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Argentine officials cannot confirm whether satellite signals came from missing submarine

Argentina’s navy said Sunday that there was no clear evidence that satellite communications initially believed to have come from a submarine with 44 crew members missing in the Atlantic were from the vessel.

Sunday, Nov 19


Zimbabwe's Mugabe remains president, at least temporarily, after ruling party fires him

Los Angeles Times

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who was widely expected to resign Sunday after the ruling party sacked him and threatened to impeach him if he did not leave office, conceded a need for change but remained in the leadership post.


The Shakespearean excesses and political intrigues that drove Africa's oldest strongman out of power

Robert Mugabe, remote, aloof and arrogant, regards himself as the last of the African liberation war heroes, with no living peers left. He carefully created the militaristic state that kept him in power for 37 years, forgetting that once…


Missing Argentine submarine apparently sent 7 satellite messages, but none got through

Los Angeles Times

The Argentine navy has detected what appeared to be seven satellite messages sent from a missing submarine, but communication with the vessel was never established, and its whereabouts in the south Atlantic remained a mystery late Saturday.

Saturday, Nov 18


Lebanon's prime minister arrives in Paris, heralding the end of one crisis but perhaps starting another


Lebanon’s embattled prime minister, Saad Hariri, met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Saturday and insisted he would return to Beirut on Wednesday, marking a new chapter in the odd political drama that has thrust Lebanon…


Trump administration updates demands as NAFTA talks continue

President Trump’s top trade official has issued new objectives for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement — including some likely to irk Canada and Mexico, as well as the U.S. recording industry and other major business…


Thousands march through Zimbabwe's capital to demand Mugabe's departure

During elections nine years ago, Zimbabwe ruling party thugs banged on Nonoza Ncube’s door at 2 a.m., took her to a temporary military-style base and beat her on her back and legs with batons.


Trump administration threatens to shut down Palestinian delegation in Washington

The Trump administration is threatening to shutter the Palestinian Authority’s representative office in Washington based on a provision of a U.S. law that has not been previously enforced.


After backlash, Trump says he will postpone plan to allow elephant trophy imports

Los Angeles Times

In a surprise move, the Trump administration will suspend its recent decision to allow hunters to bring elephant trophies back to the U.S. from parts of southern Africa, President Trump announced Friday night on Twitter.


As Trump administration touts coal at U.N. gathering, U.S. cities and states target climate change

The sharp political divisions in the United States over climate change spilled over to the outside world at the United Nations conference that will likely be remembered for two rival delegations that showed up from the U.S.


Congressional critics slam State Department as rudderless

When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made his first official trip to Myanmar on Wednesday, he did not describe the country’s brutal military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as ethnic cleansing, as other diplomats have done.

Friday, Nov 17


Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe makes first public appearance since military takeover

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s public appearance at a university graduation ceremony Friday — leaving the confinement of his mansion — was stage-managed by the military to deflect accusations it took control of the country Wednesday…


Latest round of NAFTA talks opens in Mexico, with few prospects for breakthroughs

Mexico is signaling both flexibility and doubt about the latest demands from Washington as the fifth round of talks on the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement formally opened Friday in the Mexican capital.


Football — the American kind — is all the rage in Mexico

The quarterback spied an open player in the end zone and hurled the ball downfield. Touchdown.

With Raiders and Patriots set to play in Mexico City, here's a glossary of American football terms in Spanish

When the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots play in Mexico City on Sunday, Spanish-language commentators will refer to "bloquear" and "el lanzador." Here's a guide to some American football terms in Spanish.


In Zimbabwe, Mugabe's fall appears to mark the end of Africa's postcolonial 'Big Men' era

The collapse of Africa’s colonial order set in motion the almost Shakespearean trajectory of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe: from fiery liberation hero to avaricious dictator to seeming victim, in frail old age, of his own misrule.


A Saudi prince is shaking up the Middle East — and may be pushing it toward war

From the rocky Mediterranean coast to the warm waters of the Persian Gulf, an upstart young Saudi Arabian crown prince is making waves across the Mideast, exploiting and exacerbating the region’s deep sectarian divides.


Russia warns some news organizations to prepare to register as foreign agents

The warning from the Russian Ministry of Justice said the Moscow bureau of U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe should prepare to register as a foreign agent, a move critics view as an attempt to limit free speech.

Thursday, Nov 16


If the Middle East is a chessboard, here's how the pieces line up in light of recent developments

For years, Lebanon, often a play thing for foreign powers, had largely avoided becoming a battleground for the region's toxic rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran. That may change.


Zimbabwe's military intervenes in political crisis as explosions and gunfire are heard in the capital

Zimbabwe’s military revealed Wednesday that it had in effect taken control of the country, moving to end a political crisis on a chaotic night that saw explosions and gunfire erupting in the capital, Harare.


Zimbabwe military warns it will act against those who do not cooperate

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, whose 37 years in power make him one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, faced his end game Wednesday, after the military placed him under house arrest and seized control of the country to end a…

Wednesday, Nov 15


From typist to first lady of Zimbabwe to presidental contender. Did Grace Mugabe's political ambitions topple her husband?

To supporters, she is a talented businesswoman and philanthropist. Detractors consider her a shrewd and power-hungry opportunist.


After brazen poisoning of North Korean leader's half brother, trial unfolds in Malaysian courtroom

The two defendants appeared in court with scarves wrapped around their heads, partially obscuring their faces. One of the young women spoke animatedly, hands awhirl as she bantered with her lawyers during a recess.


China will send a special envoy to North Korea on Friday, signaling a potential thaw

China will send a special envoy to North Korea on Friday, just days after President Trump’s visit to Asia, Chinese and North Korean state media announced Wednesday, marking a potential diplomatic thaw between Pyongyang and Beijing.


In Iraq, crashing boulders, collapsed homes and a town on edge after powerful earthquake

In the craggy mountains that separate northern Iraq from Iran, people are used to earthquakes. The area sits atop a major fault line that frequently sends shock waves through towns and villages.

Tuesday, Nov 14


In quake-hit Iranian village, 'people are helping people' as aid is slow to arrive

The residents of Quik Hasan village slept outdoors in the cold and awoke early Tuesday looking for help. Fifty people had died here in a massive earthquake two nights earlier and had been buried by their relatives in makeshift graves.


Huddled masses? Not so much. The latest migration route to Europe is aboard luxury yachts

When the migrants got off their yacht on the tiny Italian island of Lipari last month, there was no point in trying to blend in.


Israel's president tries to soothe rift between Israel and American Jewry

Los Angeles Times

A broad coalition of Jewish organizations has admonished the Israeli government for siding with ultra-Orthodox Jews on two issues that have divided the Jewish community: whether men and women can pray together at the Western Wall and who…

Government-controlled 'keyboard' armies now a global phenomenon, new report says

By now, the world is well aware of how Russia used armies of bots and online commentary to manipulate information on social media and spread disinformation during the United States’ 2016 presidential campaign.

Monday, Nov 13


UCLA basketball players in China are 'doing fine' in hotel detention

The three UCLA basketball players enmeshed in a legal fiasco in China emerged publicly for the first time Monday and a spokesman insisted they are “doing fine.”