‘2 Bitter Options’ for Syrians Trapped Between Assad and Extremists

BEIRUT, Lebanon — When pro-government forces retook her hometown from Syrian rebels, Nisrine accepted the same surrender deal the government has offered tens of thousands of Syrians: a one-way...

Denmark Gets Statue of a ‘Rebel Queen’ Who Led Fiery Revolt Against Colonialism

COPENHAGEN — The statue of the woman is nearly 23 feet tall. Her head is wrapped and she stares straight ahead while sitting barefoot, but regally, in a wide-backed...

Saving a Fussy Eater in Europe, With Help From 50,000 Rabbits

VILCHES, Spain — The Iberian lynx is a picky eater. Despite its agility and speed, it almost only chases rabbits. This narrow choice of prey helps explain why this feline...

U.N. Unveils Blacklist to Fight North Korea Sanctions-Busting

SEOUL, South Korea — The United Nations Security Council has announced new measures against North Korea, blacklisting 27 ships, 21 shipping companies and one individual accused of helping the...

In Balkans Tour, Russia’s Night Wolves, a Bike Gang, Are More Bark Than Bite

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia and Herzegovina — The Night Wolves, a Russian motorcycle gang known as “Putin’s Angels” and widely feared as agents of meddling and mayhem beyond Russia’s borders,...

Britons Accused of Being Islamic State ‘Beatles’ Call Beheadings ‘Regrettable’

KOBANI, Syria — Two British detainees in Syria who are accused of being part of a murderous Islamic State cell denounced the United States and Britain as “hypocrites” and...

Anguished Mourners Beg for Answers After Jail Fire in Venezuela

VALENCIA, Venezuela — The cemetery did not look or smell like a peaceful resting ground for the dead. It felt more like a mass grave, populated with white crosses,...

A Whistle-Blower’s Canadian Roots: the Canada Letter

Christopher Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistle-blower, brought Canada into a story that’s drawn intense scrutiny to Facebook this week. And it’s not just because he’s from Victoria, British Columbia. After...

Does Hell Exist? And Did the Pope Give an Answer?

ROME — The Vatican felt obliged this week to reaffirm that Pope Francis believes in a central tenet of Catholicism, that there is a hell. That odd declaration came after...

Bologna Blamed in Worst Listeria Outbreak in History

WASHINGTON — The world’s largest known listeria outbreak has spread throughout South Africa for 15 months, killing 189 people. Health officials believe they have identified the source: bologna. Since January...