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U.S. Says ‘Some Progress’ Was Made at Latest Nafta Talks

U.S. Says ‘Some Progress’ Was Made at Latest Nafta Talks

The U.S. is pushing for a breakthrough on its touchiest Nafta proposals within a month, underscoring the fragility of the new mood of optimism after Canada and Mexico came forward with fresh ideas.
Alex Azar Sworn In as Trump’s Health Secretary

Alex Azar Sworn In as Trump’s Health Secretary

Alex Azar has been sworn in as President Donald Trump's second health secretary.
In Blow to Saudi Plans, Yemen Allies Turn Guns on Each Other

In Blow to Saudi Plans, Yemen Allies Turn Guns on Each Other

Saudi Arabia’s offensive to restore a friendly government in neighboring Yemen is facing new turmoil, as two forces which have fought on the kingdom’s side turn their guns on each other.
Wynn Tumbles After Macau Government Adds to Harassment Scrutiny

Wynn Tumbles After Macau Government Adds to Harassment Scrutiny

Wynn Macau Ltd. said it will cooperate with regulators after the government of the Chinese territory voiced concern over sexual harassment allegations swirling around casino magnate Steve Wynn.
Labour Keeps (Almost) All Options Open on Brexit Policy

Labour Keeps (Almost) All Options Open on Brexit Policy

Over mugs of tea emblazoned with the Labour slogan -- “For the many, not the few” -- Jeremy Corbyn told a handful of business executives that his party would rule nothing out on Brexit -- except a
Egypt’s El-Sisi Gets Competition—and It’s From a Backer

Egypt’s El-Sisi Gets Competition—and It’s From a Backer

But his challenge won’t allay critics who say El-Sisi’s reinstallation has been a foregone conclusion from the start.
All Signs Point to Big Democratic Wins in 2018

All Signs Point to Big Democratic Wins in 2018

The House, not the Senate, may be easier to grab from Republican control.
What’s Next for Saudi Arabia’s Elite After Leaving the Ritz

What’s Next for Saudi Arabia’s Elite After Leaving the Ritz

As detainees leave their luxury prison at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh, questions linger.
FCC Chairman, Wireless Lobby Oppose U.S. Bid to Build a 5G Network

FCC Chairman, Wireless Lobby Oppose U.S. Bid to Build a 5G Network

U.S. regulators and the wireless industry are pushing back against a plan under discussion by the Trump administration to build a secure 5G network -- possibly with government control -- amid concerns
Some Saudi Millennials Won't Dance to Their Young Prince's Tune

Some Saudi Millennials Won't Dance to Their Young Prince's Tune

Dance music blares from a Riyadh café. In the foyer, young women in colorful robes line up to get their names on the waiting list. It’s the kind of scene that makes it easy to believe change is coming
What to Watch for in Trump's First State of the Union Address

What to Watch for in Trump's First State of the Union Address

President Trump is looking to build momentum for his infrastructure and immigration plans as he gets set to deliver his first State of the Union address. It follows his trip to Davos where he pitched
Australia Aims to Break Into Top 10 of Global Defense Exporters

Australia Aims to Break Into Top 10 of Global Defense Exporters

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said his nation is aiming to break into the Top 10 of global defense exporters and is creating a A$3.8 billion ($3.1 billion) fund to help boost shipments.
Nafta Talks Could Stretch Into 2019

Nafta Talks Could Stretch Into 2019

Nafta talks have taken a step forward with agreement on measures aimed at preventing corruption, but there's now concern that the negotiations will continue to drag on for months. Bloomberg's Michael
Qatar Agrees to Transparency to Resolve U.S. Airline Dispute

Qatar Agrees to Transparency to Resolve U.S. Airline Dispute

Qatar Airways will commit to greater financial transparency and to not run any indirect flights to the U.S. through other countries as part of an agreement with the Trump administration addressing
Czech President Wins Second Term in Boon to Euroskeptic Forces

Czech President Wins Second Term in Boon to Euroskeptic Forces

Czech President Milos Zeman, an ally of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, won a second term after warning voters that sheltering Muslim immigrants would bring terrorism to a country divided over its
China Infrastructure Push Reaches Arctic, Further Isolating U.S.

China Infrastructure Push Reaches Arctic, Further Isolating U.S.

The sun never sets on China’s trade and infrastructure ambitions.
German SPD Presses Merkel for Tradeoffs to Seal Coalition Pact

German SPD Presses Merkel for Tradeoffs to Seal Coalition Pact

Germany’s Social Democratic leader said he needs concessions from Chancellor Angela Merkel to sell party members on staying in government, raising the stakes as negotiators seek to finish a coalition
Cyprus to Hold Runoff Presidential Election as Economy Dominates

Cyprus to Hold Runoff Presidential Election as Economy Dominates

Cypriots will return to the ballot box on Feb. 4 to choose a leader who can oversee the Mediterranean island’s economic recovery nearly six years after the country came close to financial collapse.
Finnish President Wins Landslide Re-Election in Historic Vote

Finnish President Wins Landslide Re-Election in Historic Vote

Sauli Niinisto was re-elected as Finland’s president without recourse to a runoff -- a first since the post has been settled by popular vote.
Republicans Call on Party to Return Wynn Funds After Allegations

Republicans Call on Party to Return Wynn Funds After Allegations

Two Republican senators called on their party to return funds received from billionaire Steve Wynn, who stepped down Saturday as Republican National Committee finance chairman amid allegations of