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In a show of unity, Koreans North and South plan to march together and field a joint Olympic team

In a rare gesture of unity after recent threats of “enveloping fire,” North and South Korea agreed Wednesday to march together under a unified flag during the opening ceremony at next month’s Winter Olympics.

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.


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…

Wednesday, Jan 17


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.


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.


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.

Tuesday, Jan 16


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

At the busiest airport in South America, a cat-and-mouse game to catch cocaine smugglers

Los Angeles Times

The airport in Sao Paulo, the largest in Latin America, has become a prime location for smuggling cocaine.


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.


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…

Monday, Jan 15


Rogue police officer known as Venezuelan Rambo is cornered by government

Venezuelan authorities said Monday they had surrounded and captured members of a rebel group whose leader hijacked a helicopter in June and dropped grenades on the Supreme Court and Interior Ministry. His fate was unclear.


North Korea is playing a new tune as it gears up for the Winter Olympics

The parties negotiating North Korea’s role in the Winter Olympics secured a promising but vague deal last week, and agreed to settle the details before the Games begin next month.


U.S. must accept a new, multipolar world order, Russian foreign minister says

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sharply criticized the United States for being a destabilizing force in the world, saying Washington was provoking North Korea into a military confrontation and attempting to derail the Iran nuclear…


Pope will highlight indigenous issues and the Amazon during his trip to South America

Pope Francis on Monday begins a weeklong visit to Chile and Peru that is expected to highlight the plight of the continent’s indigenous peoples, the decimation of the Amazon rainforests and the struggles of immigrants and the poor.

Sunday, Jan 14


Israel says it destroyed 'attack tunnel' that went from Gaza into Israel and Egypt

It was an unusual and terse announcement: "In accordance with current assessments," the Israel army said on Saturday, the Kerem Shalom Crossing would be closed the next day. There was no further explanation.

Saturday, Jan 13


African immigrants are more educated than most — including people born in U.S.

Lots of the news from sub-Saharan Africa is about war, famine, poverty or political upheaval. So it’s understandable if many Americans think most Africans who immigrate to the United States are poorly educated and desperate.


Africans react with anger — and some humor — to Trump's crude remark about immigrants

The anger was swift and the shock not surprising, but the humor — spontaneous social media posts of breathtaking images of African savannas, sunsets and wildlife tagged with the word “shithole” — drove home a point about making sweeping…

Pakistan, U.S. try to soothe tensions over aid suspension

Los Angeles Times

In the weeks since the Trump administration withheld nearly $1 billion in security aid for Pakistan, Washington and Islamabad officials have been working to patch things up and avert a dangerous deterioration in their often troubled…

Friday, Jan 12


Trump keeps Iran nuclear deal intact but adds unrelated sanctions on Tehran

Los Angeles Times

President Trump agreed Friday to extend sanctions waivers on Iran to keep the landmark nuclear disarmament deal intact, but vowed to quickly withdraw from what he called “the disastrously flawed” accord unless it is significantly revised.


Kremlin accuses U.S. of anti-Russia fearmongering after State Department travel warning

Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Friday accused the U.S. State Department of cultivating “blind fear of Russia among Americans” after the department issued a travel warning this week urging U.S. citizens to reconsider visits to the country.


Beijing won't like it, but Congress may foster closer ties with Taiwan

Relations between the United States and Taiwan have long been based on a sort of diplomatic sleight of hand.


Why the State Department said these 5 Mexican states were unsafe for travel

The State Department issued "do not travel" warnings for five Mexican states - the northeastern border state of Tamaulipas and the Pacific coast states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan and Sinaloa.


Palestinian leaders threaten to withdraw formal recognition of Israel

It was a historic day for the Middle East and a U.S.-backed effort to bring peace. On Sept. 9, 1993, the Palestine Liberation Organization recognized “the right of the State of Israel to exist in peace and security.”

Thursday, Jan 11


South Korea's president appears to be threading the needle between Kim Jong Un and Trump

The Korean peninsula over the years has been a shrimp between whales, a proverbial reference to its unwitting involvement in other nations’ disputes.


Distrusting China’s medical system, patients turn to U.S. doctors online

The doctor told Renee Gao’s parents that the tumor in their teenager’s chest wasn’t disappearing. The girl would need a costly operation that could leave her sterile — if she survived.