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Philippines orders Australian nun deported and blacklisted as 'a risk to public interest'
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:00:00 PDT

The Philippine immigration bureau on Thursday ordered the deportation of an Australian nun who has angered the president by joining anti-government rallies, but her lawyers called the move "persecution" and said they would appeal.

The bureau also wants to prohibit Sister Patricia Anne Fox from...

Video emerges of Macron's bodyguard beating protester in Paris
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:50:00 PDT

A video showing one of French President Emmanuel Macron's security chiefs beating a student demonstrator, until now cloaked in secrecy, is drawing a fierce public backlash over what is seen as mild punishment and a possible coverup.

The video of the May 1 event in Paris, revealed by Le Monde on...

Israeli parliament passes bill defining country as the nation-state of the Jewish people
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:50:00 PDT

The Israeli parliament has passed a controversial bill defining the country as the nation state of the Jewish people, granting an advantageous status to Jewish-only communities and downgrading Arabic from an official language to one with a "special status."

The bill passed at 3 a.m. Thursday, squeezing...

Why is Trump going after small NATO ally Montenegro?
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:50:00 PDT

President Trump never seemed to have much respect for the tiny European nation of Montenegro, the newest member of NATO.

At a summit at the transatlantic alliance's headquarters in Brussels last year, Trump and other leaders were gathering for a group photograph when Trump shoved aside Dusko Markovic,...

Thai boys, released from hospital, recount getting trapped in a cave, drinking water from rock walls
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:25:00 PDT

They were only supposed to be gone an hour. They brought no food, only a rope and flashlights they had stuffed into their soccer bags without telling their parents where they were going.

The 12 boys had persuaded their 25-year-old coach to take them after soccer practice to the Tham Luang Nang...

Turkey lifts state of emergency after two-year purge, but will anyone even notice?
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:05:00 PDT

A two-year state of emergency during which thousands were jailed or stripped of their livelihoods was lifted early Thursday, buoying the hopes of some that a time of repression and stifled free speech in Turkey was at an end.

Opposition leaders and human rights activists, however, cautioned that...

Once banned, the facial tattoo reappears as a cultural asset and political weapon in Taiwan
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 03:00:00 PDT

As a child, Kimi Sibal got his first lesson on the significance and the stigma of the facial tattoo when he asked his grandmother about the strange markings on her face.

Facial tattoos had been banned in Taiwan by Japanese colonists decades earlier and his grandmother hushed him, worried that if...

Libya left migrants to die in the Mediterranean, rescue group says
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:35:00 PDT

A migrant aid group has accused Libya's coast guard of abandoning three people in the Mediterranean Sea, including a woman and a toddler who died, after intercepting 160 Europe-bound migrants near the shores of the North African nation.

Proactiva Open Arms, a Spanish rescue group, said it found...

'Putin's Poodle' and other scathing comments emerge after Trump's appearance in Helsinki
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:20:00 PDT

The headlines were brutal.

"Best ally of Putin," said Tuesday's front page of France's sober-minded Le Monde.

"Trump makes it easy for Putin," echoed German's Die Welt.

"Trump 0, Putin 1," said the Finnish business daily Kauppalehti, playing off the just-concluded World Cup soccer tournament in...

Without mentioning Trump by name, Obama takes aim at 'strongman politics'
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:05:00 PDT

Without mentioning President Trump by name, former President Obama on Tuesday took direct aim at "strongman politics" and spoke of the "strange and uncertain times" in the world during an impassioned speech marking the 100th anniversary of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela's birth.

"The politics...

Japan and EU sign trade deal to eliminate nearly all tariffs
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:45:00 PDT

The European Union and Japan signed a landmark deal Tuesday that will eliminate nearly all tariffs on products they trade.

The ambitious pact signed in Tokyo runs counter to President Trump's moves to hike tariffs on imports from many U.S. trading partners. It covers a third of the global economy...

China challenges fairness of U.S. tariffs and asks World Trade Organization to intervene
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:50:00 PDT

China on Monday presented itself as a bastion of international order and global rules on trade while announcing its filing of a World Trade Organization challenge against a threat of $200 billion more in tariffs by the United States.

A Chinese government spokeswoman said fair trade called for international...

Putin weaves KGB tradecraft and attention to detail in a remarkable meeting with Trump
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:05:00 PDT

At a rally before cheering supporters this month in Montana, President Trump declared nonchalantly of his then-upcoming summit with Russia's leader: "I have been preparing for this stuff my whole life."

But on Monday, with a world audience looking on, the summit looked far more like a culminating...

Sifting through the wreckage of Trump's Europe tour for signs of a foreign policy
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:35:00 PDT

Critics already are calling it the "blame America first" tour.

That was perhaps inevitable after President Trump blamed American "foolishness and stupidity" on Monday for the nosedive in U.S. relations with Moscow, not Russia's aggression in Ukraine, Syria and in the 2016 presidential election.


Tijuana residents face loss of homes, patios and even a shrine as new border wall rises
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:40:00 PDT

From property barriers to wood shacks to cluttered backyard patios, dozens of structures south of the U.S. border fence face demolition as the Trump administration moves forward on its plans to build a taller, stronger wall separating the United States from Mexico.

The likely loss of property in...

Health emergency declared in northern Brazil after measles outbreak
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Five days after a 7-month-old boy died in late June from complications related to measles, the mayor of Manaus, the capital city of northern Brazilian state Amazonas, declared a state of emergency.

Residents weren't coming out in the numbers the city had expected since launching its vaccination...

Natan Sharansky: If I were an American liberal, I'd ask why women voted for Trump
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Natan Sharansky, the Soviet refusenik who became an Israeli politician, is winding down a long and serpentine career in public service that took him from the gulag to the halls of power.

Born Anatoly Borisovich Shcharansky in what is now Donetsk, Ukraine, Sharansky rose to international prominence...

A day after clashes, Israel contemplates its next move
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 16:15:00 PDT

The worst of the fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip has subsided a day after the violence threatened to escalate into war. But Israeli Cabinet officials and top military officials appeared deeply divided over how to respond to continuing low-tech attacks from across the...

Helsinki is probably happy to be modestly hosting the Trump-Putin summit
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 03:00:00 PDT

A few days before the summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the mayor of Helsinki stood in front of a large oil painting in a City Hall conference room and pondered the images.

The artist's delicate depiction of the Finnish capital's central market square in 1877...

Trump gets in a round of golf in Scotland but finds no respite from protests
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 16:25:00 PDT

Another day on British soil — and another round of protests against President Trump.

The U.S. president was booed by demonstrators while he enjoying a round of golf at one of his luxury Scottish resorts Saturday, the closest the protesters have got to him during this four-day visit to Britain....

Israeli forces exchange intense fire with Hamas militants in Gaza
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 12:45:00 PDT

Two Palestinian teens were killed by Israeli airstrikes, and four Israelis were wounded by rocket fire on Saturday in a continual escalation of the conflict between Israel and Palestinian militias in Gaza.

The Israeli army bombed more than 40 Hamas targets in the past 24 hours, and almost 100 rockets...

Britain protesters show their opposition to Trump with slogans and one large, angry baby balloon
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 15:00:00 PDT

Protesters in Britain on Friday did not mince words regarding their objection to President Trump.

"Honk if you hate Trump," read one placard. "Trump go home," read another.

A giant balloon in the likeness of Trump as an orange-and-yellow scowling baby wearing a diaper was hoisted in the air above...

At least 132 killed in bombing as ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is arrested amid political turmoil in Pakistan
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:50:00 PDT

At least 132 people were killed and dozens more critically injured Friday, in a bombing at an election campaign rally in a remote region of Pakistan, an attack that hurled the country deep into political chaos.

Officials blamed a suicide bomber for the killings and said the death toll could rise...

Trump team meets Mexico's incoming president in effort to repair relations
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:35:00 PDT

A team of top Trump administration officials traveled to Mexico City on Friday to meet the country's next president and try to repair strained relations in a largely symbolic visit after nearly two years of diplomatic discord with America's southern neighbor.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo...

Amid celebration, Thai divers who helped rescue soccer team trapped in cave mourn their friend
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:45:00 PDT

Jakkrawat Chansamot came out of his hotel room here the other day swilling a big brown bottle of beer. It was hard to tell if he was celebrating or mourning.

The retired Thai Navy SEAL had just helped pull off the year's great escape — extracting a boys' soccer team from a dark and flooded network...

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