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U.N. Envoy Draws From Playbook of an Aide Steeped in Conservative Ideology

He has inveighed against American cooperation with the International Criminal Court, and has been critical of international treaties on subjects including the banning of antipersonnel land mines, the rights of disabled people, and the law of the sea, accession to which, he once testified, “would obligate the United States to answer to a committee of ‘disability experts’ in violation of ...

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Israeli Leader Set to Approve First New Settlement in Decades

Photo The Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said on Thursday that he will approve the establishment of a new settlement in the West Bank for the first time in decades. Credit Abir Sultan/European Pressphoto Agency JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said on Thursday that he would approve the establishment of a ...

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Chinese Firm Takes Stake in U.S. Investment Bank Cowen

Photo Jeffrey Solomon is the president of the Cowen Group, which said Wednesday that it had agreed to sell a 19.9 percent stake to CEFC China Energy. Credit Chris Goodney/Bloomberg HONG KONG — As China looks to spread its economic influence around the world, it is taking a bigger interest in financial companies, a move that could raise scrutiny in ...

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‘Here Lies’: A Clue in Hebrew Points to Rome’s Medieval Jewish Cemetery

Photo Skeletons and graves uncovered during an excavation in Rome. Archaeologists believe the remains were once buried in the Campus Iudeorum, or Field of the Jews. Credit Superintendency for the Archaeological Heritage of Rome ROME — Excavations that unearth some artifact or another are common enough in Rome, but archaeologists monitoring a building restoration were taken aback when they found ...

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‘Why Do All the Jihadis Come to Birmingham?’

As if to further punctuate the connection, the police announced Sunday that they had arrested an unidentified man in Birmingham as part of the investigation of Mr. Masood. Continue reading the main story Members of Birmingham’s Muslim communities acknowledged the linkage between their city and Islamist extremism, which many attribute to poverty and drug abuse that make youths vulnerable to ...

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Key Putin Opponent Arrested in Moscow During Anti-Corruption Protests

The protests in Russia on Sunday — nominally against corruption but also a rare show of public defiance against Mr. Putin, who has found a fierce and enduring critic in Mr. Navaly — appeared to be the largest coordinated display of public dissatisfaction since anti-Kremlin demonstrations in 2011 and 2012, after an election that was tainted by fraud. Continue reading ...

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U.K. Independence Party Loses Only Member of Parliament

Photo Douglas Carswell quit the United Kingdom Independence Party to become an independent. Credit Neil Hall/Reuters LONDON — The short and happy life of the United Kingdom Independence Party, or UKIP, may be coming to a close after its only member of Parliament, Douglas Carswell, quit the party on Saturday to become an independent. Mr. Carswell, 45, was considered a ...

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U.S., in Reversal, Issues Permit for Keystone Oil Pipeline

The announcement on Friday said the State Department “considered a range of factors, including, but not limited to, foreign policy; energy security; environmental, cultural and economic impacts; and compliance with applicable law and policy.” Continue reading the main story The new secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson, formerly the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, had recused himself from the decision. ...

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London Attacker Identified as Khalid Masood

It was not immediately clear whether the London police knew that MI5 had looked into Mr. Masood. Before Mrs. May spoke, the secretary of state for international trade, Liam Fox, began taking questions on trade issues by stating that it would be “not violence, hatred or division, but decency, goodness and tolerance that prevails in our country.” Continue reading the ...

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Brussels Commemorates Attack Anniversary With Both Silence and Noise

Photo A ceremony on Wednesday in the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek commemorated the first anniversary of attacks in the Belgian capital region. Credit Yves Herman/Reuters Belgians of all political stripes and backgrounds united in their small, divided country on Wednesday to commiserate and remember the coordinated suicide bombings that struck Brussels one year ago, killing 32 people and injuring more ...

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