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Ethiopia-Eritrea Border Opens for First Time in 20 Years

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Astebeha Tesfaye went to visit friends in Eritrea, and had to stay 20 years. “I was going to take the bus the next day,” he said by phone on Tuesday, “but I heard that the roads Read more…


Kim Jong-un Says He Wants Denuclearization Before Trump’s Current Term Ends

SEOUL, South Korea — Offering an olive branch to President Trump, Kim Jong-un told a South Korean envoy that he wanted to denuclearize North Korea before Mr. Trump’s current term ends in early 2021, the envoy said on Thursday. Expressing Read more…


Once a Cold War Flashpoint, a Part of Taiwan Embraces China’s Pull

KINMEN COUNTY, Taiwan — The islands of Kinmen County, and the Nationalist troops stationed there, withstood artillery shelling from China long after the Communist victory in the Chinese civil war. Today, relations between China and Kinmen, just miles apart, are Read more…


Merkel and Putin Sound Pragmatic Notes After Years of Tension

BERLIN — The personal relationship between Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia is often boiled down to certain anecdotes: her put-downs about his role in the K.G.B., his attempts to rattle her by bringing Read more…


Imran Khan Takes Helm in Pakistan, a Nation Divided and in Debt

Imran Khan, the former cricket star turned firebrand politician, was sworn in as Pakistan’s prime minister on Saturday, taking control of a country facing a looming economic crisis as observers questioned whether he had the political acumen to govern a Read more…


North and South Korea to Discuss Plans for a 3rd Summit

SEOUL, South Korea — Senior officials from North and South Korea will meet next week to discuss the possibility of a third summit meeting between their countries’ leaders, the South said on Thursday. The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and Read more…


Saudi Arabia Assails Canada Over Rights Criticism, Sending Message to West

In foreign affairs, officials in Western and other Arab capitals say, Prince Mohammed has exacerbated tensions in an unstable region. He launched a military intervention in Yemen that has become a quagmire, led a campaign to isolate and blockade neighboring Read more…


Israel Aids Evacuation of Hundreds of ‘White Helmets’ and Families in Syria

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Israel has facilitated the evacuation of hundreds of rescue workers, known as the White Helmets, and their families from an embattled pocket of southern Syria, helping them to travel through Israeli-held territory to reach Jordan, Israeli and Read more…


Obama Warns of ‘Strongman Politics’ After Trump’s Meeting With Putin

Without mentioning President Trump by name, former President Barack Obama delivered a pointed rebuke of “strongman politics” on Tuesday, warning about growing nationalism, xenophobia and bigotry in the United States and around the world, while offering a full-throated defense of Read more…


Foreign Belly Dancers? Egyptians Shake Their Heads (and Hips)

Cairo Dispatch The arrest of a Russian belly dancer exposed simmering tensions in Cairo’s belly-dancing scene. Critics say foreigners are sullying an ancient art form. Many Egyptians love them. ImageThe Russian belly dancer Ekaterina Andreeva, known as Johara, at a Read more…