Indonesia’s Order to Foreign Workers: Learn the Language

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia is making it easier for foreigners to work here — but they will have to study as well. A decree by President Joko Widodo that is set to take effect this month will simplify Indonesia’s procedures for issuing work permits to foreigners, which are often hampered by delays, arbitrary denials and […]

Turkey’s Election: What to Watch For

For a decade and a half, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has increasingly governed as a strongman, first as prime minister and then, since 2014, as head of state. In that time, he has transformed the country into a diplomatic heavyweight in the Middle East, while eroding much of its internal democratic infrastructure. In […]

Vatican Jails Priest For Possessing Child Pornography

About 40 pornographic photos and videos were found on the priest’s mobile phone. (Representational) Vatican City:  A Vatican court on Saturday jailed for five years an Italian priest who worked as a diplomat for the Holy See’s Washington embassy, for possessing and sharing child pornography. Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella pleaded guilty on Friday, the opening […]

Blast Rocks Political Rally in Zimbabwe, but President Unhurt

President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe escaped unhurt after an explosion rocked a stadium during a political rally on Saturday, a month before the country is set to hold presidential elections. But Vice Presidents Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi and another minister reportedly sustained minor injuries in the blast at the White City Stadium in the […]

Saudis, Saying They Heard Price Complaints, Are Raising Oil Production

VIENNA — Saudi Arabia said on Saturday that it was substantially increasing oil production in an effort to cool down rising prices and head off potential future shortages. Khalid al-Falih, the Saudi energy minister, told journalists at the headquarters of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries here that Saudi Aramco, the national oil company, […]

Tens of thousands march in London for second Brexit vote

LONDON: Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in London on Saturday calling for a second vote on Britain’s departure from the European Union. The anti-Brexit campaigners marched on parliament to mark the second anniversary of the Brexit referendum, demanding a “people’s vote” on whether to approve the final deal Prime Minister Theresa May strikes with […]