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Scientists say latest 6.1 aftershock in Mexico is 'not surprising'

A new earthquake sent residents streaming into the streets of Mexico City early Saturday, creating a fresh wave of alarm in a country still reeling from two powerful earthquakes over the last three weeks.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the new temblor, which hit just before 8 a.m. local time with...

09/24/2017 02:30 AM
Merkel wins another term in Germany, but she has a newly empowered far-right foe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared victory Sunday as her conservative party clung to its place as the country’s largest political force, but the stunning rise of a far-right, anti-immigrant party cast a pall over her reelection to a fourth term.

Signaling a turbulent era ahead for Europe’s...

09/24/2017 11:30 PM
Rescuers aren't giving up in search for earthquake survivors in Mexico

As officials turn their focus to rebuilding, rescuers continue to search for survivors in the remnants of collapsed buildings five days after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Mexico, killing at least 319 people.

In Mexico City, rescuers Sunday continued to dig through the ruins of buildings, including...

09/24/2017 06:25 PM
In Jojutla, near epicenter of Mexico quake, scenes of heartbreak, loss and survival

On a map roughly drawn on scraps of cardboard, the volunteers used bottle caps to mark the places they needed to search.

“There are many families asking us for help in these areas,” said one volunteer, tracing streets drawn in Sharpie with his finger. “But they’re really dangerous to get to.”


09/24/2017 01:10 AM
North Korea foreign minister says Trump's insults make rocket attack on U.S. 'inevitable all the more'

North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho warned Saturday that it is “inevitable” that his country will launch a missile toward the mainland United States in revenge for the insults President Trump has directed at leader Kim Jong Un.

“None other than Trump himself is on a suicide mission,” Ri said...

09/23/2017 11:50 PM
Independence vote puts Iraqi Kurds at odds with neighbors and allies, including the U.S.

For the jubilant, flag-waving throngs who filled rallies across Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdish enclave in recent weeks, a vote on independence Monday represents a chance to realize a dream cherished for generations.

But every major player in the region opposes the referendum, placing the Kurds on...

09/23/2017 07:35 PM
Worried by Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests, China will restrict oil exports to North Korea

China will soon begin restricting oil exports to North Korea, the country’s Commerce Ministry announced Saturday, marking a major step by Pyongyang’s top ally and trading partner to further isolate the country from the global economy.

China said the new restrictions are in accordance with United...

09/23/2017 11:00 AM
Thousands protest ruling to overturn ban on 'conversion therapy' for gays and lesbians in Brazil

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in downtown Sao Paulo on Friday to protest a court’s recent decision to overturn an 18-year ban on conversion therapy meant to “cure” gay people.

Chants of "it's not a disease" could be heard over songs including Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" as protesters flew...

09/23/2017 02:05 AM
When an earthquake struck this rural corner of Mexico City, the flimsy shacks collapsed in moments. Rebuilding, unfortunately, won't take long

Paul Cordero Eugenio works the streets of his remote Mexico City barrio selling the tamales his mother makes from vegetables grown in the chinampas, or floating gardens, for which the municipality of Xochimilco is best known.

The ancient home of the Xochimilcas draws tourists to its canals full...

09/23/2017 12:05 AM
At least 3,000 buildings found damaged in Mexico City as search narrows for earthquake's last possible survivors

As the search for the last possible survivors of this week’s powerful earthquake intensified Friday, the scale of damage across central Mexico became more evident.

At least 3,000 buildings in the densely packed capital have suffered damage from the devastating 7.1 quake, Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera...

09/22/2017 11:20 PM
Aides warned Trump not to attack North Korea's leader personally before his fiery U.N. address

Senior aides to President Trump repeatedly warned him not to deliver a personal attack on North Korea’s leader at the United Nations this week, saying insulting the young despot in such a prominent venue could irreparably escalate tensions and shut off any chance for negotiations to defuse the...

09/22/2017 11:15 PM
That Mexican school that collapsed? It was a brittle concrete building — a type known to be vulnerable in quakes
The Enrique Rebsamen school in Mexico City was a brittle concrete building, making it a death trap in a major earthquake.
09/22/2017 10:45 PM
In Mexico City, a sense of urgency and disquiet

Arriving in Mexico City after an absence of a few days is to arrive to a town transformed.

It remains a vibrant, dynamic metropolis, but there is an overwhelming sense of urgency, and disquiet. The city is disjointed several days after Tuesday's earthquake left scores dead and thousands homeless.

09/22/2017 10:05 PM
Trump administration is considering new 'tailored' travel restrictions

President Trump is considering a proposal to replace his controversial travel ban on six mostly Muslim countries with a set of “tailored” screening rules and restrictions that will depend on the threat from each country, administration officials said Friday.

The officials said Trump has not made...

09/22/2017 09:10 PM
Welcome to Special Rich Guest Hamburger, the China edition of Fatburger

The Last Great Hamburger Stand can be found on the west side of Beijing, along a financial strip with tinted glass towers, deep in the basement of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, next to a cafeteria that sells dumplings and pickled vegetables.

Every afternoon, Fatburger — the 65-year-old...

09/22/2017 08:00 PM
Trump makes little headway in his first turn on U.N. world stage

President Trump won accolades from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but otherwise made more diplomatic waves than progress in his first appearance at the United Nations General Assembly this week.

The presidents of Japan and South Korea welcomed Trump’s announcement of new sanctions against...

09/22/2017 07:30 PM
Despite tense relations, U.S. and Mexico come together for earthquake recovery

It's been a tough year for U.S.-Mexico relations.

The countries are locked in tense talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Deal, and Mexican public opinion of the U.S. has plummeted as President Trump has repeatedly criticized Mexico and vowed to make it pay for construction of a border...

09/22/2017 06:35 PM
'Dotard' rockets from obscurity to light up the Trump-Kim exchange, sparking a partisan war of words in U.S.

President Trump fired off “Rocket Man.”

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, the target of that verbal missile launch, shot back a flurry of taunts, calling America’s leader “a rogue,” “a frightened dog,” a “gangster fond of playing with fire.”

But it was one word that lighted up social media, sent...

09/22/2017 04:25 PM
Here’s what earthquake magnitudes mean—and why an 8 can be so much scarier than a 6
Scientists no longer rely on the the Richter scale to measure an earthquake's power. Here's how earthquakes are measured, and why a 7.1 quake is worse than you might imagine.
09/22/2017 10:00 AM
In Mexico, scenes of desolation and hope as the death toll reaches 274

Scenes of desolation and rejoicing unspooled Thursday at the sites of buildings crumbled by Mexico’s deadly earthquake, which killed at least 274 people and galvanized heroic efforts to reach those trapped.

But a parallel drama transpired as the government announced that there were no missing children...

09/22/2017 05:15 AM
The fate of earthquake victim 'Frida Sofia' captivated Mexico. But it seems she never existed

As rescue efforts enter a third day, Mexicans have been captivated by the fate of earthquake victim “Frida Sofia,” a young girl supposedly trapped under the collapsed Enrique Rebsamen school in Mexico City.

But even as Frida Sofia gained fame around the world, her story quickly began to fall apart.

09/22/2017 04:50 AM
Kim Jong Un says 'mentally deranged' Trump will 'pay dearly' for threat against North Korea

North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong Un escalated a dangerous war of words between Pyongyang and Washington on Friday, calling President Trump a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” and warning that the U.S. will “face results beyond his expectation.”

Kim, in an exceptionally rare, 500-word statement...

09/22/2017 02:45 AM
Mexicans aren't counting on the government to rescue them. They're saving themselves

In the moments after the earthquake, they didn’t cower, they mobilized.

By the tens of thousands, volunteers streamed toward the Mexico City neighborhoods most damaged by Tuesday’s violent temblor. Some carried shovels, others hauled donations of food and water. Many simply offered up two good...

09/22/2017 12:10 AM
Meet Frida, the valiant Lab who's saved a dozen lives in Mexico

One of Mexico’s most beloved rescuers wears wide protective goggles, a harness and two pairs of boots.

Frida is the star of the Mexican navy’s Canine Unit. Throughout her career, the 7-year-old Labrador has detected 52 people — 12 alive — in various natural disasters.

She detected the body of a...

09/21/2017 11:50 PM
Facebook will provide ads bought by Russian company to congressional committees investigating Trump ties

Responding to mounting pressure to reveal details about Russian-paid propaganda on its platform, Facebook said it would share more than 3,000 ads linked to Russia with congressional panels investigating foreign meddling in the 2016 election.

The move announced Thursday is a reversal for Facebook,...

09/21/2017 10:55 PM