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A large steel plant in Inner Mongolia, China, in November. To meet China’s targets to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, authorities are pushing to shut down privately owned steel, coal, and other high-polluting factories scattered across rural areas. Credit Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

China Wants to Be a Climate Change Watchdog, but Can’t Yet Lead by Example

BEIJING — President-elect Donald J. Trump has called climate change a hoax created by China and said he would cancel an international accord to curb greenhouse gas emissions. But leaders of other nations, including China, are rolling up their sleeves for the hard work of putting that deal into practice. […]

Roman Herzog, former president of Germany, in 2015. Credit Markus Schreiber/Associated Press

Roman Herzog, Germany’s President in 1990s, Is Dead at 82

Roman Herzog, who as Germany’s second president after reunification called for “confidence and joie de vivre” during a time of economic malaise, died on Tuesday. He was 82. The death was announced by the current president, Joachim Gauck, who did not provide further details. “His forward-looking courage was combined with […]

Muslim Girls in Switzerland Must Attend Swim Classes With Boys, Court Says

Muslim Girls in Switzerland Must Attend Swim Classes With Boys, Court Says

In 2008, school officials in Basel, Switzerland, ordered a Muslim couple to enroll their daughters in a mandatory swimming class, despite the parents’ objections to having their girls learn alongside boys. The officials offered the couple some accommodations: The girls, 9 and 7 at the time, could wear body-covering swimsuits, […]

Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president of Iran, in Tehran in 2015. Credit Ebrahim Noroozi/Associated Press

Death of Iran’s Rafsanjani Removes Influential Voice Against Hard-Liners

TEHRAN — With the death of Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Sunday, Iran’s political factions knew immediately that any space by reformers to maneuver had just significantly decreased. Change had come, and it did not favor those seeking to turn Iran into a less revolutionary country with more tolerance […]

The United States guided missile destroyer Mahan in the Mediterranean in 2013. Credit Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob D. Moore/U.S. Navy, via Reuters

American Destroyer Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Boats

WASHINGTON — In a vivid illustration of the tensions between the United States and Iran, an American Navy warship fired warning shots at Iranian boats that were racing toward it near the Strait of Hormuz, Defense Department officials said on Monday. The episode occurred Sunday when four Iranian fast boats […]

The funeral in Tehran on Tuesday of Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president of Iran and a founder of the Islamic republic. Credit Vahid Salemi/Associated Press

As Protests Flare, Iran Bids Farewell to Rafsanjani

TEHRAN — Iranians bade farewell to Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Tuesday, with the sprawling state funeral veering slightly off script when groups of mourners started shouting opposition slogans. The authorities were forced to raise the volume on the loudspeakers playing lamentation songs after some in the crowds took up […]

Israeli soldiers at the funeral of Lt. Yael Yekutiel in Tel Aviv on Monday. Lieutenant Yekutiel was one of four Israeli soldiers killed in a truck attack in Jerusalem on Sunday. Credit Abir Sultan/European Pressphoto Agency

Israel Buries 4 Soldiers, but the Mourning Is Marred by Discord

JERUSALEM — One loved horse riding; another was the oldest of four sisters; a third had fought to enlist in the army despite medical problems that allowed him to defer the draft. The fourth was the 300th graduate of her Haifa high school to have died while serving as a […]

Officers at the scene where a man was reported shot in the leg in Baltimore in June 2015. The city, with about 622,000 residents, had 318 homicides in 2016, nearly as many as New York, home to more than 8.5 million. Credit Drew Angerer for The New York Times

Obama Races to Overhaul Police in Baltimore and Chicago Before Trump Era

BALTIMORE — With just days until Donald J. Trump is sworn in as president, the Obama administration is making a last-minute push for police overhauls in two of the nation’s most violent cities, Baltimore and Chicago, where officers have been accused of routinely mistreating African-Americans. In Chicago, where a city […]

President-elect Donald J. Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan on Monday. Credit Kevin Hagen for The New York Times

Trump Pushes Republicans for Immediate Repeal of Obama Health Law

President-elect Donald J. Trump pressed Republicans on Tuesday to move forward with the immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act and to replace it very quickly thereafter, saying, “We have to get to business. Obamacare has been a catastrophic event.” Mr. Trump’s position undercuts Republican leaders who want a quick […]

Nana Akufo- Addo

Akufo Addo names more ministerial nominees

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has put out more names for consideration of Parliament as Ministers of State. They include Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo as a Senior Minister whom the President described as “arguably the most successful Finance Minister in our history.” Making the announcement at a press conference at […]