UN ending 13-year military peacekeeping mission in Haiti

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 02:42
A U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti that has helped maintain order through 13 years of political turmoil and catastrophe is coming to an end as the last of the blue-helmeted soldiers from around the world leave despite concerns that the police and justice system are still not adequate to ensure security in the country.

Tropical Storm Nate blamed for 22 deaths; threatens US coast

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 02:26
Newly formed Tropical Storm Nate was blamed Thursday for at least 22 deaths across Central America as it dumped rain across the region on a path that would carry it toward a potential landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane over the weekend.

4 killed in clashes with Colombia coca growers, eradicators

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 02:26
Four people were killed and at least 14 injured Thursday in a confusing attack on protesting coca farmers that authorities blamed on a dissident faction of a disarmed guerrilla group and local activists attributed to government security forces opening fire.

Experts to start capturing rare vaquita porpoises in Mexico

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 01:39
U.S. Navy-trained dolphins and their handlers arrived in Mexico Thursday to participate in a last-ditch effort to catch, enclose and protect the last few dozen surviving vaquita porpoises to save them from extinction.

UN chief: Over 8,000 children killed and hurt in conflicts

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 01:23
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says it’s unacceptable and appalling that more than 8,000 children were killed and injured in conflicts across the world last year and is urging combatants to do more to protect boys and girls.

Toronto council votes to not name stadium after Rob Ford

WASHINGTON POST - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:36
Toronto city council has voted against naming a stadium after former Mayor Rob Ford.

UN approves monitoring of ELN rebel cease-fire in Colombia

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:50
The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the U.N. mission in Colombia to monitor and verify the temporary cease-fire between the government and the country’s last remaining rebel group, the National Liberation Army known as the ELN.

Canadian tells of Somalia abduction as trial begins

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:34
The trial of a Somali man accused of kidnapping Canadian freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout has started.

Latvia’s cellphones stopped working. Russia’s war games may be to blame.

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 22:30
The Baltic country’s emergency-services hotline and part of its cell network went down during major Russian military exercises. 

Russian spymaster denies meddling in US election

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 22:30
The head of Russia’s top domestic security agency is rejecting allegations of interference in the U.S. election.

The troubling case of the young Japanese reporter who worked herself to death

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 21:43
Journalist Miwa Sado was killed, at the age of 31, by “karoshi” — the Japanese word for death due to overwork.

Obama calls North Korea a “real threat” at forum in Brazil

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 20:40
Former U.S. President Barack Obama says that diplomacy, rather than military might, is the best way to deal with the “real threat” presented by North Korea.

Researchers shed light on Neanderthals’ legacy in humans

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 20:25
Some human traits that are linked to sunlight — including mood and sleep patterns — may be influenced by a person’s Neanderthal forefathers, according to a study published Thursday.

In landmark terrorism trial, France confronts roots of homegrown extremism

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 20:10
Attacks on a Jewish school and French police officers in 2012 has become seen as opening a new wave of terrorism from within.

Venezuelan president visits Belarus, discusses military ties

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 19:54
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has visited Belarus, emphasizing plans to bolster military ties with the ex-Soviet nation.

4 toddlers killed when set alight at Brazil day care center

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 19:22
Officials say a security guard at a day care center in southeastern Brazil doused children with alcohol and then set it alight, killing at least four children and injuring 20.

Hungarian government resumes campaign against George Soros

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 18:52
The Hungarian government has resumed its campaign against Hungarian-American billionaire philanthropist George Soros and his support for migration.

High winds cause chaos in northern Germany

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 18:52
High winds have swept through northern Germany, knocking down trees that killed at least two people and causing widespread flight and train delays and cancellations.

Who will win this year's Nobel Peace Prize?

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 18:05
Handicapping one of the world's most prestigious awards.

Soccer clubs expected to raise more money in equity and debt

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 18:05
Credit ratings agency DBRS thinks soccer clubs in Europe will find it increasingly attractive to raise capital in equity and debt markets as a result of their “more sophisticated” business models.