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Leaders from round the world gather for the U.N. General Assembly: A quick look at what's on the table

A look at the difficult issues facing world leaders as they gather for the United Nations General Assembly in New York

Costco stores in South Korea offer chopped onions for hot dogs. Koreans have a different idea

The sound of silverware scraping plates reverberates through the Costco cafe, competing with the chatter of customers. It is the sound of scooping onions. Chopped onions are being scooped onto hot dogs, onto baked bulgogi sandwiches β€” and directly into people's mouths, along with healthy ...

Aung San Suu Kyi treats Rohingya crisis as a mystery: 'We want to find out why this exodus is happening'

With nearly half of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim population having fled the country in the past three weeks, Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the crisis publicly for the first time β€” and called it a mystery. We want to find out why this exodus is happening,' Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar's governing ...

As Rohingya Muslims flee Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi says: 'We want to find out why this exodus is happening'

Under mounting pressure to address Myanmar's bloody military crackdown against Rohingya Muslims, Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday that her government was working to restore the situation to normalcy' but declined to accept responsibility for what a top United Nations official has called ethnic ...

Hurricane Maria grows into a Category 5 storm and makes landfall in the storm-battered Caribbean

Hurricane Maria, a dangerous Category 5 storm, reached the island of Dominica in the eastern Caribbean on Monday night with sustained winds of 160 mph, forecasters said.It was expected to deliver destructive waves, a storm surge of up to 9 feet, flooding and mudslides along a path that the ...

Trump condemns 'bureaucracy and mismanagement' at the U.N.

Acting more the statesman than the flamethrower, President Trump made a smooth debut at the United Nations on Monday, chairing a meeting on reforming U.N. operations and agencies, and urging the global body to focus more on people and less on bureaucracy.' He called for the 193 member nations...

What happened to the 'Narcos' location scout found dead in Mexico?

As a location scout for Hollywood projects filming in his native Mexico, Carlos Munoz Portal spent his workdays roaming the country, searching for landscapes that would look great on screen. By age 37, he had racked up an impressive list of credits that included the drug war thriller Sicario'...

Trump is riding a 'dead horse' on climate issue, Gov. Brown says at New York conference

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday touted steps the state has taken toward a healthier climate, but warned that powerful forces he called climate deniers' are resisting technologies and policies designed to improve conditions. I like all the optimism around here, but I don't want to minimize...

United Nations General Assembly live updates: World awaits President Trump's first assembly

Trump is 'riding a dead horse' on climate issue, Gov. Brown says at New York conference

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday touted steps the state has taken toward a healthier climate, but warned that powerful forces he called climate deniers' are resisting technologies and policies designed to improve conditions. I like all the optimism around here, but I don't want to minimize...

After tough Trump speech, Pakistan scrambles to answer U.S. demands in Afghanistan

Pakistan, facing growing pressure internally and from the United States about the relationship between the two countries, is weighing how to respond to U.S. demands that it do more to help stop the fighting in Afghanistan. U.S. envoys have renewed calls on Pakistan to crack down on the Haqqani...

The U.N. says Rohingya Muslims are facing ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. So why is India trying to kick them out too?

More than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have streamed out of Myanmar in recent weeks, fleeing a bloody military crackdown that a top United Nations official described as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.' Now the Rohingya are facing expulsion from another country: India, where an estimated ...

Trump's first speech at U.N. will focus on sovereignty and calls for reform

President Trump takes to the world's largest stage this week. And many onstage are worried. Trump will deliver his first address Tuesday to the full United Nations General Assembly, an annual meeting that draws diplomats and leaders from 193 countries. Neither Russian President Vladimir Putin nor...

At $80 an ounce, it's not for everyone. But Iranian caviar is eyeing a comeback in the U.S.

Nasser Meshkin Azarian took a careful nibble, letting the salty, grainy texture roll across his tongue. He smiled and washed it down with a sip of cool water. I give it an 82 or 83' out of 100, Azarian said. At the retail price of $80 an ounce in Iran, it was an expensive bite. But beluga ...

Still reeling from Irma, U.S. Virgin Islanders scramble to evacuate ahead of another hurricane

At the docks of this Caribbean outpost, families with dogs and cats in carriers waited under a blazing tropical sun beside the wrecks of pleasure boats tossed ashore by Hurricane Irma. Another hurricane, Maria, was on the way, and could hit the already ravaged island of St. John and surrounding...

Rival Palestinian groups appear to move toward unity after a 10-year split

The Palestinian Authority's Fatah movement and its militant rival, Hamas, on Sunday appeared to move toward ending a 10-year split after Hamas vowed to accept conditions including a unity government and general elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Hamas, which took control of Gaza in 2007,...

Acid attack at French train station shows no signs of ties to terror groups

A woman who attacked four women from the United States with acid in Marseille, France, on Sunday did not appear to have ties to terror organizations, authorities said. The attacker, who sprayed acid at passersby near the city's Saint Charles rail station, seemed unbalanced and was not targeting...

The U.N. pledged to improve the lives of the world's most needy. Enacting that plan is another matter

It's been two years since the United Nations adopted 17 goals aimed at fighting poverty and inequality, protecting the environment and fostering peace. The target year for achieving those goals is 2030, but that's little time, given the scope of the agenda, and experts note formidable obstacles...

18-year-old man arrested in connection to London subway blast

Police in Britain said they had arrested an 18-year-old man Saturday in the port city of Dover suspected of involvement in Friday's terrorist attack on a London subway train when a bomb partially exploded, setting a crowded train car on fire and injuring 29 people.The apparent breakthrough in the...

Trump may be reconsidering his opposition to Paris climate accord

A European official said Saturday that the Trump administration has softened its opposition to the landmark Paris climate accord and may not completely withdraw after all. If true, this would mark another reversal of one of President Trump's key campaign promises, one of the most controversial....

Islamic State claims responsibility for London subway attack that injured 29; terror threat 'critical'

An Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the latest attack to rock Britain β€” the fifth this year β€” after a homemade bomb exploded in a packed London subway car Friday, sending panicked passengers fleeing for cover during the morning rush hour. In response to the attack, which left ...

Islamic State claims responsibility for bomb blast in London subway that injured 29 as officials raise terror threat to critical

An Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack that rocked London on Friday β€” the fifth this year β€” and U.K. officials raised the terror threat to critical, meaning another attack is expected. The attack sent panicked commuters running for cover during the morning rush hour and ...

The children of South Sudan's war face hunger, rape and other violence on their long, often-solitary walks to safety

Obede Lutana lost both his parents in South Sudan's increasingly vicious civil warβ€”his father shot to death by soldiers last year on the family's farm near Yei, his mother killed in an outbreak of disease. Lutana was left to live with his cousin, a young woman who cared for him as the chaos ...

Two criminal cases β€” one in China, one in Taiwan β€” show a deeper rift between the political systems

Courts in China and Taiwan, rivals for 70 years, each took a criminal state-security case this week involving a suspect from the other side, and outcomes so far are baring schisms between the political systems that will complicate already strained relations. A court in China's Hunan province ...

Fearful of Trump's America, asylum seekers from across the globe stream into Canada

Canada set up tents at the border and converted an Olympic stadium into a shelter to cope with the unprecedented surge of international asylum seekers arriving from the United States.

Improvised bomb injures 22 on London subway train; police call it a terrorist act

A homemade bomb exploded on a packed London subway train during rush hour on Friday, leaving 22 people injured, police and health officials said. None of the injured is thought to be seriously hurt. Police say the explosion was a terrorist attack, the fifth in Britain this year. Britain's ...

18 injured in London subway explosion; police call it a terrorist act

A bucket wrapped in an insulated bag caught fire on a packed London subway train Friday, sending commuters stampeding in panic at the height of the morning rush hour. Police said they were investigating it as a terrorist attack. Photos taken inside a District Line train show a white plastic ...

A new report shows just how much Trump has hurt Mexico's view of the U.S.

Because of President Trump, more Mexicans view the United States unfavorably than at any time in the last 15 years, according to a report by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. The report found that 65% of Mexicans hold a negative opinion of the U.S. β€” more than double the share two years ago....

Japan calls latest North Korean missile launch a 'serious act of provocation'

North Korea on Friday test-launched yet another ballistic missile over Japan, South Korean officials said, the latest provocation in an escalating standoff with the international community over its illicit nuclear program. The apparent intermediate-range missile was launched Friday morning near...

The enemies are fake, but Russia's war games are real. So is the alarm.

When Russian troops reach the border of the Republic of Veyshnoria' as scheduled this week, the enclave's patriotic defenders have pledged, according to their ministry of foreign affair's Twitter account, to greet defectors from the Russian military with Veyshnorian hospitality: stew, honey, ...

A new report shows just how much Trump has hurt Mexico's view of the U.S.

Thanks to President Trump, more Mexicans view the United States unfavorably than at any time in the last 15 years, according to a new report by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. The report found that 65% of Mexicans hold a negative opinion of the U.S. β€” more than double the share two years ...

Tillerson trims State Department staff and vows to make diplomacy more efficient

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is finishing what he calls a redesign plan' that would shrink the State Department and revamp American diplomacy in ways that already have drawn bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill. Tillerson said he is determined to do more with less even as the Trump ...

The end of DACA would be 'a big win for Mexico,' foreign secretary says

Relations between the United States and Mexico have been strained since the inauguration of President Trump, who has threatened to dismantle the North American Free Trade Agreement, vowed to make Mexico pay for a border wall and β€” during his campaign β€” called Mexican immigrants rapists. But ...

American rap, local whiskey: Tiny Bhutan guards tradition as it opens up to the world

The fresh-faced singer clutched the mic and looked conspiratorially at his audience, a few dozen young people several drinks down. This next one has some explicit lyrics,' he said. As a cheer went up from the front row, Younten Jamtsho, 20, and his five-man band, Yellow Pencils, launched into...

Why two Israeli Supreme Court rulings could hurt Netanyahu's governing coalition

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's fragile governing coalition was dealt another setback Wednesday after back-to-back rulings by the Supreme Court stunned the country's Orthodox Jewish establishment. In one far-reaching decision, the court overturned the law granting ultra-Orthodox ...

A home in Tijuana is a refuge for deported U.S. veterans

They call it the bunker. From the street in this working-class neighborhood, people passing by the two-story house can look through the window and glimpse a peace sign and various iterations of the Stars and Stripes. The formal name is emblazoned in English on a banner above the entrance: ...

Sebastian Gorka says the GOP didn't win last November, Donald Trump did

Sebastian Gorka left the White House last month after a brief, stormy tenure as a national security aide and close associate of Chief Strategist Steven Bannon. This is a Q&A with him.

Cuba took a direct hit from Hurricane Irma β€” and may have spared Florida from worse damage

Nieves Martinez Burgaleta, 87, was found floating in the flooded streets outside her home in Havana. Alberto Flores Garcia, 77, was crushed to death by a utility pole uprooted by hurricane winds. Yolendis Castillo Martinez, 27, died when a balcony damaged by the storm collapsed onto the bus she...

After an earthquake and a hurricane β€” and Trump's failure to send condolences β€” Mexico rescinds offer of aid to U.S.

Mexico on Monday withdrew its offer of aid to the United States to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, saying those resources are now needed at home as Mexico recovers from a separate hurricane and a devastating earthquake. Last month, as Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston with days of ...

Hundreds of thousands march in Barcelona for Catalonia independence

They traveled down from the Pyrenees mountains and up from seaside pueblos along Spain's northeastern coast, all in yellow separatist jerseys. With schools and offices shut for the day, children wore Catalan flags and rode on their parents' shoulders. The elderly sang an anthem banned during ...

U.N. Security Council approves weakened resolution for new sanctions on North Korea

The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a resolution to impose new economic sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear weapons buildup but the proposed penalties were weaker than the Trump administration had sought. The 15-0 vote marks the second unanimous decision against North...

France's Macron faces stiff political headwinds as he flies to the storm-tossed Caribbean

French President Emmanuel Macron will visit the Caribbean on Tuesday in an effort to persuade locals on the Irma-devastated islands of St. Martin and St. Barts that Paris has not abandoned them. Macron, whose popularity has plummeted at home, is taking flak from political opponents and islanders...

Moscow considering deeper cuts to U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia

Moscow is threatening to order an additional 155 American diplomatic personnel removed from missions in Russia in a further escalation of the cycle of retaliation between the two world powers. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Russia was seriously considering the ...

China's Xi Jinping is on the cusp of gaining power unseen since Mao Tse-tung

Xi and his Communist Party cadres are reinforcing their ideological rigor ahead of China's most important political event in years.