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U.S.-Backed Force Could Cement a Kurdish Enclave in Syria

Advertisement BEIRUT, Lebanon — A plan to create a new American-backed, Kurdish-led border force in northeastern Syria has raised alarms in the region that the United States may be helping to cement an autonomous Kurdish enclave that could further divide the country. The 30,000-strong force, vehemently opposed by Russia, Turkey, ...

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Abbas Calls Oslo Accords Dead and Blasts U.S.: ‘Damn Your Money!’

Advertisement RAMALLAH, West Bank — President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority said on Sunday that Israel had killed the Oslo Accords and angrily assailed the Trump administration over its handling of the conflict. He vowed to reject American leadership of any peace talks and urged Palestinians to reconsider their ...

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Ecuador Gives Assange Citizenship, Worsening Standoff With Britain

Advertisement QUITO, Ecuador — Ecuador announced on Thursday that it had granted citizenship to Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks co-founder who has been living in a tiny room in the South American country’s London embassy since seeking political asylum in 2012. It was an extraordinary development in the prolonged diplomatic standoff, ...

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Businesswoman’s Fate a Test of China’s Resolve on North Korea

Advertisement DANDONG, China — Not long ago, Ma Xiaohong was the public face of China’s trade with North Korea. By age 44, she had built a commercial empire accounting for a fifth of trade between the Communist neighbors. She was appointed to the provincial People’s Congress, granted special privileges to ...

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El Salvador Again Feels the Hand of Washington Shaping Its Fate

Advertisement SAN SALVADOR — In the streets of this congested capital of winding streets and hillside warrens, shock is giving way to bitterness. Many older residents still recall with anger the United States’ support for the government during the 12-year civil war, which sent hundreds of thousands fleeing to America ...

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Collision Near China Leaves Iranian Oil Tanker in Flames

Advertisement HONG KONG — Rescuers were searching Monday for crewmen missing from an Iranian oil tanker that had collided with another ship off China’s coast, leaving the tanker in flames and at risk of exploding and sinking, the Chinese authorities said. The Panamanian-flagged tanker, the Sanchi, collided with the CF ...

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