El Salvador political stalemate a drag on…

For months, the strictest measures confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America seemed to keep infections in check in El Salvador, but a gradual reopening combined with a political stalemate has seen infections increase nearly fourfold

White House rejected aid compromise -Pelosi

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that she had offered to reduce a proposed coronavirus aid package by a trillion dollars if Republicans would add a trillion to their counter-offer, but the idea was flatly rejected by Donald Trump's White House.

US Sanctions Hong Kong Leader

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam is facing US sanctions amid accusations that she's working with China to limit political freedoms. Lam is "directly responsible for implementing Beijing's policies of suppression of freedom and democratic processes," the Treasury Department said in a Friday statement. It cited Lam's push "to allow for...

Alpine glacier in Italy threatens valley, forces…

Experts are closely monitoring a glacier they fear could break apart and crash into an Italian Alpine valley

Llama brings hugs to Portland protests

Ceasar, a six-year-old llama has become a fixture Portland, extending his neck to nuzzle both Black Lives Matter activists and law enforcement officers in body armor.

60K Sign Petition for France to Rule Lebanon

French President Emmanuel Macron visited Beirut Thursday—and after Tuesday's devastating explosion , more than a few Lebanese were ready for him to take over as their president. A petition circulating on Avaaz calling for the former colonial power to take charge of Lebanon for the next 10 years now has...

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US sanctions pro-China leader of Hong Kong, other…

The U.S. is imposing sanctions on pro-China officials in Hong Kong, including the leader of the government, for their alleged roles in squashing freedom in the former British colony

Economic meltdown threatens Europe's war on…

Amid the crisis, European firms are increasingly shelving their recycling goals and opting for cheaper non-recycled plastics made from hydrocarbons. Edward Baran reports.

With Glacier Collapse Looming, an 'Urgent…

As scientists nervously keep tabs on a giant section of ice in danger of falling off a Mont Blanc glacier, homes have been evacuated in the resort town of Courmayeur in Italy's Aosta Valley, while visitors have been told to go elsewhere. "We will find [alternative] solutions for residents," Courmayeur...

Europeans urge fair election in Belarus…

Top European officials are urging Belarusian authorities to ensure a free and fair presidential election this weekend and denounced “unacceptable” restrictions ahead of the vote

Hope of closure for Syrians with missing relatives

Thousands of photos lifted from alleged Syrian torture chambers by a whistleblowing army photographer codenamed 'Caesar' have given hope to hundreds of families looking for lost loved ones. Adam Reed reports.

Ex-Intelligence Officer: Prince Sent 'Tiger Squad…

A former Saudi intelligence official says Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman wants him dead—and he might have ended up like Jamal Khashoggi if not for alert customs agents in Canada. In a federal lawsuit filed in Washington, DC, Thursday, Saad Aljabri, who lives in exile in Toronto, accuses the...

UK to spend millions to ease Brexit red tape for…

The British government has pledged up 355 million pounds ($465 million) to help businesses in Northern Ireland deal with red tape caused by Brexit

Lebanese hold Friday prayers in damaged mosque

Few Lebanese performed prayers on Friday after some rubble was removed from the Mohammed al-Amin mosque, damaged by a blast that ripped through the capital just three days ago.

Some Carried 'Own Eyeballs in Their Hands' in…

Its code name was "Little Boy," but its impact was anything but small. Thursday marks the 75th anniversary of the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945. By the end of that year, 140,000 deaths—mostly of civilians—were tied to the blast and...

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'The world exploded': Beirut blast takes a…

In the moments after Tuesday's explosion in Beirut, Soha Saade had to make a wrenching decision _ focus on her ailing young daughter or leave the girl with others and try to save her husband's life

Uber rides plunge but food delivery doubles

Homebound customers of Uber Technologies more than doubled their orders from the company's food-delivery service in the second quarter but demand for ride-hailing trips only marginally recovered from pandemic rock-bottom. Fred Katayama reports.

Grief Turns to Anger in Beirut

Beirut has been devastated by a massive explosion that killed at least 137 people and left an estimated 300,000 people homeless—and angry residents say the country was broken long before the Tuesday blast. Residents blame corruption and incompetence for the fact that 2,750 tons of highly explosive...

Russia warns it will see any incoming missile as…

Russia's military is warning that Moscow will perceive any ballistic missile launched at its territory as a nuclear attack that warrants a nuclear retaliation

10,000 baby turtles get first taste of the sea

More than 10,000 baby turtles were released into the sea off the Indonesian island of Bali on Friday, as part of conservationists’ attempts to boost the population of a vulnerable species and promote environmental protection.

135 Dead in Beirut Blast, Including an American

At least one US citizen was among those killed in the devastating Beirut explosion Tuesday night, and several others were injured. The death toll so far stands at 135, with another 100 still missing and search and rescue efforts continuing, ABC News reports. Another 5,000 were wounded, and as...

Turkish lira hits another historic low amid…

Turkey’s currency has tumbled further, hitting another record low The Turkish lira dropped to 7.3677 against the dollar Friday before making a recovery

Both sides 'far apart' on coronavirus aid talks

Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress and top aides to President Donald Trump failed to make substantial progress on a new coronavirus aid bill, saying they are still 'far apart.'

'The Scale of the Disaster Is Immense' in Beirut

"The scale of the disaster is immense" in Beirut, Lebanon, the Guardian reports. The death toll in the massive explosion that rocked the capital Tuesday night, causing blocks of devastation , currently stands at at least 100, the AP reports, with another 4,000 injured—and many still missing. TV and...

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Thousands seek refuge as high heat slams Britain…

Thousands in Britain and France are seeking refuge from searing heat, mobbing beaches and parks despite warnings to maintain social distance and other precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic

How an unscheduled port visit led to Beirut blast

A leaky Russian-leased cargo ship was carrying thousands of tonnes of ammonium nitrate, that were not originally destined for the Lebanese capital. Olivia Chan reports.

What Isaias Has Wrought

Isaias has just about left the US behind, having entered southeastern Canada on Wednesday as a post-tropical cyclone. The storm's US toll: Six dead and almost 3 million people without power in the early-morning hours, per the AP and CNN . They report two people died in Windsor, North Carolina, when...