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For foreign journalists, a lengthy and bizarre journey to see a North Korean nuclear test site demolition

Only a small number of foreign journalists were invited to visit North Korea to watch the demolition of Punggye-ri, the country's secretive nuclear testing facility. They were there to witness what Pyongyang had portrayed as a symbolic gesture of goodwill
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For foreign journalists, a lengthy and bizarre journey to see a North Korean nuclear test site demolition

Only a small number of foreign journalists were invited to visit North Korea to watch the demolition of Punggye-ri, the country's secretive nuclear testing facility. They were there to witness what Pyongyang had portrayed as a symbolic gesture of goodwill to the United States ahead of talks between Kim Jong Un and President Trump. But if this was […]

Two Ebola patients who fled quarantine may have exposed dozens to virus

Health officials in Congo are anxious to contain the country's deadly Ebola outbreak — which has already spread to an urban area — before the situation gets any worse. But controlling the virus may have just gotten tougher. On Thursday, a senior Doctors
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Two Ebola patients who fled quarantine may have exposed dozens to virus

Health officials in Congo are anxious to contain the country's deadly Ebola outbreak — which has already spread to an urban area — before the situation gets any worse. But controlling the virus may have just gotten tougher. On Thursday, a senior Doctors Without Borders aid worker said that two patients infected with Ebola who fled […]

The many countries where abortion is basically banned

On Friday, Ireland will go to the polls to decide whether to lift its near-total ban on abortion. Currently, the country’s constitution grants mothers and unborn children an equal “right to life,” prohibiting the procedure unless it’s necessary to sav
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The many countries where abortion is basically banned

On Friday, Ireland will go to the polls to decide whether to lift its near-total ban on abortion. Currently, the country’s constitution grants mothers and unborn children an equal “right to life,” prohibiting the procedure unless it’s necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman. But that could change this week if voters decide to […]

The bad timing of Trump’s North Korea letter

On Thursday, Trump announced he has canceled a planned summit next month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, where the two leaders had been set to discuss denuclearization, among other issues. Only hours earlier, North Korea had taken foreign reporters to a
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The bad timing of Trump’s North Korea letter

On Thursday, Trump announced he has canceled a planned summit next month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, where the two leaders had been set to discuss denuclearization, among other issues. Only hours earlier, North Korea had taken foreign reporters to an event at which it had demolished its only known nuclear testing site, Punggye-ri, […]

He told his ex he had a new girlfriend. She poured acid on his face as he lay in bed.

They met on a dating website for people with HIV and spent five not-entirely-blissful years together. Co-workers sometimes saw scratches on Mark van Dongen, courtesy of Berlinah Wallace’s jealous outbursts. Enraged during one fight, Wallace had poured boi
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He told his ex he had a new girlfriend. She poured acid on his face as he lay in bed.

They met on a dating website for people with HIV and spent five not-entirely-blissful years together. Co-workers sometimes saw scratches on Mark van Dongen, courtesy of Berlinah Wallace’s jealous outbursts. Enraged during one fight, Wallace had poured boiling water on him. By August 2015, van Dongen had had enough, the BBC reported. He wanted out of the […]

Oxford University criticized for failing on diversity

LONDON — Oxford University, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, came under renewed attack Wednesday for not doing enough to diversify its student body. Oxford is the alma mater of many in the British establishment: Indeed, it counts score
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Oxford University criticized for failing on diversity

LONDON — Oxford University, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, came under renewed attack Wednesday for not doing enough to diversify its student body. Oxford is the alma mater of many in the British establishment: Indeed, it counts scores of prime ministers among its former students, including Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, David […]

A couple went on a dream fishing trip in Iceland — and were swept into icy waters and died

Brian Schumacher and Janet Veit had been posting photos from their adventures — showing the pair posing behind a cutout of Viking explorers or simply capturing their view of a breathtaking waterfall. The Minnesota couple, who were both fly-fishing gui
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A couple went on a dream fishing trip in Iceland — and were swept into icy waters and died

Brian Schumacher and Janet Veit had been posting photos from their adventures — showing the pair posing behind a cutout of Viking explorers or simply capturing their view of a breathtaking waterfall. The Minnesota couple, who were both fly-fishing guides back home, had embarked on their first international vacation to Iceland, intending to soak in the Nordic sights and enjoy their favorite […]

Three Ebola patients fled quarantine in Congo, sparking fears that the disease may spread

Health officials in Congo are anxious to contain the country's deadly Ebola outbreak — which has already spread to an urban area — before the situation gets any worse. But controlling the virus may have just gotten tougher. On Wednesday, the Doctors With
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Three Ebola patients fled quarantine in Congo, sparking fears that the disease may spread

Health officials in Congo are anxious to contain the country's deadly Ebola outbreak — which has already spread to an urban area — before the situation gets any worse. But controlling the virus may have just gotten tougher. On Wednesday, the Doctors Without Borders mission in the Congolese city of Mbandaka announced that three Ebola patients there had left […]

Erdogan’s push for power creates new chaos

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. Given the Trump administration's recent dramatic moves in the Midd
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Erdogan’s push for power creates new chaos

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. Given the Trump administration's recent dramatic moves in the Middle East — its rejection of the Iran nuclear deal and its embrace of Israeli Prime […]

Israel accuses local head of human rights group of anti-Israel activities, orders him to leave

JERUSALEM — Unless a last-minute appeal is successful, Omar Shakir, the Israel and Palestine director at Human Rights Watch, will be forced to leave Israel on Thursday under a recent amendment to the country's immigration laws aimed at fighting supporter
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Israel accuses local head of human rights group of anti-Israel activities, orders him to leave

JERUSALEM — Unless a last-minute appeal is successful, Omar Shakir, the Israel and Palestine director at Human Rights Watch, will be forced to leave Israel on Thursday under a recent amendment to the country's immigration laws aimed at fighting supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. This is the first time that Israel is applying […]

Australian archbishop convicted of covering up sexual abuse

Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson knew, the men told the court. He knew that the Rev. Jim Fletcher had been sexually abusing young altar servers. He knew because they told him. He knew because they asked him for help. Now, Wilson is going to jail. The R
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Australian archbishop convicted of covering up sexual abuse

Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson knew, the men told the court. He knew that the Rev. Jim Fletcher had been sexually abusing young altar servers. He knew because they told him. He knew because they asked him for help. Now, Wilson is going to jail. The Roman Catholic leader was convicted of failing to act on reports of […]

Investigators insist MH370 crash was an accident, not a mass murder-suicide by the pilot

A despondent Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, troubled over the end of his marriage or some other unbearable sadness, was the only person awake on the doomed plane full of unconscious people, one theory goes. The suicidal pilot disabled communications on Malaysia A
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Investigators insist MH370 crash was an accident, not a mass murder-suicide by the pilot

A despondent Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, troubled over the end of his marriage or some other unbearable sadness, was the only person awake on the doomed plane full of unconscious people, one theory goes. The suicidal pilot disabled communications on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, took a final pass over his home town, then torpedoed the Boeing […]

The Grenfell fire inquiry started this week. Here’s what you need to know.

It's been nearly a year since the fire at the Grenfell Tower apartment building in west London killed 72 people, and there are still a lot of things we don't know. We know that the fire broke out around midnight on June 14, 2017, and that it quickly engulfe
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The Grenfell fire inquiry started this week. Here’s what you need to know.

It's been nearly a year since the fire at the Grenfell Tower apartment building in west London killed 72 people, and there are still a lot of things we don't know. We know that the fire broke out around midnight on June 14, 2017, and that it quickly engulfed the entire building. But we don't know […]

Danish minister: Muslims fasting is ‘dangerous for us all’

There are about 250,000 Muslims living in Denmark, and the Danish integration minister thinks that those fasting for Ramadan are better off staying at home until the month-long holiday is over. «I want to call on Muslims to take leave from work during
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Danish minister: Muslims fasting is ‘dangerous for us all’

There are about 250,000 Muslims living in Denmark, and the Danish integration minister thinks that those fasting for Ramadan are better off staying at home until the month-long holiday is over. «I want to call on Muslims to take leave from work during the month of Ramadan to avoid negative consequences for the rest of Danish society,» […]

Italy draws its battle lines with Europe

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. More than two months after voters went to the polls, Italy is fina
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Italy draws its battle lines with Europe

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. More than two months after voters went to the polls, Italy is finally getting close to having a new government. On Monday, the two leaders […]

Meghan Markle declares herself a feminist on the British monarchy’s website

LONDON — Meghan Markle does not appear to be reining in her feminist views since her traditional-yet-modern nuptials to Prince Harry. On her new page on the British monarchy’s official website — in pulled out quotes — the woman now known as the Du
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Meghan Markle declares herself a feminist on the British monarchy’s website

LONDON — Meghan Markle does not appear to be reining in her feminist views since her traditional-yet-modern nuptials to Prince Harry. On her new page on the British monarchy’s official website — in pulled out quotes — the woman now known as the Duchess of Sussex says, “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist,” referencing a […]

A German broadcaster called Meghan Markle ‘exotic.’ Viewers said it was racist.

A German television station is under fire for its royal wedding coverage. The public broadcast network ZDF used some loaded language to describe Meghan Markle, duchess of Sussex. In one instance, a host asked, “Are those dreadlocks on Meghan’s mother?
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A German broadcaster called Meghan Markle ‘exotic.’ Viewers said it was racist.

A German television station is under fire for its royal wedding coverage. The public broadcast network ZDF used some loaded language to describe Meghan Markle, duchess of Sussex. In one instance, a host asked, “Are those dreadlocks on Meghan’s mother?” Another replied: “It’s curly hair that’s been somewhat de-curled, same as Meghan probably does all the […]

Mumbai’s glow-in-the-dark waves may be fueled by climate change, study says

A team of American and Indian scientists say climate change is the likely reason for the curious, glow-in-the-dark waves washing up on Mumbai’s beaches in recent years. A year-long study by scientists at the Indian National Center for Ocean Information Serv
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Mumbai’s glow-in-the-dark waves may be fueled by climate change, study says

A team of American and Indian scientists say climate change is the likely reason for the curious, glow-in-the-dark waves washing up on Mumbai’s beaches in recent years. A year-long study by scientists at the Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently found that global warming may […]

One of the most striking things about Harry and Meghan’s official wedding photos

LONDON -- Even some of those who are lukewarm about the British monarchy were looking forward to a wedding that would help the royal family reflect some of the diversity of modern Britain. Mixed-race British royals are rare enough that you have to go all th
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One of the most striking things about Harry and Meghan’s official wedding photos

LONDON -- Even some of those who are lukewarm about the British monarchy were looking forward to a wedding that would help the royal family reflect some of the diversity of modern Britain. Mixed-race British royals are rare enough that you have to go all the way back to the early 1800s to find a candidate: Some […]

France takes a step forward in fighting catcallers but falls short on setting age of consent

Men who whistle and catcall women on the streets of France may soon face stiff punishment. On Wednesday, lawmakers in the National Assembly — France's lower house of Parliament — passed measures to curb sexual violence. Among them: People caught haras
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France takes a step forward in fighting catcallers but falls short on setting age of consent

Men who whistle and catcall women on the streets of France may soon face stiff punishment. On Wednesday, lawmakers in the National Assembly — France's lower house of Parliament — passed measures to curb sexual violence. Among them: People caught harassing women on the street could be fined up to $885. Also, underage rape victims would have more time […]

Greece’s most liberal mayor gets beat up by a bunch of far-right protesters

Yiannis Boutaris is no stranger to controversy. The 75-year-old Thessaloniki mayor is one of Greece's most outspoken advocates for multiculturalism and international understanding. He's pushed for the construction of an Islamic mosque in the city, along wit
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Greece’s most liberal mayor gets beat up by a bunch of far-right protesters

Yiannis Boutaris is no stranger to controversy. The 75-year-old Thessaloniki mayor is one of Greece's most outspoken advocates for multiculturalism and international understanding. He's pushed for the construction of an Islamic mosque in the city, along with monuments honoring Turkish leaders like Ataturk. He convinced Turkish Airlines to begin flying directly from Istanbul to Thessaloniki, resulting […]

The royal wedding’s teenage cello player skipped U.S. debut to play in the ceremony

Sheku Kanneh-Mason had big plans for this weekend. The 19-year-old, who was raised in Nottingham, England, was supposed to make his U.S. orchestral debut as the guest soloist for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Then Meghan Markle called. “I was bowled o
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The royal wedding’s teenage cello player skipped U.S. debut to play in the ceremony

Sheku Kanneh-Mason had big plans for this weekend. The 19-year-old, who was raised in Nottingham, England, was supposed to make his U.S. orchestral debut as the guest soloist for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Then Meghan Markle called. “I was bowled over when Ms. Markle called me to ask if I would play during the ceremony, […]

Insurgents have waged a war on education in her home country. But she died in a Texas school shooting.

Sabika Sheikh grew up in Pakistan — a country that is intimately familiar with deadly attacks on schools. Between 2007 and 2015, there were 867 attacks on educational institutions in Pakistan, according to the Global Terrorism Database. But Sheikh was not
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Insurgents have waged a war on education in her home country. But she died in a Texas school shooting.

Sabika Sheikh grew up in Pakistan — a country that is intimately familiar with deadly attacks on schools. Between 2007 and 2015, there were 867 attacks on educational institutions in Pakistan, according to the Global Terrorism Database. But Sheikh was not killed by the Taliban. Instead, the teenage exchange student died at Santa Fe High School in […]

The surprise star of Harry and Meghan’s wedding: Bishop Michael Curry from Chicago

WINDSOR, England — There are some things you come to expect from royal weddings: There will almost certainly be fabulously silly British hats, a horse-drawn carriage ride, and global media interest. One thing you don’t expect: That sermon by the U.S. Bis
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The surprise star of Harry and Meghan’s wedding: Bishop Michael Curry from Chicago

WINDSOR, England — There are some things you come to expect from royal weddings: There will almost certainly be fabulously silly British hats, a horse-drawn carriage ride, and global media interest. One thing you don’t expect: That sermon by the U.S. Bishop Michael Curry. Curry, the first black leader of the Episcopal Church in the United […]

36 local candidates have been assassinated in Mexico. And the election is still 2 months away.

MEXICO CITY — This election season has been the most violent in Mexico’s recent history, with 36 candidates killed since September, and dozens of other politicians and campaign officials slaughtered. That macabre statistic has created a fresh challenge f
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36 local candidates have been assassinated in Mexico. And the election is still 2 months away.

MEXICO CITY — This election season has been the most violent in Mexico’s recent history, with 36 candidates killed since September, and dozens of other politicians and campaign officials slaughtered. That macabre statistic has created a fresh challenge for the country’s political parties: They are now trying to fill dozens of  candidacies left open by the […]

Royal wedding 2018: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle marry

Britain's Prince Harry and America's Meghan Markle are now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Queen Elizabeth is hosting a lunch reception at Windsor Castle for about 600 guests. More than 100,000 people are estimated to have lined the wedding procession route.
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Royal wedding 2018: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle marry

Britain's Prince Harry and America's Meghan Markle are now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Queen Elizabeth is hosting a lunch reception at Windsor Castle for about 600 guests. More than 100,000 people are estimated to have lined the wedding procession route. The wedding dress was designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller, the first female […]

The royal wedding was mainly about hats and fascinators

Yes, we understand there's a wedding going on today. But Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's holy matrimony aside, let's be honest: We're here for the hats. Big ones, little ones, crazy ones, ones that might be better off going unseen. In Britain, women's headge
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The royal wedding was mainly about hats and fascinators

Yes, we understand there's a wedding going on today. But Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's holy matrimony aside, let's be honest: We're here for the hats. Big ones, little ones, crazy ones, ones that might be better off going unseen. In Britain, women's headgear — or millinery — are part of the pomp and circumstance of any […]

Royal wedding 2018 live coverage: The kiss, the dress, the guests in hats

Gallery: See some of the most stunning hats at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle THE KISS | THE SERMON | THE DRESS 8:14 a.m.: The procession The procession! The moment that many in Windsor have been waiting for -- in some cases, f
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Royal wedding 2018 live coverage: The kiss, the dress, the guests in hats

Gallery: See some of the most stunning hats at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle THE KISS | THE SERMON | THE DRESS 8:14 a.m.: The procession The procession! The moment that many in Windsor have been waiting for -- in some cases, for days -- a chance to clap (misty) eyes on the […]

Selling cannabis is illegal in Estonia, but the leaf is on one municipality’s new flag

When Estonia's Kanepi municipality was formed by three existing districts last year, some details had yet to be hammered out — among them, a design for its flag, logo and coat of arms. So Kanepi opened itself up to suggestions, asking artists to submit s
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Selling cannabis is illegal in Estonia, but the leaf is on one municipality’s new flag

When Estonia's Kanepi municipality was formed by three existing districts last year, some details had yet to be hammered out — among them, a design for its flag, logo and coat of arms. So Kanepi opened itself up to suggestions, asking artists to submit some possibilities. Out of the 23 ideas it received, a panel selected seven and […]

Royal wedding 2018 live coverage: The rings, the dress, the guests

Still to come: Immediately afterward, the couple, who are now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will parade by carriage through the streets of Windsor town, where as many as 100,000 Brits and foreign visitors will be wearing outrageous hats and wavin
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Royal wedding 2018 live coverage: The rings, the dress, the guests

Still to come: Immediately afterward, the couple, who are now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will parade by carriage through the streets of Windsor town, where as many as 100,000 Brits and foreign visitors will be wearing outrageous hats and waving Union Jacks and the Stars and Stripes to celebrate the ultimate in […]

Burundi is deciding if its president will stay in power until 2034

The last time Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza announced that he would extend his time in office, the country descended into political turmoil that still hasn't ended. Over the past three years, at least 1,200 people have died and another 400,000 have f
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Burundi is deciding if its president will stay in power until 2034

The last time Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza announced that he would extend his time in office, the country descended into political turmoil that still hasn't ended. Over the past three years, at least 1,200 people have died and another 400,000 have fled the country. Media outlets have been shut down, and human rights advocates have been thrown […]

Brutal hours aren’t just for salarymen: Japanese monk sues temple for overwork

Brutally long working hours are not just the preserve of Japanese office workers and laborers. Now, a Buddhist monk who works at a temple on the famed Mount Koya is suing his employers over his heavy workload, saying the early starts and late nights have mad
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Brutal hours aren’t just for salarymen: Japanese monk sues temple for overwork

Brutally long working hours are not just the preserve of Japanese office workers and laborers. Now, a Buddhist monk who works at a temple on the famed Mount Koya is suing his employers over his heavy workload, saying the early starts and late nights have made him depressed. The 46-year-old monk has been unable to […]

The quiet return of Ebola

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. It's easy to forget how worried people were about Ebola during the
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The quiet return of Ebola

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. It's easy to forget how worried people were about Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa four years ago. While most of the 11,000-plus […]

Father of the groom Prince Charles to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle

LONDON — With just one day to go before the royal event of the year, palace officials have said that Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, will now walk Meghan Markle down the aisle. In a statement, Kensington Palace said that Charles, who is th
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Father of the groom Prince Charles to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle

LONDON — With just one day to go before the royal event of the year, palace officials have said that Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, will now walk Meghan Markle down the aisle. In a statement, Kensington Palace said that Charles, who is the father of the groom, Prince Harry, was “pleased to […]