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Zimbabwe's Mugabe may face impeachment after failing to meet resignation deadline

Zimbabwe’s ruling party expects to start impeachment proceedings against longtime President Robert Mugabe in parliament Tuesday, after he failed to meet a deadline set by the party for him to step down.

Mugabe has clung to the presidency amid increasing pressure from party leaders, much of the...

11/20/2017 09:00 PM
Trump puts North Korea back on list of 'state sponsors of terrorism'

President Trump put North Korea back on a U.S. list of “state sponsors of terrorism” Monday, a largely symbolic move that administration officials said will increase pressure on Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons arsenal.

Trump said the designation will be followed Tuesday by a new round...

11/20/2017 10:50 PM
Germany faces uncertain political future as talks on new coalition government collapse

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that she would rather face another election than try to muddle through with a minority government if further negotiations did not yield coalition partners.

Merkel’s comments came after talks to form a new government unexpectedly collapsed late Sunday,...

11/20/2017 10:25 PM
Trump urged to sell $50 million in lethal weapons to Ukraine

National security officials are urging President Trump to approve the sale of nearly $50 million worth of U.S. weapons to Ukraine, which has confronted what it sees as military aggression from Russia and pro-Russian separatists for years.

It was unclear whether Trump, who has been reluctant to...

11/20/2017 09:20 PM
Argentine navy says it has detected banging sounds. Could they be from the missing submarine?

Family members of the crew aboard Argentina’s missing submarine received a ray of hope Monday after a navy spokesman said search vessels operating 200 miles off the coast detected sounds resembling those made by objects striking a submarine’s metal hull.

Striking the wall is a way sub crews have...

11/20/2017 08:40 PM
Chile's presidential race appears headed for a December runoff

Businessman Sebastian Piñera, who was Chile’s president from 2010 to 2014, appeared headed for a victory in presidential elections Sunday, though a runoff was expected with the second-place finisher, according to partial returns.

Piñera and the other candidates seemed likely to fall short of the...

11/20/2017 02:55 AM
Zimbabwe's Mugabe remains president, at least temporarily, after ruling party fires him

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who was widely expected to resign Sunday after the ruling party sacked him and threatened to impeach him if he did not leave office, conceded a need for change but remained in the leadership post.

Mugabe, stripped of executive power when the military took control...

11/20/2017 12:05 AM
Argentine officials cannot confirm whether satellite signals came from missing submarine

Argentina’s navy said Sunday that there was no clear evidence that satellite communications initially believed to have come from a submarine with 44 crew members missing in the Atlantic were from the vessel.

Officials said they were analyzing whether seven brief satellite calls the Defense Ministry...

11/19/2017 11:35 PM
The Shakespearean excesses and political intrigues that drove Africa's oldest strongman out of power
Robert Mugabe, remote, aloof and arrogant, regards himself as the last of the African liberation war heroes, with no living peers left. He carefully created the militaristic state that kept him in power for 37 years, forgetting that once he lost control of the generals, he was finished.
11/19/2017 02:00 PM
Missing Argentine submarine apparently sent 7 satellite messages, but none got through

The Argentine navy has detected what appeared to be seven satellite messages sent from a missing submarine, but communication with the vessel was never established, and its whereabouts in the south Atlantic remained a mystery late Saturday.

The 44-crew submarine, the subject of an intensive search...

11/19/2017 04:25 AM
Lebanon's prime minister arrives in Paris, heralding the end of one crisis but perhaps starting another

Lebanon’s embattled prime minister, Saad Hariri, met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Saturday and insisted he would return to Beirut on Wednesday, marking a new chapter in the odd political drama that has thrust Lebanon into the regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

11/18/2017 10:50 PM
Trump administration threatens to shut down Palestinian delegation in Washington

The Trump administration is threatening to shutter the Palestinian Authority’s representative office in Washington based on a provision of a U.S. law that has not been previously enforced.

The State Department recently informed the Palestinian Authority that if it does not reenter peace negotiations...

11/18/2017 09:40 PM
Trump administration updates demands as NAFTA talks continue

President Trump’s top trade official has issued new objectives for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement — including some likely to irk Canada and Mexico, as well as the U.S. recording industry and other major business interests, as talks continue this weekend.

There are few surprises...

11/18/2017 09:15 PM
Thousands march through Zimbabwe's capital to demand Mugabe's departure

During elections nine years ago, Zimbabwe ruling party thugs banged on Nonoza Ncube’s door at 2 a.m., took her to a temporary military-style base and beat her on her back and legs with batons.

Yet when she heard that ruling party ZANU-PF war veterans were staging a mass rally in Harare, the nation’s...

11/18/2017 08:00 PM
After backlash, Trump says he will postpone plan to allow elephant trophy imports

In a surprise move, the Trump administration will suspend its recent decision to allow hunters to bring elephant trophies back to the U.S. from parts of southern Africa, President Trump announced Friday night on Twitter.

The move comes as celebrities, politicians and even some Trump supporters...

11/18/2017 02:25 AM
As Trump administration touts coal at U.N. gathering, U.S. cities and states target climate change

The sharp political divisions in the United States over climate change spilled over to the outside world at the United Nations conference that will likely be remembered for two rival delegations that showed up from the U.S.

As Trump administration officials attending a U.N. climate change conference...

11/18/2017 01:10 AM
Congressional critics slam State Department as rudderless

When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made his first official trip to Myanmar on Wednesday, he did not describe the country’s brutal military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as ethnic cleansing, as other diplomats have done.

Security forces have conducted or allowed what critics call systematic rape...

11/17/2017 11:00 PM
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe makes first public appearance since military takeover

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s public appearance at a university graduation ceremony Friday — leaving the confinement of his mansion — was stage-managed by the military to deflect accusations it took control of the country Wednesday in a military coup.

The move was designed to assure neighboring...

11/17/2017 09:50 PM
Latest round of NAFTA talks opens in Mexico, with few prospects for breakthroughs

Mexico is signaling both flexibility and doubt about the latest demands from Washington as the fifth round of talks on the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement formally opened Friday in the Mexican capital.

The fate of NAFTA has become a kind of national fixation in Mexico, where the...

11/17/2017 08:35 PM
Football — the American kind — is all the rage in Mexico

The quarterback spied an open player in the end zone and hurled the ball downfield. Touchdown.

Or, as they shout here in Mexico: Gooooooooal!

At this stadium on the northern edge of Mexico City and others like it across the country, the National Football League is waging a war on soccer.


11/17/2017 07:25 PM
With Raiders and Patriots set to play in Mexico City, here's a glossary of American football terms in Spanish
When the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots play in Mexico City on Sunday, Spanish-language commentators will refer to "bloquear" and "el lanzador." Here's a guide to some American football terms in Spanish.
11/17/2017 07:20 PM
In Zimbabwe, Mugabe's fall appears to mark the end of Africa's postcolonial 'Big Men' era

The collapse of Africa’s colonial order set in motion the almost Shakespearean trajectory of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe: from fiery liberation hero to avaricious dictator to seeming victim, in frail old age, of his own misrule.

Now, as his 37-year stint in power appears to be drawing to a close,...

11/17/2017 04:00 PM
Russia warns some news organizations to prepare to register as foreign agents

The warning from the Russian Ministry of Justice said the Moscow bureau of U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe should prepare to register as a foreign agent, a move critics view as an attempt to limit free speech.

Editors and reporters at the broadcast news bureau read the emailed warning, looked up...

11/17/2017 12:00 AM
If the Middle East is a chessboard, here's how the pieces line up in light of recent developments
For years, Lebanon, often a play thing for foreign powers, had largely avoided becoming a battleground for the region's toxic rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran. That may change.
11/16/2017 11:00 AM
Zimbabwe military warns it will act against those who do not cooperate

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, whose 37 years in power make him one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, faced his end game Wednesday, after the military placed him under house arrest and seized control of the country to end a prolonged succession crisis.

The 93-year-old ruler was being held...

11/16/2017 12:25 AM