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UN: Boko Haram’s toll includes 515,000 malnourished kids

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 23:24
More than half a million children in the West African area wracked by Boko Haram extremists are so malnourished their lives could be in danger unless they get aid, a U.N. humanitarian official said Monday, describing a region where millions get by on one meal a day and some communities have lost all their toddlers.

Chile’s worst wildfires destroy everything in their path

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 22:52
Residents of the community of Pumanque south of the Chilean capital have lost most of their belongings and their livelihood to some of the worst wildfires in their country’s history.

UN: Preventive diplomacy in Gambia avoided bloodshed

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 22:35
The United Nations says preventive diplomacy in Gambia avoided bloodshed, restored democracy and averted what it calls a “humanitarian disaster.”

Mexican president says firm negotiations with Trump can protect Mexicans

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 22:08
In a foreign policy speech, President Enrique Peña Nieto vowed to defend Mexico’s “national interests” in the face of Trump’s “new vision.”

4 things to watch now that the U.S. has withdrawn from TPP trade deal

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 21:32
Trump's executive order was a mostly symbolic move. But it has far-ranging implications on America's role in the global economy.

Lawyer: Panama to allow ex-dictator Noriega house arrest

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 21:10
A lawyer for Panama’s jailed ex-dictator Manuel Noriega says a court has granted him house arrest so he can prepare for brain surgery.

Afghans hope — and worry — that Trump will shake things up

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 21:04
Many say U.S. troops are needed to stop the Taliban, but also want them out.

Attorney says former Panama leader Manuel Noriega allowed house arrest pending surgery

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 20:48
Attorney says former Panama leader Manuel Noriega allowed house arrest pending surgery.

Romanian president calls for referendum on prisoner pardons

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 19:58
Romania’s president has called for a referendum on a government proposal to pardon thousands of prisoners, which critics say could weaken the anti-corruption fight.

UN, Nordic groups meet at Finland humanitarian aid to Syria

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 19:58
As talks between the Syrian government and rebel factions continue in Kazakhstan, Nordic and United Nations aid groups are meeting in Finland to discuss the plight of civilians in the war that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced half the country’s population.

As Trump takes controls of nukes, Hiroshima's ex-mayor urges him to meet atomic bomb survivors

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 19:28
"Their struggles are worth listening to,” former Hiroshima mayor Tadatoshi Akiba wrote in a letter to President Trump.

Sinn Fein chooses new leader O’Neill for Northern Ireland

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 19:16
Michelle O’Neill has been named as the new leader of the Sinn Fein party in Northern Ireland.

Trump calls Egypt’s el-Sissi, offers support

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 19:16
Egypt’s presidency says that U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who expressed hope for a “new push” in bilateral relations under Trump’s administration.

In Colombia, gourmet meals worth going to jail for

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:54
Visitors are flocking to the all-women San Diego prison in this popular Caribbean tourist town — to dine at Cartagena’s trendiest new restaurant.

Mexico ex-governor denies fake medicine claims

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:46
Mexico has become accustomed to accusations of wrongdoing by former state governors, but the most recent scandal has been especially shocking.

France’s President in Colombia to show support for peace

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:34
French President Francois Hollande is in Colombia’s capital as part of a two-day tour and he’s expressing his support for a peace deal to end the country’s half-century conflict.

Russian Defense Ministry says its warplanes have flown first combat mission in Syria with U.S.-led coalition aircraft

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:34
Russian Defense Ministry says its warplanes have flown first combat mission in Syria with U.S.-led coalition aircraft.

Greek island mayors say refugee overcrowding too high

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:16
The mayors of five eastern Greek islands used to limit the movement of refugees and migrants have called on the European Union to ease the restrictions amid continued problems created by winter weather and overcrowding.

FIFA going to Kremlin for World Cup draw in December

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:05
FIFA says it will stage the 2018 World Cup draw on Dec. 1 at a Kremlin concert hall in Moscow.

Dutch PM tells immigrants: 'Act normal or go away'

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:00
Mark Rutte's open letter appeals to far-right voters ahead of a tight election.

Amnesty urges Egypt to investigate Sinai killings by police

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:00
Amnesty International says Egypt must launch an independent and thorough investigation into the recent killing of 10 men by security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.

Congo expels Human Rights Watch researcher a second time

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 17:36
Human Rights Watch says Congo expelled one of its researchers for the second time in less than six months.

Official: 236 dead at camp bombed by Nigeria’s air force

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 17:36
A local official says the death toll from the bombing of a refugee camp by Nigeria’s air force has climbed to 236 — a sharp increase from earlier counts.

Video shows Italian who was tortured to death in Egypt

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 17:15
Egyptian state television has aired footage of an Italian student taken weeks before he was abducted and tortured to death.

Hungary: Teacher hailed for saving lives in fiery bus crash

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 17:04
A Hungarian teacher who pulled some students out of a fiery bus in Italy despite getting burned and losing his own two children in the crash was being hailed as a hero Monday as Hungary held a national day of mourning for the 16 victims.

Israeli leader urges no ‘surprises’ for Trump administration

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 16:44
Israel’s prime minister says he doesn’t want to surprise the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, while recognizing the “significant opportunities” the new president may present.

European police arrest 245 for arms trafficking

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 16:24
Spanish police say a pan-European crackdown on illegal arms trafficking has resulted in 664 guns being seized and 245 people arrested in 11 countries.

Icy, brief face-to-face meeting of Syria government, rebels

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 15:44
Their seats remained empty for a few tense minutes after the Russia-Turkey-sponsored talks were officially inaugurated. Then, the Syrian rebel delegation finally walked into the room, marking what was supposed to be an ice-breaking first encounter.

2nd victim linked to suspect in German freezer killing

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 15:44
Berlin police say a man suspected of killing an elderly man and collecting his pension for a decade, before police found his body in a freezer, may have had a second victim.

German populists to discipline member for Holocaust remarks

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 15:01
The nationalist Alternative for Germany party says it will take “internal measures” against a prominent member for his comments suggesting ending the country’s tradition of acknowledging and atoning for its Nazi past, but stopped short of expelling him from the party.

Yemeni government forces take strategic port of Mokha

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 14:54
A top military official says forces allied with the internationally-recognized government of Yemen have seized control of a strategic Red Sea port, after waging an assault against Shiite rebels.

Top Hamas leader in Gaza visits Egypt

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 14:44
The top Hamas official from the Gaza Strip has arrived in Egypt for meetings with security officials, the highest level visit by a member of the Palestinian militant group since Egypt’s army overthrew an Islamist president in 2013.

Glance at Kazakh capital Astana, host of Syria talks

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 14:22
Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan, which is hosting Syria peace talks, is a relatively new name on the map.

Iraq premier orders probe into violations by troops in Mosul

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 14:15
Iraq’s prime minister has ordered an investigation into violations of human rights and other abuses purportedly committed by government troops and paramilitary forces battling the Islamic State group to retake the city of Mosul.

10 suspected Indonesian migrants drown off Malaysia

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 14:15
Malaysian authorities say 10 bodies, believed to be Indonesian migrants, were found washed ashore after their boat capsized. Two Indonesians were rescued.

Forget Xi's 'defense' of globalization. China just fortified the Great Firewall.

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 14:05
The move seems aimed a companies offering a bypass route around Chinese censors.

UK’s Theresa May was briefed on nuclear missile system test

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 14:02
Officials say British Prime Minister Theresa May was told about the June test of Britain’s nuclear deterrent system when she took office last year.

Liberia: Charles Taylor’s ex-wife named as VP candidate

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 14:02
Liberia’s international soccer star turned presidential candidate has named the ex-wife of former President Charles Taylor as his running mate.

Dairy farmers spray EU HQ to push demands for better prices

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 13:45
Dairy farmers from across the European Union have sprayed the EU’s headquarters with milk powder to protest the crisis in their sector.

Protesters who blocked Polish premier’s car being questioned

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 13:45
Polish prosecutors have started questioning 21 anti-government protesters whose images have been posted by police over allegations they violated “legal order.”

The Latest: Man in Serbia found dead in snow in remote town

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 13:35
The Latest on severe weather in Europe (all times local):

At Russia-led talks, Syrian rebels and government meet for the first time

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 13:30
The gathering in Kazakhstan signaled the beginning of a new Mideast role for Moscow.

French presidential hopeful Valls suggests tax on US imports

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 13:12
France’s presidential hopeful Manuel Valls, who seeks the Socialist nomination, has pledged to tax U.S. imports if President Donald Trump pulls his country out of the global climate deal reached in Paris in 2015.

Hungary’s Orban praises Trump’s ‘end of multilateralism’

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:44
Hungary’s prime minister says U.S. President Donald Trump’s position that all countries have the right to put their own interests first was the key phrase of his inaugural address.

Fight for the right: Dutch PM says integrate or leave

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:44
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is seeking to lure voters away from anti-immigration lawmaker Geert Wilders, as campaigning for March 15 national elections heats up.

Iran cautious in its first comments about US President Trump

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:44
Iran is being cautious in its first comments on U.S. President Donald Trump.

Heavy fog causes flight delays, cancellations in London

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:44
Thick fog has caused numerous flight delays and cancellations at London Heathrow and other area airports.

Syria talks may signal shift in conflict dynamics

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:44
Syria talks in the Kazakh capital Astana come at a time of significant changes to the conflict in its sixth year. Although promising to focus on reinforcing a cease-fire, the conference has raised expectations of a path toward a political settlement of the civil war.

Who went for that joyride with a Vienna street car? And why?

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:44
Who went for that joyride with a Vienna street car? And why?

Aleppo’s landmark mosque bears scars of Syria’s war

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:35
The Great Mosque of Aleppo, a centuries-old treasure at the heart of one of the world’s oldest cities, is today a grim monument to the ravages of Syria’s war.

Syrian government envoy denounces speech by rebel representative at Astana talks, calls it ‘insolent’ and ‘provocative’

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:14
Syrian government envoy denounces speech by rebel representative at Astana talks, calls it ‘insolent’ and ‘provocative’

Turkey’s Erdogan holds meeting with Tanzanian leaders

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:34
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is meeting with Tanzania’s leaders on the first leg of his tour of Africa during which he is expected to push for the closure or takeover of schools linked to Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Parliament or PM? UK’s Supreme Court to rule on Brexit case

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:34
Britain’s Supreme Court will rule Tuesday on whether the prime minister or Parliament has the right to trigger the process of taking Britain out of the European Union.

Questions swirl about Italy response to snow-isolated hotel

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:34
Rescue crews are considering whether to start using heavy equipment to speed up the search for 23 people still buried under the ruins of a central Italy hotel crushed by an avalanche.

Greece to rule on Turkish servicemen later this week

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:24
A group of Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece in a military helicopter after last year’s failed coup have appeared at Greece’s Supreme Court in a closely watched extradition hearing.

Gambia's defeated president finally gave up power — and took luxury cars and millions of dollars with him

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:15
While its not uncommon for African leaders to strike it rich on the back of their impoverished people, anti-corruption cases are growing.

Jerusalem mayor says Trump ‘serious’ about embassy move

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:15
The mayor of Jerusalem says the Trump administration is “serious” and committed to moving the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Austrian official: suspect potentially dangerous radical

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:05
Austria’s interior minister says authorities are treating a recently arrested teenager as a potentially dangerous radical with connections to the Islamic State group.

Egyptian army says militants kill 5 soldiers in Sinai

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:05
The Egyptian army says jihadi militants have killed five soldiers in the restive Sinai Peninsula, the latest casualties in a yearslong struggle to control the area’s northeast.

Hungary marks day of mourning for victims of fiery bus crash

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 10:54
Hungary’s national flag has been raised and then lowered to half-staff on a towering flagpole outside parliament as the country marked a day of mourning for the victims of a fiery bus crash in Italy involving students and teachers from a Budapest high school returning from a ski trip.

Leading French candidate: Europe needs new military alliance

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 10:24
Conservative French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon, worried about the direction of the new U.S. government, wants a new European military alliance to protect the continent and fight Islamic extremism.

Spiritual leader of Thailand’s southern insurgents dies

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 09:34
More than a decade ago, Sapae-ing Basor was one of Thailand’s most wanted, his face plastered on posters around the south offering 10 million baht, more than $250,000, for his capture.

China cracks down on tools used to get around web filters

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 09:34
A Chinese technology regulator has announced a 14-month campaign to root out services that allow people in the country to circumvent the government’s internet censorship.

The Latest: Syria talks focused on truce begin in Kazakhstan

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 09:34
The Latest on Syria peace talks that are being held in Kazakhstan and developments on the ground in the war-torn country (all times local):

62 soldiers on trial in Istanbul for alleged part in coup

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 09:24
Dozens of officers and soldiers have gone on trial in Istanbul for their alleged role in the failed military coup in July.

Russia- and Turkey-backed talks between Syrian rebel factions and government representatives open in Kazakhstan

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 09:14
Russia- and Turkey-backed talks between Syrian rebel factions and government representatives open in Kazakhstan.

Kuwait state oil company says onshore oil leak contained

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 09:04
Kuwait’s national oil company says it has contained an oil leak at one of its southwestern oil fields.

Syria talks focused on cease-fire set to begin in Kazakhstan

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 08:54
Talks between Syrian rebel factions and the government they are trying to overthrow are set to begin in Kazakhstan.

Kuwait declares state of emergency over oil leak on shore

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 08:54
Kuwait’s national oil company has declared a state of emergency over an oil leak in one of its southwestern oil fields.

For India’s typewriters, the ribbon may have finally run out

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 08:14
The end is coming, though admittedly it may not look that way at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, when dozens of young Indians have arrived for morning classes at Anand Type, Shorthand and Keypunch College, and every battered Remington is clattering away.

Roof collapses in eastern Afghanistan refugee camp, kills 6

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 07:54
An Afghan official says the roof of a shoddily constructed house in a refugee camp in eastern Afghanistan collapsed as a family was sleeping inside, killing 6 family members, including two women and two children.

China swings back at golf, shutting down 111 courses

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 07:54
China has launched a renewed crackdown on golf, closing 111 courses and telling members of the ruling Communist Party to stay off the links in an effort to conserve water and land.

In France, once powerful Socialists stand little chance of winning election

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 07:36
Voters may turn against nation’s center-left establishment in contest widely expected to shape course of a troubled Europe.

Trump staff, properties face terror risk with presidency

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 07:34
Businesses around the world bearing U.S. President Donald Trump’s name face an increased risk now that he is in the White House, security experts warn, especially as several are in areas previously targeted by violence.

What a Trump Doctrine might look like — if there's one at all

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 07:08
Here's what an "America First" foreign policy probably means for the world.

Search teams find 4 more bodies in Tehran building collapse

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 07:04
Iran’s official news agency says search teams have found four more bodies of victims from last week’s deadly building collapse in Tehran.

US lawmakers call for action on Venezuela food corruption

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 06:22
Venezuelan officials may face U.S. sanctions for profiting from food shortages that have exacerbated hunger in the South American country.

Panel to issue report supporting Emperor abdication

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 06:22
A Japanese government panel studying a possible abdication of Emperor Akihito is set to release an interim report that supports enacting special legislation that is applicable only to him.

MH370 search crews return to port after fruitless hunt ends

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 04:52
The ship involved in the recently halted hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has returned to port in western Australia for the final time.

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 04:52
A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:

Protesters take control of border crossing with US

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 04:12
Protesters in Mexico took control of vehicle lanes at one of the busiest crossings on the U.S. border Sunday to oppose Mexican gasoline price hikes, waving through motorists after Mexican authorities abandoned their posts.

Mexico identifies 56 sets of human remains in mass grave

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 03:48
Prosecutors say 56 sets of human remains have been identified in a jumble of bone fragments found at a burial pit in the border state of Nuevo Leon.

Samsung: Note 7 battery design, manufacturing caused fires

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 02:28
Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday that problems with the design and manufacturing of batteries in its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones caused them to overheat and burst into fire.

Samsung says battery design and manufacturing process caused Galaxy Note 7 smartphone fires

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 02:10
Samsung says battery design and manufacturing process caused Galaxy Note 7 smartphone fires .

Cameroon helicopter crashes, killing general and 5 others

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 00:38
Authorities in Cameroon say a helicopter fighting the Boko Haram insurgency has crashed on the border with Nigeria, killing six people including the commander of this central African nation’s troops.

As Cold War turns to Information War, a new fake news police

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 23:52
How one country is trying to fight back against pro-Russian disinformation by deploying a fake news truth squad.

A mosque is at the center of a raw debate in the South of France

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 23:52
The Mosque En-Nour has become a symbol of the precarious position of French Muslims.

Police officer shot in the arm in Belfast in drive-by attack

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 23:04
Northern Ireland officials say that a police officer has been shot in the arm in Belfast.

Adviser to Gambia president: Exiled leader emptied state coffers, shipped out luxury vehicles

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 21:30
Adviser to Gambia president: Exiled leader emptied state coffers, shipped out luxury vehicles.

French presidential primary: Partial results: Valls, hard-left candidate Hamon advance to Socialist party runoff

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 21:10
French presidential primary: Partial results: Valls, hard-left candidate Hamon advance to Socialist party runoff.

American Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Portugal

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 20:50
Spanish and Portuguese airport authorities say that an American Airlines flight heading to Barcelona from New York was forced to make an emergency landing in northwest Portugal because of technical problems.

Trump State nominee raises doubts on Colombia peace

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 20:20
President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state nominee says he’d review Colombia’s recent peace agreement to determine how much the U.S. should continue to support a deal that was enthusiastically backed by the Obama administration.

Current, former major leaguers die in Dominican crashes

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 18:26
Authorities in the Dominican Republic say that Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and former major leaguer Andy Marte both have died in separate traffic accidents.

10,000 protest Romania government plans to pardon prisoners

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 18:26
Thousands have marched through the Romanian capital and other cities to protest a government proposal to pardon thousands of prisoners which critics say could reverse the anti-corruption fight.

Brazil investigating dozens of suspected yellow fever cases

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 18:26
Brazilian authorities say they’ve now confirmed 47 cases of yellow fever, and 25 deaths.

Authorities in Dominican Republic say MLB players Yordano Ventura, Andy Marte have both died in separate car crashes

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 18:06
Authorities in Dominican Republic say MLB players Yordano Ventura, Andy Marte have both died in separate car crashes.

The Latest: Israel delays vote on settlement annexation

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 17:46
The Latest on Israeli plans in the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the Trump era (all times local):

OPEC, allies says production cuts ahead of schedule

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 17:35
OPEC and key non-OPEC oil producers seeking to push up the price of crude by cutting production say participants appear to be exceeding pledges to reduce output.

Italian experts to travel to Egypt to probe student’s death

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 17:35
Egypt has agreed to Italy’s request to send experts to try and retrieve footage from security cameras at a Cairo metro station that a murdered Italian student used the day he disappeared nearly a year ago.



LONDON (Reuters) - A 14-year old girl who died of cancer has been cryogenically frozen in the hope she could be brought back to life in the future after winning a landmark court case shortly before her death, the BBC reported on Friday, 2016-11-18.