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Crisis over Jerusalem holy site intensifies ahead of Friday prayers

Days of escalating clashes and a diplomatic crisis over recently installed Israeli metal detectors at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City are stoking concern of a new wave of violence ahead of Friday prayers. Girding for a surge of friction at noontime prayers on the Muslim day...

Trump said he left his seat at G-20 dinner because the Japanese first lady spoke no English. She's pretty fluent

It's yet another element of mystery concerning President Trump and Vladimir Putin — this one centering on the quality of dinner-party chitchat. Trump says he went over to speak with the Russian president during a dinner in Germany earlier this month because he was unable to speak to his seat ...

Ukraine's separatists propose a new country: Little Russia. Kremlin denies any involvement

The Russian government said it was taken by surprise Tuesday when the rebel leader of a breakaway region of eastern Ukraine proposed the creation of a new nation-state called Malorossiya, or Little Russia. The head of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, told ...

Youths protest violence, 'emerging dictatorship' as the Philippines' Duterte seeks to extend martial law

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has cursed world leaders, threatened to kill criminals and promised to eat the livers of terrorists, but Shibby de Guzman and her friends don't seem intimidated. Shibby, a 13-year-old ninth-grader, and other young activists are calling for the end of ...

Iran's latest culture battle: Should women in cars keep their heads covered?

Reihane Taravati, an outspoken social media activist, was riding in a taxi the other day when she received a stern reprimand from the driver. Unbeknownst to Taravati, 26, her headscarf — which Iranian women are required to wear as a show of modesty — had slipped down the back of her head, ...

Youths protest violence, 'emerging dictatorship' as the Philippines' Duterte seeks to extend martial law

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has cursed world leaders, threatened to kill criminals and promised to eat the livers of terrorists, but Shibby de Guzman and her friends don't seem intimidated. De Guzman, a 13-year-old ninth-grader, and other young activists are calling for the end of ...

A 42-foot, 660-pound balloon is a symbol of Brazil's problems

When Pixuleco' made his first public appearance at a Brasilia protest in August 2015, he became an instant star. The 42-foot, 660-pound inflatable version of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, complete with a black-and-white striped prison jumpsuit, drew not only stares, but...

These Brazilian politicians, full of hot air and for sale, are really just balloons

When Pixuleco' made his first public appearance at a Brasilia protest in August 2015, he became an instant star. The 42-foot, 660-pound inflatable version of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, complete with a black-and-white striped prison jumpsuit, drew not only stares, but...

After Trump reluctantly certifies Iran is obeying nuclear deal, he slaps it with new sanctions

A day after certifying that Iran is obeying international restrictions on its nuclear program, the Trump administration went in the opposite direction Tuesday and slapped new sanctions on Tehran for unrelated alleged transgressions. The Treasury Department blacklisted 18 people and entities for...

After Trump reluctantly certifies Iran is obeying nuclear deal, he slaps it with new sanctions

A day after certifying that Iran is obeying international restrictions on its nuclear program, the Trump administration went in the opposite direction Tuesday and slapped new sanctions on Tehran for unrelated alleged transgressions. The Treasury Department on Tuesday blacklisted 18 individuals...

Singapore is orderly, civil — and aghast over a family feud

Paint is chipping off the two-story house at 38 Oxley Road. If not for the empty white guard posts, few could tell it housed the man who built Singapore into a global symbol of order and opportunity. Now this modest former residence of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's founder and first prime minister,...

Another victim of Venezuela's unrest: Caracas' once-renowned zoo

Nothing illustrates the miserable state of the Caricuao zoo more than the dozen vultures circling above the pen of Ruperta, a 46-year-old African elephant who was once the animal park's star attraction. Ruperta looks weak and emaciated — even bony along the spine and at her hips. In some parts...

Trump administration certifies that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal the president condemned

President Trump will wait for another day to "rip up" the Iran deal, as he promised on the campaign trail. Late Monday, three senior officials said the Trump administration would formally certify by a midnight deadline that Iran is in compliance with the restrictions on its nuclear program ...

Former governor of Mexico's Veracruz state extradited from Guatemala to face corruption charges

A one-time rising star of Mexico's ruling party who became the public face of suspected egregious corruption afflicting the country's political system was extradited Monday from Guatemala to face a wide range of criminal charges. Javier Duarte, former governor of Veracruz state, had been arrested...

The Panama Papers and a Microsoft font could bring down the government in Pakistan

In Pakistan's short, turbulent history, every prime ministership has ended in dismissal, resignation, assassination or a military coup. No premier in 70 years has completed the full five-year term. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif — who has been ousted twice before — was on track to end that ...

Jordanian soldier sentenced to life in prison in killing of three U.S. military trainers

A Jordanian soldier was convicted Monday in the slaying of three U.S. military trainers last year and sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labor, Jordan's official news agency said. A military court in Amman handed a guilty verdict to Maarek Abu Tayeh, a guard who in November shot and killed...

Pache, a stew of sheep and cow innards, may not look appetizing, but the people of Mosul adore it

The annals of food preparation have no lack of the gruesome. Still, it's hard to envision a more macabre process than the one that yields pache , the piece de resistance of Mosul's unique cuisine. The Iraqi city, where the government recently declared victory over Islamic State...

Millions take part in symbolic referendum rejecting plans to rewrite Venezuela's constitution

Millions of government opponents dealt a symbolic blow Sunday to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, casting votes in an unofficial referendum rejecting his controversial plan for a constitutional overhaul. The balloting was organized by the opposition and denounced by the government as illegal...

Venezuela's opposition stages a symbolic referendum to reject plans to rewrite the constitution

Government opponents sought to deal a symbolic blow Sunday to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, casting votes in an unofficial referendum designed to reject his controversial plan for a constitutional overhaul. The balloting was organized by the opposition and denounced by the government as...

Israel reopens Muslim holy site — but the addition of metal detectors sparks new protests

Israel reopened the Temple Mount plaza outside Al Aqsa Mosque on Sunday for the first time since a deadly shootout at the Jerusalem holy site two days earlier, but tensions persisted as Palestinians protested the new metal detectors placed at the entrance to the compound. The Old City plaza, ...

American researcher sentenced to prison in Iran, the latest foreigner jailed on espionage charges

An American citizen has been sentenced to prison for espionage in Iran, the latest foreign national to be jailed on spying charges in the Islamic Republic, state news media reported Sunday. Mizan news agency, the mouthpiece of Iran's judiciary, identified the American as Xiyue Wang, a 37-year-old...

Wastewater on a stick: The popsicles from Taiwan that you really, really don't want to eat

The popsicle looks delicious — orange colored, translucent, with what might be a small slice of citrus suspended inside. It's also probably toxic. Three confectioners made the frozen bar — on display at a university exhibition hall near Taipei — from tainted ditch water, and the round thing ...

Turkey marks anniversary of failed coup attempt

Millions of people gathered across Turkey in observance of one year since civilians poured into the streets and confronted rebel soldiers, thwarting what would have been the country's fourth military coup. At least 250 people were killed and more than 2,000 wounded the night of July 15, 2016, ...

'I watched her die': The last push for Mosul, from those who lived through the ferocious battle

For more than a week, 13-year-old Majed Ali and his family had played a deadly game in what had become the killing grounds of Mosul's Old City quarter. We moved to four different houses, and every time the planes hit us,' said Ali, his outsized brown eyes wide with excitement as he described how...

Soviet Army intelligence veteran attended meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer

Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer aimed at obtaining derogatory information about Hillary Clinton in June 2016 had another, previously undisclosed participant: A Soviet-born Washington lobbyist who once served in a Soviet Army counterintelligence unit. Rinat Akhmetshin, who ...

Trump returns from Paris to face growing legislative and legal problems. But first, golf

He'll always have Paris. President Trump returned Friday from being feted in France to confront new, damaging revelations in the investigation into whether his associates coordinated with Russian efforts to sway the 2016 election, as well as perilous signs in Congress for the Republican ...

Jerusalem holy site shuttered after deadly Temple Mount attack

Israel took the rare step of closing the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem to Muslim worshipers and tourists through the weekend, after a deadly shootout Friday morning in which three Israeli Arabs killed two Israeli Druze policemen. The attackers were killed by police, stoking fears of more ...

Attacker stabs six tourists — two fatally — at beach resort in Egypt

Two tourists were killed and four wounded by a knife-wielding attacker at an Egyptian Red Sea resort, Egypt's Interior Ministry said Friday. There was confusion over the nationalities of the dead. An Egyptian security official said they were German and not Ukrainian as the ministry had reported....

Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo's death sparked an outpouring of grief online. Then came the censors

After Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese dissident and 2010 Nobel Peace laureate, died in custody on Thursday evening, his Chinese admirers went online to voice their sympathy and grief — and countless government censors buckled down for a long night's work. The Chinese government's drive to silence ...

Another former Peruvian president is sent to jail, this time as part of growing corruption scandal

Former Peruvian President Ollanta Humala and his wife were in jail Friday after a judge ordered the couple detained for up to 18 months while prosecutors pursue money laundering and other charges against them. Their detention means that two former Peruvian presidents are currently incarcerated...

A year after failed coup, a Turkish newspaper is in the crosshairs of an increasingly powerful president

The front page of a recent edition of Cumhuriyet offered a sampling of the hard-hitting coverage for which Turkey's oldest independent newspaper is known: Election officials violated international law' in certifying a controversial referendum in April giving the president broad new powers. Crowds...

The 'caliphate' is all but lost, yet Islamic State's threat remains potent

For a time, the caliphate really did exist: a terrifying medieval prophecy sprung to life and captured in the pitiless freeze-frames of propaganda videos. Even as U.S.-led forces in Iraq and Syria deal decisive blows to Islamic State, the group remains a potent threat. In 2014, ensconced amid the...

A new film tells the story of the Sikh boy ruler who was ripped from his kingdom and transformed into an English aristocrat

He became the ruler of the Sikh kingdom, had the throne stolen from him, was separated from his mother, had his face spattered with the blood of a slain uncle and was carted off to become an aristocrat in Queen Victoria's Britain — all before his 16th birthday. The life of Maharajah Duleep ...

Attacker stabs six tourists — two fatally — at beach resort in Egypt

Two Ukrainian tourists were killed and four wounded by a knife-wielding attacker at an Egyptian Red Sea resort, Egypt's Interior Ministry said Friday. A man has been arrested and was being questioned in connection with the attack, the ministry said in a statement. The tourists were rushed to a...

Finally, visas in hand, Afghan girls depart for the U.S. and a global robotics competition

When Afghan 10th-grader Fatemeh Qaderian learned that her girls' robotics team had been denied visas to attend an international competition in Washington — despite applying twice — the 14-year-old said she lost hope.' We worked hard and spent a lot of time,' said Qaderian, who flew back and ...

Hong Kong ousts four pro-democracy lawmakers as Beijing supporters gain influence

A Hong Kong court on Thursday ousted four pro-democracy lawmakers for taking their oaths incorrectly, stunning the gathered crowd into silence and raising concerns that the city's legislature would disintegrate into a rubber stamp parliament for Beijing. This decision robs pro-democracy lawmakers...

2 Israeli police officers, 3 attackers are killed in Temple Mount shootout

Two Israeli police officers were killed Friday when gunmen with improvised weapons opened fire near the holiest site in Jerusalem, then fled back to the Temple Mount plaza outside the Al Aqsa Mosque and engaged in a rare shootout with police. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld called the...

2 Israeli police officers and their 3 attackers are killed in Temple Mount shootout

Two Israeli police officers were killed Friday when gunmen with improvised weapons opened fire near the holiest site in Jerusalem, then fled back to the Temple Mount plaza outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque and engaged in a rare shootout with police. Israeli Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld called the...

Israel built a wall. But Palestinian laborers continue to sneak through daily

He was only 12 when he first stole into Israel from his home in a Palestinian farming village in the West Bank to find work. A few weeks later, he returned with more than $2,000 in wages. Ever since, Ahmed has been working construction and agriculture jobs throughout Israel, from high-rise ...

Three Israelis wounded, attackers killed in dramatic shootout near Temple Mount

Gunmen with improvised weapons opened fire on a group of police Friday near the holiest site in Jerusalem, wounding three before fleeing back to the Temple Mount plaza outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque and engaging in a rare shootout with police. Israeli Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld called the ...

In court testimony, U.S. doctor offers sliver of hope for terminally ill British baby Charlie Gard

The parents of Charlie Gard were back in court Thursday to try to persuade a judge to allow them to bring the terminally ill British baby to the United States or Italy for experimental treatment. At an emotionally charged hearing, an American doctor testified over a video link that there was new...

Warriors, dreamers and just plain crazy: U.S. civilian volunteers fighting Islamic State in Syria

The heavily armed fighters peered out of a broken second-story window at their outpost in a crumbling house on the western edge of this shell-shocked city, where Islamic State is fighting a furious battle to hold on to the capital of its self-declared caliphate. They ducked to avoid snipers ...

Israelis and Palestinians agree to water deal to help communities suffering chronic shortages

Israeli and Palestinian officials said Thursday they had agreed to a water-sharing plan to help Palestinian communities suffering chronic shortages, a goal included in a broader 2013 deal that involves Jordan. The water agreement was crucial for residents of the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the...

The neat-as-a-pin African country where people are executed for petty theft

In October, Innocent Mbarushimana was caught stealing a few bananas in the village of Kabeza in western Rwanda. Two months before that, an improverished farmer named Jean Kanyesoko was caught red-handed stealing someone's sugarcane. They and dozens of others were shot dead or beaten to death in...

Nobel laureate and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo dies at 61

Liu Xiaobo, the famed Chinese dissident who won the Nobel Peace Prize while jailed for his pro-democracy writings, has died in a hospital in northeastern China at the age of 61. The Chinese judicial bureau said Liu died Thursday of multiple organ failure. Liu had terminal liver cancer and had ...

An iceberg the size of Delaware just broke off of Antarctica

Sometime in the last few days, a block of ice the size of Delaware broke away from Antarctica and is now floating freely in the Weddell Sea. The iceberg, which at around 1 trillion tons is one of the largest on record, poses no immediate threat to sea levels. But scientists say the break may have...

Cholera outbreak pushes war-ravaged Yemen to the brink of catastrophe

A cholera outbreak in Yemen that has infected more than 300,000 people and caused more than 1,700 deaths in the last few months is propelling the war-ravaged nation to the brink of catastrophe, health and humanitarian officials say. Security concerns amid a severe shortage of safe drinking water...