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China Steps Up to Broker Peace in Afghan-Pakistan Conflict

China Steps Up to Broker Peace in Afghan-Pakistan Conflict

China hosted top diplomats from Afghanistan and Pakistan on Tuesday in a bid to mediate a long-simmering conflict between the neighboring countries.
Abe Eroding Japan Pacifism for Own Legacy, Opposition Chief Says

Abe Eroding Japan Pacifism for Own Legacy, Opposition Chief Says

The leader of Japan’s main opposition party said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is treating the nation’s 70-year-old pacifist constitution as a “toy” in an effort to define his own political legacy.
QuickTakes Explain the Year Ahead

QuickTakes Explain the Year Ahead

Bloomberg News reporters in more than 100 cities will cover the stories that matter most in 2018. Here’s a selection of key events for the year, plus links to related QuickTake explainers. QuickTakes
Former Soccer Star Weah Closes in on Liberian Presidency

Former Soccer Star Weah Closes in on Liberian Presidency

Retired soccer star George Weah is a solid favorite to become Liberia’s next president as voters go to the polls Tuesday in the West African nation.
Putin Critic Navalny's Presidential Bid Blocked by Election Body

Putin Critic Navalny's Presidential Bid Blocked by Election Body

Russia’s Central Election Commission refused to register opposition leader Alexei Navalny as a candidate in the 2018 presidential elections, confirming warnings that he wouldn’t be allowed on the
Uzbek Leader Purges Finance Ministry to Make Way for New Blood

Uzbek Leader Purges Finance Ministry to Make Way for New Blood

Uzbek Finance Minister Djamshid Kuchkarov fired about 50 subordinates to comply with an order from President Shavkat Mirziyoev or risk losing his own job.
Kremlin Sees ‘Unbearable’ Risk to U.S. Ties in New Sanctions

Kremlin Sees ‘Unbearable’ Risk to U.S. Ties in New Sanctions

The Kremlin is “concerned” about the possibility the U.S. might further expand sanctions on Russia, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Erdogan Law Stirs Fears of Legalized Extra-Judicial Violence

Erdogan Law Stirs Fears of Legalized Extra-Judicial Violence

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest emergency decree risks inciting political violence by giving legal cover to pro-government vigilantes, opposition parties and legal authorities warned.
Tighter North Korea Fuel Sanctions Unlikely to Hurt Regime

Tighter North Korea Fuel Sanctions Unlikely to Hurt Regime

The United Nation’s latest sanctions on North Korea are more likely to hurt ordinary people in the isolated nation than slow Kim Jong-Un’s push to develop missiles capable of hitting the U.S. with
Trump's Wish for Peace Follows a Weekend of Twitter Needling

Trump's Wish for Peace Follows a Weekend of Twitter Needling

President Donald Trump’s Christmas wishes include a peaceful America, he said while taking phone calls from children tracking the global travels of Santa’s sleigh -- although the president’s
Spain's King Felipe Urges Catalan Leaders to Act Responsibly

Spain's King Felipe Urges Catalan Leaders to Act Responsibly

Spain’s King Felipe VI called on Catalonia’s leaders to act responsibly as they form a new government following elections that handed separatists a majority in the regional parliament.
Flake: Someone in GOP Will Challenge Trump in Primary, If Not Me

Flake: Someone in GOP Will Challenge Trump in Primary, If Not Me

President Donald Trump is likely to face a challenge from an independent candidate, and possibly a fellow Republican, if he runs for a second term, as voters thirst for a more centrist alternative,
Nigerian Military Kills Militants in Air Strike Near Lake Chad

Nigerian Military Kills Militants in Air Strike Near Lake Chad

The Nigerian air force bombarded Boko Haram locations at Tumbun Rago in the northeast near Lake Chad on Sunday, killing “scores” of militants, spokesman Olatokumbo Adesanya said in an emailed

Turkey Sacks Some 2,700 More Public Sector Workers

Ankara, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey has fired 2,756 more people from its public service sector for alleged links to terror groups as it presses ahead with purges launched following last year's failed
South Africa's Ruling ANC to Ask Zuma to Step Down: City Press

South Africa's Ruling ANC to Ask Zuma to Step Down: City Press

Members of South Africa’s newly elected African National Congress’ executive committee will meet with President Jacob Zuma to advise him to step down, Johannesburg’s City Press reported, citing
North Korea Rejects New Sanctions, Vows Revenge on Sympathizers

North Korea Rejects New Sanctions, Vows Revenge on Sympathizers

North Korea rejected tighter United Nations sanctions aimed at curbing its nuclear expansion, describing the move as an “act of war” and vowing to take revenge on U.S. sympathizers who approved it.
Trump's 11-Nation Refugee Ban Partially Blocked by Court

Trump's 11-Nation Refugee Ban Partially Blocked by Court

President Donald Trump’s 11-nation refugee ban was partially blocked by a judge who found that it violated federal rule-making requirements.
Judge Partially Lifts Trump Administration Ban on Refugees

Judge Partially Lifts Trump Administration Ban on Refugees

Seattle (AP) -- A federal judge in Seattle on Saturday partially lifted a Trump administration ban on certain refugees after two groups argued that the policy prevented people from some mostly Muslim
Trump Pounces on Report FBI's Deputy Director Plans to Retire

Trump Pounces on Report FBI's Deputy Director Plans to Retire

President Donald Trump jumped on reports that Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe plans to retire in a few months after coming under blistering criticism from some congressional Republicans.
Goldman Sees Rate Hikes Ahead as Slack Wrung Out of Labor Market

Goldman Sees Rate Hikes Ahead as Slack Wrung Out of Labor Market

President Donald Trump’s tax cuts hand him ownership of wherever the U.S. economy turns starting in 2018, and at Goldman Sachs the view is that tighter monetary policy is ahead.