Report: Western women are attracted to Islamic State for complex reasons

British researchers cited isolationism and a desire for sisterhood as motivators for women and girls.

Kerry attends inauguration of Nigeria's new president

Kerry’s presence was a show of the Obama’s administration’s hope for better relations with Nigeria.

Double hotel bombing strikes Iraqi capital

Rigged cars exploded just minutes apart outside Baghdad’s two most upscale hotels.

Brazilian government allies take aim at troubled presidency

The lower-house speaker has drawn criticism for his ruthless ambition and tough, imperial leadership style.

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Map: The world according to the Islamic State

The group now has ten established networks around the world.

Kazakhstan’s ecological mystery: Why have over 100,000 saiga antelopes died in just a few weeks?

Experts say the species, around since the Ice Age, could end up extinct.

The U.S.-trained commander of Tajikistan’s special forces has joined the Islamic State

It's one of the highest-profile defections to the jihadist cause.

World Digest: May 28, 2015

France’s Hollande urges Britain to stay in E.U.; Amnesty says Yemeni conflict puts civilians in crossfire.

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Report: Western women are attracted to Islamic State for complex reasons

British researchers cited isolationism and a desire for sisterhood as motivators for women and girls.

Putin denies Russian troops are in Ukraine, decrees certain deaths secret

Soldiers lost during “special operations” have been classified as secret.

Amnesty International: Hamas guilty of torture, summary executions

On the day the report was released, rocket fire from Gaza was met with Israeli airstrikes in the coastal strip.

Iran envoy: Nuclear talks possible beyond June 30 deadline

French ambassador also predicted negotiations could extend past the self-imposed date.

Militants storm upscale area in Kabul

An Afghan official said the four attackers, who may have targeted a small hotel frequented by foreigners, were killed.

With rural Japan shrinking and aging, a small town seeks to stem the trend

To combat declining populations, some rural Japanese towns are trying to persuade young people weary of big-city life to trade in skyscrapers and noise pollution for cedar trees and singing birds.

Post reporter’s ‘espionage’ trial adjourns; it’s unclear if it will resume

Jason Rezaian, The Post’s Tehran bureau chief, has been kept in detention for 10 months.

Iraq opens operation to choke off Islamic State lifelines in Ramadi

The offensive, led by Shiite militias, is necessary before any attempt to retake the city, officials said.

Chinese military sets course to expand global reach as ‘national interests’ grow

China says it does not want confrontation but condemns U.S. "meddling" in the South China Sea.

Belarusan foreign minister: ‘We want to be friends with everybody’

In interview with The Post, Belarus’s top diplomat explains the country’s relations with the West and Russia.

Would-be governor ‘El Bronco’ has a word for Mexico’s political parties

Jaime Rodríguez, profane man of the people, marks a new trend with his independent bid in Nuevo Leon.

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Merkel: Germany will be ‘constructive partner’ in EU reform

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has sounded a conciliatory note on Britain’s efforts to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union, saying “when there is a desire there should be a way.”

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Suicide bomber attacks Shiite mosque in Saudi, kills 4

A suicide bomber blew himself up in the parking lot of a Shiite mosque in an eastern Saudi city on Friday and killed four people, the Kingdom’s official news agency said, in the second deadly bombing targeting the religious minority in a week.

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Blatter says vote for Russia, Qatar the root of FIFA crisis

The worst corruption crisis in soccer history stems from the governing body’s decision to award Russia and Qatar the next two World Cup tournaments, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Friday.

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Volcano erupts in southern Japan, spewing ash high into sky

A volcano erupted in spectacular fashion on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, spewing out rocks and sending black clouds of ash 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) into the sky. Authorities told people on the island to evacuate.

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Japan, EU agree to step up defense, economic ties

Japanese and European leaders have agreed to step up defense and economic ties, while expressing concern about rising tensions in the South China Sea.

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