Anti-government protesters scout at a makeshift gate during a standoff with riot police at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Thursday. (Reuters)
Anti-government protesters scout at a makeshift gate during a standoff with riot police at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Thursday. (Reuters)

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 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.
Northwestern Europe has already experienced worsening floods since 1960. That trend is likely to continue.
A new report says senior State Department officials early in the Trump administration grew suspicious of a career staffer after an article in a conservative publication questioned her loyalty.
The Delhi government is distributing 5 million pollution masks to try to change behavior.
Patricia Anton, 63, had lived in Puerto Plata for more than 15 years.
  • 2 hours ago
Some call it a Latin Spring, but demonstrators are rising up against a range of governments, for a variety of reasons. Here’s what the protests have in common.
As Hong Kong's protests against China's influence continue, here's an explanation of how it got to this point.
The 23-year-old said she comes from a long line of firefighters, including her parents, grandmother and great-grandfather.
  • Analysis
Ousted president Evo Morales says he is a victim of a coup. His opponents are championing the restoration of democracy.
The latest “aqua alta” event has its roots in the Adriatic Sea, but it points to the precariousness of the historic city.
“I’m not very happy about talking to you, so, if you don’t mind, I’ll just mope on with what I’m doing," one woman chastised the British prime minister.
Jeanine Añez met with military and police commanders at the presidential palace; former president Morales, in Mexico, said her swearing-in “confirms the coup.”
  • 20 hours ago
The confrontation came as the leaders of China, Russia, India, South Africa and Brazil arrived in Brasilia to discuss the Venezuelan crisis, among other subjects.
A long and draining war in eastern Ukraine has become embroiled in President Trump's attempts to undermine his opponents at home. But the war is real and still taking lives, and a way to end it will be very difficult to find.
Load More
Once every year, the Brazilian metropolis of Sao Paulo shines on a global stage thanks to tourists from all South America flocking to watch the region’s only Formula One race
  • 43 minutes ago
Italy declares state of emergency for flood-ravaged Venice, seeks funding for repairs after highest tide in 50 years
  • 45 minutes ago
A humanitarian crisis is worsening each day at a refugee camp just a short walk from the U.S.-Mexico border
  • 57 minutes ago

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is sending a personal envoy to Bolivia to support efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Andean nation’s political crisis
  • 1 hour ago
A strong earthquake has hit off the Indonesian coast in the Molucca Sea, creating risk of tsunami risk in nearby areas
  • 1 hour ago
Load More