Pot Advertising, Leonard Cohen and Chimps: The Canada Letter

Legal recreational marijuana smoke wafts into Canadian skies in about eight months, a subject I wrote about this week. The authorities have a mound of details to work out...

Portugal Fire Survivors Recount Confusion Amid a Search for Escape

NODEIRINHO, Portugal — Constantino Gracieta and his wife were among the lucky ones. At first, they got in their car and tried to escape the advancing flames that swept...

North Korea’s Launch of Ballistic Missiles Raises New Worries

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea launched four ballistic missiles from its long-range rocket launch site on Monday morning, the South Korean military said. The launch prompted South Korean...

Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations

WASHINGTON — The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling...

Iraq Claims Victory in ISIS’ Last Urban Stronghold

BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government said on Thursday that its forces had driven Islamic State fighters from the northern city of Hawija, the militants’ final urban stronghold in Iraq,...

Communism’s Answer to Mickey Mouse Is Thrust Into a Very Capitalist Dispute

PRAGUE — Along the historic streets on the periphery of the famed Old Town Square here, tourists stroll past dozens of souvenir shops, many displaying the same stuffed toy...

Chinese Auto-Glass Magnate Faces Union Challenge in Ohio

FUQING, China — Cao Dewang saw his impoverished mother nearly die of starvation more than 50 years ago, during a famine driven by Mao’s mismanaged push to industrialize China. Today,...

Arrest of ISIS Suspect in Rural Town Puts Australia on Edge

YOUNG, Australia — On a rural road about two hours’ drive from the nearest major city, the small Australian town of Young has long been known for cherries and...

Ousted Chinese Official Is Accused of Plotting Against Communist Party

HONG KONG — A rising Chinese politician who was abruptly removed from office this summer was publicly accused Thursday of trying to seize control of the Communist Party. The accusation...

She Left France to Fight in Syria. Now She Wants to Return. But Can...

PARIS — Having spent the last five years living in Syria, where she joined Islamic extremists, Emilie König, 33, wants to come home to France. But does France want...