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After Prayer at Hajj, a Universal Treat: Ice Cream

I’ve seen people carrying canteens of Zamzam water on their heads; others balancing their prayer mats like hats; and men from Afghanistan, Sudan, Oman and Egypt top themselves with carefully arranged turbans that seem to delicately float above their heads. When I was a little girl and we traveled from Australia to Egypt to visit my mum’s family, I remember ...

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Decoding North Korea’s Claim of a Successful Nuclear Test

Photo Screens at the Korea Meteorological Administration, in Seoul, South Korea, showing seismic waves on Friday. The detonation was equivalent to 10 kilotons of TNT, the Defense Ministry said. Credit Ahn Young-Joon/Associated Press The Korean Central News Agency, the official news service of North Korea, on Friday published a statement issued by the nation’s nuclear weapons institute. Following is the ...

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North Korea Tests a Mightier Nuclear Bomb, Raising Tension

Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn of South Korea called an emergency meeting of top security officials, while his boss, President Park Geun-hye, cut short a visit to Laos, the president’s office said. The episode unfolded less than a day after President Obama concluded the final Asian tour of his presidency and highlighted the conundrums that the North Korean threat presents to ...

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‘What Is Aleppo?’ Gary Johnson Asked. Let Us Explain.

Video ‘What Is Aleppo?’ Asks Gary Johnson Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party presidential nominee, was criticized on his foreign policy knowledge on Thursday after being questioned about the embattled Syrian city. By YARA BISHARA and MEGAN SPECIA on Publish Date September 8, 2016. Photo by Scott Morgan/Associated Press. Watch in Times Video » Aleppo was once Syria’s most populous city, ...

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Days After Slur, Obama and Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines Meet Briefly

Photo President Obama and President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, right, on the podium before the Association of Southeast Asian Nations dinner on Wednesday in Vientiane, Laos. Credit Ritchie B. Tongo/European Pressphoto Agency VIENTIANE, Laos — It was brief and it was only pleasantries, but President Obama and President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines spoke to each other on Wednesday, ...

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Bad Luck and Worse Manners Tarnish Obama’s Asia Trip

Mr. Rhodes insisted that the alliance between the United States and the Philippines was “rock solid”; the two countries work together on a range of issues, from drug interdiction to counterterrorism. He said it was possible that Mr. Obama might run into Mr. Duterte anyway, since the two are attending a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations here ...

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‘I’ve Become a Racist’: Migrant Wave Unleashes Danish Tensions Over Identity

TAARNBY, Denmark — Johnny Christensen, a stout and silver-whiskered retired bank employee, always thought of himself as sympathetic to people fleeing war and welcoming to immigrants. But after more than 36,000 mostly Muslim asylum seekers poured into Denmark over the past two years, Mr. Christensen, 65, said, “I’ve become a racist.” He believes these new migrants are draining Denmark’s cherished ...

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Kolkata Testifies to the Grace of Mother Teresa, Its New Saint

Photo Nuns from the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, India, watched a live broadcast of the canonization ceremony of Mother Teresa on Sunday. Credit Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters KOLKATA, India — When Mother Teresa’s canonization took place on Sunday, a battered-looking audience gathered in front of a screen some 4,500 miles east of St. Peter’s Square: men with caved-in chests, weeping ...

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