Tag: Politics and Government

What Boris Johnson Needs to Do to Win Parliament’s Vote on Brexit

BRUSSELS — In his three months in power, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has yet to win a major vote in Parliament. But that will no longer matter to him and his backers if he can pull out a victory in Saturday’s vote on his new Brexit deal with the European Union. He was on the phone […]

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Catalan Separatist Leader Turns Himself In to Belgian Officials

BARCELONA, Spain — Carles Puigdemont, the former separatist leader of Catalonia, handed himself in to Belgium’s judiciary on Friday, while vowing to fight Spain’s latest attempt to extradite him and try him for sedition. A general strike was held across Catalonia on Friday, while hundreds of thousands of people took part in marches to protest […]

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At a School for Suicide Bombers’ Children, Dancing, Drawing and Deradicalization

MEDAN, Indonesia — Ais likes to dance. She knows the words to “I’m a Little Teapot.” Her dimples are disarming. Her parents didn’t want their daughter to dance. They didn’t want her to sing. They wanted her to die with them for their cause. Last year, when she was 7, Ais squeezed onto a motorcycle […]

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European Union’s Message to U.K.: Just Leave Already

BRUSSELS — Breaking its own deadlines, reopening negotiations on a Brexit agreement with Britain it had said was sacrosanct and then approving a new version before it could be fully digested by its member states, the European Union showed considerable strategic flexibility on Thursday. The Europeans got the better of the accord, most analysts agree, […]

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China’s Economic Growth Slows as Challenges Mount

SHANGHAI — China’s economic slowdown worsened in the July-to-September period, according to data released on Friday, as the trade war with the United States and a host of other problems leave Beijing struggling to meet its goals. The figures show China continues to grow at its slowest pace in nearly three decades of modern record-keeping. […]

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What Is in the New Brexit Deal?

The knotty details of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal with the European Union are contained in 64 pages of revisions to the old withdrawal agreement, and an accompanying road map to future relations. After days of shadowy negotiations, the documents set out how Mr. Johnson’s deal differs from the one struck by his […]

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Brexit Live Updates: E.U. and U.K. Come to an Agreement

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePrime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, left, and the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, at a news conference in the European Union’s headquarters in Brussels on Thursday.CreditFrancisco Seco/Associated Press Britain and the E.U. say there is a deal. Britain and the European Union announced on Thursday that an agreement […]

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What Is the D.U.P., and How Might It Scupper Brexit?

LONDON — After years of debate, false starts and just plain confusion, the news that Britain had reached a deal to leave the European Union seemed like a moment for a weary nation to exhale. But nearly as soon as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced news of the deal, there was a problem. The Democratic […]

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Commuters Drag Climate Activists From London Trains

LONDON — A bearded man wearing a suit walks on the roof of a London Underground train as a crowd of clearly infuriated commuters yell and point at him. A few seconds later, another man leaps up and grabs his legs as the protester tries to kick him off. They both fall, and the protester […]

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Brexit Deal Between U.K. and E.U.: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: Britain and the E.U. say there is a deal. ImagePrime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain called the draft agreement a “great new deal that takes back control.”CreditAndy Rain/EPA, via Shutterstock Britain and the European Union announced on Thursday that an agreement on the draft text of a Brexit deal […]

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A Foreseen Calamity in Syria

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The presence of U.S. troops in northern Syria was designed to protect America’s allies and keep its enemies there in check. President Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from the region quickly, and predictably, unraveled a tenuous peace on […]

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Why the Protests in Hong Kong May Have No End in Sight

HONG KONG — Resolving the increasingly violent protests in Hong Kong will most likely fall to an influential group of Beijing’s local allies. The trouble: They don’t agree on much. The fissures raise the likelihood that unrest in Hong Kong could fester for months or even years. That could further hurt the city’s economy, create […]

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Blow to Boris Johnson’s Brexit Plan as He Heads to Brussels

BRUSSELS — Britain’s frantic efforts to negotiate a Brexit agreement with the European Union hit a last-minute snag on Thursday morning, after Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party said it could not support the deal “as things stand.” The statement, hours before Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain was to present the deal to European leaders […]

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What Comes Next in the Brexit Fever Dream?

Boris Johnson gets a deal; it passes Parliament. We enter the sunlit uplands. The uplands are, in fact, disappointingly cloudy. Boris Johnson gets a deal; it doesn’t pass Parliament. We crash out on Halloween, thick with metaphor. Britain is taken over by bears. Boris Johnson gets a deal; it doesn’t pass Parliament. He requests an […]

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Abiy Ahmed Won the Nobel Peace Prize. Now He Needs to Earn It.

Some honors come too late; others too early. Others still risk scuttling the efforts they are rewarding. Last week Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for, the Nobel committee said, “his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea” and starting “important reforms that give many citizens […]

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Signs of Brexit Progress, but Doubts Remain, E.U. Official Says

LONDON — Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, said on Wednesday that negotiators would know “in seven to eight hours” whether Britain had struck a deal to leave the European Union, setting the stage for down-to-the-wire talks that could shape the fate of Brexit. But a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson of […]

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Turkey Urges Kurdish Fighters to Lay Down Their Arms and Leave

DOHUK, Iraq — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey called on Wednesday for Kurdish fighters battling his troops in northeastern Syria to lay down their weapons and withdraw from the border area “this very night.” Resisting Western pressure to halt the operation, Mr. Erdogan also requested international support for his country’s battle against Kurdish fighters […]

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China Is Leasing an Entire Pacific Island. Its Residents Are Shocked.

SYDNEY, Australia — The island of Tulagi served as a strategic headquarters for Britain and then Japan when each dominated the Pacific. Before World War II, it was the capital of the Solomon Islands. During the war, its natural deepwater harbor across from Guadalcanal made it a military gem fought and died for. Now Tulagi […]

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Biden Defends Son Hunter at Debate, Saying Focus Should Be on Trump

[Watch the debate and follow our live analysis here.] Joseph R. Biden Jr. pushed back against President Trump’s attack on his son’s business dealings, saying that the attention should instead be on Mr. Trump’s actions of inviting a foreign power into the election and not on the controversy sparked by unfounded conspiracies about the overseas […]

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E.U. May Be on Verge of Brexit Deal, Though Approval in U.K. Is Not Assured

ImagePrime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain leaving his residence in London on Tuesday.CreditIsabel Infantes/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images LONDON — Hopes for a breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the European Union have surged in recent days, but the positive mood music from diplomats masks a harder reality for Mr. […]

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