade-long battle over his literary estate that has drawn comparisons to some of his surreal …


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 8:14 p.m.

As police wait to arrest him, ex-Peru president kills self

Alan Garcia, a former Peruvian president whose first term in the 1980s was marred by financial chaos and rebel violence, and who was recently targeted in Latin America’s biggest corruption …


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 10:59 a.m.

Doubts rise over Macron’s 5-year plan to rebuild Notre Dame

Nearly $1 billion in donations have poured in for the vast restoration of the fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral – but a pledge by French President Emmanuel Macron that it will …


China’s economic growth steady amid tariff fight with US

China’s economic growth holds steady at 6.4% in latest quarter amid tariff war with US, other data show consumer, factory activity accelerating


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019, 6:17 p.m.

Trump vetoes measure to end US involvement in Yemen war

In a break with the president, Congress voted for the first time to invoke the War Powers Resolution to try and stop U.S. involvement in a foreign conflict.


Dog rescued while swimming 135 miles off Thailand

A dog found swimming more than 135 miles from shore by workers on an oil rig crew in the Gulf of Thailand has been returned safely to land.


UK police arrest more than 200 in climate change protests

Police say they have arrested more than 200 people after climate change protesters blocked major bridges and intersections in central London, bringing traffic to a standstill.


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019, 8:57 p.m.

Macron: France to rebuild Notre Dame ‘even more beautifully’

The inferno that raged through Notre Dame Cathedral for more than 12 hours destroyed its spire and its roof but spared its twin medieval bell towers, and a frantic rescue …


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019, 12:32 p.m.

Rebuilding Notre Dame will be long, fraught and expensive

Notre Dame in Paris is not the first great cathedral to suffer a devastating fire, and it probably won’t be the last. In a sense, that is good news. A …


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019, 5:14 p.m.

First Red Cross aid delivery lands in crisis-torn Venezuela

The first shipment of humanitarian aid from the Red Cross arrived in Venezuela on Tuesday, delivering medicine and supplies for needy patients in a country whose president has long denied …


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019, 9:21 a.m.

Donations flow in as crews assess damage to Notre Dame Cathedral

From certain angles on Tuesday, it was almost possible to look head-on at the front of Notre Dame, see its centuries-old rose windows and carved statues and imagine that all …


Who ruled the world? In ancient Egypt, often times it was a woman.

If you had 10 seconds to name a queen of ancient Egypt, who would it be? Probably Cleopatra, who was famous for her alliances with Roman leaders Julius Caesar and …


UPDATED: Mon., April 15, 2019, 2:55 p.m.

U.K. proposes banning social media ‘likes’ for children

Britain’s privacy regulator wants to stop kids from being able to “like” posts on Facebook and other social media sites as part of tough new rules it’s proposing to protect …


UPDATED: Mon., April 15, 2019, 6:19 p.m.

EU moves to limit focus of trade talks with U.S.

The European Union has approved its terms for negotiating a limited trade deal with the United States, setting up a possible showdown with Washington by refusing to include agricultural products …


South Korean president calls for 4th summit with Kim Jong Un

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday he’s ready for a fourth summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to help salvage faltering nuclear negotiations between the North and …


UN says 146 killed in Libya as Italy calls for cease-fire

At least 146 people have been killed since a Libyan military commander launched an offensive on the capital earlier this month, the U.N. said Monday, as Italy called for an …


Clandestine burial sites found as violence surges in Mexico

Mexican officials confirmed the discovery of up to 30 bodies in clandestine burial sites over the same weekend that they said some Red Cross ambulances will get armed escorts for …


Removal of fuel in pool at Fukushima’s melted reactor begins

The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant began removing fuel Monday from a cooling pool at one of three reactors that melted down in the 2011 disaster, a milestone …