Civilian evacuation signals possible end to standoff with IS

BAGHOUZ, Syria — A convoy of trucks carrying hundreds of civilians, including men, women and children, left the last enclave held by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria on Wednesday, signaling a possible end to a standoff that has lasted for more than a week. The tiny enclave on the banks of the Euphrates River […]

Tech could unite Europe’s populists ahead of EU vote in May

PARIS — The web platform was named for a revered French populist philosopher and created by an Italian internet entrepreneur to transform common grievances into proposals and activists into political candidates. When Italy’s deputy prime minister offered the populist 5-Star Movement’s Rousseau platform to France’s yellow vest protesters, he took a step too far for […]

Family: UK teen who joined Islamic State has baby in Syria

LONDON — The family of a British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group and now wants to return to the U.K. said Sunday she has given birth to a baby boy. The family’s lawyer said 19-year-old Shamima Begum and the baby are in good health. In a recent interview with The […]

Pence urges Europe to quit Iran deal, stop busting sanctions

WARSAW, Poland — The Trump administration lashed out at some of America’s closest traditional allies Thursday, accusing Britain, France and Germany of trying to bust U.S. sanctions against Iran and calling on European nations to join the United States in withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal. In an unusually blunt speech to a Middle East […]

Report: At least 20 Guard personnel killed in Iran bombing

TEHRAN, Iran — A suicide bombing targeting a bus carrying personnel of Iran’s elite paramilitary Revolutionary Guard force killed at least 20 people and wounded 20 in the country’s southeast, state media reported. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came on the day of a U.S.-led conference in Warsaw that […]

Socialist Maduro seeks to raise dollars with appeal to greed

CARACAS, Venezuela — When Jose Humberto Vivas needs to trade dollars for Venezuelan bolivars, he usually flouts the nation’s rigid exchange controls by turning to illegal currency traders. But last week, Vivas put a few hundred dollars in his wallet and headed to an exchange house regulated by Venezuela’s socialist government, lured by the seemingly […]

South Korea, US sign cost-sharing deal for American troops

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea and the United States struck a new deal Sunday that increases Seoul’s contribution for the cost of the American military presence on its soil, overcoming previous failed negotiations that caused worries about their decades-long alliance. The development comes as President Donald Trump is set to hold his second summit […]

Fire at Brazilian soccer academy kills 10, injures 3

RIO DE JANEIRO — Fire tore through the sleeping quarters of an academy for one of Brazil’s most popular professional soccer clubs Friday, killing 10 people and injuring three, most likely teenage players, authorities said. Firefighters were called just after 5 a.m. local time to the sprawling Ninho de Urubu training grounds of the Flamengo […]

South hopeful, wary, but nuke talks crucial for Korean ties

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Koreans, always deeply divided over how best to deal with their often-belligerent northern neighbor, are reacting with both hope and wariness to President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will hold a second nuclear disarmament summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But for liberal South Korean President Moon […]

Vatican clarifies pope on issue of ‘sexual slavery’ of nuns

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Wednesday clarified comments by Pope Francis about a case of what he called “sexual slavery” within a French congregation of nuns, saying he was referring to an abuse of power that was reflected in instances of sexual abuse. Francis cited the case when responding to a question about the […]