Los Angeles Times : International (49)

At least 235 killed in Egypt as militants attack Sinai mosque

At least 235 people were killed when gunmen stormed a mosque during Friday prayers in the rugged Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives and firing on worshipers in what was believed to be the deadliest single attack by Islamist extremists on Egyptian civilians. There was no immediate claim of...

An awkward partnership might be the solution to Germany's political stalemate

After an inconclusive fall election threatened to paralyze Germany's leadership, the renewal of a uncomfortable right-left partnership could herald an end to what analysts had been calling the country's worst post-war political crisis. The center-left Social Democrats abruptly said Friday that...

Many in China outraged by shocking sexual abuse allegations at a kindergarten in Beijing

Several parents have accused a Beijing kindergarten of drugging and sexually abusing their children, causing an upswell of anger on Chinese social media and prompting an investigation into abuse at kindergartens nationwide. Children at a school run by the Beijing-based, New York-listed RYB ...

At least 235 killed as Egypt militants attack mosque in Sinai

At least 235 people were killed when gunmen stormed a mosque during Friday prayers in the rugged Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives and firing on worshipers in what was believed to be the deadliest single attack by Islamist extremists on Egyptian civilians. There was no immediate claim of...

On the shadowlands of the frontier, a U.S. border agent plans his future in Mexico

More than half of U.S. Border Patrol agents are Latinos, and many have closer ties to Mexico than to the United States. Ramiro Cordero spends his days patrolling the El Paso sector, and his nights dreaming of the day he'll retire in Mexico.

Shocking sexual abuse allegations at a kindergarten in Beijing has China on edge

Several parents have accused a Beijing kindergarten of drugging and sexually abusing their children, causing an upswell of anger on Chinese social media and prompting an investigation into abuse at kindergartens nationwide. Children at a school run by the Beijing-based, New York-listed RYB ...

Colombian coca farmers, facing a threat to their livelihood, resist U.S.-backed efforts to eradicate cocaine production

Colombian farmers resist U.S.-backed efforts to eradicate cocaine production

Argentina says missing submarine suffered explosion but doesn't know the crew's fate

An international flotilla of ships and several high-tech aircraft searching for a missing Argentine submarine focused on an area in the southern Atlantic Ocean on Thursday after authorities confirmed acoustical evidence of an explosion coming from the lost vessel with 44 crew members aboard. The...

Argentina says missing submarine suffered explosion but doesn't know the crew's fate

The Argentine navy confirmed Thursday that its missing submarine experienced an explosion Nov. 15 in the southern Atlantic but had no information on the fate of the 44 crew members. There was an anomalous event unusual, short, violent and nonnuclear, consistent with an explosion,'...

Genocide conviction of ex-Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic fuels hopes for future accountability

Not since the Nazi era had such atrocities taken place in the heart of Europe. In the streets of Sarajevo, a once-cosmopolitan capital, terrified civilians spent their days dodging snipers' bullets and shellfire, a years-long urban siege that ultimately left 10,000 people dead. In the supposed...

What we know and don't know about Argentina's missing submarine

A full week after the Argentine submarine's disappearance, there was no news Wednesday, encouraging or otherwise, about the whereabouts of the San Juan and its 44 crew members. The diesel-electric powered sub disappeared Nov. 15 as it cruised northward from the southern port of Ushuaia toward the...

U.S. declares military campaign in Myanmar to be ethnic cleansing

The United States on Wednesday joined other world powers and declared that the brutal campaign against Muslims in Myanmar amounts to ethnic cleansing. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the ongoing violence that has claimed the lives of thousands of Rohingya Muslims and driven many more from...

In cycling-obsessed Colombia, he dreamed of glory. But first he needed a bike

Steven Motavita was 13 when he bought a mountain bicycle to compete in local road races. It was cheap, with a heavy aluminum frame and fat tires unsuited for competition, but it was all he could afford with the money he made harvesting potatoes with two uncles who once shared his great cycling...

In cycling-obsessed Colombia, he dreamed of glory. But first he needed a bike

Steven Motavita was 13 when he bought a mountain bicycle to compete in local road races. It was cheap, with a heavy aluminum frame and fat tires unsuited for competition, but it was all he could afford with the money he made harvesting potatoes with two uncles who once had his same great cycling...

Much remains unclear as Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri suspends his resignation at president's request

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Wednesday he would wait before putting his resignation into effect, opening a path to solving a crisis that has thrown the tiny Mediterranean nation into turmoil. Hariri met Wednesday morning with President Michel Aoun to personally tender his resignation...

Who are the 11 human rights activists going on trial in Turkey?

Eleven human rights activists, including nine Turks, a Swede and a German, are scheduled to appear in court in Istanbul on Wednesday despite an international groundswell of condemnation over the Turkish government's decision to try them on charges of aiding terror organizations. Turkey has been...

Michigan man found wandering near DMZ is deported, South Korean officials confirm

South Korean authorities have deported an American man caught wandering last week near the highly fortified border with North Korea, officials here confirmed Wednesday. The deportation to the United States ends a bizarre journey for Bruce Byron Lowrance of Michigan, who authorities say came to...

Watch dramatic video showing North Korean forces chasing, firing on defecting soldier

United States military officials Wednesday released dramatic video showing the daring defection — and eventual rescue — of a North Korean soldier who barreled across the Demilitarized Zone in a truck and then ran as fellow troops fired on him. The video, shot the afternoon of Nov. 13, shows ...

Russia's military role in Syria may be nearing an end, Putin says after meeting with Assad

To many observers, the image of Russian President Vladimir Putin sharing a warm embrace with Syrian leader Bashar Assad during a surprise meeting between the two leaders seemed to serve as a coda to a Russian military campaign that has reversed the course of a ferocious war now in its seventh ...

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, facing impeachment, resigns after 37 years in power

Robert Mugabe, the revolutionary war hero who helped end white minority rule in Zimbabwe but replaced it with decades of brutality and corruption, had always said he would give up power on his own terms and rule until he was 100. In the end, he did neither: The 93-year-old president, facing ...

The rise and fall of Zimbabwe's longtime leader: Robert Mugabe

The rule of Robert Mugabe, a once-respected liberation leader turned feared dictator and international pariah, came to an unflattering end Tuesday when the Zimbabwean president was forced to relinquish his 37-year hold on power in the face of possible impeachment. The future of the 93-year-old...

Two high-profile killings in Mexico stoke outrage about nationwide surge in slayings

Public indignation about Mexico's surging homicide rate has followed the two latest high-profile killings — those of a human rights ombudsman in Baja California Sur state and a telecommunications executive outside Mexico City. President Enrique Peña Nieto denounced the killing of Adolfo Lagos ...

A mother waits at the edge of the ocean for a son whose submarine has gone missing

Family members of 44 crew members of the Argentine submarine missing for nearly a week have maintained brave faces even as each passing hour complicates chances for a rescue of their loved ones lost at sea. Every so often I go to the edge of the ocean and ask that my son be returned to me,' said...

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, facing impeachment, resigns after 37 years in power

Celebrations erupted in the streets after Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, resigned Tuesday, a stunning end to nearly 40 years of leadership announced in parliament during impeachment proceedings against him. Car horns were blasting across Harare, the capital, as Zimbabweans expressed their...

Russia's military role in Syria may be nearing an end, Putin says after meeting with Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country's military role in Syria may be coming to an end and that a peace plan — led by Kremlin initiatives and without the United States' involvement — is being crafted. Putin made the comments after meeting Monday with Syrian President Bashar Assad ...

Sounds heard in deep ocean were not distress signals from missing submarine, Argentine navy says

Hopes that strange sounds detected on the ocean floor might be distress signals from a missing Argentine submarine crew were dashed Monday night after an analysis indicated they were not metallic in nature. Earlier in the day, Argentine navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said the noises picked up by...

Trump puts North Korea back on list of 'state sponsors of terrorism'

President Trump put North Korea back on a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism' Monday, a largely symbolic move that administration officials said will increase pressure on Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons arsenal. Trump said the designation will be followed Tuesday by a new round...

Germany faces uncertain political future as talks on new coalition government collapse

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that she would rather face another election than try to muddle through with a minority government if further negotiations did not yield coalition partners. Merkel's comments came after talks to form a new government unexpectedly collapsed late Sunday,...

Zimbabwe's Mugabe may face impeachment after failing to meet resignation deadline

Zimbabwe's ruling party expects to start impeachment proceedings against longtime President Robert Mugabe in parliament Tuesday, after he failed to meet a deadline set by the party for him to step down. Mugabe has clung to the presidency amid increasing pressure from party leaders, much of the...

Trump urged to sell $50 million in lethal weapons to Ukraine

National security officials are urging President Trump to approve the sale of nearly $50 million worth of U.S. weapons to Ukraine, which has confronted what it sees as military aggression from Russia and pro-Russian separatists for years. It was unclear whether Trump, who has been reluctant ...

Chile's presidential race appears headed for a December runoff

Businessman Sebastian Piñera, who was Chile's president from 2010 to 2014, appeared headed for a victory in presidential elections Sunday, though a runoff was expected with the second-place finisher, according to partial returns. Piñera and the other candidates seemed likely to fall short of ...

Zimbabwe's Mugabe remains president, at least temporarily, after ruling party fires him

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who was widely expected to resign Sunday after the ruling party sacked him and threatened to impeach him if he did not leave office, conceded a need for change but remained in the leadership post. Mugabe, stripped of executive power when the military took ...

Argentine officials cannot confirm whether satellite signals came from missing submarine

Argentina's navy said Sunday that there was no clear evidence that satellite communications initially believed to have come from a submarine with 44 crew members missing in the Atlantic were from the vessel. Officials said they were analyzing whether seven brief satellite calls the Defense ...

Zimbabwe's Mugabe vows to remain president after ruling party fires him

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who was widely expected to resign Sunday after the ruling party sacked him as leader and threatened to impeach him if he did not leave office, instead vowed to remain the country's leader. Mugabe said on state television that he expected to preside at the ...

The Shakespearean excesses and political intrigues that drove Africa's oldest strongman out of power

Robert Mugabe, remote, aloof and arrogant, regards himself as the last of the African liberation war heroes, with no living peers left. He carefully created the militaristic state that kept him in power for 37 years, forgetting that once he lost control of the generals, he was finished.

Zimbabwe ruling party fires Mugabe as chief

Zimbabwe's ruling party Central Committee fired longtime President Robert Mugabe as party leader Sunday, saying that if he doesn't resign as the country's president by noon Monday they will begin impeachment proceedings when Parliament resumes the following day. Clinging to his now virtually ...

Missing Argentine submarine apparently sent 7 satellite messages, but none got through

The Argentine navy has detected what appeared to be seven satellite messages sent from a missing submarine, but communication with the vessel was never established, and its whereabouts in the south Atlantic remained a mystery late Saturday. The 44-crew submarine, the subject of an intensive ...

Lebanon's prime minister arrives in Paris, heralding the end of one crisis but perhaps starting another

Lebanon's embattled prime minister, Saad Hariri, met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Saturday and insisted he would return to Beirut on Wednesday, marking a new chapter in the odd political drama that has thrust Lebanon into the regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran. ...

Thousands march through Zimbabwe's capital to demand Mugabe's departure

During elections nine years ago, Zimbabwe ruling party thugs banged on Nonoza Ncube's door at 2 a.m., took her to a temporary military-style base and beat her on her back and legs with batons. Yet when she heard that ruling party ZANU-PF war veterans were staging a mass rally in Harare, the ...

Trump administration threatens to shut down Palestinian delegation in Washington

The Trump administration is threatening to shutter the Palestinian Authority's representative office in Washington based on a provision of a U.S. law that has not been previously enforced. The State Department recently informed the Palestinian Authority that if it does not reenter peace ...

Congressional critics slam State Department as rudderless

When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made his first official trip to Myanmar on Wednesday, he did not describe the country's brutal military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as ethnic cleansing, as other diplomats have done. Security forces have conducted or allowed what critics call systematic ...

As Trump administration touts coal at U.N. gathering, U.S. cities and states target climate change

The sharp political divisions in the United States over climate change spilled over to the outside world at the United Nations conference that will likely be remembered for two rival delegations that showed up from the U.S. As Trump administration officials attending a U.N. climate change ...

Congressional critics slam State Department as rudderless

When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made his first official trip to Myanmar on Wednesday, he largely ignored the country's widespread human rights abuses. Security forces have conducted or allowed what critics call systematic rape and murder against Myanmar's Rohingya minority, leading to a ...

In Zimbabwe, Mugabe's fall appears to mark the end of Africa's postcolonial 'Big Men' era

The collapse of Africa's colonial order set in motion the almost Shakespearean trajectory of Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe: from fiery liberation hero to avaricious dictator to seeming victim, in frail old age, of his own misrule. Now, as his 37-year stint in power appears to be drawing to a close,...

Football — the American kind — is all the rage in Mexico

The quarterback spied an open player in the end zone and hurled the ball downfield. Touchdown. Or, as they shout here in Mexico: Gooooooooal! At this stadium on the northern edge of Mexico City and others like it across the country, the National Football League is waging a war on soccer. Every...

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe makes first public appearance since military takeover

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's public appearance at a university graduation ceremony Friday — leaving the confinement of his mansion — was stage-managed by the military to deflect accusations it took control of the country Wednesday in a military coup. The move was designed to assure ...

Latest round of NAFTA talks opens in Mexico, with few prospects for breakthroughs

Mexico is signaling both flexibility and doubt about the latest demands from Washington as the fifth round of talks on the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement formally opened Friday in the Mexican capital. The fate of NAFTA has become a kind of national fixation in Mexico, where the...

With Raiders and Patriots set to play in Mexico City, here's a glossary of American football terms in Spanish

When the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots play in Mexico City on Sunday, Spanish-language commentators will refer to "bloquear" and "el lanzador." Here's a guide to some American football terms in Spanish.

Russia warns some news organizations to prepare to register as foreign agents

The warning from the Russian Ministry of Justice said the Moscow bureau of U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe should prepare to register as a foreign agent, a move critics view as an attempt to limit free speech. Editors and reporters at the broadcast news bureau read the emailed warning, looked up...