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Russians accused over Salisbury poisoning were in city 'as tourists'

Two Russians accused of a nerve agent attack in the UK have admitted they visited the city where the assault took place, but say the purpose of their brief trip was to visit its historic cathedral and not to poison a... More>>

Disadvantaged girls change their communities by learning to code

Sharon Okpoe has lived her entire 17 years in Makoko---known as the world's largest "floating slum"---built on a lagoon in Lagos, Nigeria. More>>

These statistics show the power of Super Typhoon Mangkhut

Super Typhoon Mangkhut is bearing down on southeast Asia with the equivalent strength of a Category 5 hurricane. More>>

Kofi Annan's widow bids farewell to an "extraordinary human being"

Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general and Nobel Peace Prize winner, has been laid to rest Thursday in his home country of Ghana. More>>

It's official -- a no-deal Brexit will make traveling a pain

Traveling between the UK and European Union will get a whole lot more complicated -- and expensive -- should Brexit talks end without a deal, British government papers released Thursday suggest. More>>

Pussy Riot activist hospitalized, band members suspect poisoning

A member of Russian feminist punk band and activist group Pussy Riot has been hospitalized in Moscow, according to band members, who suspect he has been poisoned. More>>

Aung San Suu Kyi admits Rohingya crisis 'could have been handled better'

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said that, with hindsight, her government could have better handled the situation in Rakhine state that led to the forced displacement of more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims. More>>

Court declines to intervene in case of Indian bishop accused of raping nun

An Indian court has declined to intervene in the case of a Catholic nun who says she was raped multiple times over a two year period by a bishop, charges he denies. More>>

Police clear tree houses in German forest to make way for mining company

Activists in a forest in western Germany are resisting attempts by police to remove tree houses that environmentalists have occupied for years and to make way for mining company RWE to raze further sections of the forest. More>>

Pope Francis slammed by victims over sexual abuse scandal

Pope Francis is facing yet more criticism over the "glacial" speed in his handling of the sexual abuse crisis that has plagued the Catholic Church. More>>

'We are not Libya': Defiant Damascus seeks new dawn amid the rubble

The once-desolate marketplace of Shaalan has sprung back to life. Shops shuttered for years have reopened their doors, glitzy new restaurants spill onto sidewalks and the traffic jams that were once a main feature of the... More>>

UN granted access to Rohingya villages in Rakhine state

United Nations teams have been granted access to Myanmar's Rakhine State to assess dozens of villages and townships that housed Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution last year. More>>

Super Typhoon Mangkhut: Alerts issued as huge storm nears Philippines

Countries across east and southeast Asia are issuing emergency alerts and ordering evacuations as two typhoons barrel down on the region. More>>

Car 'deliberately' crashes into crowd in China killing nine

A least nine people were killed after a SUV deliberately crashed into crowds at a busy public square in central China late Wednesday evening, local government officials said. More>>

Germany's Catholic Church 'dismayed and ashamed' by child sex abuse

A new report from Germany's Catholic Church admits to "at least" 3,766 cases of child sex abuse by the clergy between 1946 and 2014, according to local publications Die Zeit and Spiegel Online who have seen a leaked copy. More>>

The earliest drawing in history: A hashtag found in South Africa

Scientists have found the oldest known drawing in history -- and it looks #familiar. More>>

Pope calls unprecedented meeting of top officials over sexual abuse

Pope Francis has summoned top Catholic officials to discuss the escalating sexual abuse scandal that has plagued the church. More>>

French art school accused of photoshopping in black students for US ads

It was supposed to be a campaign to help a reputable French art school raise its profile in the United States but it went terribly wrong. More>>

Venezuela Fast Facts

Here's a look at Venezuela, an OPEC member state that has the largest proven reserves of oil in the coalition. More>>

India's top court approves shoot-to-kill order for man-eating tiger

A last-ditch attempt to save a "man-eating" tigress is underway in India, following a decision by the country's Supreme Court to grant forest rangers permission to kill the endangered animal in the western state of... More>>

European Parliament votes to punish Hungary for erosion of democracy

The European Parliament on Wednesday voted to punish Hungary for cracking down on democratic institutions, setting off a process that could ultimately lead to the suspension of the country's voting rights in the European... More>>

2017 Was the world's most miserable year on record, study says

Last year was the world's most miserable for more than a decade, according to a survey of people's emotions in more than 145 countries. More>>

Fungi could solve world's plastic crisis, scientists say

Scientists believe they may have found an unlikely ally in the fight against plastic pollution -- fungi. More>>

South Korean students accused of gaining weight to avoid military service

South Korean authorities have vowed to "make an example" of 12 music students accused of conspiring to gain weight to avoid mandatory military service. More>>

Zimbabwe declares state of emergency in cholera outbreak

Zimbabwe's government has declared a state of emergency in the capital Harare after 20 people died of cholera. More>>

Afghan suicide bombing kills 68 in deadly month for attacks

The death toll from a suicide bombing in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday has risen to 68 people, with at least 165 others injured, officials said. More>>

Only men can inherit the title of chief in Lesotho. One woman is trying to change that

Ha Mamathe, Lesotho --- Senate Masupha sits in her family home in the village of Ha Mamathe in Lesotho, under a portrait of her late mother. More>>

United States 'deeply troubled' by alleged Chinese crackdown in Xinjiang

The United States has expressed concern over China's "worsening crackdown" on minority Muslim groups in the far western province of Xinjiang, amid allegations of widespread human rights abuses. More>>

Pro-whaling nations block South Atlantic whale sanctuary

A bid to create a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic Ocean was defeated by pro-whaling nations at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) conference in Florianopolis, Brazil on Tuesday. More>>

Super Typhoon Mangkhut bears down on the Philippines and Hong Kong

As the US east coast braces for Hurricane Florence, an even stronger super typhoon is barreling down on southeast Asia, with Hong Kong and Macau square in its path. More>>

The homophobic legacy of the British Empire

A wave of joy and relief swept through India's LGBT community last week following a landmark decision by the country's Supreme Court to legalize consensual gay sex. More>>

Rosh Hashanah Fast Facts

Here is a look at the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah, a celebration of the new year. More>>

A threat disguised as a duel: Putin's ex-bodyguard challenges opposition leader

At first glance, it looked like an episode from nineteenth-century Russian novel: A general challenging his opponent to a duel. In reality, it was direct threat to Russian President Vladimir Putin's domestic political... More>>

Narendra Modi Fast Facts

Here is a look at the life of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. More>>

Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva drops electoral bid

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. More>>

Russia kicks off massive war games, hosts Putin-Xi meeting

Russia kicked off what it says are its largest war games since the fall of the Soviet Union on Tuesday, as it hosted a bilateral meeting between President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping in the far eastern... More>>

Hungary will not be blackmailed, Prime Minister Orban tells EU

Members of the European Parliament traded verbal blows with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in a debate Tuesday over democracy and the rule of law in his country. More>>

'I looked at her lustfully, then kissed her,' Mugabe on wooing his wife

Robert Mugabe is no longer Zimbabwe's president, yet his name and presence still dominate news and conversations in the country. More>>

Austrian journalist Max Zirngast detained in Turkey, magazines say

An Austrian journalist was detained by police in the Turkish capital of Ankara early Tuesday, according to several magazines to which he has contributed. More>>

Man arrested in Saudi Arabia for having breakfast with woman

Saudi authorities have arrested an Arab man who appeared in video having breakfast with a female work colleague. More>>

Dozens of migrants die off Libyan coast

More than 100 migrants died when their boat sank off the Libyan coast at the beginning of September, and the survivors are being detained in that country, according to the French charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). More>>

'Don't use birth control,' Tanzania's President tells women in the country

Tanzania's President John Magufuli has told women in the East African nation to stop taking birth control pills because the country needs more people, according to local media reports. More>>

Search for German pop star missing from cruise ship called off

A search for missing German pop singer Daniel Kaiser-Kueblboeck, who reportedly jumped overboard from a cruise ship near Canada over the weekend, has been called off, according to the Canadian Joint Task Force Atlantic... More>>

Indian nuns demand arrest of bishop accused of rape

A group of nuns in one of India's oldest Catholic communities is calling for the arrest of a bishop who has been accused of raping one of the church's sisters multiple times over a two-year period. More>>

Interpol rescues 85 children in Sudan trafficking ring

Police in Sudan have rescued 94 people, mostly children, from criminal human trafficking networks in the country, Interpol has said. More>>

Rescuer hit in airstrike keeps filming to capture the horror in Syria's Idlib

As he had done dozens of times before, Anas al-Diab rushed to film the aftermath of an airstrike in Syria's Idlib province. More>>

Boko Haram Fast Facts

Here's a look at Boko Haram, a militant Islamic group working out of Nigeria, whose purpose is to institute Sharia, or Islamic law. More>>

German far-right rally hears calls for violence against foreigners

Around 2,500 people gathered in the eastern German city of Koethen Sunday for a right-wing demonstration after two Afghan men were arrested for assaulting a 22-year-old man who later died, according to police. More>>

Rights group accuses China of 'systematic campaign of human rights violations' against Muslims

The Chinese government is conducting a mass, systematic campaign of human rights violations against Muslims in the far western region of Xinjiang, a new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report claims. More>>

Cambodia opposition leader Kem Sokha released from prison

Cambodian opposition party leader Kem Sokha has been released from prison on bail, almost a year after he was detained on charges of treason, according state news agency Agence Kampuchea Press Monday. More>>

Swedish election deadlock as far-right party makes gains

Sweden has been plunged into political uncertainty after both the main centrist coalitions failed to win a majority in general elections Sunday, and as the far-right anti-immigration party gained ground, further fracturing... More>>

Paris knife attack: 7 injured, including 2 British tourists

French police are not characterizing a knife rampage in a popular Paris tourist spot as a terror attack, a French Interior Ministry spokesman told CNN. More>>

Russia protests: More than 1,000 detained, monitoring group says

Police in Russia detained at least 1,018 people in nationwide protests against a proposed government pension overhaul Sunday, a Russian independent monitoring group said. More>>

North Korea holds military parade without ICBMs

North Korea celebrated its national day with a series of massive spectacles glorifying 70 years of rule by the Kim dynasty Sunday, but held back on any mention of its nuclear weapons program -- a possible signal of support... More>>

Japan earthquake: Death toll rises after devastating tremor

The death toll in the magnitude 6.7 earthquake that struck Japan on Thursday has risen to 39, the country's Fire and Disaster Management Agency said. More>>

Blue bird from 'Rio' movie now extinct in the wild

The Spix's macaw achieved onscreen fame in 20th Century Fox's "Rio" as a charming parrot named Blu who travels thousands of miles in an attempt to save his species. More>>

Start your Monday smart: 9/11, iPhone, Cardinal Wuerl, war games, hurricanes, NFL

Here's what you need to know to Start Your Week Smart. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) More>>

Swedish election on knife edge as party with neo-Nazi roots splits vote

The Swedish general election is too close to call as two centrist coalitions race to a photo finish, their votes split by a surge in support for a far-right party with roots in the neo-Nazi movement. More>>

Two Palestinian teenagers killed in latest Gaza protests

After weeks of relative calm, a weekly protest at the Israel-Gaza border turned deadly Friday when Israeli forces answered arson attacks by firing on demonstrators, killing two Palestinian teenagers, Palestinian and... More>>

Hundreds of Roman gold coins found in basement of old theater

Archaeologists are studying a valuable trove of old Roman coins found on the site of a former theater in northern Italy. More>>

Polls open in Sweden after heated election campaign centered on immigration

Polls have opened in Sweden's general election Sunday in one of the tightest contests the Scandinavian country has seen for decades as voters split over attitudes to immigration. More>>

United Nations Attacks Fast Facts

Here's a look at violence against UN peacekeeping forces. This is a selected list of incidents from 1990 to the present. More>>

Camp David Accords Fast Facts

Here's a look at what you need to know about the Camp David Accords. More>>

Egyptian court upholds death sentences for 75 people over 2013 demonstration

An Egyptian court on Saturday issued its final verdict upholding death sentences against 75 Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters -- including journalists -- for their participation in protests following the 2013... More>>

Airstrikes hit Syria's Idlib province, the last remaining rebel stronghold

Airstrikes were reported Saturday in the Syrian province of Idlib, the last remaining rebel stronghold in the war-torn country, according to volunteer rescue group the White Helmets and the Syrian Observatory for Human... More>>

Space: Another frontier for the US-Russian rivalry

It sounded like a dark twist to a science-fiction film: The head of Roscosmos, Russia's space agency, hinting at a foreign plot to sabotage the International Space Station. More>>

At least a dozen killed in attack on Iranian Kurdish opposition headquarters in Iraq

At least 12 people were killed and 50 others wounded Saturday when missiles pounded an Iranian Kurdish opposition party's base in northern Iraq, party officials said, immediately blaming Iran for the assault. More>>

As Sweden flirts with the far right, Europe holds its breath

Nestled along the south coast, Solvesborg is the picture-perfect postcard version of small-town Sweden. More>>

GRU: Attack dog of Russian intelligence

The storyline's straight out of a spy thriller: two men allegedly dispatched from Moscow to eliminate a defector in a quiet English city -- but leaving traces of their movements everywhere to be painstakingly recreated by... More>>

Japan's summer of deadly disasters: Earthquakes, floods, typhoons and heat

Rescue workers are using heavy equipment to dig through the debris from a landslide that buried houses and people in the small town of Atsuma on Japan's northern island prefecture of Hokkaido. More>>

Brazilian presidential front-runner Jair Bolsonaro recovering after stabbing

Brazil's far-right presidential front-runner Jair Bolsonaro is recovering in a hospital after being stabbed during a rally while campaigning weeks ahead of elections. More>>

Water, oil and power: What's at stake in Basra

"The revolution will continue," the man shouted into the camera, "it will continue until our demands are met!" More>>

Iranian state TV recorded a private meeting of the UK Labour Party

The UK's opposition Labour Party, embroiled in a months-long battle over accusations of anti-Semitism within its ranks, is facing questions over how one of its members was apparently able to report for an Iranian state TV... More>>

Sweden is voting in a pivotal election. Here's how it stacks up to Europe on the key issues

Voters in Sweden will cast their ballots Sunday in a potentially game-changing election that could see the Sweden Democrats -- a once obscure far-right party with neo-Nazi roots -- become the second-biggest party in the... More>>

India's LGBT community reacts to Section 377 gay sex ruling

Indian Supreme Court Justice Dipak Misra quoted Shakespeare as he read out the unanimous ruling of five judges to legalize gay sex. More>>

North Korea turns 70: What to look for as Pyongyang celebrates

For months, North Korea has been preparing a massive display of national unity and military might to mark the 70th anniversary of the country's founding. More>>

Earthquake buries homes under landslides in Hokkaido, Japan

Yet another natural disaster has struck part of Japan, continuing a summer of chaos that has seen the country weather deadly floods, typhoons, earthquakes, landslides and heatwaves. More>>

Afghanistan: A bad year in America's longest war

The boy was left for nearly 20 hours before the ambulance could reach him. He was unable to move because a bullet had torn a hole through his abdomen. When the fighting finally subsided, he was driven the 130 kilometers... More>>

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