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Kabul hotel guests hid in terror as Taliban attackers searched floor-to-floor

Afghan officials raised the death toll at Kabul’s Intercontinental hotel to 19 on Sunday as the Taliban claimed responsibility for the latest major attack on civilians in the Afghan capital.

U.S. military advisors responded to the attack along with Afghan special operations forces during a 14-hour...

01/21/2018 05:30 PM
Vice President Mike Pence gets an earful in Cairo on his first official Middle East tour

Vice President Pence met with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Sisi on Saturday in a 2 1/2-hour session that focused, in part, on Egypt’s anger over President Trump’s abrupt decision last month to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“We heard Al Sisi out,” Pence, who is making his first...

01/20/2018 10:20 PM
Pakistan closes U.S.-funded radio station, citing 'hostile' agenda

Pakistani authorities on Friday closed the offices of a U.S. government-funded radio station whose broadcasts it said were “against the interests of Pakistan,” dealing another blow to relations with the United States.

The Pakistani Interior Ministry said that Radio Mashaal portrayed the country...

01/20/2018 03:10 AM
In Cape Town, 'Day Zero' is coming very soon — the day the water runs out

South Africa’s second-largest city is facing its worst drought in a century, with its water supply expected to run dry April 21.

They’re calling it “Day Zero.” In this city of 4 million, people will have to line up in the streets at just 200 water stations. The police and army will enforce a limit...

01/20/2018 12:00 AM
Pope Francis, in Peru, speaks of threats to native Amazonian people and the rainforest

Pope Francis ventured to a bustling corner of the Peruvian Amazon on Friday and sounded an alarm for the fate of the lands and inhabitants of the vast rainforest.

“The native Amazonian peoples have probably never been so threatened on their own lands as they are at present,” the pontiff told thousands...

01/19/2018 11:50 PM
U.S. criticizes Turkey over military offensive in Kurdish-held northern Syria

The Trump administration on Friday branded as “destabilizing” a Turkish military offensive against a Kurdish-held region in neighboring Syria, threatening to further inflame tensions between the U.S. and a NATO ally.

But U.S. officials also scrambled to backtrack from a U.S. military plan to recruit...

01/19/2018 09:45 PM
Some in Chile feel betrayed as pope scolds critics of bishop's response to alleged sexual abuse

Pope Francis stunned some Chileans by suggesting that people who have accused a cleric of covering up the alleged sexual abuse of minors by another priest were guilty of slander.

The comments, coming as the pope was winding up his visit to Chile on Thursday and heading to Peru, were especially...

01/19/2018 09:30 PM
Analysis: Pope Francis uses Latin American trips to recover soul of the Catholic Church

Pope Francis’ fifth trip to Latin America in just five years as pontiff underscores his careful attempt to recapture the soul of the Roman Catholic Church in the region.

During his weeklong travel through Chile and Peru, the Argentine-born pope’s message often has stood in marked contrast to those...

01/19/2018 09:00 PM
Pope Francis urges compassion toward immigrants, those 'who have had to leave everything behind'

While celebrating Mass on Thursday near the north Chilean port of Iquique, Pope Francis reminded his listeners that, in the indigenous Aymara language, the city’s name means “land of dreams.”

Iquique was once a booming mining town but is now better known for its beaches, earthquakes and as the...

01/18/2018 11:45 PM
North Korea to send 'army of beauties' cheering squad to Winter Olympics in South Korea

Regardless of which North Korean athletes end up competing in the Winter Olympics next month, their country is ready to bring an army of fans.

That’s because the North Korean government — master of the giant, choreographed celebration — negotiated the right to bring its state-sponsored cheering...

01/18/2018 10:30 PM
No one is talking about building a wall, but Ireland fears a 'Brexit' divide

It takes only a few seconds to drive across the bridge between the towns of Blacklion and Belcoo.

That they are in different countries is not readily apparent, notwithstanding the speed limit signs. Blacklion is in the Republic of Ireland and uses kilometers. Belcoo is in Northern Ireland and uses...

01/18/2018 10:00 PM
Trump tweets that Mexico is the most dangerous country in the world, and Mexico fights back

President Trump falsely claimed in a tweet Thursday morning that Mexico is “now rated the number one most dangerous country in the world.”

A border wall between the United States and Mexico is needed, Trump said, “for the safety and security of our country.”

A few hours later, the Mexican government...

01/18/2018 09:20 PM
More violence reported as Pope Francis visits the homeland of Chile's indigenous Mapuche

Pope Francis brought a message of peace and reconciliation Wednesday to a picturesque area of central Chile that has experienced a rash of violence attributed to indigenous Mapuche activists struggling to reclaim ancestral lands.

In the third day of his swing through Chile, Francis flew to the...

01/18/2018 12:20 AM
Tillerson says U.S. military should stay in Syria and vows diplomatic push to end civil war

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday it was “crucial” for the United States to maintain an open-ended military and diplomatic presence in Syria to prevent Islamic State militants from regrouping, to thwart Iranian influence and ultimately to see the exit of President Bashar Assad.

Tillerson...

01/17/2018 11:30 PM
A long-simmering factor in Iran protests: climate change

In the mountains of western Iran, the province of Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari is known for mile-high lagoons, flowing rivers and wetlands that attract thousands of species of migratory birds.

But years of diminishing rainfall have shriveled water sources. Conditions worsened, residents say, after Iranian...

01/17/2018 08:10 PM
Pope Francis begins visit to Chile and Peru with apology for sexual abuse by priests

Pope Francis opened the first full day of his visit to Chile with a somber apology for clerical sexual abuse, confronting a scandal that has roiled the Roman Catholic Church here and elsewhere.

"I cannot help but express the pain and shame, shame that I feel over the irreparable harm caused to...

01/17/2018 02:40 AM
Meeting in Vancouver, old allies from the Korean War look for new solutions to North Korean problem

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday hosted the United States’ Korean War allies, seeking diplomatic ways to avert the urgent threat of conflict with a nuclear-armed North Korea.

The U.S. approach has so far consisted mainly of economic sanctions and belligerent threats from President Trump...

01/17/2018 12:30 AM
Turkey says U.S. 'stabbed us in the back' by aligning with Kurds on Syrian border

In the ever-shifting landscape of the Syrian civil war, the line between allies and enemies is rarely clear.

It was further muddied this week when the U.S.-led coalition revealed plans for a 30,000-strong security force to police Syria’s northeast borders with Turkey and Iraq. The plan instantly...

01/16/2018 10:10 PM
Venezuela says rogue pilot and rebel known as 'Rambo' is dead

Venezuelan authorities on Tuesday announced the death of a rebel group leader, a pilot known as “Rambo” and the subject of an intense manhunt since June when he hijacked a government helicopter and hurled grenades at the Supreme Court.

The announcement came the day after President Nicolas Maduro...

01/16/2018 10:00 PM
Philippine government orders closure of news site Rappler, fueling concerns about press freedoms

Rappler, a digital pioneer in the Philippine media scene, won international awards for its critical, unabashed look at President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly drug war.

Now the independent online news site is trying to stay alive.

Philippine authorities this week ordered Rappler to close, infuriating...

01/16/2018 09:15 PM
The long fight of the Mapuche people at times has turned violent. Pope Francis is about to get involved

Pope Francis will step into the middle of one of South America’s longest-running conflicts Wednesday when he visits the largely indigenous Araucania region of Chile.

In the century and a half since they were conquered by Chile’s military, the Mapuche people have continued to resist, demanding greater...

01/16/2018 12:00 PM
Vietnam’s corruption crackdown is targeting the powerful. Has it gone too far?

The world learned of Vietnam’s anti-corruption drive on a warm summer day in Berlin, when park goers reportedly watched as agents crammed a Vietnamese oil executive into a car.

Germany accused the Vietnamese Embassy of helping kidnap Trinh Xuan Thanh, former chairman of a construction company tied...

01/16/2018 11:00 AM
At the busiest airport in South America, a cat-and-mouse game to catch cocaine smugglers
The airport in Sao Paulo, the largest in Latin America, has become a prime location for smuggling cocaine.
01/16/2018 11:00 AM
Mexican columnist is stabbed 21 times in front of family, underscoring deadly risks faced by journalists

Carlos Dominguez was waiting at a traffic light in the northern Mexico border city of Nuevo Laredo with his son, his daughter-in-law and his grandchildren when men armed with knives flung open the car door.

Dominguez, a 77-year-old opinion columnist who had worked as a journalist for nearly four...

01/16/2018 03:55 AM
Pope Francis arrives in Chile for weeklong trip focused on the poor, the rainforest and indigenous people

Pope Francis arrived here in the Chilean capital Monday evening to start a weeklong swing through Chile and Peru in which he is expected to highlight the plight of indigenous peoples, the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and the precarious status of immigrants and the poor.

In an eleventh-hour...

01/16/2018 02:35 AM