Royal wedding: Palace dishes on details but keeps hush-hush about Meghan Markle’s dress

LONDON — The royal spokesman for Kensington Palace briefed the world media Friday about the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and American TV actress Meghan Markle. To say there is global interest in the cake, hairdresser, guest list, florist, receptions, carriage, honeymoon — and, oh my gosh, the dress — does not begin to describe the …

What the two Koreas and Trump have said about withdrawing U.S. troops from peninsula

U.S. soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, take part in a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, on June 28, 2017. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images) When it comes to the future of the relationship between the United States and North Korea, it may not be only …

Why a South Korean newspaper asked experts to look at photos of Kim Jong Un’s shoes

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, about to shake hands at their first-ever meeting, at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, on April 27, 2018. (Korea Summit Press Pool/Reuters) Last week’s summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader …

Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving will soon lift so some are learning to ride motorcycles

Leen Tinawi, a Jordanian born and raised in Saudi Arabia, rides a motorcycle at the Bikers Skills Institute in Riyadh on April 18. (Rami Neffeti/For The Washington Post) RIYADH — As night falls on a deserted motor-sports circuit on the outskirts of the Saudi capital, Hanan Abdulrahman weaves through traffic cones on her black Suzuki …

In these cyber war games, the fictional foe launching attacks sounds a lot like Russia

The Cooperative Cyber Defence Centrerof Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia, conducts research and training on cybersecurity. (Maurizio Gambarini/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images) TALLINN, Estonia — In the space of a few hours, the advantages of the modern, Internet-connected world turned against the military personnel and hackers involved in a cybersecurity exercise in this Baltic city not far from the …

Nobel literature prize canceled this year, following academy’s own #MeToo scandal

Women gather outside the headquarters of the Swedish Academy in Stockholm on April 19 to demand that all its remaining members resign. (Jonas Ekstromer/TT/AP) Embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal, the Swedish Academy will not award the Nobel literature prize in 2018, a statement on its web site said Friday. It has declined to award the …

Dust storm strikes India; more than 100 dead in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan

Dust storms in northern India uprooted trees, electricity poles, and left many without power on May 3. This footage shows a dust cloud moving over Gurugram, India. (Soumen Mukherjee) Severe winds and rapid-fire lightning strikes from a violent dust storm demolished homes and displaced trees across India on Wednesday, killing at least 125 people and injuring …

Ninalee Allen Craig, subject of iconic ‘American Girl in Italy’ photos, dies at 90

In August 1951, at a $1-a-night hotel in Florence, two American women came face to face in the hallway one morning. One was Ruth Orkin, a promising 29-year-old photojournalist who was seeking a subject for a magazine photo spread about the experiences of women traveling abroad alone — a rare thing to do at the …

Did Armenia just dance its way to revolution?

Ousting your prime minister can be seriously hard work. But it should be fun, too. That is the impression Armenia gave in recent weeks, where hundreds of thousands staged anti-government rallies, part of a bloodless revolution in the small country that managed to throw off — at least, so far — authoritarian rule. And when …

U.S. accuses China of directing blinding lasers at American military aircraft in Djibouti

The sun sets in the port of Djibouti on March 13, 2018. The tiny Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti with less than 1 million inhabitants, has become a military outpost for China, France, Italy and Japan. (Elias Messeret/AP) The United States has formally complained to China after alleging that the Chinese military injured two U.S. …