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U.N. Gathering Brings to Fore Clash Between Sovereignty and Multilateralism

World leaders streamed into New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly gathering this week, taking aim at persistent global challenges that include wars in the Middle East, nuclear weapons in North Korea, the world-wide flow…

Russia to Supply Syria With Air-Defense System, Raising Tensions With Israel

The Russian government announced plans to send a powerful air-defense system to Syria, escalating tensions with Israel following the downing of a Russian war plane last week that the Kremlin has blamed on Israeli forces.

France Unveils Billions in Tax Cuts as Support for Macron Ebbs

The French government unveiled billions in tax cuts as it seeks to revive flagging public support for President Emmanuel Macron and his efforts to overhaul France’s economy.

Ban on Political Party Chills Hong Kong Opposition Groups

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Hopes Rise for Release of U.S. Pastor Being Held in Turkey

Turkish authorities are sending signals that an American pastor facing terrorism charges could be released next month, raising fresh hopes in the U.S. that the polarizing dispute will soon be resolved.


At U.N., Trump Will Face an Iran Gap With European Allies



Maldives Election Result Halts Drift Toward Authoritarianism

Maldives leader Abdulla Yameen conceded defeat to a candidate who has pledged to reverse the country’s slide toward authoritarianism, marking a setback for China, which had forged strong ties with the president in an effort to expand its…

Oil Producers Won't Hike Output Soon, Putting a Floor on Oil Price



Opposition Declares Victory Over Pro-China Leader in Maldives Election

The opposition declared a victory in pivotal polls in the Maldives on Sunday, paving the way for the ouster of a leader who aligned the strategically located archipelago more closely with China at the expense of traditional democratic…


U.S. Reliance on Obscure Imports From China Points to Vulnerability

Chinese imports exempted from the U.S.’s initial tariff hit-list show how China has become an outsize global producer of relatively obscure industrial commodities—on which American industry has become reliant.


China Says Trump Administration Is a Trade Bully as New Tariffs Take Effect

China’s State Council accused the Trump administration of being a trade bully and abandoning important communication channels, as a new round of tariffs took effect.


Struggling U.S. Farmers Worry About a Resurgent Russia

Russian wheat exports are booming despite a crushing price slump, as the country’s farmers finally emerge from decades of neglect. They’re positioned to extend their gains at the expense of American outfits, who are threatened by tariffs.


Russia and Iran, Military Allies, Are Fast Becoming Economic Rivals

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Swiss Canton Bans Burqas



China Cancels Trade Talks With U.S. Amid Escalation in Tariff Threats

China scotched trade talks with the U.S. that were planned for the coming days, according to people briefed on the matter, further dimming prospects for resolving a trade battle between the world’s two largest economies.

Sunday, Sep 23

Iran Seethes at Saudis, West After Deadly Terror Attack

Iran has begun a diplomatic push against the U.S., European and Arab countries it says supported or harbored people linked to a terrorist attack that left 25 people dead and fueled Middle East tensions.

Critics Divided on Vatican's Deal With China Over Bishops

A landmark agreement between the Vatican and China on the appointment of bishops drew sharply divided reaction over the weekend, as global Catholic observers weighed its implications for religious freedom.

As Migrants Turn to Spain, a Welcome Mat Shows Signs of Wear

Spain has become Europe’s main entry point for migrants this year, overtaking Greece and Italy, and raising the stakes for leaders who want to maintain the country’s position as one of Europe’s most immigration-friendly countries.

Pompeo Adds to Ranks of Envoys with Specialized Missions

When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is at the U.N. this week for a marathon round of talks, he will be joined by a cadre of special envoys who have been chosen to spearhead diplomacy on some of the world’s most vexing issues.

Saturday, Sep 22

Vatican and China Sign Deal Over Bishops, Allowing Pope a Veto

The Vatican and the Chinese government signed an agreement on the appointment of bishops in China, ending a decadeslong struggle over the issue, but leaving major controversies in their relationship unresolved.

Turkey's Economic Woes Raise Tensions in Egypt

Turkey’s economic crisis has heightened concerns in Egypt about whether the Arab world’s largest country is positioned to withstand falling confidence in emerging markets world-wide.

Friday, Sep 21

U.K.'s May Says Brexit Negotiations Have Reached 'an Impasse'


Latin America Is the Murder Capital of the World

Riven by drugs, gangs, weak institutions and lawlessness, the region accounts 8% of the world’s population but a third of its murders. It’s the only region where lethal violence has grown steadily since 2000.

China's Antigraft Campaign Ensnares Top Energy Official, ex-Xinjiang Governor

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Korean Leaders Take Diplomacy to New Heights


Thursday, Sep 20

Terror Group Puts Plan for Syrian Demilitarized Zone at Risk

Terrorist groups operating in the last stronghold of opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are signalling reluctance to abide by an ambitious pact aimed at protecting millions of civilians.

Korean Deal Offers New Life to Nuclear Talks---But Old Doubts Persist

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s offer to decommission a plant that makes fissile material for nuclear weapons—if the U.S. agrees to unspecified concessions—puts the focus on how Washington responds.

Colombia Struggles to Control Border Overrun by Venezuelans

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Turkey Slashes Growth Forecasts to Cool Inflation

The Turkish government slashed projections for growth over the next several years, signaling that it would seek to cool the country’s debt-fueled economic boom and rein in double-digit inflation.