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The European Union says Turkey continues to distance itself from the bloc and its values and says sees no reason to unblock the country’s EU membership talks. In a progress report on Turkey’s membership prospects released Wednesday, the EU’s executive commission criticizes “serious backsliding in the areas of the rule of law and fundamental rights.” […]
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari began his second term as head of Africa’s most populous nation on Wednesday, facing heightened pressure to defeat Islamic extremism and boost the oil-dependent economy amid concerns over his health. The 76-year-old former military dictator read the oath of office from a card as he stood beside his wife, wearing a […]
A prominent Egyptian militant wanted for scores of terror attacks in his country was handed over by Libyan forces loyal to a commander pushing to take the capital of Tripoli and flown back to Egypt on Wednesday. Egyptian TV networks aired footage of a blindfolded Hisham el-Ashmawi, a former army officer turned militant, landing in […]
PARIS—The Louvre museum in Paris reopened to the public on May 29 after being shut down for a ...
Less than two weeks after Ukraine’s new president assumed office, his staff discovered that his predecessor had apparently gutted out key computer equipment in a meeting room when he left office. Oleksandr Danylyuk, who was appointed chairman of the National Security and Defense Council on Tuesday, said all the equipment from the so-called “situation room,” […]
Israel’s raucous political world was on edge Wednesday, counting down the hours to a midnight deadline to see whether a new government will be formed or whether, alternatively, there will be an unpresented second national election this year. Backchannel negotiations were continuing throughout the day to try and hammer out a compromise that would allow […]
The emotion of being liberated from Nazi occupation was so sweet and intense that the French refugees burst into song, a spontaneous rendition of “La Marseillaise” that echoed around the underground network of dank, dark tunnels where they had been sheltering for weeks since D-Day, amid filth, fleas and the rumble of bombs. A girl […]
Belgium’s King Philippe has received the leader of the far-right, anti-immigrant Vlaams Belang at the royal palace, the first time the party has been granted such an audience. The meeting Wednesday with Vlaams Belang president Tom Van Grieken is a landmark for the party, and comes after it made huge gains in Belgium’s northern Flanders […]
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has dismissed a report claiming she has concluded the new leader of her center-right party isn’t up to leading the country. Merkel handed over the leadership of her Christian Democratic Union to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in December and said she wouldn’t seek a fifth term as chancellor. Her Union bloc hasn’t made […]
They are members of a folk music group living communally in the Southeast Asian nation of Laos, but they are in fear for their lives. The musicians from the band Faiyen fled their homes in neighboring Thailand in 2014, afraid of arrest after a military coup overthrew their nation’s elected government. Their music was their […]
A western German driver narrowly avoided a fine after a bird miraculously flew in the path of a speed camera and obscured the image on May 21.
Oil-rich South Sudan is struggling to increase production of crude several months after the end of its civil war, and the political upheaval in neighboring Sudan is in part to blame. The signing of a peace deal in September helped open the way to resuming drilling in South Sudan’s key region of Unity state, but […]
A man carrying a knife, screaming "I will kill you!" attacked a group of schoolgirls near a school bus parked at a bus stop just outside Tokyo.
A deadly knife attack on a group of mostly schoolgirls near Tokyo this week raised concerns Wednesday over the safety of schoolchildren in Japan, a country known for its low crime rate and where children usually walk to school on their own or in groups. Officials say the knife-brandishing man ran while slashing a group […]
The European Central Bank says that challenges to financial stability in the eurozone have risen amid risks to growth from trade tensions, and warns that indebted governments such as Italy could run into trouble if they don’t heed rules limiting debt and deficits. The warning in an ECB report released Wednesday comes as Italy’s populist […]
Family, friends and fans have gathered at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna for a last farewell to Formula One great Niki Lauda. The wooden coffin of the three-time champion was decorated Wednesday with his red racing helmet and surrounded by six white candles, with two larger-than life portraits of Lauda behind it. The Austrian died […]
The Latest on Huawei’s motion challenging the constitutionality of a law that limits U.S. sales of its telecom equipment (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Huawei says it is in communication with FedEx and will mount a legal defense if it finds its rights were infringed on following the diversion of packages. Huawei chief legal officer […]
Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd broke Australian consumer law by telling customers they could not get a refund for faulty PlayStation games,
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is wooing Japan for aid, trade and investment in a visit that highlights cordial relations with the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Hasina, who is beginning a third consecutive five-year term, arrived late Tuesday and is set to meet Abe and hold a joint news conference Wednesday. A dinner […]
A Niagara Falls man is paying a hefty price after trying to import thousands of leeches by air in his carry on luggage.