Why India’s rape crisis is getting worse under Narendra Modi

An 8-year-old Muslim girl was locked in a Hindu shrine, drugged, gang-raped for several days and bludgeoned to death with a stone. As if the January killing in northern India weren’t horrifying enough, lawyers and right-wing Hindus this month marched in defense of her assailants. Prime Minister…

Investigators enter Syria’s Duma, 11 days after suspected chemical weapons attack killed dozens

Almost two weeks after a suspected chemical weapons attack killed almost 40 people in Syria, a team of experts arrived Saturday at one of the sites of the alleged attack in the city of Duma. “Early on April 21, a special OPCW [Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons] mission…

North Korea says it will suspend nuclear and missile testing

North Korea said Saturday it will suspend nuclear tests and missile tests and shut down its underground test site, boosting hopes for a diplomatic breakthrough with rival South Korea and the United States. Although the announcement stopped well short of a complete freeze, Pyongyang said it had…

4 die, including a 15-year-old boy, as clashes continue at border of Gaza Strip and Israel

Four people were killed, including a 15-year-old boy, in the fourth consecutive week of protests organized by the Islamist militant group Hamas along the border between the Gaza Strip, which it controls, and Israel. The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza reported 96 injured. The boy, Mohammed…

Relatives win injunction against Mattel’s Frida Kahlo Barbie

Distant relatives of the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo said Friday they have won a temporary injunction that stops sales of a Frida Barbie doll. Kahlo’s great-niece Mara de Anda Romeo argues that Mattel doesn’t have the rights to use Kahlo’s image as part of its Inspiring Women series. According…

‘We have four generations of former terrorists here today’: Rehabilitating extremists in Indonesia

The Indonesian media has dubbed him “The Terrorist Whisperer.” In a hotel conference room here, Noor Huda Ismail welcomed the participants in his three-day workshop. “We have four generations of former terrorists here today,” said the jovial 45-year-old as he bounded around the room in a batik…

Unexploded WWII bomb brings large-scale disruption to Berlin

Germany got a big, frightening reminder of World War II on Friday, after an unexploded 1,000-pound bomb was found buried just beneath the surface in the heart of Berlin and defused. The operation forced more than 10,000 people to evacuate their apartments and offices and shut down the entire city…

Syrian army secures areas south of capital

Fresh off their takeover of Syria’s eastern Ghouta enclave earlier this month, loyalist forces were poised on Friday to subdue pockets south of Damascus held by Islamic State and rebel groups, Syrian pro-government media and activists said. The move is part of a larger bid to secure the capital,…

On its 70th Independence Day, Israel frets about whether allies are doing enough to counter Iran

As Israel celebrated the 70th anniversary of its independence this week, its leaders were voicing concern that the United States — which has always been its most important ally — was doing too little about what they view as a growing threat from Iran. Tehran is more than 1,000 miles…

On its 70th Independence Day, Israel frets about whether allies are doing enough to counter Iran

As Israel celebrated the 70th anniversary of its independence this week, its leaders were voicing concern that the United States — which has always been its most important ally — was doing too little about what they view as a growing threat from Iran. Tehran is more than 1,000 miles…

Women take the fall in Nobel Prize scandal over a man’s alleged misdeeds

Thousands of protesters called Thursday for the resignation of the secretive board that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature after a sex-abuse scandal linked to the prestigious Swedish academy forced the ouster of its first-ever woman head and tarnished the reputation of the coveted prize. The…

South Korea’s President Moon says North Korea appears serious about denuclearization

South Korea’s president Thursday expressed fresh optimism about a resolution to the nation’s decades-long conflict with North Korea, and said the North might end its nuclear advancement on terms agreeable to the United States. President Moon Jae-in, who came to office last year seeking to renew…

For generations, Cuba’s Fidel and Raul Castro vexed U.S. presidents

The Castro brothers held on to power from the time of Eisenhower to Trump.

Saudi Arabia’s first new cinema in decades holds its grand opening with a screening of ‘Black Panther’

Cinema lovers in this desert kingdom have long had to travel to Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and beyond to enjoy a night at the movies. That changed Wednesday, when the country’s first new movie theater in more than 30 years, an AMC Cinema, threw open its doors for a…

Few political changes likely as Cuba moves on from six decades under the Castro brothers

In many ways, it seemed a day like any other in the Western Hemisphere’s only communist nation. Young Cubans gathered at wireless hot spots here in the capital to connect their smartphones. Taxis — vintage Chevrolets and Buicks and other classics — lined up outside hotels catering to Europeans…

Few political changes likely as Cuba moves on from six decades under the Castro brothers

In many ways, it seemed a day like any other in the Western Hemisphere’s only communist nation. Young Cubans gathered at wireless hot spots here in the capital to connect their smartphones. Taxis — vintage Chevrolets and Buicks and other classics — lined up outside hotels catering to Europeans…

Watchdog agency rejects Russian claim of second nerve agent in poisoning of former spy and his daughter

The head of the global chemical watchdog agency on Wednesday rejected Russian claims that traces of a second nerve agent were discovered in the English city where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned. Britain blames Russia for the attack, which it says was carried out…

Merkel condemns attack on two men wearing Jewish skullcaps in Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday sharply condemned a street assault in Berlin on two young men wearing Jewish skullcaps that has stoked the debate about anti-Semitism in the country. In a surprising twist, however, the victim of the attack, who identified himself on Israeli television…

Chemical weapons inspectors seek access to Duma after U.N. security team faces gunfire, explosion

The deployment of chemical weapons inspectors into the Syrian city of Duma was delayed after unidentified assailants fired on a United Nations security team visiting the site of a suspected attack, an official said Wednesday. The assailants shot at the U.N. team and detonated an explosive Tuesday,…

China sends warning to Taiwan in the form of live-fire military drills

China carried out live-fire military drills off its southeastern coast Wednesday in what was seen as a warning to Taiwan of the consequences of pursuing independence from Beijing. Artillery rounds were fired in a zone about six miles off the coast of southeastern China and 108 miles from Taiwan,…

South Korea to seek formal peace agreement with North at upcoming summit

As details about CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s visit to North Korea were confirmed by President Trump on Twitter on Wednesday, South Korea said it would seek to establish a peace agreement with the totalitarian state in the upcoming summit between its leaders later this month. South Korea’s national…

In Germany, outrage builds after rap album with alleged anti-Semitic lyrics wins top award

A nationwide controversy has erupted in Germany over a taboo-breaking rap duo that won one of the country’s most important music industry awards for a bestselling album and song that included lyrics that made references to the Holocaust and Nazi concentration camp prisoners. Several past winners…

In Germany, outrage builds after rap album with alleged anti-Semitic lyrics wins top award

A nationwide controversy has erupted in Germany over a taboo-breaking rap duo that won one of the country’s most important music industry awards for a bestselling album and song that included lyrics that made references to the Holocaust and Nazi concentration camp prisoners. Several past winners…

Syrian state media says international chemical weapons inspectors have reached Duma

A team of international chemical weapons specialists entered the Syrian city of Duma on Tuesday, state media said, in a bid to inspect the former rebel bastion hit this month with a suspected poison gas attack by the government. The inspectors with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical…

Syrian state media says international chemical weapons inspectors have reached Duma

A team of international chemical weapons specialists entered the Syrian city of Duma on Tuesday, state media said, in a bid to inspect the former rebel bastion hit this month with a suspected poison gas attack by the government. The inspectors with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical…

Korean Air heiress throws tantrum and triggers police investigation, in latest antics of sisters

In South Korea’s hierarchical society, there’s a phrase used to describe the myriad ways underlings suffer verbal and even physical abuse by their superiors, especially in the workplace. The term — gapjil — is prominent in the national conversation here this week after revelations in recent days…

Korean Air heiress throws tantrum and triggers police investigation, in latest antics of sisters

In South Korea’s hierarchical society, there’s a phrase used to describe the myriad ways underlings suffer verbal and even physical abuse by their superiors, especially in the workplace. The term — gapjil — is prominent in the national conversation here this week after revelations in recent days…

He brought world attention to his sinking island nation. Now he wonders if he can go back

Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Maldives, is intent on ending his exile and going home. But when he considers the practicalities, his thoughts turn to another politician who staged a defiant return to his country. “They shot him on the tarmac,” Nasheed…

Facing a skeptical Parliament, Britain’s Theresa May defends her decision to join in Syria attack

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday vehemently defended her decision to authorize airstrikes against the Syrian government, saying the action was both morally and legally justified to deter the use of chemical weapons. Speaking during a heated, lengthy debate in Parliament, she shot down…

Syrians and Russians stop international inspectors from visiting site of suspected chemical attack

Inspectors from an international agency sent to collect air, water and ground samples from the site of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria this month were blocked Monday by Russian and Syrian forces for security reasons, the watchdog group’s director said. The delay in obtaining independent…