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  • Mayor Sep 26, 2019

    Ex-French President Chirac, Who Stood Up to US, Dies at 86

    Jacques Chirac, a two-term French president who was the first leader to acknowledge France’s role in the Holocaust and defiantly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, died Thursday at age 86. His son-in-law Frederic Salat-Baroux told The Associated Press that Chirac died “peacefully, among his loved ones.” He did not give a cause of death, though Chirac had...

  • Associated Press Sep 1, 2019

    UK’s Reputation Takes Global Hit With Parliament Shutdown

    It’s long been known that Britain’s Parliament building must be vacated for urgent repairs that will take years and cost billions, but the problem now goes beyond the water leaks and vermin infestation to Britain’s global reputation as a model of democracy-in-action. In parts of the world where Britain’s parliamentary system and adherence to the rule of law provided a...

  • The Associated Press Jun 18, 2019

    Platini Arrested as Part of 2022 World Cup Investigation

    Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested in relation to a corruption probe into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, a judicial official said Tuesday.

  • Donald Trump May 27, 2019

    British Royal Family to Play a Big Role in Trump’s Upcoming Visit to the UK

    President Donald Trump’s three-day state visit to the U.K. next month will be dominated by events with Britain’s royal family, according to a new schedule released Friday by Buckingham Palace. The schedule was released just hours after British Prime Minister Theresa May announced Friday that she will resign effective June 7, just two days after the president, first lady Melania...

  • Cuba Mar 14, 2019

    Amid Crisis, Cuba Plans Revamp of State and Legal System

    In the midst of a regional crisis over Venezuela and tough economic straits, the Cuban government is about to launch a sweeping makeover of its centrally planned, single-party system with dozens of new laws that could reshape everything from criminal justice to the market economy. Nearly a year of debate and discussion ended last month with the approval of Cuba’s...

  • Cuba Mar 14, 2019

    Amid Crisis, Cuba Plans Revamp of State and Legal System

    In the midst of a regional crisis over Venezuela and tough economic straits, the Cuban government is about to launch a sweeping makeover of its centrally planned, single-party system with dozens of new laws that could reshape everything from criminal justice to the market economy. Nearly a year of debate and discussion ended last month with the approval of Cuba’s...

  • Italy Dec 8, 2018

    6 Dead, Dozens Hurt in Nightclub Stampede on Italy’s Coast

    Teenagers panicked before a rap concert at a jammed Italian disco, setting off a stampede that killed five of them and a mother who had brought her daughter to the event, authorities and survivors said. Fifty-three people were reported injured, including 13 in very serious condition. Several survivors said panic spread through the late-night crowd after someone unleashed an irritant...

  • Governor Oct 16, 2018

    Prince Harry, Meghan Start Australia Tour With Baby Gifts

    A beaming Duke and Duchess of Sussex thrilled thousands of fans outside the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday during their first meeting with the general public since the former Meghan Markle’s newly announced pregnancy. Prince Harry and Meghan spent longer than the 20 minutes allocated in their schedule to speak to and shake hands with as many well-wishers as possible....

  • Liz Lane Jul 26, 2018

    Understanding the Presidential Pool Spray and What Happened to CNN’s Kaitlan Collins

    It can be rowdy and even rude at times. But the media “spray” — shouted questions by the White House press corps to the president — is a necessary part of holding the nation’s top public official to account. On Wednesday, White House aides banned CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins for shouting questions Trump did not like, setting off a national...

  • Europe Jun 1, 2018

    Italian Populists Sworn Into Power as Euroskeptics Cheer

    Italy’s president swore in western Europe’s first populist government Friday, featuring a mix of anti-establishment and right-wing ministers who have promised an “Italy first” agenda that has alarmed Europe’s political establishment. The continent’s euroskeptic politicians cheered the birth of the new government coalition of the 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League party.

  • Europe May 29, 2018

    Looming Italian Election Seen as Referendum on EU and Euro

    Italian populists vowed Monday to convert voter anger over their thwarted bid to govern for the first time into a kind of plebiscite on the European Union, financial markets and eurozone membership as the country found itself propelled to fresh elections as soon as late summer. Amid the political turmoil, Carlo Cottarelli, an economist with International Monetary Fund experience, was...

  • King Mar 22, 2018

    In Mideast, Democracy Struggles to Strike Root

    Egyptians go to the polls next week in what is essentially a one-candidate election considered by critics to be a return of sorts to authoritarian rule, after a 2011 revolution that sparked loftier expectations for the region. But the bigger picture is that in the Middle East as a whole, democracy has largely failed to take hold. From Morocco in...

  • Europe Mar 5, 2018

    Italy Election: Euroskeptic Parties Surge, But No Majority

    A rival pair of populist and stridently anti-European Union political forces surged in Italy’s parliamentary election at the expense of the country’s traditional political powers, but neither gained enough support to govern alone, preliminary results showed Monday. With no faction winning a clear majority and a hung Parliament expected, the results confirmed that negotiations to form a new government that...

  • Donald Trump Feb 23, 2018

    What’s N. Korea Up to With Provocative Visit?

    It seems a brazen choice, even for North Korea. As South Korea’s liberal president seeks to use the Olympics to improve ties, North Korea has chosen to send the alleged mastermind of two attacks that killed 50 South Koreans in 2010 to the games’ closing ceremony. So, once again, South Korea’s first Winter Games offers up the possibility of the...

  • Donald Trump Feb 23, 2018

    Ivanka Trump Receives Red-Carpet Welcome for Olympic Visit

    Ivanka Trump received a red-carpet welcome in South Korea on Friday as head of the U.S. delegation to this weekend’s closing ceremony for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. The daughter of President Donald Trump made a brief statement, broadcast live on TV, at the airport before heading to a dinner with President Moon Jae-in in the presidential compound in Seoul....

  • Kim Jong Un Feb 13, 2018

    North Korea Leader Impressed With South’s Delegation Welcome

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Tuesday it is important to continue a reconciliatory mood between the Koreas and expressed satisfaction with the North Korean delegation’s visit to the South, in his first remarks since the high-level guests led by his sister returned to the North. The North’s state-owned Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim was impressed with...

  • Donald Trump Feb 21, 2018

    North Korea Cancels Meeting With Vice President Pence at Olympics

    Vice President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un’s government canceled at the last minute, the Trump administration said Tuesday. A potential meeting between Pence and the North Koreans had been the most highly anticipated moment of the vice president’s visit to...

  • Donald Trump Feb 7, 2018

    3 Interesting Things About the Korean DMZ

    Learn some interesting facts about the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.

  • North Korea Feb 10, 2018

    Come Visit: South Korea’s Leader Invited to North Korea

    A rare invitation to Pyongyang for the South Korean president marked Day Two of the North Korean Kim dynasty’s southern road tour Saturday, part of an accelerated diplomatic warming that included more handshakes, some Korean liquor over lunch and the potential shared joy of watching a “unified” Korea team play hockey at the Olympics. Nothing has been settled on any...

  • Associated Press Feb 9, 2018

    At Olympics, Kim Jong Un’s Sister Takes VIP Seat

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s younger sister took her place among dignitaries from around the world, including U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Friday in an unprecedented visit to South Korea. The trip by Kim Yo Jong is the latest move in an extraordinary show of Olympic diplomacy with Seoul...

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