Yahoo! News : International (27)

The global spread of a culture of integrity

One of the surprising news events of 2017 was the arrest of more than 200 prominent people in Saudi Arabia for corruption. The roundup on Nov. 4 even included powerful princes within the ruling royal family. Now the leader of the campaign, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has revealed a prime ...

Rohingya women face greater magnitudes of suffering

The massive flight of Myanmar's long-oppressed Rohingya ethnic group is following a sickening pattern of other recent displacements of populations – the Yazidis in Iraq, Syrians by the millions fleeing civil war, schoolchildren targeted by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist group – where the ...

Parisian guide puts 'the second sex' in first place

We talked about a lot of great men – Napoleon, and Louis the XIV, and other kings of France mostly called Louis,' she says. And we talked a little bit about 'bad women,' like Marie Antoinette. Recommended: How much do you know about women's literature?

Finding virtue after a war crimes verdict

A special court set up by the United Nations during the Balkan wars of the 1990s made its final and most important verdict on Nov. 22. It found Ratko Mladić, the former commander of the Bosnian Serb military, guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. While the trial was the most ...

Now between two presidents, Zimbabweans dare to imagine 'an easier life'

Recommended: Think you know Africa? In the course of her life, that has proven to be a virtue Ms. Moyo has often needed, as she lived through the transformation of the bright Zimbabwe of her childhood into something far dimmer.

In post-conflict Colombia, land-rights and funding for peacebuilding face off

When South African mining company AngloGold Ashanti arrived in this central Colombian farming town ten years ago, it promised residents like Herver Oliveraula rivers of milk and honey,' he recalls. Mr. Oliveraula was skeptical, he says, but also wanted to trust that his community – and country – ...

A Thanksgiving lesson for the #MeToo movement

When he proclaimed the national holiday called Thanksgiving in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln did more than ask Americans to be grateful for God's blessings during a time of civil strife. The #MeToo movement has now helped lift a social stigma for many abused women while bringing to light past ...

Europe ponders prospect of life after Merkel

Earlier this spring, when President Trump threatened to drop out of a major climate accord and berated fellow NATO members on his first trip to Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel rallied the continent. Implicit in that message was the reassurance that it was Ms. Merkel who would shepherd Europe ...

Pixar's Day-of-the-Dead film 'Coco' aims to shake up image of Mexico

Nearly a month after its release in Mexico, the new Pixar film Coco,' out Nov. 22 in the United States, is already the country's top-grossing animated film in history. Recommended: How much do you know about Mexico? At a time when the US is casting a bright spotlight on Mexico and ...

From Texas to Congress: Will 'rare' friendship cost politicians their careers?

In that pause for breath, bipartisanship went viral in the form of two young Texas congressmen taking a road trip together. Will Hurd, a Republican and former undercover CIA operative from Helotes, and Beto O'Rourke, a Democrat and former software company founder from El Paso, spent two days in a ...

As Hillary Clinton hovers, are Democrats moving on?

In some ways, the Democrats are on a roll. First, they beat expectations by easily winning the Virginia governorship earlier this month and nearly taking over the state legislature's lower house. Now they have a shot at claiming a much more improbable prize: a US Senate seat in a special election ...

Time to tally up Africa's progress in governance

One charge thrown at President Robert Mugabe as he faces impeachment in Zimbabwe is that he can hear the voices of the people, but is refusing to listen.' In Africa's long journey toward democracy, one sign of success is when a ruler's own party demands such accountability. Zimbabwe's progress on ...

Amongst Bedouins, modern life blunts demand for ancient daggers

Nawwaf Khazaeeya lives each day on a knife's edge.

A steady forward march for captive elephants

When Ulara Nakagawa saw the 69-year-old elephant Hanako at Tokyo's Inokashira Park Zoo in 2015, she knew she had to do something. Nakagawa started an online petition to send Hanako to an elephant sanctuary. Nakagawa started the organization Elephants in Japan in Hanako's honor to improve elephants' ...

With rents soaring after fires, can Santa Rosa make room for middle class?

More than a month after the Tubbs fire burned down his house, Vincent Larsen has yet to find a new home. As soon as they could, he and his fianceé applied to a series of rentals in Santa Rosa, Calif. – nearly 15 in the past two weeks alone, he says. Everywhere we went there were already eight ...

A billionaire wages war on poverty in Oklahoma

Inside a sun-splashed classroom, George Kaiser folds his lanky frame into a tiny plastic chair next to a blue mat. Mr. Kaiser is the billionaire benefactor behind this and other preschools for the poorest children in Tulsa, Okla., and he's the reason why this classroom looks the way it does – cozy ...

'Bad moms' or women in need of help? Oklahoma rethinks view of female inmates

It was late at night and Laura Richards was behind the wheel, drunk and unhappy, arguing with her husband over who should drive. Ms. Richards later told police that she had tried to run over her husband – that when she drove the car toward him in her alcoholic haze and he jumped out of the way, ...

The US and Japan must be open to talks with North Korea, Behind Saudi Arabia's anti-corruption drive, Analysts misunderstand Saudi Arabia's transformation, The Paradise Papers are an opportunity to improve law, Kenyatta must heal Kenya's wounds

The summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump may have been a success in demonstrating the solid Japan-U.S. alliance in the face of North Korea's security threat...,' states an editorial. A new anti-corruption committee was announced in the kingdom and immediately ...

Readers write: Thoughts from readers on columnist Ruth Walker

Following Ruth Walker's passing, I wanted to pass on a sincere appreciation for a woman who made my day almost every time I read her Verbal Energy' column. In fact, truth to tell, it was usually the first thing I turned to when my Monitor Weekly arrived. But Ruth had such a way with words that she ...

In Latin America, no more women presidents – for now

In a part of the world known for its rampant machismo, the recent Presidenta period marked a hopeful turning point for Latin America. There have been signs of progress in gender equality in many nations, but some women are disappointed that Bachelet and her fellow women leaders did not do more. At ...

Congress has an 'et tu?' moment as it grapples with sexual harrassment

Now, it's the US Capitol – where a wave of complaints about sexual abuse and harassment have flooded the stately halls and engulfed a sitting senator, Democrat Al Franken of Minnesota. Women lawmakers and aides say inappropriate sexual behavior has long been pervasive' on the Hill, largely kept in ...

Wounded vets force disability rethink in Ukraine

As he approaches the finish line of the Marine Corps 10K race, Vadym Svyrydenko breaks into a broad smile: He has picked out the blue and yellow of his country's national flag amongst the red, white, and blue. Back home he is spearheading a campaign to bring people with disabilities out of the ...

US needs corporate tax reform. Does the GOP deliver it?

Ask Americans what bothers them the most about taxes, and they typically don't talk about their own tax bill. Polls this year suggest that roughly two-thirds of Americans believe corporate taxes should go up. As the Senate Finance Committee voted Thursday to move its tax bill to the floor, the ...

Zimbabwe's new liberation struggle

In Africa, a popular Twitter hashtag in recent days has been #Zimbabwe. It is rare for Africans to witness a dictator like Robert Mugabe being sidelined so easily by close associates, especially after 37 years in power. Just as compelling for Africans is the sudden lifting of mental chains among ...

Mumbai museum challenges Indians' self image

Such intriguing juxtapositions, unexpected stories, and global connections form the essence of an ambitious new exhibition that recounts India's history and its engagement with the world through 200 objects. Recommended: How well do you know India?

New refrain in Washington: Is this the Saudi Arabia we wanted?

From the outset of his presidency, Donald Trump has signaled his intention to refashion Middle East policy in a big way – and to return Saudi Arabia, sidelined in President Obama's regional vision, to a preeminent spot in US policy. Mr. Trump broke decades of presidential precedent by making Saudi ...

Protecting the innocent from cyber warriors

In new warnings about cyberattacks by foreign entities, Britain and the United States have lately left the impression that innocent civilians, and not just governments, might become victims on a digital battlefield. On Nov. 15, for example, the US said North Korea is targeting banks, airlines, and ...