The Way of the World

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North Korea’s New Promises on Weapons Stop Short of Denuclearization

SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, finally committed on Wednesday to some concrete steps toward denuclearization — most notably an offer to “permanently dismantle” facilities that are central to the production of fuel for nuclear warheads — but they fell far short of what …

North Korea

After the Storm: Photos From Hong Kong, Battered by Typhoon Mangkhut

Hong Kong is a city well prepared for typhoons, with a detailed warning system that alerts residents to the severity of any approaching storm so that they know how — and how quickly — to respond.<p>But when Typhoon Mangkhut battered the city with 100 miles-per-hour wind gusts on Sunday, its intensity …

Hong Kong

AP Exclusive: WikiLeaks files expose group's inner workings

LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange had just pulled off one of the biggest scoops in journalistic history, splaying the innards of American diplomacy across the web. But technology firms were cutting ties to his WikiLeaks website, cable news pundits were calling for his head and a Swedish sex crime case …

Julian Assange

Judges rule that UK mass surveillance violated human rights

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Thursday that British intelligence’s mass surveillance of private communications online is …

Human Rights

Eurovision says Tel Aviv will host 2019 song contest

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Eurovision Song Contest announced Thursday that next year's competition will be held in Tel Aviv, clearing up some of the political controversy surrounding Israel's hosting of the 2019 competition.<p>The Israeli government had initially insisted on holding the popular event in …

Tel Aviv

Australia: Politicians attack nine-year-old for not standing during anthem

<b>(CNN) —</b> A 9-year-old Australian girl who refused to stand during the country's national anthem out of respect for the nation's Indigenous population has been attacked by prominent politicians, who called for her to be kicked out of school.<p>Harper Nielsen, who lives in the state of Queensland, told …

Scott Morrison

Francis calls clergy abuse summit as issue imperils papacy

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis summoned the presidents of the world's bishops' conferences Wednesday to a summit on preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children, responding to the greatest crisis of his papacy with the realization that Vatican inaction on the growing global scandal now …

Pope Francis

Fight to Retake Last ISIS Territory Begins

The last vestige of the Islamic State’s caliphate that straddled Syria and Iraq is under attack.<p>Members of an American-backed coalition said Tuesday that they had begun a final push to oust the militants from Hajin, Syria, the remaining sliver of land under the group’s control in the region where …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva drops electoral bid

<b>(CNN) —</b> Imprisoned former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva abandoned his party's presidential bid on Tuesday, weeks before an election in which he was considered a front-runner.<p>Running mate and former Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad will take Lula's place on the October 7 ballot, …

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Elizabeth Smart kidnapper to be released from prison

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Elizabeth Smart in 2002 will be freed from prison more than five years earlier than expected, a surprise decision that Smart called "incomprehensible" on Tuesday.<p>Wanda Barzee, 72, will be released Sept. 19 after the …

Salt Lake City

U.N. Chief Warns of a Dangerous Tipping Point on Climate Change

<i>Want climate news in your inbox?</i> <i>Sign up here for</i> <b>Climate Fwd:</b><i>, our email newsletter.</i><p>Warning of the risks of “runaway” global warming, the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, on Monday called on global leaders to rein in climate change faster.<p>“If we do not change course by 2020, we …

United Nations

The Times and GW Program on Extremism Announce ‘ISIS Files’ Research Partnership

The Program on Extremism at the George Washington University and The New York Times announced a research partnership that will enable GW to create …

George Washington

Kim Jong Un sends letter to Trump seeking second summit, White House says

The White House said Monday that talks are underway with North Korea over setting up a second summit meeting between President Trump and leader Kim Jong Un, as the two sides seek to put stalled nuclear negotiations back on track.<p>Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Kim …

North Korea

7 injured in Paris knife attack; terrorism not suspected

PARIS (AP) — Seven people were injured in a knife attack in central Paris late Sunday but police said that terrorism was not suspected.<p>Two British tourists were among those injured, broadcaster BFMTV and Le Parisien newspaper reported.<p>Authorities were trying to determine if the attacker, who was …

Extremism

U.S. extradites Russian accused of hacking JPMorgan Chase

The U.S. has announced the extradition of accused Russian hacker Andrei Tyurin from the nation of Georgia for his alleged role in a hacking campaign …

Corruption

Cebu mayor shot dead in his office, third Philippines mayor killed in 3 months

<b>(CNN) —</b> The mayor of a town on the popular holiday destination of Cebu was killed Wednesday, two months after two other town mayors were shot in other parts of the Philippines.<p>Ronda Mayor Mariano Blanco was shot by unidentified gunman in his office building in the early hours of Wednesday morning, …

Human Rights

British Airways customer data stolen from its website

British Airways is investigating the theft of customer data from its website and app over a two-week period and has urged customers affected to contact their banks or credit card providers.<p>The airline said around 380,000 payment cards had been compromised and it had notified the police.<p>In a …

British Airways

India's top court decriminalizes gay sex in landmark ruling

<b>New Delhi (CNN) —</b> India's Supreme Court has struck down a colonial-era law criminalizing consensual gay sex, overturning more than 150 years of anti-LGBT legislation.<p>The court announced the landmark verdict in Delhi on Thursday, as jubilant crowds cheered and rights activists hugged one another, …

Sexual Health

Brazil National Museum: as much as 90% of collection destroyed in fire

As much as 90% of the collection at Brazil’s National Museum was destroyed in a devastating fire on Sunday and – compounding the disaster – the building was not insured, according to the museum’s deputy director.<p>Some pieces survived, including the famous Bendegó meteorite and a library of 500,000 …

Rio De Janeiro

Brexit: May vows no compromise with EU on Brexit plan

<b>Theresa May has insisted she will not be forced into watering down her Brexit plan during negotiations with the EU.</b><p>Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, the prime minister says she will "not be pushed" into compromises on her Chequers agreement that are not in the "national interest".<p>But Mrs May also …

Great Britain

2 Americans Stabbed on Train in Amsterdam in Alleged Terrorist Attack

(AMSTERDAM) — A 19-year-old Afghan citizen had a “terrorist motive” for allegedly stabbing two Americans at the main train station in Amsterdam, city …

Extremism

Exclusive: Pentagon cancels aid to Pakistan over record on militants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said it has made a final decision to cancel $300 million in aid to Pakistan that had been suspended over Islamabad's perceived failure to take decisive action against militants, in a new blow to deteriorating ties.<p>The so-called Coalition Support Funds were …

Jim Mattis

EU plans to abolish daylight saving time and make summer last forever

<b>(CNN) —</b> The European Union is to propose ending twice-yearly clock changes after a large-scale public survey, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday.<p>According to Juncker, more than 80% of EU citizens want to abolish daylight saving time and instead remain on the time used …

Europe

What Does a Chinese Superpower Look Like? Nothing Like the U.S.

The completion of one of the world’s longest bridges stands as the biggest monument to China’s success in reuniting its colonial-era concessions. …

Hong Kong

Pope Francis urges parents not to condemn their gay children

OUT News<p>Pope Francis says parents of gay children shouldn’t condemn them, ignore their orientation or throw them out of the house. Rather, he says they should pray, talk and try to understand.<p>Speaking to reporters after closing out a Catholic family rally in Ireland, Francis said: “There have …

Christianity

Kremlin Sources Go Quiet, Leaving C.I.A. in the Dark About Putin’s Plans for Midterms

WASHINGTON — In 2016, American intelligence agencies delivered urgent and explicit warnings about Russia’s intentions to try to tip the American presidential election — and a detailed assessment of the operation afterward — thanks in large part to informants close to President Vladimir V. Putin and …

United States

Robin Leach, ‘Jacuzzi’ journalist who hosted TV’s ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,’ dies at 76

By Adam Bernstein<p>Adam Bernstein<p>Obituary editor<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Robin Leach, a British-born TV personality and unapologetic practitioner of “Jacuzzi journalism” whose long-running show “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” ogled the world’s most conspicuous consumers consuming conspicuously, died Aug. …

Robin Leach

South Korea's ex-president gets longer jail term over corruption

Global Power<p>Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye had her lengthy prison sentence for corruption in office extended by an appeals court Friday.<p>In April, a district court sentenced Park to 24 years in jail and fined her 18 billion won ($16.8 million) over bribery, extortion, abuse of power and …

South Korea

Some Arctic Ground No Longer Freezing—Even in Winter

Environment<p>New data from two Arctic sites suggest some surface layers are no longer freezing. If that continues, greenhouse gases from permafrost could accelerate climate change.<p>Nikita Zimov was teaching students to do ecological fieldwork in northern Siberia when he stumbled on a disturbing clue …

Permafrost