U.S., North Korean diplomats trade handshakes and jabs at ASEAN conference

by Carol Morello August 4 at 12:30 PM Email the author JAKARTA, Indonesia — Diplomats from the United States and North Korea alternately shook hands and lobbed critiques at one another Saturday, in what appeared to be another roadblock in the path to negotiations aimed at ending Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs. In a day […]

45,000 flee as Syrian government advances into rebel enclave, prompting fears of wider conflict

BEIRUT — Syrian government forces advanced through southwestern Syria on Tuesday as tens of thousands of civilians fled ­Syrian and Russian airstrikes, ­piling onto trucks and heading deeper into rebel-held territory.  With violence escalating, diplomats and experts warn that the pocket could become a geopolitical tinderbox capable of destabilizing neighboring Jordan and triggering a wider […]

Nicaraguan city chooses to govern itself as crisis intensifies

MANAGUA, NICARAGUA — Amid the deepening political crisis in Nicaragua, opposition leaders from a key city that had once cradled President Daniel Ortega’s socialist revolution announced Monday that they do not recognize Ortega’s leadership and that they would create a commission to self-govern the city. The town of Masaya, about 15 miles south of the […]

Britain greets Trump with protests, ‘Trump Baby’ balloon

LONDON — A squad of “babysitters” in orange jackets pumped helium into a giant “Trump Baby” balloon and let it soar above Westminster Abbey on Friday, kicking off a day of large, peaceful and often mocking protests against President Trump’s visit here. Although there were rallies across Britain, the largest was in central London. In […]

Mexico’s leftist president-elect begins his outreach to the U.S. and Trump

Mexico’s president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, greets supporters on Thursday in Mexico City. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters) MEXICO CITY —  Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has moved quickly to try to define his relationship with the United States and the world, replacing his first pick as foreign minister with an ideologically moderate politician and inviting President […]