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World’s Eyes on Kosovo Amid Push to Halt War Crimes Court

The court is viewed by world powers as a vital prerequisite for regional reconciliation in the aftermath of the bloody Balkan wars of the 1990s. But the moves to halt the court before it has even begun hearings have infuriated Kosovo’s Western backers. They warned the country’s leaders against sabotaging …

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From Mexico to the U.S., a Nafta Tale of Two Truckers

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — Raúl García Miranda wants Carlos Flores’s job. Mr. Flores doesn’t think he deserves it. The two men haul goods that travel from Mexico into the United States. Both come from a Mexican border town infested with drug cartels. But Mr. Flores got out. He became a …

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What’s the Cure for Ailing Nations? More Kings and Queens, Monarchists Say

Critics say such views are antiquated and alarming in an era when democracies around the globe appear to be imperiled. The count and his band of fellow monarchists, however, are determined to make their case at conferences, in editorials and at fancy balls. A recent study that examined the economic …

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A Foreign Hand in Protests? Iranians See Confirmation in Their History

American intelligence officials and Iran watchers say the protests appear to have started organically. The demonstrations, which are widespread and amorphous, do not match the playbook that Western intelligence agencies have used to mount covert operations in Iran — namely, sustained resource-intense operations that focus on the narrowly defined and …

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Tired of Regional Critics, Venezuela Looks to Russia and China

Last Thursday, Delcy Rodríguez, the president of Venezuela’s national Constituent Assembly, chided Mr. Robinson, saying he had “arrived to our country on the wrong foot!” Then, over the weekend, Ms. Rodríguez, Venezuela’s former foreign minister, announced that the top diplomats from Canada and Brazil had been designated persona non grata. …

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Trump Administration Adds Restrictions for Visa-Waiver Countries

Photo Countries that participate in the American visa-waiver program will be asked to share more background information about visitors to the United States, homeland security officials said on Friday. Credit Mario Cruz/European Pressphoto Agency WASHINGTON — Dozens of countries, mostly in Europe, must meet additional security requirements for their citizens …

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Protests in Lebanon Near U.S. Embassy After Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

Foreign ministers from Arab states called on Sunday for the United States to reverse its decision, which they said put Washington on the side of the “occupation.” In a two-page resolution, the ministers said they would seek a United Nations Security Council meeting to address the issue. The Arab League’s …

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Study of inmate deaths reveal ‘torturous’ use of Tasers at prisons across the U.S.

COLUMBUS, OH – Corporal Matthew Stice pointed his Taser at Martini Smith’s bare chest. Smith was 20 years old, pregnant and stripped nearly naked, standing in a cell in the Franklin County jail in Columbus, Ohio. She had been detained on charges of stabbing a boyfriend she’d accused of beating her. Stice …

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The Talk of Turkey? A Politically Charged Trial in New York

Mr. Erdogan himself could face political consequences should Mr. Zarrab testify, if there are any convictions or if the United States takes action against Turkish banks found to have been involved in the scheme. The president faces a re-election campaign in 2019 or earlier. Mr. Erdogan has cast the trial …

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