Supporters of Marine Le Pen, French National Front political party leader and candidate for French 2017 presidential election, react after early results in the first round of 2017 French presidential election, in Henin-Beaumont, northern France, April 23, 2017.

France’s Macron, Le Pen advance to presidential run-off

By Sybille de La Hamaide and Matthias Blamont, Reuters on April 23, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.
Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen are set to face each other in a May 7 runoff for the French presidency
A submarine-launched ballistic missile is displayed during a military parade in central Pyongyang on April 15, 2017.

North Korea says it’s ready to strike US aircraft carrier

By James Pearson and Ju-min Park, Reuters on April 23, 2017, at 1:59 p.m.
North Korea said Sunday it was ready to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a U.S. carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific.

North Korea detains US citizen, the third held captive there

By Anna Fifield, The Washington Post on April 23, 2017, at 10:48 a.m.
The man was identified as Kim Sang-duk, a Korean-American who previously taught at a Chinese university.

Taliban attack on key Afghan army base kills at least 140

By Sayed Salahuddin and Pamela Constable, The Washington Post on April 23, 2017, at 8:28 a.m.
In a stunning blow to the Western-backed war effort, the base on a sun-baked plain near the city of Mazar-e Sharif became the target of the deadliest single attack by Taliban insurgents since their regime in Kabul was overthrown in 2001.

S. Korea on heightened alert as N. Korea readies for army anniversary

By Ju-min Park and Ben Blanchard, Reuters on April 22, 2017, at 8:43 a.m.
South Korea was on heightened alert on Friday ahead of another important anniversary in North Korea, with a large concentration of military hardware amassed on both sides of the border amid concerns about a new nuclear test by Pyongyang.

Security dominates French election after shooting

By Leigh Thomas and Marine Pennetier, Reuters on April 22, 2017, at 8:37 a.m.
The killing of a policeman by a suspected Islamist militant pushed national security to the top of the French political agenda on Friday, two days before the presidential election.
A soldier touches a poppy plant used to make heroin.

U.S. offers to fund Mexico heroin fight

By Gabriel Stargardter, Reuters on April 21, 2017, at 5:47 p.m.
The United States has offered to help fund Mexico’s efforts to eradicate opium poppies, the U.S. assistant secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) said on Friday.

Activists urge emergency visas for LGBT from Chechyna

By Reuters on April 21, 2017, at 5:07 p.m.
Dozens of LGBT men from Chechnya have been reported to be imprisoned and tortured because they are believed to be gay.

Islamic State claims Paris shooting, one policeman killed

By Julien Pretot and Emmanuel Jarry, Reuters on April 21, 2017, at 6:31 a.m.
A French policeman was shot dead and two others were wounded in central Paris on Thursday night in an attack carried out days before presidential elections and quickly claimed by the Islamic State militant group.
An armed soldier secures a side road near the Champs Elysees Avenue after two policemen were killed and another wounded in a shooting incident in Paris, France, April 20, 2017.

ISIS claims attack on French police that left 1 dead, 2 wounded

By James McAuley and William Branigin, Washington Post on April 20, 2017, at 8:39 p.m.
A gunman opened fire on French police Thursday on Paris’ best-known boulevard, killing one officer and wounding two others before being fatally shot himself.
An Italian grocer shows off his Parmesan cheese inside a shop in central Rome, May 20, 2003.

This bank will take cheese as collateral

By Gene Marks, The Washington Post on April 18, 2017, at 6:36 a.m.
If you’re finding yourself a little short on assets maybe you can make up the difference with a little cheese.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference in Istanbul, Turkey April 16, 2017.

Triumphant Erdogan swats away Western criticism of referendum

By Gulsen Solaker, Tuvan Gumrukcu and Daren Butler, Reuters on April 18, 2017, at 6:21 a.m.
A defiant Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan denounced the West’s “crusader mentality” Monday after European monitors criticized a referendum in which he won sweeping new powers.

Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails begin hunger strike

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ali Sawafta, Reuters on April 18, 2017, at 6:09 a.m.
Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails began a hunger strike on Monday in response to a call by prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti, widely seen as a possible future Palestinian president.

Human-caused climate change has rerouted an entire Canadian river

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post on April 17, 2017, at 2:26 p.m.
A team of scientists Monday documented what they’re describing as the first case of large-scale river reorganization as a result of human-caused climate change.

Turkey’s Erdogan declares referendum victory; opponents plan challenge

By Tuvan Gumrukcu and Humeyra Pamuk, Reuters on April 17, 2017, at 6:11 a.m.
President Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in a referendum on Sunday to grant him sweeping powers in the biggest overhaul of modern Turkish politics, but opponents said the vote was marred by irregularities and they would challenge its result.
Newly named National Security Adviser Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster listens as President Donald Trump makes the announcement at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, Feb. 20, 2017.

U.S., allies weigh options after North Korea’s missile test

By Lucia Mutikani and Sue-Lin Wong, Reuters on April 16, 2017, at 2:33 p.m.
“This latest missile test just fits into a pattern of provocative and destabilizing and threatening behavior on the part of the North Korean regime,” national security adviser H.R. McMaster said. “There is an international consensus now, including the Chinese leadership, that this is a situation that just cannot continue,” McMaster said.
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, sits on her bed during her 117th birthday in Verbania, northern Italy, Nov. 29, 2016.

Emma Morano, whose life spanned three centuries, dies in Italy at 117

By Philip Pullella, Reuters on April 16, 2017, at 11:01 a.m.
Emma Morano’s life spanned three centuries, two world wars and more than 90 Italian governments.
Soldiers walk in front of the Monument to the Foundation of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, April 16, 2017.

North Korea’s failed missile launch follows day of military fanfare

By Anna Fifield, The Washington Post on April 16, 2017, at 9:28 a.m.
Although the missile in Sunday’s attempt — like others before it — exploded shortly after launch, experts warn that North Korea’s rocket scientists learn something from failures as well as successes, giving them information they can use to hone their technology.

Massive U.S. bomb in Afghanistan killed 36 from Islamic State, say local officials

By Erin Cunningham and Sayed Salahuddin, The Washington Post on April 15, 2017, at 8:21 a.m.
A 22,000-pound bomb dropped by U.S. forces on an Islamic State hideout killed about three dozen militants in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Friday, raising further questions about the already controversial decision to use such powerful ordnance on the battlefield.

China issues stern warning to US, North Korea over their growing tensions

By Anna Fifield, The Washington Post on April 15, 2017, at 8:20 a.m.
China issued a stern warning Friday to both the United States and North Korea, urging them not to push their recriminations to a point of no return and allow war to break out on the Korean Peninsula.