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Deep insights into Kim Jong Un’s North Korea, and 4 other global stories

1 hour agoNews : BlogPost

In this occasional series, The Washington Post brings you up to speed on some of the biggest stories of the week. First up: an investigation into what life in North Korea really looks like. The biggest story: Escape from North Korea In six months of interviews in South Korea and Thailand, The Washington Post's Tokyo bureau […]

Saudi Arabia just reopened two key ports in Yemen. That won’t prevent a famine.

16 hours agoNews : BlogPost

For the past few weeks, Saudi Arabia has made it almost impossible to get food to Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the world. Yemen has been tiptoeing toward famine for the better part of three years. It's a man-made crisis borne of immense political instability (the country has been divided into pieces by […]

Srebrenica holds painful lessons for victims of other ethnic cleansing campaigns

16 hours agoNews : BlogPost

More than 20 years ago, beginning on July 11, 1995, about 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serbs in the Srebrenica massacre. When the extent of the horrors become known, people around the world promised: never again. Show More Summary

Thanksgiving is an annual reminder of America’s refugee origins

18 hours agoNews : BlogPost

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. Every culture has its harvest festival, but the distinctly North American tradition of Thanksgiving is wrapped up in myths of national origin. In both Canada and […]

Activists build a mini-Holocaust memorial outside German far-right politician’s house

18 hours agoNews : BlogPost

On Wednesday morning, the Berlin-based art collective Center for Political Beauty unveiled its latest project: 24 concrete slabs in the sleepy village of Bornhagen, Germany. The project is an homage to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, an iconic feature of Berlin's central Mitte neighborhood that was unveiled in 2005 and pays abstract […]

Catholic school covers ‘suggestive’ statue of a saint handing a loaf of bread to a boy

18 hours agoNews : BlogPost

A Catholic school in Australia was forced to cover a statue of a saint after its “potentially suggestive” design stirred controversy and mockery on social media. The statue depicts St. Martin de Porres, a Dominican brother known for helping the poor and founding an orphanage for abandoned children and slaves. Next to him is a little boy […]

Jubilation in Harare’s streets as Mugabe resigns

18 hours agoNews : BlogPost

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. It is a date that has now entered the annals of history. Robert Gabriel Mugabe, Zimbabwe's president of 37 years, announced his resignation amid a military intervention and unprecedented street protests in the military's favor. He is 93 and was the oldest head of state in the world. His ouster comes after […]

Angola shows early signs of meaningful democratic transition as Zimbabwe falters

18 hours agoNews : BlogPost

A revolutionary anti-colonial leader who held power for almost four decades. A government rife with nepotism and corruption. A people beset by poverty. Hope for a democratic transition, but far more skepticism that it would ever happen. No, this isn't Zimbabwe — it's Angola. Three months ago, southern Africa’s oil-rich bastion of economic inequality held open […]

How Zimbabwe’s Mugabe clung to power for almost 40 years

yesterdayNews : BlogPost

Crowds poured into the streets of Zimbabwe on Tuesday, following Robert Mugabe's announcement that he would resign after almost four decades as the country's leader. In a move bearing all the hallmarks of a coup, Zimbabwe’s military had taken control of the country and Mugabe about one week ago. There had long been concerns about the health of the […]

Yemen’s man-made catastrophe has no end in sight

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

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. In ancient times, the Romans referred to the land known as Yemen as “Arabia Felix,” or “Happy Arabia” — a country blessed with fertile, […]

North Korea’s on-again-off-again status as a state sponsor of terrorism

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

The U.S. government redesignated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism on Monday. The move, announced by President Trump during a brief photo op at a Cabinet meeting, was designed to put pressure on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. “It should have happened a long time ago,” Trump told reporters. “It should have happened years […]

New Zealand leader regrets story that suggested Trump mistook her for Trudeau’s wife

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has said that she regrets sharing an anecdote that suggested President Trump mistook her for the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “It was a bit of a funny yarn,” Arden told TVNZ on Monday morning, adding that it was “something that I don't want to cause a diplomatic incident over.” […]

Search for a missing submarine is stymied by new challenges: 20-foot waves and 50 mph winds

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

An international team of searchers trying to locate a vanished Argentine sub and its 44 crew members is being stymied by a new challenge: An uncooperative ocean. Twenty-foot waves and winds near 50 mph were battering more than a dozen search-and-rescue ships from the United States, Britain, Brazil and Chile traversing the area where the ARA San Juan […]

Angela Merkel has few options left to govern Germany

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

BERLIN — Only a couple of months ago, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was Europe’s most powerful leader. Some even claimed that she had become the leader of the Western world and filled the void left by President Trump. Yet at the moment, she’s not even the most powerful person in Germany. Late Sunday night, the Free […]

Two sumo wrestlers walked into a bar. The brawl they had there is rocking Japan’s sumo world.

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

TOKYO — The world of sumo has been turned upside down like, well, like a wrestler pushed from the ring. In a case that has enthralled Japan and dominated the headlines for a week, a 33-year-old grand sumo champion, a Mongolian called Harumafuji, is accused of assaulting a younger wrestler, a 27-year-old Mongolian called Takanoiwa, […]

Trump may be turning his back on the world, but America isn’t

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

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. Last week in Bonn, the former capital of West Germany, the most unwelcome attendees at a U.N. summit on climate policy may have been the members […]

15 trampled to death in stampede for flour in drought-stricken Morocco

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

They had traveled for miles to get to a remote village in drought-devastated Morocco for one reason: A local aid group was handing out flour. The North African nation is in the grip of a severe drought, which is having a devastating effect on agriculture. And Sunday’s giveaway at the souk, or marketplace, was a […]

What the parasites in a defector’s stomach tell us about North Korea

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

The North Korean defector had sped across the demilitarized zone in a stolen jeep, then crawled south as the men who had been his comrades moments ago shot at him with handguns and AK-47 rifles. South Korean soldiers found the defector under a pile of leaves, bleeding from at least five gunshot wounds. He was brought […]

Yemen is on the brink of a horrible famine. Here’s how things got so bad.

4 days agoNews : BlogPost

It's been called the “worst humanitarian crisis in the world:” Nearly 80 percent of Yemen's population is food insecure; millions are teetering on the edge of famine. The situation — described as critical for nearly two years — has grown even worse since early November, when Saudi Arabia enacted a near-complete blockade on its borders […]

A submarine has vanished, launching a frantic search for 44 people on board

4 days agoNews : BlogPost

Argentine authorities are scrambling to find a three-decade-old submarine that suddenly stopped communicating during a routine mission on Wednesday — an emergency authorities say could range from a fried electrical system to something much worse. The diesel-electric ARA San Juan was returning to its base south of Buenos Aires after a routine mission to Ushuaia, […]

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