World News (NY Times)

War Crimes Office May Be Closed in State Dept. Reorganization

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 7:13pm
Human rights advocates warned that closing the office could hurt American efforts to bring war criminals to justice.

Republican Party, Texas, Donald Trump: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 7:01pm
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

That Devious Plot to ‘Zombify’ Russia: The Fidget Spinner

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 4:04pm
State-run news outlets in Russia have identified fidget spinners as a potential threat to state security, saying the toys are an attempt to influence young people.

A ‘Sanctuary’ of Prayer Rugs That Respond to the Refugee Crisis

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 4:02pm
A former chapel in San Francisco will house prayer mats designed by 36 artists, including Ai Weiwei.

Bodies Found in Swiss Glacier Could Solve a Mystery From 1942

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 2:38pm
Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin left behind seven children and an enduring mystery when they left home and were never seen again.

‘Culture of Silence’ Abetted Abuse of at Least 547 German Choir Boys, Inquiry Finds

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 2:27pm
The children suffered physical and sexual abuse at the music school whose famed Regensburg Cathedral boys choir was directed for decades by Pope Benedict XVI’s brother.

Britain Cracking Down on Gender Stereotypes in Ads

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 2:07pm
Too many ads objectify women’s bodies or reinforce traditional roles, a report by the British advertising regulator has found.

Trump Adds Sanctions on Iran After Certifying Its Compliance with Nuclear Deal

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 1:23pm
The new sanctions apply to 18 people and entities, aimed at countering what the White House called “Iran’s malign activities across the Middle East.”

Russia Issues New Threats in Dispute Over Diplomatic Compounds

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 1:04pm
Declaring its “patience is still running out,” Moscow reiterated that it reserved the right to retaliate against the United States for its seizure of diplomatic property.

Saudi Police Arrest Woman Who Wore Miniskirt in Online Video

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 11:48am
The video clip, and the debate that followed about the strict dress code for women, exposed a rift below the country’s tightly controlled surface.

Defector to South Korea Who Became a Celebrity Resurfaces in the North

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 11:16am
Lim Ji-hyun, in an interview uploaded on a state-run North Korean propaganda website, described her life in the South as “a hell.”

Australian Senator Who Breast-Fed Daughter in Parliament Resigns

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 10:58am
Larissa Waters, the first Australian to breast-feed a child in the Legislature, quit on Tuesday after learning that she held dual citizenship.

Afghan Vice President’s Return Thwarted as Plane Is Turned Back

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 10:38am
Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum was returning from a two-month exile in Turkey when the government of President Ashraf Ghani refused to let him in.

Afghan Girls’ Robotics Team Wins Limelight at Competition

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 10:10am
Six girls from Herat, initially denied entry to the U.S. for the First Global robotics competition in Washington, are now the stars of the show.

Seelow Journal: At the Site of Germany’s Biggest World War II Battle, a Changing View of History

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 9:22am
The grave in Seelow, Germany, where tens of thousands of soldiers died in 1945, is a reminder of uneasy German-Russian relations — and the proximity of history.

AMC Tries to Steer Clear of Chinese Owner’s Debt Worries

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 9:20am
Shares in the American cinema chain had fallen on fears that the huge loans accumulated by its parent, Dalian Wanda, were under scrutiny by the authorities.

Wildfires Roar Across Southern Europe

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 8:27am
The blaze season is in full swing along the Mediterranean coast, fed by a mixture of strong winds, dry weather and high heat.

Duterte Seeks to Extend Martial Law in Marawi as Militants Hold Ground

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 6:23am
To quell the rebellion in the Philippine city, President Rodrigo Duterte asked lawmakers to allow martial law on the island of Mindanao through the end of the year.

After Decades of War, Colombian Farmers Face a New Test: Peace

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 - 2:00am
The FARC rebels have disarmed and joined the government to wean farmers off illicit crops. But in poor villages, the lure of drug money is still strong.

The Breakdown: A Solo Trek for Indigenous Rights. Also: a Bad Night for ‘Game of Thrones’

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 - 8:54pm
The Breakdown: Conversation starters and context, drawn from the day’s news in Australia.