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Where Churches Have Become Temples of Cheese, Fitness and Eroticism

Where Churches Have Become Temples of Cheese, Fitness and Eroticism

The Notre-Dame-du-Perpétuel-Secours church in Montreal has been transformed into the Théâtre Paradoxe at a cost of nearly $3 million in renovations.

Brazil’s Spending on Public Safety Soared. So Did Violence.

Brazil’s Spending on Public Safety Soared. So Did Violence.

Military police officers during an operation in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.

14 Million Visitors to U.S. Face Social Media Screening

14 Million Visitors to U.S. Face Social Media Screening

The Trump administration said Friday that it planned to require nearly all applicants for a visa to enter the United States to submit their social-media user names for the past five years.

Poland Cracks Down on Escape Rooms After Deadly Fire

Poland Cracks Down on Escape Rooms After Deadly Fire

Sympathizers laid flowers and candles at the site of the fire where five teenage girls died in Koszalin, Poland, on Sunday.

Sikhs and Hindus Bear Brunt of Latest Afghanistan Suicide Attack

Sikhs and Hindus Bear Brunt of Latest Afghanistan Suicide Attack

Afghan firefighters work at the scene of a suicide bomb attack, in Jalalabad on Sunday.

South Africa Vows to End Corruption. Are Its New Leaders Part of the Problem?

South Africa Vows to End Corruption. Are Its New Leaders Part of the Problem?

Students praying before the start of classes at Mpumelelo Primary School, the site of protests last year.

Russian Warplane Shot Down in Syria by Rebels, Defense Ministry Says

Russian Warplane Shot Down in Syria by Rebels, Defense Ministry Says

The wreckage of a Russian Su-25 warplane shot down on Saturday in Idlib Province in Syria.

Lisbon Is Thriving. But at What Price for Those Who Live There?

Lisbon Is Thriving. But at What Price for Those Who Live There?

Not long ago, Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, was a backwater. Today the city is booming. But who has gained and who has lost has become a divisive issue for residents.

Former Trump Tower in Azerbaijan, Dogged by Controversy, Is Engulfed by Fire

Former Trump Tower in Azerbaijan, Dogged by Controversy, Is Engulfed by Fire

The 33-floor building in Baku, Azerbaijan, once a Trump-branded tower, is the second property linked to President Trump to catch fire this month, after a blaze in New York killed an art collector.

Kim Jong-un Focuses on Economy as Nuclear Talks With U.S. Stall

Kim Jong-un Focuses on Economy as Nuclear Talks With U.S. Stall

Kim Jong-un, left, inspecting the construction of a hydroelectric power plant in North Hamgyong Province, North Korea, in an undated photograph provided by the official Korean Central News Agency last month.

How U.S. Intelligence Agencies Underestimated North Korea

How U.S. Intelligence Agencies Underestimated North Korea

Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, with the Hwasong-15 missile in a photo released by the government news agency in November.

Syrian Peace Talks in Russia: 1,500 Delegates, Mostly Pro-Assad

Syrian Peace Talks in Russia: 1,500 Delegates, Mostly Pro-Assad

Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov of Russia was heckled at the Syrian peace talks in Sochi, Russia, on Tuesday.

Arrested Former C.I.A. Officer Had Ties to Chinese Spies, Ex-Colleague Says

Arrested Former C.I.A. Officer Had Ties to Chinese Spies, Ex-Colleague Says

New information suggests that Jerry Chun Shing Lee, who was arrested in New York this week, had repeated official and unofficial contacts with China’s Ministry of State Security, its main intelligence agency, in the years before he came under F.B.I. suspicion as a possible turncoat.

As Oscars Pile Up, Iranian Film Grows Up

As Oscars Pile Up, Iranian Film Grows Up

Participants at Oliver Stone’s master class in film-making take a selfie with him at Iran’s 2018 Fajr International Film Festival.

Israeli Leader Is Forced to Retreat on African Migrant Deal

Israeli Leader Is Forced to Retreat on African Migrant Deal

A protest against deportations of asylum seekers in Tel Aviv in March.

Erdogan to Turkey: The West Is Waging ‘Economic War’

Erdogan to Turkey: The West Is Waging ‘Economic War’

Since his re-election in June to a newly powerful presidency, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become the dominant communicator of his government to Turkey’s 81 million people.


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