Archive for the ‘WORLD’ Category

Syrian Offensive Targets Remaining Rebel Strongholds

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

Syrian rebels are fighting to maintain territory amid a new government offensive to capture parts of the country’s last opposition strongholds.

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World Bank Unfairly Influenced Its Own Competitiveness Rankings

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

The World Bank’s chief economist said it repeatedly changed the methodology of one of its flagship economic reports over several years in ways that were unfair and misleading.

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Hours Before Crash, Iranian Tanker and Chinese Ship Stopped Transmitting Signals

Friday, January 12th, 2018

An Iranian oil tanker and Chinese freighter stopped transmitting their locations to naval tracking systems hours before their deadly crash off the coast of China.

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U.S. Extends Iran Deal, Issues Sanctions

Friday, January 12th, 2018

The Trump administration extended sanctions relief under the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, keeping the deal intact for at least another several months, but said it would issue no more such waivers as it negotiates a modified deal.

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Saudi Arabia Takes Reins of Construction Giant

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Saudi Arabia is assuming supervisory control of the Saudi Binladin Group and could take a stake in the construction giant, people familiar with the matter said, a sign of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s willingness to disrupt the established corporate order in the kingdom.

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The Latest Freedom for Saudi Women: Watching Live Soccer

Friday, January 12th, 2018

On Friday evening, Saudi women will attend a pro-soccer match for the first time in the kingdom, as one of the first measures aimed at relaxing strict social restrictions takes effect.

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London’s Royal Opera Lost Its Soprano. It Had 36 Hours to Find a New One.

Friday, January 12th, 2018

After the diva in “Rigoletto” went down, the scramble for a replacement Gilda created a do-or-die opportunity for a singer from Madrid.

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Muslim Hard-Liners Accuse Facebook of Blocking Accounts

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Hundreds of protesters rallied against Facebook in Jakarta, accusing the social-media giant of blocking their accounts and threatening to lobby for its ouster from Indonesia.

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Merkel Takes Big Step Toward Forming Coalition Government

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Angela Merkel made a breakthrough toward forming a government and securing her fourth term as Germany’s chancellor, according to a draft policy agreement reached by her conservative party and its center-left rivals.

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German Engineering Yields New Warship That Isn’t Fit for Sea

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Germany’s naval brass dreamed up a warship that could ferry marines into combat anywhere, go up against enemy ships and stay away from home ports for two years with a skeleton crew. But now it turns out it doesn’t work.

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Czech Election Highlights Allure of Russia

Friday, January 12th, 2018

The Czech Republic’s presidential vote on Friday and Saturday is set to be an illuminating moment for a region where some believe better relations with Russia can be a counterweight to the influence of the European Union and Washington.

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EU Finds Irregularities in Projects Linked to Hungarian Leader’s Son-in-Law

Friday, January 12th, 2018

The European Union’s antifraud office is recommending that Hungary’s top authorities take legal action over “serious irregularities” in projects carried out by a company once controlled by the son-in-law of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the agency told The Wall Street Journal.

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China Reports Biggest-Ever Annual Trade Surplus With U.S.

Friday, January 12th, 2018

China’s chronically high trade surplus with the U.S. hit a record level in 2017, adding fuel to Trump administration criticisms about Chinese trade practices just as it weighs a range of penalties and other actions to curb the imbalance.

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Trump to Extend Sanctions Relief to Iran, Keeping Nuclear Deal in Place—For Now

Friday, January 12th, 2018

The president is expected to couple his decision with new sanctions not technically related to the deal, including some aimed at human rights abuses.

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Trump Signals Openness to North Korea Diplomacy

Friday, January 12th, 2018

President Donald Trump suggested in a WSJ interview that he has developed a positive relationship with North Korea’s leader despite their mutual public insults, signaling a possible new openness to diplomacy after months of escalating tensions.

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Trump Calls Off Planned Trip to London

Friday, January 12th, 2018

President Donald Trump said he is canceling a planned trip to the U.K. in February, long intended to be his first visit to the country.

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Argentina Fails to Tame Stubborn Inflation

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Argentina significantly overshot its inflation target in 2017 as prices rose almost 25% from the previous year, raising questions about the country’s ability to tame a problem that has plagued it off and on for decades.

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Puerto Rico Orders Probe of Power Gear Stockpiled During Rebuild Effort

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Puerto Rico’s governor asked local justice officials to investigate allegations that critical power grid supplies were stockpiled instead of put to use rebuilding the U.S. territory’s infrastructure following a devastating recent hurricane.

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U.S. Creates Narcoterrorism Team to Target Hezbollah

Friday, January 12th, 2018

The Justice Department on Thursday announced the creation of a new team of prosecutors that will focus on fighting individuals and networks that support Hezbollah, a Lebanese militant group with close ties to Iran.

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FBI Uses Age-Progressed Mugshots in Hunt for 1986 Hijackers

Friday, January 12th, 2018

The FBI has released age-progressed images of four men accused in the 1986 hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan, renewing an effort to apprehend them for a siege that left 20 people dead, including two Americans

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Hariri Wants Lebanon Kept Out of the Saudi-Iranian Conflict

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri called for Lebanon to be left out of the regional clash between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and praised the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia for doing its part to de-escalate the tensions.

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Ecuador Grants Citizenship to WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Britain said Ecuador’s decision to grant citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living in Ecuador’s embassy in London for more than five years, wouldn’t protect him from arrest if he were to leave.

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The Spark Behind Iran’s Unrest: Millions of Defrauded Investors

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

The collapse of investment firms offering outlandish returns fueled the protests that grew into the biggest challenge to the regime since 2009. Iranians blame the firms for pocketing funds and the government for not adequately regulating the industry.

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Jockeying Is Under Way to Succeed ECB’s Draghi

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

The first decisions narrowing the field of potential successors to become the next head of the European Central Bank in 2019 are just weeks away, Todd Buell writes, with the role of Germany looming as a central question.

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German Economic Growth Hits Six-Year High

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Germany’s economy grew at the fastest annual pace in six years in 2017, adding further weight to a pickup in growth across the eurozone.

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U.S. Turns Military Focus to Afghanistan as ISIS Battles Ebb

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

The Pentagon is planning to double down on the Trump administration’s new approach in Afghanistan by reallocating drones and other hardware while sending in approximately 1,000 new combat advisers.

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Japan Protests to China After Ships Approach Disputed Islands

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Japan summoned China’s ambassador after it said detected a submarine and a frigate in waters near islands held by Japan and claimed by China.

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Bitcoin Plunges as South Korea Crafts Crypto Crackdown

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Bitcoin prices tumbled Thursday, as a top official from South Korea said the government is preparing a bill to ban the trading of cryptocurrencies on exchanges.

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Confronting Iran Takes a Back Seat to Sunni Bickering

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

To many in the Middle East, the chasm between how Saudi Arabia and Turkey reacted to the recent protests in Iran showed that any notion of a “Sunni bloc” to counter Tehran’s regional might is fanciful at best.

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Location, Location: Chinese Officials Slam Marriott’s Designation of Hong Kong, Macau as Countries

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Part of China, they maintain their own legal, political and economic systems.

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