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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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As Syria war enters new phase, U.S. looks to expand communications with Russia

The Pentagon has stepped up communication with the Russian military over Syria, a top official said Friday as the Trump administration lays plans for future operations likely to thrust U.S. forces closer to Russian and Syrian troops.Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
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Embassies court Ivanka Trump to build a relationship with her father’s administration

The president of the Czech Republic is eager to have Ivanka Trump visit his country, and he believes he has a compelling case to make.By a “happy coincidence,” her mother is Czech, and President Milos Zeman hopes that’s the opening he needs to secure a high-profile visit from the first daughte
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Will Melania Trump wear a headscarf in Saudi Arabia? Donald Trump circa 2015 seems to think she should.

In January 2015, President Barack Obama visited Saudi Arabia. It was a high-profile trip: Obama was there to attend the funeral of the late Saudi King Abdullah at a time when the Washington-Riyadh relationship was strained for a number of factors, including the U.S. attempt to secure a nuclear dea
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Police just arrested 27 men ‘for homosexuality’ in Bangladesh

Police in Bangladesh stormed a community center outside the capital of Dhaka early Friday and arrested 27 men. Their crime? They’re suspected of being gay.Zahangir Hossain Matobbar, the commander of Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion, told the Associated Press that the suspects — mostly stude
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