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North Korea says it has tested ‘ultramodern tactical weapon’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observed the successful test of “a newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon,” the nation’s state media reported today, though it didn’t describe what sort of weapon it was. Read More
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Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty in killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

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The Saudi announcement appeared aimed at distancing the killers and their operation from the kingdom’s leadership, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, amid a global outcry over the writer’s death. Read More

British Prime Minister Theresa May battles to save her Brexit deal and her job

Two British Cabinet ministers, including Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, resigned Thursday in opposition to the divorce deal struck by Prime Minister Theresa May with the EU — a major blow to her authority and her ability to get the deal through Parliament. Read More
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Central American migrants fill Tijuana shelters, scramble to reach U.S. border

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Migrants in a caravan of Central Americans scrambled to reach the U.S. border, catching rides on buses and trucks for hundreds of miles in the last leg of their journey Wednesday as the first sizable groups began arriving in the border city of Tijuana. Read More

Marie Antoinette pearl reaps record $36 million, with fees

A large, drop-shaped natural pearl pendant sold for more than $36 million today at a rare auction of jewelry that once belonged to French Queen Marie Antoinette, which Sotheby’s is calling a record price for a pearl at auction. Read More
 

Cuba ends medical exchange program with Brazil over money

Cuba said today that it is ending a program that sent thousands of government doctors to underserved regions of Brazil in exchange for hundreds of millions in badly needed hard currency. Read More

French president requests respect following Trump’s tweets

French President Emmanuel Macron said France and the United States must respect each other, in a response to a flurry of critical tweets by Donald Trump. Read More
 

Former SS guard testifies he was aware of camp conditions

A 94-year-old former SS concentration guard on trial on hundreds of counts of accessory to murder painted himself today as an unwilling participant in the Nazi machinery of death. Read More

Sri Lankan top court suspends decree dissolving Parliament

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court today suspended the president’s order to dissolve Parliament and hold new elections, opening the way for lawmakers to vote on whether to accept his earlier ouster of the prime minister. Read More

Russian opposition leader Navalny barred from leaving Russia

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was stopped at a Moscow airport today and barred from leaving Russia as he was about to travel to a hearing at the European Court for Human Rights in France. Read More

Pakistan frees 2 Taliban members as U.S. envoy visits region

Pakistan released two Taliban officials today during U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad’s latest visit to the region, in what could be part of American efforts to revive peace talks with the insurgent group, which now controls nearly half of Afghanistan. Read More

Israel, Hamas trade heavy fire after deadly incursion

Palestinian militants bombarded Israel with dozens of rockets and mortar shells today while Israeli warplanes struck targets throughout the Gaza Strip in what appeared to be the most intense exchange of fire since a 2014 war. Read More
 

Running on empty? Kim Jong Un struggles to fuel his economy

More than 20 years after his father almost bargained them away for a pair of nuclear reactors, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has his nuclear weapons — and a nation still plagued by chronic blackouts. Read More

Migrant caravan heads to central Mexican city of Irapuato

Local Mexican officials are once again helping thousands of Central American migrants find rides for the next leg of their journey toward the U.S. border. Read More
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In remembering WWI, world warned of resurging ‘old demons’

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World leaders with the power to make war but a duty to preserve peace solemnly marked the end of World War I’s slaughter 100 years ago at commemorations that drove home the message “never again” but also exposed the globe’s new political fault lines. Read More

Saudi officials, others heard tapes of writer death, Turkey’s president says

Officials from Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain have listened to audio recordings related to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey’s president said today, in the first public acknowledgement of the existence of tapes of the slaying. Read More

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