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UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019, 2:25 p.m.

Poland, U.S. agree on 6 sites for more US troops, debating 7th

Poland’s defense minister says six locations for additional U.S. troops have been agreed on with Washington and talks continue on one more site.


Mexico’s new drug war may be worse than old one

Mexico’s drug war appears to be back – and it may be worse this time around than in the bloody years of the government’s 2006-2012 offensive against drug cartels.


China denies visa, expelling Wall Street Journal reporter

Chinese authorities have declined to renew the press credentials of a Beijing-based Wall Street Journal reporter, effectively expelling a journalist who extensively covered President Xi Jinping and Communist Party politics.


High-level Brazilian envoys in US to discuss Amazon fires

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday that his son and the country’s foreign minister are in the United States to discuss possible U.S. aid amid devastating fires in the Amazon …


Australia lowers Great Barrier Reef outlook to ‘very poor’

The government agency that manages Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has downgraded its outlook for the corals’ condition from “poor” to “very poor” due to warming oceans.


Italy’s bitter political foes unite in bid to foil Salvini

Days after stepping down, Italy’s ex-premier accepts the role of premier-designate Thursday in a bid to cobble together a new coalition of long-time political foes with the aim of blocking …


Israel: Iran, Hezbollah intensifying missile efforts

Israel on Thursday accused Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah of stepping up attempts to build missile-production facilities in Lebanon, warning that these efforts are putting Lebanon and its civilian …


Colombia FARC negotiators say they are taking up arms again

The top peace negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia announced Thursday that he and a cadre of hardline supporters are taking up arms again, accusing President Ivan Duque …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019, 12:37 p.m.

Satellite photos show burning Iran space center launch pad

A rocket at an Iranian space center that was to conduct a satellite launch criticized by the U.S. apparently exploded on its launch pad Thursday, satellite images show, suggesting the …


Africa is the ‘fire continent’ but blazes differ from Amazon

As the world has watched with fear and fascination the fires burning in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, satellite images show a far greater number of blazes on the African continent.


Thousands drenched in red in Spain’s ‘Tomatina’ battle

More than 20,000 people pelted each other with ripe tomatoes Wednesday in the annual “Tomatina” street battle in a town in eastern Spain that has become a major tourist attraction.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 5:32 p.m.

26 killed in fiery attack on bar in southern Mexico

An attack on a bar in Mexico’s Gulf coast city of Coatzacoalcos killed 26 people and injured about a dozen, officials said Wednesday, and they said it was apparently overseen …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 4:58 p.m.

UK’s Johnson moves to suspend Parliament ahead of Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson maneuvered Wednesday to give his political opponents even less time to block a no-deal Brexit before the Oct. 31 withdrawal deadline, winning Queen Elizabeth II’s …


UN says 40 migrants feared drowned in capsizing off Libya

A boat carrying dozens of migrants bound for Europe capsized Tuesday in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya, with at least 40 people missing and presumed drowned, U.N. officials said, as …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 27, 2019, 4:27 p.m.

Macron’s G-7 performance arms him for likely troubles ahead

French President Emmanuel Macron used the three-day summit of G-7 leaders he hosted in southwest France to showcase his political talents.


Hong Kong leader starts dialogue, but not budging on demands

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday that she had met with a group of young people about the pro-democracy protests gripping the city, but she showed no sign of …


Turkey’s Erdogan visits Russian air show as Putin’s guest

In a show of burgeoning security ties between Russia and Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the opening of an annual Russian air show as a guest of President …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 27, 2019, 6:41 p.m.

Respiratory ailments hit in Amazon as Brazil spurns G-7 aid

Brazil’s Bolsonaro says Brazil will only accept international aid for Amazon if Macron apologizes.


Iranian president: First lift sanctions, then let’s talk

Iran’s president back-pedaled Tuesday on possible talks with Donald Trump, saying the U.S. president must first lift sanctions imposed on Tehran, otherwise a meeting between the two would be a …


Israel’s shadow war with Iran bursts into the open

The long shadow war between Israel and Iran has burst into the open in recent days, with Israel allegedly striking Iran-linked targets as far away as Iraq and crash-landing two …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 27, 2019, 6:43 p.m.

Spanish man paddles his way from California to Hawaii

Antonio de la Rosa doesn’t take it easy on his vacations. The Spaniard spent his summer paddling his way from California across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii.


UK’s Johnson gets Trump backing as he eyes Brexit endgame

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson won the sympathy of U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday after the American leader suggested that the European Union would drive a hard bargain and …


Lebanon: Israeli air force hits Palestinian base in Lebanon

Israeli drones bombed a Palestinian base in eastern Lebanon near the border with Syria early Monday amid rising tensions in the Middle East, the Lebanese state-run National News Agency and …


Danish city puts Vikings at crossing signals

It’s safe to cross when the green Viking is walking, but stop when the red one is standing. That’s the message to pedestrians in Aarhus as it unveils new crossing …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 26, 2019, 7:24 p.m.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro causes global outrage over Amazon fires

The Group of Seven nations on Monday pledged $20 million to help Amazon countries fight fires, even as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said rich countries were treating the region like …


Iran says oil on tanker pursued by US sold; buyer unnamed

Iran on Monday announced that the 2.1 million barrels of crude aboard an Iranian oil tanker pursued by the U.S. has been sold to an unnamed buyer as the ship, …


China lets yuan sink, Trump says serious talks to start

China allowed its yuan to sink Monday and U.S. President Donald Trump said the two sides will talk “very seriously” about their war over trade and technology following tit-for-tat tariff …


U.S. exports to lobster-loving China go off cliff amid tariffs

America’s lobster exports to China have fallen off a cliff this year as new retaliatory tariffs shift seafood business north to Canada.


Hezbollah leader: Israeli drones over Lebanon will be downed

The leader of Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah says his group will confront and shoot down any Israeli drones that enter Lebanese airspace from now on, raising the potential for conflict amid …


Tensions escalate at Hong Kong protest with police weapon fired

Tensions flared again in Hong Kong as an effort to form a peaceful human chain across the city culminated in police clashes Sunday that led to the firing of a …