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LONDON—As always, Caster Semenya is focused on racing, not regulations. And she has some big goals, too. The South African plans to be around for a while, and maybe dominate the 1,500 meters the way she has the 800. After falling...
CARACAS, Venezuela—As Venezuela’s political crisis spins further out of control, many are looking to the military to see if its once-unflinching loyalty to the socialist revolution might be fraying. Last Sunday morning Venezuelans awoke to news that a small group...
MAFRAQ, Jordan—Married at 15 and divorced at 16, a Syrian teen says she regrets having said yes to a handsome suitor—a stranger who turned into an abusive husband. Yet, the reasons that transformed her into a child bride have become...
By C. Randall Henning / American University School of International Service Greece’s creditors have disbursed another chunk of funds as part of Greece’s current €86-billion ($100-billion) bailout, and the country recently tested the bond markets for the first time in three years, planning to borrow...
DISAGREEMENTS over North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile tests and territorial disputes in the South China Sea prevented the region’s foreign ministers from promptly issuing their joint communiqué after an annual gathering in Manila, two Southeast Asian diplomats said last...
By Eddie Pells | The Associated Press LONDON—One final time, Usain Bolt peered down the last 50 meters of his lane and saw sprinter upon sprinter running footsteps ahead of him. One final time, the world’s fastest man furiously pumped the...

Lochte slow in comeback

By Denis P. Gorman | The Associated Press EAST MEADOW, New York—Ryan Lochte had questions. He needed answers. After a fifth-place finish in the men’s 100-meter backstroke final with a time of 55.16 seconds last Saturday at the US Open, the Olympian...
UNITED NATIONS—The UN Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions last Saturday to punish North Korea for its escalating nuclear and missile programs, including a ban on coal and other exports worth over $1 billion—a huge bite in its...
HIROSHIMA, Japan—Hiroshima’s appeal of “never again” on the anniversary last Sunday of the world‘s first atomic-bomb attack has gained urgency as North Korea moves ever closer to acquiring nuclear weapons, showing its growing prowess with increasingly frequent missile launches. When...
HELENA, Montona—The drought plaguing eastern Montana and much of North and South Dakota came on quickly and is intensifying, leading ranchers to sell their cattle and farmers to harvest early whatever crops that have grown so far this summer. Just...
PARIS—Six years after taking over perennial underachiever Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), the French club’s wealthy owners finally got what they wanted by hiring Neymar—a player they believe will bring them Champions League glory. The Brazil star became the most expensive player...
HAYWARD, California—Stephen Curry pumped his right fist, raised his arms in the air with club in hand and gave a firm shoulder bump to caddie Jonnie West, his golf partner on road trips with the Golden State Warriors. After three bogeys...
Jacinda Ardern took over as New Zealand’s opposition leader just three days ago, but already she has prompted a flood of donations, taken a stance for women in the workplace and transformed what had been a dull election campaign. Whether...
Alarm over North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests, a germinal step to temper South China Sea disputes and unease over a disastrous siege by pro-Islamic State group militants will grab the spotlight in an annual gathering of Southeast...
NIPTON, California—Now that one of the nation’s largest cannabis companies has bought the entire California desert town of Nipton, a question remains: Will the new owners rename the place Potsylvania? The name Weed already belongs to an old mill town...
It’s a lot easier to talk to a smartphone than to try to type instructions on its keyboard. This is particularly true when a person is trying to log in to a device or a system: Few people would...

The New Usain?

LONDON—Usain Bolt doesn’t really want to anoint the next “Usain” in track and field, but when pressed during the lead up to his last world championships, he does have a name in mind—Wayde van Niekerk. “One person I know that...
RIO DE JANEIRO—Neymar kissed the ball, delivered a gold medal and then wept with other Brazilians. Look no further if you’re searching for an iconic image of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. “It’s the only medal that really mattered,” Salvador Gaeta...
BERLIN—Former heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko announced his immediate retirement from boxing on Thursday. The 41-year-old Klitschko dominated the heavyweight scene for a decade but lost to Britain’s Anthony Joshua in April after a technical knockout in the 11th round....
The United States’s top diplomat is expected to raise concerns about human rights in the Philippines during a possible meeting with President Duterte when he visits Manila this week for Asia’s biggest security forum. Acting US Assistant Secretary for East Asian and...