British city of Leicester back under coronavirus lockdown

Nabih Bulos 2020-07-21 16:09:13 Thoroughfares are crowded in London once again, but not in Leicester. In Birmingham — Britain’s second-most-populous city — you can go to the office. Not so in Leicester, less than 50 miles away. In pubs across Liverpool, revelers can raise a glass. In Leicester? Not so much — a table blocked the entrance to ...

China tells U.S. to shut consulate in Chengdu in retaliation

Alice Su 2020-07-24 09:40:44 China ordered the closure of the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu on Friday in retaliation for the U.S. shutdown of China’s consulate in Houston.The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement said that the U.S. had “seriously breached international law” and that the Chinese move was a “legitimate and necessary response” that conformed to international law...

Lee Teng-hui, former president of Taiwan, dies at 97

Ralph Jennings 2020-07-30 19:00:19 Lee Teng-hui, the first Taiwan-born president of this island state whose prickly relationship with China and unbending passion for self-rule set the tone for every leader who followed, has died at a hospital in Taipei. He was 97.Active until late in life, Lee died about 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Taipei Veterans General Hospital of septic shock...

Trump defies Supreme Court by denying new DACA applications

Molly O'Toole 2020-07-16 22:04:36 President Trump is venturing onto increasingly shaky legal ground as officials reject new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, sidestepping a Supreme Court ruling reinstating DACA, legal experts and lawmakers say. The court ruled last month that the Trump administration hadn’t followed federal procedural law or justified terminating DACA in 2017, calling the...

Mexico arrests ‘El Marro,’ gang leader in a bloody cartel war

Kate Linthicum 2020-08-03 01:02:40 Mexican authorities on Sunday arrested the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel, a gang known for stealing millions of dollars of fuel from government pipelines and for turning once-peaceful Guanajuato state into one of the most dangerous regions in the country. Videos show the pre-dawn capture by federal and state authorities of José Antonio...

Protests roil Portland and other cities over feds’ presence

Melissa Etehad 2020-07-26 10:49:34 The nightly standoffs in downtown Portland between protesters and federal agents continued early Sunday, with several dozen agents in camouflage deploying tear gas and other munitions as they waded into the streets beyond the federal courthouse to push back demonstrators who authorities said had breached a fence.The confrontation was one of several nationwide over the weekend,...

Coronavirus spurs new technologies for the age-old hajj

Nabih Bulos 2020-07-31 21:50:41 In the best of times, it’s hard to land one of the slots Saudi Arabia parcels out for the hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that all Muslims are duty-bound to make at least once in their lives. In the worst of times — cue the coronavirus — it’s well-nigh impossible, with the numbers for this...

A judge considers limiting federal agents in Portland

Richard Read, Melissa Etehad, Justin Yau 2020-07-23 09:41:52 Accusing federal agents of illegally detaining peaceful demonstrators here, the state of Oregon went to court Wednesday and presented the case of a 29-year-old named Mark Pettibone.“I was terrified when an unmarked van stopped near me and men in military fatigues jumped out and approached me without identifying themselves,” he said in...

The U.S. hasn’t adapted to its evolving landscape of threats

Seth G. Jones and Juan C. Zarate 2020-07-30 15:30:14 It has now been more than five months since a U.S. intelligence assessment included in President Trump’s Daily Brief suggested that Russia was paying bounties to Taliban fighters for attacking U.S. and other foreign forces in Afghanistan. And it has been more than a month since news of the intelligence reports...

After Beirut explosion, skepticism grows at home and abroad

Abby Sewell 2020-08-08 02:43:03 Following Tuesday’s deadly port explosion in Beirut, Lebanese officials face increasing ire from the public and a skeptical international community that has, nevertheless, promised to provide humanitarian aid to help the devastated city get back on its feet.While both Lebanese citizens and foreign leaders have pushed for an overhaul in the governance of the small Mediterranean...