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EU Leaders Reach Political Deal on Russian Sanctions

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 23:51
European Union leaders reached a political deal Thursday to extend the bloc’s economic sanctions on Russia by a further six months.

Church of England Helped Conceal Sex Abuse by Bishop, Report Says

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 21:50
Top leaders in the Church of England “colluded” with a disgraced former bishop, ignoring warnings for years and withholding evidence of his sexual abuse of young men, a report said Thursday.

Britain Shouldn't Mistake Brexit Talks for Poker or War

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 19:41
The U.K. government’s apparent conviction that it can bluff its way to success in negotiations with the EU—or prevail with a last-minute, D-Day-style deception—reveals a fundamental misunderstanding, Stephen Fidler writes.

First Test for Saudi Arabia's King-in-Waiting: Fixing the Economy

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 18:46
The economic reform plan championed by newly-designated Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has made little headway. The first heir to the throne now gets another chance.

Mosul Seeks to Expel Families of Islamic State Members

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 17:23
Local governments in northern Iraq are seeking to punish the families of Islamic State members, in defiance of warnings by the nation’s leader that the policy will further fragment the country as it emerges from years of war.

Theresa May to Woo EU Leaders With Rights for Citizens

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 17:13
British Prime Minister Theresa May will set out proposals for the future of European Union citizens living in the U.K. after it leaves the bloc, kicking off potentially thorny discussions that will be an early measure of her ability to negotiate.

Dozens of Afghans Killed in Blast as Taliban Advance in Helmand Province

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 17:13
A car bomb killed 34 people in the southern Afghanistan city of Lashkar Gah, the latest attack in Helmand province where Taliban militants are closing in on the provincial capital.

Macron Shifts France's Stance on Removing Assad From Power

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 17:00
President Emmanuel Macron said removing Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad from power shouldn’t be a precondition for a peace deal in the war-torn nation, a shift in French policy.

Saudi Firms Use Turkey for Qatar-Bound Shipments

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:58
Several Saudi companies are finalizing plans with Turkish logistics companies to transport cargoes to Qatar, an arrangement that illustrates how profits are being made even as diplomatic relations in the region continue to simmer.

U.K. Warns Cladding From Tower Fire on Hundreds of Buildings

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:37
The U.K. government said Thursday it had identified about 600 publicly owned residential towers that had installed some form of cladding and authorities are running tests on those building to determine how many used the same material as Grenfell Tower, the site of the disaster that killed at least 79.

China Bans Political Content From Three More Platforms

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:24
Chinese regulators ordered three popular internet platforms to stop streaming political videos, expanding the crackdown on online political dialogue as China prepares for an important political handover.

Militaries Huddle to Head Off Islamic State in Southeast Asia

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:45
Three Southeast Asian nations pushed for better counterterrorism coordination amid a battle between government troops and Islamic State-aligned militants in the southern Philippines.

Belgium Holds Four for Questioning in Terror Probe

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:13
Belgian federal prosecutors said four people were taken into custody for questioning as part of a probe into the attempted terrorist attack at Brussels’ main train station earlier this week.

Migrants Return to France's 'Jungle' in Calais

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:30
Hundreds of refugees from Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Africa have taken refuge in wooded areas around the port town of Calais, saddling President Emmanuel Macron with a humanitarian and diplomatic mess.

Britain Entertains Fantasies on Brexit

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 06:32
Even after Brexit talks began this week with an immediate capitulation by the U.K. government that revealed its lack of leverage, an air of unreality remains in the government how Brexit will happen, Simon Nixon writes.

Islamic State Militants Blow Up Historic Mosque in Mosul

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 06:25
Islamic State militants bombed the historic Nouri Grand Mosque in Mosul late Wednesday, Iraq’s military said, destroying the site where Islamic State’s leader first announced the creation of a self-declared caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria.

German Exports to Asia Surge, Calming Nerves Over Protectionist Backlash

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 03:47
German exports to Asia are rising strongly this year in a trend that could mitigate the risks to Europe’s largest economy should U.S. President Donald Trump make good on his protectionist promises.

Japan Wants Tourists, Except Those in Mario Costumes Driving Go-Karts

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 03:29
Tours inspired by Nintendo’s bestselling video games are taking over the streets of Tokyo, creating headaches for locals grappling with the tacky side of a tourism boom; “They really are a nuisance.”

The Saudi Shake-Up Has One Goal: Drag the Country Into Modern Era

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 03:17
The elevation of Mohammed bin Salman is a bet he can pull off a radical financial and economic transformation.

Prince's Elevation Means a More Activist Saudi Arabia

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:36
Brace for more turbulence. Mohammed bin Salman was appointed on Wednesday as the kingdom’s crown prince, and power—for all practical purposes—is now in the hands of a young generation of princes determined to show the Middle East who’s the boss.