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  • Macron Says His ‘Bet’ Is That Trump Will Withdraw From Iran Nuclear Pact

    April 26, 2018 7:03 AM 24

    French president wants to pursue new expanded agreement with Tehran WASHINGTON—French President Emmanuel Macron said it was his “bet” that President Donald Trump would withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal, a move he said would lead to a period of heightened tensions with an outcome that was hard to predict. Mr. Macron traveled to Washington this week hoping

  • North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site Is Largely Unusable, Chinese Scientists Say

    April 26, 2018 1:30 AM 21

    Pyongyang’s last blast rendered part of the site unusable and a new test would cause an ‘environmental catastrophe’ BEIJING—A large part of North Korea’s underground nuclear test facility, which leader Kim Jong Un pledged to close, is unusable anyway due to the collapse of a cavity inside the mountain after the last blast there, Chinese scientists say. Seismologists

  • The Latest: Taxi driver in 'caravan' fears El Salvador gangs

    April 26, 2018 12:10 AM 25

    The father of two young girls from El Salvador says President Trump's criticism about a caravan of asylum seekers raises doubts in his mind whether he will succeed in winning U.S. asylum but still plans to try. Taxi driver Jovanne Torres was in Tijuana Wednesday with his wife and daughters ages 4 and 10 months after arriving in a bus that makes up part of the caravan

  • As Merkel Visits U.S., Germany’s Trade Surplus Isn’t the Problem

    April 25, 2018 9:50 PM 17

    Berlin doesn’t treat Washington unfairly, but Germany could do more to help itself, Simon Nixon writes After the razzmatazz of France’s President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit, Angela Merkel’s meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday is likely to be an altogether more businesslike affair. Whereas the U.S. president has forged

  • Diplomats: Swiss envoy to Germany to be new UN Myanmar envoy

    April 25, 2018 9:46 PM 19

    UNITED NATIONS – U.N. diplomats say Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has selected Switzerland's Ambassador to Germany Christine Schraner Burgener to be the new U.N. special envoy for Myanmar. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric wouldn't confirm her appointment but said Wednesday "we expect an announcement soon." The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity

  • Iran detains British-Iranian academic: New York-based rights group

    April 25, 2018 8:28 PM 24

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - A British-Iranian academic was detained in Iran by the country’s Revolutionary Guards in mid-April, the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) reported on Wednesday. Britain’s Foreign Office (FCO) said it was urgently seeking information from Iran about the reported arrest of Abbas Edalat, a dual British-Iranian national

  • Spain: 2 aides of late Venezuelan president detained

    April 25, 2018 8:25 PM 18

    CARACAS, Venezuela – Spanish authorities acknowledge they've arrested two associates of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez in a case of suspected corruption. Officials in Madrid announced Wednesday they detained the pair at Venezuela's request. The two are Claudia Diaz, former secretary of the National Fund for Development, and Adrian Velasquez Figueroa

  • Turkish court finds newspaper staff guilty on terror charges

    April 25, 2018 7:33 PM 17

    ISTANBUL – A Turkish court has convicted journalists and other staff members from the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper on terror charges. Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said Wednesday that 14 employees were found guilty of "aiding a terror group without being a member," with sentences ranging from 2 ½ to 7 ½ years. The newspaper said those convicted

  • School shooting in northern Mexico injures 5 students

    April 25, 2018 7:32 PM 17

    MEXICO CITY – Prosecutors in the northern Mexico border state of Tamaulipas say a school shooting has left five students wounded with one in serious condition at a hospital. Tamaulipas state prosecutors said Wednesday three suspected assailants and two accomplices have been detained in the attack in Ciudad Victoria, the state capital. Three of the wounded

  • From Prison to the President’s Office: A Former Radical Helps Shape Korean Detente

    April 24, 2018 3:29 PM 38

    Moon’s chief of staff, who in years past voiced skepticism about U.S. role, leads outreach to Pyongyang SEOUL—In 1989, South Korean authorities charged a young political activist named Im Jong-seok with colluding with the enemy after he helped a fellow student make a secret, illegal trip to North Korea to meet the country’s then-dictator Kim Il Sung—a propaganda