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Before Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union seemed an immovable superpower in perpetual antagonism to the United States. But with a breathtaking series of reforms, Gorbachev changed all that — and … more
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa faced a grilling by lawmakers in Parliament as they demanded answers from him on his handling of the theft of millions of dollars from his farm. Ramaphosa … more
The Vatican has defended Pope Francis from allegations he hasn't come down hard enough on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, saying the pontiff clearly views the war launched by Moscow as … more
Pope Francis has wrapped up two days of closed-door meetings with about 180 cardinals including the newest ones. Many of them are younger than 80 and currently eligible to elect a future pontiff. The … more
The first ship carrying grain from Ukraine for people in the hungriest parts of the world has docked at the Horn of Africa port of Djibouti as areas of East Africa are badly affected by deadly … more
China has placed millions of its citizens under lockdown following fresh outbreaks of COVID-19. The measures affected about half of the 6 million residents of the port city of Dalian, along with … more
Officials say the United Nations and Pakistan are set to appeal for $160 million in emergency funds for nearly a half million displaced victims of record-breaking floods that have killed more than … more
A surge in fighting on the southern front line and Ukrainian claims of new attacks on Russian positions is feeding speculation that a counteroffensive to try to turn the tide of war has started. The … more
An Israeli court has sentenced a Gaza aid worker to 12 years in prison after he was found guilty earlier this year of several terrorism charges in a high-profile case in which independent probes … more
The World Health Organization’s top director in the Western Pacific, Dr. Takeshi Kasai, has been indefinitely removed from his post, according to internal correspondence. Kasai’s removal comes … more
An elegant dinner at the Ritz in Paris. A post-midnight drive past the city’s floodlit treasures. And then, tragedy. The story of Princess Diana’s death at age 36 in that catastrophic crash in a … more
Above all, there was shock. That’s the word people use when they remember Princess Diana’s death in a Paris car crash 25 years ago this week. The woman the world watched grow from a shy teenage … more
The Dutch Defense Ministry says that one of three Dutch soldiers wounded in a shooting outside a hotel in downtown Indianapolis over the weekend has died. The ministry said in a statement Monday that … more
French prosecutors are investigating allegations that World Cup winner Paul Pogba was targeted by extortion attempts by his brother and childhood friends. The Paris prosecutor’s office said Monday … more
A granddaughter of a former Lebanese president has announced her long shot candidacy for the cash-strapped country's upcoming presidential elections. Tracy Chamoun on Monday blasted the Iran-backed … more
Sixteen rights groups have urged Yemen’s Houthi rebels to end their years-long siege of the country’s third-largest city. In a joint statement Monday, the groups said the Houthi blockade of Taiz … more
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is calling for a growing European Union to agree on a series of changes that would help it overcome internal divisions and stand up to external rivals such as Russia and … more
Palau’s vice president and her eight-member delegation have been quarantined in Taiwan after two of them tested positive for the coronavirus. Palau is one of the 14 countries still maintaining … more
Iran’s president is warning that any roadmap to restore Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers must see international inspectors end their probe on man-made uranium particles found at … more
The investigation into a brutal attack on women in a city in northern China has broadened to look into other crimes and suspected police corruption. Prosecutors said Monday that 28 people face … more
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