• Macron Riles Bolsonaro, Setting Up G-7 Fight Over Amazon Fires
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    Macron Riles Bolsonaro, Setting Up G-7 Fight Over Amazon Fires

    (Bloomberg) -- Emmanuel Macron said Group of Seven leaders gathering in Biarritz, France, Saturday must tackle head on the fires in the Amazon jungle, establishing the summit’s first flash point.“Our house is burning. Literally,” the French president wrote in a tweet late Thursday. “It is an international

  • Israeli teen dies of wounds in West Bank attack; 2 wounded
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    Israeli teen dies of wounds in West Bank attack; 2 wounded

    An explosion Friday near a West Bank settlement that Israel said was a Palestinian attack killed a 17-year-old Israeli girl and wounded her brother and father, Israeli authorities said. Initially, three Israelis were reported wounded in the blast on Friday near the Dolev settlement, northwest of Jerusalem

  • The Latest: Israeli teen dies of wounds in West Bank attack
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    The Latest: Israeli teen dies of wounds in West Bank attack

    Israel's national rescue agency says a 17-year-old Israeli girl died of wounds from an explosion in the West Bank earlier in the day that the Israeli military has described as a Palestinian attack. Initially, three Israelis were said to have been wounded in the blast on Friday near the Dolev settlement

  • Putin orders Russia to respond after US missile test
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    Putin orders Russia to respond after US missile test

    Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military on Friday to work out a quid pro quo response after the test of a new U.S. missile banned under a now-defunct arms treaty. In Sunday's test, a modified ground-launched version of a Navy Tomahawk cruise missile accurately struck its target

  • US officials confirm Israeli strike in Iraq
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    US officials confirm Israeli strike in Iraq

    Israel was responsible for the bombing of an Iranian weapons depot in Iraq lost month, U.S. officials have confirmed, an attack that would mark a significant escalation in Israel's years-long campaign against Iranian military entrenchment across the region. The confirmation comes as Israeli Prime

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    China Says U.S. Is Using Fentanyl Feud as Political Weapon

    (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. is politicizing the issue of illicit Chinese exports of fentanyl and using it as a weapon against China, said the country’s narcotics regulator on Friday.Liu Yuejin, deputy head of China’s National Narcotics Control Commission, rebutted accusations from the U.S. that China is

  • Reuters

    Britain unlikely to change Iran stance at G7 despite Trump meeting

    Britain is unlikely to alter its approach on Iran despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson meeting U.S. President Donald Trump, as the 2015 deal remains the best way to ensure Tehran does not get nuclear weapons, a British diplomatic source said on Friday. "We are strong supporters of the JCPOA (Iran

  • Yemeni government forces rout separatists from southern city
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    Yemeni government forces rout separatists from southern city

    Forces loyal to Yemen's internationally recognized government have taken full control of a key southern city after overnight clashes with separatists, Yemeni security officials said Friday. Clashes over Ataq, the capital of oil-rich Shabwa province erupted late Thursday night and lasted until Friday

  • Putin vows 'symmetric response' to US missile test
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    Putin vows 'symmetric response' to US missile test

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he has ordered the military to prepare a "symmetric response" after Washington tested a formerly banned missile. Putin said he had ordered an analysis of "the level of threat for our country created by the actions of the US and to take comprehensive

  • Sweden 'receives indications' Iran is ready to release British tanker
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    Sweden 'receives indications' Iran is ready to release British tanker

    Sweden has reportedly received “very strong indications” from Iran that it will release the British-flagged Stena Impero oil tanker sometime in the coming days.  Sweden’s foreign ministry believes that the ship, which is operated by a Swedish firm, will be set free in the near future, according to Swedish

  • Security in Kashmir tightened following call for march
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    Security in Kashmir tightened following call for march

    Authorities intensified patrols Friday in Indian-controlled Kashmir's main city after posters appeared calling for a public march to a United Nations office to protest New Delhi's tightened grip on the disputed region. Police and paramilitary soldiers re-imposed restrictions on traffic in areas

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    The Latest: Former Iraq PM warns Israel of 'strong response'

    Former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is warning of a "strong response" if it is proven that Israel was behind recent airstrikes in Iraq. The comments by al-Maliki, who was Iraqi prime minister for eight years and now heads a Shiite bloc in parliament, came hours after U.S. officials

  • Syrian TV: Troops in control of northern Hama countryside
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    Syrian TV: Troops in control of northern Hama countryside

    Syrian President Bashar Assad's troops seized control of a string of villages in the northern countryside of Hama province, completing their takeover of the formerly rebel-held region just south of Idlib province for the first time since 2012, Syrian state TV and a war monitoring group said Friday

  • G-7 Leaders Squabble as World Economy Teeters
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    G-7 Leaders Squabble as World Economy Teeters

    (Bloomberg) -- Want to receive this post in your inbox every day? Sign up for the Balance of Power newsletter, and follow Bloomberg Politics on Twitter and Facebook for more.Historians may look back at this weekend’s gathering of world leaders in the French port city of Biarritz as a squandered opportunity.The

  • 80 Years Ago This Week, Hitler and Stalin Cut the Deal That Triggered WWII
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    80 Years Ago This Week, Hitler and Stalin Cut the Deal That Triggered WWII

    Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyBy the spring of 1939 Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich and Joseph Stalin’s USSR had been “pouring buckets of shit on each other’s heads” for decades, as Stalin later said.During the 1920s and 1930s they vied for power in Europe, blaming each other for all economic

  • America’s Key to Keeping ISIS Defeated
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    America’s Key to Keeping ISIS Defeated

    Louai Beshara/GettyEastern Syria sits at the crossroads of critical policy decisions in Washington. The region is at the center of an escalating crisis in U.S.-Turkey relations, while maintaining America’s presence there blocks Iranian and Russian gains in Syria. It also is key to keeping ISIS defeated

  • Trump Aide Who Floated Sending Migrants to Sanctuary Cities Gets Promotion
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    Trump Aide Who Floated Sending Migrants to Sanctuary Cities Gets Promotion

    Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyA Trump administration official who pushed the idea of releasing undocumented immigrants into “sanctuary cities” has been promoted to the Office of the White House Counsel, according to two sources familiar with move. She’s a rising star in the White House,

  • S. Korea says will share military intel with Japan through US
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    S. Korea says will share military intel with Japan through US

    South Korea said Friday it will share military intelligence with Japan through the United States after terminating a pact that enabled the two key Washington allies to exchange such information directly. Seoul's decision on Thursday to end the General Security of Military Information Agreement (

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    UPDATE 1-Freed Kremlin critic Navalny predicts bigger opposition protests

    Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Friday used his first statement after being released from jail to predict that opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin and protests against the authorities would only grow. Navalny, who tries to garner popular support by exposing what he says is appalling official

  • Emmanuel Macron's Bittersweet Brexit Victory
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    Emmanuel Macron's Bittersweet Brexit Victory

    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is barreling through Europe’s capitals with nothing concrete to say on Brexit beyond an unappealing offer of “new deal or no deal.” With Angela Merkel offering a response so cryptic that Germany was still explaining it a day later, France’s Emmanuel

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    Anti-Putin Leader Alexey Navalny Freed After 30 Days in Prison

    (Bloomberg) -- Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was freed after 30 days in prison for urging supporters to join an unsanctioned election protest.Navalny accused the authorities of carrying out “acts of intimidation and terror in relation to the arrests of random people” to try to break opposition

  • Five things to know about Japan-South Korea intel-sharing pact
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    Five things to know about Japan-South Korea intel-sharing pact

    South Korea's decision to scrap a key intelligence-sharing pact with Japan has far-reaching geopolitical implications and shows the two neighbours are still struggling to come to terms with a bloody history. To general surprise, South Korea announced late Thursday it would not renew a pact with

  • How the B-2 Bomber Would Strike Iran, North Korea or China in a War
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    How the B-2 Bomber Would Strike Iran, North Korea or China in a War

    Northrop had been working on stealth since at least the mid-1960s. The B-2 Spirit is one of three strategic heavy bombers in U.S. Air Force service. Originally conceived to infiltrate the Soviet air-defense network and attack targets with nuclear weapons, over the decades its mission has grown to include

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    UN envoy challenges Malaysia's claim to near zero poverty

    A U.N. special rapporteur on Friday challenged Malaysia's claim to have nearly ended poverty, saying there was "significant poverty" with an estimated one in six people in the Southeast Asian country considered poor. Malaysia's official poverty rate fell from 49% in 1970 to just 0.4%

  • A U.S.-Iran War Would Be a Total Disaster. Here's Why.
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    A U.S.-Iran War Would Be a Total Disaster. Here's Why.

    Iran would enjoy a range of options to respond to the U,S. attacks. The Trump administration appears ready to decertify Iranian compliance with the the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), despite a lack of evidence of Iranian violations. For critics of the JCPOA, this represents a move in the