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Brazil’s top prosecutor accuses Temer of obstructing justice

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s top prosecutor is accusing President Michel Temer of corruption and obstruction of justice, according to an investigation released Friday by the supreme court, dramatically escalating pressure to force the embattled leader from office.At the same time, other released do
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Trump’s first foreign trip a test of what he’s learned, or not, about national security

President Trump’s learning curve on matters of foreign policy and national security was steep even before the bombshell report this week that he had blurted secrets to Russian diplomats.Trump’s first foreign trip as president, which begins in Saudi Arabia this weekend, is a test of the lessons h
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The Islamic State’s last stand in Mosul will test the best of Iraqi forces 

MOSUL, Iraq — After making rapid gains in a new offensive, Iraqi forces are close to choking off the last bastion of several hundred Islamic State fighters dug into the twisting alleyways and narrow streets of Mosul’s Old City.The final push will be led by Iraqi’s U.S.-trained Counter Terrori
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Israel wants Trump to stop Palestinian payments to prisoners and families of ‘martyrs’

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — The Aida refugee camp is a warren of alleys, a scene of frequent clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli soldiers — and a welfare ministate.A plaque at the entrance lists the names of 36 residents killed by Israelis whom the Palestinians call “martyrs” and the
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Japan’s government takes first step toward allowing emperor to abdicate

TOKYO — Japan’s popular emperor, the 83-year-old Akihito, last summer asked the government to allow him to retire, an unprecedented step but one brought about, he said, by his inability to do the job to the fullest.Japan’s cabinet took the first step Friday toward allowing him to abdicate —
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Chinese fighters buzz U.S. spy plane, underlining differences over surveillance, North Korea

BEIJING — Two Chinese fighter jets this week buzzed a U.S. spy plane that sniffs out nuclear radiation as it flew over the seas between China and North Korea, underlining Beijing’s discomfort with American surveillance and differences in the countries’ approach to the threat posed by the reg
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Sweden drops Assange rape allegation, but Britain says WikiLeaks founder still faces arrest

LONDON — Swedish prosecutors on Friday dropped their investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange, closing a nearly seven-year legal saga that led the WikiLeaks founder to seek sanctuary at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London.But British police said that Assange still faces arrest for
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Trump once denounced Saudi Arabia as extremist. Now he’s heading there to promote moderate Islam.

This Friday, President Trump will arrive in Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip as leader of the United States. During his time in the Saudi kingdom, Trump is planning to lead an address to around 50 Muslim leaders and take part in a debate about how to promote moderate Islam.According to White
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Iranians vote for president, with the nuclear deal and economy on their minds

ISTANBUL — Iranian officials began counting votes early Saturday after heavy turnout in a pivotal presidential election that could ­either boost Iran’s engagement with the world or possibly plunge the country back into greater diplomatic isolation.Across the nation on Friday, ­voters filed in
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Pentagon: U.S. airstrikes in Syria targeted Iran-backed pro-government troops

BEIRUT — The Pentagon said Friday that a rare U.S. airstrike against pro-government forces in Syria targeted a convoy of Iran-backed troops, appearing to mark an important shift in the country’s war.The attack Thursday struck militants fighting on behalf of ­Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
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