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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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 5:09 p.m.

Putin directs exercise of Russian nuclear forces

Russian President Vladimir Putin has overseen sweeping war games carried out by his nation’s strategic nuclear forces.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 2:37 p.m.

Former Nazi SS guard, 93, goes on trial in Hamburg

From his post as a teenage SS private in a watchtower in Nazi Germany’s Stutthof concentration camp, Bruno Dey could hear the screams of Jews dying in the gas chamber. …


UN: Afghan insurgents responsible for most 2019 casualties

Afghan civilians are dying in record numbers in the country’s increasingly brutal war, noting that more civilians died in July than in any previous one-month period since the U.N. began …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 5:14 p.m.

Administration hails Turkish cease-fire; Kurds must vacate border area

Vice President Mike Pence announced Thursday that the U.S. and Turkey had agreed to a five-day cease-fire in northern Syria to allow for a Kurdish withdrawal from a security zone …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

Boris Johnson gets EU Brexit deal; next hurdle is Parliament

After three years of tense negotiations, Britain and the European Union say they have struck an outline Brexit deal


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 2:10 p.m.

Prosecutors suspect man of illegally detaining Dutch family

Prosecutors said Wednesday they are charging a 58-year-old man arrested in connection with the discovery of a Dutch family who lived largely isolated from the outside world for nine years.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 2:06 p.m.

9 dead as Guineans protest president’s bid to extend power

At least nine people have been killed in three days of protests in Guinea against the president’s bid to extend his time in power, while hospitals are overwhelmed with scores …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 5:05 p.m.

Brexit talks close in on tentative deal before summit

The European Union and Britain inched ever closer to a Brexit deal, with the leaders of France and Germany saying they expected an agreement could be sealed at Thursday’s EU …


Spanish government readies measures amid Catalonia violence

Spain’s government said Wednesday it would do whatever it takes to stamp out violence in Catalonia, where clashes between regional independence supporters and police have injured more than 200 people …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 5:05 p.m.

Turkish patriotism on display amid Syria operation

National soccer team players give military salutes during international matches, Turkish flags flutter from balconies and storefronts, songs extolling the glory days of the Ottoman Empire blare from a border …


Trump says he thought grieving parents wanted to meet driver

President Donald Trump says he thought the grieving parents of a British teenager who was killed in a car crash involving an American diplomat’s wife wanted to meet with the …


Kim rides horse on sacred peak, vows to fight US sanctions

North Korea released a series of photos Wednesday showing leader Kim Jong Un riding a white horse to a sacred mountain he has often climbed before making key decisions. Near …