MEXICO CITY – This week, El Salvador will become the first country on Earth to accept Bitcoin as legal tender, a controversial move pushed by the country’s young, headstrong and exceptionally popular president, Nayib Bukele.
Four U.S. citizens safely escaped Afghanistan by land on Monday, the State Department said, as the American evacuation tilts away from the Kabul air exit that ended last week.
BEIJING – Torrents of murky brown water gushed past the train window, flowing fast through the subway tunnel. Inside, passengers stood on top of seats, clutching their phones overhead as the muddy tide rose past their chests. Some gasped for air. Others sent desperate last messages to family…
The U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed at land and ferry crossings for at least another month as the pandemic continues to pose a threat to “human life or national interests,” federal officials said Wednesday.
For a century, the Indian Council of Medical Research was a little known government body quietly studying illnesses in New Delhi. But during the pandemic, it’s taken on a role akin to Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the U.S. – a powerful position that…
China was behind a major hack of Microsoft email systems earlier this year that affected computers around the globe, the White House announced Monday.
Boris Johnson’s plan to get the U.K. back to normal is at risk of being derailed amid a public outcry over his attempt to dodge pandemic isolation rules, as COVID-19 cases soar the most in the world.
BAGHDAD – The death toll from a fire at an isolation ward for coronavirus patients in a southern Iraqi hospital rose to 92 people, health officials said on Tuesday.
PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated and his wife wounded during an armed attack in the early hours Wednesday at their private residence above the hills of Port-au-Prince, plunging the Caribbean nation, already in the throes of a political crisis, into fresh unce…
An intensive search failed to turn up more survivors of the collapsed Surfside condo by early Saturday evening, as questions multiplied over a 2018 consultant’s report that warned of “major structural damage” at the base of the building.
Iran raised the possibility that talks to rescue its nuclear deal with world powers could extend beyond August, when President Hassan Rouhani is set to be replaced by a hard-line successor, urging the U.S. to take the “political decision” needed to finalize a deal.
MEXICO CITY – A Mexico City metro accident that killed 26 people in May was caused by flaws in the rail line’s construction, according to a city-commissioned report, opening billionaire Carlos Slim’s infrastructure firm to scrutiny.
MAGWAN PORTH, England — President Joe Biden joined the leaders of other leading democracies on the white sands of Carbis Bay in England on Friday, posing for the traditional “family photo” and opening their annual Group of Seven summit with meetings focused largely on ending the coronavirus …
The Biden administration is forming working groups with Canada, Mexico, the EU and the U.K. to examine how to reopen international travel as the coronavirus pandemic eases, a White House official said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is likely to receive a warm welcome from European leaders when he arrives in the United Kingdom on Wednesday to begin a seven-day trip to three countries, and it’s no secret why.
CORNWALL – The United States will buy 500 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to donate to impoverished nations, signaling a massive new investment in the worldwide inoculation campaign, according to a person familiar with the initiative.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. State Department loosened its travel warnings for nations around the world, including France, Canada and Germany, in a move that could loosen airline restrictions for people wanting to go overseas as the coronavirus pandemic eases in parts of the world.
World powers adjourned talks in Vienna with plans to return next week, as differences between Iran and the U.S. over how to revive a landmark nuclear deal continue to delay the Islamic Republic’s return to oil markets.
MOSCOW – Russia questioned Washington’s compliance with a key nuclear treaty weeks before President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to hold his first summit with his U.S. counterpart, President Joe Biden.
War-torn Syria on Wednesday extended voting hours in a presidential election criticized internationally, but which is nevertheless set to seal a fourth term in office for longtime leader Bashar Assad.
Justin Trudeau is beginning to sketch out a plan to reopen the U.S. border, but Canadians don’t appear keen to rush it. And when travel does resume, they overwhelmingly agree proof of vaccination should be mandatory.
Fears grew on Tuesday that the Belarusian dissident journalist Raman Pratasevich, who was detained in Minsk after his plane was forcibly rerouted, has been subjected to torture while in custody.
WASHINGTON – Under pressure to take a more decisive role in ending deadly violence between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas, President Joe Biden told the Israeli prime minister he expected “a significant de-escalation” Wednesday aimed at an eventual cease-fire.
WASHINGTON – Of the many cold war disputes currently straining Biden administration relations with Russia, one is melting. Literally.
In a day of exciting firsts and temporary setbacks, China managed to get a rover onto Mars, even as it had to delay some plans for its first space station.
Fighting between Israel and militants in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip raged on Tuesday, with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz saying his military has “thousands more attack targets” as unrest again spread to the West Bank.
Israel and Hamas continued to trade fire on Wednesday as the worst fighting between the sides in years showed no signs of abating and fears grew of a “full-scale war.”
Israel stepped up its attacks on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday, drawing a heavy barrage on the country’s commercial heartland as the latest outbreak of violence edged closer to all-out war.
The reigning Mrs. World has returned her crown of her own accord after she injured the winner of the Mrs. Sri Lanka beauty pageant over the Sri Lankan winner’s marital status, organizers said on Wednesday.
A U.S.-driven effort to reach a global accord on taxing big tech companies’ overseas profits is getting bogged down over ensnaring one firm in particular: Amazon.com Inc.
With his wealth further fueled by massive gains made amid the global coronavirus pandemic, Jeff Bezos retained the top spot on Forbes annual billionaire’s list.
Very rare blood clots found in patients who tend to be women younger than 60 may have a “possible link” to AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine, the European Union’s drug regulator said Wednesday.
At least 51 people were killed when a train collided with a truck and derailed in eastern Taiwan on Friday, officials said, noting that the death toll may rise as recovery efforts continue.
The 25-member Indian crew of the Ever Given, a massive container ship that remained stuck in the Suez Canal for nearly week, could face criminal charges.
The Suez Canal may be open again, but the battle over damages from the waterway’s longest closure in almost half a century is just beginning.
BEIRUT – On any given day, more than 50 ships traverse the 120-mile Suez Canal, bearing millions of tons of cargo that make up some 12% of the world’s trade volume.
A World Health Organization panel has officially advised against the use of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-inflammatory drug previously touted by the Trump administration, for patients infected with COVID-19.
The wife of drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was held without bail Tuesday as Washington, D.C., feds detailed how she played a crucial role in her husband’s notorious escape from a Mexican prison.
YANGON – Residents of Yangon, a sprawling city of gilded pagodas, colonial relics and tree-lined avenues, awoke to unusual gridlock Wednesday.
The Justice Department on Wednesday unveiled charges against three North Korean hackers who are alleged to have tried to steal as much as $1.3 billion from banks, individuals and cryptocurrency organizations around the world during the past four years.
WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Saturday to acquit former President Donald Trump for inciting the insurrection at the Capitol last month, marking the end of his second impeachment trial.
SINGAPORE – As the ousted head of the semi-autonomous Kokang regional government traveled along a highway in northern Myanmar last week, his motorcade came under fire from assailants perched on a nearby hillside.
Larry King, the amiable, Brooklyn-born broadcaster whose live global TV program on CNN made him one of the most famous talk-show hosts in the world, has died in Los Angeles.
The U.K. clinched a historic trade deal with the European Union, averting the threat of an acrimonious breakup and laying the foundations for a new relationship with its biggest and nearest commercial partner.
Russian lawmakers approved a raft of new measures restricting political activity and protests as well as tightening control over the Internet in what analysts say is a response to simmering popular discontent and fears of more pressure from the U.S.
HONG KONG –Hong Kong media mogul and activist Jimmy Lai has been allowed to leave prison under strict conditions after the Hong Kong Supreme Court granted the 73-year-old a bail request on Wednesday following 20 days in detention.