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Howard M. Sachar, GWU scholar and ‘trailblazer’ of Jewish history, dies at 90

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 21:56
Dr. Sachar published more than a dozen books, including a two-volume history of Israel.

Brazil leader won’t seek re-election

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 21:40
Brazil’s President Michel Temer is ending speculation that he might seek re-election despite dismal poll ratings. He’s endorsing his finance minister for the presidency in October’s election.

Brazil’s president says won’t seek re-election, endorses finance minister

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 21:40
Brazil’s president says won’t seek re-election, endorses finance minister.

Armed men who threatened Marseille police still at large

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 21:28
French authorities say a group of men who threatened police officers with guns in Marseille is still at large and might have abducted someone during its commando-style operation.

Venezuela announces the expulsion of two top U.S. diplomats

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 21:16
The move came two days after Maduro won another term in a widely criticized election.

Romania court acquits Senate speaker of lying under oath

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 21:10
A Romanian court has acquitted the Senate speaker of making false statements under oath in a trial related to a fraudulent real estate case.

Egyptian military court sentences journalist to 10 years

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 20:50
An Egyptian military court has sentenced a freelance journalist who reported on the Sinai insurgency to 10 years in prison on terror-related charges.

Danish minister: Muslims fasting is 'dangerous for us all'

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 20:44
A Danish politician worries that Ramadan could pose a public-safety threat because Muslims working in certain jobs, such as bus drivers, might be unable to focus if they have not eaten..

Private jet crashes in Honduran capital

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 20:28
Honduras’ emergency management commission says rescuers have responded to the crash of a private jet at Tegucigalpa’s airport.

The Grenfell fire inquiry started this week. Here’s what you need to know.

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 20:20
It's been nearly a year since 72 people were killed in the fire in a west London apartment building.

Honduras’ emergency commission says rescuers have responded to the crash of a private jet at Tegucigalpa’s airport

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 20:20
Honduras’ emergency commission says rescuers have responded to the crash of a private jet at Tegucigalpa’s airport.

The Grenfell fire inquiry started this week. Here's what you need to know.

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 20:15
It's been nearly a year since 72 people were killed in the fire in a west London apartment building.

5-Star Movement defends Italian premier candidate’s resume

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 20:10
The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement on Tuesday defended Giuseppe Conte, tapped to be Italy’s next premier, against speculation that he overstated affiliations with elite international universities, saying the insinuations indicated fears of the changes coming under a 5-Star government with the right-wing League.

Venezuelan president expels top US diplomat

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 20:10
President Nicolas Maduro is expelling the top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela and his deputy for allegedly conspiring against his government.

Trump’s allies in Congress renew demand for second special counsel to investigate the FBI, Justice Dept.

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 20:06
House Freedom Caucus members are emboldened by allegations the FBI spied on Trump’s campaign.

President Maduro expels top U.S. diplomat from Venezuela, accuses him of conspiring against his government

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 20:00
President Maduro expels top U.S. diplomat from Venezuela, accuses him of conspiring against his government.

Rights group: Rohingya insurgents massacred Myanmar Hindus

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 19:50
Amnesty International says in a new report that Myanmar’s army was not the only group that has slaughtered civilians in the country’s volatile west.

Vatican bank reports profit but says ethics more important

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 19:38
The Vatican bank says it earned 31.9 million euros in profits last year, down from 36 million euros in 2016, as it works to pursue ethical investments even at the risk of losing money and clients.

Russian sub test-fires 4 intercontinental missiles in salvo

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 19:38
The Russian navy says one of its nuclear-powered submarines has successfully test-fired four intercontinental ballistic missiles in unison.

Mother convicted in UK of forcing teen daughter to marry

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 19:20
A British jury has convicted a woman of forcing her teenage daughter to marry a man 16 years her senior in Pakistan, capping a rare criminal prosecution in England for forced marriage.

Israeli air force chief confirms first F-35 airstrike

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 19:08
The head of Israel’s air force says it used the next-generation F-35 fighter jet for the first time during a recent mission.

Investigators insist MH370 crash was an accident, not a mass murder-suicide by the pilot

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 18:45
Peter Foley, who led the Australian Transport Safety Bureau's failed search for MH370, pushed back on a new theory posited on "60 Minutes.”

Cuba’s new leader breaks from past with public appearances

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 18:38
A month into office, the first non-Castro to lead Cuba since 1959 has made clear that he’ll be operating far more like a conventional politician than the spotlight-shy general who selected him or the revolutionary comandante who led Cuba for 47 years before that.

Coveted exemptions from Trump’s travel ban remain elusive for citizens of Muslim-majority countries

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 18:30
The Trump administration says it has granted hundreds of travel ban waivers, but advocates say thousands should qualify.

Poland breaks with EU, voices empathy with US stance on Iran

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 18:08
Polish leaders are planning to defend the U.S. government’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal within the European Union, where the decision has been strongly criticized.

Officials say suicide car bomber kills 2 in Libya’s east

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 18:08
Libyan officials say a suicide car bomber has killed at least two security personnel at a checkpoint south of the northeastern town of Ajdabiya.

Ukraine covers up logos of Champions League sponsor Gazprom

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:58
Gazprom is a major Champions League sponsor but don’t expect to see its logo on the streets of Kiev.

4 killed in shootout with extremists in Burkina Faso capital

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:58
A Burkina Faso official says three extremists and one member of the security forces have been killed during an effort to dismantle an Islamic extremist group’s operation in the outskirts of the capital.

5-Star Movement defends premier candidate’s resume

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:58
Italy’s 5-Star Movement is defending Giuseppe Conte, tapped to become the country’s next premier, against reports accusing him of overstating his affiliations with elite international universities in his resume.

The Latest: Tear gas, broken windows disrupt Paris protest

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:58
The Latest on labor protests in France (all times local):

Australian archbishop convicted of covering up sexual abuse

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:36
He's the most senior Catholic leader to ever be charged with concealing abuse.

Palestinian plea to ICC could speed up war crime probe

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:28
The Palestinians on Tuesday asked the International Criminal Court to open an immediate investigation into Israeli practices in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip — setting off a process that they hope will culminate with war crimes accusations against Israeli leaders.

Officials: Indian police kill 9 anti-pollution protesters

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:28
Officials say nine protesters were killed when police opened fire on demonstrators demanding the closure of a south Indian copper plant.

Officials say 9 protesters killed when Indian police open fire on demonstrators demanding closure of copper plant.

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:28
Officials say 9 protesters killed when Indian police open fire on demonstrators demanding closure of copper plant. .

Former Macedonian official jailed over police car purchase

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:08
A Macedonian court has convicted a former senior interior ministry official of abuse of office and sentenced him to nine years in prison over a police patrol car procurement deal.

A closer look at 10 arrested Saudi women’s rights activists

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 16:17
Saudi Arabia’s arrest of 10 women’s rights advocates just weeks before the kingdom is set to lift the world’s only ban on women driving is seen as the culmination of a steady crackdown on anyone perceived as a potential critic of the government.

France’s Macron says no plan can help suburbs, jobs will

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 15:57
French President Emmanuel Macron said he won’t announce a new plan to fix the country’s poor suburbs but rather work on providing more jobs for young people.

Denmark: Minister remarks on Muslims isn’t govt policy

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 14:57
A spokeswoman for Denmark’s government says remarks by the country’s hardliner immigration minister that some working Muslims pose a safety hazard because of dawn-to-dusk fasting during Ramadan do not represent the views of the ruling coalition.

Duterte to drug suspects: Want to live longer? Stay in jail

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 14:47
The Philippine president has told drug suspects in a central province to look for a way to get arrested and then stay in jail if they want to live longer, in his latest threat under his bloody anti-drug crackdown.

Congo announces 6 new confirmed cases of Ebola virus

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 14:37
Congo’s health ministry has announced six new confirmed cases of the Ebola virus and two new suspected cases while a vaccination effort enters its second day.

French labor minister summoned in probe over Las Vegas party

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 14:26
France’s labor minister, Muriel Penicaud, has been summoned for questioning Tuesday in an investigation into a Las Vegas tech party.

Israel accuses head of human rights group of anti-Israel activities, orders him to leave

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 14:24
If Omar Shakir is expelled, critics argue that Israel would join a highly undesirable group of nations banning entirely human rights activists.

The Latest: Explosion kills 16 in Afghan city of Kandahar

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 13:57
The Latest on developments in Afghanistan (all times local):

AP PHOTOS: Thousands join Hong Kong bun-snatching festival

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 13:57
Thousands of local residents and tourists flocked to an outlying island in Hong Kong on Tuesday to celebrate a local bun festival despite recording-breaking heat.

Prince Harry is the second Duke of Sussex. The first was a rebel when it came to marriage.

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 13:53
The first duke, Prince Augustus Frederick, did not get the approval of his father, King George III, for either of his marriages. Bad idea.

Indian archbishop urges Catholics to pray for democracy

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 13:47
The archbishop of New Delhi has waded into Indian politics, urging Catholics to pray for democracy and marginalized people.

Ex-Romanian president on trial for revolution deaths charges

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 13:47
Former Romanian President Ion Iliescu has appeared at court to face charges of crimes against humanity for his role in the country’s bloody anti-communist revolution.

Giant predatory worms invaded France, but scientists just noticed them

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 13:43
Terrorized kindergartners playing in a field thought the massive worms were snakes.

New government leaflets tell Swedes to be prepared for war

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 13:13
Some years ago, the campaign may have been laughed off as a taxpayer-financed 20-page guide for preppers. These days, there isn't much ridicule.

Arrested Saudi activists held incommunicado since last week

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:56
At least 10 women’s rights activists — seven women and three men — are being interrogated and held without access to a lawyer in Saudi Arabia.

China wants Australian ‘concrete actions’ to improve ties

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:36
China is calling for “concrete actions” from Australia to improve relations following tensions over Beijing’s anger with political moves by Canberra.

Cyprus toughens vetting for investment-for-passport scheme

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:17
In the wake of criticism that it was operating a “passports-for-cash” scheme, Cyprus has toughened up vetting procedures for those investors looking to get their hands on a European Union passport.

Israel says it takes ‘severe view’ of Palestinian request at International Criminal Court, calls on ICC to reject move

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:55
Israel says it takes ‘severe view’ of Palestinian request at International Criminal Court, calls on ICC to reject move.

The Latest: Palestinians ask ICC to probe Israel’s ‘crimes’

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:55
The Latest on the Palestinians’ complaint against Israel before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands (all times local):

Palestinian foreign minister files complaint to ICC seeking ‘immediate investigation’ into alleged Israeli crimes

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:47
Palestinian foreign minister files complaint to ICC seeking ‘immediate investigation’ into alleged Israeli crimes.

Nurse killed by deadly virus amid Indian outbreak

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:36
Officials say a nurse caring for patients infected with a deadly virus has died from the disease amid an outbreak in south India.

Group: Egyptian army intensifies home demolitions in Sinai

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:27
An international rights group says the Egyptian military has intensified home demolitions in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula as part of its campaign against a local affiliate of the Islamic State group.

MH370 search director disagrees with pilot ditch theory

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:27
The director of a seabed hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has disagreed with a new book’s conclusion that the pilot likely flew the plane beyond the search area to land and sink it in unexplored depths of the Indian Ocean.

German court rejects call for Puigdemont to be rearrested

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:27
A German court has rejected a request from prosecutors to take former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont back into custody pending a decision on whether he is extradited to Spain.

Northern Ireland police release 1 man in backpacker murder

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:27
Police in Northern Ireland have released one man and continue to question a second after the two were arrested in connection with the death of a German backpacker three decades ago.

Syrian army, police celebrate recapturing all of Damascus

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:06
Syrian state TV says the military and police forces are celebrating recapturing the last neighborhoods in Damascus that were held by the rebels and the Islamic State group.

German court rejects request from prosecutors to take Catalan ex-leader Puigdemont back into custody

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:06
German court rejects request from prosecutors to take Catalan ex-leader Puigdemont back into custody.

‘A lot of shame’: Rohingya camps brace for wave of babies conceived in rape

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:02
Nine months after the start of a violent crackdown in Burma, aid groups say they are expecting a surge of deliveries.

Ariana Grande offers message of hope on attack anniversary

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:55
Ariana Grande has shared a message of hope with fans on the anniversary of the bombing at Manchester Arena that killed 22 people.

Purported mother of poisoned Russian spy speaks out

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:55
Russian state TV has interviewed a woman it claims to be the mother of a former Russian spy poisoned in Britain.

Heatwave in Pakistan’s Karachi kills 65 amid power cuts

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:46
A Pakistani welfare organization says the heatwave gripping the region amid widespread power cuts has killed 65 people in Karachi.

In sharp turn, North Korean media return to angry tone

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:46
North Korean media are stepping up their rhetorical attacks on South Korea and joint military exercises with the United States, warning that a budding detente could be in danger.

Palestinian foreign minister asks ICC to investigate Israel

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:25
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki has arrived at the International Criminal Court to call on prosecutors there to open an immediate investigation into Israel’s settlements in the Palestinian territories.

Yemeni officials: Rebel shelling kills 5 in Marib province

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:25
Yemeni officials say shells fired by the country’s Shiite rebels have killed at least five civilians in the central province of Marib.

Palestinian foreign minister arrives at International Criminal Court to ask for Israeli settlement policy investigation

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:25
Palestinian foreign minister arrives at International Criminal Court to ask for Israeli settlement policy investigation.

What South Korea's Moon has but Trump does not: A sky-high approval rating

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:12
Moon is close to twice as popular as Trump is among their respective domestic audiences, according to polling data.

Sweden to distribute brochure in case of crisis or war

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:06
Sweden will distribute a booklet to some 4.8 million households about what to do in the event of a crisis, including war.

Mayor in Russia’s fourth-largest city abruptly resigns

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 09:55
The mayor of Russia’s fourth-largest city has stepped down to protest a government-promoted law which scrapped mayoral elections.

Populists’ pick to be Italian premier scorns bureaucracy

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 09:15
Giuseppe Conte, a bureaucracy-allergic law professor, is hardly a household name in Italy. Yet the 53-year-old academic is the candidate two rival political leaders have chosen to head what they hope will be the country’s first populist government.

Fiji 4 found not guilty of sedition in media freedom case

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 08:05
A judge in Fiji has found an opinion writer and three newspaper executives not guilty of sedition in a case that has major implications for press freedom in the South Pacific nation.

Experts: China far side lunar mission potentially historic

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 07:24
Experts say China’s ambition to soft-land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon later this year faces considerable challenges but if successful, would put its space program in the forefront of one of the most important areas of lunar exploration.

14 police killed in Taliban attacks in eastern Afghanistan

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 07:24
An Afghan official says at least 14 police officers have been killed after Taliban attacked several districts in eastern Ghazni province.

The White House's wishful thinking on Iran and North Korea

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 07:13
Trump's top foreign-policy officials may be deliberately edging the United States toward military confrontation.

China sentences Tibetan activist to 5 years for separatism

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 06:45
China has sentenced a Tibetan language activist to five years in prison for inciting separatism after he appeared in a documentary video produced by The New York Times.

Gang gunmen wound Mexican official, 7 others in Guadalajara

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 06:24
Authorities in Mexico’s second biggest city say gunmen for an organized crime gang tried to kill a state official, wounding him, three police officers and four civilians.

Foreign media arrive for North Korea nuke site closing

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 05:43
Foreign journalists have arrived in North Korea to cover the dismantling of the country’s nuclear test site later this week.

Thai authorities block Bangkok march on coup anniversary

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 05:43
Police in the Thai capital blocked a march by pro-democracy activists protesting four years of military rule and calling for elections this year.

Commission says Nicaraguan government violated human rights

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 05:02
The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega violated human rights through the excessive use of force against street demonstrations, according to the preliminary observations of investigators from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights released Monday.

Indonesia raises alert for Merapi volcano, sets no-go zone

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 04:24
Indonesian authorities raised the alert for the country’s most volatile volcano, located on the densely populated island of Java, and ordered people within 3 kilometers (2 miles) to evacuate.

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrives at office of anti-graft body after being summoned for questioning

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 04:12
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrives at office of anti-graft body after being summoned for questioning.

CORRECTS: An Australian archbishop has become most senior cleric in the world convicted of covering up child sex abuse

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 03:23
CORRECTS: An Australian archbishop has become most senior cleric in the world convicted of covering up child sex abuse. (Corrects APNewsAlert that said archbishop was charged; he has been convicted of a charge that was filed earlier. )

UN chief urges Lebanon’s Hezbollah to halt military action

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 03:12
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is strongly criticizing Hezbollah for operating as the most heavily armed militia and a political party in Lebanon and is urging the militant group to halt military activities inside and outside the country, including in Syria.

Australian archbishop convicted of child sex abuse cover-up

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 02:52
An Australian archbishop has become most the senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be charged with covering up child sex abuse.

An Australian archbishop has become most the senior cleric in the world to be charged with covering up child sex abuse

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 02:42
An Australian archbishop has become most the senior cleric in the world to be charged with covering up child sex abuse.

Cuban state media say 23-year-old survivor of Friday’s plane crash in Havana has died, raising the death toll to 111

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 02:21
Cuban state media say 23-year-old survivor of Friday’s plane crash in Havana has died, raising the death toll to 111.

Trump to meet South Korea’s Moon amid signs that partnership is faltering on North Korea

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 01:29
Pyongyang’s recent hostile rhetoric has renewed concerns at the White House that Kim Jong Un is not serious about denuclearization ahead of Singapore summit.

Germany foreign minister to meet Pompeo over Iran deal

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 23:02
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says he will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss Washington’s position on the nuclear deal with Iran.

Trump administration moves to tighten squeeze on Venezuelan government

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 22:49
Administration officials said new economic measures will block Venezuelan elites from plundering state assets by selling them for pennies on the dollar.

Italy's new populist government really might blow up the euro

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 22:39
The euro crisis never ends. It just takes a break for a while, and then comes back in a new country.

2 Brazilians arrested in attempt to smuggle African migrants

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 22:01
Authorities say they’ve arrested two Brazilians suspected of trying to smuggle African migrants on a roughly 1,900-mile (3,000-kilometer) voyage across the Atlantic by boat.

Argentine priest sentenced to 25 years for child molestation

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 22:01
An Argentine court has sentenced a Catholic priest to 25 years in prison for sexually abusing seven seminary students who were 10 to 14 years old at the time.

Pope laments ‘hemorrhaging’ of priests and nuns in Europe

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 21:40
Pope Francis is voicing alarm at the “hemorrhaging” of nuns and priests in Italy and Europe, saying God only knows how many seminaries, monasteries, convents and churches will close because fewer people are being called to lives of religious service.

Media: Men shoot at youth in French city, 1 injury reported

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 21:11
A French newspaper is reporting that hooded men shot at young people near a Marseille culture center.

A French newspaper is reporting that hooded men shot at young people near a Marseille culture center

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 21:11
A French newspaper is reporting that hooded men shot at young people near a Marseille culture center.

Giuseppe Conte, a political novice, is on the verge of becoming Italy’s prime minister

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 20:58
An academic, Conte has no political experience.

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