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Escaping Venezuela: They pour into Brazil by the thousands looking for work

Luis Baena shares a room with 127 other men.

During the day he looks for work or sings on the streets of downtown São Paulo for a few reais. When he sits down for a meal, he feels pangs of guilt, wondering whether his wife and children back in Venezuela even have food on the table. The last time...

05/24/2018 10:00 AM
There is only one gun store in all of Mexico. So why is gun violence soaring?

The only gun shop in all of Mexico is behind a fortress-like wall on a heavily guarded military base.

To enter the Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales, customers must undergo months of background checks — six documents are required — and then be frisked by uniformed soldiers.

The army-run store...

05/24/2018 10:00 AM
Injury U.S. consulate worker in China suffered after odd sounds is similar to Cuba case, Pompeo says

A U.S. government employee stationed in China has suffered health problems “very similar” to those that afflicted several American and Canadian envoys in Cuba and led to a still-ongoing diplomatic row, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday.

A health alert sent to U.S. citizens from the...

05/23/2018 05:50 PM
Indian court stops construction at copper plant after 11 killed in protests

A court in India on Wednesday ordered a stop to the expansion of a copper plant in the southern city of Tuticorin, a day after police killed 11 protesters upset about pollution caused by the factory.

The Sterlite copper plant — part of the London-based metals company Vedanta — has been accused...

05/23/2018 05:40 PM
How air pollution, a dying river and swarms of defecating insects threaten the Taj Mahal

India’s most famous poet, Rabindranath Tagore, once wrote that the Taj Mahal stood on the banks of the river Yamuna “like a teardrop suspended on the cheek of time.”

One wonders whether the late Nobel laureate could have found a lyrical description of the latest threat facing the grand, white-marble...

05/22/2018 10:00 AM
South Korea's President Moon heads for Washington to help keep Kim and Trump summit alive

Three weeks ago, South Korean President Moon Jae-in triumphantly celebrated a successful inter-Korean summit — a precursor, it seemed, for a historic sit-down between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump.

Now the summit between Kim and Trump scheduled for June 12 in Singapore at...

05/21/2018 10:55 PM
In his first major policy speech, Pompeo calls for global anti-Iran coalition

The Trump administration, two weeks after it withdrew from an international arms control deal that curbed Iran’s nuclear ambitions, called Monday for a new global coalition to force the Islamic Republic to capitulate to a long list of political and military demands.

In his first major policy address,...

05/21/2018 09:00 PM
Trump hits Venezuela over criticized presidential election

President Trump took steps Monday to punish Venezuela for what his administration called a fraudulent presidential election Sunday in the once-oil-rich country now devastated by economic and social crises.

The action came amid a growing international rebuke of Venezuelan socialist leader Nicolas...

05/21/2018 06:45 PM
As demand for Nigerian art booms abroad, a homegrown movement looks to inspire domestic collectors too

Late last year, a family in north London contacted the Bonhams auction house and asked one of its experts on African art to come see a painting that might solve a decades-old mystery.

In 1973 and 1974, the Nigerian modernist Ben Enwonwu painted three portraits of Princess Adetutu Ademiluyi. The...

05/21/2018 10:00 AM
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro reelected amid boycott by opposition groups

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro won reelection Sunday in a vote marred by an opposition boycott and a victory that critics viewed as illegitimate.

According to a bulletin issued by the National Electoral Council with 93% of the ballots counted, Maduro won with 5,823,728 votes, or 68% of votes...

05/21/2018 03:35 AM
Pope's reported comment to a gay man may indicate a new level of acceptance of homosexuality

Pope Francis has reportedly told a gay man that “God made you that way and loves you as you are,” apparently pushing the pontiff’s acceptance of homosexuality to a new level.

Francis made the comments to Juan Carlos Cruz, a Chilean victim of priestly sexual abuse who recently spent days with the...

05/20/2018 11:55 PM
Taiwan's president pledges more security amid concerns about China

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen vowed Sunday to step up security as citizens worry about the growing military and diplomatic strength of China, which resents Tsai for opposing its bid to unify the two sides.

The president gave no details on possible new security measures, but last year she vowed...

05/20/2018 08:55 PM
Family of Pakistani girl killed in Texas school shooting begs U.S.: 'Please make sure this doesn't happen again'

Sabika Sheikh spoke to her 9-year-old sister on the phone from suburban Houston on Friday, counting down the days before she would complete her high school exchange program and return to the family home in Karachi, Pakistan.

“She told me that in 20 days we will be together,” said Sabika’s sister,...

05/19/2018 11:50 PM
A royal wedding for the 21st century: Prince Harry weds Meghan Markle amid calls for social justice
Until Meghan Markle came along, it's unlikely that anyone would associate the words "royal wedding" with the phrase "ringing call for social justice."
05/19/2018 11:30 PM
'I've got pins and needles!' The commoners take in the royal wedding

“It’s all a fairy tale!” came the excited cry from a woman inside the Prince Harry pub in Windsor as images of Meghan Markle being driven to meet her royal groom flashed on the television.

The crowd around her cheered loudly with delight, their eyes glued to the screen as they got the first glimpse...

05/19/2018 08:15 PM
As despair continues to engulf Venezuela, voters go to the polls

Mariana Leal won’t be voting in Sunday’s presidential election because she believes the fix is in for President Nicolas Maduro to win reelection. Besides, the physical therapist from Caracas has something better to do: pack for her imminent departure from Venezuela.

“These elections don’t mean...

05/19/2018 06:35 PM
2,000 Colombians evacuated, tens of thousands more put on alert amid fears of dam collapse

After the evacuation of 2,000 residents at risk from floodwaters in northwest Colombia, tens of thousands more were put on alert Friday as engineers struggled to contain the damage at a giant hydroelectric dam project that its owners admitted is in danger of collapse.

The crisis developed at the...

05/19/2018 12:45 AM
Chile's bishops offer to resign en masse over sex-abuse coverup

All 33 Roman Catholic bishops in Chile offered to resign Friday after meeting with Pope Francis in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the Latin American country.

The unprecedented offer by the Chilean church’s top hierarchy came after a week of tense meetings with Francis in the...

05/18/2018 11:45 PM
Palestinians vow to press on with border protests in Gaza as U.N. calls for inquiry

Thousands of Palestinians protested along the Gaza Strip’s eastern border Friday, vowing to press on with a seven-week campaign to reclaim ancestral homelands in what is now Israel.

They were the first significant demonstrations in the enclave since Israeli forces shot and killed 59 people and...

05/18/2018 11:15 PM
More than 100 are feared dead in jetliner crash in Cuba

More than 100 people were feared killed Friday when a Boeing 737 passenger jet on a domestic flight in Cuba crashed shortly after takeoff from Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, officials and news reports said.

Only three survivors, all women listed in critical condition at a Havana hospital,...

05/18/2018 11:10 PM
As Ebola outbreak threatens nine African countries, new vaccine is main hope for preventing a major epidemic

Hopes of containing a growing outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo are pinned on an experimental vaccine that was tested in 2015 during a major outbreak of the disease.

The World Health Organization plans to vaccinate up to 10,000 people in the first phase of its response...

05/18/2018 09:20 PM
Not a love match: Anti-monarchists remind Britain that not everyone adores the royal family

How about a lovely set of Meghan-and-Harry tea towels? Mmm, no thanks. Champagne celebration in front of the telly? Pass. A jaunt to join the crowds outside Windsor Castle? Don’t think so.

It’s a lonely time to be an anti-monarchist in the United Kingdom.

As Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tie the...

05/18/2018 07:35 PM
Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle

Meghan Markle has asked Prince Charles to walk her down the aisle when she marries Prince Harry on Saturday, Kensington Palace has announced.

The heir to the British throne said Friday that he was “pleased” to be able to welcome his future daughter-in-law into the royal family in this way after...

05/18/2018 03:50 PM
Sorry, but a wedding — no matter how royal — will not create 'Princess Meghan'

It’s shouting into the head winds of romantic swoonery, but Saturday’s wedding will not create “Princess Meghan.”

Quaint and odd they may be, but the rules of the royal road are both clear and strict, and neither tabloids nor TV will change them. In the House of Windsor, “princesses” are born,...

05/17/2018 10:55 PM
Ukraine arrests journalist for Russian news agency, ramping up tension with Kremlin

Authorities in Ukraine have arrested a journalist with a Kremlin-funded news agency who they said “justified” Crimea’s annexation, “supported” pro-Russian separatists and now faces up to 15 years in jail for treason.

The arrest of Kirill Vyshynsky, a Ukrainian national and head of the Ukrainian...

05/17/2018 09:40 PM