World: News and Reviews from The New York Times

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and and Fort McMurray Fire Chief Darby Allen (R) visit neighborhoods devastated by the wildfire that forced the evacuation of the city in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada May 13, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Franson/Pool

Here is the latest World News from The New York Times.

Op-Ed Columnist: The Know-Nothing Tide
Trump says America was strongest when “politics ended at water’s edge.” He’s wrong. Isolationism is not an American option.

Kabul Grinds to Halt Amid Protest Over Change to Power Line’s Route
The demonstrators saw the move as prejudiced against a region where many members of the ethnic Hazara group live.

Sinosphere: Readers Respond: The Cultural Revolution’s Lasting Imprint
Here are some recollections from readers when asked how their families were affected by the Cultural Revolution, a decade of political upheaval unleashed by Mao Zedong half a century ago.

Palestinian Museum Prepares to Open, Minus Exhibits
A $24 million building will open in the West Bank on Wednesday, but its inaugural display was suspended after a disagreement between its board and its director, who lost his position.

What in the World: The Mountain That Tops Everest (Because the Earth Is Fat)
Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador rises about 20,500 feet above sea level, far short of Everest’s 29,029 feet. But it’s a different story when you measure from the center of the earth.

François Morellet, French Abstract Artist, Dies at 90
Mr. Morellet, who used unorthodox materials and incorporated kinetics in his sculptures, sought to make art that would “make it possible for the observer to find what he wants.”

Dominican Republic’s Medina Headed for Re-election, Early Results Suggest
Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina was poised to win a second term easily on Sunday, with early results showing his record of fast economic growth and social projects swayed voters.

Islamic State Yemen Suicide Bomber Kills 25 Police Recruits-Medics
A suicide bomber killed at least 25 new recruits inside a police compound in the southern Yemeni city of Mukalla on Sunday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State.

ISIS Attack and Bombings Leave 29 Dead in and Around Baghdad
The Islamic State launched a coordinated assault on a natural gas plant north of Baghdad that killed at least 14 people, while a string of bomb attacks in or close to the capital killed 15 others.

Syria Allows Students to Leave Rebel-Held Areas to Take Exams
The government, eager to show it can still provide services in areas it does not control, has allowed hundreds of students to leave besieged areas.

Colombia and FARC Rebels Reach a Deal to Free Child Soldiers
The government and the rebel group known as FARC said on Sunday that they had an agreement that could involve hundreds of children.

‘Brexit’ Vote Worries European Up-and-Comers Lured to Britain
London has long been a popular destination for young workers from the Continent, but many are scrambling to find ways to stay if Britain votes to leave the European Union.

After Years of Distrust, U.S. Military Reconciles With Nigeria to Fight Boko Haram
Nigeria’s new president has focused on eliminating corruption in the military and, although doubts remain, the U.S. is ready to sell 12 warplanes to Nigeria.

Oscar Pistorius to Be Released From Jail on Oct. 20
Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympic runner who shot his girlfriend to death on Valentine’s Day 2013, can leave prison and move to house arrest next week, South Africa’s Department of Corrections said Thursday.

After Years of Distrust, U.S. Military Reconciles With Nigeria to Fight Boko Haram
Nigeria’s new president has focused on eliminating corruption in the military and, although doubts remain, the U.S. is ready to sell 12 warplanes to Nigeria.

Army Chief Talks Counterterrorism in Africa, but Worries About Traditional Forces
Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff, worries that the focus on growing terrorist threats is hurting the Army’s ability to fight a land war against a traditional adversary.

Al Qaeda Turns to Syria, With a Plan to Challenge ISIS
The group’s leadership in Pakistan has secretly dispatched seasoned veterans there to create an alternate headquarters and compete with the Islamic State.

‘I Will Kill Him’: Afghan Commander Targets Son, a Taliban Fighter
The determination of Abdul Basir to kill his 22-year-old son is a sign of how Afghanistan’s violence has poisoned the closest of relationships.

Memo From Austria: Long Dominated by Center, Austria Splinters to Left and Right
Austria’s presidential runoff on May 22 could be a test of how far voters will go to demand change as immigration and economic stress create a combustible mix.

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Why Putin Tolerates Corruption
The West thinks it is the Russian president’s Achilles’ heel. It’s more like his shield.

English Soccer Match Canceled Over Suspicious Package
The game between Manchester United and Bournemouth on the final weekend of the Premier League season was abandoned after a package was found in the stadium.

Dying Infants and No Medicine: Inside Venezuela’s Failing Hospitals
Supplies are lacking, electricity goes out, equipment is broken and patients lie in pools of blood as the country’s economic crisis has exploded into a public health emergency.

South America’s Powerful Women Are Embattled. Is Gender a Factor?
Analysts say the collective decline of several current and former female leaders in South America points to a persistence of macho attitudes in the region.

Nicolás Maduro Tightens Hold on Venezuela as U.S. Fears Further Tumult
The country’s president threatened to seize idle factories amid economic chaos, and American officials warned that even his allies were turning against him.

Solar Project Pairs Muslims and Jews to Aid West Bank Farmers
Experts say the $100,000 environmental venture is the first substantial one in the West Bank to be financed by a group involving Muslims and Jews in the U.S.

South America’s Powerful Women Are Embattled. Is Gender a Factor?
Analysts say the collective decline of several current and former female leaders in South America points to a persistence of macho attitudes in the region.

Obama, as Wartime President, Has Wrestled With Protecting Nation, and Troops
The president has approached conflict, and dealings with terror groups, as a chronic but manageable security challenge rather than an all-consuming national campaign.

2 Journalists in India Are Fatally Shot
The killings, in separate attacks over two days, raised questions about the safety of members of the news media.

Op-Ed Contributor: Why I Love Eurovision, and Why You Should, Too
It’s a campy guide to world politics. Tune in.

Editorial: Too Soon to Lift the Arms Ban on Vietnam
President Obama should not feel obliged to give Vietnam’s authoritarian government what it wants.

Taliban Cut Off Afghan Highway Linking Kabul to Northern Gateways
The $3 billion highway network has fallen into disrepair and come under insurgent control.

The Vaquita, the World’s Smallest Porpoise, Slips Closer to Extinction
Scientists say only about 60 are left in the Gulf of California, threatened by nets that fishermen illegally use to catch totoaba, a source of a Chinese delicacy.

Spanish Activists Push for Laws to Protect Whistle-Blowers
Spain is among just a few European nations with no legislation to protect anti-corruption activists. Some say the system does the opposite.

Q. and A.: U.S. Combat Missions May End, but Fighting Goes On
President Obama inherited two wars from his predecessor, and has struggled to wind them down. American troops are still in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sinosphere: Explaining China’s Cultural Revolution
Fifty years after Mao Zedong unleashed a decade-long political upheaval intended to transform China, here is an overview of the key events, people and issues.

50 Years After the Cultural Revolution, a Son Awaits Answers on His Father’s Death
Chen Shuxiang’s father was killed by Red Guards in the first spasms of Mao’s Cultural Revolution. He has never learned why his father was singled out or what happened to his body.

Hezbollah Says Military Leader Died in Artillery Attack
A declaration regarding the killing of Mustafa Amine Badreddine raised more questions than it answered, including what the death says about Hezbollah.

Egypt Sentences 51 to Prison for Protest Over Transfer of Islands
A lawyer said some defendants had been randomly picked up off the street, as President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi continued a crackdown on dissent.

Brazil’s Most Entertaining Show May Be Congress
By one count, more than half of the 594 members of the national legislature face legal challenges — including charges like murder, kidnapping and bribery.

Beer Purity Law, a German Tradition (and Marketing Tool), Turns 500
Germans still revere their 500-year-old beer purity law, and insist it is the way to make beer, even though it is flexible when Germans want it to be.

Buddhist Monk Is Slaughtered at Temple in Bangladesh
A 75-year-old Buddhist monk was found hacked to death in his temple on Saturday, in a killing that bore similarities to attacks claimed by Islamist extremists.

Editorial: Can Russia Clean Up in Time for Rio?
Even with new scandals erupting with dismaying regularity in big-money sports, the revelations about Russia’s doping scheme at the 2014 Olympics are breathtaking.

Mystery in Sochi Doping Case Lies With Tamper-Proof Bottle
The bottles are prominent characters in an operation, as described by a former Russian antidoping official, to avoid positive drug tests at the Olympics.

Obama Warms Up to Nordic Leaders
A summit meeting with the leaders of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland that ended with a list of agreements.

Surveying Fire-Ravaged Fort McMurray, Justin Trudeau Praises Responders
As a wildfire threat recedes, the prime minister takes a tour of the scorched community, and pledges speedy federal assistance.

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