Even in optimistic Davos, winter has come

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. As thousands of business leaders, politicians, and intellectuals converged in Davos on Monday, they had to weather the largest snowfall the alpine Swiss town has seen in about two decades. A thick […]

Ecuador’s president calls Julian Assange ‘more than a nuisance’

Ben Franklin once said that house guests, like fish, start to smell after three days. Which may explain the frustration of Ecuador's President Lenín Moreno. Moreno's country has reluctantly hosted Julian Assange in its London embassy since June 2012, when he showed up to claim political asylum. At that time, the WikiLeaks founder was wanted in […]

‘An abuser and pervert’: Women in Spain want a statue of Woody Allen removed

Woody Allen's affection for New York is well known. But over the years, he's celebrated other cities, too. The director has spent several weeks in the city of Oviedo, in northern Spain. He described the city as “delicious, exotic, beautiful, clean, lovely, tranquil and pedestrianized,” and even set his 2008 film “Vicky Christina Barcelona” there. The city […]

Why other countries don’t have government shutdowns

BERLIN — Hundreds of thousands of workers are expected to stay home this week, after the Senate was unable to reach a deal Sunday night to end the government shutdown that began three days ago. This may not be the first time in recent history that funding for government operations and agencies was interrupted — since 1976, there have been 19 shutdowns […]

Will Trump become a Davos Man?

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. Later this week, President Trump is slated to travel to an alpine corner of Switzerland to address world leaders, business elites and celebrities. The government shutdown […]

After Putin’s icy dip, U.S. ambassador tries shirtless diplomacy

MOSCOW — The latest attempt at Russian-American rapprochement came in the guise of a shirtless U.S. ambassador. Wearing black swimming trunks, U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. on Sunday plunged into the icy waters of the Istra River outside Moscow as Russian journalists’ cameras rolled. The former Utah governor was trying out an Orthodox tradition for the […]

On second day of global women’s marches, thousands take to the streets of Europe

BERLIN — Thousands took to the streets of European capitals, among them Berlin, Paris and London, on Sunday as part of the global “Women's March” movement. One day after large crowds attended protests across the United States and all over the world, including in Rome, Sydney and Buenos Aires, it was northern Europe's turn. While those who marched rallied against […]

A kingpin smuggled ivory tusks and rhino horns for years, police say. The suspect was finally caught.

Thai police have arrested a Vietnamese national who they say ran an international network that trafficked massive quantities of elephant ivory, rhino horn and wildlife, threatening the existence of already endangered species in Asia and Africa for years. Boonchai Bach, 40, was arrested Friday in Nakhon Phanom, a northeastern Thailand province that borders Laos, in connection to […]

German officials believe rapper-turned-militant Denis Cuspert has been killed

BERLIN — German rapper-turned-militant Denis Cuspert is most likely dead, according to three German security officials and one person close to him. Also known as "Deso Dogg" and later by the nom de guerre "Abu Talha al Almani," Cuspert was one of Germany’s most notorious Islamic State members and a high-profile figure behind the group’s propaganda […]

Shirtless Putin takes icy religious plunge, and yes, there are photos

The president appears healthy. Russian leader Vladimir Putin dipped into frigid waters early Friday at a lake in northwestern Russia to mark the Orthodox observance of the Epiphany, which commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. The president arrived for the pre-dawn ceremony flanked by journalists with video cameras and monks holding gold […]

France scoffs at Boris Johnson’s plan for bridge across the English Channel

LONDON — As Britain prepares for its departure from the European Union, there has been ample discussion about the building of bridges as Britain finds its new place in the world. And maybe that means building an actual bridge. Britain’s flamboyant foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, sparked a debate about the possibility of a 22-mile bridge […]

America’s forever war is expanding. Again.

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. This week, the Trump administration announced that the United States is committing to an extended military presence in Syria. At an event at Stanford University on […]