Obama Tries to Reassure Latin America About a Future With Donald Trump

Photo President Obama greeted people on Saturday after a town hall event with a group of students and young leaders in Lima, Peru. Credit Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press LIMA, Peru — President Obama said here on Saturday that, while President-elect Donald J. Trump was unlikely to reverse the warming of ties with Cuba, he would almost certainly re-examine trade deals ...

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Life Is Turned ‘Upside Down’ as Jets Pound Rebel-Held Syrian Cities

Photo A damaged ambulance after an airstrike on a rebel-held town near Aleppo, Syria, on Tuesday. Credit Ammar Abdullah/Reuters BEIRUT, Lebanon — Eight hospitals bombed in the past week, five of them within the last 48 hours. Food stores running out of supplies. Scores of people killed in a single day. By Wednesday night, it was clear that the escalation ...

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Paris: One Year On

The night of Nov. 13, 2015, Islamic State militants attacked eight places in and around Paris, killing 130 people and wounding nearly 500. It was the most lethal attack in France since World War II. Confusion gripped the city as two teams of attackers struck nearly simultaneously. One struck at the Stade de France, just outside Paris, while the other ...

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Wuzhen Journal: Ancient Town in China Enjoys Profitable Rebirth as a ‘Beautiful Stage’

When Stan Lai, a Taiwanese-American playwright and one of the founders of the theater festival, first visited Wuzhen, he said, it seemed like “one beautiful stage.” But he added: “It lacked spirit. There was no soul.” Continue reading the main story Some critics say Wuzhen has a sterile feel. Nonetheless, the town has become a wildly successful example of tourism ...

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In a First, China Moves to Bar 2 Hong Kong Legislators From Office

Photo Sixtus Leung, left, and Yau Wai-ching at a protest in Hong Kong on Sunday. The two lawmakers are at the forefront of independence efforts in Hong Kong. Credit Alex Hofford/European Pressphoto Agency HONG KONG — The Chinese government effectively barred two young, pro-independence politicians in Hong Kong from taking seats in the territory’s legislature on Monday, an extraordinary intervention ...

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‘I Saw My Father Dying’: A View From Aleppo’s Government-Held Side

“My wife and family are hiding in the bathroom,” he said. Even as Syria and Russia threatened an all-out assault on the rebel side of Aleppo, saying Friday was the last chance for people there to exit, they had been unable to put down a counteroffensive by a mix of Qaeda-linked and United States-backed insurgent groups. Continue reading the main ...

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Farmers’ Unchecked Crop Burning Fuels India’s Air Pollution

“We are smart, and we have adopted new technology in the past,” said Jaswant Singh, 53, as he watched a fire sweep across a 20-acre field near his village, Maulviwala, about 140 miles northwest of New Delhi. Continue reading the main story He planned to set his own seven-and-a-half-acre rice paddy ablaze in a couple of days, he said, “because ...

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‘We Don’t Owe Anyone’: Egypt Jousts With Its Chief Benefactor, Saudi Arabia

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Saudi Arabia has injected more than $ 25 billion into the faltering Egyptian economy in two years, but ties between the two most influential Sunni nations are fraying. NYT > World

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