Clashes break out during Palestinian funeral

Jul 5, 2014

Clashes break out during Palestinian funeral

Israeli police clashed with rock-throwing Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem on Friday as thousands mourned at the funeral for an Arab teen who Palestinians say was killed by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack. Palestinian militants, meanwhile, fired rockets and mortar shells from the Gaza ...

Ramadan fasting banned in China

Jul 3, 2014

Ramadan fasting banned in China

Students and civil servants in China’s Muslim northwest, where Beijing is enforcing a security crackdown, have been ordered to avoid taking part in traditional fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Statements posted in the past several days on websites of schools, government ...

Ukraine leader vows to attack rebels as cease-fire is dropped

Jul 1, 2014

Ukraine leader vows to attack rebels as cease-fire is dropped

Ukraine’s Western-backed President Petro Poroshenko has announced that Kiev’s forces will resume a military offensive against pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine after he opted not to prolong a shaky cease-fire. “After examining the situation I have decided, as commander-in-chief of the armed forces, not ...

World Cup exposes divide

Jun 30, 2014

World Cup exposes divide

A survey published Sunday on the wealth and race of fans who attended a World Cup match in Brazil illustrated what any TV viewer in the nation has seen: Those attending games are overwhelmingly white and not from Brazil’s poor. This is striking in ...

In Brazil, rich, white fans fill World Cup stadiums

Jun 30, 2014

In Brazil, rich, white fans fill World Cup stadiums

A survey published Sunday on the wealth and race of fans who attended a World Cup match in Brazil illustrated what any TV viewer in the nation has seen: Those attending games are overwhelmingly white and not from Brazil’s poor. This is striking in ...

Kurds to pump more oil from new fields

Jun 26, 2014

Kurds to pump more oil from new fields

by David Sheppard

Iraq’s self-ruling Kurds outlined plans on Wednesday to swiftly ramp up oil exports now that their forces have taken control of Iraq’s main northern oil fields, a move that could tear up the settlement holding Iraq together since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Kurdish ...