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North Korea’s trading partners are linked, and that could make them vulnerable

TOKYO — Targeting just a few pivotal Chinese companies could severely disrupt North Korea’s ability to circumvent international sanctions and buy illicit goods — and could even cause its entire overseas network to collapse, according to a report out Tuesday.  President Trump has repeatedly
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The Latest: Near-final results show Macron’s party winning

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron and his party took a commanding lead in the first round of France’s legislative elections Sunday, with the potential to win an absolute majority.In a once-unimaginable scenario, Macron’s centrist party — established little more than a year ago — wa
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Macron’s takeover of French politics is all but complete

PARIS — Emmanuel Macron’s takeover of French politics is all but complete. The newly elected French leader’s gamble that voters wanted to throw out old faces and try something new is paying off in full — first by giving him the presidency and, on Sunday, the crucial first step toward securin
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Puerto Rican voters back statehood in questioned referendum

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s governor announced that the U.S. territory overwhelmingly chose statehood on Sunday in a nonbinding referendum held amid a deep economic crisis that has sparked an exodus of islanders to the U.S. mainland.Nearly half a million votes were cast for statehood,
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The Latest: Statehood wins questioned Puerto Rico referendum

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Latest on Puerto Rico’s referendum on its political status. (all times local):5:45 p.m.Puerto Rico’s governor says the U.S. territory has overwhelmingly chosen statehood in a non-binding referendum.Ricardo Rossello said Sunday that the island has sent a strong and c
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Italy exit polls: Populists trailing in main mayors’ races

ROME — First exit polls indicate candidates from a populist movement did poorly in the main Italian mayoral races, with the leading candidates coming from both the traditional center-right and center-left camps.Right after voting ended late Sunday night, pollsters for both state TV and private TV
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An Israeli journalist has been ordered to pay Netanyahu and his wife for a ‘malicious and ugly’ Facebook post

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, have won a defamation lawsuit against an Israeli journalist over a Facebook post he wrote claiming that the first lady had booted the premier out of the car in an official convoy after a heated argument.On Sunday, an Israeli
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British Conservatives complain that May bungled election and is now bungling aftermath

LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May reshuffled her cabinet a bit Sunday and mostly kept out of the public eye as she worked to strike a deal with a small party of hard-right unionists in Northern Ireland to prop up her government, which lacks a majority in Parliament.As May and her representative
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Macron’s party headed for commanding position in French election

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron and his party took a commanding lead in the first round of France’s legislative elections Sunday, with the potential to win an absolute majority.In a once-unimaginable scenario, Macron’s centrist party — established little more than a year ago — wa
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Life under martial law in Duterte’s home town

DAVAO, Philippines — Soon after Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law on Mindanao, soldiers parked a large tank in front of city hall in Davao, the Philippine president’s home town and the largest city on the island. It immediately became an attraction, and locals now flock to the symbol of a ne
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