International

Russia likely behind bizarre 'sonic attacks' on U.S. diplomats in Cuba, China

The mysterious "sonic attacks" that caused neurological damage in U.S. diplomats in Cuba and China, puzzling officials for months, were likely carried out by Russia. For 18 months beginning in late 2016, 26 diplomats living in U.N. housing in Havana reported nausea, headaches and hearing...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 2:39pm

What does NAFTA stand for, what did it do and why is Trump scrapping it?

On Monday, President Trump said that he had reached a new trade agreement with Mexico, and that he planned to dismantle NAFTA. “They used to call it NAFTA,” he said. “We’ll get rid of the name NAFTA. It has a bad connotation because the United States was hurt badly by NAFTA...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 4:17pm

UN group trolls US and Israel by selecting Palestine as its leader

A UN group of developing nations has thumbed its nose at the U.S. and Israel by selecting the observer state of Palestine as its leader. The UN's Group of 77 — which now includes 138 nations and spans 80 percent of the world's population — was formed in 1964 to advocate for the...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 2:42pm

What does NATO stand for, and why was it formed?

Political observers expected President Trump to bring drama, even chaos, to this week's NATO summit, and he did not disappoint. Since his candidacy, Trump has complained about the alliance of nations, claiming (untruthfully) that the United States pays 90% of NATO's expenses. Some feared...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 4:11pm

Where is Gaza, and why is there so much fighting there?

With President Trump's controversial move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem on May 14, violent protests escalated among Palestinians in Gaza. It's estimated that more than 35,000 people protested that day, encroaching upon the fence separating Gaza from Israel. When Israeli troops...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:13pm

Prisoners give Pope Francis the slip during lunch in Bologna

In a twist on “leave the gun, take the cannoli,” two Italian prisoners left their lasagna behind using a lunch meeting with Pope Francis as a chance to make their great escape. During a visit to Bologna on Oct. 1, the pop attended a lunch at Basilica of San Petronio with 20 inmates...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 7:20pm

What does DPRK stand for?

If you've ever been momentarily confused after tuning into CNN's coverage of a State Department briefing on DPRK, you're not alone. What does DPRK stand for? It's North Korea. DPRK stands for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the country's official name. Wait...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 5:55pm

If you want to show solidarity for Barcelona, post this flag -- not theSpanish flag

When a tragedy occurs, it’s common for social media profile pictures to change, as they did during the Paris attacks. A filter was created to superimpose a transparent French flag over the selected image. After the attack in Barcelona on Thursday, the Spanish flag or its colors were used on...

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 7:43pm

Catalan police thwart second terror attempt near Barcelona

Catalan police tweeted that another incident is being treated as a possible terror attack in Cambrils, a city southwest of Barcelona. The parties responsible have been “taken down.” It is close to 3 a.m. in Spain and authorities say the situation is “under control," but the...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 9:58pm

'Naked School' lures younger Japanese to traditional bath houses

A Tokyo bathhouse is offering classes on topics ranging from comedy to gaming in hopes of luring younger bathers and reversing Japan's dying tradition of communal baths. During one recent session of the "Naked School" at the Hinodeyu bath house, nine men sat around the bath,...

Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 6:03pm

Gunman sets fire to Philippines casino, robbery suspected - police

A gunman with an assault rifle burst into a casino, fired shots and set gaming tables alight in the Philippine capital Manila early on Friday, but there was no indication the attack was an act of terrorism, the country's police chief said. National police chief Ronald dela Rosa told DZMM radio...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 5:37pm

Julian Assange will be arrested if he leaves Ecuador's embassy despite dropped rape charge

British police said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would still be arrested if he leaves the Ecuadorean embassy in London after Swedish prosecutors said on Friday they would drop a preliminary investigation into an allegation of rape against him. Assange, 45, has been holed up in the embassy...

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 7:58pm

Nepali climber, 85, is second to die on Everest in a week

An 85-year-old Nepali man attempting to become the oldest to climb Mount Everest died at the base camp on Saturday, a hiking official said, the second climber to die in a week while preparing to climb the world's highest mountain. Min Bahadur Sherchan was on way to the 29,035-feet Everest...

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 4:01pm

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' gets April 2018 trial date

A U.S. judge has scheduled the trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman — for years his country's most wanted man — on drug trafficking and conspiracy charges for April 16, 2018. U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan in Brooklyn federal court acknowledged...

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 3:40pm

UK police arrest man with knives near PM's office in anti-terrorism operation

Armed British officers arrested a man carrying knives near Prime Minister Theresa May's office in London on Thursday on suspicion of preparing an act of terrorism. The 27-year-old man was detained by counter-terrorism officers on Parliament Street, a stone's throw from the parliament...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:50pm

Giant rabbit dies on United Airlines flight to US

A 3-foot giant rabbit has died on a United Airlines flight from London, prompting a review at the Chicago-based airline, which faced a global backlash this month over its treatment of a passenger who was dragged from his seat. The 10-month old rabbit named Simon, who was tipped to become one of...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 12:50pm

U.S. drops 'mother of all bombs' in Afghanistan - Pentagon

The United States dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat, in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday against a series of caves used by Islamic State militants, the military said. It was the first time the United States has used this size of bomb in a...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 2:44pm

Chinese wary about U.S. missile system because capabilities unknown: experts

By Greg Torode and Michael Martina HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - China is steadfastly opposed to the deployment of advanced U.S. anti-missile radars in South Korea because it does not know whether the defenses, intended for North Korean missiles, are capable...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 7:56pm

As Trump-Xi summit looms, evidence of strained ties on China-North Korea border

By Sue-Lin Wong and Joseph Campbell NANPING/DANDONG, China (Reuters) - In the Northeast Asia Special Region straddling China's border with North Korea, the area...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 7:44pm

Hong Kong's restive youth prepare for long struggle with Beijing

By James Pomfret and Venus Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) - With China's preferred candidate selected as Hong Kong's next chief executive, another blow to the morale of the city's democracy activists, their young leaders are taking a page from Beijing's...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 7:04pm