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A U.S. soldier who defected to North Korea in 1962 has died, his Pyongyang-born sons say

World News - 2 hours 46 min ago
Five decades after a 21-year-old soldier from Richmond named James Joseph Dresnok sprinted through the demilitarized zone and began his new life as a propaganda tool for North Korea, his Pyongyang-born sons have announced his death. Dresnok's health had been failing for years, and his sons said he died of a stroke in November. He was […]
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‘Sad, but a happy sad’: Londoners fret about four years without Big Ben

World News - 3 hours 19 min ago
LONDON — Big Ben rang out 12 times at noon on Monday before halting its regularly scheduled bonging for four years to allow for major renovations at the Houses of Parliament. The 13-ton bell will still sound for special occasions such as New Year’s Eve, but parliamentary officials say the bonging must be muted while […]
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The USS John S. McCain was struck in some of the world’s busiest waters

World News - 4 hours 17 min ago
After the USS Fitzgerald collided with a giant container ship in mid-June, killing seven sailors, Adm. William F. Moran, vice chief of naval operations, said that the Navy crew's lack of preparedness was partly to blame. “Clearly at some point, the bridge team lost situational awareness,” Moran said. Two months later, another destroyer from the same fleet […]
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North Korea’s latest video tirade reignites missile threat against Guam

World News - 5 hours 30 min ago
The latest video from North Korea suggests missiles will be heading toward Guam during the joint American-South Korean military exercises, which started Monday.
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Cambridge University Press faces backlash after bowing to China censorship pressure

World News - 9 hours 2 min ago
BEIJING — Cambridge University Press faces a major backlash from academics after bowing to Chinese government demands to censor an important academic journal. CUP announced Friday it had removed 300 articles and book reviews from a version of the “China Quarterly” website available in China at the request of the government. The articles touched on […]
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The radical ties that bind Barcelona and Charlottesville

World News - 14 hours 20 min ago
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. On both sides of the Atlantic, there are urgent investigations into the radicalization of young men who have committed acts of politically inspired violence. In […]
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South Africa grants Zimbabwe’s first lady immunity over assault claims

World News - Sun, 20/08/2017 - 14:33
Grace Mugabe, wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, is back in her country after South Africa granted her diplomatic immunity Sunday amid allegations that she viciously assaulted a 20-year-old model who was spending time in a hotel with two of her sons in the city of Johannesburg. Saying she was “acting in the interests of South Africa,” […]
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Where is Julian Cadman, the 7-year-old missing since the Barcelona attack?

World News - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 14:54
The last photo of missing Aussie Julian Cadman before Barcelona attack, including the clothes he was wearing > MORE: — Herald Sun (@theheraldsun) August 18, 2017 For a minute, it seemed like there might be one small happy ending amid the tragedy of the Barcelona attack. Julian Cadman, 7, has been missing since […]
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‘Donald Trump brought me here today’: Counterprotesters rout neo-Nazi rally in Berlin

World News - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 13:15

BERLIN — “There is only one side — the good side,” cried Eva Kese, mustering a smile as she fought back tears. “Your hate has no place here.” Kese, 30, stood Saturday facing a crowd of about 500 neo-Nazis. They were gathered on the outskirts of the German capital to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of Rudolf Hess, […]
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Spain’s Catalonia has long been a tourist magnet — and a terrorism hotspot

World News - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 16:42
When two vehicle attacks left 14 dead on Thursday in Catalonia, a region known as a tourist magnet appeared to suddenly emerge as a European terrorism hotspot. For some, however, it came hardly as a surprise. The name of seaside resort Cambrils, where the second vehicle attack took place, is well known to many counterterrorism professionals. […]
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People from 34 countries were hurt or killed in the Spain attacks. Here are their stories.

World News - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 16:25
Thursday's terrorist attack on Barcelona's Las Ramblas was an assault on Spain that echoed around the world. People from nearly three dozen countries were killed or injured when a driver sped into the busy pedestrian mall, swerving into grandfathers, families and children. Hours later, a second vehicle rampaged through Cambrils, a seaside town about 60 miles south […]
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This French mayor saw a truck plow through crowds in Nice. After Barcelona, he seeks to make European streets safer.

World News - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 08:26
Last summer, the French seaside of Nice counted its dead after a truck mowed through crowds marking Bastille Day. Thirteen months later, it was Barcelona’s famed Las Ramblas that was turned into a killing field as a driver used a delivery van as a tool of terrorism. In between, other streets in Stockholm, London and […]
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School’s out at Rio’s flagship university, and no one has any idea when it may start again

World News - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 06:00
RIO DE JANEIRO — In the year since Rio de Janeiro hosted the Summer Olympics, the fallout from the enormously expensive event has only mounted: crime has risen, the “violent death” rate is the highest in nearly a decade, Olympic-related corruption charges are piling up and the city’s shiny new stadiums are already falling apart. […]
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Renowned anti-poaching leader murdered by gunmen in Tanzania

World News - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 05:10

NAIROBI — A leading wildlife conservationist, who pioneered new techniques to catch elephant poachers and ivory smugglers, was shot and killed in Tanzania on Wednesday. Wayne Lotter, a 51-year-old South African, was in a taxi in Dar es Salaam when it was stopped by another vehicle. Two men opened the car door and one shot […]
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The potential conflict between nuclear powers that Trump barely acknowledges

World News - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 01:00
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. The two most populous countries in the world are dangerously close to armed conflict. Both are fast-growing and ambitious nations with something to prove […]
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Has the moral authority of the U.S. been eroded with Trump’s reaction to the violence in Virginia?

World News - Thu, 17/08/2017 - 14:50
In this occasional series, we will bring you up to speed on the biggest national security stories of the week. It resonated around the world when President Trump blamed "both sides" for the violence in Charlottesville where white supremacists and neo-Nazis brawled with counterprotesters last weekend. Immediately after he condemned the white nationalists but apportioned […]
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What you need to know about NAFTA as it goes through a quarter-life crisis

World News - Thu, 17/08/2017 - 13:29

NAFTA: The trade pact has stirred debate and controversy for more than two decades. President Trump used the North American Free Trade Agreement as a lightning rod during his election campaign last year. At his rallies, Trump called the trade pact -- which eliminated almost all tariffs and other trade barriers between the United States, Mexico and […]
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Chinese state media made a racist video about India and is censoring its critics

World News - Thu, 17/08/2017 - 13:27
A state-run Chinese media agency faces growing backlash over its propaganda video demeaning India's Sikh community, the latest development in what's fast becoming a volatile border dispute between the two nuclear powers. Titled “7 Sins of India,” the video features a Chinese actor, dressed in a turban and phony beard, reciting monosyllabic lines in English but in a manner […]
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An Australian senator wore a burqa in Parliament — then called for a ban on Muslim immigrants

World News - Thu, 17/08/2017 - 10:42
Faceless in a long black burqa, the woman took a front-row seat in the Australian Senate chambers Thursday and sat like that for several minutes: silent, well aware she'd caused a scene. Then she rose with a dramatic flair, whipped the veil off her bright red hair and cast the burqa to the floor, her identity revealed. The senators behind her did not look remotely […]
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Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai to study at Oxford

World News - Thu, 17/08/2017 - 10:19
LONDON — Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai said on Thursday that she was “so excited” to be offered a place at the University of Oxford, one of Britain’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning. Yousafzai, 20, tweeted an image of her confirmation saying she has been accepted to study philosophy, politics and economics (PPE). She was one […]
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