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By Joshua Goodman / The Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela—Venezuela’s socialist president threatened on Friday to jail legislators if the opposition-controlled congress goes ahead with a symbolic “political trial” accusing him of trampling on the constitution and installing a dictatorship. “If they proceed with this so-called political trial, which is not in our...
WHITE PLAINS, New York—For more than a year, Hillary Clinton has been a reluctant participant in the e-mail controversy that has dogged her campaign, responding defensively to inquiries—and often only when there’s a political imperative to do so. On Friday the imperative was clear. The e-mail issue flared up unexpectedly just over a...
WASHINGTON—Beset by low natural-gas prices and tax advantages for its competitors, the nuclear-power industry is seeking new tax credits to help it find its footing in an increasingly challenging marketplace. The Nuclear Energy Institute’s (NEI) newly tapped President and CEO Maria Korsnick said last week that the trade association is...
IRBIL, Iraq—With an Iraqi government-led offensive underway to oust Islamic State (IS) from the northern city of Mosul, militants on Friday staged an attack in the oil hub of Kirkuk designed to divert forces from the frontlines, officials said. More than 60 civilians were killed in attacks in Kirkuk, about...
MEXICO CITY—Mexican authorities said they hope the arrest of a former police chief who had been a fugitive for more than two years will help them solve one of the country’s most notorious human-rights cases: the disappearance and presumed murder of 43 students. Felipe Flores Velazquez was arrested on Friday...
UNITED NATIONS—A United Nations (UN) human-rights expert urged the next UN secretary-general on Friday to make the elimination of tax havens a priority to ensure that corporations, billionaires and “kleptocrats” pay their fair share of taxes. Alfred de Zayas, an American law professor, also urged Antonio Guterres, who will succeed...
THE UK economy appears to be weathering Brexit better than many expected, but it is still heading for its weakest performance in a year. After a 0.7-percent expansion in the second quarter, economists in a Bloomberg survey anticipate just 0.3 percent in the three months since the vote to leave the...
CANADA'S listing export sector took another blow on Friday, as talks to seal a trade deal with the European Union  (EU)broke down, adding to questions about what will drive the economy forward. The country is already facing three straight years of growth below 2 percent, the weakest stretch since at least...
DONALD TRUMP Trump lashed out against what he called “phony” accusations of inappropriate sexual contact leveled by several women, two more of whom came forward on Friday. Trump launched into his defense at a rally on Friday afternoon in Greensboro, North Carolina, saying he is being attacked with lies and slander....
THAI stocks jumped the most since 2011 and the baht strengthened on prospects for a smooth transition, following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch. The benchmark Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) Index surged 4.6 percent to 1,477.61 at the close and the baht advanced 0.9 percent to...
AIRLINE passengers who try to carry Samsung Electronics Co. Note 7 smartphones on flights will have them confiscated and may face fines under an emergency US order that significantly expands restrictions on the devices linked to almost 100 incidents of overheating and fires. The devices won’t be allowed aboard passenger or...
UNITED States President Barack Obama issued a presidential directive on Cuba on Friday that seeks to institutionalize and cement his policy changes toward the island and encourage further engagement even after he leaves office. His administration also released a sixth set of regulatory changes designed to enhance business and trade between...
NEW YORK—Rising tensions between Moscow and Washington over the civil war in Syria, interventions in Ukraine and election-year accusations of hacking in the US are spilling over into an increasingly divided United Nations Security Council, threatening to paralyze initiatives from North Korea to Africa. The latest signal of UN dysfunction...
AMID a hellish landscape of roofless shacks, shrouded  bodies and torrents of tainted  brown water, the death toll in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew climbed into the hundreds on Friday as the storm’s full impact became grimly apparent. Three days after the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation was battered by 140 miles per hour...
BOGOTA, Colombia—By winning the Nobel Peace Prize, President Juan Manuel Santos got a big boost on Friday in his efforts to save an agreement seeking to end Colombia’s half-century conflict. The prize, announced by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, puts pressure on both conservative critics and leftist rebels to find a way forward after...
WASHINGTON—Acrimony between Washington and Moscow heated up even further on Friday as Secretary of State John F. Kerry called for Russia to be investigated for war crimes because of its bombardment of civilians in Syria and the Obama administration publicly accused Vladimir Putin’s government of computer hacking that was...
WASHINGTON—Drawn by steady hiring and slightly higher pay, more Americans began looking for work in September, a sign of renewed optimism about the US job market. The influx of job seekers sent the unemployment rate up slightly, as more Americans were counted as unemployed. Taken as a whole, Friday’s jobs...
MEANWHILE, a dozen big-name business leaders, including lifelong Republicans and independents, say they won’t support real-estate mogul Donald Trump for president. They say he would be bad for the economy, and they question how successful he’s been as a businessman. “For sustained investment, economic growth and job creation, American business...
KEY Republican donors have begun looking into whether it’s possible to replace Donald Trump as the party’s presidential nominee after his campaign was jarred on Friday by a video showing him speaking about groping women and making other crude, sexually aggressive comments. Trump released a video statement early on Saturday apologizing...
BEIRUT—The 6-year-old girl was found trapped under the rubble of her home, destroyed by an air strike in Syria’s rebel-held city of Aleppo. “Dust!” she wailed as rescue workers pried away the stones and debris on top of her, finally freeing her and placing her on a stretcher as she screamed...
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