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One Pakistani city's horror: 12 children raped and killed in a year. The latest was 6 years old
Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:00:00 PST

Authorities in Pakistan said Tuesday they had captured a man accused of raping and killing several children in the eastern district of Kasur, including a 6-year-old girl whose death this month sparked a national reckoning on child sexual abuse.

A day before a deadline set by Pakistan's Supreme...

She fought back against illegal loggers. Now she's been found strangled on a highway in Mexico
Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:40:00 PST

Like many residents of the pine-covered hills of Cheran in central Mexico, Guadalupe Campanur led a life of radical resistance.

As a young woman in 2011, she joined town leaders in fighting back against illegal loggers and drug traffickers accused of murdering local farmers.

She later played a...

Having devastated Yemen in bombing campaign, Saudi Arabia pledges $1.5 billion in humanitarian aid
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:00:00 PST

In a gesture inspiring both praise and scorn, Saudi Arabia announced Monday that it would donate $1.5 billion in new humanitarian aid to Yemen, where almost three years of war has devastated the country's infrastructure, tanked the economy and caused widespread hunger and disease.

The money will...

Russians are dancing the winter away, often in their underwear. There's a reason for that
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:45:00 PST

Russia's video dance craze began innocently enough. At least, most people found it innocent.

This month, a group of male students from the Ulyanovsk Institute of Civil Aviation made a YouTube clip of themselves dancing in their underwear and cadet hats to an early 2000s club hit, "Satisfaction."...

South Korean protesters object to Olympic Games deal with North Korea
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:35:00 PST

International Olympics officials may have blessed North Korea's role in the upcoming Winter Games, but not everyone in host nation South Korea supports Pyongyang coming to Pyeongchang.

Discontent has grown in South Korea in recent days over plans to include North Korea in high-profile roles during...

As Pence tours the Holy Land, here's one thing he may miss: Any contact with Palestinians
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:00:00 PST

Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Israel this week lacks many of the elements that usually fill the schedule of American leaders hoping to advance a peace plan.

Palestinian political leaders have refused to meet him, and bucking tradition, Pence elected not to meet with Israel's political opposition....

Pope Francis apologizes to abuse victims for comments in Chile, still defends controversial bishop
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:00:00 PST

Pope Francis has apologized for his highly criticized assertion during a trip to Chile last week that people who have accused a bishop of covering up the alleged sexual abuse of minors by another priest must provide proof.

Francis told the media Thursday that there was no "proof" that Chilean Bishop...

The skies over Taiwan just got a little less friendly
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

After nearly two years of polite complaining, Taiwan's government has taken action against pressure from political rival China by freezing applications from two major Chinese airlines, setting a stage for retaliation.

China and Taiwan have been separately ruled since the Chinese civil war of the...

Pope ends South American trip, laments state of urban poor
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:30:00 PST

Pope Francis ended his trip to Chile and Peru on Sunday with a warning about the plight of the urban poor and what he termed the "globalization of indifference" toward their fate.

"They are found along our roadsides, living on the fringes of our cities, and lacking the conditions needed for a dignified...

Kabul hotel guests hid in terror as Taliban attackers searched floor-to-floor
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:30:00 PST

Afghan officials raised the death toll at Kabul's Intercontinental hotel to 19 on Sunday as the Taliban claimed responsibility for the latest major attack on civilians in the Afghan capital.

U.S. military advisors responded to the attack along with Afghan special operations forces during a 14-hour...

Vice President Mike Pence gets an earful in Cairo on his first official Middle East tour
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:20:00 PST

Vice President Pence met with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Sisi on Saturday in a 2 1/2-hour session that focused, in part, on Egypt's anger over President Trump's abrupt decision last month to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"We heard Al Sisi out," Pence, who is making his first...

Pakistan closes U.S.-funded radio station, citing 'hostile' agenda
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:10:00 PST

Pakistani authorities on Friday closed the offices of a U.S. government-funded radio station whose broadcasts it said were "against the interests of Pakistan," dealing another blow to relations with the United States.

The Pakistani Interior Ministry said that Radio Mashaal portrayed the country...

In Cape Town, 'Day Zero' is coming very soon — the day the water runs out
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:00:00 PST

Cape Town, South Africa's second-largest city, is facing its worst drought in a century, with its water supply expected to run dry April 21.

They're calling it "Day Zero." In this city of 4 million, people will have to line up in the streets at just 200 water stations. The police and army will...

Pope Francis, in Peru, speaks of threats to native Amazonian people and the rainforest
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:50:00 PST

Pope Francis ventured to a bustling corner of the Peruvian Amazon on Friday and sounded an alarm for the fate of the lands and inhabitants of the vast rainforest.

"The native Amazonian peoples have probably never been so threatened on their own lands as they are at present," the pontiff told thousands...

U.S. criticizes Turkey over military offensive in Kurdish-held northern Syria
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:45:00 PST

The Trump administration on Friday branded as "destabilizing" a Turkish military offensive against a Kurdish-held region in neighboring Syria, threatening to further inflame tensions between the U.S. and a NATO ally.

But U.S. officials also scrambled to backtrack from a U.S. military plan to recruit...

Some in Chile feel betrayed as pope scolds critics of bishop's response to alleged sexual abuse
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:30:00 PST

Pope Francis stunned some Chileans by suggesting that people who have accused a cleric of covering up the alleged sexual abuse of minors by another priest were guilty of slander.

The comments, coming as the pope was winding up his visit to Chile on Thursday and heading to Peru, were especially...

Analysis: Pope Francis uses Latin American trips to recover soul of the Catholic Church
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:00:00 PST

Pope Francis' fifth trip to Latin America in just five years as pontiff underscores his careful attempt to recapture the soul of the Roman Catholic Church in the region.

During his weeklong travel through Chile and Peru, the Argentine-born pope's message often has stood in marked contrast to those...

Pope Francis urges compassion toward immigrants, those 'who have had to leave everything behind'
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:45:00 PST

While celebrating Mass on Thursday near the north Chilean port of Iquique, Pope Francis reminded his listeners that, in the indigenous Aymara language, the city's name means "land of dreams."

Iquique was once a booming mining town but is now better known for its beaches, earthquakes and as the...

North Korea to send 'army of beauties' cheering squad to Winter Olympics in South Korea
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:30:00 PST

Regardless of which North Korean athletes end up competing in the Winter Olympics next month, their country is ready to bring an army of fans.

That's because the North Korean government — master of the giant, choreographed celebration — negotiated the right to bring its state-sponsored cheering...

No one is talking about building a wall, but Ireland fears a 'Brexit' divide
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:00:00 PST

It takes only a few seconds to drive across the bridge between the towns of Blacklion and Belcoo.

That they are in different countries is not readily apparent, notwithstanding the speed limit signs. Blacklion is in the Republic of Ireland and uses kilometers. Belcoo is in Northern Ireland and uses...

Trump tweets that Mexico is the most dangerous country in the world, and Mexico fights back
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:20:00 PST

President Trump falsely claimed in a tweet Thursday morning that Mexico is "now rated the number one most dangerous country in the world."

A border wall between the United States and Mexico is needed, Trump said, "for the safety and security of our country."

A few hours later, the Mexican government...

More violence reported as Pope Francis visits the homeland of Chile's indigenous Mapuche
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:20:00 PST

Pope Francis brought a message of peace and reconciliation Wednesday to a picturesque area of central Chile that has experienced a rash of violence attributed to indigenous Mapuche activists struggling to reclaim ancestral lands.

In the third day of his swing through Chile, Francis flew to the...

Tillerson says U.S. military should stay in Syria and vows diplomatic push to end civil war
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:30:00 PST

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday it was "crucial" for the United States to maintain an open-ended military and diplomatic presence in Syria to prevent Islamic State militants from regrouping, to thwart Iranian influence and ultimately to see the exit of President Bashar Assad.


A long-simmering factor in Iran protests: climate change
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:10:00 PST

In the mountains of western Iran, the province of Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari is known for mile-high lagoons, flowing rivers and wetlands that attract thousands of species of migratory birds.

But years of diminishing rainfall have shriveled water sources. Conditions worsened, residents say, after Iranian...

Pope Francis begins visit to Chile and Peru with apology for sexual abuse by priests
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:40:00 PST

Pope Francis opened the first full day of his visit to Chile with a somber apology for clerical sexual abuse, confronting a scandal that has roiled the Roman Catholic Church here and elsewhere.

"I cannot help but express the pain and shame, shame that I feel over the irreparable harm caused to...

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