Merkel, Reluctant Leader of the West, ‘Has Gotten the Taste for It’

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany recoils from the idea that she is now, almost de facto, the leader of the Western world, the defender of trans-Atlantic alliances...

Need to Fake an Orgasm? There’s an ‘Intimacy Choreographer’ for That

STRATFORD, Ontario — On the last Saturday afternoon in May, when the season’s first productions at the Stratford Festival were still in previews, visitors to its Tom Patterson Theater...

Shoehei Ohtani Could Be an Angel in the Outfield, and on the Mound

What could be a new era in baseball now appears ready for a tryout next year in Anaheim, Calif. Shohei Ohtani, the 23-year-old Japanese star who can both pitch and...

Egyptian President Agrees to Cede 2 Islands to Saudi Arabia

CAIRO — President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt ratified an agreement on Saturday that cedes sovereignty over two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, brushing off widespread public...

Former Host of ‘India’s Most Wanted’ Convicted of Murdering His Wife

In a case that played out like an episode of his own true-crime television show, the former host and creator of “India’s Most Wanted” was sentenced this week to...

British Police Net a Butterfly Killer, and Now He May Face Jail

LONDON — The killer, a former body builder, stalked his frail victims at nature reserves, in one case clambering over a locked gate armed with a shrimping net, before...

Kangaroo Pelted With Rocks Dies in Chinese Zoo, and Fury Flies

BEIJING — Visitors to a zoo in southeast China, apparently hoping for a livelier show, pelted kangaroos with rocks, ultimately killing one, injuring another and setting off a wave...

Pope Francis Urges Colombia to Seize ‘Second Chance’

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Pope Francis on Thursday urged Colombians to accept peace after a half century of civil conflict, borrowing words from the country’s most famous novelist, Gabriel García...

U.S. Sees a Vital Iraqi Toll Road, but Iran Sees a Threat

BAGHDAD — The highway from Baghdad to Amman, Jordan, cuts through the insurgent badlands of the western Iraqi desert, and these days any truck driver risks confrontation with roving...

Spying Bill in Australia Stirs Fears of Anti-Chinese Backlash

SYDNEY, Australia — When Craig Chung, an up-and-coming Sydney city councilor, meets with former officials from the United States, neither the media nor his constituents seem to care. But for...