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Iran Hawks Could Make a Bad Situation Worse

ne of U.S. President Donald Trump’s chief foreign-policy objectives is to persuade or force the Iranian government to abandon policies that pose a threat to U.S. interests—namely, the country’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs as well as its support for terrorists in the region. To this end, the administration has pulled the United States out of the nuclear deal achieved ...

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Trump’s tough line on Iran risks backlash at U.N.

Donald Trump sees the U.N. General Assembly as a chance to condemn Iran — but U.S. allies plan to tell the president he’s the problem. Donald Trump sees next week’s main session of the United Nations General Assembly as a chance to condemn Iran for spreading what he’s called “chaos and terror” through the Middle East. But many key U.S. allies ...

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Louvre Abu Dhabi postpones display of Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi

The Louvre Abu Dhabi has indefinitely postponed the unveiling of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, the world’s most expensive painting, which has been the subject of intense speculation over its acquisition and authenticity. The United Arab Emirates capital’s department of culture and tourism, which was revealed as the owner of the work after an extraordinarily tense auction at Christie’s New York in November, ...

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World Court weighs Britain’s claim to Chagos Islands

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Mauritius tried to persuade judges at the World Court on Monday to find that it was illegally stripped by Britain of another Indian Ocean archipelago, the Chagos Islands, now home to a major U.S. air base. The case at the International Court of Justice in the Hague is a test of whether colonial-era deals struck by ...

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Erdoğan rebuked for claiming Israeli officials have ‘Hitler spirit’

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said that “Hitler’s spirit” was resurgent among Israeli officials, while Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Turkey was becoming a “dark dictatorship” as the two regional powers clashed over a new law defining Israel as a Jewish state. At a meeting with lawmakers from his Justice and Development (AK) party on Tuesday, Erdoğan condemned the nation ...

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There are 14,500 nuclear weapons in the world: Here are the countries that have them

It has been a little over a week since the two leaders of the world’s nuclear club met behind closed doors in the Finnish capital of Helsinki. Both U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who own the lion’s share of the world’s nukes, said ahead of their first formal discussion that they would address the proliferation of nuclear weapons. “If we can ...

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Wildfires around the world: The photos that explain the flames

Wildfires have been sweeping through coastal towns east of the Greek capital, Athens. Dozens of people – including families with children – have died as they tried to escape the flames. But fires are also raging in Sweden, as far north as the Arctic Circle, and have caused huge damage in countries including Portugal, the UK and the US in ...

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Of all at stake at the Trump-Putin summit, Syria is most in peril

THOSE WHO worry that President Trump will make unwarranted concessions to Vladi­mir Putin at their summit meeting Monday have plenty to fret about, including Mr. Trump’s hints that he might recognize Russia’s forcible annexation of Crimea or scale back NATO deployments in the Baltic states. But the most probable area of appeasement is Syria — which Russia aspires to dominate, at the expense of U.S. strategic interests ...

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The King’s Path: Is this the scariest walk in the world?

The King’s Path is a unique walkway in Spain but not one to attempt if you are scared of heights. It is 3km (1.9 miles) long, 100 metres (328 feet) high and just one metre wide. The King’s Path (El Caminito del Rey) in Malaga was closed in 2001 for safety reasons but re-opened in 2015 after a massive restoration ...

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For the first time, U.S. resettles fewer refugees than the rest of the world

The number of refugees resettled in the United States decreased more than in any other country in 2017, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This represents the first time since the adoption of the 1980 U.S. Refugee Act that the U.S. resettled fewer refugees than the rest of the world. The ...

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