November 20, 2014 RSS feed / World

Turkey strained by Syrian refugees

ISTANBUL   With Turkey’s government run refugee camps operating at full capacity, more than 1 million Syrian refugees who have flocked to Turkey to escape fighting at home are struggling to survive on their own, according to an Amnesty Int More...

N. Korea threatens to beef up military capability

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA   North Korea threatened Thursday to bolster its war capability and conduct a fourth nuclear test to cope with what it calls U.S. hostility that led to the approval of a landmark U.N. More...

Egypt making slow progress on female genital mutilation

MANSHIET EL-IKHWA, Egypt   Raslan Fadl, the first doctor in Egypt to be put on trial for committing female genital mutilation, is still practicing even through a 13-year-old girl died after he performed the procedure. More...

Israel troops demolish Palestinian attacker’s home

JERUSALEM   Israeli forces demolished the east Jerusalem home of a Palestinian who carried out a deadly October attack, just hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised strict measures to deal with a rising wave of violence in the are More...

Are women overcharged? France probes price of pink

PARIS   Hair salons do it, dry cleaners do it, and so do department stores selling health and beauty products. Now France wants to know why, for some goods and services, women seem to be paying more than men.  More...

4 Israelis killed in Jerusalem synagogue attack

JERUSALEM   Two Palestinian cousins stormed a Jerusalem synagogue today, attacking worshippers with meat cleavers and a gun during morning prayers and killing four people before they were shot dead by police.  More...

Japan slides into recession as sales tax hike takes toll

TOKYO   Japan’s economy unexpectedly slid into recession as housing and business investment declined following a sales tax hike, further clouding the outlook for the global economy.  More...

Chopin’s heart exhumed in secret, like a relic

WARSAW, Poland   As Frederic Chopin gasped for air on his deathbed in Paris in 1849, he whispered a request that became the stuff of musical legend: Remove my heart after I die and entomb it in Poland. More...

Haiti police face crucial test with UN drawdown

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti   Their new uniforms clean and crisp, the Haitian officers chat with street vendors and school kids as they stroll through a neighborhood of the dense capital, a practice in the sort of community policing the national force More...

Russia to G-20: We’re here. And so are our warships.

BRISBANE, Australia   Vladimir Putin is underlining his presence at a major summit of world leaders in Australia by stationing warships in waters off the country’s northeastern coast, prompting the Australian prime minister to angrily accu More...

Iraqi forces drive IS from oil refinery town of Beiji

BAGHDAD   Iraqi government forces today drove Islamic State militants out from their remaining strongholds inside the oil refinery town of Beiji, two security official said, in a key victory over the terror group that has captured much of northe More...

Shiite holy month sees show of strength in Baghdad

BAGHDAD   Red and green Shiite banners line the streets of Baghdad, portraits of religious figures and slain "martyrs" stare down from billboards, hymns blare from shops and cafes, and grim-faced militiamen prowl the streets in pickup trucks.&nb More...

Italy’s Matteo Renzi defies his own allies on Left

ROME   Italy’s dynamo premier works with his sleeves rolled up and often without a tie. More...

France: Why did the big cat cross the road?

MONTEVRAIN, FRANCE   A big, wild cat — maybe a tiger, or maybe something less fearsome — crossed a major highway and slinked past a gas station near Disneyland Paris today, eluding 200 French police and military forces trying to hunt More...

Thermometer planted on comet with probe

The Associated Press   Europe’s Philae lander is doing well and has succeeded in planting a thermometer in the comet where it touched down this week, the European Space Agency said today.  More...

Informal patrols on Turkey’s border with Syria

CAYKARA, TURKEY   Their collars pulled up against the evening cold, a group of men and women peer through binoculars, scanning the fields along a barbed wire fence. More...

Docs rush to help after India sterilization deaths

NEW DELHI   A team of doctors rushed to central India today after at least 12 women died and dozens of others fell ill following sterilization surgery held as part of a free, nationwide program aimed at limiting births in the world’s secon More...

U.S.-China climate deal aims to prod others to act

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Egypt crackdown angers people in Sinai border town

RAFAH, Gaza Strip   Egyptian troops are pressing ahead with the demolition of hundreds of homes along the border with the Gaza Strip, cutting off electricity and firing warning shots in the air in a heavyhanded campaign to evict thousands of res More...

China and Japan agree to resume a dialogue

BEIJING   China said today it reached agreement with Japan to ramp up high-level contacts, the strongest indication yet of a possible meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at next week's Asia-Pacific More...