Wall Street Journal : World (158)

China's Bright Economic Future Is Bound Up in the Past

President Xi Jinping this week lauded China's transition to high-quality growth, but for now smokestack industries carry the economy,and much-touted efforts to relieve long-term ills are running into short-term reality.

Spain Poised to Strip Catalonia of Powers

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is poised to exercise constitutional powers to impose tighter control on Catalonia, plunging Spain into uncharted waters as Madrid seeks to quell the region's bid for independence.

U.K. Pushes Citizens' Rights to Advance Brexit Talks

British Prime Minister Theresa May will Thursday make a pitch to European Union leaders on guarantees for EU citizens living in the U.K., hoping to revive stalled Brexit talks by shifting the focus away from a deadlock over money.

Jacinda Ardern to Lead New Zealand After Deal With Kingmaker

New Zealand finally has a government, with Labour leader Jacinda Ardern securing the backing of a populist politician who emerged as kingmaker after last month's national elections proved inconclusive.

Spain to Propose Measures to Strip Catalonia of Powers

Catalonia's leader defied an ultimatum from Madrid by failing to renounce his push for independence, prompting the Spanish government to gear up for stripping the region of some of its powers.

Antiestablishment Tycoon Leads Race to Become Czech Prime Minister

Czech voters are poised this week to elect as prime minister a blunt-spoken billionaire who tells crowds the system is rotten and rigged by distant European elites, a situation only he can fix.

Rex Tillerson Says U.S. Is India's Best Partner for the Future

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to India next week to press his view that the U.S.,not China,represents the South Asia economic giant's most reliable partner for the future.

Weakened Nafta, WTO Would Pave Way for Conflict

Trump administration attempts to neuter Nafta and the World Trade Organization are intended to sideline the referees from the world trade arena, but that would allow both the U.S. and rivals to be more aggressive, Greg Ip writes.

Australia's Push to Restrict Immigration Hits a Wall

Australia will keep trying to raise hurdles for new immigrants after proposed changes, including a more difficult English test and acceptance of “Australian values,” were blocked.

Election Official Flees Kenya, Casting Further Doubt on Vote

The chief of Kenya's electoral commission said he wasn't able to deliver a credible election next week amid meddling from candidates and threats of violence, casting further doubt on the vote just hours after a top electoral official resigned and said she feared for her life.

EU Urges Better Security for Public 'Soft Targets'

The European Union urged its member states to better secure public spaces from terror attacks and design them with the threat in mind, after a spate of deadly assaults have hit crowded urban areas in recent years.

Europeans Pay Little Heed to British Warnings on Brexit

One of the striking features of the International Monetary Fund annual meetings last week was that no one was talking about Brexit,other than the British, of course, who could talk of little else.

Venezuela's Opposition in Disarray After Electoral Rout

Newly elected opposition governors refused to take their oaths of office before a pro-government assembly Wednesday, setting the stage for a showdown that threatens to further weaken the demoralized coalition opposed to President Nicolás Maduro.

As Iraqi Forces Consolidate Control in North, Kurds Flee

Thousands of Kurdish civilians fled their homes in northern Iraq, fearing harassment by government forces and Shiite militias who have taken control of a vast swath of territory from Kurdish fighters.

For ISIS, Losing Territory Means Losing Revenue

Once the wealthiest terror group in the world, Islamic State is losing lucrative sources of income and its ability to recruit fighters along with the territory in Iraq and Syria that is rapidly slipping from its grip.

China's Xi Feeds Expectations for a Lengthy Reign

Opening a twice-a-decade Communist Party congress, Chinese President Xi Jinping signaled his ambition to shape the country far into the future as he set a new goal potentially achievable in his lifetime: to build a modern nation by 2035.

Clinton: U.S. Threats of War With North Korea 'Dangerous and Shortsighted'

The former secretary of state criticized the Trump administration's bellicose language toward Pyongyang and warned that the approach isn't working on Kim Jong Un.

Former Brazil Olympic Committee Head Faces Charges of Corruption

Brazilian prosecutors filed criminal charges against Carlos Nuzman for his alleged involvement in a vote-buying ring meant to secure Rio de Janeiro's bid to host the 2016 Games.

Inside Islamic State's Other Grisly War, a World Away From Syria

Islamists in the Philippines pledged allegiance to ISIS and occupied the city of Marawi, torching churches and beheading hostages. On the verge of defeat, like their Syrian counterparts, they have left behind devastation and a model for other militants around the world.

Xi Sets Stage for a More Muscular Role at Home and Abroad

China's president is likely to emerge from a Communist Party congress that started Wednesday with all of the allies and authority he needs to monopolize decision making for the next five years. But will he step down in 2022?

Indian 'Smart City' Hatches Solutions to Urban Chaos

The planners dreaming up India's first “smart city,” Amaravati, intend to dispatch drones, bury the power grid, mobilize police and tow trucks and link land to a biometric database to prevent the slums, crowding and chaos that have consumed past planned cities in India.

China's Xi to World: Party First, Reform Second

The Chinese leader laid out a vision for a nation well on its way toward achieving “moderate prosperity”,one that is guided by the steady hand of the state.

Germany's Merkel Begins Tricky Three-Way Coalition Talks

A weakened Angela Merkel kicks off talks on forming Germany's first three-party government, a process fraught with pitfalls that experts think could stretch into next year.

BOE's Carney Issues Stark Warning on Brexit Risks

Bank of England Gov. Mark Carney issued his clearest warning yet that a disorderly Brexit would pose a major risk to the European economy and not just the U.K.

Dressed as Police, Taliban Kill Dozens in Afghanistan

Militants struck two police compounds, killing at least 66 people in attacks that underscore the difficulties Kabul faces in securing many areas of the country.

U.S. Nafta Negotiator Takes Aim at Rivals

President Donald Trump's top trade negotiator exchanged public barbs with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts as well as U.S. businesses, magnifying gaps over the North American Free Trade Agreement and highlighting the obstacles to keeping the pact alive.

Europe Doesn't Expect Fresh Influx of Returning ISIS Fighters

European and American officials said Tuesday fewer Islamic State fighters than expected have returned to Europe as the extremist group has lost ground in recent months, and they don't expect a major influx in the wake of the fall of Raqqa, Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria.

British Intelligence Chief Notes Quickening Pace of Terror Threats

The head of Britain's domestic intelligence agency said Tuesday that there has been a dramatic uptick in the threat of Islamist extremism to the U.K., with plots occurring at a faster tempo than at any point in his career.

Two Chinese Nationals Charged With Fentanyl Trafficking

Two Chinese men have been charged with running massive drug networks that manufactured and shipped thousands of doses of the potentially lethal drug fentanyl directly to U.S. consumers.

Taliban Kill Dozens in Attacks on Two Afghan Police Stations

Taliban fighters struck two police compounds in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 66 people in attacks that underscored the difficulties the Kabul government continues to face in securing many areas of the country.

Iraqi Forces Sweep Territory From Kurds With Little Resistance

Kurdish forces relinquished control over a huge swath of northern Iraq, ceding territory they gained during the war with Islamic State to triumphant Iraqi forces.

U.S.-Backed Forces Say They Have Taken Last Islamic State Urban Stronghold

U.S.-backed forces said they have captured Islamic State's de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria, wrenching away the terror group's last major urban stronghold in the Middle East.

U.S.-Backed Forces Say They Captured Last Major Islamic State Stronghold

U.S.-backed forces said they have captured Islamic State's de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria, wrenching away the terror group's last major urban stronghold in the Middle East.

Duterte, Philippine Military Divide on State of Battle for Marawi

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared the southern city of Marawi freed of Islamic State-linked militants, apparently contradicting his own commanders.

Disguised Taliban Kill at Least 20 Police, Soldiers in Afghanistan Attack

Taliban fighters disguised as police officers stormed a government compound in southeastern Afghanistan, killing at least 20 police and soldiers in a gunbattle.

Ireland Sees Banking Opportunities in Brexit

A decade after Ireland's banking collapse, a boost in financial services could ease blow a to manufacturing and agriculture jobs if exports to the U.K. fall.

Duterte Declares Marawi Liberated as Philippine Troops Battle Remaining Militants

Philippine soldiers fought to gain control of the last pocket of Marawi controlled by Islamic State-linked militants as President Rodrigo Duterte declared the city liberated from “terrorist influence.”

Xi Jinping's Power Plays Set the Stage for a Long Encore

China's president is likely to emerge from a Communist Party congress that starts Wednesday with all of the allies and authority he needs to monopolize decision making for the next five years. But will he step down in 2022?

U.K. Inflation Hits Five-Year High

Consumer prices in the U.K. rose in September at the fastest annual rate for more than five years, a pickup that will reinforce expectations the Bank of England could nudge up interest rates as soon as November.

Brazil's Crusading Judge Passes Corruption Fight to Others

As Judge Sergio Moro, who has headed the epic Car Wash corruption probe, prepares to finish the work under his jurisdiction, he stressed that success ultimately depends the very politicians who perverted Brazil's political mores to change the laws and prevent their successors from doing the same ...

Australia Retreats on Renewable Power

The Australian government returned coal to the heart of its energy policy, after blaming blackouts and rising power bills on a too-aggressive rollout of renewable sources and a surge in gas exports.

U.S. Seeks to Stay Neutral in Iraq Conflict

The U.S. sought to stay on the sidelines as an all-out battle broke out between two of its closest ground partners in the campaign against Islamic State and raised concerns about a broader civil conflict erupting in Iraq.

Venezuela Opposition Has Few Options After Vote Many Call Fraudulent

Sunday's electoral outcome narrowed the opposition's options, as many experts predicted that a peaceful political solution that could alleviate the suffering among the nation's 30 million people was now more remote.

Questions Mount After Deadly Bombing in Somali Capital

Emergency personnel and volunteers in Mogadishu spent a third day sifting through the rubble of one of the deadliest vehicle bombings ever, as the scale of the attack raised questions over the effectiveness of U.S. and international efforts to crush al Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab militants.

As Islamic State Recedes, Iraqi Forces and Kurds Turn on Each Other

Elite Iraqi forces took control of the local government building in Kirkuk, pushing out Kurdish fighters and effectively retaking the city after skirmishes that have raised fears of a wider conflict between two of the closest U.S. allies in the war against Islamic State.

EU Foreign Ministers Agree to Stand by Iran Nuclear Deal

European foreign ministers attacked President Donald Trump's decision to pull his administration's backing for the Iranian nuclear agreement, calling the move a serious mistake that could lead to a military confrontation with Tehran.

China's Xi Approaches a New Term With a Souring Taste for Markets

As a Communist Party congress opens, the pro-market talk from President Xi Jinping's first term has faded as China's priorities turn to economic intervention and supporting state companies.

Liberia Heads for Presidential Runoff

A retired soccer star and Liberia's vice president will square off in November in a runoff to succeed the longtime president after no candidate got enough votes in this month's first round.

U.S. Most-Wanted Terror Suspect Killed, Philippines Says

Isnilon Hapilon was among the last remaining leaders killed after Philippine forces pressed forward with their offensive to retake the southern city of Marawi from Islamic State-linked militants, authorities said.

As Islamic State Recedes, Iraqi Forces and Kurds Turn on Each Other

Iraqi forces took over a military base, airport and energy installations near the city of Kirkuk, pushing out Kurdish fighters as risks mount of a bigger conflict between two of the U.S.'s closest allies in the war against Islamic State.