‘One of the Hardest Nights on Lesbos’: Violence Erupts Between Greeks and Refugees

Thirty people were taken to a hospital, mostly for breathing difficulties and dizziness. Officials on the Aegean Islands have warned for months that conditions there were untenable and tensions could boil over, and have called on the government to move some of the migrants elsewhere. The police have reported an increase in hate crimes across Greece. Photo Migrants linked arms during a protest on Sunday in Mytilene, the main port city of Lesbos. Credit Eurokinissi, via Associated Press The upheaval on Sunday was “one of the hardest nights on Lesbos…

American Warplanes Shift Tactics to Target Last ISIS Pockets in Eastern Syria

“There really has been no gain of territory, significant gain of territory since the departure of many of those fighters,” Colonel Dillon said. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces were the mainstay in routing the Islamic State from Raqqa and chasing insurgents fleeing south along the Euphrates River Valley to the Iraqi border. Without them, the remaining, less capable Syrian Arab militia have struggled to contain the few hundred fighters left in two main areas: Hajin, along the Euphrates River north of Abu Kamal; and Dashisha, east of Deir al-Zour, along…

Why Won’t We Learn from the Survivors of the Rana Plaza Disaster?

Management turned the generators on. As they began to rumble, so did the building. “It felt like the floor under my feet was moving,” Mr. Hridoy said. “Then it was disappearing.” Ms. Begum, two floors below Mr. Hridoy, was sewing jeans for a French brand — she doesn’t remember which one — when the concrete ceiling fell on her, landing on her torso and her right hand. Her long hair became entangled in the sewing machine, she said, “and I couldn’t free myself because my hand was stuck.” Sixteen hours…

For Trump and Macron, a Warm Embrace and Then Talks on Crucial Disagreements

Photo President Trump and Melania Trump, the first lady, welcomed President Emmanuel Macron of France and his wife, Brigitte, to the White House on Tuesday. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times WASHINGTON — President Trump welcomed President Emmanuel Macron of France to the White House on Tuesday for the first state visit since taking office, praising their warm relationship before meetings that will touch on crucial disagreements, particularly over the nuclear deal with Iran. “The wonderful friendship we have developed over the last year is a testament to the enduring…

Suspect in Toronto Van Rampage Is Charged With Murder

Photo Farzad Salehi consoled his wife, Mehrsa Marjani, who was at a nearby cafe and witnessed the aftermath when a van plowed down a crowded sidewalk, killing at least 10 people and injuring several others, on Monday in Toronto. Credit Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press, via Associated Press TORONTO — The 25-year-old driver of the van that careened down a busy Toronto street in a deadly rampage was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder on Tuesday and 13 counts of attempted murder. The charges were announced at a Toronto…

Top Indonesian Official, Long Seen as Untouchable, Gets Prison for Graft

The scandal has already led to the convictions of two other government officials. Dozens of other current and former lawmakers and senior political figures have been implicated. The conviction ends a nearly yearlong saga in which Mr. Setya played cat-and-mouse with Indonesia’s independent Corruption Eradication Commission, which is investigating the scandal surrounding the ID card program. For months during 2017, Mr. Setya failed to appear for questioning at the headquarters of the commission, claiming illness. During that period, he was hospitalized once for vertigo, supposedly after playing table tennis, and…

Egypt’s former anti-graft chief sentenced to 5 years in jail

Author:  Associated Press Tue, 2018-04-24 (All day) ID:  1524565666094395600 CAIRO: A defense lawyer says an Egyptian military court has convicted the country’s former anti-graft chief of insulting the armed forces and sentenced him to five years in prison.Hesham Genena was arrested in February following incendiary comments he made in a television interview in which he claimed that the former chief-of-staff Sami Annan was in possession of documents incriminating the country’s “leadership.”Annan was arrested in January shortly after he announced his intention to challenge President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in March presidential…

Syrian troops target Daesh tunnels, trenches in Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria: Syrian state TV is reporting that government forces have launched a new operation targeting underground tunnels used by Daesh in the capital, Damascus.The TV says the aim of the operation is to destroy dug-out trenches and tunnels in the Hajjar Al-Aswad neighborhood and the nearby Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk that is also mostly controlled by Daesh.A group of journalists taken on Tuesday to the adjacent neighborhood of Qadam witnessed intense shelling and airstrikes on Daesh positions in the camp and Hajjar Al-Aswad.The area in southern Damascus is…

The Koreas Are Weighing a Peace Deal. Here’s What That Might Mean.

In 1948 the two sides formed their own governments, and in 1950 the North invaded the South. The United States led a United Nations force in alliance with the South, while China aided the North. The 1953 armistice was signed at Panmunjom, a village in what became the Demilitarized Zone, by Lt. Gen. William K. Harrison, an American and representative of the United Nations forces, and Gen. Nam Il, who represented North Korea and the Chinese forces. It was signed later by the North Korean leader, Kim Il-sung; Gen. Mark…