Americans in Bali describe chaos as volcano strands tourists

Tens of thousands of travelers remained stranded in Bali on Monday as a volcano hurled gray ash nearly 10,000 feet into the air, canceling hundreds of flights and shuttering the island’s airport. Mount Agung’s last major eruption occurred in 1963, when it killed roughly 1,100 people. Among the roughly 59,000 tourists who’d been stuck on … Read more

Germany opened its borders to 1M asylum-seekers in one year. So how is it going?

BERLIN — Anas Maghrebi rolled his drumsticks back and forth between his thumb and forefinger. The 27-year-old singer-songwriter fled Syria’s civil war and landed on the Greek island of Lesbos in September 2015, at the peak of Europe’s migrant crisis. His post-rock band made its way north to Germany, handing out CDs and holding impromptu … Read more

Harry’s journey from party boy to prince charming

LONDON — When Prince Harry and his bride-to-be Meghan Markle stepped out on the grounds of Kensington Palace on Monday, it was a mellow, romantic royal moment that was a far cry from Harry’s troubled past. “When did I know she was the one? Very first time we met,” the suited prince told reporters. Facebook … Read more

15,200 child migrants arrived in Europe on their own this year

LONDON — More than 15,200 children arrived alone in Europe this year after completing dangerous migrant journeys, according to the United Nations. A total of almost 150,000 people entered Europe seeking new lives during the first nine months of 2017, the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, said in a quarterly update titled “Desperate Journeys.” That’s under … Read more

Gold trader tied to Turkish president avoids trial for now

A Turkish gold trader with ties to President Recep Erdogan will not go on trial in the U.S. this week for allegedly skirting American sanctions against Iran. Reza Zarrab, a flashy businessman with a pop star wife, was one of nine Turks indicted by federal authorities in the gold-for-gas scheme. But as jury selection got … Read more

A Tax Bill Test for State Republicans

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Even as California declared itself the center of Democratic resistance to President Trump and Congressional Republicans, there was a sense (or hope) among California conservatives that the state had a protector in Washington: Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House majority leader and one of Mr. Trump’s closest allies. But the tax bill being pushed through by … Read more

‘Jigsaw’ Takes $16 Million Opening at Bloodless Pre-Halloween Box Office

Laura Vandervoort as “Anna” in JIGSAW. Photo by Brooke Palmer. November couldn’t come fast enough for movie theaters, as the anemic October box office finally comes to a close with Lionsgate’s “Jigsaw” taking No. 1 with a $16.2 million opening. This has been a rough month for the movies, with the disappointing $32.7 million opening … Read more

Prince Aims to Rebrand Saudi Arabia From 9/11 Hotbed of Extreme Islam

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The declaration reverberated around the world — the power behind the Saudi throne pledged to destroy extremism and return the kingdom to “moderate Islam.” Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s speech last month was part of a sweeping rebrand of a country that for years has exported a severe form of Islam … Read more

On the streets of Barcelona, a sweet dream of independence gone wrong

On the streets of Barcelona, a sweet dream of independence gone wrong

A man with an independence flag walks through downtown Barcelona on Oct. 28. (Photo: Santi Palacios/AP)Yesterday, on a bustling Friday afternoon, with a warm autumn sun beaming down and a breeze rustling the palm trees, Barcelona, capital of Spain’s northeast region of Catalonia, marked a new chapter after a long drawn-out, confusing and controversial battle. It … Read more

Manafort, Gates Charged With Conspiracy Against the U.S.

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his longtime business associate Rick Gates were indicted by a federal grand jury on 12 charges, including conspiracy against the U.S., special counsel Robert Mueller’s office announced Monday. Other charges against Manafort and Gates include money laundering, being an unregistered foreign agent and seven counts of failure … Read more