USA TODAY: International (152)

Turkish soap operas' portrayal of women stirs controversy

It’s like Turkey’s 'Dynasty,' a story of secrets, revenge and a mysterious man chasing a rich, pretty woman.         

Trump Team vows diplomatic pressure on North Korea

The Trump administration tells lawmakers it will apply economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.         

Observers: Large explosion rocks Syrian capital

The explosion was heard across the capital, jolting residents awake, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.         

Ordering national security investigation, Trump could block aluminum imports

The action comes just a week after the president directed a similar investigation into steel imports.         

2 police wounded in shooting on French island of Reunion

The gunman was subdued and arrested.         

Gas restrictions in force in N. Korean capital

The shortage began last week.         

Hong Kong widens crackdown, arrests 9 more activists

Police detained the activists for their apparent involvement in an anti-China protest last year.         

A multimillion-dollar question: What's a 'sanctuary city?'

Faced with funding threats, local leaders are asking the Trump administration for a clear definition.         

South Korean-U.S. joint military live-fire drills

        

Passages 2017: those we’ve lost through the year

        

Europe took in 710,400 asylum seekers last year — double those from 2015

The increase comes amid a sharp decline in the number of refugees attempting to reach Europe.         

Senators plead with Trump administration to let 50,000 Haitians stay

The Trump administration is weighing an end to immigration protections for Haitians next January.         

Lose citizenship for fibbing? Supreme Court justices fume

Millions of naturalized citizens could be at risk for providing false statements.         

Kremlin bans 'Open Russia' movement ahead of weekend protests

The group backs nationwide rallies against a Putin re-election bid.         

Pope Francis to visit Egypt after terror attack on Christians

Francis is using the visit to recognize efforts by Egypt's president to let Christians openly pray in the country.         

Ukraine marks 31st anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear disaster

        

Fossils suggest massive change in human migration estimates

Scientists say a cache of ancient bones and stones shows ancestral humans reached the New World more than 100,000 years earlier than previously thought.         

Giant rabbit mysteriously dies on United flight

A potentially record-breaking giant rabbit died on a United flight from London to Chicago.         

Adorable rescue dog resembles William Shakespeare

A rescue dog at the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre in Kenilworth, looks just like William Shakespeare. Keri Lumm reports on this Instagram ready pooch.         

Swipe right! One-of-a-kind Rhino takes to Tinder

The goal is to raise the $9 million needed to protect the species from extinction.         

'United can't get a break': Social media reacts after rabbit found dead at O'Hare

Simon could have become the world's giant rabbit, his breeder said.         

China launches its first domestically-made aircraft carrier

The 50,000-ton carrier was launched during a ceremony Wednesday.         

Pope Francis warns in TED talk: 'Power can ruin you'

The pontiff makes a surprise, 18-minute video appearance at the TED conference in Vancouver.         

Raw: US-South Korean live-fire exercises

U.S. and South Korean troops held live-fire exercises. South Korea also announced that key parts of the THAAD missile defense system were installed. Some South Koreans are protesting it, despite rising tensions with North Korea.         

China launches its first domestically-made aircraft carrier

China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries.         

France: Analysis shows Assad regime behind sarin attack

The Kremlin denounced the French report, saying the samples and the fact the nerve agent was used are not enough to prove who was behind the attack.         

U.S. Navy fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Persian Gulf

Lt. Ian McConnaughey of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet says the incident happened Monday.         

Wild boars overrun Islamic State position, kill 3 militants

Tribal chief said ISIS was poised to attack a band of local tribesmen.         

Russia-linked hackers targeted Macron campaign, researchers say

Researchers with the Japanese anti-virus firm Trend Micro say the campaign of French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by Russia-linked hackers, adding more details to previous suggestions that the centrist poli         

Duterte's bloody drug war draws potent foe: Catholic church

Church condemns death of more than 8,000 in president's violent campaign against drug dealers.         

Iraqi forces now attacking ISIS militants with drones in Mosul

Iraq’s military has turned the tables on the Islamic State’s drone tactics by improvising its own small unmanned aircraft to drop grenades and other small munitions on the militants in the key battle for Mosul, U.S. officials say.         

Duterte's bloody drug war draws potent foe: Philippines Catholic church

Church condemns death of more than 8,000 in president's violent campaign against drug dealers.         

Father livestreams killing of infant daughter on Facebook Live

Wuttisan Wongtalay, 20, filmed the murder of his 11-month-old on the rooftop of a hotel before killing himself.         

DNC hackers strike again, now in France

The hackers behind the DNC attack reportedly attacked the French presidential candidate Macron. Elizabeth Keatinge has more.         

Wild boars overrun Islamic State position, kill 3 militants

Tribal chief said the group was poised to attack a band of local tribesmen who had fled to nearby mountains since militants seized the town of Hawija three years ago.         

Ivanka Trump visits Berlin for women's forum and gets booed

Ivanka Trump defended her father's attitudes toward women at a forum for female leaders hosted by German leader Angela Merkel.         

Iraq forces retake large Mosul neighborhood from IS

Iraqi forces retake full control of one the largest neighbourhoods of west Mosul from the Islamic State group after a week of intense fighting, a top commander says. Video provided by AFP         

'First Whisperer': Germany watching Ivanka Trump visit closely

Ivanka Trump is in Berlin for a forum for female leaders hosted by German leader Angela Merkel.         

A copy of the Declaration of Independence was found in England

A 200-year-old copy of the Declaration of Independence was found in a record office in England. Josh King has the story .         

North Korea watchers on why army’s big day has taken a backseat

For years, the army anniversary celebration rivaled the anniversary of the birth of North Korea’s late founder, Kim Il Sung, in its pageantry.         

Trump imposes a tariff on Canadian timber

The Trump administration on Monday imposed a 20% tariff on softwood lumber entering the United States from Canada, souring a generally friendly trading relationship between the two countries.         

A miracle treatment for children with autism? Pot might be

One study in Israel is studying the effects of cannabis oil on people with severe autism and early returns show it may work miracles.         

Marijuana may be a miracle treatment for children with autism

Israeli breakthrough suggests cannabis oil is helping children deal with severe autism.         

'Never again.' President Trump's statement about the Holocaust

After failing to do so in a statement the early days of his Administration, President Donald Trump emphatically declared "never again," acknowledging the deaths of 6 million Jewish people during the Holocaust in a video statement.         

North Korea marks anniversary of its military with massive live-fire drill

North Korea staged what is thought to be its largest live-fire drill Tuesday as it marked the 85th anniversary of the founding of its military, South Korean officials said.         

France honors policeman killed in Champs-Elysees attack

French President Francois Hollande will pay tribute to Xavier Jugele.         

Iraqi troops capture largest neighborhood in western Mosul

Special forces Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi told the AP that the sprawling al-Tanek neighborhood “is fully liberated."         

Alibaba launches program to help 1 million U.S. businesses sell to China

Chairman Jack Ma wants American small businesses to 'take advantage of the China opportunity.'         

North Korea marks founding of military with live-fire drill

North Korea staged what is thought to be its largest live-fire drill Tuesday as it marked the 85th anniversary of the founding of its military, South Korean officials said.         

Brrrd count: Penguin population in Antarctica is 12 million, report says

In the most comprehensive survey of Antarctic penguins ever, researchers have for the first time calculated the number of each of the five species of penguins in the frozen continent at the bottom of the world.