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Japan leader says SKorea canceling intel deal damages trust

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday said South Korea’s decision to cancel a deal to share military intelligence is damaging mutual trust, and he vowed to work closely with …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019, 9:52 p.m.

Discord dominates as Trump and other leaders plan G-7 summit

French President Emmanuel Macron, the host of this weekend’s Group of Seven summit, has publicly expressed hope that the G-7 leaders will reaffirm a shared commitment to democratic ideals and …


Hong Kong police in standoff with protesters after sit-in

Hong Kong riot police faced off briefly with protesters occupying a suburban train station Wednesday evening following a commemoration of a violent attack there by masked assailants on supporters of …


As Trump questions loyalty of US Jews, Israeli PM is quiet

Israel’s prime minister on Wednesday steered clear of Donald Trump’s comments questioning the loyalty of American Jews who support the Democratic Party, in sharp contrast to the tide of condemnation …


South African court restricts displays of apartheid-era flag

South Africa’s Equality Court on Wednesday restricted the display of the country’s old apartheid-era flag, ruling that its gratuitous use amounts to hate speech and racial discrimination.


Greenland fallout: Trump’s canceled trip blindsides Denmark

The prime minister of Denmark said Wednesday she is “disappointed and surprised” by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel his visit to Denmark after she called Trump’s idea of …


Uganda, Rwanda presidents agree to cease hostilities

The leaders of Uganda and Rwanda agreed on Wednesday to re-open the border between the two countries following a summit mediated in Angola, ending months of tensions that raised fears …


Urgency for vaccine grows as virus ravages China’s pigs

Scientists are working to develop a vaccine to help guard the world’s pork supply as a deadly virus ravages Asia’s pig herds.


China threatens retaliation over U.S. arms sale to Taiwan

China vowed retaliation against a proposed $8 billion U.S. sale of advanced fighter jets to Taiwan, threatening to impose sanctions on American firms participating in such a deal.


Two victims of mysterious Russian missile blast died of radiation sickness, report says

Two of the Russian specialists killed in the explosion at a White Sea missile testing range died not of traumatic injuries from the blast itself but of radiation sickness before …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 4:58 p.m.

Iceland’s leader won’t be around to welcome Pence

Iceland’s leader has announced she will skip U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to her Nordic nation, opting instead to keep a prior commitment to attend a trade union conference …


Kashmir police say thousands detained in crackdown in region

At least 2,300 people, mostly young men, have been detained in Indian-administered Kashmir during a security lockdown and communications blackout imposed to curtail unrest after New Delhi stripped the disputed …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 4:48 p.m.

Italian premier to quit, blaming deputy for political crisis

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte announced his resignation Tuesday, blaming the collapse of his 14-month-old populist government on his rebellious and politically ambitious deputy prime minister who triggered a political crisis …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 9:53 p.m.

Hong Kong’s evolving protests: Voices from the front lines

On a recent sweltering Saturday, a day now reserved for protest in Hong Kong, a demonstrator named Wayne stepped past a row of plastic barricades, lifted a pair of binoculars …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 4:29 p.m.

UK, EU only harden their positions on Brexit as G-7 nears

The European Union and Britain, which are hurtling toward a costly, damaging no-deal split in a little over two months, kicked off a high-wire week of diplomacy Tuesday by entrenching …


Police, protesters fill French beach resorts for G-7 summit

Thousands of French police are setting up checkpoints and combing Atlantic beaches to secure the southwestern coast for the world leaders who are coming for the G-7 summit this weekend.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 4:40 p.m.

New explosion rocks arms depot north of Iraqi capital

Iraqi security officials say a large explosion has hit an arms depot belonging to an Iranian-backed militia faction north of Baghdad


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 6:11 p.m.

Police kill man who held bus passengers hostage in Rio

Brandishing a fake gun, a man on Tuesday took dozens of hostages on a bus in Brazil and threatened to set the vehicle on fire with gasoline before police shot …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 6:05 p.m.

Russia restarts sharing radiation data, big questions linger

Russia has resumed sharing data from radiation monitoring stations in Siberia after some were taken offline following a deadly explosion at a missile range, an nuclear weapons watchdog said Tuesday, …


Afghanistan mourns, vows to crush militants after attack

As Afghanistan mourned the 63 people killed in a suicide bombing at a Kabul wedding, a brother of the groom spoke through tears of his weariness at the bloodshed in …


UK PM Boris Johnson faces rising Brexit strategy criticism

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing rising criticism of his Brexit strategy at home as he increases pressure on the European Union to re-open negotiations ahead of key meetings …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 9:07 p.m.

UK to pressure social media companies to fight anti-vax info

Britain’s government plans to call a summit of social media companies to discuss what more they can do to fight online misinformation about vaccines following a spike in measles cases.


Airstrikes hit near Turkish convoy in Syria, raising tension

Airstrikes targeted a Turkish army convoy inside a rebel-held part of northwestern Syria on Monday, killing three civilians and wounding 12 others, the Turkish Defense Ministry said. Syria, however, said …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 11:27 a.m.

Iranian tanker sought by US heading toward Greece

An Iranian supertanker with $130 million worth of light crude oil that the U.S. suspects is tied to a sanctioned organization has left Gibraltar and was heading Monday east into …


Thousands flee from ‘monster’ wildfire on Canary Islands

A major, out-of-control wildfire in Spain’s Canary Islands was throwing flames 160 feet into the air on Monday, forcing emergency workers to evacuate more than 9,000 people, authorities said.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 10:47 a.m.

Danish PM: Trump’s idea of buying Greenland is ‘absurd’

Greenland is not for sale and U.S. President Donald Trump’s idea of buying the semi-autonomous Danish territory in the Arctic from Denmark is “an absurd discussion,” Denmark’s prime minister said.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 10:49 a.m.

China lashes out at Taiwan over Hong Kong asylum offer

China lashed out at Taiwan on Monday over its offer of political asylum to participants in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest movement, a day after hundreds of thousands of people marched …


Human smugglers face a dry spell with Mexico’s crackdown on Central American migration

A crackdown by Mexican authorities – acting at the insistence of President Donald Trump – has dramatically reduced the flow of Central American migrants this summer.


Funeral for lost ice: Iceland bids farewell to glacier

Icelanders hike up a volcano to say goodbye to a glacier that fell victim to climate change.


Trump confirms he’s interested in buying Greenland

President Donald Trump confirmed Sunday that he has asked his administration to explore the possibility of buying Greenland, opining that “essentially, it’s a large real estate deal.”