Canada pulls families of diplomatic staff from Cuba

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:09
Canada’s foreign ministry said Monday that it is ordering families of diplomatic staff in Cuba to return home amid questions about mysterious health symptoms detected in 10 people who were stationed on the island.

Cyprus peace groups protest Syria airstrike at US embassy

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:59
Several hundred Cypriot, Palestinian and Syrian protesters waved Syrian flags and chanted anti-Western slogans in front of the U.S. Embassy in Cyprus on Monday to condemn the American-led airstrikes in Syria.

Changes to asylum procedures discussed in French parliament

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:09
French lawmakers are getting ready to discuss an immigration bill aimed at significantly changing the procedures for seeking asylum.

Australian mother recounts 'tremendous loss' after mentally ill daughter was killed by police

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:36
Courtney Topic's mother, Leesa, said she cannot accept “that Courtney's death was unavoidable."

Washington Post wins Pulitzer Prizes for Roy Moore investigation, Russia reporting

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:27
The Washington Post staff won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for revelations about U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore and shared the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

The Washington Post wins 2 Pulitzer Prizes for reporting on Russian interference and Alabama Senate race

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:27
Two stories that altered America’s political landscape received the highest honor in journalism.

UK academic says data firm helped Trump campaign spread fear

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 20:59
A British propaganda expert who has studied Cambridge Analytica says the company helped Donald Trump’s presidential campaign use false statements and anti-Muslim messages to spread fear and resentment in swing states Trump needed to win.

Trump puts the brakes on new Russian sanctions, reversing Haley’s announcement

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 20:57
After the Kremlin denounced U.S. plans to punish Russia over Syrian attack, the White House announced that a decision about new sanctions had not yet been made.

They lured an alleged sex predator to their home and hogtied him. Now they could face charges.

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 20:35
“Police want to stress that at no time should the public take matters into their own hands,” said Cpl. Amelia Hayden of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

U.S., British governments say Russia has hacked routers used by businesses globally

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 20:17
In a rare public warning, the two governments indicated the campaign also targets firewalls used by small businesses and big corporations alike.

Russia accused of tampering with the site of alleged Syrian chemical attack

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 19:47
OPCW inspectors on a fact-finding mission said they are being blocked from visiting Douma.

Families of Nigeria missing girls call for UN help

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 19:39
Family members of the Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped by Islamic militants four years ago are now calling for the U.N. to intervene to find out their fate.

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

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 19:39
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.

Romania’s president won’t fire anti-graft prosecutor

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 19:10
Romania’s president says he won’t fire the country’s anti-corruption prosecutor, the latest development in a dispute over corruption that has led to street protests.

Cohen seeks to withhold identity of mystery client

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:57
Trump’s personal lawyer said he had three legal clients in the past year — including one whose identity he asked to keep confidential.

German expat kidnapped in northern Nigeria, police say

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:39
Authorities in northern Nigeria say a German engineer has been abducted by gunmen in the town of Kano.

These Australian train passengers found out what it's like to drive through a blazing bush fire

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:25
An out-of-control blaze was probably set deliberately, authorities say.

Multiple shark maulings fail to keep Australian surfers from the water

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:05
A stretch of Australian beaches have seen least two large sharks and two mailings in the last week. That won't stop a surfing contest.

May denies U.K. acted at U.S. behest in Syria strikes, says “we have not done this because President Trump asked us.”

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:48
May denies U.K. acted at U.S. behest in Syria strikes, says “we have not done this because President Trump asked us.” .

UK court rules against parents who want son to go to Italy

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:48
Britain’s Court of Appeal has ruled against the parents of a terminally ill toddler who are seeking permission to take him to Italy for medical treatment.

British court rules against parents of terminally ill toddler who want to take him to Italy for treatment

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:48
British court rules against parents of terminally ill toddler who want to take him to Italy for treatment.

British Prime Minister May: Syria, supported by Russians, trying to conceal facts of Douma chemical attack.

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:38
British Prime Minister May: Syria, supported by Russians, trying to conceal facts of Douma chemical attack. .

Brazil minister: Militia probably behind councilwoman murder

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:18
Brazil’s public security minister says that investigators suspect that police-linked militias were responsible for killing a Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman who was a prominent social activist.

Head of chemical arms watchdog says Russia, Syria cite “pending security issues” before inspectors can visit Douma

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:08
Head of chemical arms watchdog says Russia, Syria cite “pending security issues” before inspectors can visit Douma.

In Paris, Trudeau defends benefits of EU-Canada trade deal

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:08
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron have discussed a renewed economic partnership to boost growth, jobs and investments in their two countries.

Canadian alleged serial killer facing 8th murder charge

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:08
Canadian alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur is now facing an eighth murder charge.

Canadian police say alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur now facing an eighth murder charge.

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:47
Canadian police say alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur now facing an eighth murder charge.

France’s Macron tries to walk back remarks about U.S. troops in Syria

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:30
French President Emmanuel Macron made surprising comments suggesting he had convinced President Trump to keep the U.S. military in Syria “long term.”

Turkey’s opposition protests state of emergency with sit-ins

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:29
Supporters of Turkey’s main opposition party have staged sit-in demonstrations across Turkey to protest the state of emergency that was declared after a coup attempt in 2016.

2-day-old baby girl found flushed down the toilet in India

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:24
Plumbers made the gruesome discovery.

Protesters take apartment that put Brazil ex-leader in jail

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:17
Members of a homeless movement have occupied the beachfront apartment that sits at the center of the corruption case against former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Cuba to start historic transition a day earlier

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:17
A legislative session that will see a historic political transition in Cuba is going to start one day earlier than expected.

Trump contradicts his Treasury Department, accuses China and Russia of currency cheating

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:13
"Russia and China are playing the Currency Devaluation game as the U.S. keeps raising interest rates. Not acceptable!” the president wrote on Twitter.

3 officials resign in Kenya’s electoral body over poll probe

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:08
Three commissioners from Kenya’s electoral commission say they’ve resigned over the suspension of the chief executive officer who was sent on compulsory leave to pave way for wider investigations into the conduct of the commission in last year’s elections.

The Finance 202: Trump's base is all about his tariffs on imports

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:54
Polling shows Republicans and non-college educated whites are behind the policy.

Sina Weibo, China's social media giant, reverses ban on gay content after weekend of protests

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:54
As of Friday, the site had already removed more than 56,000 pieces of content and shut down 108 accounts.

'Video game player of the century' stripped of records after Donkey Kong scandal

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:54
Billy Mitchell rose to international fame thanks to high scores and a 2007 documentary.

Slovak interior minister resigns in slain reporter case

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:48
Slovakia’s interior minister has resigned amid the political crisis triggered by the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee.

7 Polish female bison heading to Spain to help herd grow

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:37
A bison reserve in eastern Poland says seven young female animals are traveling to Spain to help boost a bison herd there.

Russian begins blocking messaging app Telegram

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:28
Russia’s communications watchdog has begun enforcing a nationwide ban for the popular messaging app Telegram.

Japanese prime minister faces calls to stand down amid scandals

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:13
Shinzo Abe is embroiled in controversies surrounding dodgy financial deals. He is flailing so badly that a former premier has suggested that he stand down at the end of June, when the Diet term ends, to avoid tainting his entire party.

Spain migrant aid group says Italy frees its rescue ship

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 14:47
The founder of a Spanish aid group that rescues migrants in the Mediterranean says Italian authorities have released his organization’s ship after impounding it for taking 218 migrants to Italy.

Guatemalans OK effort to end territorial dispute with Belize

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 14:07
Guatemalans have moved a step closer to resolving a longstanding territorial dispute with neighboring Belize, voting to send the issue to the International Court of Justice.

China’s Weibo site backtracks on gay censorship after outcry

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 13:49
One of China’s top social networking sites announced Monday that it will no longer be censoring content related to gay issues after the plan triggered a loud public outcry.

Senior Russian diplomat says chemical weapons watchdog cannot access site of attack near Damascus without a U.N. permit

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 13:38
Senior Russian diplomat says chemical weapons watchdog cannot access site of attack near Damascus without a U.N. permit.

Thousands of opposition supporters rally in Armenian capital

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 13:27
Thousands of opposition supporters have blocked traffic in the Armenian capital over a recent change of government that the opposition sees as a move by the ex-president to stay in power.

After attack, UAE to end Somalia military training mission

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 13:27
The United Arab Emirates says it will end its military training mission to Somalia after an incident that saw its soldiers assaulted and $9.6 million seized at an airport in Mogadishu.

8 suspects in rape, killing of Muslim child plead not guilty

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 13:17
Eight Hindu men accused in the gang rape and killing of an 8-year-old Muslim girl in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state have pleaded not guilty in their first court appearance.

South Korean businessman kills himself in Hong Kong custody

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:56
Hong Kong authorities say a South Korean businessman accused of murdering his wife and son in a five-star hotel has killed himself while in pre-trial custody.

Turkey warns Greece after flag is hoisted on disputed islet

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:56
Turkey’s prime minister has warned Greece to refrain from “provocations” after a Greek flag was hoisted on a disputed, uninhabited islet in the Aegean Sea off the Turkish coast.

Trump’s trade moves could send Germany into a recession, report warns

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:34
The risk of a recession in Europe's biggest economy rose significantly between March and April.

Terrorism accusation in Basque bar brawl reopens old wounds

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:37
A trial has opened over the beating of two police officers and their girlfriends in northern Spain two years ago, a case surrounded by controversy because of the terrorism charges brought against the eight defendants.

German prosecutors indict former Auschwitz guard, 94

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:37
German prosecutors say they’ve charged a 94-year-old former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp as an accessory to murder.

Inside the Marines’ new mission in Afghanistan: taking back territory previously won

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:22
U.S. and Afghan forces are seeking to recapture areas that were once under American control.

Nigeria’s Boko Haram extremists hamper polio eradication

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:17
Islamic extremists made Imana Alhaji Gana’s village in northeastern Nigeria too dangerous for health workers to vaccinate against polio. Now that she and her family have fled to a displacement camp, those workers want to catch her children in time.

UK’s May to face angry lawmakers over Syria airstrikes

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:17
Prime Minister Theresa May is set to face restive British lawmakers Monday to justify her decision to launch airstrikes against Syria without a vote in Parliament.

The Latest: Large rally in Damascus supporting Assad’s army

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:36
Hundreds of Syrians have gathered in a landmark square in the capital of Damascus in support of their armed forces, which they say succeeded in confronting the unprecedented joint airstrikes by the West over the weekend.

UK faces outcry over treatment of former child immigrants

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:07
Britain is hosting leaders from the 53-nation Commonwealth in London this week as it seeks to bolster trade ties around the world after Brexit.

UK’s May to face angry lawmakers over Syria airstrikes

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:36
Prime Minister Theresa May is set to face British lawmakers to explain her decision to launch airstrikes against Syria without a vote in Parliament.

Israeli ambassador to Jordan takes up his post, ending spat

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:25
Israel’s Foreign Ministry says its new ambassador to Jordan is starting his posting, ending a months-long spat between the two countries over a deadly embassy shooting.

US pastor on trial in Turkey for terror links

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:57
An American pastor is going on trial in Turkey accused of ties to terror groups and spying, in a case that has strained ties between Turkey and the United States.

Pakistan watchdog says country failing on human rights

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:57
An independent Pakistani watchdog criticized the country’s human rights record over the past year in a new report released Monday, saying the nation has failed to make progress.

Bangladesh rejects Myanmar’s claim of repatriating Rohingya

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 07:05
Bangladesh has rejected a claim by Myanmar that the Buddhist-majority nation has repatriated the first five among some 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled to neighboring Bangladesh to escape military-led violence against the minority group.

The many things Trump didn't accomplish in the latest Syria strike

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 07:02
Trump hailed the success of a punitive strike on Assad's forces, but most onlookers are unimpressed.

Refugee policy general named next Australian defense chief

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 06:55
An Australian army general who led a secretive military operation to stop asylum seekers from coming to Australia by boat has been named the country’s next defense force chief.

Chinese exporters scramble to cope with Trump tariff hike

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 06:55
Chinese exporters of goods from electronics to motorcycle parts are scrambling to insulate themselves from U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed tariff hike.

AP PHOTOS: Cuba’s Castro brothers through the years

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 06:25
The men who have run Cuba for nearly six decades began life in a remote, rural part of the island known as Biran, sons of a wealthy farmer.

Raul Castro leaves Cuba with new freedoms, deep problems

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 06:16
In 2008, Cuba’s Raul Castro took over a country where most people couldn’t own computers or cellphones, leave without permission, run most types of private businesses or enter resort hotels.

Trump wants to review material seized from personal lawyer before federal investigators

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 05:20
In a new court filing, the president’s attorneys argued that his team should be allowed to review material taken from Michael Cohen’s office.

The Latest: Spokeswoman says Trump still wants Syria exit

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 04:23
The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local):

Comey says Trump ‘morally unfit to be president,’ possibly susceptible to Russian blackmail

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 04:07
The former FBI director told ABC News he had misgivings about Trump since he became president.

AP Exclusive: Jailed Chinese pastor’s US family seeks mercy

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 03:24
For years, Rev. John Sanqiang Cao and fellow Chinese Christian teachers would cross the river on a bamboo raft into Myanmar, carrying with them notebooks, pencils and Bibles. During the ride on March 5, 2017, Cao saw Chinese security agents waiting on the shore. He threw his cellphone into the water, protecting the identities of Chinese teachers he had recruited.

Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 02:18
The president was furious when he realized that France and Germany weren’t expelling Russian diplomats in the same numbers as the United States.

Slovak protesters demand more resignations over corruption neglect

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 00:57
The government is facing sustained pressure to enact anti-corruption measures.

U.S. has been quietly helping Mexico with new, high-tech ways to fight opium

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 00:37
A push to curb poppy production and heroin exports followed top-level interactions last year.

Small town mayor shot dead in Mexico’s Jalisco state

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 00:33
Authorities in Mexico say a small town’s mayor has been shot dead in the west-central state of Jalisco.

Will Thailand’s general-prime minister make good on his latest promise to hold elections?

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 00:27
Signs suggest that Prayuth Chan-ocha wants to hold on to power.

‘People are still suffering’: MLB back in storm-hit San Juan

WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 00:04
Hiram Bithorn’s statue is no longer standing. The stadium bearing his name is ready to bustle again.

Canada’s Trudeau pledges money, new law pipeline happen

WASHINGTON POST - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 23:54
Prime Minister Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday he has instructed his finance minister to begin talks with Kinder Morgan to “remove the uncertainty” hanging over the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project that would nearly triple the flow of oil from Canada’s oil sands to the Pacific Coast

El Salvador police say newspaper journalist found slain

WASHINGTON POST - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 23:54
Police in El Salvador say unidentified assailants kidnapped and then killed journalist Karla Lisseth Turcios, who worked for the newspaper La Prensa Grafica.

Trial opens for American pastor held in Turkey on Gulen charges

WASHINGTON POST - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 22:56
His supporters suggest he is being held as a bargaining chip.

The Latest: Macron defends foreign policy, economic agenda

WASHINGTON POST - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 22:23
The Latest on Macron’s televised appeareance (all times local):

A euthanasia expert just unveiled his 'suicide machine' at an Amsterdam funeral fair

WASHINGTON POST - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 21:19
It's designed to “provide people with a death when they wish to die."

French army describes ‘underhanded’ extremist attack in Mali

WASHINGTON POST - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 20:32
The French army says a deadly extremist attack on a U.N. military camp in northern Mali was “particularly sophisticated and underhanded.”

France’s Macron defends foreign policy and economic agenda

WASHINGTON POST - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 20:02
Almost one year into his term, French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss the airstrikes in Syria and defend an economic reform agenda that has prompted widespread worker strikes.

Guatemalans vote on generations-old land dispute with Belize

WASHINGTON POST - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 19:52
Guatemalans are voting in a referendum on their country’s longstanding territorial dispute with neighboring Belize.

Syria’s Assad said to be in ‘good’ mood, scorns U.S. weaponry after airstrikes

WASHINGTON POST - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 18:06
A day after U.S.-led strikes targeted his chemical weapons program, Assad greeted Russian lawmakers and celebrated his conquest of the town that his government allegedly attacked with poison gas.

Brazil’s ex-leader still leads in polls after arrest

WASHINGTON POST - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 18:02
Even imprisonment hasn’t knocked former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva out of the lead in Brazil’s presidential race.

Egypt upholds death sentence against 4 over plotting attacks

WASHINGTON POST - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 17:51
Egypt’s highest appeals court has upheld death sentences for four people over forming a “terrorist cell” to plot attacks on security forces and other institutions.

Pakistan: Gunmen open fire on churchgoers, killing 2

WASHINGTON POST - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 17:51
Pakistani police say gunmen have opened fire on worshippers coming out of a church in the southwestern city of Quetta, killing two people and wounding five others.

Nikki Haley says new sanctions coming on Russia

WASHINGTON POST - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 16:54
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said on “Fox News Sunday” that sanctions against Russia are continuing, “which you'll see again on Monday.”

Vatican: Parents, hospital must talk in UK sick toddler case

WASHINGTON POST - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 15:41
The head of the Vatican’s bioethics think tank says he hopes a dialogue can be reopened in the case of Alfie Evans, a terminally ill British toddler whose parents are locked in a legal battle over his care.

Indian protesters seek end to sexual violence against women

WASHINGTON POST - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 15:30
Thousands of people have protested across India to seek an end to sexual violence against women.

Arab leaders gather to unify ranks in face of conflict, wars

WASHINGTON POST - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 14:51
An annual gathering of Arab leaders has opened in the eastern Saudi city of Dhahran as tensions with Iran and wars in Syria and Yemen threaten stability across the region.

Pope ‘deeply disturbed’ by lack of common response to Syria

WASHINGTON POST - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 14:51
Pope Francis told the faithful in St. Peter’s Square that he is “deeply disturbed” by the international community’s failure to come up with a common response to the crisis in Syria and other parts of the world.

Simulated chemical incident part of Jordan-US military drill

WASHINGTON POST - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 14:41
The United States and Jordan have launched a 12-day military exercise with scenarios ranging from border security to counter-terrorism and for the first time a simulated chemical incident.

Kim Jong Un meets high-ranking Chinese diplomat in Pyongyang

WASHINGTON POST - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 14:30
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has met with a high-ranking Chinese diplomat in Pyongyang, amid a flurry of diplomacy following Kim’s recent surprise visit to Beijing.

Islamic State claims attack in Egypt’s Sinai that killed 8

WASHINGTON POST - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 14:21
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on an Egyptian army base in the Sinai Peninsula that killed at least eight soldiers.

Why Europe, not Congress, will rein in big tech

WASHINGTON POST - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 14:14
Ireland’s Helen Dixon is a watchdog to watch.