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Wednesday, October 5, 2016


Middle East
The Obama administration has condemned the Israeli government for approving plans to create a new Jewish settlement on the West Bank. The Eli settlement (foreground), pictured in 2015, overlooks Palestinian villages in the West Bank.
Tomas Munita for The New York Times

The Obama administration has condemned the Israeli government for approving plans to create a new Jewish settlement on the West Bank. The Eli settlement (foreground), pictured in 2015, overlooks Palestinian villages in the West Bank.

In an uncommonly harsh statement, the Obama administration condemned the Israeli government for approving plans to create a new Jewish settlement on the West Bank.

U.S. Election Cycle Offers Kremlin a Window of Opportunity in Syria

President Vladimir V. Putin, analysts say, is advancing goals in the Syrian conflict while President Obama is on the way out and his replacement is undetermined.


Europe Makes Deal to Return Refugees to Afghanistan, Where War Awaits Them

Tens of thousands of Afghans could be deported in the deal, just as the Taliban war has intensified, killing and wounding more civilians than ever.

Xi Jinping May Delay Picking China’s Next Leader, Stoking Speculation

The apparent plan by the Chinese president has unsettled the party elite and created uncertainty over whether Mr. Xi will try to stay in power beyond the usual two terms.

Marshall Islands Can’t Sue the World’s Nuclear Powers, U.N. Court Rules

The International Court of Justice said it did not have jurisdiction because there was no evidence of a legal dispute that it could adjudicate.


Security Council Backs António Guterres to Be Next U.N. Secretary General

The Security Council announced that Mr. Guterres, a former Portuguese prime minister and former chief of the United Nations refugee agency, had strong support.

Hurricane Matthew Pummels Haiti and Moves Toward U.S.

The top United Nations official in Haiti described the storm as “the largest humanitarian event” in the nation of 11 million since a devastating earthquake six years ago.


2 Brussels Police Officers Are Knifed in ‘a Potential Terrorist Attack’

A man attacked two officers in the Schaerbeek district on Wednesday, not long after bomb scares led to the evacuations of a train station and a government building.

Theresa May, British Premier, Urges Conservatives to Claim ‘New Center Ground’

Mrs. May, speaking at her party’s convention, sought to court disaffected working-class voters and vowed to rein in abuses by big business.

A French Underground Railroad, Moving African Migrants

Near the border with Italy, a farmer and his network of “citizen smugglers” have helped hundreds cross the border, in a personal response to his nation’s muddled handling of the crisis.


Stepping Over the Dead on a Migrant Boat

What a photographer saw when a rescue vessel went into action off the Libyan coast.

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Letter From China

Recognizing Boarding Schools’ Psychic Toll in China

Stoic and emotional reactions at a seminar in Beijing hinted at the fallout from the widespread practice of sending young children to live away from home.


On Epic Spawning Migration, Eels May Travel at Their Own Pace

For a century, scientists have assumed that European eels synchronize their journeys to breed in the Sargasso Sea. A new study suggests otherwise.

Panti Bliss, Ireland’s Queen of Drag, Expands Her Kingdom

“It’s pretty wild how queer Ireland has become,” says her alter ego, Rory O’Neill, an activist who played a big role in legalizing same-sex marriage.

Half of Chinese Favorable Toward U.S., but Many See a Threat, Survey Finds

Most Chinese want their government to focus on domestic issues rather than helping other nations, the survey also found.

Winnipeg Journal

A Museum About Rights, and a Legacy of Uncomfortable Canadian Truths

Backers of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights say it starts important conversations about injustice, but some aboriginal people say it plays down their continuing plight.

Bangladesh Siege Recalled in Militant’s Words, and From Beyond the Grave

An article in an Islamic State publication bears the byline of Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, a militant who was killed with two associates in a police raid in late August.

Myanmar Repeals 1950 Law Long Used to Silence Dissidents

Among other measures, the law had authorized prison terms of up to seven years for reading foreign newspapers or listening to broadcasters like the BBC.

Letter From Europe

‘Glass Cliff,’ Not Just Ceiling, Often Impedes Women Rising in Politics

The theory holds that women are often placed in positions of power when the situation is dire, men are fleeing and the likelihood of success is low.

As China Strikes Deals, U.S. Considers Expanding Foreign Reviews

A government auditing agency will study whether American officials should broaden how they inspect foreign purchases in the U.S.

Video May Contradict Ex-ISIS Member’s Claim on Rejecting Violence

Harry Sarfo, a German jailed in his home country, appears to be shooting toward a man on the ground, although the view is partially blocked.

Joseph Verner Reed Jr., Protocol Chief Who Presided Over Colorful Gaffe, Dies at 78

While under President George Bush, Mr. Reed was part of ‘the talking hat’ affair, a slip-up that entered the annals of diplomatic history.

Joshua Wong, Hong Kong Democracy Leader, Is Detained at Bangkok Airport

Mr. Wong, 19, said after returning to Hong Kong that he had been held with little explanation from Thai officials, who he said had “mentioned a blacklist.”

Colombia and Rebels Want Peace, but How Has Never Been Less Clear.

After the defeat of a peace deal, the range of possibilities is dizzying, from quick talks to produce an amended agreement to an effort to rewrite the Constitution.

Trinh Thi Ngo, Broadcaster Called ‘Hanoi Hannah’ in Vietnam War, Dies

The soft-spoken radio announcer both entertained and reproached American forces.

German Prosecutors Side With Satire, Not Turkish President

Prosecutors saw no crime in a satirical poem about Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, and dropped charges against a German comedian.

Improvised Bomb Kills U.S. Service Member in Afghanistan

The service member, the third American killed in hostilities in Afghanistan this year, was on a mission against Islamic State fighters in Nangarhar Province.

Iran, Which Executed Nearly 1,000 Last Year, Considers Cutting Back

A new bill would end capital punishment for drug smugglers, who accounted for most of the country’s hundreds of executions last year, but hard-liners oppose it.

A List of Previous Disasters in Haiti, a Land All Too Familiar With Hardship

The country’s location in the Caribbean and on the Gonâve microplate makes it highly vulnerable to tropical storms and earthquakes.

Rodrigo Duterte, Philippines’ Leader, Says Obama ‘Can Go to Hell’

Mr. Duterte, whose government is carrying out a deadly war on drugs, was angered by what he said was the United States’ refusal to sell weapons to the Philippines.

Pope Francis Makes Surprise Visit to Earthquake-Hit Towns in Italy

Francis vowed after the deadly tremor that he would travel to the region and pray with residents, but he had delayed the trip to avoid hindering rebuilding efforts.

Tehran Journal

As Bugs Come for Its Mulberry Trees, a City Wraps Itself in Flypaper

Solving an infestation of whiteflies in Tehran came down to this: Pray for a long, cold winter to kill their eggs, or cut down all the mulberries. Officials try sticky paper instead.

John Kerry Criticizes Russia, Saying It ‘Turned a Blind Eye’ on Syria

The secretary of state said Moscow ignored President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chlorine gas and barrel bombs against his own people.

Chinese Tourists Take to the Road in Record Numbers for Golden Week

People’s Daily, the Communist Party newspaper, said 589 million people were expected to travel this week — almost twice the population of the United States.

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder, Promises Raft of Revelations

On his organization’s 10th anniversary, he vowed to release “significant material” about a range of issues, including the U.S. election.

Australians Arrested in Malaysia After Stripping to Briefs at Grand Prix

Nine men, including one said to be an aide to a cabinet minister, shed their clothes to reveal briefs that featured Malaysia’s flag.

3 Who Studied Unusual States of Matter Win Nobel Prize in Physics

David J. Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz were recognized for transforming the understanding of matter that assumes strange shapes.

The Interpreter

Why Referendums Aren’t as Democratic as They Seem

Though such votes are portrayed as popular governance in its purest form, studies have found that they often subvert democracy rather than serve it.

Afghan Forces Push Taliban Out of Kunduz Center, Officials Say

After Afghan commandos arrived to battle an insurgent assault on the critical city, residents said that heavy fighting was spreading to other areas.

What In The World
What in the World

In Senegal, Absolution Comes With a Wing and a Prayer

In Dakar and other cities, men stand on street corners with cages of red-billed firefinches, which people buy and release to get rid of sins and anxiety.

What in the World

Need to Land a Plane? In Australia, They Break Out the Toilet Paper

For the Royal Flying Doctor Service to arrive and land on a remote runway at night, about 30 cans with flaming rolls sometimes have to be lined up.

From Opinion

President Duterte, the Wild Card in U.S.-Filipino Relations

In his three months in office, President Rodrigo Duterte has found many ways to damage his country’s ties to America.

Op-Ed | Masha Gessen

Sociology, According to Putin

The Kremlin fears sociologists even more than it needs them.

Op-Ed Contributor

Can Colombia Overcome Fear to Achieve Peace?

If the opponents of peace refuse to compromise, the country will stagnate as a society, as an economy, and as a democracy.

What in the World? 10 Questions on Global Quirks

If you’ve been a “What in the World” reader, we hope we’ve surprised you, made you smile and maybe even taught you something about another culture. To celebrate the posting of our 100th article, we offer this quiz, where you can test your new knowledge of quirky facts from around the globe.

Rodrigo Duterte's Most Contentious Quotations

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has a reputation for frank speechmaking that often angers the international community.

Postcard From the Hajj
A Pilgrim’s Progress: Checking Mecca Off My Bucket List

This reporter’s long-dreamed-of journey to explore the heart of Islam revealed surprises, debunked stereotypes and produced one stunning bird video.

One Year Later, a Tip About a Border Crossing Pays Off

How New York Times reporting may have made the Middle East just a little bit safer.

Turkish Dam Project Threatens to Submerge Thousands of Years of History

A contentious dam project that dates to the 1950s is more than 80 percent complete, and the filling of a reservoir will swamp much of the town of Hasankeyf.

Devanampattinam Journal
Mortal to Divine and Back: India’s Transgender Goddesses

During the 10-day Hindu festival Mayana Kollai, the troubles of transgender women are distant as they transform into the deities they worship and are revered by villagers.

The Human Toll of Terror

A look at the lives of 247 men, women and children who were cut down in mass killings in six countries.

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