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Lawmakers worry about securing U.S. goals in Syria as Trump looks for the exit

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 00:53
One Republican senator says the administration seems determined to give Syria to Assad, Russia and Iran.

Mexico’s ruling party struggling in presidential race

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 22:51
As Mexico prepares for the first of three presidential candidate debates, the governing party is struggling to remain relevant in the campaign ahead of the July 1 election.

Polish ghetto survivor worries about rising nationalism

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:52
Marian Kalwary can still hear the faint chant of a thin little girl trying to sell insoles to people on a street of the Warsaw ghetto and get food. No one bought them and some days later the girl vanished from the street.

Global warming has changed the Great Barrier Reef 'forever,' scientists say

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:41
"Unprecedented.” “Radical.” “Catastrophic.” The damage to the Great Barrier Reef is even worse than experts thought.

Russia takes heavy hand to internet to block messaging app

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:41
Russian authorities are freezing up vast swathes of the country’s online world in what critics call a heavy-handed — and so far unsuccessful — attempt to block a popular messaging app, Telegram.

Police: Bus crash in Switzerland leaves 15 hurt, 1 seriously

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:22
Swiss police say 15 people have been injured, one of them seriously, when a bus carrying foreign tourists crashed into a truck on a highway in northern Switzerland.

Ecuador to suspend mediation of Colombia peace talks

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:12
Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno said he is suspending his country’s role as a mediator in peace talks between Colombia’s government and the nation’s last major rebel army.

EU envoy: Macedonia can settle name dispute by late June

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:12
The European Union’s foreign policy chief says she believes Greece and Macedonia can overcome a long-standing name dispute by late June, clearing the way for the Balkan nation to start accession talks.

Pro-Putin youth group to form counter-protest squads

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:41
The youth wing of Russia’s dominant party says it will begin training groups of activists to mobilize quickly to conduct counterdemonstrations to opposition protests.

German gets life for killing retiree, cashing his pension

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:41
A German man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing an 80-year-old man in Berlin and cashing his benefit checks for a decade.

Germans love their cars. They also love the environment. A diesel ban is forcing them to choose.

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:12
Hamburg is the first city to say “no” to vehicles that have been a mainstay of the country’s auto industry.

Saudi Arabia heralds opening of cinemas, screening Hollywood’s “Black Panther” in country’s first movie theater

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:12
Saudi Arabia heralds opening of cinemas, screening Hollywood’s “Black Panther” in country’s first movie theater.

Hundreds of Syrian refugees return home from Lebanon

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:02
Hundreds of refugees in a southeastern Lebanese town returned to Syria in what they say is a voluntary decision to return to homes in the war-torn country.

Armenia protesters oppose ex-president’s move to PM seat

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:42
Thousands of people are flooding into the Armenian capital to protest the former president’s shift into the prime minister’s seat, which they see as an attempt to hold on to power.

UK govt suffers Parliament defeat on key Brexit bill

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:42
Britain’s key Brexit bill has hit a hurdle, with the House of Lords voting to seek continued membership in the European Union’s customs union.

Egypt sentences 3 to life, 36 to 10 years on terror charges

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:42
An Egyptian court has sentenced three Muslim Brotherhood members to life in prison on terror-related charges.

Greece vows to respect landmark court decision on migrants

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:21
Greek officials say the government will respect a landmark court decision against a European Union policy that allowed authorities to force refugees and migrants to stay on the Greek islands where they first arrived even after they had applied for asylum.

Mayor: Twins-Indians will be played despite blackout

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:21
The mayor of San Juan says Wednesday’s Cleveland-Minnesota game at Hiram Bithorn Stadium will be played as scheduled, despite an island-wide blackout that hit Puerto Rico.

Douma chemical attack puts OPCW back in spotlight

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:10
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been thrust once again into the international limelight by a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain and allegations of a chemical bombardment on the Syrian city of Douma.

Queen welcomes Commonwealth leaders as group seeks a mission

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:02
The flags of more than 50 nations flew outside Buckingham Palace on Thursday as Queen Elizabeth II prepared to welcome leaders from the Commonwealth, an international club with an eclectic membership, an identity problem and an uncertain future.

Erdogan calls for early elections in Turkey, citing need to ‘overcome uncertainties’

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:42
A victory would give the Turkish president sweeping authorities under a new system of government narrowly approved by voters last year. 

Trump says initial high-level meeting between U.S. and North Korea ‘went very well’

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:21
The president confirmed he sent CIA Director Mike Pompeo to confer with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

International team to investigate in slain journalist case

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:21
Slovakia’s prosecutor general has signed a deal to create an international team to investigate into the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee.

Cyprus church defrocks priest for 1st time over sex offense

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:21
A senior cleric says Cyprus’ Orthodox Christian Church has for the first time defrocked a priest for sexually abusing his step-daughter when she was a child.

The lone official candidate for next president of Cuba is Miguel Diaz-Canel, all but assuring he’ll replace Raul Castro

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:21
The lone official candidate for next president of Cuba is Miguel Diaz-Canel, all but assuring he’ll replace Raul Castro.

Remnants of migrant caravan move toward US-Mexico border

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:21
The remnants of a migrant caravan of Central Americans that drew the ire of President Donald Trump are continuing their journey north through Mexico toward the U.S. border.

EU renews call for Zuckerberg to testify over data scandal

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:00
The European Parliament is repeating a call for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify about the internet giant’s data privacy scandal, after Zuckerberg offered to send a subordinate in his place.

Island-wide blackout hits Puerto Rico; officials probe cause

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:51
An island-wide blackout has hit Puerto Rico, which is struggling with an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory.

Economic changes in Cuba under President Raul Castro

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:40
President Raul Castro brought gradual but significant changes to Cuba in his 10 years as head of state:

Island-wide blackout hits Puerto Rico, which suffering unstable power grid following hurricane

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:31
Island-wide blackout hits Puerto Rico, which suffering unstable power grid following hurricane.

Germany waiting for details on citizen’s arrest in Turkey

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:31
Germany’s foreign ministry says it’s waiting to learn why one of its nationals was arrested in Istanbul in the latest such incident to strain relations between the two countries.

UK chain Costa pledges new recycling targets for coffee cups

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:31
A U.K. coffee house chain has pledged to recycle as many disposable cups as it sells by 2020, trying to appease public anxiety over the increasing levels of waste in the world’s oceans.

Queen Elizabeth II loses her last corgi, Willow, a scrappy end of a canine dynasty

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:29
The 90-year-old monarch was hit 'extremely hard' by the death of her 14-year-old pooch, the Daily Mail reports.

The Latest: Israeli PM issues veiled warning to Iran

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:59
The Latest on developments related to Israel’s Memorial Day (all times local):

AP Explains: For Americans, big changes in travel to Cuba

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:40
Raul Castro’s time in office has seen dramatic changes in Americans’ ability to travel to Cuba, with a dramatic opening under U.S. President Barack Obama, then a partial reduction under President Donald Trump:

In Cuba’s National Assembly, Raúl Castro marks last moments of his family’s rule

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:30
The gathering plans to formally vote for a new leadership — the first outside the Castro family since Fidel swept to power nearly 60 years. But the succession was carefully orchestrated and few major policy shift were expected.

Why Austria's response to the Skripal poisoning wasn't so tough on Russia

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:30
Austria may want to play diplomat in an escalating cold war.

Belgium probing if chemical was illegally exported to Syria

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:10
Belgian authorities are investigating whether three companies might have been involved in the illegal export to Syria of a chemical that could be used in the production of sarin gas.

Ex-head of Hungary’ swim federation denies murder case link

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:10
The former head of Hungary’s swimming federation has firmly denied allegations he ordered the 1998 murder of a business rival.

Greek police: head of international crime ring arrested

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:10
Greek police say they have caught the suspected head of a European organized crime ring specializing in burglaries, robberies and extortion in France and Greece.

Raul Castro leaving Cuban presidency, not power

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:00
Raul Castro is stepping down from Cuba’s presidency, but he isn’t giving up power.

6 police, 10 suspects killed in shootouts in southern Mexico

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:41
A total of sixteen people — six police officers and ten suspects — were killed in two confrontations in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, authorities said Wednesday.

The Latest: Cuba opens session to choose new president

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:41
The Latest on the meeting of Cuba’s legislature and the scheduled end of Raul Castro’s presidency (all times local):

She Instagrammed her exotic drug-smuggling vacation. Now 'Cocaine Babe' is going to prison.

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:39
“She was seduced by lifestyle and the opportunity to post glamorous Instagram photos from around the world,” a judge said of Melina Roberge.

Germany urges probe into Russian reporter’s balcony fall

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:29
The German government says the death of a Russian journalist who fell from his balcony should be investigated.

New Zealand's prime minister 'extremely angry' with people saying she is like Trump

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:28
The pregnant, 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern pushes back on comparisons to the U.S. leader.

Cuba opens National Assembly session that will choose Raul Castro’s successor as president

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:19
Cuba opens National Assembly session that will choose Raul Castro’s successor as president.

The Latest: Turkish president calls snap elections for June

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:19
The Latest on political developments in Turkey (all times local):

Turkey’s president announces snap parliamentary and presidential elections on June 24

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:19
Turkey’s president announces snap parliamentary and presidential elections on June 24.

Cossacks on horseback enlisted to guard World Cup in Russia

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:50
About 200 Cossacks will be drafted in to provide security at World Cup games in Russia.

South Korea says it will lay the groundwork for Trump to talk to Kim about nuclear weapons

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:41
Seoul is frantically preparing for next week’s summit between the two Korean leaders.

Libyan navy rescues 217 migrants from stranded boats

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:40
Libya’s navy says it has rescued 217 African migrants from two rubber boats that were stranded in the Mediterranean Sea.

For Europe’s criminals and terrorists, buying a gun is getting easier

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:29
Growing sources of firearms are posing new challenges to European law enforcement long accustomed to the scarcity of guns

Taiwan’s leader visits rare African ally, tiny Swaziland

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:10
Taiwan is emphasizing its ties with one of the few countries that grant it diplomatic recognition as President Tsai Ing-wen visits the tiny African kingdom of Swaziland.

German retailer taps leadership after co-CEO goes missing

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:10
German retail group Tengelmann has named Christian Haub as its sole CEO after his brother went missing during a skiing trip in the Swiss Alps.

Quebec City mosque shooter scoured Twitter for Trump, right-wing figures before attack

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:08
He searched for President Trump a total of 819 times across Twitter, Google, YouTube and Facebook.

The Latest: Syrian rebels disarm in latest evacuation deal

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:00
The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local):

The Latest: British regulator considers Russian broadcaster

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:49
The Latest on the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain (all times local):

Germany’s Merkel sets trip to visit Trump for April 27

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:49
The German government says Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Washington on April 27 to meet President Donald Trump.

Jewish men attacked in Berlin, 1 whipped with belt

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:49
Berlin police say two men wearing Jewish skullcaps were attacked and insulted by a group of three other men, who whipped one with a belt in an apparent anti-Semitic assault.

Zimbabwe marks Independence Day — from Mugabe, too

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:39
Zimbabwe is celebrating Independence Day for the first time without Robert Mugabe as leader since 1980 and some say it feels like a second emancipation.

At least 15 injured in road accident in northern France

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:39
French authorities say at least 15 people have been injured in a road accident involving two minibuses in northern France.

Russia admits to blocking millions of IP addresses

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:39
The chief of the Russian communications watchdog has admitted to blocking access to millions of IP addresses in a so-far-futile attempt to block a popular messaging app.

What did Kim and Pompeo discuss during their meeting? Here are 3 core issues.

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:28
One key question: What would denuclearization on the Korean peninsula really entail?

Turkish president discusses ally’s call for early polls

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:19
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is meeting the leader of the country’s main nationalist party to discuss his political ally’s surprise call for early elections.

Americans like their relationship with Japan. Why? China.

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:08
Almost half of Americans want a stronger relationship with Japan in the face of a rising China.

Cuban state media say new president to be elected Wednesday

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:58
Cuban state media say the country’s National Assembly will elect a new president on Wednesday but will only announce the replacement for Raul Castro the following day.

Syrian troops, Palestinians look to drive IS from capital

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:58
Syrian troops and allied Palestinian fighters are massing around the last Islamic State bastion in the capital, preparing for an all-out offensive if talks on an evacuation deal fall through.

Japan finance official quits over alleged sexual misconduct

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:49
A top Japanese finance ministry official has resigned over sexual misconduct allegations.

Truck collides with bus carrying Polish students; 2 killed

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:49
Polish police say that a truck has collided with a bus transporting students in northwestern Poland, killing two people and injuring 17.

Belgium probing if chemical was illegally exported to Syria

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:38
Belgian authorities are investigating whether three companies might have been involved in the illegal export of chemicals to Syria.

Scientists aim to understand habits of a German giraffe

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:38
A giraffe in a German zoo has been outfitted with a transmitter to help scientists learn more about his habits to better protect the species in the wild.

Seoul says parts of inter-Korean summit will be aired live

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:38
North and South Korea have agreed to allow live television broadcasts for parts of the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in next week.

Gunmen kill Shiite shopkeeper in Pakistan

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:28
Police in Pakistan say a member of the country’s Shiite minority has been killed in a drive-by shooting in the southwestern city of Quetta.

Sweden police told Icelandic suspect likely fled their way

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:28
Swedish police say Icelandic colleagues have informed them that a man suspected of masterminding the theft of about 600 computers used to mine bitcoins and other virtual currencies, likely fled to Sweden after a prison break.

Italy president taps Berlusconi ally to try to break impasse

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:19
Italian President Sergio Mattarella has tapped the Senate president, a longtime supporter of ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi, to explore possible alliances to create a governing majority in Parliament more than a month after Italy’s inconclusive elections.

Greek ferries tied up in port due to seamen’s strike

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:09
Ferries to and from the Greek islands are tied up in port due to a 24-hour strike by seamen protesting reforms to their sector.

Police arrest alleged key figure in Indonesia alcohol deaths

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:09
Indonesian police have arrested the alleged head of a bootleg liquor empire following the deaths of dozens of people this month from drinking tainted alcohol.

US could sanction Chinese officials over Xinjiang abuses

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:49
A senior U.S. official says the United States would pursue sanctions on Chinese officials involved in a sweeping security crackdown in the western region of Xinjiang if they were deemed appropriate for designation under a law targeting human rights offenders.

Facebook introduces new privacy safeguards in Europe

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:38
Facebook is introducing more privacy safeguards to users in Europe as part of efforts to comply with new rules meant to make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data.

German gov’t to seek public funding cut for far-right party

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:38
The German government says it wants to cut off public funding for a far-right party that authorities tried unsuccessfully to ban.

Canadian drug mule sentenced in Australia for cocaine cruise

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:38
An Australian court has sentenced a Canadian woman to eight years in prison for her part in an attempt to smuggle cocaine worth $16 million into Sydney in luggage aboard a luxury cruise ship.

Pope meets father of British toddler at center of battle

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:38
Pope Francis has met with the father of a terminally ill British toddler, after an appeals court ruled that his parents can’t take him to Italy for further medical treatment.

Egypt’s military says IS leader in Sinai killed in shootout

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:29
Egypt’s military says its forces have killed a man they identified as the leader of the Islamic State group in the restive Sinai Peninsula.

EU pushes Macedonia to implement reforms needed to join bloc

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:29
A senior European Union official has praised Macedonia’s progress in efforts to join the EU, but warned the Balkan country needs to successfully implement its promised reforms if it is to join the bloc.

Delays keep inspectors from reaching Syria attack site

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:09
International chemical weapons inspectors do not appear to have visited the site of a suspected attack in Syria after days of delays by Syrian and Russian authorities.

First the chlorine, then chaos and death in Syria attack

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:09
Residents of the Syrian town of Douma were packed into underground shelters amid bombardment when the gas began to spread. Suddenly, panic ensued.

Israel marks solemn Memorial Day for its fallen soldiers

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:29
Israelis have come to a two-minute standstill to remember fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism as the country marks Memorial Day, one of the most somber days on its calendar.

WWII bomb to force evacuation around Berlin’s main station

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:17
Police say they will have to evacuate an area around Berlin’s central railway station on Friday to defuse a 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) World War II bomb discovered during construction work.

OPCW meets to discuss Skripal nerve agent poisoning

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:09
Member states of the global chemical weapons watchdog are meeting to discuss the nerve agent attack in Britain on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

Taliban bombing kills 5, including Afghan police commander

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:59
An Afghan official says a bomb blast has killed five people, including a police commander, in the southern Kandahar province, an attack claimed by the Taliban.

Germany: 7 arrested in raids on sex traffickers

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:39
German authorities say they have raided 62 properties and arrested seven people in an investigation of an alleged trafficking ring set up to bring Thai women and transsexuals to Germany to work as prostitutes.

Japan abductee kin say mention at US-NKorea talks not enough

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:17
Families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea urged President Donald Trump on Wednesday to do more than just bring up the issue during his expected talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Australia confirms Australian detained in Iraq

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:57
Australia’s government has confirmed that an Australian has been detained in Iraq after a media report that an Islamic State group commander suspected of masterminding a plot to blow up an airline flight from Sydney last year and an Australian relative were captured.

German government, union seal pay raise for public workers

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:57
German government and union negotiators have reached a deal that should give some 2.3 million public-sector workers a wage increase averaging 7.5 percent over the next two years.

China sends warning to Taiwan with naval drills near island

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:57
China’s navy is holding live-fire military exercises in the Taiwan Strait in a warning to the self-ruled island against seeking formal independence after moves by the U.S. to increase support for Taiwan’s government.

Japan abductee kin say mention at US-NKorea talks not enough

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:12
Families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea are urging President Donald Trump to do more than just bring up the issue at his expected talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Japan fiscal year trade surplus with US up nearly 6 percent

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:29
Japan has reported that its trade surplus with the U.S. grew nearly 6 percent in the fiscal year through March.

Korean leaders can discuss peace, but not decide end of war

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:29
President Donald Trump has given his “blessing” for North and South Korea to discuss the end of the Korean War at their summit next week amid a diplomatic push to end the North Korean nuclear standoff.

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