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Brexit Revote? Calls for a Second Referendum Grow Louder

More than two years after Britons voted to leave the European Union, the U.K.’s politicians still can’t agree on what kind of Brexit they want. Now more lawmakers are calling for a do-over, a second referendum that could potentially reverse the results of the first.

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Europe Tackles Chinese Competition With Investment in Microelectronics

EU’s antitrust watchdog approved plans by France, Germany, Italy and the U.K. to fund a multibillion research project in microelectronics, as the bloc seeks to keep up with Chinese competitors.

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Fragile Yemen Cease-Fire Takes Hold After U.S. Push

Heavy fighting between Yemen’s government and Houthi rebels has subsided, suggesting the two sides are adhering to a deal struck as part of a U.S.-backed diplomatic push to end the nearly four-year war.

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Canada Reveals Financial Package for Energy Sector

Canada unveiled Tuesday a package for the country’s struggling energy sector in a bid to minimize the economic and political fallout from depressed prices for oil.

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Italy Says It Struck Deficit Compromise With EU

Italy’s finance ministry said it has agreed on a compromise with European Union authorities over the country’s budget deficit, resolving a dispute between Rome’s populist government and EU fiscal enforcers that has vexed financial markets for months.

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Belgian Prime Minister Offers Resignation After Migration Rift

This is Europe’s first government collapse over the U.N. global migration compact that several European governments refused to adopt last week.

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He Helped North Koreans Reach Freedom. Now He Wants South Korea's Protection.

After two stints in Chinese prisons for helping North Koreans flee, Tu Airong is awaiting a final decision from South Korea on his application for asylum. If he is successful, human-rights workers say it would be the first time Seoul has granted asylum to a person who helped North Koreans reach the South.

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Japan Objects to Russian Military Construction on Disputed Islands

Japan said it would protest Russia’s construction of military facilities on islands at the center of a decades-long dispute that the countries had been trying to resolve.

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U.S. Citizen Believed Executed in Syria Raises Fears for Others

An American woman who died while in Syrian government custody is believed by aid groups and activists to have been executed, spurring concern for other U.S. citizens who may be detained by the regime.

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U.S. Envoy, Taliban Discuss Peace, While Afghan Government Is Sidelined

The U.S. special envoy for Afghan reconciliation and a high-level Taliban delegation held talks in Abu Dhabi aimed at a negotiated settlement to the 17-year war, while Afghan government representatives were sidelined.

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Covert Saudi Outreach to Israel Sputters After Journalist's Murder

Prince Mohammed’s weakened position after the Khashoggi killing has set back efforts to forge closer ties, including meetings among top spies, technology sales and eased travel.

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U.S. Dangles Possibility of Aid for North Korea as Nuclear Talks Remain Stalled

The U.S. is considering easing a travel ban to let American aid workers deliver humanitarian relief to North Korea, President Trump’s special envoy to Pyongyang said, dangling the possibility of a concession as nuclear talks between the two countries remain stalled.

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Canada Inflation Decelerates on Slump in Gasoline Prices

Canada’s annual inflation rate decelerated sharply in November on lower gasoline prices. The pullback on price increases likely gives the Bank of Canada further reason to hold off on further rate rises in the immediate future.

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Greece Loses Case Over Shariah Law

Europe’s human-rights court ruled on Wednesday that Greece failed to protect a Muslim woman from discrimination when it made her follow religious law on inheritance.

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Ex-Blackwater Guard Is Convicted of Murder in Baghdad Shooting

Former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten was convicted of murder in his third trial over his involvement in a 2007 Baghdad traffic-circle shooting that marked one of the lowest points of the Iraq War.

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German Police Investigate Officers Over Far-Right Extremism

German police are investigating a far-right conspiracy within the ranks of local police as well as threats against lawyers representing migrants, the latest instance of rising tension around immigration in the country.

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Italy's Growth Woes Set to Persist Despite EU Budget Blessing

Italy’s deal with the European Union to defuse its simmering budget dispute is adding to concerns about the country’s real economic problem: a lack of growth.

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Britain and EU Plan for Brexit Breakdown

Britain and the European Union are stepping up planning for a scenario they have both long struggled to avoid: the exit of the U.K. from the bloc in March without a withdrawal agreement.

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U.S. Sanctions Russian Intelligence Agents Over Attacks

The U.S. Treasury Department levied new sanctions against Russia, blacklisting 15 intelligence agents linked to attacks including the attempted assassination of a former spy in the U.K. and election interference.

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Canada Reveals a Third Citizen Detained by China

Prime Minister Trudeau said the latest case seems to be different from the detention of the other Canadians. Those arrests were apparent retaliation for Canada’s arrest of the Chinese CFO of Huawei Technologies, experts have said.

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In Shift, Trump Orders U.S. Troops Out of Syria

President Trump ordered a quick withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria, a contested move that would mark an abrupt reversal of the American military strategy in the Middle East.

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Women in Latin America Are Being Murdered at Record Rates

The deadliest region for men has become perilous for women as well, especially in gang-riddled parts of Central America.

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U.S. Grip on the Market for Higher Education Is Slipping

The American higher education system, the largest in the world and a major source of revenue for towns and cities across the U.S., is losing its dominance as a global magnet for top talent.

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Canadian Woman Detained for Working Illegally in China, Beijing Says

China confirmed authorities are holding a Canadian woman for working illegally in the country, the third Canadian that Beijing has acknowledged detaining since Canada’s arrest of Huawei’s CFO this month.

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A Perilous Journey to Escape Kim Jong Un's North Korea

A father and son embarked last winter to defect from North Korea and join their family in Seoul, only to lose one another on a long and wrenching journey.

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Putin Accuses U.S. of Triggering an Arms Race

Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the U.S. for triggering a new arms race and raising the threat of a nuclear war, slamming Washington for abandoning Cold War-era missile treaties.

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Egypt Acquits NGO Workers in Case That Strained Relations with U.S.

An Egyptian court acquitted 40 people, including more than a dozen Americans, convicted of improperly operating non-governmental groups, in a case that has soured relations between Cairo and the U.S since 2011.

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Congo Postpones Vote to Elect Successor to Kabila by a Week

A vote to elect a successor to Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila that had been scheduled for Sunday will be postponed by a week, the country’s electoral commission said Thursday, citing the need to replace several million ballots destroyed in a fire last week.

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'Catch and Return': U.S. to Send Some Migrants to Mexico to Await Proceedings

The Trump administration plans to return migrants entering the U.S. from the southern border illegally or without proper documentation to Mexico while their applications go forward rather than allow them to remain in the U.S.

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U.S. Charges Chinese Intelligence Officers Over Hacking

The Justice Department unsealed criminal charges against two Chinese nationals allegedly tied to a campaign to steal sensitive information from technology-service providers around the world and several U.S. government agencies, including the Navy.

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Trump Orders Big Troop Reduction in Afghanistan

A day after a contested decision to pull American military forces from Syria, officials said Thursday that President Trump has ordered the start of a reduction of America’s 14,000 forces in Afghanistan.

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U.S. Sets Syria Exit Plan as Allies Pledge to Carry Anti-ISIS Fight

The Pentagon must develop and submit its plan to the White House to pull U.S. troops out of Syria by Wednesday, said officials, who calculated that a full withdrawal could take as long as three months.

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Major U.K. Airport Still Shut After Drones Are Used to Disrupt Travel

Authorities took the dramatic step of grounding flights all day at one of Europe’s busiest airports, upending plans for more than 100,000 passengers, after what they said was a deliberate attempt to use drones to disrupt travel.

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Europe Faces Continuing Terror Threat, While Concerns in U.S. Ebb

U.S. allies in Europe face a continuing “significant threat” of terrorist attacks even as terrorism takes a back seat in U.S. security planning that increasingly focuses on China and Russia, according to a report.

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Chinese Smuggler Who Led North Koreans to Freedom Wins Asylum Bid

South Korea granted asylum to a Chinese citizen who helped North Koreans escape to the South, a milestone for a country that has welcomed more than 30,000 people from the North but has been less accepting of other refugees.

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Erdogan Promised Trump Turkey Will Take Over ISIS Battle in Syria

Turkey pledged to take over responsibility for fighting Islamic State from the U.S. days before President Trump announced his decision to withdraw American troops from Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

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U.S. and China Navigate Hacking Allegations Warily

Fresh U.S. accusations of cyber thieving by China add to friction between the countries, though both sides show signs of trying to contain the damage while trade talks are under way.

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Syria Withdrawal Could Imperil Millions in Need of Aid

Aid groups are warning that humanitarian relief for some 1.6 million Syrians may be at risk if the Trump administration quickly withdraws from Syria.

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Vatican Panel Faces Criticism Over Leniency for Priests Guilty of Abuse

A little-known Vatican appeals panel established by Pope Francis has sharply reduced penalties meted out to priests convicted of sexual abuse under church law in more than a third of the cases that have come before it.

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U.S. Grants Iraq Sanctions Relief in Bid to Boost Business Deals

The Trump administration has given Iraq permission to buy Iranian natural gas without penalty for at least three more months, after pledges from Baghdad to buy American oil and energy technology.

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Trump Withdrawal Plan Alters Calculus in Afghanistan

President Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw more than half of the U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan could upset that calibrated application of force and disrupt nascent talks between Washington and the Taliban.

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U.S. Seeks Independent Probe on German Journalism Scandal

The U.S. called for an independent probe into Germany’s largest journalism scandal in years after magazine Der Spiegel said one of its star reporters had fabricated facts for years in coverage that included critical dispatches about Trump voters.

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Panel Urges Probe Into Nicaraguan President's Role in Killing Protesters

International experts say Daniel Ortega and high-ranking police officials should be investigated for murder and crimes against humanity over the deaths of protesters who were killed this year.

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Gatwick Resumes Flights Once Again After Drone Scare

The airport late Friday again suffered a shutdown because of another drone sighting but was able to quickly resume flights, as one of Europe’s biggest airports made a fitful recovery from Thursday’s full-day closure.

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U.S. Details Plan to Lower Japanese Trade Barriers

The Trump administration laid out its objectives in coming trade talks with Japan, aiming to carve out a deal ensuring greater access for a broad range of American products from autos to agriculture.

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Canada Takes Tougher Stance With China Over Detentions

Canada called for the immediate release of two citizens detained in China in the aftermath of the arrest in Vancouver of a Huawei Technologies Co. executive, sharpening its tone after walking a cautious line with Beijing.

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Venice's Natives Vanish, and Life Drains From a Market

As natives of Venice move out, the once-bustling Rialto fish market is turning into a tourist attraction, like most of the city—jeopardizing a living piece of Italian history.

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French 'Yellow Vest' Protests Shrink Further

Protesters clad in yellow reflective vests took to the streets across France for the sixth consecutive Saturday but the turnout continued to shrink, a further sign of respite for President Emmanuel Macron.

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U.S.'s Mideast Pullout, Mattis Exit Alarm Europeans

President Trump’s unilateral decision to remove U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan combined with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’s planned departure have sparked unease across Europe and fresh calls for greater strategic independence from Washington.

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Nicaragua TV Station Owner Charged With Inciting Hatred

Miguel Mora’s detention signals that President Daniel Ortega’s government is intensifying its crackdown on independent media and human-rights advocates.

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