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Behind the Brexit Chaos, a Faulty U.K. Negotiating Strategy

LONDON—When British politicians launched Brexit negotiations after the country’s 2016 referendum decision to leave the European Union, they were confident they could win a special deal by finding allies among the 27 remaining members of the bloc. The strategy misfired, as underlined by Prime Minister Theresa May’s apparently futile effort in Brussels on Thursday to […]

In first interview since sentencing, Michael Cohen says Donald Trump knew hush money was wrong – National

U.S. President Donald Trump directed hush payments to two women during the 2016 presidential campaign and knew the actions were wrong, his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen said in a television interview that aired on Friday. “He directed me to make the payments. He directed me to become involved in these matters,” Cohen, who was sentenced to prison […]

French Police Kill Suspected Strasbourg Gunman

PARIS—French police shot dead the man suspected of carrying out the terrorist attack on Strasbourg earlier this week, officials said, ending a two-day manhunt that unsettled the country. Police encountered the suspect, Chérif Chekatt, on Thursday evening in Strasbourg , where he was last seen two days earlier after the shooting at a famous Christmas […]

Europe Stands Firm on Brexit Despite May’s Push for Help

BRUSSELS—British Prime Minister Theresa May, having overcome a bruising leadership challenge from her own party, ran into fresh trouble in Brussels on Thursday, with her efforts to persuade her European Union counterparts to sweeten the Brexit deal effectively running aground. Some EU leaders said Mrs. May had failed to set out clearly what assurances she […]

Successful Virgin Galactic flight brings space tourism a step closer to reality – National

MOJAVE, Calif. — Virgin Galactic‘s tourism spaceship climbed more than 80 kilometres high above California’s Mojave Desert on Thursday, reaching for the first time what the company considers the boundary of space. The rocket ship reached an altitude of 82 kilometres before beginning its gliding descent, said mission official Enrico Palermo. The craft landed on […]

Yemen rivals agree ceasefire in rebel stronghold of Hodeida

Rival sides in Yemen’s civil war have agreed a province-wide ceasefire in Hodeida, the United Nations says. Troops will also be withdrawn from the Red Sea port city, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. At the end of week-long peace talks in Sweden, Yemen’s foreign minister Khaled al Yamani and rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam shook hands. […]

Policeman Angry Over Transfer, Shot Boss

Policeman Angry Over Transfer, Shot Boss A Turkish policeman shot his Chief dead and wounded two fellow officers on Tuesday after his request for a transfer was turned down in the Black Sea province of Rize, state news agency, Anadolu, reported. The attacker, identified only by the initials I.H.S, had requested a transfer from the district of […]

U.S., China Kick Off a New Round of Trade Talks

The U.S. and China started the latest round of trade talks with a phone call involving Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He. The three senior officials discussed Chinese purchases of agricultural products and changes to fundamental Chinese economic policies during the phone call, said people familiar […]