Turkish restaurant set on fire in German city of Chemnitz

BERLIN — German police say unidentified assailants apparently started a fire at a Turkish restaurant in an eastern city that saw violent anti-migrant protests recently. Saxony state police said residents were woken up by a loud bang at the restaurant in Chemnitz early Thursday, followed by smoke. They saw three people running away and getting …

Venezuela’s desperate exodus: ‘I’ll walk in my broken shoes’

By Christine Armario | AP October 18 at 4:04 AM PAMPLONA, Colombia — As night approached, Sandra Cadiz wrapped her shivering daughter in a blanket and prayed for a ride up the frigid Colombian mountaintop known as “the icebox.” Ten-year-old Angelis already had on nearly all of the clothes she’d brought for the 2,700-mile trek through four …

China orders evacuations after landslide blocks Tibet river

BEIJING — China says around 6,000 people have been evacuated following a landslide in Tibet that blocked the flow of one of the region’s key rivers. The local emergency response bureau said a barrier lake was formed on the Yarlung Tsangpo, the headwater of India’s Brahmaputra River, following the Wednesday morning collapse of a cliff …

Indian government minister steps down as country’s #MeToo movement gains traction

NEW DELHI — A junior minister in the Indian government stepped down after more than a dozen women accused him of sexual harassment, delivering the first major victory to the country’s nascent #MeToo movement. M.J. Akbar, minister of state for external affairs, faced allegations of harassment and assault from female journalists who had worked for …

UN Syria envoy to try to move on constitution before leaving

By Edith M. Lederer | AP October 17 at 7:00 PM UNITED NATIONS — U.N. special envoy Staffan de Mistura said Wednesday that he will make a final effort before stepping down next month to advance toward a new constitution for Syria — a key step in ending the country’s civil war. De Mistura announced at the …

U. N.’ s most senior Syria diplomat to leave role

U.N. Special envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura (Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock) Louisa Loveluck Reporter in The Washington Post’s Beirut bureau, focusing on Syria. October 17 at 4:10 PM BEIRUT — Staffan de Mistura, the U.N. special envoy for Syria, said Wednesday that he would leave his post at the end of November, closing …

Three things you need to know before you go to Canada for some legal weed

A woman waves a flag portraying a marijuana leaf to celebrate National Marijuana Day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on April 20, 2016. (Chris Roussakis/AFP/Getty Images) At the stroke of midnight on Oct. 17, Canada became only the second country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana. Canadian law now allows people 18 and older …

Pompeo meets with Turkish leaders on missing Saudi writer

By Suzan Fraser and Jon Gambrell | AP October 17 at 10:01 AM ANKARA, Turkey — A pro-government Turkish newspaper on Wednesday published a gruesome recounting of the alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, just as America’s top diplomat arrived in the country for talks over the Washington Post columnist’s …

Bomb at Crimea school kills 10 people, wounds 50, Russian state media reports

At least 10 people were killed and 50 more wounded when a bomb exploded in a school in Crimea, Russian state media reported, citing the country’s anti-terrorist committee. “A terrorist act is one of the versions being considered,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a phone call. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine four years …

The Latest: Turkey awaits permit to search consul’s home

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks to the media before leaving Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP) (Associated Press) ANKARA, Turkey — The Latest on the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier this …