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U.S. tells U.N.: In Mideast, Iran is 'chief culprit'

Ambassador advises council to shift focus away from Israel

Subscriber onlyIn her first session holding the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley tried to turn the spotlight from Israel to Iran, the latest target of tough talk from President Donald Trump's administration. Continue reading...

Moderate Islam garners Pence's praise in Jakarta

He talks cooperation, security, trade with leader of Indonesia

Subscriber onlyU.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday praised Indonesia's democracy and moderate form of Islam alongside the president of the world's most populous Muslim nation, reinforcing his message with a visit to the region's largest mosque. Continue reading...

Paris attack kills officer, hurts 3 people; gunman then slain

Foreign tourist among wounded; ISIS claims responsibility

Subscriber onlyA gunman with an automatic weapon opened fire on police in Paris' Champs-Elysees shopping district Thursday night, killing one officer and wounding three people before police shot and killed him. Continue reading...

New test urged to gain Australian citizenship

Subscriber only Australia plans to tighten its citizenship rules to require stronger English language skills, longer residency and evidence of integration such as a job, officials said Thursday. Continue reading...

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Australian official nudges China on North Korea

Subscriber onlyAustralian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Thursday urged China to do more to help in the international effort to pressure and persuade North Korea to stop escalating its nuclear and missile threat. Continue reading...

Putin aide disputes Chechen-gay report

Subscriber onlyRussian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said he has no reason to doubt the Chechen leader’s assurances that there’s no persecution of gays in his republic, despite reports by a respected Russian newspaper of a roundup of gay Chechen men. Continue reading...

Islamic State claims attack on French police officers

PARIS — An attacker with an automatic weapon opened fire on police on Paris' iconic Champs-Elysees on Thursday night, killing one officer and seriously wounding two others before police shot and killed him. The Islamic State group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack. Continue reading...

Tillerson calls Iran deal a failure

Still, he certifies Tehran abiding

Subscriber onlySecretary of State Rex Tillerson declared the Iran nuclear deal a failure on Wednesday but left open the possibility the Trump administration will uphold it nonetheless. Continue reading...

Pence warns N. Korea: Do not test U.S.

Subscriber onlyFrom the wind-swept deck of an aircraft carrier, Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the U.S. military, promising it would make an "overwhelming and effective" response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons. Continue reading...

Page's Moscow talk said to have spurred FBI inquiry

Subscriber onlyEver since FBI investigators discovered in 2013 that a Russian spy was trying to recruit an American businessman named Carter Page, the bureau maintained an occasional interest in Page. So when he became a foreign-policy adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign last year and gave a Russia-friendly speech at a prestigious Moscow institute, it soon caught the bureau's attention. Continue reading...

Exxon seeks sanctions waiver so it can drill in Russian deal

Subscriber onlyExxon Mobil is pursuing a waiver from Treasury Department sanctions on Russia so it may drill in the Black Sea in a venture with the Russian state oil company Rosneft, a former State Department official said Wednesday. An oil industry official confirmed the account. Continue reading...

Vote favors early election for Brits

Backers call May’s push brave; critics say she broke promise

Subscriber onlyBritish voters will be heading to polling stations for the third time since 2015, after lawmakers overwhelmingly backed Prime Minister Theresa May's call for a snap election on June 8. Continue reading...

U.S. looks to bolster Saudis in Yemen

Subscriber onlyThe United States is considering ways to boost military support for the Saudi-led fight against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen, believing military pressure is needed to prod the militants into a negotiated end to the conflict, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Continue reading...

Chemical-weapons agency confirms sarin's use in Syria

Evidence ‘incontrovertible,’ group says; Israelis claim Assad has ‘tons’ hidden

Subscriber onlyThe deadly nerve agent sarin was used in an attack that killed scores of civilians in northern Syria this month, the global chemical-weapons watchdog said Wednesday. Continue reading...