World features

Executions, burned testicles: apparent massacre stains Mexican police

21 Aug 2016
Discrepancies plague the official account of a deadly assault last year in which Mexican police allegedly executed 22 suspected gang members, burned bodies, manipulated the crime scene and tortured survivors, newly-revealed details show....

Justice elusive for slain aid workers on front lines of crises

Sri Lankan soldier at a destroyed former Tamil Tigers bastion
20 Aug 2016
It was a massacre that shocked the world's humanitarian community. Seventeen aid workers were killed outside their office in Sri Lanka's northeast — executed at point-blank range with automatic weapons in one of the...

Japan's crown prince ready for throne, but no fairytale for his unhappy princess

10 Aug 2016
When Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito proposed to a reluctant Masako Owada, he promised to protect her with all his might, a vow that may get tougher to keep if, as expected, his father Emperor Akihito abdicates, and the woman who has...

A silver lining in Rio despite pre-Games gloom and doom

04 Aug 2016
It's as predictable as the fixed, two-year calendar for the Olympics themselves. Before every edition of the Games – winter or summer, rich or developing world – a litany of complaints, criticisms and doomsday predictions...

Putin steps up drive to kill sanctions amid signs of EU disunity

29 Jul 2016
Vladimir Putin will step up Russia's campaign to end European Union sanctions with a visit to Slovenia on Saturday, encouraged by signs his tactic of lobbying what he views as more pliant southern and eastern European states is...

Trump, Pence master delicate art of dancing together on campaign trail

27 Jul 2016
Donald Trump was in the middle of creating another nickname for Democratic rival Hillary Clinton - "Hillary Rotten Clinton!" - when he suddenly thought of his mild-mannered vice presidential running mate, Mike Pence. "You...

Turkey’s post-coup purge exposes deep divisions

25 Jul 2016
Visitors to Istanbul in these first few days after the failed military coup will find a nation that is not yet at war – but not entirely at peace either. For the most part, Turkish people are still calmly going about their business,...

Trump NATO plan would be sharp break with decades-long US policy

22 Jul 2016
Republican foreign policy veterans and outside experts warned that the suggestion by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that he might abandon NATO's pledge to automatically defend all alliance members could destroy an...

'Mission Impossible' — Tight Brexit timeline unsettles Germans

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) during a welcoming ceremony at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany July 20, 2016.
22 Jul 2016
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and fellow European leaders are pressing the new British government to trigger divorce proceedings with the European Union as soon as possible. But behind the scenes, senior German officials who spoke to...

Turkey told it can't join EU if it executes coup plotters

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan
18 Jul 2016
Turkey will not be able to join the European Union if it reintroduces the death penalty, a senior EU official said Monday. "Let me be ... clear on one thing: no country can become an EU member state if it introduces the death penalty...