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  • Police spray protesters with tear gas at rally against police abuse in Paris

    Police spray protesters with tear gas at rally against police abuse in Paris

    Paris police sprayed tear gas at bottle-throwing demonstrators on the margins of a rally Saturday meant to support a young black man who was allegedly raped with a police baton and other victims of police abuse. Two police officers were injured and 13 people were arrested in the clashes, which...

  • Pence reaffirms support for NATO, says U.S. will hold Russia accountable

    Pence reaffirms support for NATO, says U.S. will hold Russia accountable

    Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday conveyed a message to jittery partners that the Trump administration will "hold Russia accountable" and maintain steadfast support for NATO, a military alliance the American commander in chief once dismissed as "obsolete." In his overseas debut as vice president,...

  • Violent assault on Islamic State entrenchments in west Mosul set to begin

    Violent assault on Islamic State entrenchments in west Mosul set to begin

    Col. Refaq Abdul Baqi paused for an instant at a cinder-block wall before darting across the alleyway. Safely through, he crouched low as he climbed the stairs to the roof of a dilapidated house on the edge of this city's Qubbah district. “This is the right bank of Mosul,” said Baqi, gesturing...

  • 680 Cubans returned home since end of 'wet foot, dry foot'

    680 Cubans returned home since end of 'wet foot, dry foot'

    About 680 Cubans have been returned to the island from various countries since then-President Barack Obama ended a longstanding immigration policy that allowed any Cuban who made it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident, state television reported. Cuba's government had long sought the...

  • Trump team hits the road to calm global concerns

    Trump team hits the road to calm global concerns

    Led by Vice President Mike Pence, the Trump administration is seeking to calm tensions among anxious allies at a high-level security summit in Germany after weeks of puzzling statements from Washington that threatened to reorder decades of U.S. foreign policy. The annual Munich Security Conference...

  • In the half of Mosul freed from Islamic State, life returns to not-quite normal

    In the half of Mosul freed from Islamic State, life returns to not-quite normal

    In parts of this northern Iraqi city, life seems routine. People flock to sidewalk barbecue joints and falafel stands. Shops are open. Traffic snakes through run-down thoroughfares. But war intrudes closer to the Tigris River, the line now separating government forces on the east side of the city...

  • Samsung heir apparent is arrested in South Korean corruption scandal

    Samsung heir apparent is arrested in South Korean corruption scandal

    South Korean special prosecutors investigating a sprawling corruption scandal that led to the president’s impeachment arrested the heir apparent to Samsung Electronics  on Friday. Prosecutors in recent weeks accused Lee Jae-yong of several crimes, including bribery, embezzlement and perjury. A...

  • In Arab world, fresh doubts about the chances for a Palestinian state

    In Arab world, fresh doubts about the chances for a Palestinian state

    Four years ago, the West Bank city of Ramallah rejoiced when the United Nations voted to recognize a Palestinian state – a symbolic move, surely, but seen at the time by many as a hopeful step on the road to self-determination. Now few in the city believe that the new U.S. administration will help...

  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has kept a low profile so far. On Thursday, he spoke up

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has kept a low profile so far. On Thursday, he spoke up

    As CEO of Exxon Mobil, one of the world’s largest oil companies, Rex Tillerson was accustomed to giving orders and brokering multibillion-dollar deals around the globe. Now he leads a State Department that was largely sidelined by President Trump’s disruptive phone calls with leaders in Mexico...

  • Trump and his aides offer mixed messages on Russia

    Trump and his aides offer mixed messages on Russia

    Insisting he would “love to get along with Russia,” President Trump strongly defended his attempts to seek warmer ties with Moscow on Thursday even as three top advisors raised major caution flags about cooperating with President Vladimir Putin’s autocratic government and military. Questions about...

  • Syrian government used chlorine gas against Aleppo civilians, report says

    Syrian government used chlorine gas against Aleppo civilians, report says

    Syrian military forces dropped chlorine gas in rebel-held residential areas of Aleppo at least eight times late last year, killing four children and five other civilians in a protracted battle to retake the city, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Monday. Roughly 200 people in eastern...

  • Hamas names top militant commander as new hard-line leader in Gaza

    Hamas names top militant commander as new hard-line leader in Gaza

    The Palestinian group Hamas said on Monday that it chose a hard-line military chief as its new political leader in the Gaza Strip, a move seen by analysts as increasing the risk of a new outbreak of war between Gaza’s Islamist rulers and Israel.       Yehya Sinwar, 55, considered the No. 3 in Hamas’...

  • Bomb kills at least 14 at pharmacists' protest in Lahore, Pakistan, police say

    Bomb kills at least 14 at pharmacists' protest in Lahore, Pakistan, police say

    A breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Monday after a suicide bombing killed at least 14 people and injured 87 others at a large protest rally in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore. The attack occurred as hundreds of pharmacists and pharmaceutical manufacturers rallied...

  • Romania is engulfed by protest in a political awakening of the young

    Romania is engulfed by protest in a political awakening of the young

    The cartoon depicts a clutch of young demonstrators bundled up warm, their eyes fixed on their smart phones as they scroll through an endless stream of social media updates and hyper-speed newsflashes. The accompanying text reads: “We all suffer these days from civic FOMO [fear of missing out].”...

  • Mystery deepens over apparent abduction of Chinese billionaire in Hong Kong

    Mystery deepens over apparent abduction of Chinese billionaire in Hong Kong

    The fallout from a Chinese billionaire’s apparent abduction in Hong Kong has engulfed a Beijing newspaper, deepening the mystery over his disappearance and setting the city’s mainland Chinese community on edge.  Xiao Jianhua, a 45-year-old Chinese-born Canadian citizen, vanished from his home at...

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