BELLEAU, France — It was spring 1918, and the German army was making a final push toward Paris. The only thing in its way was a contingent of Allied troops, including untested U.S. forces near the Marne River in northern France. Among them: U.S. Army 1st Lt. Gordon Kaemmerling, a precocious and athletic Harvard graduate who had jumped at the opportunity to help the United States leave its shell of isolationism and join the war. On June 6, 1918, the U.S. forces attacked, storming across
CANNES, France — Hirokazu Kore-Eda Saturday became the first Japanese director in 21 years to win the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or for best film. Kore-Eda was awarded the prize for “Shoplifters,” which tells a heartbreaking story about a family of petty criminals. The last Japanese director to win the prize was Shohei Imamura in 1997 for “The Eel.” Kore-Eda’s movie was one of 21 competing this year for the top prize at the world’s
BEIRUT — Israeli forces unleashed a heavy bombardment against Iranian military installations in Syria on Thursday in what Israel called retaliation for an Iranian rocket barrage on its positions in the occupied Golan Heights, the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date. The two rivals have long fought each other through proxies, and with the new exchange each seemed to be sending a warning that a direct clash between them could swiftly escalate.
STOCKHOLM — Thousands of protesters called Thursday for the resignation of the secretive board that awards the Nobel Prize for literature after a sex-abuse scandal linked to the prestigious Swedish academy forced the ouster of its first-ever woman head and tarnished the reputation of the prize. The ugly internal feud has reached the top levels of public life in the Scandinavian nation known for its promotion of gender equality, with the prime minister, the king and the Nobel board