Wall Street Journal : World (145)

Europeans Won't Follow Suit on Electronics on Flights

Countries in continental Europe said they won't for now adopt new U.S. and U.K. rules barring most electronic gear from the cabins of flights from the Middle East and North Africa,opening up an unusual split among Western security authorities over airplane safety.

U.S. Weighs 'Zones of Stability' as Part of Anti-ISIS Effort

Rex Tillerson said the U.S. will work to establish “interim zones of stability” to protect refugees in Syria and Iraq as a coalition against ISIS works to retake territory from the extremist group.

Syrian Opposition Monitors Say Coalition Airstrikes Hit School

Opposition monitoring groups said Wednesday that coalition aircraft hit a school this week sheltering the homeless near Raqqa, leaving at least 33 Syrians dead, but the U.S.-led coalition said it had “no indication” its aircraft had struck the civilians.

U.K. Parliament Attacker Leaves 4 Dead, Including Police Officer

A suspected Islamist terrorist mowed down scores of pedestrians on a crowded bridge before crashing his car into railings near Parliament and stabbing a policeman, leaving four dead in an attack that struck at the heart of British democracy.

U.S. Preparing Cases Linking North Korea in Theft at N.Y. Fed

Federal prosecutors are building cases that would accuse North Korea of directing the theft of $81 million from Bangladesh's account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last year, according to people familiar with the matter.

Canada Stays the Course on Budget Amid Improving Economy

Canada unveiled modest new spending Wednesday in its 2017 budget plan on the belief its multibillion-dollar stimulus program introduced last year is boosting consumer spending and economic growth is on the rebound.

For Tourists Caught in London Bedlam, Hours of Waiting, Wondering

Tourists became entangled in the bedlam following Wednesday's attack in one of the most visited swaths of real estate in the world.

U.K. Lawmaker Is Hailed as a Hero for Helping Slain Police Officer

Tobias Ellwood, a New York-born U.K. lawmaker and British army veteran is being hailed as a hero for helping a London police officer who was stabbed and slain in what is being called a terror attack on Wednesday.

Egyptian President Sisi to Visit Trump in April

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi will visit the White House on April 3 for a meeting with President Donald Trump, an administration official said.

European Hopes Dim for a Brexit Trade Pact

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May declared that no Brexit deal is better than a bad deal. It should hardly come as a surprise that many in the European Union feel the same way.

Anti-ISIS Coalition Says No Indication It Hit Civilians Near Raqqa

Two opposition monitoring groups said coalition aircraft on Monday struck a school sheltering homeless Syrians, killing at least 33 people.

Middle East Airports Race to Implement Laptop Ban on Flights

Passengers and airlines in the Middle East scrambled to make sense of new rules banning many carry-on electronics aboard flights to the U.S. and Britain.

Lawyer for Russian Whistleblower's Family Falls Out of Window

A lawyer representing the family of dead Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky was in a serious condition after a fall from a four-story building ahead of a key court appearance, Mr. Magnitsky's former employer said.

Bird-Flu Outbreak Brings Pain for Poultry Producers in Asia

Avian influenza is spreading across Asia in what may be the worst outbreak in seven years, as the human death toll rises and chickens are culled in Japan, South Korea and China in an effort to contain the disease.

Criticism Grows Over Eurozone Chief Comments

The embattled chairman of the group of eurozone finance ministers came under increasing pressure on Wednesday, as Southern European officials blasted him over newspaper comments they called demeaning.

Brazilian Government Racing to Convince Markets Meat is Safe

Brazil's government raced Wednesday to convince skittish local and global markets that meatpackers accused of paying bribes to meat inspectors in a corruption scandal did so to get their products out faster, not to sell rancid meat and poultry here and abroad.

China Sinks Suggestion It Will Develop South China Sea Shoal

Beijing dismissed reports it will build on Scarborough Shoal, an outcrop in the South China Sea that is also claimed by the Philippines, after a Chinese mayor triggered alarm in Manila by raising the prospect.

U.K. Parliament Attack Leaves Four Dead, Including Assailant

A suspected terrorist mowed down pedestrians on a crowded London bridge in a car on Wednesday, killing two people before abandoning the vehicle, rushing onto the grounds of Parliament and stabbing a police officer to death, authorities said. The alleged assailant was shot and killed.

Anti-ISIS Coalition Meets in U.S. to Assess Strategy

Officials from 68 countries will discuss ways to intensify the campaign against Islamic State. Iraq has said the Trump administration would speed up support to Iraq in the fight against ISIS.

The Cult of Erdogan Won't Guarantee Victory in Turkey Vote

Turkish opinion polls suggest a deadlock among likely voters in an April 16 referendum over proposed changes that would radically remake Turkey's democracy and could allow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to extend his rule.

Chinese Fury Clouds Soccer Showdown With South Korea

Chinese soccer fans are tapping nationalistic anger against Seoul to deride the visiting South Korean national team, ahead of a match that China must win to keep alive its fading ​bid to reach the next World Cup.

Anti-ISIS Coalition Meets in U.S. to Assess Strategy

Officials from the 68 countries will gather to discuss ways to intensify the current campaign against Islamic State. Iraq has said the Trump administration would speed up U.S. support to Iraq in the fight against ISIS.

North Korean Missile Launch Apparently Fails

North Korea attempted to fire a missile from its east coast on Wednesday morning, but the missile apparently exploded within seconds of launch, U.S. and South Korean officials said, days after the isolated country claimed a breakthrough with a high-thrust rocket engine.

Rex Tillerson, NATO Work to Reschedule Meeting

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, facing complaints over his unusual plan to skip a formal meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organization foreign ministers in April, moved to reassure allies by suggesting alternative dates for the meeting, the State Department said.

Canada Sees Increase in Migrants Entering Illegally From U.S.

Migrants illegally crossing the border overland from the U.S. into Canada made up about a fifth of Canada's total refugee claims in the first two months of 2017, as concerns grow about tougher U.S. immigration rules.

Greek Police Discover 8 Parcel Bombs Sent to EU Officials

Greek counterterrorism experts intercepted eight parcel bombs addressed to European Union leaders, institutions and large companies, a Greek police official said.

U.S., U.K. Cite Terror Threat in Laptop, Tablet Ban on Some Flights

The U.S. and Britain banned passengers from carrying most electronics larger than a cellphone into the cabin on flights from a handful of countries in the Middle East and North Africa, responding to what American officials described as a terrorist threat to global aviation.

Rex Tillerson to Miss Next NATO Meeting

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will skip a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organization foreign ministers next month while planning to visit Russia, the State Department said.

Fugitive Spurs Worries About Follow-On to 2016 Brussels Attacks

U.S. and Belgian officials have grown increasingly concerned about the prospect that a key figure behind the 2016 Brussels bombings is plotting a new terror attack, according to people briefed on the investigation.

U.S. Prepares to Charge Financier Jho Low in Malaysian 1MDB Scandal

U.S. authorities intend to file criminal charges against financier Jho Low in connection with a scandal at Malaysia's 1MDB state development fund, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr. Low has said he was a victim of political infighting.

China Has Risky Task in Rebalancing Economy

China faces mounting financial risk even as an innovation drive aimed at rebalancing the economy away from low-value manufacturing falls short, according to a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

EU, Japan Speed Up Trade Talks to Counter Threat of U.S. Protectionism

European Union and Japan's leaders vowed to fast-track negotiations to ink a trade pact as soon as this year, seeking to counter U.S. protectionism while boosting exports to bolster tepid growth in their economies.

U.S. Bans Laptops, Tablets in Cabins on Flights From Mideast Nations

The U.S. banned passengers from carrying most electronics larger than a cellphone into the cabin on direct flights arriving from eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa, saying it is a response to “evaluated intelligence,” but didn't provide details.

Rex Tillerson to Miss Next NATO Meeting

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will skip a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organization foreign ministers next month, the State Department announced.

China Sees a Manufacturing Future---in America

A shoe manufacturer in China's factory belt is scouting for a location in the U.S. for its newest machinery as manufacturing trends shift in America's favor. One problem: a lack of skilled U.S. workers.

Teachers' Strikes Deepen Troubles for Argentina's President

Teachers are expected to hold protests in public squares nationwide Tuesday, further delaying school for hundreds of thousands of children in Argentina and challenging President Mauricio Macri, who is trying to contain wages and spur economic growth.

EU Leaders to Hold Special Brexit Summit in Late April

European Council President Donald Tusk has asked European Union leaders, excluding British Prime Minister Theresa May, to meet on April 29 to discuss Brexit.

China Sits on Financial House of Cards, OECD Finds

China faces mounting financial risk even as an innovation drive aimed at rebalancing the economy away from low-value manufacturing falls short, according to a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

South Korea Prosecutors Question Former President Park Geun-hye

South Korea's former president arrived for questioning at the prosecutors' office, amid expectations that the impeached leader could become the latest suspect in a corruption scandal that has already ended her presidency and put the Samsung conglomerate's de facto leader behind bars.

France's Political Upstart Tested in Election Debate

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron sparred with rivals during the election campaign's first televised debate.

Iraq Says U.S. Vows to Speed Support in ISIS Battle

The U.S. pledged Monday to accelerate its support to Iraq in the fight against Islamic State, Iraq's prime minister said following a White House meeting with President Donald Trump.

North Korea Has Doubled Size of Uranium-Enrichment Facility, IAEA Chief Says

Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, cast doubt on the chances of striking an Iran-type deal with North Korea, which he said is rapidly advancing its capacity to produce nuclear weapons.

For Gaza Women, Baseball Is a Hit

A women's baseball team in the Gaza Strip is offering female athletes in the conservative Palestinian enclave an opportunity to learn a new game.

U.K. to Trigger Article 50 on March 29

Britain will notify the European Union on March 29 that it will start the process of extricating itself from the bloc, opening a tight two-year timetable to unravel decades of complicated ties.

Germany Fires Back at U.S. Critique of Its Trade Surplus

Germany's top economic officials defended the nation's giant foreign surpluses, pushing back against the new U.S. administration's criticism of German trade policy.

Labor Reforms Threaten to Derail Greek Talks

Finance ministers from the euro currency discussed the impasse in Greece's talks with creditors on Monday, but no breakthrough emerged on the latest conflict that threatens to derail Greece's bailout deal: workers' rights.

Brazil Seeks to Contain Fallout From Meat Scandal

Brazilian authorities on Monday scrambled to contain the fallout Monday from a police sting that has raised questions about the safety of the nation's meat industry, as China and other countries suspended imports.

New Zealand Expels U.S. Diplomat

New Zealand expelled a U.S. diplomat after the American embassy refused to waive his immunity in relation to a police investigation of a potentially serious crime.

New Clues on Why You Can't Escape Cockroaches

A Japanese study offers a hint why American cockroaches are so hard to get rid of: Females can breed for years and multiply their numbers dozens of times alone, without ever mating with a male.

Forget Love: In China, I'll Marry You for Your License Plate

Millions can afford to buy a car in China now, but in big cities the right to drive it is harder to come by. Marrying the lucky winner of a license plate has become the best option for many.