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Balance of Power: Tough-Talker Trump Settles for China’s Warm Words

Balance of Power: Tough-Talker Trump Settles for China’s Warm Words

For all of Donald Trump’s tough China campaign talk, the U.S. president is leaving his first visit to Beijing with little to show for it but handshakes and warm words with Xi Jinping.
Russia and Finland Set Up Emergency Hotline

Russia and Finland Set Up Emergency Hotline

Russia and Finland want to keep in touch, no matter what happens -- and especially then.
The Harvard-Educated Economist Who Could Tackle China’s Debt Mess

The Harvard-Educated Economist Who Could Tackle China’s Debt Mess

Liu He, a key adviser to Chinese President Xi Jinping known for guiding economic policy behind the scenes, appears destined to occupy more of the spotlight.

Final Islamic State Defeat Brings Syria's War to a Crossroad

The defeat of Islamic State in its last major foothold in Syria also marks a crucial juncture in the country’s larger war, as rival U.S.- and Russia-backed forces that have pushed the jihadist group
Facebook And Twitter Are the Newest Battlegrounds in Brazil’s Election

Facebook And Twitter Are the Newest Battlegrounds in Brazil’s Election

Less than a year before Brazil’s presidential elections, potential candidates are ramping up social media presence as they brace for a tight race with shrinking financial resources.
Rich School Endowments Aren’t Taxed. Washington Is Out to Change That

Rich School Endowments Aren’t Taxed. Washington Is Out to Change That

Whatever happens with the proposed levy on private schools’ investment earnings, now it’s out in the open: The Republicans are hungry for college cash.
Catalonia Risk Hangs Over Spain as EU Raises Growth Forecasts

Catalonia Risk Hangs Over Spain as EU Raises Growth Forecasts

The European Commission raised its forecasts for Spain’s economic growth this year and next while warning that the dispute with Catalan separatists could undermine that outlook if it’s not kept under
Euro-Area Growth Forecast Lifted Again as U.K. Outlook Dims

Euro-Area Growth Forecast Lifted Again as U.K. Outlook Dims

The euro-area economy will grow at the fastest pace in a decade this year, while the U.K. heads into an extended slowdown, the European Commission said, highlighting the increasing divergence between
U.S. Seeks Restrictions on Mexican Trucking Under Nafta

U.S. Seeks Restrictions on Mexican Trucking Under Nafta

The U.S. has proposed another difficult change to the North American Free Trade Agreement that could eventually restrict long-haul Mexican truckers from operating in the country, according to people
The Saudi Purge Isn’t Just a Power Grab

The Saudi Purge Isn’t Just a Power Grab

It’s a go-for-broke upheaval. The question now, for hopeful investors, is whether the crown prince follows his corruption crackdown by opening up an economy dominated by plutocrats and royal cronies.
What’s Next for Robert Mercer, Steve Bannon’s Moneyman?

What’s Next for Robert Mercer, Steve Bannon’s Moneyman?

Far from abandoning the Republican insurgency and stepping away from politics, the GOP megadonor is freeing himself to be more involved.
Democrats’ Off-Year Wins Mask Lingering Troubles

Democrats’ Off-Year Wins Mask Lingering Troubles

A string of victories in off-year elections have Democrats encouraged that, a year after Hillary Clinton’s stunning loss to Donald Trump, they’ve found a way back from the wilderness.
Here’s Where the GOP Tax Plan Stands Right Now

Here’s Where the GOP Tax Plan Stands Right Now

It was crunch time for Republican tax-writers on Thursday. The House Ways and Means Committee completed its tax-cut legislation and sent it on its way to the full House, while a Senate panel began
GOP's Tax-Cut Fervor Takes Focus From Looming Shutdown Deadline

GOP's Tax-Cut Fervor Takes Focus From Looming Shutdown Deadline

Republicans in Congress are so focused on passing a massive tax overhaul this year that they’re saying little publicly about another December deadline -- the day the government would shut down if the
Why Kenya Is Bracing for More Political Turmoil

Why Kenya Is Bracing for More Political Turmoil

After holding two elections within three months, Kenya is no closer to resolving a standoff over who is its rightful leader.
From Brussels With Love: Authors Reckon MI6 Is Working on Brexit

From Brussels With Love: Authors Reckon MI6 Is Working on Brexit

Britain is probably spying on other European Union countries as it negotiates its departure from the bloc, according to two academics who have written a history of the U.K. government’s use of
Sainsbury CEO Coupe Warns of Brexit Pain as Profits Drop

Sainsbury CEO Coupe Warns of Brexit Pain as Profits Drop

J Sainsbury Plc Chief Executive Officer Mike Coupe warned over the consequences of the U.K. leaving the European Union without a trade arrangement, as the retailer reported a drop in first-half profit
Thailand Says Baht Surge No Bar to Solid Export Gains Next Year

Thailand Says Baht Surge No Bar to Solid Export Gains Next Year

Thailand’s export engine will keep humming next year even as the nation grapples with Asia’s strongest currency, according to Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn.