Posts Tagged ‘World News’

U.S. Seeks to Bolster Saudi Arabia in Face of Expanding Iranian Threat

Friday, November 17th, 2017

The Trump administration is looking at ways to quickly strengthen Saudi Arabia’s missile defenses and disrupt the flow of advanced Iranian-made weapons across the Middle East as concerns grow over a destabilizing new crisis in the region.

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Saudi Arabia Pursues Cash Settlements as Crackdown Expands

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Authorities in Saudi Arabia are widening a corruption probe that has reached the upper echelons of the royal family and entangled prominent businessmen who are now being asked to surrender assets in exchange for their freedom.

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NATO Apologizes for Offending Turkey

Friday, November 17th, 2017

The head of NATO apologized to Turkey Friday after its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, pulled his troops from a joint exercise he said had offended him and the nation’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

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After U.S. Push, Asian Nations Tighten Screws on North Korea

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Southeast Asian countries are cracking down on North Korea’s conduits for doing business in the region, a change for many after months of U.S. pressure, though some remain reluctant participants in the campaign to isolate Pyongyang.

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A Top Venezuelan Opposition Figure Flees House Arrest, Says He’ll Fight From Abroad

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Antonio Ledezma, a top opposition figure who led protests against President Nicolás Maduro’s government, fled house arrest in Caracas on Friday and crossed the border into neighboring Colombia, officials said.

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Indonesian Corruption Probe Zeroes In on Top Politician

Friday, November 17th, 2017

A major corruption investigation involving some $170 million in missing state funds is zeroing in on one of Indonesia’s most powerful politicians following his detention in hospital.

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German Coalition Talks Fail to Bridge Gaps as Deadline Passes

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Angela Merkel’s path to a fourth term as German chancellor hit a hurdle when negotiations to form the country’s first three-party coalition reached a self-imposed deadline without an agreement on key policy areas.

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France’s Macron Gambles on Benefits for Jobless Who Quit

Friday, November 17th, 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron plans to extend unemployment payments—until now reserved for fired or laid-off workers—to people who voluntarily leave their jobs to start their own businesses or take up on-demand work like driving for Uber.

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Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Makes First Public Appearance Since Military Takeover

Friday, November 17th, 2017

President Robert Mugabe made his first public appearance at a university graduation ceremony, three days after the military took control of the Southern African country.

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U.S. Jury in Benghazi Trial Hears Final Arguments

Friday, November 17th, 2017

In closing arguments in the federal trial of Ahmed Abu Khatallah, Justice Department prosecutors described the Libyan man as the ringleader of the 2012 fatal attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

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Notorious Mob Boss Salvatore ‘Toto’ Riina Dies at Age 87

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Italian media say Mafia “boss of bosses” Salvatore “Toto” Riina died while serving multiple life sentences. He was 87 years old.

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U.S., Russia Trade Blame After Syria Chemical-Arms Probe Lapses

Friday, November 17th, 2017

The United Nations Security Council, in a bitter standoff between U.S. and Russia, failed to renew the mandate of an independent committee investigating chemical-weapon use in Syria.

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U.K. Faces Hurdles on Path to a Free-Trade Era

Friday, November 17th, 2017

British leaders envision a free-trade bonanza from Brexit, but they confront some thorny challenges in just keeping the global trade benefits Britain already enjoys as a European Union member.

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Investors Holding Venezuela Default Protection Get $1 Billion Payday

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Investors who hold insurance-like derivatives against a Venezuelan default will receive a payout of more than $1 billion following a financial industry panel ruling, the latest sign that Wall Street is bracing for a messy debt restructuring.

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Pentagon Moves to Develop Banned Intermediate Missile

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

The U.S. is laying the groundwork to build a type of missile banned by a Cold War-era pact unless Russia abandons its own pursuit of the weapons, U.S. officials said.

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With Zimbabwe in Limbo, Mugabe Moves to State House

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s motorcade sped from his residence in a Harare suburb to the State House, security officials said, suggesting talks to broker a transition of power had entered a new phase.

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Sunnis in Lebanon Vent at Saudi Ally

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Sunni Muslims in Lebanon who once looked to Saudi Arabia as a close ally and patron are now venting anger at the kingdom over the recent resignation of their political leader, Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

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‘The Unification That North Korea Wants Will Never Happen,’ South Korea Says

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

South Korea’s unification minister dismissed the Pyongyang’s ambitions of unifying the Korean Peninsula on its terms, instead urging North Korea to sit down with Seoul for talks.

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Cambodia’s Supreme Court Outlaws Main Opposition Party

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Cambodia’s Supreme Court ruled to dissolve the main opposition party, effectively turning the country into the world’s newest one-party state and cementing its long-serving leader Hun Sen’s grip on power.

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Israel Sees Rising Threat From Iran After ISIS

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

While much of the world celebrates the impending defeat of Islamic State, Israeli officials look at Syria and see little reason for joy. To them, a lesser enemy is being supplanted by a far more dangerous one—Iran and its allies.

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Top Officials Skip Nafta Talks as Mexico, Canada Digest Proposals

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

U.S., Canada and Mexico are leaving the latest round of Nafta talks to lower- level officials, reflecting how negotiations to remake the pact are focusing on technical details after U.S. proposals were branded unacceptable by its trade partners.

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Madagascar Wrestles With Worst Outbreak of Plague in Half a Century

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Madagascar is scrambling to contain its worst outbreak of plague in at least 50 years, with more than 2,000 cases reported and over 170 deaths.

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How Companies Are Pushing Ahead on Climate-Change Targets

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

More global firms are pledging to cut greenhouse-gas emissions as they seek to cut costs, draw investment or get ahead of new laws.

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Lebanon’s Prime Minister Accepts French President’s Invitation to France

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri accepted an invitation from French President Emmanuel Macron, in a surprise twist to political tensions in the Middle East.

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Catalans Fail to Live Up to Brexit Expectations

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Brexiters who hoped their own revolution in the U.K. would lead to another European domino falling saw promise in Catalonia’s independence movement after so many disappointments in European elections this year.

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Allies Forsake Zimbabwe’s Long All-Powerful Robert Mugabe

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Robert Mugabe, the former schoolteacher who led the fight to topple white rule and ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, was trapped on Wednesday in a blue-roofed house in this leafy capital, as his former military allies seized control of his government.

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Gates Foundation, Abu Dhabi Pair to Fight Forgotten Diseases

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi launched a fund with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to eliminate river blindness and lymphatic filariasis, which leads to a condition known as elephantiasis

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U.K. Reports Russian Hacking Across Industries

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Russia has launched cyberattacks against the U.K. media, telecommunications and energy sectors, the British government’s top cybersecurity official said.

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Russia Offers Venezuela Debt Relief

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Russia threw a lifeline to Venezuela on Wednesday, restructuring the more than $3 billion it is owed by its economically and politically troubled South American ally.

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Trump Wraps Up Asia Trip Focused on Personal Ties

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

At each stop on his 12-day, five-country Asia tour, President Donald Trump emphasized one aspect of his visit above all else: his personal rapport with the heads of state who hosted him.

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