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Sanctions-Proof Oil Rig Thwarts U.S. Policy From Cuba to Russia

Sanctions-Proof Oil Rig Thwarts U.S. Policy From Cuba to Russia

The oil rig was built mostly in China and drilled its first well in Cuba. Now it’s delivering a victory for Russia in its fight against U.S. sanctions.
Macron Says Syrian Refugees Won't Return With Assad in Power

Macron Says Syrian Refugees Won't Return With Assad in Power

French President Emmanuel Macron said it’s simply “realism” to accept that representatives of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad take part in talks seeking an end to the country’s civil war, but that
Saudis Down Yemen Rebel Missile Before It Strikes Palace

Saudis Down Yemen Rebel Missile Before It Strikes Palace

Saudi Arabia said its air defenses intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemen rebels at the royal palace in the capital, Riyadh, an attack that threatens to edge the kingdom and its chief nemesis,
House, Senate Plan Tuesday Votes to Pass Tax Bill

House, Senate Plan Tuesday Votes to Pass Tax Bill

The House and Senate are preparing to vote Tuesday on tax legislation, as Republican lawmakers are poised to approve the bills by securing enough votes without the support of Democrats. Bloomberg's
Ramaphosa Rand Rally Cuts Bets for Higher South Africa Rate: Chart

Ramaphosa Rand Rally Cuts Bets for Higher South Africa Rate: Chart

Cyril Ramaphosa made many pledges in the run-up to his election as president of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress. One thing he didn’t promise, but may deliver, is a hold in the
Argentina Pension Bill Approved, Boosting Macri’s Agenda

Argentina Pension Bill Approved, Boosting Macri’s Agenda

Argentina’s lower house approved a bill on Tuesday that changes how pensions are calculated, clearing the way for President Mauricio Macri to push through other proposals designed to narrow the budget
Scarred South Africa Turns to Mandela Favorite

Scarred South Africa Turns to Mandela Favorite

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South Africans Are Already $855 Richer Under Ramaphosa, Sort Of

South Africans Are Already $855 Richer Under Ramaphosa, Sort Of

It may be “graph crime,” but Renaissance Capital economist Charles Robertson has a nice way of looking at the rand’s Ramaphosa-driven rally.
China Says Trump Risks U.S. Leadership With Security Shift

China Says Trump Risks U.S. Leadership With Security Shift

China accused President Donald Trump of shirking the U.S.’s global leadership role, a day after his first national security strategy branded the country a “revisionist power.”
Farmers Sue to Reinstate Obama Lawsuit Rule Trump Killed

Farmers Sue to Reinstate Obama Lawsuit Rule Trump Killed

Chicken growers would have had more leverage in antitrust claims against big agriculture. Now they feel betrayed.
Before Building a $400 Million Pipeline, Make Sure Your Neighbors Are On Board

Before Building a $400 Million Pipeline, Make Sure Your Neighbors Are On Board

A chunk of Sempra Energy’s natural gas pipeline sits in the dirt behind a community center in the village of Loma de Bacum in northwest Mexico. Guadalupe Flores thinks it would make a great barbecue
Ground Zero for Flooding: Washington’s Trump International Hotel

Ground Zero for Flooding: Washington’s Trump International Hotel

The U.S. federal civilian buildings most exposed to floods are concentrated in the capital. The numbers—and the potential cost to taxpayers—are staggering.
Trudeau vs. Singh Is Next Battle for Hearts of Canada’s Left

Trudeau vs. Singh Is Next Battle for Hearts of Canada’s Left

Jagmeet Singh is looking to cash in on disenchantment as Trudeau fumbles his lofty pledges.
McCarthy Says House Will Have to Vote Again: Tax Debate Update

McCarthy Says House Will Have to Vote Again: Tax Debate Update

Congressional Republicans kicked off the final leg of their six-week legislative sprint to overhaul the U.S. tax code and deliver a major policy victory for President Donald Trump before year’s end.
Deadly Rail Crash Revives Questions About Amtrak’s Safety Record

Deadly Rail Crash Revives Questions About Amtrak’s Safety Record

The derailment in Washington State was the railroad’s third fatal accident in as many years.
Boeing Bothered by Lobbyist Who Helped Failed Ex-Im Nominee

Boeing Bothered by Lobbyist Who Helped Failed Ex-Im Nominee

President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the export credit agency nicknamed the "Bank of Boeing" had the assistance of a lobbyist with ties to European planemaker Airbus SE to guide him through a
Trump Asks ‘How’s Your 401(k)?’ But Most Voters Don’t Have One

Trump Asks ‘How’s Your 401(k)?’ But Most Voters Don’t Have One

President Donald Trump is trying out a new campaign slogan: “How’s your 401(k) doing?” The answer for more than half of Americans is that they don’t have one.
Ramaphosa Narrowly Wins Presidency of S. Africa's ANC

Ramaphosa Narrowly Wins Presidency of S. Africa's ANC

South Africa's ruling ANC has elected Cyril Ramaphosa as its new leader, putting him on track to succeed Jacob Zuma as president. The 65-year-old narrowly defeated Zuma's ex-wife after winning just
Brexit Bulletin: How Will It All End?

Brexit Bulletin: How Will It All End?

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Catalonia's Post-Crisis Election

Catalonia's Post-Crisis Election

Spain is bracing for Catalonia's election on Thursday following a campaign riddled with mutual suspicion and infighting. Final polls before the blackout period began on Saturday showed the three