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Thursday, April 27, 2017
WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that aims to reduce the federal government’s role in K-12 education. Trump is giving Education Secretary Betsy DeVos just short of a year—300 days—to identify areas where Washington has overstepped its legal authority in education, and modify and repeal regulations and guidance from her...
WASHINGTON—The Trump administration told lawmakers on Wednesday it will apply economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to dismantle its nuclear-weapons program, as an extraordinary White House briefing served to tamp down talk of military action against an unpredictable and increasingly dangerous US adversary. President Donald J. Trump welcomed Republican and...
WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump told the leaders of Mexico and Canada on Wednesday he would not immediately move to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), only hours after an administration official said he was likely to sign an order that would begin the process of pulling the...
As dawn broke on the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) last year, Julian Braithwaite was awoken by a phone call from a fellow diplomat in Geneva. The message was more like a warning: Your world is about to change. The British ambassador to the World Trade Organization...

Judge blocks Trump anew

A judge in San Francisco on Tuesday temporarily blocked President Donald J. Trump’s efforts to starve localities of federal funds when they limit their cooperation with immigration enforcement, a stinging rejection of his threats to make so-called sanctuary cities fall in line. The judge, William H. Orrick of US District...
WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump has instructed his advisers to make cutting the corporate-tax rate to 15 percent a centerpiece of his tax-cut blueprint to be unveiled this week, according to people with knowledge of his plans, even if that means a significant reduction in revenue that could jettison his...
Mike McCabe’s neighbors in rural Gillespie, Illinois, consider him lucky. After being out of work for a year, he landed a job in January making cardboard boxes at a nearby Georgia-Pacific plant for $19.60 an hour. He would agree with them, were it not for the fact that his previous...
PYONGYANG, North Korea—A US guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea on Tuesday and envoys from the US, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo, as North Korea marked the anniversary of the founding of its military. Though experts thought a nuclear test or ballistic missile launch might happen, the morning came and went without...
CARACAS, Venezuela—Protesters sprawled in lawn chairs, worked on math homework and played cards on main roads around Venezuela’s cities on Monday, joining in sit-ins to disrupt traffic as the latest slap at the socialist government. Thousands shut down the main highway in Caracas to express their anger with the increasingly embattled administration of...
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) outlook for the US economy a “little conservative” as he repeated the Trump administration’s goal of getting to 3 percent growth or faster. “The US economy is well positioned,” Mnuchin said on Saturday in a conversation with IMF Managing Director...
PARIS—Not since World War II has the antiimmigrant far right been closer to gaining power in France. With her second-place finish on Sunday in the first round of the presidential election, Marine Le Pen has dragged her National Front party from the dark fringes of its first 40 years. But...
For an economy safely out of recession, the tidings on investment in Russia are increasingly grim. As a broader recovery gathers pace, capital spending by companies is off to a poor start in 2017 after contracting in the past three years. A close proxy for investment—the value of construction works...
BEIJING—President Donald J. Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, discussed growing tensions over North Korea’s advancing nuclear arms program, with Xi urging Trump to show restraint despite signs that the North may be preparing a nuclear test. This month Trump has used a meeting with Xi in Florida, a...
MIAMI—People crowd outside a church near Miami’s international airport, chatting about family and friends left behind in Caracas, Valencia and Maracaibo, as they wait more than an hour to receive rice, beans, yogurt and other food for their families. At a storage space not far away, about 60 other Venezuelans...
WASHINGTON—Thousands of scientists and their supporters, feeling increasingly threatened by the policies of President Donald J. Trump, gathered in Washington on Saturday under rainy skies for what they called the March for Science, abandoning a tradition of keeping the sciences out of politics and calling on the public to...
BEIRUT—Many don’t speak Arabic and their role in Syria is little known to the outside world, but the Chinese fighters of the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) in Syria are organized, battled-hardened and have been instrumental in ground offensives against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in the country’s northern regions. Thousands of...
French voters begin voting on Sunday to select two presidential candidates for the runoff round of the 2017 election, whose results have the potential to determine how far the populist wave in Europe will go. In a campaign that has remade the nation’s political landscape, four candidates with radically different...
President Donald J. Trump has promised a “massive” tax cut for Americans. He may be able to achieve it—but only temporarily, if the changes can’t meet the criteria needed by lawmakers to make permanent changes. News that Trump’s plan isn’t likely to include a border-adjusted tax (BAT) suggests his proposed...
U.S. Steel Corp., supported by Washington politicians amid a “Buy America” push from the White House, is asking a trade agency to revive claims that rival Chinese manufacturers colluded to keep prices low to undercut competitors in the American market. The US International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington on Thursday...
Crude-producing countries reached an initial agreement to extend output cuts, Saudi Arabia’s oil minister said on Thursday, as persistently high stockpiles and resurgent output from United States shale fields weigh on prices. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and other major suppliers have failed, after three months of limiting production, to...
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