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UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

UN Libya migrant center plagued with crowding, TB, food cuts

The United Nations center in Libya was opened as an “alternative to detention,” a last, safe stop for migrants before they were resettled in other countries. Now, just a year …


World powers press Iran to reverse nuke deal violations

World powers pressured Iran on Friday to reverse recent atomic activities that violate the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, but stopped short of deciding on whether to proceed with a move …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Iraqi official says 15 protesters killed, 60 wounded in Baghdad

Iraqi officials say gunmen in cars opened fire in Baghdad’s Khilani Square, killing at least 15 people


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Germany’s Merkel voices ‘shame’ during 1st Auschwitz visit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced a feeling of “deep shame” during her first-ever visit on Friday to the hallowed grounds of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where …


As 58 migrants drown off Africa, a call to stop smugglers

The drowning of at least 58 migrants in the Atlantic Ocean off Mauritania sent despair through tiny Gambia on Thursday while some demanded a crackdown on human traffickers after one …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Putin offers U.S. an immediate extension to key nuclear pact

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow is prepared to immediately extend a pivotal nuclear arms reduction pact with the U.S.


Paris police use tear gas amid strike over pension reform

Paris police fired tear gas at demonstrators Thursday as the Eiffel Tower shut down, France’s high-speed trains stood still and tens of thousands marched nationwide in a strike over the …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Shinto festival carries on centuries-old tradition in Japan

As fireworks light up the winter night, scores of men, women and teenagers crying “washoi, washoi” haul the last of six towering, lantern-covered floats up a small hill and into …


French trains stop as mass strike begins over pensions

Paris is deploying thousands of police as France prepares for a general strike and big protests Thursday


Europeans rap Iran for working on nuclear-capable missiles

France, Germany and the United Kingdom say Iran efforts to develop “nuclear-capable ballistic missiles” go against a Security Council resolution calling on Tehran not to undertake any activity related to …


U.S. Navy seizes suspected Iranian missile parts set for Yemen

A Navy warship has seized a “significant cache” of suspected Iranian guided missile parts headed to rebels in Yemen, U.S. officials said Wednesday, marking the first time that such sophisticated …


Trump calls Trudeau ‘two-faced’ as palace gossip goes viral

NATO leaders professed unity on Wednesday at a summit near London – but a spat over off-the-cuff chit chat at a royal reception rattled their show of solidarity.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Kim again rides horse up sacred peak as N. Korea raps Trump

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rode a white horse up a sacred mountain in his second symbolic visit in less than two months, state media reported Wednesday, as his …


Germany expels Russian diplomats in probe of Berlin killing

Germany expelled two Russian diplomats Wednesday over the brazen killing of a Georgian on the streets of Berlin in August as prosecutors said evidence suggested the slaying was ordered either …


How the U.S. betrayed the Marshall Islands, kindling the next nuclear disaster

Between 1946 and 1958, the United States detonated 67 nuclear bombs on, in and above the Marshall Islands _ vaporizing whole islands, carving craters into its shallow lagoons and exiling …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Iran says it killed ‘rioters’ in deadliest unrest in decades

Iran acknowledged for the first time Tuesday that its security forces shot and killed protesters across the country to put down demonstrations last month over the sharply spiking price of …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Trump blasts French president at NATO summit planned to show unity

President Donald Trump unexpectedly launched a verbal assault at the United States’ oldest ally Tuesday, slamming French President Emmanuel Macron’s warnings about the decline of the NATO military alliance as …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Northern Mexico fears return to dark past after gunfights

Mexico’s president says he wants to fight drug cartels with “hugs, not bullets,” but after 23 people were killed in a weekend gunbattle in the border state of Coahuila, some …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

UN says half of Zimbabwe’s people face severe hunger

About half of Zimbabwe’s population faces severe hunger amid a devastating drought and economic collapse, the United Nations said Tuesday, noting a “vicious cycle of skyrocketing malnutrition that’s hitting women …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Powerful typhoon leaves at least 4 dead in Philippines

Typhoon Kammuri barreled across the Philippines with fierce winds and rain Tuesday, leaving at least four people dead, forcing hundreds of thousands of villagers to abandon high-risk communities and prompting …


City says no to Dutch New Year’s Eve beach towering infernos

The two giant fires that have for years lit up beaches in The Hague on New Year’s Eve won’t be ignited this year after the city’s municipality refused to grant …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

France to retaliate if U.S. doubles Champagne, cheese prices

France is bristling at a U.S. threat to slap 100% tariffs on French cheeses, Champagne and other products, with the French leader telling President Donald Trump on Tuesday that the …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

NATO chief seeks to shore up unity as rows roil allies

With questions raised over NATO’s credibility, the Western military alliance struggled to present a united front Tuesday as some of its biggest member countries traded barbs over their visions for …


Mexican border town gripped by fear after gunbattle kills 22

A small town near the U.S.-Mexico border began cleaning up Monday, gripped by fear after the killing of 22 people in a ferocious weekend gunbattle between drug cartel members and …


UN chief urges countries not to surrender on climate fight

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged countries Monday not to lose hope in the fight against climate change, as representatives from nearly 200 countries gathered in Madrid for a two-week meeting …


China’s climate paradox: A leader in coal and clean energy

China burns about half the coal used globally each year. Between 2000 and 2018, its annual carbon emissions nearly tripled, and it now accounts for about 30% of the world’s …


Zelenskiy: Allies ‘can’t go blocking’ aid at time of war

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in an interview Monday that he didn’t speak with President Donald Trump “from the position of a quid pro quo“ last summer. Zelenskiy says, “That’s …


Case against Netanyahu includes billionaire witnesses

Israel’s attorney general on Monday officially submitted his indictment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges, laying out a sweeping case in which over 300 people, including a number …


Trump administration quietly releases Lebanon military aid

The Trump administration has quietly released more than $100 million in military assistance to Lebanon after months of unexplained delay.


Powerful typhoon nears Philippines, forcing evacuations

A powerful typhoon drew closer to the Philippines on Monday, forcing tens of thousands of villagers to flee to safety, knocking out power in entire provinces and prompting authorities to …