Iran Wanted U.S. Out of Afghanistan. It May Be Sorry the Wish Came True.

For 20 years, Iranian officials have said they wanted the U.S. military out of Afghanistan. Iran supplied Afghan insurgents with weapons to use against American soldiers. It sheltered Al Qaeda’s top leaders in Tehran. It courted the Taliban with diplomatic visits, covertly and then publicly. But when the United States finally left Afghanistan in August,… Continue reading Iran Wanted U.S. Out of Afghanistan. It May Be Sorry the Wish Came True.

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Sudan’s Shuttered Capital Pauses Before a Fresh Day of Protest

After a night of unrest, Sudan’s capital fell quiet for a brief time on Tuesday with schools, shops and banks shuttered in response to a call by pro-democracy groups for civil disobedience to protest against the military seizure of power that has threatened to derail a transition to civilian rule after decades of brutal dictatorship.… Continue reading Sudan’s Shuttered Capital Pauses Before a Fresh Day of Protest

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Roh Tae-Woo, South Korean Leader as It Moved Toward Democracy, Dies at 88

SEOUL — Roh Tae-woo, South Korea’s last military-backed president who forged ties with Communist foes, tolerated the country’s rambunctious transition from dictatorship to democracy but ended up in jail for mutiny and corruption, died on Tuesday. He was 88. Mr. Roh died in an intensive care unit at Seoul National University Hospital, the hospital said,… Continue reading Roh Tae-Woo, South Korean Leader as It Moved Toward Democracy, Dies at 88

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German Woman Convicted of a Crime Against Humanity in Death of Yazidi Child

BERLIN — A criminal court in Munich sentenced a German convert to Islam to 10 years in prison on Monday, finding the woman guilty of supporting the Islamic State in Iraq and a crime against humanity for leaving a 5-year-old Yazidi girl to die of thirst in the scorching heat. The sentencing of the 30-year-old… Continue reading German Woman Convicted of a Crime Against Humanity in Death of Yazidi Child

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Egypt’s Leader Ends State of Emergency, Says It’s No Longer Needed

CAIRO — Egypt’s authoritarian president announced Monday that he had lifted a four-year-old state of emergency, undoing powers that had given the government sweeping authority to quash protests, detain dissidents and control everyday life in the most populous Arab country. The proclamation by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, coming amid global criticism of Egypt’s human rights… Continue reading Egypt’s Leader Ends State of Emergency, Says It’s No Longer Needed

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U.S. Halts Aid to Sudan Government After Coup

WASHINGTON — The United States froze $700 million in direct assistance to Sudan’s government in response to Monday’s coup, and American officials demanded that the Sudanese military immediately release civilian leaders and restore the transitional government. Ned Price, the State Department spokesman, acknowledged frustrations among Sudanese officials and citizens over the sluggish pace of the… Continue reading U.S. Halts Aid to Sudan Government After Coup

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An Italian Politician’s Quest for Attention Gets a Boost From Richard Gere

ROME — Matteo Salvini, the nationalist leader who as interior minister exercised enormous influence in Italy, lost his position in the cabinet and at the center of the spotlight, particularly after a new establishment prime minister effectively sidelined the country’s populists. But this weekend, Mr. Salvini’s efforts to regain attention received a star-powered lift when… Continue reading An Italian Politician’s Quest for Attention Gets a Boost From Richard Gere

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