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Syria bombardment kills 44 in rebel enclave as ground assault looms

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:34 PM

A barrage of air strikes, rocket fire, and artillery slammed into several towns across Eastern Ghouta on Monday, February 19, killing 44 civilians and wounding dozens more

SYRIA BOMBARDMENT. A Syrian man carries an infant injured in government bombing in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Photo by Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

Trump backs improved background checks on gun buys – White House

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:26 PM

(UPDATED) The legislation amounts to a narrow, technical fix, leaving unaddressed the broader, divisive issue of permissive gun laws under a constitutional amendment that protects the right to bear arms

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks at the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriff's Association Winter Meeting in Washington, DC, on February 8, 2017.  File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

UK academic gets 32 years in prison for online abuse

Feb 19, 2018 - 9:46 PM

Matthew Falder blackmails many of his 45 victims into sending 'severe abuse images" of themselves' according to Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA).

MATTHEW FALDER. A handout photograph released on October 16, 2017 by Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA), shows the custody image of British Geophysicist Matthew Falder who pleaded guilty to 137 criminal offences involving online abuse, including encouraging the rape of a four-year-old boy. File photo by National Crime Agency/AFP

Belgian court orders Facebook to stop tracking web users

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:33 PM

Facebook must 'stop following and recording internet use by people surfing in Belgium, until it complies with Belgian privacy laws,' the Brussels court says

Singapore to impose carbon tax from 2019

Feb 19, 2018 - 6:25 PM

The tax will be levied on all facilities producing 25,000 tons or more of greenhouse gas emissions a year

SINGAPORE. A picture shows the skyline of Singapore's financial district across the Singapore River in the early morning of August 10, 2011. File photo by Simin Wang/AFP

Iran resumes hunt for missing plane with 66 on board

Feb 19, 2018 - 5:34 PM

Officials say hundreds of mountaineers, dogs, and drones are operating around the Dena mountain at altitudes as high as 4,500 meters

ASEMAN AIRLINES. A French-made ATR-72 owned by Iran's Aseman Airlines sits on the tarmac at Dubai airport on July 29, 2008. File photo by Marwan Naamani/AFP

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung spews massive smoke-and-ash column

Feb 19, 2018 - 4:42 PM

Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island spews the thick plume after activity picked in recent days. There are no reports of injuries or deaths.

MOUNT SINABUNG. Thick volcanic ash spews into the air from Mount Sinabung volcano in Karo, North Sumatra, on February 19, 2018. Photo by Endro Rusharyanto/AFP

Medium intensity earthquake shakes southwest Mexico

Feb 19, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Residents are scared by a new, weaker earthquake occurring two days after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake

MEXICO. View of damaged buildings after the 7.2 earthquake at the Pinotepa Nacional community, Oaxaca state, Mexico, on February 18, 2018. File photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Indonesians arrested for shooting an orangutan some 130 times

Feb 19, 2018 - 4:07 PM

The suspects, farmers from the island of Borneo, admit killing the animal, saying it ruined their crops at a pineapple and palm oil plantation, according to authorities

South Korea's Moon urges 'stern' response to new U.S. tariffs

Feb 19, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The trade frictions have strained ties at a time when Seoul and Washington are seeking to present a united front against North Korea's nuclear threat

MORE TARRIFS. This file photo taken on January 6, 2016 shows an exhibitor demonstrating an Inverter Direct Drive washing machine at the LG exhibit during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. David McNew/AFP

'No idea' of 'monster under our roof,' say couple who took in Florida gunman

Feb 19, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The couple who took in Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz after his mother's death says they had no idea they had a 'monster living under our roof'

MOURNING. Thousands of mourners attend a candlelight vigil for victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 15, 2018. Rhona Wise/AFP

Oxfam says former Haiti director admitted hiring sex workers

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Roland van Hauwermeiren, who led Oxfam's team in Haiti, was one of 3 staff members who resigned over allegations they hired young sex workers following the devastating 2010 earthquake there

UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT. The logo on the front of an Oxfam bookshop is photographed in Glasgow on February 10, 2018. Andy Buchanan/AFP

Florida students to march on Washington in call for gun reform

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:30 AM

They pledge to make the February 14 slaughter in Parkland, Florida a turning point in America's deadlocked debate on gun control

SEEKING JUSTICE. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez speaks at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on February 17, 2018.  Rhona Wise/AFP

'Do not test Israel's resolve,' Netanyahu warns Iran

Feb 19, 2018 - 12:00 AM

'We will act without hesitation to defend ourselves. And we will act if necessary not just against Iran's proxies that are attacking us, but against Iran itself,' adds Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on February 18, 2018 shows Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) as they attend the Munich Security Conference on February 18, 2018 in Munich, southern Germany. Netanyahu warned Tehran over aggressions by what he called Iran and its "proxies" in Syria, while showing what he claimed was a piece of an Iranian drone shot down in Israeli airspace. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas KIENZLE

Russia succeeding in sowing U.S. discord – Trump

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:15 PM

'They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart America!' Donald Trump says in an early morning tweet

Trump turns on FBI over school shooting after criticism from survivors

Feb 18, 2018 - 4:08 PM

US authorities have come under mounting scrutiny for failing to act on a series of warning signs

TO FLORIDA. US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 16, 2018, as he travels to Florida for the weekend. Saul Loeb/AFP

66 feared dead as plane crashes in Iran mountains

Feb 18, 2018 - 3:58 PM

(4th UPDATE) An Iranian passenger plane has crashed into the country's Zagros mountains with more than 50 people on board, the head of the country's emergency services says

ATR PLANE. In this file photo, a French-made ATR-72 owned by Iran's Aseman Airlines sits on the tarmac at Dubai airport on July 29, 2008. A similar plane was involved in the February 2018 crash. Marwan Naamani/AFP

Vatican investigator meets Chile abuse victim in New York

Feb 18, 2018 - 2:32 PM

"For the first time I feel they are listening to us," says Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim of Chilean priest Fernando Karadima

ABUSE. Chilean priest Fernando Karadima leaves the court of Santiago on November 11, 2015 after declaring as witness in a civil lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Santiago for allegedly sexual abuse cover up. Photo by Vladimir Rodas/AFP

Kosovo celebrates 10 years since declaring independence

Feb 18, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Although more than 110 countries recognize Kosovo's independence, Serbia and dozens of other states have not

CELEBRATE. Kosovo's Albanians wave Kosovo flag during a concert by Kosovo-born British singer and actress Rita Ora in Pristina on February 17, 2018 on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Kosovo Independence. Photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

13 killed in Mexican quake zone helicopter crash

Feb 18, 2018 - 11:57 AM

On board the UH-60 Black Hawk military helicopter were Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca state Governor Alejandro Murat, who are both unharmed

'Painful': Citizens count Brexit's personal cost

Feb 18, 2018 - 11:13 AM

Future relations between Britain and the EU is far from certain and the British government is deeply divided over how to proceed

BREXIT. A European flag is flown in front of The Elizabeth Tower which houses the "Big Ben" bell in the Palace of Westminster, as thousands of protesters gather in Parliament Square to take part in a March for Europe, through the center of London on July 2, 2016, to protest against Britain's vote to leave the EU, which has plunged the government into political turmoil and left the country deeply polarised. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Fire hits Jokhang monastery, one of Tibet's most sacred

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:30 AM

(UPDATED) Jokhang houses one of Tibetan Buddhism's most venerated icons – the Jowo Shakyamuni, a statue believed to be 1 of just 3 crafted during the Buddha's actual lifetime

NBA: LeBron James fires back at conservative critics

Feb 18, 2018 - 9:57 AM

The 14-time NBA all-star responds to comments by Fox News presenter Laura Ingraham who said sports stars should stay out of politics, claiming James should "shut up and dribble"

CRITICS. LeBron James speaks out against criticisms that sports stars should refrain from commenting on political issues. Photo by Adam Glanzman/AFP

Israel strikes Gaza after blast wounds 4 soldiers

Feb 18, 2018 - 9:23 AM

The explosion earlier Saturday is one of the most serious incidents on the border of the Hamas-ruled enclave since the Islamist movement and Israel fought a war in 2014

DESTROYED. Palestinians look at the damage at a Hamas military facility early on December 9, 2017, in the aftermath of an Israeli air strike in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

'Shame on you!' student tells Trump at Florida anti-gun rally

Feb 18, 2018 - 8:36 AM

(UPDATED) In Washington, the political response makes clear the powerful NRA lobby remains formidable, while Trump himself suggests the root cause of mass shootings is a crisis of mental health – making no mention of gun control

PROTEST. People join together after a school shooting that killed 17 to protest against guns on the steps of the Broward County Federal courthouse on February 17, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/AFP

Ethiopia emergency to last 6 months

Feb 17, 2018 - 11:55 PM

It caps a tumultuous week that saw Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resign, a strike in the country's largest region, and a massive prisoner amnesty

Vatican revives pope's sexual abuse panel

Feb 17, 2018 - 11:38 PM

'The newly-appointed members will add to the commission's global perspective in the protection of minors and vulnerable adults,' says US Cardinal Sean O'Malley

VATICAN CITY. In this file photo, Pope Francis speaks to pilgrims, gathered on St. Peter's square at the Vatican, from the window of his apartment during his Sunday Regina Coeli prayer on June 1, 2014. Photo by AFP / Vincenzo Pinto

India, Iran agree to step up efforts to help Afghanistan

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:42 PM

'We want to see our region and the world free from terrorism,' says Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

HELPING AFGHANISTAN. This handout photo taken on February 17, 2018 and released by the Indian Press Information Bureau (PIB) shows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a joint press briefing at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. The Iranian President is on a three-day official visit to India. AFP PHOTO/PIB

Moscow calls US vote meddling claims 'blabber', 'fantasies'

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:21 PM

(2nd UPDATE) 'So as long as we don't see facts, everything else is blabber,' says Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

SERGEI LAVROV. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with his Cambodian counterpart in Moscow on October 3, 2016.  File photo by Natalia Kolesnikova /AFP

May pleads for 'urgent' post-Brexit EU security deal

Feb 17, 2018 - 7:59 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May also warns European partners not to put politics above cooperation against crime and terrorism

THERESA MAY. In this file photo, British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street in central London on March 22, 2017. Photo by Richard Pohle/AFP

Fashion photographer Demarchelier accused of harassment

Feb 17, 2018 - 5:39 PM

The Boston Globe's Spotlight team says more than 50 models had detailed alleged misconduct they had experienced, from touching to assault

ACCUSED. Photographer Patrick Demarchelier accepts award for Photographer of the Year onstage at the 10th annual Style Awards during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at Lincoln Center on September 4, 2013 in New York City. Photo by Frazer Harrison / Getty Images North America / AFP

White House reforms security clearances to address scandal

Feb 17, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Chief of Staff John Kelly proposed a series of tweaks intended to limit temporary security clearances, but which also seemed designed to draw a line under the Rob Porter scandal.

KELLY. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly attends a meeting in the State Dining Room of the White House on February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan / AFP

Why the media is a key dimension of global inequality

Feb 17, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The story of expanding global media networks is often told as if they spread freedom everywhere, liberally and evenly. But when we ask freedom for whom, the tale gets more complex.

Global media systems cannot effectively contribute to social progress until opportunities are more widely shared. Internet.org by Facebook/Facebook

Trump visits Florida shooting survivors, FBI admits it missed tip

Feb 17, 2018 - 10:32 AM

(UPDATED) The FBI admits it had received a chilling warning in January from a tipster who said the 19-year-old gunman, Nikolas Cruz, could be planning a mass shooting, but that agents failed to follow up

IN FLORIDA. US President Donald Trump (C) speaks with Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel (L) and Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) while visiting first responders at Broward County Sheriff's Office in Pompano Beach, Florida, on February 16, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. indicts 13 Russians for election interference

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:56 AM

The indictment details a stunning operation launched in 2014 in a bid to sow social division in the US and influence American politics 'including the presidential election of 2016'

RUSSIA PROBE CHIEF. This file photo taken on June 19, 2013 shows then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller testifying before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on oversight during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Saul Loeb/AFP

Strong quake shakes Mexico, causing panic

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:43 AM

(UPDATED) Both Mexico's National Seismological Service and the US Geological Survey put the magnitude of the quake at 7.2

Turkey, U.S. to 'work together' in Syria after crisis

Feb 16, 2018 - 11:51 PM

'We are not going to act alone any longer, not US doing one thing, Turkey doing another,' US State Secretary Rex Tillerson says after the talks. 'We will work together... we have good mechanisms on how we can achieve this,' he adds.

WORKING TOGETHER. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) shake hands during a press conference following their meeting in Ankara on February 16, 2018. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Mexican Olympian gets hero's welcome – after finishing last

Feb 16, 2018 - 6:17 PM

After crossing the finish after 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) of gruelling freestyle cross-country racing on Friday, February 16, German Madrazo is lifted high into the air and onto the shoulders of two other athletes

AN ACHEIVEMENT. Tonga's Pita Taufatofua (L) and Morocco's Samir Azzimani (R) lift Mexico's German Madrazo onto their shoulders as they celebrate at the finish line in the men's 15km cross country freestyle at the Alpensia cross country ski centre during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 16, 2018 in Pyeongchang. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

2 pilots killed in Turkey military training jet crash

Feb 16, 2018 - 5:56 PM

The plane's debris and the bodies of the pilots are found by search and rescue teams 3 kilometers (less than two miles) from the base

Oxfam unveils action plan after 'stain' of sex scandal

Feb 16, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The organization says it would create a commission which will 'operate at arms-length from Oxfam' and be given access to the charity's records and interview staff in a bid to stamp out abuse

Milk spas and manicures: A Hong Kong dog's life

Feb 16, 2018 - 12:59 PM

As the city welcomes the Year of the Dog, pet owners are pushing out the boat more than ever to ensure their pooches are glossed and spritzed, with money no object

DOG'S LIFE. This picture taken on February 3, 2018 shows a dog getting a brushing and hair cut during a spa treatment session at a pet groomers in Hong Kong. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Former student confesses to Florida school shooting

Feb 16, 2018 - 8:28 AM

(UPDATED) 'Cruz stated that he was the gunman who entered the school campus armed with a AR-15 and began shooting students that he saw in the hallways and on the school grounds,' court documents show

FLORIDA SHOOTING. Hector Romero Assistant Public Defender (L) and Melisa McNeill, Public Defender (R) are seen on screen at the first appearance in court for high school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz (C) on February 15, 2018 at Broward County Court House in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photo by Susan Stocker-Sun Sentinel/AFP

Trump to visit scene of Florida school shooting

Feb 15, 2018 - 11:43 PM

(UPDATED) In his address, the US leader avoids all mention of firearms, or the politically fraught issue of gun control, vowing instead to 'tackle the difficult issue of mental health'

TRUMP ON FLORIDA. Donald Trump speaks to the public about the shooting at Parkland, Florida. Screen shot from YouTube livestream.

Trump seeks answers on 'disturbed' Florida school shooter

Feb 15, 2018 - 11:22 PM

Nikolas Cruz, 19, kills 17 people in a hail of gunfire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida

NIKOLAS CRUZ. This video screen grab image shows shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz on February 15, 2018 at Broward County Jail in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Photo by Miguel Guttierez/AFP TV/AFP

South Africa's new president vows to tackle corruption

Feb 15, 2018 - 10:43 PM

'Issues to do with corruption, issues of how we can straighten out our state-owned enterprises and how we deal with 'state capture' are issues that are on our radar screen,' South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tells lawmakers in parliament

SOUTH AFRICA'S NEW PRESIDENT. South Africa's new president Cyril Ramaphosa smiles as he delivers a speech after being elected by the Members of Parliament during his swearing in ceremony at the Parliament in Cape Town, on February 15, 2018. Photo by Mike Hutchings/AFP

Facebook, Twitter not fully complying with consumer rules: EU

Feb 15, 2018 - 9:06 PM

(UPDATED) The European Commission says social media companies in general need to do more to comply with EU consumer rules

U.S., Britain blame Russia for 'NotPetya' ransomware attack

Feb 15, 2018 - 5:36 PM

(UPDATED) Statements from Washington and London say Russia would face ramifications for the attacks that crippled computer networks in the United States and Europe, including those of some big corporations

NOTPETYA. Petya ransom note. Photo sourced from Wikipedia and posted by user Jbuket.

Nepal gets new Communist prime minister after landmark polls

Feb 15, 2018 - 5:15 PM

K.P. Sharma Oli will head the first government elected under a new national constitution that cements Nepal's transformation from Hindu monarchy to a federal republic 11 years after the end of a brutal Maoist insurgency

THE NEW PRIME MINISTER. In this file photo taken on October 28, 2015 Nepal's prime minister K.P. Sharma Oli waves after casting his vote in an election for Nepal's new president in Kathmandu. File photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu

Feb 15, 2018 - 4:59 PM

The strain is identified in a 68-year-old woman from the eastern province of Jiangsu who was admitted to a hospital after falling ill on December 25. She has since recovered.

BIRD FLU. Volunteers from the Civil Aid Service (CAS) wearing protective clothing take part in a chicken cull demonstration as part of an emergency response exercise in Hong Kong on May 21, 2017.  File photo by Dale de la Ray/AFP

Record number of Afghan civilian casualties in attacks in 2017 – UN

Feb 15, 2018 - 2:46 PM

The figures come as militants ramp up their assaults on urban areas following US President Donald Trump's announcement last August that the American presence in Afghanistan will remain open-ended

SECURITY. Afghan security personnel investigate the site of a suicide bombing in Wazir Akbar Khan in Kabul on October 31, 2017. Wakil Kohsar/AFP