Pope in Myanmar: Francis starts trip with army talks

Pope in Myanmar: Francis sets off for tricky trip Reuters Pope Francis departed Rome on Sunday night Pope Francis has departed the Vatican for Myanmar on the first papal visit to the country that has this year been widely accused of ethnic cleansing.Focus will be likely be on whether he uses the term “Rohingya” to … Read more

Americans in Bali describe chaos as volcano strands tourists

Tens of thousands of travelers remained stranded in Bali on Monday as a volcano hurled gray ash nearly 10,000 feet into the air, canceling hundreds of flights and shuttering the island’s airport. Mount Agung’s last major eruption occurred in 1963, when it killed roughly 1,100 people. Among the roughly 59,000 tourists who’d been stuck on … Read more

Germany opened its borders to 1M asylum-seekers in one year. So how is it going?

BERLIN — Anas Maghrebi rolled his drumsticks back and forth between his thumb and forefinger. The 27-year-old singer-songwriter fled Syria’s civil war and landed on the Greek island of Lesbos in September 2015, at the peak of Europe’s migrant crisis. His post-rock band made its way north to Germany, handing out CDs and holding impromptu … Read more

Harry’s journey from party boy to prince charming

LONDON — When Prince Harry and his bride-to-be Meghan Markle stepped out on the grounds of Kensington Palace on Monday, it was a mellow, romantic royal moment that was a far cry from Harry’s troubled past. “When did I know she was the one? Very first time we met,” the suited prince told reporters. Facebook … Read more

15,200 child migrants arrived in Europe on their own this year

LONDON — More than 15,200 children arrived alone in Europe this year after completing dangerous migrant journeys, according to the United Nations. A total of almost 150,000 people entered Europe seeking new lives during the first nine months of 2017, the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, said in a quarterly update titled “Desperate Journeys.” That’s under … Read more

Gold trader tied to Turkish president avoids trial for now

A Turkish gold trader with ties to President Recep Erdogan will not go on trial in the U.S. this week for allegedly skirting American sanctions against Iran. Reza Zarrab, a flashy businessman with a pop star wife, was one of nine Turks indicted by federal authorities in the gold-for-gas scheme. But as jury selection got … Read more

Prince Aims to Rebrand Saudi Arabia From 9/11 Hotbed of Extreme Islam

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The declaration reverberated around the world — the power behind the Saudi throne pledged to destroy extremism and return the kingdom to “moderate Islam.” Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s speech last month was part of a sweeping rebrand of a country that for years has exported a severe form of Islam … Read more

Manafort, Gates Charged With Conspiracy Against the U.S.

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his longtime business associate Rick Gates were indicted by a federal grand jury on 12 charges, including conspiracy against the U.S., special counsel Robert Mueller’s office announced Monday. Other charges against Manafort and Gates include money laundering, being an unregistered foreign agent and seven counts of failure … Read more

Secret Guilty Plea of Ex-Trump Campaign Adviser Reveals Russian Ties

A former Trump campaign adviser struck a cooperation agreement with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, secretly pleading guilty three weeks ago to lying to federal agents about his contacts with Kremlin-connected Russians. Facebook Twitter Embed Fmr. Trump Adviser Papadopolous Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements to FBI George Papadopoulos, who joined the Trump team in spring … Read more

Spacey Apologizes After Actor Accuses Him of Underage Sexual Advance

Kevin Spacey issued a general apology Sunday night after actor Anthony Rapp alleged the Oscar-winning star made a sexual advance at him when he was aged 14. Rapp, who plays Lt. Paul Stamets on the CBS online series “Star Trek: Discovery,” was quoted in an interview with Buzzfeed as saying Spacey climbed on top of … Read more