Tag: Risk News

U.S. Combat Role in Iraq to End This Year, Biden Says

WASHINGTON—President Biden said the U.S. combat mission in Iraq would conclude by the end of 2021, but the U.S. military would continue to work with...

U.S. Intensifies Airstrikes in Afghanistan as Taliban Offensive Nears Kandahar

The U.S. has stepped up airstrikes in southern Afghanistan amid growing apprehension over a Taliban offensive threatening Kandahar, the country’s second-largest city and spiritual capital...

A China Subway Flood Survivor’s Harrowing Experience: ‘I May Not Be Able to Get Out’

HONG KONG—As floodwaters surged into a stalled subway train beneath the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, Pure Li hurriedly tapped out farewell messages to a close...

Haiti’s Slain President’s Funeral Marked by Rage, Protests

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti—In front of a mourning family and foreign dignitaries, President Jovenel Moïse was laid to rest Friday in a country riven by deepening strife...

U.S., Iraq to Agree That Combat Troops Should Leave by End of 2021

Top Iraqi and U.S. officials plan to issue a statement calling for U.S. combat troops to leave Iraq by year-end, both nations’ officials said, but...

Hong Kong Police Arrest Five Over Children’s Books Depicting Protesters as Sheep

Hong Kong’s national-security police arrested five people for allegedly conspiring to commit sedition through a series of picture books that portray sheep being targeted by...

Germany’s Flooding Rearranges Political Picture Ahead of Election to Succeed Merkel

BERLIN—Last week’s devastating floods in Germany that have so far claimed nearly 160 lives have become the central issue of the country’s coming election that...

Europe Floods Move South and East as Rains Hit Germany, Austria

Flooding moved to southern and eastern parts of Germany and into neighboring Austria on Sunday, as heavy rainfall over Alpine regions swelled rivers and overwhelmed...

Flooding Prompts Mass Evacuations in Germany, Belgium as Death Toll Tops 160

BERLIN—Germany and neighboring countries were evacuating new areas hit or threatened by the region’s worst flooding in decades on Saturday, as the death toll across...

South Africa President Says Rioting Following Predecessor’s Arrest Was Attempted Insurrection

JOHANNESBURG—South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Friday that the unrest that followed the arrest of his predecessor was a coordinated campaign to start an insurrection against the country’s...

Floods in Germany, Belgium Leave More Than 100 Dead as Rescuers Race to Find Survivors

BERLIN—Rescuers in Germany and neighboring countries were racing to find survivors from the region’s worst flooding this century, as the death toll rose to over...

Cannes Film Festival, Risking China’s Ire, to Screen Hong Kong Protest Documentary

The Cannes Film Festival plans to screen a controversial new documentary on Hong Kong’s 2019 pro-democracy unrest on Friday, courting another film-industry clash with Beijing...

South Africa’s Looting, Violence Reflect Inequalities Exacerbated by Covid-19 Pandemic

JOHANNESBURG—Violence and looting in parts of South Africa, triggered by the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma, are broadening to reflect more deep-seated problems in...

South Africa Deploys Army to Contain Unrest Over Former President Zuma’s Arrest

JOHANNESBURG—South Africa deployed its army Monday to help quell violent protests and widespread looting following the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma, as his lawyers...

Taliban Find New Revenues as They Seize Afghanistan’s U.S.-Built Border Gateway

KABUL—The Taliban have gained a lucrative new source of income, taking over the main trade gateway into Tajikistan, and beginning to collect customs revenues, as...

Africa’s Last Absolute Monarchy Teeters Amid Protests Against King’s Lavish Lifestyle

JOHANNESBURG—A week of nationwide protests has left dozens of people dead in the tiny nation of Eswatini, raising the prospect that Africa’s last absolute monarchy...

Opinion: Record heat and your retirement: Why the climate crisis should factor into your financial plan

The Pacific Northwest is currently experiencing a record heat wave so severe that statisticians say it should happen only once a millennium, but which climatologists...

Ethiopia Conflict Takes Dramatic Turn as Tigray Rebels Retake Regional Capital

Eight months after claiming victory over the rebellious region of Tigray, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmedhas been beaten into a shock retreat, his forces ejected...

Iran-Backed Militias Fire Rockets in New Attack Aimed at U.S. Forces

U.S. troops in northeast Syria came under rocket fire Monday night after Iran-backed militias vowed revenge for U.S. airstrikes earlier that day in Iraq and...

Panama Canal Tackles Climate-Change Puzzle: Too Little Rainwater or Too Much

PANAMA CITY—The Panama Canal faces a creeping threat from climate change, including droughts so intense that ships sometimes reduce their cargo so as not to...

Israel-Hamas Tensions High as Gaza Militants Launch More Flaming Balloons

TEL AVIV—Palestinian militants in Gaza launched more flaming balloons into Israel on Wednesday, as a new round of violence between Israel and Hamas entered a...

Israeli Nationalists March in Jerusalem as Hamas Calls for Confrontation

JERUSALEM—Israeli police fired rubber bullets at Palestinians trying to disrupt a right-wing nationalist march in Jerusalem, while Hamas militants launched incendiary balloons into Israel and...

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Charged With Corruption

SINGAPORE—Authorities in Myanmar have charged Aung San Suu Kyi with corruption, the latest in a raft of criminal cases brought against her since the country’s...

Taiwan’s Leader Hurt by Recent Setbacks

TAIPEI—Taiwan and its leader, Tsai Ing-wen, were riding high last year as the island fended off the coronavirus, expanded its economy and won vocal support...

Thousands in Hong Kong Defy Police Ban to Remember Tiananmen Victims

HONG KONG—Thousands of people in Hong Kong defied a huge police presence and threats of jail to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, seeking to...