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  • UN calls for urgent evacuation of 137 sick Syrian children

    December 10, 2017 7:21 PM 3

    BEIRUT — The United Nations children's agency says 137 children stranded in a rebel-held suburb near the Syrian capital require immediate medical evacuation amid a crippling siege in which five have died from a lack of medical care. UNICEF says in a statement yesterday that during a rare international aid convoy to a neighborhood in the besieged eastern

  • US-led coalition congratulates Iraq on defeating IS

    December 10, 2017 5:44 PM 4

    BAGHDAD — The top US-led coalition commander is congratulating Iraq on defeating the Islamic State group. In a statement released by the coalition yesterday, US Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II pledged that coalition forces would continue to support Iraq. Funk says "much work remains, and we will continue to work by, with and through our Iraqi partners to ensure

  • France backs new negotiations between Baghdad and Kurds

    December 2, 2017 8:28 PM 6

    PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron says France will "do everything" to help preserve Iraq's unity and the recognition of the rights of Iraq's Kurds through new negotiations. Macron met yesterday in Paris with the prime minister of Iraq's Kurdish region, Nechirvan Barzani, amid a political and military standoff between the self-ruled northern Kurdish

  • North Korea holds mass celebrations for latest nuke long-range missile test

    December 2, 2017 10:46 AM 7

    SEOUL -- North Korea held mass celebrations for its latest successful long-range missile test, Pyongyang's state media said Saturday, with a propaganda-filled display of fireworks and dancing in public squares. The ruling Workers Party official daily Rodong Sinmun covered its front page with colour photographs showing thousands of tightly packed soldiers

  • George Soros: Oppression in Hungary worse than under Soviets

    December 1, 2017 5:27 PM 11

    BUDAPEST — Hungarian-American financier and philanthropist George Soros says oppression of the opposition by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government is greater than when Hungary was under Soviet domination. Soros said in video messages released yesterday that if Orban expels the Soros-founded Central European University, he will keep it in exile and return

  • Pope holds minute of silence for Egypt mosque attack victims

    November 26, 2017 8:44 PM 8

    VATICAN CITY — The pope has led a minute of silence in St. Peter's Square for the victims of the deadly attack on a mosque in Egypt. Francis said following the traditional Angelus greeting on yesterday that the victims "were praying in that moment. We also pray in silence for them." The pope said the attack on Friday "brought great pain," adding that he continued

  • Correa returns to Ecuador as feud with successor deepens

    November 25, 2017 6:52 PM 9

    QUITO — Former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has returned home for the first time since leaving office as he gears up for a political fight against his hand-picked successor. Correa was greeted by dozens of sympathizers after he arrived in Guayaquil yesterday shortly after midnight on a private flight from neighboring Colombia. Correa has been living

  • Rapper Nelly's planned Saudi gig sparks social media stir

    November 21, 2017 8:42 PM 12

    RIYADH — Rapper Nelly is to perform in Saudi Arabia next month, but his planned concert in the ultraconservative kingdom is not being welcomed by everyone. Some Saudis on social media are pointing to the American rapper's 2015 guilty plea for possession of marijuana. Smuggling drugs is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia and possession of drugs is also a crime

  • Syria: IS militants defeated in final stronghold

    November 19, 2017 10:07 PM 9

    DAMASCUS — Syrian state media says pro-government forces have defeated the Islamic State group in its last stronghold in the country, at a town on the border with Iraq called Boukamal. On Nov. 9, Syria's military command declared it had liberated Boukamal, after the militants pulled out. But that turned out to be a ruse, and the militants stormed the town to retake

  • Chinese spend billions shopping online on 'Singles Day'

    November 13, 2017 3:28 AM 27

    BEIJING — Chinese consumers have spent billions of dollars shopping online for anything from diapers to diamonds on "Singles Day," a day of promotions that has grown into the world's biggest e-commerce event. China's largest e-commerce giant, Alibaba Group, said Sunday sales by the thousands of retailers on its platforms for the 24-hour period on Saturday