News World

World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (L) reacts after his election in front of outgoing Director General China's Margaret Chan during the World Health Assembly (WHA) on May 23, 2017 in Geneva. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

WHO names Mugabe 'goodwill ambassador'

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has long faced United States sanctions over his government’s human rights abuses. But the World Health Organization’s new chief is making the longtime African leader a “goodwill ambassador.”

Delhi's landmark India Gate, a war memorial, is seen engulfed in morning smog a day after Diwali festival, in New Delhi, India, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

1 out of 6 deaths by pollution but West is best

Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, attend the weekly cabinet meeting at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)

Israel sets Hamas peace talk conditions

Israel said Tuesday it would not conduct diplomatic negotiations with a Palestinian government that includes a role for the militant Hamas group, laying down a significant potential roadblock to already complicated Palestinian reconciliation efforts.

In this picture taken on Monday Oct. 16, 2017 and provided by The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces outlet that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters, take their position on a destroyed building during their battle against the Islamic State militants, in Raqqa, Syria. (Syrian Democratic Forces, via AP)

Syrian troops capture ISIS capital Raqqa

U.S.-backed Syrian forces liberated the city of Raqqa on Tuesday from Islamic State militants, a senior commander said, in a major defeat for the collapsing extremist group that had proclaimed it to be the capital of its “caliphate.”

A general view taken on the opening day of the 22nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on February 25, 2013 in Geneva. FABRICE COFFRINI/Getty Images

UNHRC elects human rights abusers

The United States and human rights groups sharply criticized Monday’s U.N. election for 15 new members of the Human Rights Council, singling out conflict-torn Congo’s victory despite accusations of serious rights abuses and an investigation by the U.N.’s top human rights body.

Somalis remove the body of a man killed in Saturday's blast, in Mogadishu, Somalia Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Somalia truck bombing deaths hit over 300

More than 300 people are dead after the truck bombing in Somalia’s capital and scores of others remain missing, authorities said Monday, as the fragile Horn of Africa nation reeled from one of the world’s worst attacks in years.