U.S. President Barack Obama and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a ceremony on Friday at the Atomic Bomb Dome at Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan.

Obama calls for the end of nuclear weapons at Hiroshima

By David Nakamura, The Washington Post on May 27, 2016, at 8:32 p.m.
HIROSHIMA, Japan — Nearly 71 years after an American bomber passed high above this Japanese city on a clear August morning on a mission that would alter history, President Barack Obama on Friday made a solemn visit to Hiroshima to offer respects to the victims of the world’s first deployed …

Picasso cubist work seen fetching over $43 million at auction

By Reuters on May 27, 2016, at 5:57 p.m.
HONG KONG — Pablo Picasso’s 1909 cubist artwork “Femme assise” is seen fetching over $43 million when it goes under the hammer in London next month, auction house Sotheby’s said on Friday. “It’s a painting that last appeared on the market in 1973,” Simon Stock of Sotheby’s said at a …
Iraqi soldiers fire a mortar toward Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, April 20, 2016.

US, allies target Islamic State in Falluja, Mosul

By Reuters on May 26, 2016, at 9:04 a.m.
The US and its allies said they targeted Islamic State on Wednesday with two dozen strikes in Iraq.

U.S. says late Taliban leader was planning attacks on Americans

By Jibran Ahmad and Jonathan Landay, Reuters on May 24, 2016, at 7:02 a.m.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — President Barack Obama approved the drone strike that killed Mullah Akhtar Mansour because the Taliban leader was overseeing plans for new attacks on American targets in Kabul, the Afghan capital, U.S. officials said Monday. While the Taliban have yet to confirm the death of their leader Saturday …
Mullah Akhtar Mansour

Afghan Taliban meets on succession after U.S. drones target leader

By Mirwais Harooni and Phil Stewart, Reuters on May 22, 2016, at 4:09 p.m.
Afghanistan said the attack killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour.
Recovered debris of the EgyptAir jet that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday.

Egypt sends robot submarine to help plane crash search

By Ahmed Aboulenein and Amina Ismail, Reuters on May 22, 2016, at 3:57 p.m.
The crash was the third blow since October to hit Egypt’s travel industry.
Light illuminates Mount Everest, during the in Solukhumbu District also known as the Everest region, in this picture taken Nov. 30, 2015.

Two hikers dead, two missing on Mount Everest

By Reuters on May 22, 2016, at 12:17 p.m.
A 34-year-old Australian woman has died while descending from the summit of Mount Everest, local officials in Kathmandu said Sunday, the second death on the world’s highest mountain in as many days.
Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, Taliban militants' new leader, is seen in this undated handout photograph by the Taliban.

Afghan Taliban leader likely killed in US drone strike

By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali, Reuters on May 22, 2016, at 11:36 a.m.
Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour and another combatant likely were killed in a U.S. military drone strike in Pakistan, a U.S. official said Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Canada’s aboriginals tell Trudeau they can block pipelines

By Julie Gordon, Reuters on May 22, 2016, at 8:09 a.m.
Canadian aboriginal groups and their allies said Friday they have the power to block proposed oil pipelines on land where they have proven title, dismissing comments by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who said no community has a veto.

Fritz Stern, refugee and leading historian of Germany, dies at 90

By Emily Langer, Washington Post on May 22, 2016, at 7:35 a.m.
As a scholar, Fritz Stern sought to answer what he described as a “burning question”: “Why and how did the universal human potential for evil become an actuality in Germany?”
Mourad Laachraoui

Brother of Brussels suicide bomber set for Rio Olympics

By Reuters on May 22, 2016, at 7:31 a.m.
“You don’t choose your family,” Mourad Laachraoui remarked.

Smoke detected in EgyptAir plane before crash, investigators say

By Heba Habib, Erin Cunningham and Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post on May 21, 2016, at 9:10 a.m.
Smoke was detected in multiple places inside an EgyptAir plane minutes before it plummeted into the Mediterranean Sea with 66 people on board.

Egypt finds human remains and belongings from plane crash at sea

By Ahmed Aboulenein, Reuters on May 21, 2016, at 7:38 a.m.
“But the reality is, we don’t have hard evidence that this was terrorism yet.”

U.S., allies stage 17 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq, Syria

By Reuters on May 20, 2016, at 8:36 a.m.
In Iraq, 15 strikes near 10 cities hit several tactical units and destroyed multiple fighting positions.

Canada approves GMO salmon for consumption, sale

By Reuters on May 19, 2016, at 4:34 p.m.
OTTAWA — Canada approved a type of genetically modified salmon for sale, health officials said on Thursday, the first such animal to be cleared as safe for consumption in the country. The salmon was approved in the United States to be farmed for human consumption last year but has since …
Smoke and flames from the wildfires erupt behind a car on the highway near Fort McMurray, Alberta, May 7, 2016.

Canadian firefighters make progress against fire in oil sands region

By Nia Williams and Eric M. Johnson, Reuters on May 19, 2016, at 3:59 p.m.
The massive blaze as of Thursday covers 1.2 million acres.
Monsanto is displayed on a screen where the stock is traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City, May 9, 2016.

Bayer offers to buy Monsanto in global agrochemicals shakeout

By Greg Roumeliotis and Mike Stone, Reuters on May 19, 2016, at 2:41 p.m.
Any marriage between Bayer and Monsanto could raise U.S. antitrust concerns due to an overlap in the seeds business, particularly in soybeans, cotton and canola.

Senate passes bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia

By Patricia Zengerle, Reuters on May 17, 2016, at 8:32 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia’s government for damages, setting up a potential showdown with the White House, which has threatened a veto. The Saudis, who deny responsibility for the 2001 attacks, strongly object to the bill. …

After bombings in Baghdad kill 77, Sadr’s forces deploy in some areas

By Kareem Raheem, Reuters on May 17, 2016, at 7:50 p.m.
BAGHDAD — At least 77 people were killed and more than 140 wounded by three bombings in Baghdad on Tuesday, extending the deadliest spate of attacks in the Iraqi capital so far this year and driving Shiite fighters into the streets to defend some areas. Powerful cleric Moqtada al-Sadr blamed …

Pope criticizes West for trying to export own brand of democracy to Iraq, Libya

By Reuters on May 16, 2016, at 5:01 p.m.
Pope Francis criticized Western powers for trying to export their own brand of democracy to countries such as Iraq and Libya without respecting indigenous political cultures.