Taliban say they met with Pakistani officials

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 20:00
The Taliban say five of its members met with Pakistani officials in the capital, Islamabad, to discuss ways of ending the war in neighboring Afghanistan.

U.N. troops told to fight back, use force as peacekeeper deaths surge

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 19:44
"This increase is not a spike but rather a rise to a continuing plateau."

Azerbaijan opposition politician sentenced to 3 years

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 19:29
A court in Azerbaijan has sentenced an opposition politician to three years in prison in a case criticized by human rights groups.

Iraq seeks aid to rebuild after IS, but donors could be wary

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 19:09
Iraq hopes to raise billions of dollars at a conference next month to fund reconstruction after its costly war against the Islamic State group, but many fear the country’s endemic corruption could undermine the appeal.

Venezuelan assembly orders elections by April 30

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:50
Venezuela’s constitutional assembly has ordered presidential elections by April 30 as the ruling socialist party seeks to consolidate its grip on power amid a worsening economic crisis.

Anger in Damascus after mortar attack kills 3-year-old

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:50
Fadi Khoury was shopping with his wife and three-year-old boy in Damascus when the barrage of mortars crashed around them, severely wounding the couple and killing their only child.

Tillerson blames Russia for gas attacks on civilians in Syria

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:45
In Paris, Secretary of State Rex Tilleron said Russia has failed to rid Syria of chemical weapons and has no moral authority to weigh in on a solution to the country’s civil war.

Venezuela’s pro-government constitutional assembly orders presidential elections by April 30

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:39
Venezuela’s pro-government constitutional assembly orders presidential elections by April 30.

‘I love Trump,’ Uganda’s leader says, despite vulgar remark

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:30
Uganda’s president says he loves President Donald Trump and that he should be praised for not mincing words.

Man in mosque attack allegedly scanned far-right messages

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:08
Prosecutors have told jurors that a man accused of driving into worshippers outside a London mosque looked at emails and social media messages written by far-right activists before the attack.

Watch a surfer take on a monster wave off the coast of Portugal

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:04
German pro surfer Sebastian Steudtner said the waves at Navare made for “a day to remember."

For female journalists, strip searches and segregation mar Pence's visit to Israel

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:04
Female journalists are angry over gender segregation at a holy Jewish site.

Bulgaria’s ex-intelligence chief sentenced for embezzlement

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:04
A military court has sentenced Bulgaria’s former intelligence chief to 15 years in prison for embezzling millions in public funds.

The Latest: US blames Russia for Syria chemical weapons use

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:04
The Latest on U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and chemical weapons in Syria (all times local):

UN says Congo forces target its rights workers in protests

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:04
The United Nations human rights office says Congolese security forces targeted U.N. monitors, preventing them from doing their jobs, while using excessive force against demonstrators who were protesting against the government.

Bahamas military detains 70 Haitian migrants from sailboat

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:04
The Bahamas military has detained 70 Haitians crossing the southern portion of the island chain in a sailboat.

Lawyers ask judges not to jail Brazil’s ex-president

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 17:00
Lawyers for Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva asked a group of judges not to arrest the former Brazilian president in case his conviction on corruption and money laundering charges is upheld Wednesday.

Attorney General interviewed by special counsel investigating Russian interference in 2016

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 16:30
Interview last week with Jeff Sessions could shed new light on firing of former FBI Director James B. Comey

Prospects of peace elusive as Pence wraps up visit to Israel

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 16:30
Israelis warmly welcomed the vice president; Palestinians snubbed him.

Chilean poet, physicist Nicanor Parra dies at 103

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 15:48
Nicanor Parra, a Chilean physicist, mathematician and self-described “anti-poet” whose eccentric writings won him a leading place in Latin American literature, has died.