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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019, 12:47 p.m.

Former top general gets a shot at forming Israeli government

Israel’s former military chief Benny Gantz was tasked Wednesday with forming the next government, but he has few options after last month’s elections left him in a near tie with …


Putin aims to boost Moscow’s clout with Russia-Africa summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin courted dozens of leaders of African nations Wednesday at the first-ever Russia-Africa summit while a pair of nuclear-capable bombers made an unprecedented visit to the continent, …


Hong Kong government withdraws bill that sparked protests

Hong Kong authorities on Wednesday withdrew an unpopular extradition bill that sparked months of chaotic protests that have since morphed into a campaign for greater democratic change.


Hanni Levy, who survived Holocaust in Berlin hideout, dies

Hanni Levy, who survived the Holocaust hiding out in Berlin, has died. She was 95.


Grim find: 39 dead in 1 of UK’s worst trafficking cases

Police were reconstructing the final journey of 39 people found dead Wednesday in a truck container in an industrial park in England, attempting to piece together one of Britain’s worst …


Russian forces deploy at Syrian border under new accord

Russian military police began patrols on part of the Syrian border Wednesday, quickly moving to implement an accord with Turkey that divvies up control of northeastern Syria. The Kremlin told …


Ukrainian leader felt Trump pressure before taking office

More than two months before the phone call that launched the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Ukraine’s newly elected leader was already worried about pressure from the U.S. president …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019, 4:02 p.m.

Brexit in limbo as Boris Johnson wins one vote, loses another

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won one vote and lost another in Parliament on Tuesday, a result that inches him closer to his goal of leading Britain out of the …


UK police to travel to US in car crash probe

British police plan to travel to the U.S. to interview an American diplomat’s wife involved in a crash that killed a British teenager.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019, 4:05 p.m.

Canada’s Trudeau wins 2nd term but nation more divided

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a second term in a stronger-than-expected showing in Canada’s national elections, claiming a “clear mandate” Tuesday despite a Parliament and nation increasingly fractured along regional …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019, 5:28 p.m.

Iraq: American troops leaving Syria cannot stay in Iraq

U.S. troops leaving Syria and heading to neighboring Iraq do not have permission to stay in the country, Iraq’s military said Tuesday as American forces continued to pull out of …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

Russia, Turkey seal power in northeast Syria with new accord

The leaders of Russia and Turkey announce a deal for their two countries’ forces to jointly patrol almost the entire northeastern Syrian border after the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters


Northern Ireland’s laws on abortion, same-sex marriage set to change

Northern Ireland is set to decriminalize abortion and set the stage for legalization of same-sex marriages as of midnight Monday, bringing its laws in line with the rest of the …


Israel’s Netanyahu gives up on forming new coalition

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday that he had failed to form a majority government in parliament, marking a major setback for the embattled Israeli leader that plunges the country …


Zimbabwe says 55 elephants have starved to death in 2 months

At least 55 elephants have starved to death in the past two months in Zimbabwe’s biggest national park as a serious drought forces animals to stray into nearby communities in …


UK House of Commons speaker deals new blow to Johnson’s Brexit plan

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to lead Britain out of the European Union at the end of this month hit another roadblock Monday when the speaker of the House of …


Canada votes in election that could see Trudeau lose power

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced the threat of being knocked from power after one term as the nation held parliamentary elections on Monday.


Hong Kong descends into chaos again as protesters defy ban

Hong Kong protesters again flood streets on Sunday, ignoring a police ban on the rally and demanding the government meet their demands.


Despair in Burgundy and beyond, as U.S. tariffs hit EU goods

French vintners are begging for government aid. Italian farmers are scrambling for new export markets. And American shoppers are about to face supermarket sticker shock on European products.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019, 4:22 p.m.

Johnson says he will resist any Brexit delay beyond Oct. 31

Defiant Johnson says he will resist attempts to delay Britain’s departure from EU beyond end of the month.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 9:47 p.m.

Mexicans seeking asylum becoming more prominent at U.S. border

As the Trump administration has all but stopped allowing Central American families to seek asylum in the U.S., Mexican parents and children are arriving in increasing numbers at the southern …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 1:47 p.m.

Brother of Honduran president convicted in drug conspiracy

The brother of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez was convicted Friday in a massive drug conspiracy case in New York City after prosecutors said he relied on “state sponsored drug …


Lebanon PM offers 72-hour ultimatum amid nationwide protests

Lebanon’s prime minister gave his political adversaries a 72-hour ultimatum to agree on “convincing” serious reforms amid escalating nationwide protests over the country’s worsening economic crisis.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 1:36 p.m.

Johnson urges support for Brexit deal before knife-edge vote

Boris Johnson worked behind the scenes Friday to win enough support to push his new Brexit deal through the fractious British Parliament and pave the way for Britain – finally …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 9:48 p.m.

Officials: Blast at Afghan mosque kills 62 during prayers

An explosion rocked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan as dozens of people gathered for Friday prayers, causing the roof to collapse and killing 62 worshippers, provincial officials said. The attack …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 12:54 p.m.

Climate protester in Boris Johnson garb scales Big Ben tower

A climate-change protester dressed as Prime Minister Boris Johnson has climbed the Big Ben clocktower at Britain’s Parliament.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 11:48 a.m.

Fighting continues in Syrian border town despite Turkish agreement to halt offensive

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Friday that Turkey’s military offensive would resume within days if Kurdish fighters do not fully withdraw from a “safe zone,” even as ongoing violence in …


Mexican president defends retreat in face of cartel gunmen

Mexican security forces backed off an attempt to capture a son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman after finding themselves outgunned in a ferocious shootout with cartel enforcers …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 10:58 a.m.

Hong Kong protesters don cartoon masks to defy face mask ban

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters donned cartoon character masks as they formed human chains across the semiautonomous Chinese city on Friday night, in defiance of a government ban on face coverings …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 5:11 p.m.

Venezuela wins seat on UN rights body despite opposition

Venezuela won a contested election for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday despite a campaign by over 50 organizations and many countries opposed to Nicolas Maduro’s …