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Israelis Learn to Live With a New Neighbor: Islamic State

While most attention has focused on Islamic State's shrinking but still vast territory in eastern Syria and northwestern Iraq, the extremist group has also proved surprisingly resilient in a pocket of southern Syria near Israeli-populated towns and villages in the Golan Heights.

Explosion Rocks Damascus Airport

Israel neither confirms nor denies its involvement but a government minister says the blast is 'consistent' with Israel policy of preventing Iranian-supplied arms from reaching the Lebanese group Hezbollah.

Israelis Learn to Live With a New Neighbor: ISIS

While most attention has focused on Islamic State's shrinking but still vast territory in eastern Syria and northwestern Iraq, the extremist group has also proved surprisingly resilient in a pocket of southern Syria near Israeli-populated towns and villages in the Golan Heights.

ECB Set to Play It Safe, but Investors Keep Eye on Tone

The eurozone's economy is strengthening, but the European Central Bank remains on full alert as it meets Thursday. Financial markets have been volatile in recent weeks as investors weigh the likelihood of a change in direction from Frankfurt.

Buenos Aires Governor Breaks With Argentina's Past

María Eugenia Vidal, a 43-year-old governor, has become the face of President Mauricio Macri's efforts to dismantle the Peronist legacy that has dominated Argentine politics for the past seven decades.

Merkel Says Some Britons Expect Too Much From Brexit Talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the U.K. risked “wasted time” because some people in the country suffered illusions over how well Britain could fare in talks about the country's exit from the European Union.

U.S. Keeps Its Military Threat Alive While Pressing North Korea

The Trump administration said it is launching an urgent push, combining diplomatic pressure and the threat of military action in a bid to halt North Korea's advancing nuclear-weapons program.

EU Struggles to Reset Ties With Turkey

European Union officials are struggling to figure out how to improve vital economic and security cooperation with Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan amid a widening political rupture that threatens the relationship.

U.S. Warns of Heavy Casualties in Event of Korean Fight

The Trump administration said it is launching an urgent push, combining diplomatic pressure and the threat of military action in a bid to halt North Korea's advancing nuclear-weapons program.

Brazil Tries to Trim Thicket of Labor Laws---A Little

Brazil is moving to simplify some of the most complex labor regulations of any major economy, but many of them will likely remain intact.

China Launches First Home-Built Aircraft Carrier, Boosting Naval Power

The launch moves China forward in its quest for a world-class navy that can protect Chinese economic and security interests far from its shores.

U.S. Redoubles North Korea Push

The Trump administration said it is launching an urgent push, combining diplomatic pressure and the threat of military action in a bid to halt North Korea's advancing nuclear-weapons program.

Macron, Le Pen Clash at Closing Whirlpool Plant

French presidential candidates on Wednesday turned a Whirlpool Corp. factory threatened with closure into a impromptu stage for an ideological battle over how to revive the country's declining industrial might.

U.S. Commander for Asia Warns of Casualties From Korean War

The Pentagon's top commander for Asia stressed the need for a diplomatic solution to the escalating standoff with North Korea while foreshadowing the grim outcome of a possible war.

France: Deadly Sarin Attack Bears Syria Regime's 'Signature'

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault says findings of investigation into the April 4 attack show President Bashar al-Assad's government was responsible.

China Launches First Home-Built Aircraft Carrier, Boosting Naval Power

China launched its second aircraft carrier,and the first one entirely home-built,taking another stride in its quest for a world-class navy that can protect Chinese economic and security interests far from its shores.

Massive Backlog Stymies Brazil's Only Court for Trying Top Politicians

Though Brazil's Supreme Court gave its approval to prosecutors to investigate scores of senior political figures, the court will have to deal with a backlog to bring them to trial. The court just ruled on a dispute over a 1987 soccer championship.

Pope Francis to Visit Egypt in Wake of Attacks

Pope Francis will pursue efforts to reach out to Muslims during a visit to Egypt this week that comes as rampant Islamist terrorism is posing the greatest test to dialogue between the faiths since the Vatican made it a priority half a century ago.

'Kiwis First': New Zealand Cracks Down on Immigration

It's caught the eye of Hollywood filmmakers, Chinese billionaires and even a Trump adviser, but this picturesque Pacific nation is rethinking its open-door policies amid a global backlash against immigration.

U.S. Tariffs Pose New Reckoning on Canada's Lumber Sector

The Trump administration's action on softwood lumber this week puts to the test Canadian lumber producers' bid to inoculate themselves from U.S. trade risks by ramping up sales to China and buying sawmills in the southern U.S.

Washington Protests as Turkish Strikes Target U.S.-Backed Fighters

Turkish jets launched dozens of airstrikes targeting U.S.-backed fighters in Syria and Iraq, killing at least 30 in attacks that roiled Washington and threatened to undermine plans for an assault on Islamic State's most important Syrian stronghold.

White House Intervened to Toughen Letter on Iran Nuclear Deal

The White House last week rejected a State Department letter that declared Iran in compliance with a landmark nuclear deal, insisting on far tougher wording, according to senior U.S. officials.

Canada Reacts Coolly to U.S. Lumber Move

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he intended to speak firmly yet reasonably with President Donald Trump about the U.S. slapping a 20% tariff on Canadian softwood lumber and Mr. Trump's escalating rhetoric.

EU Hopes to Increase Dialogue With Moscow but Obstacles Remain

The European Union wants to expand its dialogue with Russia on key foreign policy issues, the first significant sign of a thaw in relations and a move that reflects growing concerns in Brussels about U.S. foreign policy.

Inside Turkey's Irregular Referendum

On election day, monitors across the country reported problems in voting that expanded the powers of the president. Ballots lacked verification stamps and observers were kept from polling places.

Ivanka Trump Gets Cool Reception in Berlin

Ivanka Trump received a cool reception on her first international trip as a government official at a conference Tuesday when she described her father's support of families and women.

Pakistan Looks to Reboot Relationship With U.S.

Pakistan seeks a reset of its relationship with the U.S., a senior official said Tuesday ahead of talks with the Trump administration's top security official.

Relative of Imprisoned Iranian-Americans Appeals to Trump for Help

The family of an Iranian-American father and son imprisoned in Iran are urging President Donald Trump to take personal responsibility to secure their release as administration officials huddle with Iranian counterparts for the first time in meetings in Vienna this week.

Marine Le Pen's Bid to Lead France Hinges on Low Turnout

Breaking with a longstanding tradition of French voters setting personal beliefs aside to coalesce behind whoever could block the National Front, many voters on the left and the right plan to stay home for the second round.

Israel's Prime Minister Scraps Meeting With Germany's Top Diplomat

The refusal by Benjamin Netanyahu to meet visiting German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel was a response to the diplomat's meeting with representatives of a group critical of Israel's armed forces, the premier's spokesman said.

Ivanka Trump Gets Cool Reception in Berlin

Ivanka Trump received a cool reception on her first international trip as a government official as she defended her role advising President Trump.

China Convicts U.S. Businesswoman of Spying

A Chinese court convicted a long-detained American businesswoman of espionage and ordered her imprisoned and deported in a case seen as a barometer of U.S.-China relations.

Why a Stolen Democracy Plaque Is Gripping Thailand

The theft of a brass plaque commemorating the end to royal rule 85 years ago and its replacement with one urging fealty to the king touches nerves amid a national debate over how to govern the tropical Buddhist kingdom.

Indonesia Open to Bilateral Trade Deal With U.S., Says President

Joko Widodo, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, said he told U.S. Vice President Mike Pence that new trade discussions were due after the collapse of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Swipe Right to Save a Species

A top Kenyan wildlife conservation group is enlisting the help of an unlikely partner to save the northern white rhino from extinction: Tinder. Yes, the dating app.

Greece Rejects Second Extradition Request for Turkish Soldiers

A Greek appeals court rejected Turkey's new request to extradite three of the eight military officers who fled to Greece after the failed coup attempt.

Nine Arrested in Spain Over Alleged Links to Brussels Attacks

Nine men were arrested in and around Barcelona, some of whom allegedly have ties to terrorist cells that carried out the 2016 attacks in Brussels that killed 32 people and injured hundreds.

Trump's North Korea Obstacle: Sanctions Are Unevenly Enforced

Multiple countries aren't fully enforcing United Nations sanctions on North Korea, highlighting a difficulty in orchestrating international pressure on Pyongyang after President Donald Trump called for North Korea to face tougher U.N. penalties.

French Vote Fuels Hopes for Growth

The ascension of centrist Emmanuel Macron as the heavy favorite in France's presidential race spurred investors to set aside the political worries that have long plagued European markets and to make new bets on economic growth.

U.S. to Slap Canada's Lumber Producers With a 20% Import Tariff

The Trump administration is taking retaliatory action against Canada over a trade dispute, moving to impose a 20% tariff on softwood lumber that is typically used to build single-family homes.

U.S. Suspects Russia Supplying Small Arms to Taliban in Afghanistan

The U.S. military in Afghanistan has detected an increasing number of Russian-made small arms being used by Taliban fighters on an increasingly complex battlefield.

Euro Jumps as French Election Reshapes European Markets

The euro, French government bonds and European stocks closed sharply higher in the wake of the first round of France's presidential election, with centrist former economy minister Emmanuel Macron edging out far-right politician Marine Le Pen.

U.S. Sanctions Syrians in Chemical Weapons Program

The Trump administration on Monday blacklisted 271 employees of the Syrian government agency involved in developing and producing chemical weapons, the Treasury department said.

'Apartheid Without the Racism': How China Keeps Rural Folks Down

China's decades-old ”hukou” household registration system binds most Chinese to their place of birth, and denies millions of people outside the country's booming megacities the right to buy property inside them.

Indonesia President, in Interview, Calls for End to Identity Politics

President Joko Widodo denounced the divisive identity politics that defined the latest Jakarta election, but in an interview dismissed concerns that Islamist hard-liners would stoke deeper conflict in the world's largest Muslim-majority nation.

Indonesian President Calls for Focus on Policy After Divisive Vote

Indonesian President Joko Widodo spoke out Monday against the divisive identity politics that sparked the largest demonstrations in decades before the recent governor's election in Jakarta, saying he would meet with religious leaders to push for tolerance in the world's largest Muslim-majority ...

China's Xi Urges Trump to Be Cautious Over North Korea

Phone calls between the U.S. leader and his counterparts in China and Japan come amid speculation Pyongyang may launch a nuclear test.

U.S. Defense Chief Mattis Pays Surprise Visit to Kabul

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Afghanistan for a surprise visit, hours after his Afghan counterpart and the army chief of staff resign following Friday's devastating Taliban attack on an army base.

'Apartheid Without the Racism': How China Keeps Rural Folks Down

China's decades-old 'hukou' household registration system binds most Chinese to their place of birth, and denies millions of people outside the country's booming megacities the right to buy property inside them.

French Presidential Runoff Heralds New Political Era

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen led the first round of voting in France's presidential election, as voters redrew the political map, placing the European Union at the center of a new divide.