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Germany’s Angela Merkel won’t seek 5th term as chancellor

Angela Merkel set off today on what could be a three-year countdown to the end of her leadership of Germany, a stint that has made her the European Union’s longest-serving leader and a key figure in facing the continent’s many crises. Read More
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Indonesia plane crash search finds remains, debris at sea

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Rescuers in inflatable boats retrieved human remains, pieces of aircraft and personal belongings from the Java Sea today after a new-generation Boeing jet operated by an Indonesian budget airline crashed minutes after takeoff, killing all 189 people on board. Read More

Indonesia Lion Air flight with 189 on board crashes into sea

A Lion Air flight with 189 people on board crashed into the sea just minutes after taking off from Indonesia’s capital on Monday. Read More

Migrant caravan rests; second group seeks entry into Mexico

Thousands of Central American migrants took a break on their caravan’s long journey through southern Mexico while vowing to press ahead toward the U.S. border roughly 1,000 miles away, as hundreds more migrants pushed for entry into Mexico at the Guatemala border. Read More

Hamas serving U.S. interests, Palestinian president says

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is accusing his Hamas rivals of serving U.S. interests by refusing to relinquish control of the Gaza Strip. Read More

Vatican meeting endorses women at decision-making table

A monthlong meeting of Catholic bishops marked by demands for women’s rights wrapped up today with delegates saying a place for women at the church’s decision-making table was a “duty of justice” and that the church as a whole must recognize the urgency of “inescapable change.” Read More
 

Saipan airport reopens for limited service

Saipan International Airport has been reopened with limited service after the Northern Mariana Islands were hit by Super Typhoon Yutu. Read More

American tourist helps stop attempted Magna Carta heist

An American tourist from Louisiana helped stop a hammer-wielding thief who unsuccessfully tried to steal the Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral, working in tandem with a church employee to prevent the man from escaping. Read More

U.S. defense chief Mattis says killing of Saudi writer is threat to stability

The killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi “undermines regional stability” and the U.S. State Department plans to take further action in response to the killing, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday at an international conference in the Middle East. Read More
 

U.S. sends aid to Northern Mariana Islands devastated by huge typhoon

The federal government sent supplies to a U.S. territory in the Pacific that was ravaged by a super typhoon as residents of the Northern Mariana Islands dug through crumbled houses, smashed cars and fallen utility poles two days after the deadly storm. Read More
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In migrant caravan, safety in numbers and no smuggling fees

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Kenia Yoselin Gutierrez had long thought about migrating from her native Honduras to the United States, but stories of others who made the trip scared her off: migrants being raped or disappearing, children stolen. Read More

Turkey’s president demands answers from Saudi Arabia in journalist Jamal Khashoggi slaying

Initially, Saudi Arabia claimed Khashoggi had walked out of the consulate alive. Weeks later, it acknowledged he was killed but said it was a kidnapping gone wrong. Then it admitted he had been murdered. Read More

China-Japan drawing closer amid trade pressure from U.S.

China-Japan relations have undergone turbulence but are now “back to a normal track,” Xi told Abe during the first formal visit to Beijing by a Japanese leader in nearly seven years. Read More

After deadly Gaza protests, rockets hit southern Israel

Israeli forces shot dead five Palestinians today, four in Gaza protests and one in the West Bank, and Palestinian militants later fired several rockets into southern Israel. Read More

Poverty, unemployment, violence drive Guatemalan emigration

Among the thousands of mostly Honduran migrants in the caravan walking through southern Mexico, there are also Guatemalans. Though not as big a group, they too have plenty of reasons to leave home. Read More

North Korea mass games a hit, get extended run in Pyongyang

North Korea has extended the run of its iconic mass games, which it revived last month to mark the country’s 70th birthday. Read More
 

South Korean war on ‘fake news’ raises concern of censorship

While governments around the world ponder how to deal with the explosion of “fake news,” South Korea has come out swinging, vowing to use its criminal laws to curb what officials have declared a threat to democracy. Read More

Public will decide future of Mexico’s $13 billion airport

The future of Mexico City’s new airport, already about a third completed, comes down to a public vote this week in a political high-wire act by the president-elect that could shut down the country’s largest infrastructure project in recent memory. Read More

Saudi Arabia again changes its story on Khashoggi killing

Signaling a major pivot in its narrative, Saudi Arabia today said evidence shows that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was premeditated, an apparent effort to ease international outrage over the death of a prominent critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Read More

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