Theresa May, Nairobi, Glaciers: Your Thursday Briefing

Let us help you start your day. Good morning. Britain’s prime minister stays at the helm, the U.S. State of the Union address is in doubt and the death toll rises in a terrorist attack in Kenya. Here’s the latest: ImagePrime Minister Theresa May sitting among her peers in British Parliament.CreditU.K. Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via ReutersTheresa… Read More

Escort Who Said She Had Tapes of Russian Meddling to Be Deported From Thailand

Asia Pacific|Escort Who Said She Had Tapes of Russian Meddling to Be Deported From ThailandImageAnastasia Vashukevich, a Belarusian escort, getting on a prison transport vehicle outside a courthouse in Pattaya, Thailand, in April. She had claimed to have audio recordings that could shed light on Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election.CreditCreditGemunu Amarasinghe/Associated PressHONG… Read More

In Chaotic Afghan Capital, Crackdown on Crime Is Turning Heads

ImageSecurity forces in Kabul in December. The authorities have been making a concerted effort recently to restore order in the capital, and reinforce the depleted national police.CreditCreditRahmat Gul/Associated PressKABUL, Afghanistan — Even when Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, is not attacked by suicide bombers, it is often gripped by gun-toting crime syndicates that receive protection from the… Read More

ISIS Attack in Syria Kills 4 Americans, Raising New Worries About Troop Withdrawal

VideoThe attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State, occurred at a restaurant in Manbij, northern Syria, frequented by American troops. Warning: video includes scenes of graphic violence.Published OnJan. 16, 2019CreditCreditANHA, via Associated PressWASHINGTON — Four Americans were among 19 people killed in Syria on Wednesday in a suicide bombing that was claimed by the… Read More

May and Brexit Face Uncertain Future After Crushing Defeat in Parliament

ImagePro- and anti-Brexit protesters outside Parliament in London on Tuesday. Lawmakers debated for six hours ahead of the vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan.CreditCreditDaniel Leal-Olivas/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesLONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday suffered a humiliating defeat over her plan to withdraw Britain from the European Union, thrusting the country further… Read More

Laurent Gbagbo, Former Ivory Coast Leader, Acquitted of Crimes Against Humanity

ImageLaurent Gbagbo faced a litany of charges related to the violence that followed the 2010 presidential election in Ivory Coast.CreditCreditPool photo by Peter DejongDAKAR, Senegal — The International Criminal Court in The Hague said on Tuesday that it had acquitted the former president of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, and one of his aides of crimes… Read More

Brexit, Nairobi, El Chapo: Your Wednesday Briefing

Let us help you start your day. Good morning. British Parliament rejects Theresa May’s Brexit plan, Germany moves against a far-right party, and gay penguins in Sydney learn to co-parent. Here’s the latest: ImageAnti-Brexit demonstrators on Tuesday reacting after the results of the vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal were announced in Parliament… Read More

German Intelligence Agency Puts Far-Right Party on Warning

ImageGermany’s domestic intelligence agency will start observing the AfD’s youth wing and a group of prominent party members, including its co-leader Alexander Gauland.CreditCreditMonika Skolimowska/DPA, via Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesBERLIN — Germany’s domestic intelligence agency took a first step on Tuesday toward placing the far-right Alternative for Germany party under surveillance as a threat to… Read More

News Analysis: Amid Parliament’s Brexit Rebellion, a Tectonic Shift in How Britain Is Governed

News AnalysisImageA scaffolded Big Ben at the Houses of Parliament in London. Political shifts have made it harder for British governments to secure convincing majorities in Parliament.CreditCreditAdrian Dennis/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesLONDON — The annals of British politics are filled with stories about the government’s iron-fisted, sometimes terrifying control of parliamentary affairs.One former Labour cabinet… Read More