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Pope Francis, in Chile, Addresses 'Irreparable Damage' Sex-Abuse Scandal Wrought

Pope Francis began a challenging, three-day tour of Chile, a country where changing social mores and public anger over a sex-abuse scandal have reduced the Catholic Church’s influence in recent years.

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China's Hot Housing Market Begins to Cool

In Beijing and Shanghai—two China’s largest housing markets—and other megacities, property sales have stalled and prices have dropped, and the high levels of debt that fueled a housing boom make the slowdown particularly perilous.

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New Cyberattack on Cryptocurrency Investors Came From North Korea, Report Says

The hacking offensive’s malware is similar to that used in Pyongyang’s attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment and WannaCry ransomware assault, according to cybersecurity researchers.

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Battle Stations: U.S. and China Prepare for Trade Clash of the Titans

A trade war between the U.S. and China would be more bruising and protracted than the battles that raged in the 1980s over Japanese exports, and would risk taking down the entire global trading architecture.

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Greece Inches Closer to Ending Bailout Regime

After nearly eight years of turmoil, the country is within striking distance of freeing itself from a program that has strained its citizens and the eurozone alike.

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Faulty Components Suspected in Indonesia Walkway Collapse

Faulty components and a lack of maintenance likely contributed to the collapse of a mezzanine walkway at Indonesia’s stock-exchange building, experts said, based on preliminary inspections.

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Suspected North Korean Fishermen Found Dead in Washed-Up Vessel

Japanese police recovered seven bodies from a wooden boat that likely came from North Korea, adding to a fast-rising toll from that country’s primitive fishing vessels.

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Tourism Surge Brings in $40 Billion for Japan

The number of foreign visitors to Japan rose 19% to nearly 29 million last year to set a record on the road to the government’s target of 40 million by 2020, when Tokyo plays host to the Summer Olympics.

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U.S. Plans New Nuclear Weapons

The Pentagon is planning to develop two new sea-based nuclear weapons to respond to Russia and China’s growing military capabilities, according to a sweeping Defense Department review of nuclear strategy.

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Venezuelans Watch as Soldiers Besiege Rebel Group

The saga of a police pilot and former actor who authorities said stole a helicopter in June and tossed grenades over official buildings took another violent turn as government forces said they had engaged in a bloody shootout with him and supporters at th

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North Korea Brings Pop Star to Talks With South

When North Korea’s delegation filed into talks to discuss Pyongyang’s participation in the Winter Olympics, one figure stood out: the reclusive state’s best-known female pop star.

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Former Lawmaker Sadat Won't Run for President in Egypt

Former lawmaker Mohamed Anwar Sadat said he wouldn’t seek the country’s presidency in March, an unexpected move that draws focus on an election where many say the odds are already stacked in favor of the state-backed incumbent.

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Balcony Collapses at Indonesia Stock Exchange, Injuring at Least 75

A mezzanine walkway crumbled during lunch hour in the building’s busy lobby, wounding office workers and university students on a tour.

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Crews Take Up Two Fronts in Cleanup of Sunken Iranian Tanker

The sinking of an Iranian tanker in the East China Sea left cleanup crews battling to contain environmental damage on two fronts—an oil slick on the surface and the light crude and engine oil carried toward the seafloor.

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U.S. Weighs Cut to U.N. Money for Palestinian Refugees

The Trump administration is preparing to withhold tens of millions of dollars from the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, cutting the year’s first contribution by more than half or perhaps entirely, and making additional donations contingent on

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Drone Attacks on Russian Bases in Syria Expose Security Holes

Recent attacks against Russian bases on Syria’s Mediterranean coast by improvised combat drones have exposed weaknesses in President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to cement a permanent military presence there.

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Myanmar Readies First Camp for Returning Rohingya Refugees

A top Myanmar official said Monday that a camp to house Rohingya Muslim and Hindu refugees who return from Bangladesh will be ready by its promised deadline next week.

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Two Suicide Bombers Attack Baghdad

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in a square in central Baghdad, killing at least 26 people in the deadliest attack since Iraq claimed victory over Islamic State late last year.

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Philippines Shuts Down News Site Critical of Duterte

Rappler, a popular news website that has been critical of the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, was shut down by the country’s securities regulator, a move the company called harassment.

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Koreas Set to Meet Again for Winter Olympics Talks

The two Koreas agreed to meet for a second time on Monday to work out plans on how to accommodate North Korea’s participation in next month’s Winter Olympics, in talks that are likely to determine how closely the two rivals will interact on

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Renzi's Comeback Hopes Fade as Italy's Self-Styled 'Demolition Man' Sinks in Polls

In 2014, Matteo Renzi swept to power on promises to ‘demolish’ the country’s discredited political establishment and revive its economy. A year after his resignation, his popularity—and his party’s—is plummeting.

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World Bank Unfairly Influenced Its Own Competitiveness Rankings

The World Bank’s chief economist said it repeatedly changed the methodology of one of its flagship economic reports over several years in ways that were unfair and misleading.

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U.S. Extends Iran Deal, Issues Sanctions

The Trump administration extended sanctions relief under the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, keeping the deal intact for at least another several months, but said it would issue no more such waivers as it negotiates a modified deal.

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Syrian Offensive Targets Remaining Rebel Strongholds

Syrian rebels are fighting to maintain territory amid a new government offensive to capture parts of the country’s last opposition strongholds.

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Hours Before Crash, Iranian Tanker and Chinese Ship Stopped Transmitting Signals

An Iranian oil tanker and Chinese freighter stopped transmitting their locations to naval tracking systems hours before their deadly crash off the coast of China.

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London's Royal Opera Lost Its Soprano. It Had 36 Hours to Find a New One.

After the diva in “Rigoletto” went down, the scramble for a replacement Gilda created a do-or-die opportunity for a singer from Madrid.

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The Latest Freedom for Saudi Women: Watching Live Soccer

On Friday evening, Saudi women will attend a pro-soccer match for the first time in the kingdom, as one of the first measures aimed at relaxing strict social restrictions takes effect.

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Saudi Arabia Takes Reins of Construction Giant

Saudi Arabia is assuming supervisory control of the Saudi Binladin Group and could take a stake in the construction giant, people familiar with the matter said, a sign of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s willingness to disrupt the established cor

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Czech Election Highlights Allure of Russia

The Czech Republic’s presidential vote on Friday and Saturday is set to be an illuminating moment for a region where some believe better relations with Russia can be a counterweight to the influence of the European Union and Washington.

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