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Islamic State has been cranking out car bombs on an industrial scale for the battle of Mosul
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 03:00:00 PST

Lt. Muntathar Ghani had been awake for two days straight, engaged in relentless street fighting against Islamic State jihadists. When the  adrenaline started to wear off, he sat down in the front yard of a house, desperate for a rest.

That's when he saw the car bomb, a white Chevy pickup sheathed...

Sri Lankans who once embraced Chinese investment are now wary of Chinese domination
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 03:00:00 PST

A  highway built by China threads almost all the way from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, to this scruffy fishing town on the country's southern tip, where Buddhist chants mark the time of day and wild elephants occasionally lumber through.

On the way, drivers pass a quiet international airport,...

In South Africa, a protest against foreigners turns violent. Why was it allowed to go ahead?
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:15:00 PST

South African authorities are under fire for allowing an anti-immigrant "march of hatred" to go ahead in Pretoria Friday, just days after a series of violent attacks against  Somalis, Nigerians and other foreigners.

The results were predictable: Police arrested 136 people, many of them protesters...

Iraqi forces push into western Mosul in fight against Islamic State extremists
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:35:00 PST

Lt. Col. Riyadh Atshaan, his ginger mustache glinting in the afternoon sun, adopted an avuncular tone as he relayed his orders into the walkie-talkie.

"Don't clump together in groups. Wear your helmets and bulletproof vests. Keep your head down," he said.

His men began to unload their rifles and...

Kansas shooting shocks an Indian city where 'every other house' has someone in America
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:00:00 PST

The shooting death of an Indian man in a possible hate crime in suburban Kansas City  has shocked his family and his hometown of Hyderabad, which sends thousands of students and professionals to the United States every year.  

Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, was shot along with an Indian co-worker Wednesday...

Can Mexico expect less-hostile days after this week's visit by two Trump secretaries?
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:25:00 PST

Seldom has the seemingly routine visit of a pair of U.S. Cabinet secretaries generated so much anguish and disquiet to the host country, in this case, Mexico.

And rarely has the reaction been so uncertain that the scripted finale — a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Thursday...

Police say Kim Jong Un's half brother was killed with a nerve agent. What are the clues to this bizarre international mystery?
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

The apparent assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother this month is a bizarre, unfolding story that has sparked media frenzies and diplomatic tensions across Asia.

The saga began two weeks ago with a brazen public attack, caught on closed-circuit television, inside a major...

Nerve agent was used to kill North Korean leader's half brother, police say
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:35:00 PST

Malaysian police announced Friday that Kim Jong Nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother, could have been killed by VX nerve agent, a highly toxic chemical compound banned by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction.

The announcement that police found traces of the nerve agent...

U.S. diplomatic foray to Mexico unlikely to quell tensions or clear confusion over Trump plans
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:20:00 PST

Two of President Trump's Cabinet secretaries and their Mexican counterparts emphasized cooperation and friendship after two days of talks in Mexico — but the meetings seemed unlikely to quell profound tension between the two countries or clear up confusion over the plans of the Trump administration.


U.S.-backed Iraqi forces recapture Mosul airport and military base
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:25:00 PST

Iraqi troops punched through the defenses of Islamic State extremists to recapture Mosul's airport on Thursday, establishing a foothold near the city's western bank.

Units from the federal police and its special forces branch, the Emergency Response Division, executed a pincer attack and struck...

Iran's president tries to defuse anger in an oil-rich province hit by dust storms, blackouts and protests
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:45:00 PST

Bidding to ease public anger over a mounting environmental crisis, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday visited an oil-rich southwestern province that has been crippled by sandstorms and power blackouts.

Residents of Khuzestan province have long struggled with high levels of dust because...

Mexico is bracing for long battle with Trump administration, foreign minister tells lawmakers
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:25:00 PST

Mexico is preparing for a long "battle" with the administration   of President Trump, its  foreign minister reportedly told lawmakers in private comments, adding that the country was prepared to retaliate with new tariffs if necessary.

"We are here preparing for a battle that is going to be long,"...

In Guatemala, Trump's Homeland Security chief contradicts new immigration directives
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:40:00 PST

During a visit to Guatemala, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly contradicted  deportation plans made public by the  Trump administration just a day earlier.  

Speaking at a news conference Wednesday after meeting with Guatemalan President  Jimmy Morales, Kelly said his agency would return deportees...

Trump's top deputies hope to shore up ties with a suspicious Mexico
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:30:00 PST

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Mexico City on Wednesday on a mission to mend deeply frayed relations with the United States' southern neighbor.

John F. Kelly, the secretary of Homeland Security, was expected to join him later in the day in a bid to repair the once-close relationship,...

Did a Mexican migrant leap to his death at the border minutes after deportation?
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:00:00 PST

A Mexican man who had just been deported from the United States is believed to have leaped to his death  Tuesday from a  bridge near the Tijuana-San Diego border crossing.

The prosecutor's office in the Mexican state of Baja California said the death of  Guadalupe Olives Valencia, 44,  is being investigated...

Portugal detains ex-CIA officer for extradition to Italy for jail time in case of kidnapped Muslim cleric
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:25:00 PST

A retired CIA officer has been taken into custody in Portugal and faces extradition to Italy within days to serve a four-year sentence for  her role in the 2003 kidnapping of a radical Muslim cleric.

Sabrina De Sousa, 61, was among 23 Americans convicted in absentia in 2009 for the  kidnapping of...

With Trump's envoys coming, Mexicans are hoping their government will take a harder line against the U.S.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:40:00 PST

On the eve of visits by the U.S. secretaries of State and Homeland Security, many in Mexico are calling on their leaders to take a harder line with an administration in Washington that is widely viewed as hostile to Mexico.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John...

Islamic State fires cluster bombs at Iraqi government forces
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:55:00 PST

Islamic State extremists fired cluster bombs at Iraqi government forces stationed near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Tuesday, killing at least one soldier.  

The attack, which came on the third day of a large-scale government offensive to take back west Mosul, marks one of the few instances...

Two members of Trump's Cabinet are heading to Mexico. Here are five things to watch
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:40:00 PST

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly are heading to Mexico this week for high-stakes talks with  Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and other top officials.

The visit, during which the diplomats are expected to discuss  trade, security and other issues,  comes...

Israeli soldier sentenced to 18 months for killing a wounded Palestinian in a case that roiled the nation
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:50:00 PST

Elor Azaria cracked a smile and his family broke out in song Tuesday moments after a military tribunal sentenced the Israeli soldier to 18 months in jail for killing a wounded Palestinian knife assailant last March  in a case that has gripped national attention for nearly a year.       

The decision...

Famine declared for more than 100,000 in South Sudan; 1 million on the brink of starvation
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:00:00 PST
South Sudan's president said Tuesday his government will ensure "unimpeded access" for all aid organizations, a day after famine was declared for more than 100,000 people in the country suffering from years of civil war. President Salva Kiir's remarks to the transitional national assembly came...

Iran's supreme leader rejects calls to release leaders of the 2009 Green Movement protests
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:15:00 PST

Three months before presidential elections in Iran, it appears incumbent Hassan Rouhani will not fulfill a key pledge he made before winning office: to free opposition leaders held under house arrest since a 2009 crackdown.

The supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has rejected calls for "national...

The far right party is leading election polls in the Netherlands: Will Geert Wilders be prime minister?
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:00:00 PST

One late-winter evening three years ago, Lt. Col. Mostafa Hilali switched off the light at his office in the Dutch defense department, drove home to his townhouse near the banks of the North Sea, and flipped on the TV.  

On the news was footage of a political rally where the leader of Holland's...

Famine strikes in South Sudan, as people in four countries face starvation
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:35:00 PST

The South Sudanese government and humanitarian agencies on Monday declared a famine in parts of the country, which has been devastated by three years of war.

The announcement comes  as  international aid agencies are overwhelmed by catastrophes unfolding in four countries.

The United Nations Mission...

U.S. advisors are now fighting alongside Iraqi forces in the battle for Mosul
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:45:00 PST

U.S. military advisors are now fighting alongside Iraqi forces near the front lines against Islamic State, a sign of President Trump's willingness to grant more latitude to American commanders than they've had since Iraq's ground war against the militants was launched more than two years ago.


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