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UPDATED: Sat., June 15, 2019, 5:57 p.m.

Diplomats: Europeans weigh sanctions on Venezuela’s Maduro

The Associated Press has learned that major European nations are considering imposing sanctions on Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro and several top officials for their recent crackdown on political opponents


“Romeo and Juliet” director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, famed for his romantic film “Romeo and Juliet” as well as other operas, films and television, has died at 96


UPDATED: Sat., June 15, 2019, 3:08 p.m.

Notre Dame celebrates first Mass since devastating April fire

The archbishop wore a hard-hat helmet, burnt wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass …


Hong Kong leader delays unpopular bill; activists want more

Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam sought to quell public anger Saturday by shelving an unpopular extradition bill that has highlighted apprehension about relations with mainland China, but opponents of …


Hong Kong on edge as pressure grows to delay fugitive bill

Pressure on Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam has been mounting, with signs emerging that she may delay an unpopular extradition bill that has drawn hundreds of thousands of people …


US extradition case against Assange set for next year

A British court has set a date early next year for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face a U.S. extradition attempt over his role in revealing classified government and military …


Sudan military acknowledges violations in sit-in dispersal

Sudan’s ruling military acknowledged that security forces committed violations when they moved in to disperse a protest sit-in camp outside the military headquarters in Khartoum last week.


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 5:05 p.m.

WHO says Ebola outbreak in Congo disqualifies as global emergency; Georgetown global health expert says declaration long overdue

The World Health Organization on Friday said the Ebola outbreak in Congo – which spilled into Uganda this week – is an “extraordinary event” of deep concern but does not …


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 11:36 a.m.

Probe shows that Russian jet had excessive landing speed

A preliminary probe into last month’s crash of a Russian passenger jet that left 41 dead has found the plane was going at an excessive speed when it made an …


US says video shows Iran removing mine from stricken tanker

The U.S. military released a video Friday it said showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the oil tankers targeted near the strategic Strait of …


Small donors, not French tycoons, help pay Notre Dame works

The billionaire French donors who publicly proclaimed they would give hundreds of millions to rebuild Notre Dame have not yet paid a penny toward the restoration of the French national …


Syrian goalie was an extremist to some and a cautionary tale to others

He was a teenage goalie on Syria’s national soccer team who gave up his athletic career to join the 2011 protests against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government.


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019, 8:22 p.m.

After year of scandal, U.S. Catholic bishops approve measures to hold themselves accountable

The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops overwhelmingly, though not unanimously, approved a new framework Thursday for policing their own conduct, hoping it would be enough to stanch a series of scandals …


Polish court: Ex-aide negligent in presidential plane crash

A Polish court on Thursday found the chief of staff for former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk guilty of negligence in a 2010 presidential flight to Russia which ended in …


Boris Johnson takes strong lead in race for next UK leader

The flamboyant, divisive Boris Johnson took a commanding lead Thursday in the contest to become Britain’s next prime minister, winning by far the largest share of support in the first …


Putin fires police officers involved in journalist’s case

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday dismissed two senior police officers involved in the arrest of an investigative journalist on drug charges that were later dropped for lack of evidence, …


Twitter deletes accounts linked to foreign governments

Twitter says it has deleted nearly 4,800 suspect accounts linked to Iran that the company says secretly pushed that government’s agenda.


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019, 9:39 p.m.

U.S. says Iran removed unexploded mine from oil tanker

The U.S. military on Friday released a video it said showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the oil tankers targeted near the Strait of …


‘Chernobyl’ creator urges visitors to be respectful after viral (and misleading) tweet

“It’s wonderful that #ChernobylHBO has inspired a wave of tourism to the Zone of Exclusion,” Mazin tweeted on Tuesday. “But yes, I’ve seen the photos going around.


On Anne Frank’s 90th birthday, her friends meet students

For Jacqueline van Maarsen, attending Anne Frank’s 13th birthday party in 1942 was a welcome distraction from the grim reality of life in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam during World War II.


UK House of Commons rejects bid to rule out no-deal Brexit

British opposition lawmakers failed Wednesday in their latest attempt to ensure the U.K. can’t leave the European Union without a divorce deal.


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 4:39 p.m.

Japan premier warns US, Iran ‘accidental conflict’ possible

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe traveled to Tehran on Wednesday to warn that an “accidental conflict” could be sparked amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S., a message that …


Hundreds detained in Moscow protest over journalist’s case

Hundreds of people were detained Wednesday as they marched in the Russian capital to protest what they called police fabrications in the wake of the arrest of an investigative journalist …


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 8:38 p.m.

US urges Sudan’s protesters and army to resume talks

Sudan’s protest movement calls off its general strike, as US envoy urges talks with army.


5-year-old dies of Ebola as outbreak crosses Congo border

A 5-year-old boy vomiting blood became the first cross-border victim in the current Ebola outbreak on Wednesday, while his 3-year-old brother and grandmother tested positive for the disease that has …


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 4:29 p.m.

Hong Kong protesters vow to keep fighting extradition law

Following a day of sit-ins, tear gas and clashes with police, Hong Kong students and civil rights activists vowed Wednesday to keep protesting a proposed extradition bill that has become …


US imposes sanctions on Iraq-based affiliate of Iran’s Guard

The Trump administration on Wednesday imposed sanctions on an Iraq-based affiliate of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, one more in a series of steps intended to pressure Tehran following President Donald Trump’s …


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 3:32 p.m.

US resident released from Iran custody says it eases tension

A Lebanese man with permanent U.S. residency who had been imprisoned in Iran for years on charges of espionage said Tuesday that he was subjected to “kidnapping, arbitrary detention and …


European officials frustrated over faltering Iran nuke pact

The foreign ministers of Germany and Sweden expressed frustration Tuesday over the possible demise of the Iran nuclear deal, warning Tehran that withdrawing would bring “international isolation” and criticizing the …


US says Egypt, Jordan and Morocco to attend peace workshop

A White House official said Tuesday that Egypt, Jordan and Morocco have confirmed their attendance at a U.S. conference this month in Bahrain, where it will unveil the economic portion …