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U.S., Israel balk at Palestinian reconciliation, insisting Hamas must disarm

If Hamas wanted any role in a future Palestinian government, it must recognize Israel, officials say.

'I've never had a year so bad': How Modi's big economic changes have hit India's small businesses

As promises of prosperity falter, shoppers are spending less ahead of Diwali.

U.S., Israel balk at Palestinian reconciliation, insisting Hamas must disarm

If Hamas wanted any role in a future Palestinian government, it must recognize Israel, said U.S. and Israeli officials.

How fake news helped shape the Catalonia independence vote

A picture of fingers allegedly broken by police, doctored images of bloodied activists and other false reports seemed designed to deepen divisions.

Move over, America. China now presents itself as the model 'blazing a new trail' for the world.

In keynote speech, China's president takes pains to present his nation as a model, but not as a threat.

Like Trump, Europe's leaders must also tread delicately when consoling the families of the fallen

Condolences — or the lack thereof — can widen existing rifts between forces and the leaders they serve.

Abe offers stability — and in Japan, that's sufficient

If the polls are right, Shinzo Abe will be reelected as prime minister on Sunday.

Spain threatens to take over Catalonia's government as constitutional crisis looms

The Catalan president won't clarify independence plans and urges more dialogue with an increasingly impatient Madrid.

Taliban storms army base with suicide car bombs, killing 43 Afghan soldiers

The strike is part of a string of attacks this week that have killed nearly 120 people.

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif indicted on corruption charges

Sharif, who was ousted earlier this year, faced charges based on the Panama Papers leaks.

The rise of a world power that seeks 'total control,' and 4 other stories you might have missed

In this occasional series, The Washington Post brings you up to speed on some of the biggest stories of the week.

Mexico's presidential candidates include a Hillary wannabe and a guy promising better soccer

All these new faces, however, could split the vote and let the same old party win again.

Get ready for the smoke and mirrors of Putin 2018

How the Russian leader may be trying to lend a veneer of democracy to next year's presidential vote.

Michael Flynn, Nicki Minaj shared content from this Tennessee GOP account. But it wasn't real. It was Russian.

A Twitter campaign to influence U.S. voters was amplified by high-profile retweeters.

Russia gets new candidate for president: The daughter of Putin's political mentor

Ksenia Sobchak is a former protest leader and TV personality. The Kremlin may see her as a safe protest vote.

Kenyan election commissioner flees days before new vote, saying it cannot be fair

After Roselyn Akombe left for the U.S. in fear for her life, her boss also said that a fair presidential election could not be guaranteed.

Trudeau joins Canadians in mourning their rock poet, Gord Downie

"Gord was everyone's friend … our buddy Gord, who loved this country with everything he had,' said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The defeat of ISIS in Raqqa tests U.S. commitment to Syrian Kurds

The announcement of the fall of the city, the de facto Islamic State capital, came after a last-stand battle by the militants.

Russia gets a new candidate for president. Is she serious?

Ksenia Sobchak is a former protest leader and the daughter of Putin's political mentor. The Kremlin may see her as a safe protest vote.

Xi Jinping at China congress calls on party to tighten its grip on the country

The Chinese leader set out an ambitious vision to keep the Communist Party at the center of every aspect of life.

With midnight raids and chat-room traps, Egypt launches sweeping crackdown on gay community

The actions began after people in a crowd waved a rainbow flag at a rock concert last month.

Thousands protest al-Shabab as new details of Somalia truck bombing emerge

Intelligence officials say al-Shabab tried a knock-knock' tactic.

Across Canada, tributes pour in following news of Gord Downie's death

"Gord was everyone's friend … our buddy Gord, who loved this country with everything he had,' said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

In photos: After harrowing escape from Burma, Rohingya face desperation in Bangladesh

More than half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled Burma since August, often making a dangerous sea voyage to neighboring Bangladesh.

Kenya election commissioner flees days before new vote, saying it cannot be fair

After Roselyn Akombe left for the U.S. in fear for her life, her boss also said that a fair presidential election could be impossible.

In London, black cabs win a battle against Uber. But is the war over? 

Despite last month's ban, many see the giant ride-sharing service as an unstoppable part of the future.

Maduro defends election results, claims opposition by U.S. is aiding him

The Venezuelan leader spoke after officials declared government victories in state races.

Taliban attacks in Afghanistan kill more than 70 people amid push for peace talks

In one assault, a commando-style raid on a police compound began with twin car bombs.

Hong Kong sports fans have booed China's national anthem for years. Now they might go to jail.

Sports fans in Hong Kong have often shown their disdain for China's national anthem. A new law seeks to change that.

After Harvey Weinstein, women around the world are saying #MeToo

On social media, women have stepped forward to share accounts of abuse and harassment they have faced.

Iraqi forces move deeper into Kurdish-held areas, redrawing political map

The military push is raising doubts about the future of Iraqi Kurdistan's leadership.

Taliban attacks in Afghanistan kill more than 70 people amid push for peace talks

The commando-style raid on a police compound began with twin car bombs.

Malta journalist killed in car blast was assassinated, her son says

Daphne Caruana Galizia, known for her Panama Papers reporting, was killed in an explosion while driving near her home.

Man held by Taliban for five years thought his captors were joking about Trump being president

A lot has changed since Joshua Boyle was kidnapped in 2012.

The price of victory in Raqqa: More than a thousand dead and a city in ruins

The symbolic capital of the Islamic State has fallen. What's left of it?

U.S.-backed force claims capture of Islamic State's de facto Syrian capital Raqqa

The announcement by the Syrian Democratic Forces came after a last-stand battle by the Islamic State.

In center of Europe, politics takes a Trumpian turn with rise of anti-immigrant billionaire

The Czech Republic is poised to elect a man whose pitch mirrors that of the U.S. president.

In Venezuela, opposition took risk that might not pay off

After socialists' tainted wins in gubernatorial elections, anti-government forces are caught in a rut. 

Iraqi forces retake the oil-rich city of Kirkuk in escalating dispute with Kurds

President Trump says the United States is not taking sides' in crisis between two U.S. allies.

Mexicans see models of Trump's 'impenetrable' wall, and they're not impressed

Tunnels and the persistence of migrants make Mexicans skeptical of the wall's prospects.

A man tortured in Chechnya for being gay dares to go public with his story

Investigators said they hadn't received any official complaints. Maxim Lapunov is the first.

Mexicans see models of Trump's 'impenetrable' wall, and they're not impressed.

Tunnels and the persistence of migrants make Mexicans skeptical of the wall's prospects.

An independent Catalonia? Leader still refusing to reveal intentions.

Spanish authorities have given the region until Thursday to decide, but their patience is wearing thin.

Iraqis seize military base, oil field from Kurdish forces near contested Kirkuk  

The conflict between Kurdish and Iraqi forces follows Kurdistan's independence vote. 

Trump making history by seeking changes to Iran deal, Israel's intelligence minister says

Q&A with Israel's Intelligence Minister Israel Katz.

Iraqis seize military base, oil field from Kurdish forces near contested Kirkuk  

The conflict between Kurdish and Iraqi forces follows Kurdistan's independence vote 

'How about Muslim holidays in Germany?' asks one of Merkel's ministers

The minister's suggestion came in the midst of a regional election, much to the horror of local party officials.

An independent Catalonia? Leader still refusing to reveal intentions

As the deadline for clarification approaches, Spain could evoke measures to take over Catalonia.

Austria turns sharply to the right in an election shaped by immigration

Sebastian Kurz, the 31-year-old foreign minister, was positioned to become the next chancellor.

Days after devastating truck bomb in Somali capital, death toll still climbing

There are now at least 300 dead in the biggest attack in the history of the country's war against Islamist extremists.