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Trump, new Saudi crown prince share hardline views on Iran but risks abound

WASHINGTON Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince and likely next king shares U.S. President Donald Trump’s hawkish view of Iran, but a more confrontational approach toward Tehran carries a risk of…

Fate of graft probe rests on Brazil top court vote on plea deals

BRASILIA Brazil’s Supreme Court is expected to rule on Thursday whether terms of plea bargains struck in the nation’s sweeping corruption probes can be revised by the full court, a…

Islamic State blows up historic Mosul mosque where it declared ‘caliphate’

MOSUL/ERBIL, Iraq Islamic State militants on Wednesday blew up the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, Iraq’s military said in a statement, as Iraqi forces seeking…

Islamic State blows up historic Mosul mosque where it declared ‘caliphate’: Iraqi military

MOSUL/ERBIL, Iraq Islamic State militants on Wednesday blew up the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, an Iraqi military statement said, as Iraqi forces seeking to…

Trump says ‘we have a great relationship with China’ after critical tweet

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the United States had a “great relationship with China” as he stood beside former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, the new U.S.…

In high-level talks, U.S. asks China to do more to rein in North Korea

WASHINGTON The United States pressed China on Wednesday to exert more diplomatic and economic pressure to help rein in North Korea‚Äôs nuclear and missile programs during a round of high-level…

After pointed criticism, Tillerson urges Gulf demands be sent to Qatar

WASHINGTON The United States hopes Arab countries involved in a diplomatic split with Qatar will soon present Doha a list of “reasonable and actionable” demands to move the crisis toward…

Saudi king empowers young reformer son in succession shake-up

DUBAI Saudi Arabia’s King Salman made his son next in line to the throne on Wednesday, handing the 31-year-old sweeping powers as the kingdom seeks radical overhaul of its oil-dependent…

U.S.-backed Syrian forces close in on Raqqa from south

BEIRUT U.S.-backed Syrian militias closed in on Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa on Wednesday, taking territory on the south bank of the Euphrates River with the aim of encircling…

Britain’s May promises to listen harder on Brexit: Queen’s Speech

LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May promised on Wednesday to listen more closely to businesses’ concerns about Britain leaving the European Union as she set out a Brexit-focused government program, pared-back…