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After Joint Victory, Iraqi Kurds Seek Divorce From Baghdad

31 min 38 sec ago
Iraqi Kurds are expected to support independence from Baghdad in a September referendum, raising new concerns about regional stability just as Islamic State is being defeated in Iraq and Syria, writes Yaroslav Trofimov.

Philippines' Combative Duterte Gets Opponent He Didn't Want: Islamic State

1 hour 10 min ago
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took office a year ago pledging a war on drugs and peace on Mindanao, the predominantly Muslim island where he was raised. He has delivered on the first.

Senior Vatican Official Charged With Sexually Abusing Children

6 hours 55 min ago
Police in Australia have charged Cardinal George Pell, a senior official at the Vatican, with multiple counts of sexual offenses.

How Red Is Theresa May's Red Line?

7 hours 20 min ago
The question over the European Court of Justice’s role in the U.K. post-Brexit will test the British leader’s policy.

Brazilians Are Too Weary of Scandal to Protest Their Graft-Tinged Leader

7 hours 30 min ago
More than three years into a vast antigraft scandal that once sparked massive protests and a former Brazilian leader’s ouster, a wide swath of society is fed up with political instability.

Israel Leans Closer to Ultra-Orthodox Jews, Upsets U.S. Groups

8 hours 29 min ago
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has shifted closer to his ultraorthodox coalition partners on a controversial religious issue, sparking fresh tension with liberal American Jewish groups that accuse the leader of putting his political survival before their interests.

Trump, South Korean President to Focus on North Korea at First Meeting

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 23:42
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump are set to meet in Washington on Thursday for the first time, an early test of their relationship following several differences over key policies.

Global Firms Work to Contain Fallout From Cyberattack

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 19:20
Global firms scrambled to cope with fallout from a cyberattack that disrupted computers across Europe and the U.S. The origins of the virus were still unknown but appeared to stem in part from an obscure Ukrainian tax software product.

Chopper Flight Leaves Venezuelans Mystified

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 19:15
Officials said police commando Oscar Pérez hijacked a military helicopter, flew around dropping what they said were explosives, then landed and disappeared—along with his helicopter. Beleaguered residents are skeptical.

Bank of Canada's Poloz Signals July Rate Rise in Play

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 17:49
Bank of Canada Gov. Stephen Poloz reignited expectations for a rate increase next month by saying excess slack in the Canadian economy is now being absorbed “steadily” at the current pace of growth.

Macron Outlines Plans to Overhaul France's Labor Laws

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 16:58
The French president, who campaigned for president on a platform of labor reform, says changes to employment regulations are needed to reinvigorate the country’s economy.

Mattis Says Trump's Warning to Syria Deters Chemical Attack

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 16:49
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said the Trump administration’s warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government against using chemical weapons appears to have worked, at least for now.

Goodbye, Beijing: Chinese Immigrants Embrace Hong Kong Way of Life

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 14:12
In the 20 years since Britain gave Hong Kong back to China, a wave of immigrants from the mainland have flooded the city and they have become the newest protectors of local uniqueness.

India's New Tax System Sparks Strikes and Protests

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 13:35
India’s ambitious plans to overhaul the country’s complex tax structure is triggering strikes, protests and delays as businesses say they aren’t ready for the new system, which is set to start on Saturday.

NATO Allies Up Military Spending

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:59
Allied military spending will increase about $12 billion this year, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization announced, moving in a direction pushed by President Donald Trump.

Jihadists Are Seeking Beachheads in Asia, U.S. Admiral Warns

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:29
Islamic State-aligned militants’ onslaught in the southern Philippines should be a wake-up call to Asia that jihadists returning from the Middle East are seeking to open new fronts in the region, the commander of U.S. Pacific forces said.

Soybean Diplomacy: New U.S. Ambassador to China Touts Agricultural Trade

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 06:52
Terry Branstad touted trade as he took the helm of an important diplomatic mission that has been mired in uncertainty under the Trump administration.

Maduro's Claims of Helicopter Attack Contested

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 06:07
President Nicolás Maduro said a helicopter dropped grenades on the Supreme Court in a terror attack, though opposition figures called his claims a diversion orchestrated to deflect from the government’s attempts to neuter state institutions outside its control.

Brazil President Vows to Fight Charges

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 03:59
Brazilian President Michel Temer on Tuesday vowed to stay in power and fight the bribery charges filed against him, inflaming a bitter political divide in a country battered by successive corruption scandals.

U.S. Downgrades China on Annual Human Trafficking List

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 00:16
The U.S. stepped up its criticism of China in a global assessment of human trafficking practices, a move likely to inflame tensions with Beijing.