Skip directly to content

Yahoo World News Feed

Subscribe to Yahoo World News Feed feed Yahoo World News Feed
The latest news and headlines from Yahoo! News. Get breaking news stories and in-depth coverage with videos and photos.
Updated: 23 hours 20 min ago

US cities dedicate resources to international negotiations on migrants and refugees

December 13, 2017 - 10:07am

More than a dozen US cities have requested a role in global talks on responding to ever-larger waves of people on the move, days after President Trump exited the process. The cities, led by New York and including Chicago, Washington, and Atlanta, hope to take part in negotiations to agree the first international compacts on migration and refugees, due to be adopted by the end of next year. Last week, they joined more than 130 cities around the world seeking formal entry to the two sets of negotiations scheduled to start in February.

TPS: What it is and how it's changing

December 12, 2017 - 2:41pm

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is determining the future residency of more than 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians who have been in the United States under the Temporary Protected Status program. Q: WHAT IS TPS? TPS is meant to provide short-term protection from deportation for people who can’t return to their home country because of natural disasters, civil unrest, or health crises.

Brexit: Could Britain change its mind?

December 12, 2017 - 2:38pm

Britain’s exit from the bloc. British Prime Minister Theresa May may be breathing a sigh of relief that London last week overcame the first major hurdle in its negotiating marathon – a deal on the practical aspects of the divorce. In a show of what the press has dubbed “Bregret,” more voters now think Britain was the wrong choice to leave the EU than still think it was the right decision – 47 percent to 42 percent, according to a YouGov poll.

These 'Star Wars' fans combine dressing up with doing good

December 12, 2017 - 8:50am

Dozens of members of the “Star Wars” fan groups – the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion – headed out in the rain dressed as characters ranging from Princess Leia Organa to Stormtroopers to the malevolent Darth Vader himself. Recommended: Could you survive the Star Wars universe? Both the 501st Legion, which represents the dark side of the “Star Wars” universe, and the Rebel Legion, which represents the good guys, have charity and giving back as central aims.

Why GOP faces challenge selling tax cuts to younger voters

December 11, 2017 - 2:45pm

Millennials are a key demographic for politicians. They are the biggest group of taxpayers, home buyers, and – soon – voters.

Jerusalem: Exhausted and adrift, Palestinians offer muted response to Trump

December 11, 2017 - 1:59pm

When President Trump officially recognized the city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last week, with no mention of Palestinian claims to it, critics said it was like tossing a hand grenade into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and warned it would light the Palestinian street on fire. Thousands of Palestinians have indeed taken to the streets to demonstrate, sparking a predictable round of clashes with Israeli security forces that to date have left two protesters killed in Gaza and dozens more Palestinians wounded. A few rockets were fired into southern Israel from Hamas-ruled Gaza as well, eliciting Israeli return fire.

Grass-roots view of Trump’s security strategy

December 11, 2017 - 1:13pm

Like it or not, as the world gets smaller, more Americans are now on the front lines of their nation’s toughest security issues. In coming days, the Trump White House is expected to release its first version of this formal document. Since 1986, Congress has required every president to define an explicit and grand plan for national security.

North Korea’s Kim will not be intimidated, To get a read on North Korea, watch the US, not China, Why Pope Francis didn’t say ‘Rohingya,’ Can Zimbabwe’s new president be ‘born again’?, Don’t ignore the EU’s role in Libyan migrant slavery

December 9, 2017 - 4:00am

“North Korea continued its defiance of the international community with the test of yet another ballistic missile [Nov. 29],” states an editorial. “In response to this latest outrage, concerned governments continue to try to muster a concerted effort to constrain North Korean behavior.... Still, flaws in the strategy to do so remain unfixed and must be remedied.... The challenge is for the U.S. and partners like Japan to articulate a diplomatic settlement that Pyongyang can support.

Readers write: Seeing the other side, more Lebanon coverage, investigation recap, uranium story presentation

December 9, 2017 - 4:00am

Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test? Regarding the Nov. 6 Monitor Daily article “Lebanese departure shows Saudi response to Iran’s rising role”: Please continue covering Lebanon. Regarding the Nov. 13 Monitor Daily article “Mueller investigation: what we’ve learned, and what comes next”: This article summarized weeks of speculation, opinion, and partisan reporting.

After many days in court, travel ban nearing final resolution

December 8, 2017 - 4:42pm

President Trump’s efforts to restrict entry to the United States for citizens from eight countries came a few steps closer to a final resolution this week. Two federal appeals courts heard arguments on whether the latest version of the travel ban, which would effect 150 million mostly-Muslim people, should be allowed to go ahead. The week began with the Supreme Court allowing Mr. Trump’s latest proclamation – the third iteration of the travel ban – to go into effect pending the decisions from the two appeals courts.

Taiwan lets go a symbol of ancient days

December 8, 2017 - 2:09pm

On Dec. 6, lawmakers in Taiwan voted to rid the island of a prominent symbol of the country’s past. The law, coming 30 years after Taiwan moved toward democracy, shows how far a people will go to free themselves from a cultural legacy that may hinder progress in individual rights and equality before the law. Chiang’s harsh rule of Taiwan was based on Confucian-style autocracy, or a belief that only a natural social hierarchy with a strong ruler can bring stability.

Yemen: Why death of ex-dictator makes ending war harder, and more urgent

December 8, 2017 - 9:05am

With the killing of deposed dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh, the warring sides in Yemen have lost their main exit strategy and interlocuter, with experts warning that the parties must be brought to the negotiation table before the conflict spirals further out of control. Days before his death, Mr. Saleh, who ruled Yemen for more than three decades, appeared to offer Saudi leaders and their allies a glimmer of hope that they could wind down their costly and much criticized war in Yemen without looking defeated in front of their publics. Mr. Saleh indicated on Dec. 2 that he was formally breaking ties with the Iran-supported, Shiite Houthi rebels with whom he had most recently been allied, and instead was ready for dialogue with the Saudi-led coalition.

Skirball fire underscores calls for collaborative wildfire management

December 8, 2017 - 7:28am

On the morning of Dec. 6, Laura Lenk woke to the sound of sirens. As fire trucks whizzed by early that morning, Ms. Lenk thought there must have been an accident on the nearby 405 freeway. Recommended: Climate change: Is your opinion informed by science?

Franken resignation shows Democrats' line in the sand

December 7, 2017 - 2:44pm

Sen. Al Franken (D) of Minnesota’s decision to resign his seat – announced Thursday from the floor of a somber, almost funereal Senate chamber – reflects just how quickly, and comprehensively, his party is moving to stake out an uncompromising position on the issue of sexual misconduct. Calling himself a champion of women, Senator Franken said flatly that some of the allegations against him “are simply not true” and that others he “remembers very differently.” He insisted that as a senator, he has done nothing to bring dishonor on the institution. Franken’s decision follows that of Rep. John Conyers (D) of Michigan, who announced his retirement on Tuesday, in the wake of a series of sexual harassment allegations involving staffers.

In Trump era, US-UK 'special relationship' faces – and causes – new trials

December 7, 2017 - 2:39pm

When a report came out Sunday claiming that President Trump's first official visit to Britain had finally been scheduled for late February, it didn't take long for the backlash to come. Within minutes of The Sunday Times article putting a date – Feb. 26 to 27 – to the controversial visit, activists vowed to organize the biggest protest in British history to greet Mr. Trump. Thousands of Britons – many still angry about Trump’s retweeting last week of anti-Muslim videos published by Britain First, an extreme far-right group – have already pledged to attend, despite the lack of official confirmation of the date.

What recognizing Jerusalem means for US role as Mideast mediator

December 6, 2017 - 2:17pm

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump pledged – to the roaring approval of evangelical Christians and some pro-Israel donors – to buck longstanding policy and quickly move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem if he became president. President Trump made partial good on the embassy pledge with his announcement Wednesday recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and directing the State Department to begin the process of moving America’s diplomatic headquarters there.

Russia's doping plot: Symptom of a deeper Olympic malaise?

December 6, 2017 - 1:58pm

Russia has been given the ultimate Olympic red card, forced to sit out the 2018 Winter Games. The humiliating punishment comes just four years after their athletes won more medals than any other country in Sochi – a feat aided by systematic Russian doping and manipulation of drug-testing samples. The fact that the lumbering International Olympic Committee finally decided to take action has been hailed in the West as a gutsy if overdue move, and a coming-of-age moment for the global anti-doping movement.

Olympic-class athletes find their voice of integrity

December 6, 2017 - 1:20pm

If you happen to watch the Winter Games this February in South Korea, take an extra close look at the athletes. Most will, of course, exhibit the finest qualities of sports, such as excellence, discipline, and teamwork. Top athletes around the world were a leading force behind the Dec. 5 decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ban Russia from the event over its state-sponsored doping program in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Berlusconi's improbable return to politics: Why Italy is giving him another look

December 6, 2017 - 11:37am

Just a few years ago, it seemed safe to assume that Silvio Berlusconi's political career was over. The billionaire businessman was forced to resign as Italy's prime minister in 2011 over his management of the country's debt crisis and revelations of risqué parties involving actresses and models. Meanwhile, Italian politics moved on under a center-left government and a rising, upstart Five Star populist movement.