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Asian countries take a stand against the rich world’s plastic waste

When the MV Bavaria cargo ship chugged out of a Philippine port one morning last month carrying 69 containers of rotted Canadian garbage, it didn’t just end a messy diplomatic spat between the two countries. It also signaled a sea change in the global recycling system. After years of pressure,...

Libya’s two wars: One on the battlefield and one on Facebook

In terms of its effect on the battlefield , a drone that fell from the skies one recent morning in an area south of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, was a nonevent. It was unarmed. When it crashed (or was shot down; it’s still unclear), it left behind no casualties. But by the evening, the drone was...

Illiterate entrepreneurs in Mali now have their own social media app

Mamadou Gouro Sidibe spent years developing social networking apps that he hoped would rival giants such as Facebook or WhatsApp in his native Mali. Each time, he was a step behind. Until one day, on a trip to the grocery store, the owner handed him his smartphone, asking him to read a Viber chat...

Israel unveils Trump Heights, a tiny settlement of 10 ringed by high grass and land mines

The Trump name graces apartment towers, hotels and golf courses. Now it is the namesake of a tiny Israeli settlement in the Israel-controlled Golan Heights. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet convened in this hamlet Sunday to inaugurate the settlement named after President Trump...

Guatemalans vote amid a widespread sense of uncertainty and disillusionment

Guatemalans went to the polls Sunday to elect a new president, congressmen and other lawmakers amid widespread disenchantment with a corruption-plagued political system long unresponsive to poverty and violence. Voters began arriving early Sunday at polling places across this Central American nation....

Israel’s first lady sentenced for misusing state funds in food fraud case

A Jerusalem magistrate court on Sunday sentenced Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to pay a fine of more than $15,000 for misusing state funds. The sentencing comes after she agreed to a plea bargain that ended the years-long saga of just one of the high-profile...

Huge crowds of Hong Kong protesters call for leader to resign

Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents, mostly in black, jammed the city's streets Sunday, demanding an end to a proposed extradition bill and the resignation of the city's top leader. The crowds, walking slowly and shouting "withdraw" and "resign," spilled into the streets from downtown Victoria...

Guatemala goes to polls amid uncertainty, deep divisions

Guatemalan voters go to the polls Sunday to elect a new president and other lawmakers in this former Cold War battleground that Washington now views through the prism of two key strategic concerns — U.S.-bound illicit immigration and drug trafficking. Sandra Torres, a former first lady who has...

Hong Kong leader delays unpopular extradition bill, but activists want more

A sense of futility pervaded the throngs of protesters in Hong Kong this past week. Many said they chose to demonstrate out of principle, not because they believed they could prevent the passing of an extradition bill that would have left them largely at the mercy of the authoritarian government...

Mexico's immigration chief resigns as the U.S. presses for crackdown

Mexico’s top immigration official resigned his post Friday amid continued pressure from the United States that Mexico take a harder line against migrants. A statement posted online by the National Institute of Migration said director Tonatiuh Guillen Lopez had submitted a letter of resignation...

Trump team weighs options against Iran after tanker explosions

President Trump and Iranian leaders traded accusations Friday over who was responsible for fiery explosions that crippled two oil tankers off Iran’s coast, but both sides also appeared cautious not to go beyond a war of words, at least for now, to avoid a direct military confrontation. After blaming...

A new kind of Hong Kong activism emerges as protesters mobilize without any leaders

A crowd of protesters in T-shirts and masks sprinted through the streets, tear gas mushrooming behind them. Suddenly, a cry came from behind: “Inhaler!” Everyone froze, spinning on their heels. “Inhaler! Inhaler!” they chanted in unison. Within twenty seconds, two young women sprinted forward,...

Hong Kong’s chief executive faces growing pressure to delay Chinese extradition bill

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam faced calls from both outside and within her government Friday to delay extradition legislation that has spurred massive protests. Some members of the Executive Council, Hong Kong's Cabinet, said she should perhaps rethink plans to rush the bills' passage. Meanwhile,...

Pompeo blames Iran for apparent attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on Thursday blamed Iran for what he called a “blatant assault” that caused explosions aboard two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, again raising tensions in the region. Pompeo told reporters in Washington that the assessment was based on U.S. intelligence, the...

At Mexico’s southern border, migrants feel the pinch of a crackdown spurred by U.S.

Long lines of migrants, mostly Central Americans, line up daily outside the Tapachula offices of the refugee agencies of Mexico and the United Nations. Meanwhile, a polyglot throng including people from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean regularly gathers at the local headquarters of the National Institute...
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