Volodymyr Zelensky played Ukraine’s president on TV. Now it’s a reality

Ukrainians threw their overwhelming support behind comedian, actor and businessman Volodymyr Zelensky in Sunday’s presidential election, according to exit polls, choosing a political novice over five more years of... Read more »

China warns citizens against traveling to Sri Lanka

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s embassy in Sri Lanka on Tuesday warned Chinese nationals against traveling to Sri Lanka in the near term, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and... Read more »

An opera scholar’s take on Beyoncé’s ‘Homecoming’

Naomi André is an opera expert, academic and published author. Her most recent book is “Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement.” The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely her... Read more »

Eastern Libyan forces plan to intensify Tripoli offensive

BENGHAZI, Libya/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Eastern Libyan forces said on Monday they would intensify an assault on Tripoli, the capital in the west of the country that is held by... Read more »

A drive down Lombard Street in San Francisco may come with a fee soon

California officials say this famous quirky street is too crowded with tourists, and they may enact a toll to keep it under control. (CNN) — Driving down famously twisty... Read more »

U.S. to end all waivers on imports of Iranian oil, crude price jumps

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Monday demanded that all buyers of Iranian oil stop purchases by May 1 or face sanctions, a move to choke off Tehran’s... Read more »

Tesla investigates after car appears to explode in China

A short video of surveillance footage posted on Chinese social media site Weibo (WB) showed white smoke emerging from what looks like a white Tesla car parked at a... Read more »

Dutch tulip forecast: brilliant, with a chance of tourists

(This April 19 story corrects paragraph 3 to say Keukenhof is in Lisse) AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – As spring flower fields around the Netherlands burst into bloom, painting the countryside... Read more »

We’re losing the war on climate change

They’re right, of course. And on Earth Day — that 24-hour sliver of the calendar when we talk about the fact that humans exist on, and because of, a... Read more »

Sri Lanka imposes emergency, says international network involved in attacks

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka said on Monday it was invoking emergency powers in the aftermath of devastating bomb attacks on hotels and churches, blamed on militants with foreign... Read more »