As Ireland Votes on Abortion, Catholic Church Takes a Background Role

The Catholic Church, a voice long dominant in Ireland, has largely stayed out of the emotional debate as the country prepares to vote on whether to repeal a constitutional abortion ban.

As Ireland Votes on Abortion, Catholic Church Takes a Background Role

The Catholic Church, a voice long dominant in Ireland, has largely stayed out of the emotional debate as the country prepares to vote on whether to repeal a constitutional abortion ban.

Malaysia Tapped Its Central Bank to Pay 1MDB Debt

The government of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, in its final months in office, turned to the nation’s central bank to pay off $500 million in debt owed by the troubled state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

Malaysia Tapped Its Central Bank to Pay 1MDB Debt

The government of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, in its final months in office, turned to the nation’s central bank to pay off $500 million in debt owed by the troubled state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

U.S. Backing for Saudi War in Yemen Draws Congressional Concern

The Trump administration’s plan to sell more weapons to Saudi Arabia is running into new resistance in Congress, where lawmakers and officials are raising concerns about the kingdom’s use of U.S.-made missiles that could threaten the deal.

U.S. Backing for Saudi War in Yemen Draws Congressional Concern

The Trump administration’s plan to sell more weapons to Saudi Arabia is running into new resistance in Congress, where lawmakers and officials are raising concerns about the kingdom’s use of U.S.-made missiles that could threaten the deal.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Fires Back at U.S. Demands

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei scoffed at American demands that his country curb its military ambitions and issued his own set of demands to Europe to remain in the nuclear deal.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Fires Back at U.S. Demands

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei scoffed at American demands that his country curb its military ambitions and issued his own set of demands to Europe to remain in the nuclear deal.

U.S. Retracts Invitation to China to Participate in Military Exercise

The Pentagon rescinded China’s participation in international military exercises in the Pacific Ocean, signaling disapproval to Beijing for its militarization of South China Sea islands.

U.S. Retracts Invitation to China to Participate in Military Exercise

The Pentagon rescinded China’s participation in international military exercises in the Pacific Ocean, signaling disapproval to Beijing for its militarization of South China Sea islands.

U.S. Aide in China Taken Ill in a Case Echoing Cuba Acoustic Attacks

The U.S. State Department issued a health advisory to Americans in China, saying an unnamed employee in Guangzhou showed signs of “mild traumatic brain injury” after months of “abnormal” sensations of sound and pressure.

U.S. Aide in China Taken Ill in a Case Echoing Cuba Acoustic Attacks

The U.S. State Department issued a health advisory to Americans in China, saying an unnamed employee in Guangzhou showed signs of “mild traumatic brain injury” after months of “abnormal” sensations of sound and pressure.

Deadly Virus Carried by Bats Hits India, Raising Fears It Will Spread

At least 11 people have died in the southern state of Kerala after they contracted the Nipah virus, a rare virus for which there are no drugs or vaccine.

Deadly Virus Carried by Bats Hits India, Raising Fears It Will Spread

At least 11 people have died in the southern state of Kerala after they contracted the Nipah virus, a rare virus for which there are no drugs or vaccine.

Merkel Visits China With a Host of German Business Concerns

Trade between Germany and China reached an all-time record last year. But when Chancellor Angela Merkel visits the country this week, she will carry a growing list of concerns from a wary business delegation.

Merkel Visits China With a Host of German Business Concerns

Trade between Germany and China reached an all-time record last year. But when Chancellor Angela Merkel visits the country this week, she will carry a growing list of concerns from a wary business delegation.

North Korean Waitresses’ Fate Strains Moon-Kim Detente

For two years, Kim Jong Un’s regime has demanded the return of a group of North Koreans who defected from the restaurant in China where they worked, claiming they were tricked into leaving and taken to South Korea against their will by Seoul’s spies.

North Korean Waitresses’ Fate Strains Moon-Kim Detente

For two years, Kim Jong Un’s regime has demanded the return of a group of North Koreans who defected from the restaurant in China where they worked, claiming they were tricked into leaving and taken to South Korea against their will by Seoul’s spies.

Egypt Widens Security Crackdown as Concerns of Unrest Grow

Egypt’s government has intensified a crackdown on political opponents, arresting a series of high-profile dissidents in raids on their homes in recent weeks as President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi prepares to begin a new term next month.

Egypt Widens Security Crackdown as Concerns of Unrest Grow

Egypt’s government has intensified a crackdown on political opponents, arresting a series of high-profile dissidents in raids on their homes in recent weeks as President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi prepares to begin a new term next month.

U.S. Sanctions Iran for Supplying Missiles to Yemen’s Houthis

The Trump administration took aim at five Iranian officials it said are responsible for providing Yemeni rebels with long-range missiles being used to target Saudi Arabia.

Trump Says June Summit With Kim ‘May Not Work Out’

President Trump said a planned June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “may not work out,” adding if it doesn’t happen then “maybe it would in the future.”

With Pop Star as Bait, China Nabs Suspects Using Facial Recognition

A string of fugitive arrests at Cantopop star Jacky Cheung’s China concerts have spotlighted China’s expanding use of surveillance technology such as facial recognition in public security.

The Catholic Church’s Looming Fight Over Same-Sex Blessings

Pope Francis’ conciliatory approach toward gay people has generally encouraged a greater openness to homosexuality among the Catholic Church’s hierarchy. But that trend is straining any appearance of a consensus on the subject within the church.

World’s Strangest Opera House, Deep in the Jungle, Makes Unusual Pitch to Locals

Singers from iconic Manaus theater, built in the Amazon for rubber barons more than a century ago, show up to perform at homes and offices to convey a more welcoming atmosphere.

Brazil Truck Drivers Strike Over Fuel Prices

Truck drivers went on strike in Brazil against rising fuel prices for the second day on Tuesday, threatening the country’s sluggish recovery and pushing its cash-strapped government into a corner.

Anger Over Tourists Swarming Vacation Hot Spots Sparks Global Backlash

Tourism, once considered an easy way to diversify an economy, has become a mega-industry. And those millions of tourists who descend each year on top destinations including Venice, Barcelona, Thailand and New Zealand, are straining local infrastructure and prompting a new round of restrictions.

Indonesian Police Kill Terror Suspects Following Suicide Bombings

Indonesian police say they have killed 14 terrorist suspects and arrested 60 others in a crackdown following deadly suicide bombings last week linked to Islamic State.

Najib Razak, Malaysian Ex-Prime Minister, Questioned Over 1MDB

Former leader Najib Razak was questioned for more than four hours during his first visit to Malaysia’s antigraft agency, as investigations continued into a multibillion-dollar scandal that helped topple his government.

New U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Emerges from Elite Units

Lt. Gen. Scott Miller will take over the Afghan war at a time when a fragmented, Taliban-led insurgency remains in control of swaths of the countryside and is renewing a push into major cities.