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Iran pushes back on Trump's U.N. attack

Iran fired back sharply at President Trump at the United Nations on Wednesday, dismissing what it called “ignorant, hateful and absurd rhetoric” and challenging his threats to tear up the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.

Wednesday, Sep 20


Spain's government moves to halt independence vote for Catalonia, sparking protests

After years of largely ignoring Catalan separatism, Spain’s central government moved decisively Wednesday to halt preparations for an independence referendum in its Catalonia region, where memories of repression under the Franco…


After one failed election, can Kenyans come together to make the redo succeed?

Kenya's invalid election: Was it just incompetence? Or a conspiracy to steal the vote?


Earthquake death toll climbs to 225 in Mexico as frantic search continues for survivors

Los Angeles Times

Rescuers searched massive piles of rubble for any signs of life Wednesday after dozens of buildings collapsed across central Mexico in a violent earthquake, which killed at least 225 people, injured at least 1,000 and caused chaos in…


U.N. General Assembly live updates: Iranian president denounces Trump for 'ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric'

President Trump mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as "Rocket Man" and denounced "loser terrorists" in the normally formal occasion of his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly."Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for…


More than a million migrants in Europe stuck in limbo, still waiting for final decisions on their asylum applications

Of the 2.2 million people who fled their countries and sought refuge in Europe during 2015 and 2016, about half were still awaiting final decisions on their asylum applications at the end of December, according to a study by the Pew…


More than 200 killed as powerful 7.1 earthquake strikes central Mexico

Los Angeles Times

A powerful 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing homes and bridges across hundreds of miles, killing at least 217 people and sending thousands more fleeing into the streets screaming in a country still reeling from a…


Hurricane Maria rips through the eastern Caribbean on its way to Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were bracing for possible catastrophe as they remained locked in the crosshairs of Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm that has already devastated the Caribbean island of Dominica and was continuing…


A brave soldier and one horrible day: two lasting memories of Iraq

As I fumbled with the straps of my body armor, an Iraqi gentleman looked at me kindly and said, “You look nervous. Is this your first time here?”


Watch: Here's what it looked like during and after the Mexico earthquake

As seems to be the norm now when a disaster strikes, people took to Twitter when a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck central Mexico on Tuesday. Just as people posted photos and videos from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, people captured the…


Twelve days ago, this town in Oaxaca was struck with an 8.1 earthquake. And now it's happened again

When the tremor struck on Tuesday, the people of this earthquake-battered city feared the worst: A repeat of the Sept. 7 earthquake that tumbled buildings and left thousands homeless here.


In U.N. speech, Trump defines his foreign policy doctrine as sovereignty for major powers

President Trump used variations of the word “sovereign” 21 times during Tuesday’s 42-minute speech to the United Nations General Assembly, driving home his belief that countries, not international institutions like the U.N., will and…

Tuesday, Sep 19


Mexico quake hit on the anniversary of a 1985 temblor that killed thousands

The earthquake struck at the height of morning rush hour, toppling buildings, igniting fires and leaving residents panicked in the streets.

In first U.N. speech, Trump derides Kim Jong Un as 'Rocket Man' and threatens to 'totally destroy' North Korea

Los Angeles Times

President Trump delivered a forceful inaugural speech to a packed United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, a sprawling 42-minute address — warlike at times, flowery at others — that challenged some tenets of U.S. foreign policy.


'War for the Planet of the Apes' swings big in China with $61.3 million in ticket sales


The sci-fi franchise film “War for the Planet of the Apes” dominated China’s box office last week, grossing $61.3 million in its opening weekend, according to the film consulting company Artisan Gateway.

As U.S. retreats from refugee resettlement, humanitarians urge more compassion for world's neediest


Describing the United States as “a compassionate nation,” President Trump on Tuesday told the United Nations General Assembly that America would continue to support refugees but said that he would rather they remain “as close to their home…


Trump calls North Korean leader 'Rocket Man' in formal speech to U.N., threatens to end Iran deal

Los Angeles Times

President Trump mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as "Rocket Man" and denounced "loser terrorists" in the normally formal occasion of his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly."Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for…

Slavery is alive and well: 89 million have been in some form of bondage in the last five years, report says

Slavery is alive and well as 89 million have experienced some form of forced bondage in the past five years.



What world leaders will be talking about at the U.N. General Assembly

A look at the difficult issues facing world leaders as they gather for the United Nations General Assembly in New York

Costco stores in South Korea offer chopped onions for hot dogs. Koreans have a different idea

Los Angeles Times

The sound of silverware scraping plates reverberates through the Costco cafe, competing with the chatter of customers.


Aung San Suu Kyi treats Rohingya crisis as a mystery: 'We want to find out why this exodus is happening'

With nearly half of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim population having fled the country in the past three weeks, Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the crisis publicly for the first time — and called it a mystery.


Hurricane Maria grows into a Category 5 storm and makes landfall in the storm-battered Caribbean

Hurricane Maria, a dangerous Category 5 storm, reached the island of Dominica in the eastern Caribbean on Monday night with sustained winds of 160 mph, forecasters said.


Trump condemns 'bureaucracy and mismanagement' at the U.N.

Acting more the statesman than the flamethrower, President Trump made a smooth debut at the United Nations on Monday, chairing a meeting on reforming U.N. operations and agencies, and urging the global body to “focus more on people and…


What happened to the 'Narcos' location scout found dead in Mexico?

Los Angeles Times

As a location scout for Hollywood projects filming in his native Mexico, Carlos Munoz Portal spent his workdays roaming the country, searching for landscapes that would look great on screen. By age 37, he had racked up an impressive list…

Monday, Sep 18


Trump is riding a 'dead horse' on climate issue, Gov. Brown says at New York conference

Los Angeles Times

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday touted steps the state has taken toward a healthier climate, but warned that powerful forces he called “climate deniers” are resisting technologies and policies designed to improve conditions.

Trump tweets that he's looking forward to Netanyahu meeting

President Trump takes to the world’s largest stage this week. And many onstage are worried.


After tough Trump speech, Pakistan scrambles to answer U.S. demands in Afghanistan

Pakistan, facing growing pressure internally and from the United States about the relationship between the two countries, is weighing how to respond to U.S. demands that it do more to help stop the fighting in Afghanistan.


The U.N. says Rohingya Muslims are facing ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. So why is India trying to kick them out too?

More than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have streamed out of Myanmar in recent weeks, fleeing a bloody military crackdown that a top United Nations official described as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”


At $80 an ounce, it's not for everyone. But Iranian caviar is eyeing a comeback in the U.S.

Nasser Meshkin Azarian took a careful nibble, letting the salty, grainy texture roll across his tongue. He smiled and washed it down with a sip of cool water.