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Friday, March 24, 2017
LONDON—A knife-wielding assailant driving a sport-utility (SUV) vehicle mowed down panicked pedestrians and stabbed a police officer outside Parliament on Wednesday in a deadly assault, prompting the hasty evacuation of the prime minister and punctuating the threat of terrorism in Europe. At least five people, including the assailant, were killed...
WASHINGTON—Declaring the Islamic State (IS) group’s destruction its top Middle East priority, the Trump administration on Wednesday urged coalition partners to contribute more to forces who are retaking Iraq’s second-largest city and readying an assault on the extremists’ self-declared Syrian capital. There was no apparent announcement of a new...
WASHINGTON—For the House Republicans who have never served under a Republican president—roughly two-thirds of them—the vote scheduled for Thursday on a measure that would replace President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law with their own party’s version is a legislative fantasia, the culmination of seven years of campaign promises impeded...
WASHINGTON—Intelligence showing that the Islamic State (IS) is developing a bomb hidden in portable electronics spurred the United States and Britain on Tuesday to bar passengers from airports in a total of 10 Muslim-majority countries from carrying laptop computers, iPads and other devices larger than a cell phone aboard...
Zhang Lian has 270 tons of frozen Brazilian beef on a ship steaming toward Shanghai that he may not be able to get through customs when the vessel arrives next month. Zhang’s Shanghai Yadongsheng Import-Export Ltd. trades $200 million of meat annually, part of the global supply chain that keeps...
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s political fight for another independence referendum might just be a prelude to the economic one lying ahead. Scotland backed those remaining in the United Kingdom by 55 percent to 45 percent in September 2014 and much of the argument on both sides focused on the...
If seasonal patterns are anything to go by, Thailand’s baht is set to reverse course after riding this year’s emerging-market rally. There’s “negative seasonality ahead” for the baht, HSBC Holdings Plc. strategists led by Paul Mackel in Hong Kong wrote in a research note dated on Monday. The currency tends to...
WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump on Tuesday turned up the pressure on recalcitrant Republicans to support a sweeping bill to overhaul the health-care system, threatening wavering lawmakers in his party with political payback if they failed to get behind a measure that has become an early test of his negotiating...
SEOUL, South Korea—North Korea’s latest missile launch ended in failure on Wednesday, the United States and South Korean militaries said, three days after the North claimed a major breakthrough in its rocket-development program. The reported launch failure comes as the North is angrily reacting to ongoing annual US-South Korean...
WASHINGTON—Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James B. Comey took the extraordinary step on Monday of announcing that the bureau is investigating whether members of President Donald J. Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Comey’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee created a treacherous political moment...
MARA, Chad—From Yemen to Syria to here in Central Africa, the Trump administration is relying on Special Operations forces to intensify its promised fight against the Islamic State (IS) group and other terrorist groups, as senior officials embrace an Obama-era strategy to minimize the US military’s footprint overseas. In Africa,...
BEIJING—A Jeep Wrangler can cost $30,000 more in China than in the United States—and the reasons illustrate a growing point of tension between the two countries. Manufactured in Toledo, Ohio, the Wrangler is a descendant of the jeeps that were used by US forces in World War II. Equipped with...
PARIS—World donors pledged more than $75 million on Monday to a historic United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco)-backed alliance to protect cultural heritage sites threatened by war and the wave of ideological-driven destruction carried out by Islamic State (IS) group militants. French President Francois Hollande, speaking at a...
BEIRUT—Demonstrators in downtown Beirut pelted Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s car with water bottles last Sunday, as protests against new taxes and a stagnant public wage scale jolted the city. Hariri got out of his armored convoy behind the police line at the demonstration facing the government’s headquarters, but could...
MOSUL, Iraq—As Iraqi forces pushed into southwestern Mosul, four Islamic State (IS) fighters moved into Omar Khudair’s home and took up positions on the roof. The 17-year-old, his parents and siblings took cover in his aunt’s house next door, and for the next half hour they huddled in a back...
WASHINGTON—If you want to go to your happy place, you need more than cash. A winter coat helps—and a sense of community. A new report shows Norway is the happiest country on Earth, Americans are getting sadder, and it takes more than just money to be happy. Norway vaulted to...
BURLINGTON, Vermont—As spring crocus blooms approach, some growers have visions of a fall-flowering crocus that produces saffron, the world’s most valuable spice. University of Vermont researchers have been raising the exotic spice now grown primarily in Iran and are encouraging growers to tap into what they hope will be a...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—A Canadian school teacher who encourages hope and acts of kindness in an isolated corner of Quebec won a $1-million prize last Sunday in what has become one of the most high-profile awards for teaching excellence. Maggie MacDonnell was awarded the annual Global Teacher Prize during a...
HOMS, Syria—Scores of Syrian opposition fighters and their families began leaving the last rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs last Saturday as part of a Russian-backed evacuation deal signed earlier this week. By sunset, 344 fighters and their families had left the city—once a center of protest during...
LIMA, Peru—The intense rains, overflowing rivers, mudslides and flooding being experienced in the country are the worst seen in two decades, Peruvian authorities said last Saturday, affecting more than half the nation as the death toll since the beginning of the year hit 72. The highly unusual rains follow a...