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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump put forward on Monday a long-awaited strategy for resolving the nearly 16-year-old conflict in Afghanistan, but he declined to specify either the number of troops that would be committed, or the conditions by which he would judge the success of their mission there. In a nationally...
North Korea threatened the US on Tuesday, saying it will face “merciless revenge” for ignoring Pyongyang’s warnings over annual military drills with South Korea. The isolated nation said it would be a misjudgment for the US to think that North Korea will “sit comfortably without doing anything,” the state-run Korean...
A recent survey commissioned by the New York Times found that people who could find North Korea on a map were more likely to favor talks over military action. A glance at North Asia’s geography explains why. More than six decades after the Korean War ended without a peace treaty,...
The US Navy directed its worldwide fleet to take stock of operations and pinpoint gaps after the second collision involving an American naval vessel in Asia in recent months left 10 sailors missing. The Navy ordered fleet commanders to execute a one- to two-day “operational pause” within the next week...
Spain kept the terrorist alert unchanged at the second-highest level after police broke up the group that carried out two attacks this week that killed 14 civilians and injured scores of others. Other developments: An official in Spain confirms on Catalunya Radio that 22-year-old Moroccan Younes Abouyaaquoub is the attacker...
Americans with telescopes, cameras and protective glasses staked out viewing spots along a narrow corridor from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun on Monday in what promised to be the most observed and photographed eclipse in history. Eclipse-watchers everywhere—and millions were expected to...
SINGAPORE—The USS John S. McCain has docked at Singapore’s naval base with “significant damage” to its hull after an early-morning collision with an oil tanker as vessels from several nations searched on Monday for 10 missing US sailors. The collision east of Singapore between the guided-missile destroyer and the 183-meter...
WASHINGTON—John F. Kelly, the new White House chief of staff, told Stephen K. Bannon in late-July that he needed to go: No need for it to get messy, Kelly told Bannon, according to several people with firsthand knowledge of the exchange. The two worked out a mutually amicable departure...
SEOUL, South—The United States and South Korea kicked off their annual joint military exercises on Monday, while North Korea warned that the drills would deepen tensions on the Korean Peninsula by “throwing fuel onto fire.” Both the US and South Korea insist that the drills are defensive in nature, but...
Annual military drills between the United States and South Korea this week could reignite tensions after Kim Jong Un and President Donald J. Trump traded barbs. For foreign firms that count on South Korea for significant revenue, any escalation that curbs commerce could leave them vulnerable. As the world braces...
AS summer draws to a close, the European Union (EU) will seek to tick off a number of boxes from the top of its to-do list, leveraging its newfound political capital following the ascent of pro-EU leaders on the continent. Brussels will have its hands full as negotiations ramp up...

India needs to get healthy

AS India celebrated 70 years of independence last week, a tragedy in a remote corner of India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh, highlighted how far the world’s largest democracy still is from being able to provide a healthy life for most of its citizens. For all its talk of smart...
AS the world’s top central bankers gather in Wyoming this week, their relief about a stronger global economy will be tempered by a growing unease that inflation remains inexplicably low. Federal Reserve (the Fed) chairman Janet Yellen and European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi will be among the officials...
China’s big trade surpluses hog all the headlines, but imbalances go both ways. South Korea’s $72.2-billion surplus with the People’s Republic in fact tops a list of more than 40 nations that export more to the country than they import from it, followed by Switzerland and Australia, data compiled by...
Spaniards have long lamented that Las Ramblas, the winding main artery of Barcelona, has devolved over the years from the tree-lined strolling place of Catalan flaneurs into a tourist trap filled by kitsch vendors and a cheesy sex museum. Now it will be associated with the deaths of 13...
WASHINGTON—In his West Wing office, Stephen Bannon kept a chart listing trade actions—on China, steel and autos—that the Trump White House planned to roll out, week by week, through the fall. Now that Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, has been pushed out, the question is whether his agenda will be...
As negotiators entered their third day of talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), the top representative for Mexico’s private sector said the nation needs to be prepared for all scenarios, including the possible end to the deal. Most Mexican products exported to the US would face...
For more than a decade, Spain seemed immune to the steady eruptions of violence by Islamic militants that rocked other European countries where radicalized young men, often from poor immigrant backgrounds, carried out devastating bomb, gun or vehicular attacks. Spain’s security forces carved out a reputation as some of Europe’s...
Getting ready to watch the solar eclipse? Bring a sweater along with those special glasses because the mercury could dip as the moon’s shadow crosses the land. Millions of Americans across a 113-kilometer corridor from Oregon to South Carolina will see the sky darken as the sun disappears from view, albeit...
AS summer draws to a close, the European Union (EU) will seek to tick off a number of boxes from the top of its to-do list, leveraging its new-found political capital following the ascent of pro-EU leaders on the continent. Brussels will have its hands full as negotiations ramp up...
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