US President defends Israel, says Gaza offensive is not genocide

WASHINGTON — US President Joseph R. Biden strongly defended Israel on Monday, saying Israeli forces are not committing genocide in their military campaign against...

Swarmed with tourists, Japan town blocks off viral view of Mt. Fuji

FUJIKAWAGUCHIKO, Japan — Japan’s majestic Mt. Fuji was some 700,000 years in the making, but on one sultry May morning, it was gone. At least...

Death of Iran’s Raisi could stir race for Khamenei succession, insiders say

DUBAI — Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s death in a helicopter crash upsets the plans of hardliners who wanted him to succeed Supreme Leader Ayatollah...

Kirin’s electric spoon leaps from Ig Nobel infamy to the dinner table

TOKYO — Japanese drinks giant Kirin Holdings will start selling an electrified spoon that researchers claim can promote healthier eating by enhancing salty tastes...

China rebukes South Korea, Japan lawmakers visiting Taiwan

BEIJING — China on Tuesday scolded South Korean and Japanese lawmakers for visiting Taiwan despite its strong opposition, chiding both neighbors for attending Taiwan’s...

Mexico’s howler monkeys dropping dead as heat toll mounts

COMALCALCO — Threatened howler monkeys have been dropping dead from trees in Mexico’s southeastern tropical forests in recent weeks amid a nationwide drought and...

Ford backs new US rules to cut vehicle emissions

WASHINGTON - Ford Motor Co. said on Monday it backs the Biden administration's moves to dramatically cut vehicle emissions through 2032, rejecting Republican arguments the new climate...

ICC’s Khan puts his office back on collision course with Washington

THE HAGUE - The British lawyer and prosecutor who helped end a US policy against the International Criminal Court on Monday requested an arrest warrant for Israeli...

New Taiwanese president calls on China to stop its threats

TAIPEI — Taiwan President Lai Ching-te asked China on Monday to stop its military and political threats, saying in his inauguration speech that peace...

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi killed in helicopter crash

DUBAI — Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, a hardliner long seen as a potential successor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was killed in a...

Thailand trims 2024 growth forecast despite strong Q1, as weak exports weigh

BANGKOK — Thailand trimmed its economic growth forecast for 2024 on Monday despite a better-than-expected expansion in the January-March quarter, saying exports were projected...

Comet fragment lights up sky over Spain and Portugal ‘like a movie’

LISBON - A bright comet fragment lit up the skies over parts of Spain and Portugal late on Saturday, according to the European Space...