World

2017 August

Former Colombian rebels change their name ... to FARC?

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

Former leftist rebels in Colombia have chosen a familiar-sounding, if polarizing, acronym for their fledgling political movement — FARC.

Mexico’s President Denies He Tried to Quiet a Prominent Critic

The New York Times | Thursday August 31, 2017

Enrique Peña Nieto says he did not try to pressure one of the country’s top business executives to get his son to halt criticism of the government.

Texas, Wells Fargo, Russia: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

The New York Times | Thursday August 31, 2017

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

China exports its bike-sharing revolution to the U.S. and the world

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

Coming soon to a city near you: Dockless bikes have transformed China and are catching on around the world.

Former presidential hopeful in Rwanda said to be in custody

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

A women’s rights activist and former presidential hopeful is in police custody in Rwanda, her brother said Thursday, raising concerns about the whereabouts of a rare challenger to longtime President Paul Kagame.

UN expert fears for health of hunger-striking Iran prisoners

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

A U.N. human rights expert is urging Iran’s government to engage in “good faith dialogue” to help resolve a prolonged hunger strike by prisoners whose medical conditions are reportedly worsening.

2 dead as Mexico City bandits fight over right to rob bus

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

Armed thieves frequently board buses to rob passengers in Mexico City and its suburbs.

UN nuclear agency rejects Iran’s stance on military sites

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

The top U.N. official monitoring Iran’s nuclear program on Thursday rejected Tehran’s claim that its military sites were off-limits to inspection, saying his agency needs access to all “relevant locations” if suspicions arise of possible hidden atomic activities.

Trial opens for Guatemalan president’s son, brother

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

A Guatemalan court has started the trial of the brother and son of President Jimmy Morales in a case of alleged corruption.

Key changes in French labor rules after planned overhaul

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

The French government announced Thursday a plan to overhaul labor laws in the country, a thick set of complex rules that gives French workers greater job security but has long been seen as a hindrance to hiring and economic activity by many business leaders.

European Jewish Congress sees rising anti-Semitism in Poland

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

The European Jewish Congress has expressed “grave concerns” over what it says is a rise in anti-Semitism in Poland and a “deteriorating relationship between the Polish government and the Jewish community.”

Iran adhering to nuclear deal with world powers, U.N. watchdog says

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

The agency tasked with monitoring Iran's nuclear activities says it is in compliance with the accord.

Zimbabwe group criticizes evictions linked to first lady

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

Zimbabwe’s human rights commission is criticizing the eviction of families from a farm linked to President Robert Mugabe’s wife, calling it “unlawful and inhuman.”

A quarter of London Film Festival lineup directed by women

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

The London Film Festival says a quarter of the feature films in this year’s schedule were directed by women.

Cricket ground evacuated after arrow fired on field of play

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

An arrow was fired onto the field of play at The Oval cricket stadium during an English league match on Thursday, forcing the ground to be evacuated and play to be stopped.

Veteran Israeli lawmaker blasts party loyalty to Netanyahu

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

A veteran Israeli lawmaker is denouncing what he says is his party’s “ridiculous” loyalty to its leader, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is engulfed in a string of scandals.

Filipinos accused of links to Marawi siege ordered freed

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

Philippine prosecutors have dismissed rebellion complaints against 59 men who were stopped by police and army troops at two checkpoints in the south and accused of attempting to join Islamic State-linked militants who laid siege to a southern city.

The Latest: Parties criticize Macron’s labor reforms

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

The Latest on France’s planned labor reforms (all times local):

Border dispute with Sudan could isolate Egypt in Nile talks

The Washington Post | Thursday August 31, 2017

A longstanding border dispute between Egypt and Sudan could isolate Cairo in negotiations over sharing the Nile as Ethiopia presses ahead with the construction of a large upstream dam.