Latvian Bank Facing U.S. Sanctions Threat Wants Government Bailout


A Latvian bank threatened with U.S. sanctions for allegedly conducting a global money laundering scheme, including for companies connected to North Korea’s missile program, is seeking more than a half billion dollars in government bailout money.

How Brexit Has Put Citizen Safety in Play


For the U.K., losing access to European security programs could have important consequences, Stephen Fidler writes.

Neanderthals Had a Creative Side, Cave Art Studies Suggest


Neanderthals, once considered the low-brows of human evolution, may have been among the world’s first artists, creating cave paintings long before modern humanity arrived on the scene, scientists report in two new studies.

Merkel Calls on Iran, Russia to Curb Syria's Assault


German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russia and Iran to rein in Syrian forces’ offensive against a rebel-held suburb of Damascus, calling the attacks a massacre.

IOC in High-Wire Diplomacy Over Fate of Russia's Olympic Ban


A Putin aide met with IOC President Thomas Bach after the latest doping allegation involving a Russian athlete.

Olympics Closing Ceremony Will Be Chance for Ivanka Trump, North Koreans to Meet


The U.S. and North Korea may have another Olympics encounter, as Pyongyang will send a high-level delegation to attend the Closing Ceremony, while Washington sends U.S. presidential adviser and daughter Ivanka Trump.

China's Approach to 2022 Winter Olympics: Faster, Higher, Stronger, Cheaper


A decade ago, China pulled out all the stops in an effort to dazzle the world for the Beijing Summer Olympics. But ahead of the 2022 Winter Games, the vision is relatively modest in a town that will host key events.

Former Netanyahu Aide to Testify in Corruption Case


A confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has turned state witness for the Israeli police and will testify in a corruption probe, a person familiar with the matter said Wednesday, the latest twist in a series of cases that threaten to bring down Israel’s leader.

Boko Haram Kidnaps More Schoolgirls in Nigeria


A mass kidnapping at a boarding school in northeastern Nigeria this week has raised fears of a repeat of the 2014 abduction of students in Chibok.

Saudi Arabia Stymies U.S. Over Pakistan Terror List


Saudi Arabia joined Turkey and China in a move to block a U.S.-led attempt this week to place Pakistan on an international terror-financing watch list, according to officials involved in the process, in a rare disagreement between Riyadh and the Trump administration.