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Obama to go it alone on immigration, pleasing few

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s abrupt shift from seeking immigration legislation to pursuing a go-it-alone executive strategy raises expectations among immigration advocates that Obama may have trouble satisfying while setting up a clash with House Republicans who’ve already threatened to sue him. Limited in his powers to ease deportations and under pressure to crack down …

Birth control ruling sparks political clash

WASHINGTON — Republicans called it a win for religious freedom. The decision of the Supreme Court, they said, is further evidence the country’s new health care law is deeply flawed. The claims of victory arrived almost immediately after the high court ruled Monday that some companies need not provide contraception to women as required by …

Hamas member killed after Israeli teens found dead

JERUSALEM — A Palestinian from the militant group Hamas was shot dead when he threw a grenade at forces carrying out an arrest raid in the West Bank hours after the discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teenagers who were abducted over two weeks ago, Israel’s military said Tuesday. Tensions have soared since the …

President says China will never seek regional hegemony as he hosts leaders of India, Myanmar

BEIJING—Chinese President Xi Jinping said Saturday his country will never seek hegemony no matter how strong it becomes, even as his neighbours worry about Beijing’s actions in several territorial disputes. Xi made the comments as he hosted leaders of India and Myanmar to commemorate 60 years since their countries agreed to principles of peaceful coexistence. …

US special Mideast envoy resigns after failed attempt to forge Israeli-Palestinian peace

WASHINGTON—U.S. special Mideast envoy Martin Indyk has resigned to return to a Washington think-tank in a move symbolizing the collapse of the latest American effort to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. Indyk’s departure Friday, while not unexpected due to the failure of the talks, comes amid turmoil in the region and as relations between Israel …

UN chief urges greater global efforts against illicit drugs

UNITED NATIONS — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called for greater international efforts to confront illicit drugs as an integral element in building a safe and sustainable future. “Drug abuse and illicit trafficking have calamitous consequences for the world’s efforts to deliver greater prosperity and equality for all,” Ban said in his message marking …

US says Thai military takeover more repressive, likely to last longer than last coup

WASHINGTON—Thailand’s recent military takeover is more repressive and likely to endure longer than the last military coup eight years ago, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday. The top diplomat for Southeast Asia, Scot Marciel, voiced concern over censorship of media and the Internet and detentions and intimidation of hundreds of political figures, academics, journalists, online commentators …

Singaporean leader calls for resolution of South China Sea disputes by international law

WASHINGTON—Singapore’s prime minister said Tuesday international law should determine how territorial disputes in the South China Sea are resolved, rather than the notion that “might is right.” Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was responding to a question about China’s expansive territorial claims in resource-rich oceans that have spooked some of its Southeast Asian neighbours. Singapore is not …

Official shutdown doesn’t stop prostitution in ‘Dolly’ red light district of Indonesian city

SURABAYA, Indonesia—The mayor of Indonesia’s second-largest city has officially shut down “Dolly,” one of Southeast Asia’s biggest red-light districts, but the world’s oldest profession is still working despite warnings to stop. Dolly—believed to have been named years ago after a colonial Dutch madam—was supposed to have closed June 18, but on the main drag, young women …

Tough challenges, touchy politics will greet US special forces in Iraq

WASHINGTON—U.S. teams of special forces going into Iraq after a three-year gap will face an aggressive insurgency, a splintering military and a precarious political situation as they help Iraqi security forces improve their ability to battle Sunni militants. The Army Green Berets, expected to make up much of the U.S. force, have been assessing and …

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