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Many Latvians believe they need to protect themselves against cultural and political assimilation by their giant neighbor. But the country's Russian speakers say the new law is discriminatory.

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The speculation surrounding a string of mail bombs harks back to another era in American history, when bombs were a tool of political intimidation and when bombings were blamed on the victims.
Brazilians vote Sunday in the second round of a presidential election that has riven the nation. The front runner is a far-right candidate who has used misogynistic, racist and homophobic language.
President Trump says the caravan of migrants working its way north through Mexico is the work of the Democrats, while Honduras's president has accused Venezuela of funding the mass exodus.
In Romania, two-thirds of the population believes in spells, so witches work as "life coaches" of the supernatural.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Saudi operatives killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a savage, premeditated action. This comes as Saudi Arabia opens an economic aimed at transforming the kingdom's economy.
Proponents of the chips say they're safe and largely protected from hacking, but one scientist is raising privacy concerns around the kind of personal health data that might be stored on the devices.
Fellow Jews in the country are baffled by a small Jewish faction within the Alternative for Germany, a party accused of racism and of downplaying the Nazis.
Fifty years ago, a lanky Oregonian stunned the sports world with a backwards flop over the high jump bar at the Mexican Olympics. He won gold, and invented a new jumping style still used today.
"What we found is children had been so traumatized, they couldn't even recognize numbers or letters," says a U.S. official. "We had to work through that before we could start educating them again."
Saudia Arabia has long seen its role as keeping the turbulent Gulf region steady and calm. But under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom has become far more aggressive.
More than two dozen protesters were arrested in the capital over the weekend. Authorities also pulled two human rights activists off a plane and detained one of them.
Wildlife officials in India are trying to catch a tiger thought to be responsible for the deaths of several people. So far, no luck. But could the secret to success be under their noses?
The group Bellingcat seeks to unmask covert operations, rogue groups and corruption around the globe. But can it keep its independence?
They were separated in the chaos after the earthquake and tsunami. There's still hope that families can be reunited — but many obstacles loom.
Several cities have resorted to storing dead bodies in refrigerated trailers, including Guadalajara. That sparked a national scandal, after some residents complained about the stench.
China's billions in infrastructure investment have led to growing number of Pakistanis eager to learn Mandarin and study in China. Beijing is giving thousands of scholarships to Pakistanis.
China has become the biggest lender on the African continent. The Nairobi-to- Mombasa railway is a symbol of Kenya's ambitions. But critics say China is saddling Kenya with unsustainable debt.
Each year Chinese youth teams send members to a Brazilian academy for 10 months of soccer coupled with regular school lessons, including classes in Portuguese.
Chinese companies are building infrastructure and dams along the vast river that runs through five Southeast Asian countries before emptying into the South China Sea.