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How Trump made up with Australia’s prime minister after a ‘most unpleasant call’

One year after an acrimonious call that ended with President Trump hanging up on him, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visits Washington as one of Trump’s closest foreign partners.

Why school shootings are so rare in Israel, where guns are such a common sight


To outsiders, Israel can seem like a heavily armed country. That is in large part because soldiers are a frequent sight on the streets and combat troops, as well as those who serve in what are termed combat areas, carry their weapons with…

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III files new charges against Manafort and Gates

The additional charges increase the legal pressure on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner, Rick Gates, as they prepare for a trial later this year.

Putin ally spoke to Kremlin before his mercenaries attacked U.S. forces, reports say

Intercepted communications show that Russian oligarch Yevgeniy Prigozhin told a Syrian official that he “secured permission” from a Russian minister to move forward with a “fast and strong” initiative that would take place in early…

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North Korea criticizes UN chief over support for sanctions


North Korea sharply criticized U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday for supporting sanctions to pressure the country into negotiations with the U.S. on denuclearization, saying he appears to be acting as a “henchman”…


Theresa May wines and dines her Brexit ‘war cabinet’ in a bid to hash out a policy


A statement at the end of the meeting said nothing about a unified front emerging from the meeting at the prime minister’s official country home.

Mattis expected to propose letting transgender troops stay in military

The defense secretary is expected to make the proposal despite President Trump’s call last summer for a ban on all transgender service members, according to two U.S. officials with knowledge of the issue. The issue erupted into the…


India to Justin Trudeau: Stop trying so hard

NEW DELHI — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cannot catch a break in India. Trudeau, accustomed to being praised for his Prince Charming good looks, is getting a lot of flak on his tour of India, and the latest gags focus on his…

Poland’s new ‘Holocaust law’ comes up against massacre of Jews in 1941


The government argues that Poland has always been the victim, but the Jedwabne pogrom doesn’t square with that.


Nursing home workers charged after a WWII vet was left alone to die

A dying veteran needed CPR. Hidden video showed James Dempsey's nurse laughing instead.

Trump supports arming some teachers in the U.S. Other countries have different ideas.


BERLIN — At first, the hour-long meeting between President Trump and students who survived last week’s Florida school shooting appeared to be an open discussion about ways to stop the killing. In Europe, it reminded some stakeholders of…


As Syria bloodshed continues, U.N. delays vote on emergency cease-fire


Amendments to the resolution could be circulated by Russia, the Syrian government’s key ally on the Security Council.


Arctic temperatures soar 45 degrees above normal, flooded by extremely mild air on all sides


(This story published Wednesday afternoon, was updated Thursday morning.) While the Eastern United States simmers in some of its warmest February weather ever recorded, the Arctic is also stewing in temperatures more than 45 degrees above…

This man's brain tumor was so big that it 'sat like a head on top of another head'


Surgeons in India removed the brain tumor, which weighed nearly four pounds, and the patient is recovering.


The Latest: US: Assad planning to ‘bomb or starve’ opponents


The Latest on Syria related developments (all times local):


Sweden is taking on Russian meddling ahead of fall elections. The White House might take note.


Ahead of a Sept. 9 vote, authorities have broad support for efforts to Russia-proof the political system.


Trump project in India saw $15 million in sales after buyers were offered dinner with Donald Trump Jr.


The U.S. embassy in New Delhi said that its staff did not advise or assist Donald Trump Jr. on a foreign policy address he is set to give Friday while on a private business trip to India.


The world sits by as another massacre unfolds in Syria

"We in Ghouta have been getting hit by airstrikes for more than five years ... But we have never seen anything like this."

Venezuelan pastor fills presidential void left by opposition


With two months to go before Venezuela’s presidential election, the only challenger to jump in the ring against President Nicolas Maduro is a little-known television evangelist who was once arrested for fuel smuggling and has a range of…


Marco Rubio and the NRA confronted by shooting survivors, grieving parents at tense town hall

“Look at me and tell me guns were the factor in the hunting of our kids in the school this week,” grieving father Fred Guttenberg said to Sen. Marco Rubio.

Wednesday, Feb 21

France’s Macron risks his image as a humane globalist by approving a crackdown on migrants


A bill headed to Parliament would make it harder to win asylum and would also step up deportations, infuriating migrant advocates and even some of President Emmanuel Macron's political allies.

China’s caves are hiding plants that exist nowhere else in the world


our paper on discovery of a diverse #cave #flora in #China just out https://t.co/aHyaGAZDEx & accompanying post https://t.co/ckcjTRBrXh @KewScience #karst pic.twitter.com/mouL81T0Pc — Alex Monro (@alexmonro) February 7, 2018 At first…

Germany won’t become the ‘leader of the free world’ after all, and the Germans don't mind


Most people in Washington would consider that a strange worldview, but it’s far from being a minority perception in history-burdened Berlin.

Donald Trump Jr. says he admires India’s poor people because of their spirit and smiles


Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, is in India this week to promote his family’s real estate empire and more than $1 billion worth of luxury Trump Tower projects in four cities, but he still had time to praise India’s poor for…

Tuesday, Feb 20

Japanese millionaire dubbed the 'baby factory' dad just won custody of 13 surrogate children

A Bangkok court said it did not find evidence of human trafficking, concluding a bizarre episode that contributed to a ban on foreign surrogacy in Thailand.

Britain in a stir over accusation that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was a Cold War ‘asset’ for Czech spies


LONDON — The British love their spy dramas. This one is a doozy. Last week, the Sun newspaper published an expose that asserted that Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was once a “paid asset” who had been “recruited” by Cold War…

Can a party founded by a comedian run a major European country? Italy may soon find out.


The Five Star Movement cherishes its image as the ultimate renegade, but it is atop the polls with national elections just two weeks away, and could find itself trying to form a government.

Why Wakanda matters

The fictional nation in Marvel Studios’ blockbuster “Black Panther” is loaded with symbolic meaning, providing viewers with a sprawling spectacle that ultimately returns them to the festering troubles of the real world — the United States.

Monday, Feb 19

In Europe, revisionist history is taking shape, distorting past horrors, experts say


Fears are growing that the continent’s detours into Nazism, fascism and anti-Semitism are being revived — and distorted — for any number of modern-day political ends.

Turkey warns Syria against protecting Kurdish fighters


There have been unconfirmed reports that Syria made a deal with the YPG to help bolster local forces in Afrin.

Zimbabwe’s opposition leader died. Here’s what you need to know.

Once strong, Zimbabwe’s opposition is fractured. Elections are only six months away.

Deadly bombings leave Afghan street cleaners a gruesome task


Clearing away and carting off body parts has become a grisly but routine chore in the Afghan capital, where suicide bombings and commando attacks by extremist insurgents take place almost every month.

Sunday, Feb 18

Iran says fog caused a plane crash that may have killed 65. That might not be the whole story.

The Iranian government said the 25-year-old plane lost its way in thick clouds, but the country's air fleet is infamously decrepit.

Brazil battles yellow fever — and a ‘dangerous’ anti-vaccination campaign


As the country suffers from one of its worst outbreaks of the virus, false information is being spread online about vaccines that could help prevent the potentially lethal mosquito-borne disease.

WorldViews: The Russian journalist who helped uncover election interference is confounded by the Mueller indictments

A 37-page indictment issued by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team on Friday brings fresh American attention to one of the strangest elements of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election: The Internet Research Agency (IRA)…

A former Russian troll speaks: 'It was like being in Orwell's world'

The indictment by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III of 13 Russians associated with a St. Petersburg online “troll factory” that allegedly interfered with the U.S. election has brought a sense of vindication to the handful of former…