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Investors Pledge Cuts to Fossil-Fuel Commitments at Paris Meeting

Global institutions pledged to cut financing of fossil-fuel projects at a summit in Paris, backing French President Emmanuel Macron's call for the private sector to do more to combat greenhouse-gas emissions.

EU and Japan Join U.S. in Criticizing China at WTO Summit

The U.S., the European Union and Japan agreed on Tuesday to increase pressure on countries like China that subsidize domestic companies and require foreign firms to transfer technology to local counterparts.

NATO Extends Chief's Term

The alliance added two years to the term of Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, paving the way for him to become the longest serving chief since the Cold War.

U.S. Criticizes Germany's Support of New Russian Natural-Gas Line

The top State Department official overseeing Europe offered harsh words for Germany over the country's continued support for a new Russian gas pipeline to Europe.

Areas Newly Seized From ISIS Seen at Risk of Backsliding

Iraq's prime minister is celebrating the collapse of the Islamic State's self-declared caliphate, but American and Iraqi officials are recognizing that much more is needed to stabilize newly reclaimed areas and prevent militants from making a comeback.

The West Faces Reality: China Won't Become 'More Like Us'

For decades, Beijing camouflaged its global ambitions and the West told itself that China would eventually embrace its values. That game of make-believe is winding down.

How North Korea's Global Financing Web Works Around Sanctions

Researchers have identified a number of business transactions that they say show North Korea's international financing web is more sophisticated than what was previously known.

Pakistan Currency Slides in Effective Devaluation

Pakistan's rupee slumped to a near four-year low against the U.S. dollar, the latest move downward in an effective devaluation of the currency that had been kept steady against the greenback for much of the past two years.

Russia to Let Athletes Compete in Winter Games

Russia's Olympics authorities opted against a boycott of the 2018 Winter Games, saying they would support athletes who choose to participate under the Olympic flag. Some Russian politicians and coaches had called for a bar on competing in response to the International Olympic Committee's ban.

EU Prepares to Discuss a Long-Delayed Trade Deal With Britain

Following a Brexit divorce accord, European leaders may finally authorize negotiations at a summit this week on the outlines of a future trade deal with Britain.

China Influence Fears Cost a Rising Political Star His Job

The downfall of a prominent lawmaker is fueling a growing sense of unease in Australia about Chinese influence in the country's domestic affairs, and raising tensions with its most important trading partner.

The West Faces Up to Reality: China Won't Become 'More Like Us'

For decades, Beijing camouflaged its global ambitions and the West told itself that China would eventually embrace its values. That game of make-believe is winding down.

Trump Trade Adviser Attacks WTO for 'Losing Focus'

President Donald Trump's chief trade adviser blasted the World Trade Organization Monday for “losing its essential focus” and becoming “a litigation-centered organization” that has failed to enforcing existing rules.

U.S. Tax Plan Draws Ire Abroad, Prompts Calls for Cuts in Response

The Trump administration's planned overhaul of U.S. corporate tax law came under attack Monday from finance ministers of Europe's five largest economies, voicing the growing anxiety among foreign executives and officials that the proposals would give American firms unfair tax advantages.

Putin Declares Victory in Surprise Visit to Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a surprise visit to a military air base in Syria, in an effort to showcase his country's rising clout in the Middle East months ahead of Russia's presidential election.

European Finance Chiefs Hit Out at U.S. Tax Plans

Europe's five largest economies warned the U.S. its planned corporate tax reform could violate the country's double-taxation treaties and breach world trade rules.

EU Officials Urge U.S. to Not Go It Alone on Mideast Peace Efforts

European Union officials warned the Trump administration not to go it alone in its Middle East peace efforts as the bloc's foreign ministers said they wouldn't follow the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

Trump Trade Representative Attacks WTO for 'Losing Focus'

President Donald Trump's chief trade adviser blasted the World Trade Organization Monday for “losing its essential focus” and becoming “a litigation-centered organization” that has failed to enforcing existing rules.

Amid North Korea Tensions, a Narrow Diplomatic Window Opens

The pace of North Korea's nuclear and missile tests has slowed considerably in recent weeks and history suggests it will remain low in the coming weeks, providing a narrow diplomatic opportunity for a negotiated resolution to the crisis, writes Gerald F. Seib.

Duterte Presses for Another Extension of Martial Law in Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte asked legislators to extend martial law on the southern island of Mindanao for a year, sticking with a policy he said was necessary to fight Islamic extremism despite opposition from rights groups.

Devil's in the DNA: The Tasmanian Tiger's Demise Is a Tale of Bad Genes

The Tasmanian tiger frightened European settlers, who put a bounty on its head. A new study mapping the tiger's genetic code found it was anything but fearsome,the wolflike marsupial, that some Australians believe still exists in its last island stronghold, was in poor genetic health before it was ...

Putin Declares Victory in Surprise Visit to Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a surprise visit to a military air base in Syria, marking a mission-accomplished moment for the leader months ahead of a presidential election.

Trump Picks Korea Expert as Ambassador to Seoul

The Trump administration will nominate as ambassador to Seoul a prominent Korea expert who favors a tough line on Pyongyang, filling a yearlong vacancy at the front lines of President Donald Trump's biggest foreign-policy challenge.

Netanyahu Calls on Palestinians to Advance Peace

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Palestinians to accept Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying that was the best way to advance serious peace talks.

European Finance Chiefs Hit Out at U.S. Tax Plans

The finance chiefs of Europe's five largest economies warned the U.S. against tax plans that might violate the country's double taxation treaties and could be at odds with world trade rules.

Saudi Arabia Lifts Decades-Old Ban on Movie Theaters

Saudi Arabia lifted a decades-old ban on movie theaters in the kingdom, a move that opens the conservative kingdom to Hollywood-style entertainment.

Duterte Presses for Another Extension of Martial Law in Southern Philippines

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asked legislators to extend martial law on the southern island of Mindanao for a year, sticking with a policy he said was necessary to fight Islamic extremism despite vehement opposition from rights groups.

Venezuela's Ruling Party Dominates Local Elections

The ruling Socialist Party swept local elections in Venezuela on Sunday, amid an opposition boycott and widespread allegations of pro-government bias.

Mideast Tensions Simmer in Wake of U.S. Shift in Israel Policy

Pockets of anger surfaced in the Middle East and Asia over the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but predictions of widespread upheaval failed to materialize as riots petered out in the Palestinian territories.

Three Arrested in Attack on Swedish Synagogue

Three people have been arrested for allegedly throwing firebombs at a synagogue in the Swedish city of G├Âteborg, the second anti-Jewish attack in the Nordic nation in two days.

Rare Protests in Beijing Condemn Forced Evictions

Migrant workers held a rare demonstration in China's capital on Sunday, with several hundred protesting outside a local government office that recent forced evictions across the city violated human rights.

In One Corner of Afghanistan, America Is Beating Islamic State

The war in Afghanistan may be at a stalemate, but in Achin, along the border with Pakistan, the U.S. and its Afghan allies this year have liberated local farms and villages.

Indonesians Protest Trump's Jerusalem Decision

Thousands of people in the world's largest Muslim-majority nation protested the U.S. move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Defends Trump's Jerusalem Decision

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley defended President Trump's decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel and begin to move the U.S. embassy, calling it a courageous move that would further the Mideast peace process despite scattered protests world-wide and widespread condemnation.

Venezuela's Ruling Party Set to Dominate in Local Elections

The ruling Socialist Party was set to sweep local elections in Venezuela on Sunday, amid an opposition boycott and widespread allegations of pro-government bias.

Theresa May's Brexit Triumph May Prove Short-Lived

The British prime minister struck a landmark deal to conclude the first phase of Brexit talks, but the question of how to avoid a hard Irish border may need to be further clarified before an agreement with the EU on a full divorce deal.

EU Officials Warn of Risk to Global Trade

European Union officials said the U.S. is threatening to cripple global commerce by undermining the World Trade Organization, ahead of a gathering of officials from 164 countries on Sunday in Buenos Aires.

Global Economy Week Ahead: U.K. Inflation; Fed, ECB and Bank of Mexico Rate Decisions

This week, central banks around the world will make their final monetary policy decisions of 2017, while a round of economic readings could help shape their outlooks going into 2018.

China Celebrates Xi With Fervor Not Seen Since Mao

After China's Communist Party party revised its charter in October to crown leader Xi Jinping as its greatest living theorist, an army of Marxist propagandists has gone to unusual lengths to spread their leader's philosophy.

Iraqi Forces Drive Islamic State From Its Remaining Territory

Iraq claimed victory over Islamic State on Saturday after retaking the last pockets of territory in the country, more than three years after the insurgents overran about a third of Iraq and threw the wider region into chaos.

Mexican Opposition Alliance Shakes Up Election Scene

Two of Mexico's main opposition parties have agreed to run together in next year's presidential election, shaking up the political landscape less than seven months before the vote.

Israel Carries Out Airstrikes on Hamas Following Fire From Gaza

Israel launched airstrikes at Hamas positions in response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, as tensions simmer over a White House policy change on Jerusalem.

Philippines Faces Steep Task Rebuilding City Won From Islamic Militants

The Philippine military scored a victory when it drove Islamic State-linked fighters from Marawi in October, but that success is now in peril as the government discovers as many pitfalls in rebuilding Marawi as in liberating it.

Israel Carries Out Airstrikes on Hamas Following Fire From Gaza

Israel launched airstrikes at Hamas positions in response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, as tensions simmer between Palestinians and Israeli forces over a White House policy change on Jerusalem.

U.S. Warns Saudi Arabia on Mideast Actions as Allies' Ties Fray

The Trump administration delivered an unusually blunt warning to Saudi Arabia on Friday, saying the U.S. might curtail its support for Riyadh's military campaign in Yemen unless the kingdom takes immediate steps to allow more humanitarian aid into the besieged country.

Tillerson Urges 'More Measured' Saudi Arabia in Middle East

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged Saudi Arabia to temper its military and diplomatic moves in the Middle East, offering rare criticism from the Trump administration of the kingdom's policies across the region.

Russia Skirts U.S. Sanctions With $27 Billion Arctic Gas Plant

Russia is launching Yamal LNG, a $27 billion Arctic gas project that is a symbol of its efforts to overcome Western sanctions and strengthen ties with China.

Initial Mideast Violence From New U.S. Policy on Israel Is Limited

Thousands of Palestinians gathered largely peacefully for Friday prayers in Jerusalem's Old City, but clashes broke out again between Israeli forces and protesters in the West Bank.

U.S. to Remain in Syria Indefinitely, Pentagon Officials Say

The Pentagon plans to keep some U.S. forces in Syria indefinitely, even after a war against the Islamic State extremist group formally ends, to take part in what it describes as ongoing counterterrorism operations, officials said.

Israel Braced for Clashes in Jerusalem Amid West Bank Violence

Thousands of Palestinians gathered largely peacefully for Friday prayers in Jerusalem's Old City, but clashes broke out again between Israeli forces and protesters in the West Bank.