Hard-Liners in Iran See No Drawback to Bellicose Strategy

President Trump appeared to be softening toward Iran. He had broken with his administration’s leading advocate of confrontation, signaled a willingness to meet personally with his Iranian counterpart, and reportedly considered relaxing some sanctions. But Iran, American officials say, responded with violence. The officials have accused Iran of More...

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By Boston Journal On Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Frederic Pryor, Player in ‘Bridge of Spies’ Case, Dies at 86

On Feb. 10, 1962, after nearly six months in jail, Mr. Pryor was driven to Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin and released. The Powers-for-Abel swap occurred at Glienicke Bridge, a border crossing between East and West More...

By Boston Journal On Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Solomon Islands Weighs Cutting Ties to Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Solomon Islands is said to be considering breaking diplomatic relations with Taiwan in order to establish formal ties with China, a move that comes as American officials accuse Beijing More...

By Boston Journal On Friday, August 30th, 2019

Amazon Forests Are Being Razed at Breakneck Speed, and Not Only in Brazil

Three years of relative peace with rebels in Colombia has opened once-forbidding jungles to settlers. Illegal gold mining is fueling forest loss in Peru. Cattle ranchers in Bolivia are razing rainforest to meet More...

By Boston Journal On Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Trump Told U.S. Business to Leave China. This Is Why They Can’t.

SHANGHAI — In the space of 24 hours, President Trump ordered American businesses to leave China and suggested in a tweet that he has the authority to do so. Whether he has that power is a question for Washington More...

By Boston Journal On Sunday, August 18th, 2019

Yemeni Separatists Relinquish Control of Buildings in Aden

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Southern Yemeni separatists withdrew on Saturday from some government buildings in Aden that they seized last week but held on to military camps that give them control over the More...

By Boston Journal On Monday, August 12th, 2019

Hundreds of Migrants Stranded in Mediterranean in Standoff Over Aid Ships

The United Nations has criticized the Italian policy of turning ships away, with Charlie Yaxley, a spokesman for the body’s refugee agency, saying the ships played an “invaluable role in saving the lives of More...

By Boston Journal On Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

India Faces Criticism Over Revoking Kashmiri Autonomy

NEW DELHI — India-administered Kashmir remained in lockdown Tuesday and India faced mounting criticism, a day after New Delhi stripped the disputed territory of its autonomy. The prime minister of Pakistan, More...

By Boston Journal On Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

European Economy Slows, Raising Expectations of E.C.B. Action

Economic growth in countries that use the euro slowed considerably in the second quarter, adding to pressure on the European Central Bank to intercede to prevent a possible recession. The economies in the eurozone More...

By Boston Journal On Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

A New Way to Fight Crop Diseases, With a Smartphone

Late blight is a common disease of plants such as tomatoes and potatoes, capable of wiping out entire crops on commercial-scale fields. Caused by a fungus-like pathogen, it first appears as black or brown lesions More...