Tag: Politics and Government

Iranian Official Makes Surprise Appearance on Sidelines of G7 Summit

BIARRITZ, France — He was not on the original invitation list, but when a plane landed in Biarritz on Sunday bringing Iran’s foreign minister to the city hosting President Trump and other world leaders, it got everyone’s attention. The surprise guest, Mohammad Javad Zarif, flew to the resort town in southern France on a last-minute […]

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One Handgun, 9 Murders: How American Firearms Cause Carnage Abroad

CLARENDON, Jamaica — She came to Jamaica from the United States about four years ago, sneaking in illegally, stowed away to avoid detection. Within a few short years, she became one of the nation’s most-wanted assassins. She preyed on the parish of Clarendon, carrying out nine confirmed kills, including a double homicide outside a bar, […]

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Sidney Rittenberg, Idealistic American Aide to Mao Who Evolved to Counsel Capitalists, Dies at 98

Sidney Rittenberg, an American soldier-linguist who stayed in China for 35 years after World War II as an adviser and political prisoner of the Communist Revolution, and later made millions as a counselor of Western capitalists exploiting booming Chinese markets, died on Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 98. The family confirmed the death in […]

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Half of Israelis Want Netanyahu Out. But Do They Want Benny Gantz In?

TEL AVIV — By all rights, the former army chief of staff gunning for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s job should be in a commanding position heading into the do-over election here on Sept. 17. Benny Gantz’s upstart Blue and White Party fought Mr. Netanyahu’s reigning Likud to a tie in the April vote, and Mr. […]

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Trump Ordered U.S. Companies to Leave China. Is That Possible?

SHANGHAI — In the space of 24 hours, President Trump ordered American businesses to leave China and suggested in a tweet that he has the authority to do so. Whether he has that power — he pointed to a national security law that has been used mainly to target terrorists and other major threats — […]

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Candidate Says Michigan City Should Be Kept White ‘As Much as Possible’

Five people vying for three seats on the Marysville City Council in Michigan gathered for a candidates’ forum at City Hall on Thursday to discuss issues facing their community. The moderator, Scott Shigley, asked whether the community should be more aggressive in trying to attract foreign-born residents, The Times Herald reported. Jean Cramer, a candidate, […]

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Japan and South Korea Stop Playing Nice

On Wednesday in Beijing, the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan convened like feuding officemates compelled to make amends. The air around them vibrated with resentment, which had built up over months of verbal slights and legal and economic assaults, and was rooted in old histories of colonization as much as recent jockeying for […]

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Stocks Dip After China Announces Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Goods

Wall Street stocks dipped and major European indexes fell on Friday after Beijing said it would answer President Trump’s next round of tariffs on Chinese goods by increasing tariffs on American imports, the latest sign that the trade war between the two countries could drag on. Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 futures had […]

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As Hong Kong Firms Fall in Line Over Protests, Some Workers Push Back

HONG KONG — As big companies in Hong Kong squirm under pressure to denounce the continuing antigovernment protests in the territory or risk angering China, some of their employees are speaking out, raising the prospect of escalating labor tensions in the Asian financial capital. On Friday, more than 1,000 people joined a march for accountants […]

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In North Carolina’s Prisons, Racial Injustice Strikes Again

One prosecutor called the defendant in a murder case a “big black bull” in front of an all-white jury. Another prosecutor, taking notes on prospective jurors, described a black juror who drank as a “blk wino,” while describing a white juror who drank as “drinks — country boy — O.K.” In a third case, a […]

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Inslee Out. Hickenlooper Out. De Blasio? Town Hall May Be Last Gasp.

He’s entrenched toward the rear in fund-raising totals. He rejects the validity of the various polls showing him at zero percent. And he also acknowledges that he will probably not qualify for the third Democratic presidential debate next month. Yet Mayor Bill de Blasio refuses to “accept the premise” of questions about the wisdom of […]

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Is It Unconstitutional to Sleep in Your Home? For a Governor, Perhaps

It depends, one might say, on just where the meaning of the word “reside” resides. For over a year in West Virginia courtrooms, and longer than that among lawmakers and pundits, a debate has been bubbling about where the state’s governor spends his nights. Not that the facts are in much dispute: Most everyone concurs […]

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Democrats Are Getting Very Serious About the Native American Vote

What do the 573 federally recognized nations of American Indians and Alaska Natives all have in common? A never-ending need for lawyers. The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum held this week in Sioux City, Iowa, at which 11 presidential candidates fielded questions from indigenous elected officials and activists, was a rousing two-day argument for […]

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A Season of Hope in Sudan

The sight of the former president of Sudan, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, sitting caged inside a courtroom in Khartoum on Monday had an absurdly theatrical aspect to it. For nearly 30 years Mr. al-Bashir pranced arrogantly about, overcoming political opposition and surviving global condemnation after his 2009 indictment for war crimes. The old man in his […]

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Denmark’s Leader Didn’t Want a Fight With Trump. She Got One Anyway.

ODENSE, Denmark — “I’m not going to enter a war of words with anybody, including the American president,” Denmark’s prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, told a Danish television channel on Wednesday. Too late. In Denmark, a small country with powerful neighbors, commitment to international alliances is bedrock policy, and polite, measured political debate is the norm. […]

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Alibaba Postpones Hong Kong Listing as Protests Roil Markets

LONDON — Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, has postponed plans to list its shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, according to two people briefed on the matter, as protests continue to rock the Asian financial capital. The protests and the instability they created in Hong Kong’s stock market led to the postponement of the […]

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Pompeo Fuels Further Talk of Senate Race

They were the types of meetings more typical for a political candidate than for the nation’s top diplomat. But on a trip on Tuesday to New York, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Ronald S. Lauder, the cosmetics heir and billionaire Republican donor, two people briefed on the meeting said, speaking on the condition […]

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Trump, Greenland, Denmark. Is This Real Life?

I want to buy Greenland, said President Trump. No way, said the Danes and Greenlanders, who share control over the giant frozen island and its rich mineral treasures. Then I’m not going to visit your queen, shot back the self-proclaimed master of the real estate deal, who can’t stand being rebuffed. “Is this some sort […]

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Hong Kong Is Where Peaceniks and Radicals Unite

HONG KONG — How and why have Hong Kongers managed to keep going for months, and in such large numbers, waging wave after wave of protest to oppose encroachment from China, despite the vast differences among them? One major point of contention concerns whether to resort to nonpeaceful action and how close to skirt with […]

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Benin Awakens to the Threat of Terrorism After Safari Ends in a Nightmare

PENDJARI NATIONAL PARK, Benin — As a safari guide in a sprawling wilderness preserve in West Africa, Fiacre Gbédji often seemed no different from the tourists in his care: He gushed at each lion sighting and thrilled at each bushbuck he spotted through the trees. But when Mr. Gbédji and two French tourists he was […]

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