L. A. Times headlinesBritain's Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to boy
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:25:00 PDT
The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby boy Monday, her third child with husband Prince William and the fifth in line to the British throne.
The child, who weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces, was born at the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, where his older siblings, Prince George...
Armenia's prime minister resigns amid large-scale protests
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:10:00 PDT
Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan said Monday that he was stepping down as premier amid large-scale protests against his rule.
Anti-government demonstrations erupted almost two weeks ago against the pro-Russian Sargsyan when he was appointed prime minister after a decade as president, part...
Senate committee poised to vote against Mike Pompeo as secretary of State
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 06:50:00 PDT
Barring a last-minute change of votes, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected Monday to reject secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo in an embarrassing rebuke of President Trump's foreign policy.
It would be the first time in years that a nomination for such a high-level Cabinet position...
A victim of its own industrial success, China's hanger capital is now just hanging on
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT
Many of the world's clothes hangers originate in two-story warehouses on the road to Lipu, a steamy town in southern China where the river flows between towering karst formations and vendors sell the sweetest taro.
Lights strung along the promenade form shapes of the town's lifeblood. Residents...
In Mexico's own Motor City, billion-dollar investments but also fear of Trump's trade moves
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT
In a swath of Mexico locals call the "New Detroit," General Motors is hiring hundreds of workers and expanding operations at a truck factory. BMW is on track to finish building an assembly plant next year.
Just last month, Canadian parts manufacturer Linamar announced it would pour $50 million...
Son of former top aide of ex-dictator Stroessner elected Paraguay president
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 21:35:00 PDT
The son of a former top aide to ex-dictator Alfredo Stroessner was elected president of Paraguay on Sunday in voting that was much closer than projected, according to official results.
With 99.4 percent of the vote counted, Mario Abdo Benitez, 46, a U.S.-educated construction executive who ran...
Ahead of summit, South Korea says it will stop blasting K-Pop, propaganda along border with the North
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 18:40:00 PDT
The South Korean military on Monday announced it would muffle its high-decibel propaganda loudspeakers along the highly fortified border with North Korea as a gesture of goodwill ahead of this week's summit between the two nations' leaders.
The speakers have in the past broadcast a mix of messages...
French, German leaders will bring Trump the same message: Save the Iran nuclear deal
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 12:10:00 PDT
President Trump faces a European double bill this week as a crucial deadline looms for a decision on whether to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, arriving back to back, will bring a unified message: Save the deal.
63 people killed in attacks on voter registration centers in Afghanistan
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 11:00:00 PDT
As a crowd lined up outside a voter registration center in Kabul on Sunday, a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing 57 people in the deadliest of a spate of attacks targeting Afghanistan's upcoming elections, officials said.
Six more people were killed when a vehicle struck a roadside bomb near...
Trump claims bragging rights on North Korea, but Kim also acting from position of strength
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 05:00:00 PDT
Within minutes of North Korea's announcement that it was suspending nuclear and missile tests and closing a test site, President Trump proclaimed a victory of sorts.
"Big progress!" he tweeted, eager to bask in the glow of credit for having influenced a significant reversal by a traditionally intractable...
The CIA closed its original 'black site' years ago. But its legacy of torture lives on in Thailand
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 04:00:00 PDT
Collaborating with the CIA ushered in an era of impunity for Thai security forces that adopted the agency's torture methods, according to human rights groups.
In Paraguay, presidential front-runner is son of aide to ex-dictator Stroessner
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 03:30:00 PDT
The son of a top aide to former dictator Alfredo Stroessner is expected to be elected president of this South American nation as Paraguayans go to the polls Sunday.
The heavy favorite is Mario Abdo Benitez, 46, a former senator and standard-bearer of the center-right Colorado Party, which has long...
Why India's rape crisis is getting worse under Narendra Modi
Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:35:00 PDT
An 8-year-old Muslim girl was locked in a Hindu shrine, drugged, gang-raped for several days and bludgeoned to death with a stone.
As if the January killing in northern India weren't horrifying enough, lawyers and right-wing Hindus this month marched in defense of her assailants. Prime Minister...
Investigators enter Syria's Duma, 11 days after suspected chemical weapons attack killed dozens
Sat, 21 Apr 2018 10:40:00 PDT
Almost two weeks after a suspected chemical weapons attack killed almost 40 people in Syria, a team of experts arrived Saturday at one of the sites of the alleged attack in the city of Duma.
"Early on April 21, a special OPCW [Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons] mission for finding...
North Korea says it will suspend nuclear and missile testing
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:45:00 PDT
North Korea said Saturday it will suspend nuclear tests and missile tests and shut down its underground test site, boosting hopes for a diplomatic breakthrough with rival South Korea and the United States.
Although the announcement stopped well short of a complete freeze, Pyongyang said it had...
4 die, including a 15-year-old boy, as clashes continue at border of Gaza Strip and Israel
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:25:00 PDT
Four people were killed, including a 15-year-old boy, in the fourth consecutive week of protests organized by the Islamist militant group Hamas along the border between the Gaza Strip, which it controls, and Israel.
The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza reported 96 injured. The boy, Mohammed...
Relatives win injunction against Mattel's Frida Kahlo Barbie
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:35:00 PDT
Distant relatives of the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo said Friday they have won a temporary injunction that stops sales of a Frida Barbie doll.
Kahlo's great-niece Mara de Anda Romeo argues that Mattel doesn't have the rights to use Kahlo's image as part of its Inspiring Women series.
'We have four generations of former terrorists here today': Rehabilitating extremists in Indonesia
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:45:00 PDT
The Indonesian media has dubbed him "The Terrorist Whisperer."
In a hotel conference room here, Noor Huda Ismail welcomed the participants in his three-day workshop. "We have four generations of former terrorists here today," said the jovial 45-year-old as he bounded around the room in a batik...
Unexploded WWII bomb brings large-scale disruption to Berlin
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:30:00 PDT
Germany got a big, frightening reminder of World War II on Friday, after an unexploded 1,000-pound bomb was found buried just beneath the surface in the heart of Berlin and defused.
The operation forced more than 10,000 people to evacuate their apartments and offices and shut down the entire city...
Syrian army secures areas south of capital
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:30:00 PDT
Fresh off their takeover of Syria's eastern Ghouta enclave earlier this month, loyalist forces were poised on Friday to subdue pockets south of Damascus held by Islamic State and rebel groups, Syrian pro-government media and activists said.
The move is part of a larger bid to secure the capital,...
On its 70th Independence Day, Israel frets about whether allies are doing enough to counter Iran
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT
As Israel celebrated the 70th anniversary of its independence this week, its leaders were voicing concern that the United States — which has always been its most important ally — was doing too little about what they view as a growing threat from Iran.
Tehran is more than 1,000 miles east of Jerusalem...
Miguel Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba's president
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:25:00 PDT
Cuban lawmakers on Thursday transferred power to new President Miguel Diaz-Canel, marking a major generational shift on the island nation ruled for almost 60 years by the late Fidel Castro and his brother, Raul.
Diaz-Canel, 57, a longtime stalwart of the ruling Communist Party, was heartily endorsed...
South Korean leader says North appears serious about denuclearization, even if U.S. troops remain
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:50:00 PDT
South Korea's president Thursday expressed fresh optimism about a resolution to the nation's decades-long conflict with North Korea, saying the North might be willing to denuclearize even if the U.S. keeps its troops on the Korean peninsula.
President Moon Jae-in, who came to office last year seeking...
Women take the fall in Nobel Prize scandal over a man's alleged misdeeds
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:35:00 PDT
Thousands of protesters called Thursday for the resignation of the secretive board that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature after a sex-abuse scandal linked to the prestigious Swedish academy forced the ouster of its first-ever woman head and tarnished the reputation of the coveted prize.
For generations, Cuba's Fidel and Raul Castro vexed U.S. presidents
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT
The Castro brothers held on to power from the time of Eisenhower to Trump.
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