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  • Poland's populist govt brings hope to struggling rural areas

    Life has always been hard for Witold Pogorzelski, a farmer in eastern Poland. Fuel shortages in the communist era prevented him from transporting his produce. In the capitalist era, the nearby sugar factory that provided an income to him and his wife was forced to close. But now, as the 64-year-old...

  • Germany sees "alarmingly high" number of anti-migrant crimes

    Migrants and their homes in Germany faced more than 3,500 attacks in 2016, a number that is "alarmingly high and cause for concern," a German official said Monday, while adding that the crimes are being aggressively prosecuted and the numbers of such attacks are now falling. Most of the attacks...

  • Authorities investigate killing of hippo at El Salvador zoo

    El Salvador's widespread violence reached an unexpected corner with the brutal and fatal beating of the national zoo's beloved hippopotamus Gustavito. Even among a population numbed by a staggering human death toll due to gang violence in recent years, the animal's death late Sunday stirred outrage....

  • Warplanes pound northwest Syria as Geneva meetings continue

    Airstrikes on Syria's rebel-held Idlib province killed at least 11 people on Monday, opposition activists said, in the latest spasm of violence to mar U.N.-brokered talks in Geneva between the government and the opposition. Separately, there were unconfirmed reports that a top al-Qaeda official...

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