The nation’s crisis deepens ahead of a contentious vote on constitutional changes.

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Muslims in Jerusalem are threatening a massive protest at the al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday.

Ram Nath Kovind, a septuagenarian from what is considered a low caste, is a stalwart of the governing Hindu nationalist party.

U.S. priorities have shifted to fighting the Islamic State.

Why Japan’s first lady was probably not snubbing President Trump

Trump claimed Japanese first lady Akie Abe did not speak English. “Like, not 'hello,'" he told the New York Times.

Saudi prince arrested on King Salman’s order after video appears to show abusive behavior

King Salman urged Saudis to also report other cases of abuse of power to the authorities.

Dubai police install giant smiley face on station roof in bid to promote ‘happy vibes’

The yellow face will soon be installed at other police stations and government buildings.

Speaking from Beirut, the Tices renewed calls for the release of their son, who was captured in Syria five years ago.

Israel has been providing medicine, food, fuel and essential infrastructure to thousands of Syrian civilians on its northern border.

Gen. Francois Lecointre, a career military officer, has been nominated France’s military chief, after his predecessor quit Wednesday in a dispute with President Emmanuel Macron over budget cuts in a new challenge to Macron’s administration and his economic reforms.

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The Haqqani network has kept a lower profile in Pakistan but carried out deadly bombings in Afghanistan. 

There is no sign of imminent change in the North, but previous atrocities show the importance of being ready to collect evidence.

Moves by the judiciary undermine Rouhani’s attempts to improve ties with the West.

The case has roiled the Domspatzen choir, led for decades by Pope Benedict XVI’s brother.

The six were arrested at a workshop covering digital security and “resilience” in difficult circumstances.

Back-to-back droughts raise questions about the future of shepherds’ livelihoods.

The opposition calls for a 24-hour general strike Thursday over his plans to rewrite the constitution.

Xiyue Wang, 37, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on espionage charges.

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Clashes between police and Moroccan protesters Thursday left at least 83 injured in clouds of tear gas and running battles at an unauthorized demonstration over inequality and corruption.

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Some menstruating schoolgirls were locked in dormitories while their peers were in class. To avoid the humiliation, others stayed home.

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The U.N. human rights chief said Thursday he intends to keep pressuring China to allow the wife of the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo to move freely and leave the country if she wants to go elsewhere.

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Court spokeswoman: Experts have successfully removed biological samples from Dali’s body 27 years after it was embalmed.

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The Latest on Venezuela’s political crisis and the opposition’s general strike (all times local):

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The Committee to Protect Journalists is calling on Russian police to ensure the safety of reporter Yulia Latynina after a foul-smelling gas was sprayed into her residence on the edge of Moscow.

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