British-Iranian Woman Is Moved From Tehran Jail to Psychiatric Hospital

LONDON — A British-Iranian woman detained in Tehran since 2016 has been moved to a hospital psychiatric unit, her family said, prompting fears for her well-being. The moving of the woman, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, was initially seen as a positive development, because she had been requesting treatment for months. But her family said on Wednesday More...

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By Boston Journal On Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
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How Not to Smuggle Cocaine: Atop Your Head, Under a Hairpiece

Drug traffickers have resorted to many crafty, hard-to-detect methods of disguising what they are up to. This is not one of those stories. The Spanish police on Tuesday announced the arrest of a Colombian man More...

By Boston Journal On Monday, July 15th, 2019
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E.U. Foreign Ministers Scramble to Save Iran Deal

BRUSSELS — European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday scrambled to work out how to salvage the Iran nuclear deal despite Tehran’s breaching the agreed limits on its uranium enrichment More...

By Boston Journal On Sunday, July 14th, 2019
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Messages on the Moon From a World Turned Upside Down

Messages of peace from exiled leaders of nations under Soviet occupation were poignant. Anatols Dinbergs of Latvia spoke of how the moon landing would contribute to the “restoration of freedom to all nations.” But More...

By Boston Journal On Saturday, July 13th, 2019
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Hong Kong Protest Against Mainland Chinese Traders Turns Violent

HONG KONG — Several thousand demonstrators gathered in the streets of a Hong Kong border town on Saturday to protest against mainland Chinese traders, the latest effort by local activists to ride the momentum More...

By Boston Journal On Friday, July 12th, 2019
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Gay and Once Divorced, a Rabbi’s Experiences Help Her Broaden Judaism’s Tent

MONTREAL — When Rabbi Lisa Grushcow, the first openly gay rabbi of a large synagogue in Canada, was preparing to begin rabbinical school, she faced a daunting choice: love or serving God. Her world was suddenly More...

By Boston Journal On Thursday, July 11th, 2019
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Climbers Flock to Uluru Before a Ban, Straining a Sacred Site

SYDNEY, Australia — It is an unusual sight for the famous but remote sandstone monolith known as Uluru: dense lines of eager climbers snaking up its reddish-brown surface, headed toward the peak of a rock sacred More...

By Boston Journal On Wednesday, July 10th, 2019
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Australia Will Hold Referendum on Indigenous Recognition

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia will hold a national referendum within the next three years on the question of formally recognizing Indigenous Australians in the Constitution, a government minister said on More...

By Boston Journal On Tuesday, July 9th, 2019
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Greece’s Experiment With Populism Holds Lessons for Europe

ATHENS — With a quiet handshake at the door of Maximos Mansion on a tree-lined street in central Athens, Alexis Tsipras ceded the office of prime minister on Monday to the New Democracy leader, Kyriakos Mitsotakis. It More...

By Boston Journal On Monday, July 8th, 2019
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South Korean Defects to the North, Following in His Parents’ Footsteps

SEOUL, South Korea — The son of a former South Korean foreign minister who fled to North Korea in the 1980s also defected to the North last week, according to the North’s state-run news media. The minister’s More...