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UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m.

Putin suspends Russian obligations under key nuclear pact

President Vladimir Putin on Monday suspended Russia’s participation in a key nuclear arms treaty, in response to Washington’s decision to withdraw.


Trump symbolically tightens embargo on Cuba

The Trump administration announced Monday that it is symbolically tightening the six-decade trade embargo on Cuba by allowing lawsuits against Cuban companies using properties confiscated after its 1959 revolution.


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

Pope: Vatican next year to open archives on wartime Pius XII

Declaring that the church “isn’t afraid of history,” Pope Francis said Monday he has decided to open up the Vatican archives on World War II-era Pope Pius XII, who has …


US closes Jerusalem consulate, demoting Palestinian mission

US officially shutters its consulate in Jerusalem, downgrading the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by folding it into the U.S. Embassy to Israel.


Egypt’s top cleric calls polygamy ‘injustice,’ draws debate

Egypt’s top Muslim cleric has stirred up controversy after saying that polygamy is an “injustice” for women.


UPDATED: Sun., March 3, 2019, 8:49 p.m.

Xi firmly in charge as China turns to legislative season

Chinese leader Xi Jinping appears firmly in charge despite a slowing economy, ongoing trade war with the U.S. and rumbles of discontent over his concentration of power.


Adviser says Trump ‘gave nothing away’ in North Korea talks

WASHINGTON – The White House national security adviser on Sunday described President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a success despite the lack of an …


China considers legal changes on technology to placate U.S.

China’s ceremonial legislature is due to endorse a law meant to help end a bruising tariff war with Washington by discouraging officials from pressuring foreign companies to hand over technology.


Brazil’s Lula leaves prison for grandson’s funeral

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has temporarily left prison to attend his 7-year-old grandson’s funeral


South Korea, U.S. end springtime military drills to back diplomacy

South Korea and the U.S. are ending their massive springtime military drills as part of efforts to support diplomacy aimed at resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis


Tens of thousands march in anti-racism rally in Milan

Tens of thousands of people have marched in Italy’s financial capital against policies by the populist government that they say promote racism.


8 killed in India-Pakistan fighting amid high tensions

Indian and Pakistani soldiers have again targeted each other’s posts and villages along their volatile frontier in disputed Kashmir, killing at least six civilians and two Pakistani troops, officials said …


U.S. ambassador to UK slams critics of American agriculture

The U.S. ambassador to Britain has attacked what he described as a “smear” campaign against American agriculture by interests with a protectionist agenda.


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 1:20 p.m.

Thousands march against Algeria president’s bid for 5th term

Tens of thousands of protesters marched through Algeria’s capital Friday against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth term, surging past a barricade and defying repeated volleys of tear …


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 1:14 p.m.

With four weeks to go, there’s calm within the Brexit storm

Britain and the European Union are set to formally divorce before the month is out – but the mood in London and Brussels in Friday was less frenzied than it …


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

Chemical weapons watchdog says chlorine was used in Douma

The global chemical weapons watchdog said Friday it found “reasonable grounds” that chlorine was used as a weapon in an attack on the Syrian town of Douma last year.


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Pakistan hands captured Indian pilot back to India

Pakistani officials handed over a captured Indian pilot to a border crossing with India on Friday in a “gesture of peace” promised by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan amid a …


US military says airstrike in Somalia kills 26 al-Shabab

The United States military on Friday said it had killed 26 fighters with the al-Shabab extremist group with an airstrike in central Somalia, after a pair of strikes earlier this …


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 5:58 p.m.

Science vessel for ocean mission arrives in Seychelles

The science vessel of British-based Nekton Mission arrived in the Seychelles on Friday to begin the first stage of a multi-year mission to explore the depths of the Indian Ocean …


Scientists see evidence of underground lakes system on Mars

Scientists say images of craters taken by European and American space probes show there likely once was a planet-wide system of underground lakes on Mars.


State Department offers $1 million for information on Osama bin Laden’s son

The State Department is offering a $1 million reward for information on the whereabouts of Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama bin Laden, who masterminded the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks …


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 9:49 a.m.

Warmbier’s parents blame North Korea ‘evil regime’ in son’s death

The parents of an American college student who died following months of detention in North Korea rebuked President Donald Trump on Friday, saying Kim Jong Un “and his evil regime” …


Trump wrongly says Islamic State holds no land in Syria

President Donald Trump is asserting that the Islamic State group has now lost 100 percent of the territory it once controlled in Syria, but U.S. officials in Washington and accounts …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019, 10 p.m.

Grounded ship leaks 80 tons of oil near Pacific UNESCO site

Australian officials say an environmental disaster is unfolding in the Solomon Islands after a large ship ran aground and began leaking oil next to a UNESCO World Heritage site


Trump accepts Kim’s ‘word’ he had no role in Warmbier death

President Donald Trump said Thursday he takes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “at his word” that Kim was unaware of the alleged mistreatment of an American college student who …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019, 8:05 p.m.

U.S., North Korea offer dueling accounts of talks breakdown

The nuclear summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has collapsed amid a standoff over U.S. sanctions


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

California river receding after flooding 2,000 buildings

Floodwaters that turned two Northern California wine country communities into islands reachable only by boat began receding Thursday after a rain-engorged river finally peaked after swamping thousands of homes and …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019, 2:41 p.m.

U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State says French extremist linked to 2015 Paris attacks Paris killed

The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group says a prominent French extremist linked to the 2015 attacks on Paris has been killed.


Net migration into UK from EU falls to near-decade low

Net migration into Britain from the other 27 European Union countries has fallen to near-decade lows, suggesting Brexit uncertainty has made the country a less attractive destination for the bloc’s …


Israel AG recommends indicting Netanyahu with bribery and breach of trust

Israel’s attorney general on Thursday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with bribery and breach of trust in a series of corruption cases, a momentous move that shook up Israel’s …