World News (NY Times)

Canadian Olympic Success, a #MeToo Event and Saskatoon: The Canada Letter

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 - 6:25pm
In this week’s Canada Letter a reporter at the Olympics takes questions about the country’s performance so far and we highlight a new landmark on the prairies.

For 8 Days, Syria Felt More Like World War III

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 - 10:52am
Over the course of just eight days in February, the conflict in Syria intensified, with the U.S., Russia, Turkey, Israel and Iran all playing a part. Here’s how one of the most chaotic weeks in the seven-year war unfolded.

The Saturday Profile: Milorad Dodik Wants to Carve Up Bosnia. Peacefully, if Possible

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 - 10:33am
As the president of the country’s Serbian enclave, Mr. Dodik argues that “Bosnia and Herzegovina is an arranged state, and we want out.”

Two Swiss Athletes Are First at Olympics Confirmed With Norovirus

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 - 2:57am
The Swiss Olympic delegation, which did not identify the athletes or their sport, said they were sequestered and no longer had symptoms.

More Afghan Civilians Being Deliberately Targeted, U.N. Says

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 - 1:08am
Civilian casualties dipped in 2017, as ground fighting claimed fewer victims, but a United Nations report found a rise in complex bombing attacks.

El Salvador Frees Woman Imprisoned for Decade Under Abortion Ban

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 - 1:06am
The woman, Teodora del Carmen Vásquez, was convicted of aggravated homicide after she had a stillbirth. She had been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

What to Give Up for Lent? Smoking? Cursing? How About Plastic?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 - 1:06am
The Church of England has issued a “Plastic Lent Challenge,” with six weeks’ worth of ideas for plastic objects to avoid, from wet wipes to toothbrushes.

Barnaby Joyce, Australian Politician at Center of Sex Scandal, Defies Pressure to Quit

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 - 11:33pm
Mr. Joyce, who leads the junior party in the coalition government, said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s criticism of him had been “inept” and “unnecessary.”

New South Africa Leader Faces Old Question: Is There Will to Fight Corruption?

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 - 10:32pm
As Cyril Ramaphosa is elected South Africa’s president, he pledges to address government corruption — an issue that party leaders have been avoiding.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Resigns Amid Political Turmoil

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 - 9:12pm
Observers said Hailemariam Desalegn’s departure was a matter of time, but a boycott in the capital this week may have finally tipped the scales.

Politician’s Affair Puts Spotlight on Australia’s Crony Culture

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 - 8:30pm
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is fighting for his political life amid accusations that he abused his position to cultivate an extramarital affair.

Transgender Woman Breast-Feeds Baby After Hospital Induces Lactation

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 - 7:50pm
A journal says it’s the first documented case of successful inducement of breast-milk production in a transgender woman.

South Africa Sees Fresh Start for Economy, With the Same Challenges

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 - 7:39pm
Jacob Zuma’s ouster as president is raising hopes of better fortunes for the nation’s moribund economy, but it will not happen easily.

Tough Job: Norway’s Ski Wax Chief Is Only Noticed When He Fails

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 - 7:03pm
Knut Nystad prefers to remain invisible, because if the team underperforms, he becomes a figure of national ridicule.

Former ICE Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Stealing Immigrants’ Identities to Spend $190,000

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 - 6:58pm
The official, Raphael A. Sanchez, opened credit card and bank accounts in seven people’s names using personal information he got from ICE databases.

Florida, White House, Immigration: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 - 6:47pm
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

Meet Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s New President and a Mandela Favorite

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 - 6:38pm
Cyril Ramaphosa was a protégé of Nelson Mandela before becoming one of South Africa’s richest men. As president, he vows to address gaping inequality.

Diplomats in Cuba Suffered Brain Injuries. Experts Still Don’t Know Why.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 - 6:32pm
After examining 21 American diplomats said to have been victims of a mysterious “attack” in Havana, medical experts found concussion-like damage but no obvious causes.

News Analysis: In Netanyahu’s Israel, the Divisiveness Is Now All About Him

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 - 6:10pm
Israeli politics has always been noisily contentious, but with the prime minister facing possible bribery charges, the toxicity threatens to reach new heights.

Most North Koreans Can’t Actually Watch the Olympic Games

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 - 4:24pm
The government isn’t eager to remind them that South Korea is prosperous enough to be able to host the games.