A man wades in the flooded crypt of St Mark's Basilica. (Manuel Silvestri/Reuters)
A man wades in the flooded crypt of St Mark's Basilica. (Manuel Silvestri/Reuters)

Flooded Venice had tourists taking selfies and residents in tears

The people who live here say the toll of repeated inundation is mounting — measured not only in the damage to businesses and precious art or architecture, but above all, in the sense that life in one of the world’s most improbable and spellbinding cities is becoming unviable.

Behind the barricade, Hong Kong protesters turn a university into a fortress

As authorities clamp down harder, student pro-democracy demonstrators build defenses in preparation for a showdown with riot squads.

Intercepted calls show deep Russian involvement with Ukraine rebels at time of airline shoot-down

Senior Kremlin officials were directly involved in the day-to-day affairs of rebels in eastern Ukraine as the conflict there worsened in 2014, prosecutors said.

Cease-fire takes hold after two days of intense fighting between Israel, Gaza militants

Gaza’s ruling Hamas faction stayed quiet as Israel targeted the rival Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

North Korea threatens military escalation as clock ticks on year-end deadline

Pyongyang has warned of a “new path” if the United States does not change its approach.
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