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Merkel Says It's Not Cherry-Picking to Want Unique Brexit Deal

Merkel Says It's Not Cherry-Picking to Want Unique Brexit Deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the door to giving Britain a unique, tailor-made trade deal after Brexit.
U.S. Fights AT&T Efforts to Unearth Trump Role in Merger Review

U.S. Fights AT&T Efforts to Unearth Trump Role in Merger Review

The head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, who is suing to block AT&T’s proposed takeover of Time Warner, said he didn’t discuss the proposed merger with President Donald Trump.
Trudeau’s Finance Chief Has Little Room for New Budget Measures

Trudeau’s Finance Chief Has Little Room for New Budget Measures

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is being told there is little additional fiscal space for new measures as he meets private-sector economists Friday to discuss the state of the Canadian economy ahead of
Senior Jared Kushner Aide Leaves White House

Senior Jared Kushner Aide Leaves White House

A senior aide to Jared Kushner is leaving the White House to return to his family’s real estate company.
Trump Says He Will Go to Florida Today to Meet Parkland Victims

Trump Says He Will Go to Florida Today to Meet Parkland Victims

President Donald Trump said he will leave for Florida Friday to meet with people involved with a mass shooting at Parkland high school left 17 dead and more than a dozen more wounded.
Berlusconi's Pick for Premier Says Allies No Longer Euroskeptic

Berlusconi's Pick for Premier Says Allies No Longer Euroskeptic

Antonio Tajani, the European Parliament president floated by Silvio Berlusconi as Italy’s next prime minister, says their coalition partners would cease threatening to exit the European Union and the
UN Refugee Agency Slams Hungary on Draft NGO Law, Border Zone

UN Refugee Agency Slams Hungary on Draft NGO Law, Border Zone

The United Nations’ refugee agency urged Hungary to withdraw a draft bill targeting civil groups helping asylum-seekers and to loosen restrictions along the razor-wire fence it has built on its
Spy Chiefs of U.K., France, Germany Say Brexit Won't Divide Them

Spy Chiefs of U.K., France, Germany Say Brexit Won't Divide Them

The intelligence chiefs of Britain, France and Germany said they won’t allow Brexit to divide them or prevent cooperation on fighting terrorism.
Ending Nafta Could Cause Rural ‘Depression,’ GOP Senator Says

Ending Nafta Could Cause Rural ‘Depression,’ GOP Senator Says

President Donald Trump risks triggering a “depression” in the nation’s rural areas if he withdraws from Nafta, Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said.

Mitt Romney Running for U.S. Senate in Utah to Replace Hatch

Mitt Romney announced Friday he’ll run for the U.S. Senate in Utah, potentially bringing to Washington a popular Republican who has been a scathing critic of President Donald Trump.

Trump Allies Covered Up Affair With Ex-Playboy Model, Report Says

Donald Trump carried on an extra-marital relationship with a former Playboy model before entering politics, and his allies used payoffs and legal settlements to keep reports out of the media,
Tillerson Says U.S.-Turkish Ties Have Reached a ‘Crisis Point’

Tillerson Says U.S.-Turkish Ties Have Reached a ‘Crisis Point’

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued new warnings over the erosion of democratic norms and Turkey’s plan to sign a defense deal with Russia.
Brazil Military Takes Control of Rio de Janeiro’s Security

Brazil Military Takes Control of Rio de Janeiro’s Security

Brazil’s President Michel Temer justified putting an Army general in charge of Rio de Janeiro’s security forces to contain a rising tide of violence by saying that the circumstances required extreme
German Journalist Freed in Turkey in Signal of Thaw in Relations

German Journalist Freed in Turkey in Signal of Thaw in Relations

Turkey released a German journalist after a year in custody, signaling a potential thaw in relations between two key trade partners.

An Iranian Soccer Star Takes on the State

It’s almost impossible for anyone who isn’t part of Iran’s conservative establishment to freely criticize the government or other national institutions using the country’s tightly-controlled state

U.K. Brexit Negotiators Lack ‘Clear Political Orientation’

A senior European Union Brexit negotiator praised the skills of her British counterparts, while shifting blame for the meager progress in separation talks to Theresa May’s government.
Barnier Sticks to His Brexit Guns, Warns U.K. Against Dumping

Barnier Sticks to His Brexit Guns, Warns U.K. Against Dumping

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier reiterated that the U.K.’s red lines effectively exclude the prospect of a preferential relationship with the bloc after their separation, while
South Africa Court Finds Public Protector Absa Report Biased

South Africa Court Finds Public Protector Absa Report Biased

South Africa’s anti-graft ombudsman doesn’t understand her constitutional duty and was biased in her report on an acquisition by a unit of Barclays Africa Group Ltd. more than 20 years ago, the High
May’s Berlin Trip Shows Merkel’s Not Done Yet

May’s Berlin Trip Shows Merkel’s Not Done Yet

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Ethiopia Faces Watershed Moment After Prime Minister Resigns

Ethiopia Faces Watershed Moment After Prime Minister Resigns

The ruling party could appoint a hardliner to end months of dissent, or replace him with someone who’ll allow greater political freedom.