International agreements

The Latest: Palestinians condemn Israeli settlement plans

The Palestinians are condemning Israel’s latest plans to build new settlement homes. A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says the Israeli plans announced Tuesday deal a new blow to attempts to bring peace to the region and will promote extremism and terrorism. Nabil Abu Rdeneh says the decision “disregards” international opposition to the settlements …

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Trump summons business leaders, lawmakers to White House

By JILL COLVIN Opening his first official week in office, President Donald Trump warned business leaders Monday that he would impose a “substantial border tax” on companies that move their manufacturing out of the United States, while promising unspecified advantages to companies that manufacture domestically. “All you have to do is stay,” he said during …

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Trump offers scattershot response to global protests

By LISA LERER and JONATHAN LEMIRE President Donald Trump on Sunday offered a scattershot response to the sweeping post-inauguration protests against his new administration, sarcastically undermining the public opposition and then defending demonstrators’ rights a short time later. “Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn’t these …

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In parting shot, Kerry tears into Israel over settlements

By JOSH LEDERMAN and MATTHEW DALY Secretary of State John Kerry tore into Israel on Wednesday for settlement-building, accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of dragging Israel away from democracy and forcefully rejecting the notion that America had abandoned Israel with a controversial U.N. vote. Israel’s government accused Kerry of a skewed attempt to blame Israel …

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Border cities worry that ending NAFTA would hurt economies

By PAUL J. WEBER Donald Trump’s only visit to the U.S.-Mexico border while running for president was a stop in Laredo that lasted less than three hours. On some days, that’s not long enough for 18-wheelers hauling foreign-made dishwashers and car batteries to lurch through the gridlocked crossing. Trump’s campaign promise to tear apart the …

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Interview: Gorbachev says US was short-sighted on Soviets

By KATE DE PURY and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV As the Soviet Union was breaking up 25 years ago, Mikhail Gorbachev expected the United States and its Western allies to provide vital aid. The former Soviet president thinks their failure to offer significant help wasted a chance to build a safer world and resulted from short-sighted gloating …

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McConnell cautions replacement to health law to take time

By BRUCE SCHREINER The next Congress will begin work immediately next year toward repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law but delay the changes as Republicans try to come up with an alternative, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday. The Kentucky Republican insisted that some 20 million Americans who have health care through the …

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