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WFP Warns Food Shortages in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND —  The World Food Program warns food shortages and undernutrition in Myanmar’s Rakhine State are seriously affecting the health of women and children. More than one million Rohingyas lived in Myanmar’s Rakhine State before a brutal military crackdown against the civilian population began in late August. Since then, …

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Partial US Government Shutdown Continues for Second Day

WASHINGTON —  The U.S. government stayed partially shut down Sunday for a second day, with no immediate end in sight to the stalemate between Republican and Democratic lawmakers over federal spending and immigration issues. U.S. President Donald Trump pressured Congress to resolve the standoff, suggesting on Twitter that if it …

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Australia, Canada Trade Blows over Wine

SYDNEY —  Australia has filed a formal complaint with the World Trade Organization that accuses Canada of placing “discriminatory” rules on the sales of imported wine. Canada is Australia’s fourth-biggest wine market. Officials in Canberra say rules in Canada unfairly discriminate against overseas wine. An official protest has been lodged …

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Iran May Try to Loosen Revolutionary Guard’s Grip on Economy

DUBAI —  Iran’s supreme leader has ordered the Revolutionary Guard to loosen its hold on the economy, the country’s defense minister says, raising the possibility that the paramilitary organization might privatize some of its vast holdings. The comments this weekend by Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami appear to be a …

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Resolving Who Owns What Land Lies at Heart of Zimbabwe’s Future

Volunteer lawyers helped delay the villagers’ eviction in the courts even as the police intensified their campaign on the ground. Starting last March, the police began coming nearly every day to harass the residents. One reason the 146 families who lived in Mazowe felt betrayed by their leader was that …

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Afghan Forces Retake Control of Kabul Hotel After Deadly Siege

The Taliban, usually quick to claim attacks, issued a statement declaring its responsibility 14 hours after the assault began. At least two senior Afghan officials said the country’s intelligence agency had reports that the Haqqani Network, a brutal arm of the Taliban, had planned the violence. “The attack was carried …

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Pope Francis Comforts Peruvians Who Faced ‘Wrath of Nature’

Ahead of Mass, thousands had camped out close to the beach, some having journeyed for days, to see the pontiff. Photo Thousands had camped out for the Mass. Credit Pilar Olivares/Reuters “It has been an odyssey to get here, but we’ve arrived to this promised land,” said Rayna García Sasi, …

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On Paris’s Icy Streets, Migrants Wait for Word on Refuge

“We are well aware of the fact that the housing of immigrants in Paris needs to be improved, and it will be improved in the coming weeks,” Mr. Sodini said. I spent three nights with workers from Paris Refugee Ground Support, an informal aid group that delivers blankets and other …

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