Mexico codex exhibit sheds light on death of Aztec emperor Moctezuma

Oct 22, 2014

Mexico codex exhibit sheds light on death of Aztec emperor Moctezuma

Mexico’s largest exhibit of Mesoamerican manuscripts features a codex made of fig tree bark suggesting that Aztec emperor Moctezuma was slain by a Spanish conquistador with a sword. The piece is among 44 codices made by several pre-Columbian populations — including the Mayas, Purepechas ...

Oct 20, 2014

22 dead in attack on Han Chinese market in Xinjiang, report says

Four Uighur men armed with knives and explosives attacked a marketplace in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region on Oct. 12, leaving 22 people dead, including police officers, Radio Free Asia said Sunday. The attackers were among the dead. It quoted police as saying the attack ...

Ancient Chinese people mystify

Oct 19, 2014

Ancient Chinese people mystify

When the mysterious people of China’s Sanxingdui packed up and moved away 3,000 years ago, they left behind no written language and no indication of who they were, where they were going or why. What they did leave was a gigantic cache of intricately ...

Oct 19, 2014

Kurds thwart new jihadist bid to cut off Syria town

Kurdish forces in the Syrian town of Kobani repulsed a new attempt by Islamic State fighters to cut off the border with Turkey Saturday as troops battled the jihadists in neighboring Iraq. It came as the U.S. military said it had unleashed 25 more ...

Oct 19, 2014

Sudan could be arming S. Sudan rebels, says report

Sudan’s government plans to increase military assistance to rebels in South Sudan, which could prolong the south’s civil war and return the region to a wider conflict, according to a leaked document. Sudan will provide tanks and artillery and share intelligence with rebels fighting ...

Boko Haram and Nigeria claim truce

Oct 18, 2014

Boko Haram and Nigeria claim truce

Nigeria’s government said Islamic extremists from Boko Haram have agreed to an immediate cease-fire, but many people expressed doubts Friday about a development that could end an insurgency that has killed thousands and left hundreds of thousands homeless in Africa’s most populous nation. The ...

Oct 17, 2014

EU hopeful of Ukraine progress after Putin talks

European Union leaders expressed optimism on the chances of progress toward a resolution of the deadly crisis in Ukraine after talks in Milan with Vladimir Putin on Friday. “In general, I am really positive after this meeting,” Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi told reporters ...

Oct 17, 2014

18 Greek far-right lawmakers face trial

A prosecutor heading a yearlong investigation into Greece’s extreme right Golden Dawn party recommended Thursday that its leader, 17 other lawmakers and dozens of party officials and supporters stand trial on a range of charges, including running a criminal organization and murder. In a ...