12132017

UN experts: Extremists foiling governments with encryption

UNITED NATIONS –  U.N. experts say increasing numbers of foreign fighters for the Islamic State group and al-Qaida are returning home, potentially to carry out attacks, and are using the “dark web” or encrypted messaging that [...]

Iran to charge detained US man with threatening country’s national security

Iran is preparing to indict a detained U.S. man, accusing him of acting against the country’s national security interests, a source familiar with the case has told The Foreign Desk. Gholamreza Shahini, 46, known to [...]

Anti-imperialism schooling now a must for Bolivian officers

LA PAZ, Bolivia –  Good leadership skills won’t be enough for Bolivian officers seeking promotion to the rank of captain in any branch of the South American nation’s military. They must now add ideological schooling. [...]

Tropical Storm Fiona forms over central Atlantic

MIAMI –  The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Fiona has formed over the central Atlantic, becoming the season’s sixth named storm. The storms maximum sustained winds Wednesday are near 40 mph. [...]

Romance novellas by women in Nigeria challenge traditions

KANO, Nigeria –  Nestled among vegetables, plastic kettles and hand-dyed fabric in market stalls are the signs of a feminist revolution: Piles of poorly printed books by women that advocate forcefully against conservative Muslim traditions [...]

Germans find no evidence suspect planning attack, no bomb

BERLIN –  German police on Wednesday searched the home of a 27-year-old man on suspicion he had explosives stored there but found only firecrackers and no indications he was planning an attack, they said. Police told [...]

More than 500 evacuated in ferry fire near Puerto Rico

More than 500 passengers and crew were being evacuated on Wednesday from a burning ship about a mile off Puerto Rico’s north coast. The fire was still burning aboard the Caribbean Fantasy, a combination cruise [...]

Train in southeast France hits tree, seriously injuring 1

PARIS –  Local authorities say a regional train has hit a tree that had fallen on the tracks in a rural area in southeast France, seriously injuring one person. A spokeswoman for the local prefecture in the Herault [...]

Hundreds in eastern Congo protest deadly rebel attacks

KAMPALA, Uganda –  Hundreds of people have marched in the eastern Congo city of Beni to protest inaction against rebels who are suspected of killing at least 50 people in a weekend attack. The head of a local rights [...]

Czech bus advertises trips to Auschwitz as entertainment

PRAGUE –  A Czech company is offering bus trips to Auschwitz and elsewhere with the images of Holocaust victims and the Nazi death camp on its exterior. It suggests that the trip is entertainment, with the bus bearing [...]