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Chemical weapons coverup suspected in Syria as inspectors remain blocked

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 21:39
A team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been unable to begin a probe in Douma after an April 7 attack.

A kangaroo wouldn't hop — so zoo visitors stoned it to death

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 21:39
Zoo workers stressed that it's against the rules to bludgeon the animal.

UK teen gets 2 years for targeting CIA chief’s phone, email

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 21:26
A British teenager has been sentenced to two years in a youth detention center for compromising the email and phone accounts of senior U.S. government officials in what a judge called acts of “cyber-terrorism.”

Is marijuana decriminalization possible in the Middle East?

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 20:59
With overcrowded prisons, there are attempts to change strict laws on drug use in Tunisia, Morocco and Lebanon.

From posh oligarchs to taxis drivers, Russians in London feel a chill

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 20:59
Since the Skripal poisoning, their adopted home is less welcoming.

Commonwealth backs Prince Charles as its next leader

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 20:55
Unlike his future role as king, this one wasn't automatically in the bag.

Swedish DJ Avicii dead at 28

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 20:49
The Swedish DJ and producer, born Tim Bergling, was found dead on Friday in Oman. He was one of the decade’s first breakout performers in the EDM genre as it surged into the mainstream. No cause of death was given.

These whales will be extinct in 25 years, scientists say — unless we act now to save them

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 20:49
Not a single newborn North Atlantic right whale was seen this year.

See Japan’s Ioyama volcano erupting for the first time in 250 years

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 20:49
Japanese officials warned people nearby to be wary of ash and falling volcanic rock.

State Department strikes reproductive rights, Occupied Territories from annual report

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 20:38
The human rights report is the first to reflect the Trump administration’s views and priorities.

Greece: Man electrocuted at rail depot thought to be migrant

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 20:26
Police in Greece say a man was killed after he came into contact with an overhead power line at a freight train depot.

Where are the Castro kids? The next generation of the Cuban dynasty lies low.

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 19:45
Fidel and Raul's children haven't taken the reigns in Cuba — will they ever?

Comey memo showed Trump wanted faster response to Putin call

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 19:28
Trump complained to Comey that Flynn had been slow to arrange call with Russia’s leader.

8 convicted in long-running trial over Mafia-govt collusion

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 19:24
A court in Palermo has convicted eight defendants, including a close associate of Silvio Berlusconi, on charges showing collusion between the Sicilian Mafia and the government during the early 1990s.

Remains of Czech cardinal return home from Vatican

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 19:24
The remains of a Czech cardinal who faced persecution from the Nazis and Communists have been returned to his homeland from the Vatican almost 50 years after his death.

Talks to form new Czech coalition government to renew

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 18:46
The leftist Social Democrats say they have agreed to return to talks to form a new Czech government with populist billionaire Andrej Babis and his political group.

Ex-rebel leader in Colombia relocates amid talk of arrest

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 18:46
The former chief peace negotiator for Colombia’s FARC rebel movement has decided to relocate to a rural camp for ex-guerrillas amid speculation he could soon be arrested as part of a U.S. drug investigation.

Civil rights prosecutors recommend charges in death of Eric Garner

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 18:29
The case will now be weighed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and then by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The Latest: US says it caught Syrian-German linked to 9/11

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 18:24
The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local):

Board votes to double tuition at Puerto Rico university

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 18:24
A majority of federal control board members have voted to more than double tuition at Puerto Rico’s largest public university.

Furniture designers explore what it is to be sustainable

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 18:24
Designers are confronting what it means to be sustainable at the Milan Furniture Show.

Mexican relatives win injunction against Frida Kahlo Barbie

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 18:15
Distant relatives of the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo have won a temporary injunction that stops sales of a Frida Barbie doll.

UK teen jailed for targeting CIA chief’s phone, email

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 18:15
A British teenager has been jailed for two years for compromising the email and phone accounts of senior U.S. government officials in what a judge called acts of “cyber-terrorism.”

Turkish lawmakers approve early elections called by Erdogan

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 17:56
Turkey’s parliament has approved holding the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections a year-and-half early, a change President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said is needed because of uncertainties over Syria.

Al-Qaida claims deadly attack on French, UN forces in Mali

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 17:44
Al-Qaida extremists have claimed responsibility for an attack in northern Mali that killed a U.N. peacekeeper and wounded seven French soldiers.

Mexican Congress votes to remove politicians’ legal immunity

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 17:14
The lower house of Mexico’s Congress has voted to remove the immunity from prosecution protection extended to every public office in the country.

Zimbabwe nurses’ strike a test of new government

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 17:14
Scores of nurses have demonstrated in Zimbabwe’s capital after the government fired 16,000 of them from public hospitals for demanding better working conditions and higher pay.

Why Mongolia hopes to host a Trump-Kim Jong Un meeting

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:48
A big advantage of a “Steppe Summit”? Kim could take the train.

UN health agency: Hungarian scientist sickened by Ebola

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:03
The World Health Organization says it has coordinated shipment of an experimental Ebola vaccine and drugs to treat a laboratory scientist in Hungary who caught the potentially deadly disease in an accident earlier this month.

UK Supreme Court declines appeal from parents of ill toddler

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:55
Britain’s Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a mother and father who want to take their terminally ill toddler to Italy for treatment.

Pakistan: Armed men rob, harass prominent right activist

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:55
A prominent Pakistani rights group says armed men have raided the house of one of its editors, harassing her and stealing her laptop, two hard drives and two cell phones, as well as some jewelry and cash.

Gaza border clashes resume between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:49
Gaza officials say at least two Palestinians were killed in the latest round of unrest in the border zone.

UK Supreme Court declines to hear appeal by parents who want to take terminally ill toddler to Italy for treatment

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:45
UK Supreme Court declines to hear appeal by parents who want to take terminally ill toddler to Italy for treatment.

Russia: Trump promised to make reciprocal visit to Moscow

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:45
Russia’s foreign minister says U.S. President Donald Trump indicated he could make a reciprocal trip to Russia if President Vladimir Putin were able to accept his invitation to the White House.

Indian opposition parties seek impeachment of chief justice

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:24
India’s main opposition parties are seeking to impeach the country’s top judge, accusing him of misuse of authority and acting under government pressure.

Court bans alcohol at neo-Nazi rock festival in Germany

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:24
A court has banned the consumption of alcohol at a planned neo-Nazi concert in eastern Germany to prevent an outbreak of violence.

The Latest: Prince Charles reportedly to lead Commonwealth

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:03
The Latest on the Commonwealth heads of government meeting (all times local):

British media say Commonwealth leaders have agreed that Prince Charles should be the next head of the 53-nation group

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:03
British media say Commonwealth leaders have agreed that Prince Charles should be the next head of the 53-nation group.

Correction: Israel at 70 story

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:44
In a story on April 18 and April 19 about Israel’s 70th independence day, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Israel’s founding document described the country as a “light unto the nations.” While the biblical phrase has been widely used by leaders, it does not appear in the Declaration of Independence.

Key findings in analysis of memoir of a Jew raised Catholic

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:44
The case of Edgardo Mortara has roiled Catholic-Jewish relations ever since the 6-year-old Jewish boy was taken from his home in Bologna by papal police and brought to Rome to be raised a Catholic. The move was ordered after church authorities learned he had been secretly baptized. Church law at the time required all Catholics to be raised as Catholics and educated in the faith.

Man arrested after bottle attack on woman in German subway

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:44
German police say they have arrested a man in connection with an attack on a young woman in the western city of Essen that was caught on video last week.

Case of Jewish boy taken by pope flares over doctored memoir

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:44
It’s an incident that has stained the Vatican for 160 years: a 6-year-old Jewish boy taken from his family by papal police and brought to Rome to be raised Catholic after church authorities learned his housekeeper had secretly had him baptized.

‘Distressed at recent events’ in Israel, Natalie Portman pulls out of Jerusalem ceremony

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:33
Portman, who was born in Israel, has been critical of Prime Minister Netanyahu in the past.

1 dead, 10 injured during shoot-out in Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:24
One person has been killed and 10 others injured in a shoot-out in Puerto Rico.

Swiss prosecutor appeals for cooperation on FIFA case file

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:24
Switzerland’s attorney general has a message for his foreign counterparts as his office pores over reams of seized documents and dozens of criminal cases linked to FIFA: “Come to us.”

Burundi’s new foreign minister once led violent youth group

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:24
Burundi’s president has appointed the former leader of a violent youth group linked to the ruling party as his foreign minister.

Croatia’s president honors victims of WWII camp

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:13
Croatian president has visited the site of a World War II concentration camp and honored its victims. Croatia’s Jews, however, have boycotted the official commemoration ceremonies.

German official, lawyers probed in bribes-for-asylum case

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:03
German authorities are investigating an official and three lawyers on suspicion of corruption in the granting of asylum to people who weren’t eligible.

Unexploded WWII bomb forces mass evacuation in Berlin. There'll be more to come.

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 13:43
From Berlin to London, hundreds of unexploded WWII bombs lurk beneath the sidewalks

Islamic State group to give up last pocket in Syrian capital

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 13:13
Syrian state media says Islamic State group militants have agreed to give up their last pocket in Damascus.

UK lawmakers form group to combat ‘malign’ Russian influence

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 13:13
British lawmakers have set up a special group to focus on Russian meddling, saying more must be done to understand the extent of Moscow’s “malign influence.”

Evacuation in Slovakia after unexploded WWII bombs found

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 13:03
Slovak authorities have started evacuating people in a town near the southern border with Hungary after four unexploded World War II bombs were found.

Road-tripping on the border between North Korea and China

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:55
Photos from North Korea usually depict the country’s elite living in Pyongyang.

Myanmar policeman testifies arrested reporters were set up

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:53
The prosecution of two Myanmar journalists accused of violating a state secrets law by acquiring official documents given to them by police has suffered a setback after a police officer testified that he and his colleagues were ordered to entrap the reporters.

Afghan official: Roadside bomb kills 5 in eastern province

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:53
An Afghan official says a roadside bomb has killed five people in eastern Nangarhar province.

Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya in seas off Aceh

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:43
Police in Indonesia say fishermen have rescued 76 Rohingya Muslims from a boat stranded off Aceh province.

Who’s next? Leaders to discuss next Commonwealth head

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:43
Commonwealth leaders are meeting at Windsor Castle, where they are set to discuss whether Prince Charles should succeed his mother Queen Elizabeth II as head of the 53-nation alliance.

Police in Indonesia say fishermen have rescued 76 Rohingya Muslims from boat stranded off Aceh province

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:32
Police in Indonesia say fishermen have rescued 76 Rohingya Muslims from boat stranded off Aceh province.

Former French PM mulls candidacy to become Barcelona mayor

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:23
Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says he is considering running in Barcelona’s mayoral election next year as a candidate for a Spanish pro-business party that opposes Catalan independence.

Turkey's president will win the country's snap elections. Here's why they still matter.

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:15
Maintaining authoritarian rule while keeping the opposition playing a rigged game is the core of Erdogan’s election strategy.

Rights group: Lebanon evicting Syrian refugees from towns

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:12
A leading international rights group says Syrian refugees are increasingly being evicted from towns in Lebanon without any legal basis.

King Mswati III of Swaziland proclaims his nation will be henceforth known as eSwatini

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:03
The African monarch is tired of people confusing his nation with Switzerland.

No ‘lunatics’ or ‘war maniacs’: North Korea dials down the anti-U.S. rhetoric 

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:58
The Kim regime looks like it’s trying to create an atmosphere conducive to talks, analysts say.

Italian city refuses to register baby born to lesbians

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:52
An councilwoman in the Italian city of Turin says authorities have refused to register her newborn, conceived abroad by artificial insemination, due to Italian laws that make fertility treatments available only to heterosexual couples.

Latvian bank asks US to hold off money laundering sanctions

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:23
Latvian bank ABLV has rejected the U.S. government’s findings that it “institutionalizes money laundering” and helps evade sanctions as “hyperbolic,” saying they refer to old practices it has now changed.

Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal after more than 21 years

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:23
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will leave the English club at the end of the season after more than 21 years in charge.

In Pakistan, a young Pashtun man was killed by police. Another has risen to lead a movement.

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:05
The ethnic minority has been in the crosshairs of militant conflict for years.

Sudanese president fires foreign minister after pay remark

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:53
Sudan’s official news agency says President Omar al-Bashir has fired his foreign minister a day after he spoke in parliament and complained how diplomats have received no salaries for the past seven months.

ZTE protests US penalty, says it is seeking solution

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:53
ZTE Corp., one of China’s biggest tech companies, warned Friday that a ban on access to U.S. technology threatens the company’s survival and said it is looking for a legal solution.

South Africa’s leader cuts short UK visit after protests

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:44
South Africa’s president has cut short a visit to Britain to return home and deal with violent protests in a provincial capital.

Tiny African kingdom of Swaziland changes its name

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:22
Breathe easy, Switzerland: The tiny African kingdom of Swaziland is changing its name.

Koreas set up hotline between leaders ahead of summit

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:02
North and South Korea have installed a telephone hotline between their leaders as they prepare for a rare summit next week aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang.

North and South Korea have set up a hotline between their leaders ahead of their summit next Friday

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:02
North and South Korea have set up a hotline between their leaders ahead of their summit next Friday.

Basque militant group ETA: ‘We really are sorry’

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 09:53
Basque militant group ETA says it is sorry for the pain that its armed campaign for Basque independence has caused, and vows not to return to violence.

Police evacuate occupied Paris university site

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 09:53
French police have evacuated a Paris university site occupied for a month by students protesting against admission reforms.

Romania: leaders row about relocating embassy to Jerusalem

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 09:53
The leader of Romania’s ruling party says the country plans to move its embassy in Israel to the disputed city of Jerusalem, but the president says the decision is premature.

Large area of Berlin center evacuated for WWII bomb disposal

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 09:32
Berlin police are evacuating thousands from a central area of the German capital and shutting down the main train station in preparation for the removal of an unexploded World War II bomb found during recent construction work.

Volcano in southern Japan erupts for 1st time in 250 years

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 09:02
A volcano in southern Japan has erupted for the first time in 250 years, and authorities set up a no-go zone around the mountain.

Mahathir’s wife urges Malaysia’s women to be ‘queenmakers’

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 08:51
The wife of former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad is urging women to support the opposition coalition in next month’s general election for a better future.

Dozens suffer minor injuries in Salzburg train accident

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 08:51
Police say dozens of people suffered minor injuries in a train accident in the Austrian city of Salzburg.

Volcano in southern Japan erupts for 1st time in 250 years

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 08:51
A volcano in southern Japan has erupted for the first time in 250 years, and the authorities have set up a no-go zone around the mountain.

Newlywed couple among 7 killed in Pakistan highway accident

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 08:02
Pakistani police say a road accident on a highway in the south has killed seven members of a family, including a newlywed couple.

Asian shares fall back on trade worries, tech outlook

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 08:02
Asian shares fell back Friday after a major supplier to Apple forecast continued weak demand for mobile devices. A warning by the head of the IMF over the potential for trade tensions to harm global growth also weighed on sentiment.

Indonesia’s Aceh canes couples for public shows of affection

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 07:32
Indonesia’s deeply conservative Aceh province has publicly caned unmarried couples for showing affection in public and two women for prostitution.

State basketball head banned over conduct at daughter’s game

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 07:32
The head of a state basketball association in Australia has been banned from attending games for eight weeks after confronting a referee supervisor at his daughter’s under-12 game.

The threat of white radical extremism in the age of Trump

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 07:12
Trump's rise has led to a flourishing ecosystem of hate.

Asian shares fall back on trade worries, tech outlook

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 06:41
Shares are lower in Asia after a major supplier to Apple forecast continued weak demand for mobile devices. A warning by the head of the IMF over the potential for trade tensions to harm global growth also weighed on sentiment.

Argentine women see legal abortion closer than ever

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 06:33
Pushed by a wave of demonstrations by women’s groups, the homeland of Pope Francis seems closer than ever to legalizing abortion.

Ahead of summits, North Korea’s ruling party calls meeting

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 06:21
North Korea’s ruling party is scheduled to convene a meeting of its full Central Committee to discuss what state media are calling a “new stage” of policies.

Plane skids off runway, shutting down Nepal’s airport

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 05:51
Nepal’s only international airport has been closed after a passenger plane attempting to take off skidded off the runway.

As doors close in the US, China’s Huawei shifts to Europe

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 05:51
As trade disputes simmer, Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, the No. 3 smartphone brand, is shifting its growth efforts toward Europe and Asia in the face of mounting obstacles in the U.S. market.

The Latest: Pence tweets response to Cuba’s Raul Castro

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 05:51
The Latest on Raul Castro’s handover of Cuba’s presidency (all times local):

Prosecutors again accuse Guatemala president of corruption

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 05:11
Guatemalan prosecutors and a United Nations’ anti-corruption commission again accused President Jimmy Morales of corruption Thursday related to alleged illegal campaign financing while he was secretary general of his party.

Prime minister says Australia will sail in South China Sea

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 04:30
Australia’s prime minister says the Australian navy has a “perfect right” to traverse the South China Sea after a media report that the Chinese navy challenged three Australian warships in the hotly contested waterway.

Moon faces tough challenges ahead of summit with Kim

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 04:21
The meeting next week between the leaders of the rival Koreas will be the ultimate test of South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s belief that his nation should lead international efforts to deal with North Korea.

Water scooter gunmen fire at beach vendor in Mexico’s Cancun

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 04:11
Mexican authorities say gunmen on water scooters shot at a roving vendor on a beach in Cancun’s glittering hotel zone, but nobody was wounded.

More protests in Nicaragua, 5 TV channels ordered off air

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 03:51
More protests have broken out in Nicaragua over a planned social security reform, and the government has ordered off the air five independent TV channels that have been covering the unrest.

UK envoy: Russia and Syria must let inspectors visit Douma

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 03:31
Britain’s U.N. ambassador says the Russians and Syrians must uphold their promises to let chemical weapons inspectors visit the site of a suspected poison gas attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma — and “it should happen expeditiously.”

Justice Department hands Comey memos to Congress

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 03:24
Notes former FBI director wrote about his interactions with President Trump are released in response to demand from committee chairmen.

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