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u.s., russian officials spar at security conference over election meddling

munich—amid growing allegations of russian interference in western elections, u.s. and russian officials sparred over a federal grand jury’s indictment of 13 russians accused of using disinformation to influence the 2016 u.s. presidential campaign. the to-and-fro throughout the day provided high-stakes drama for world leaders and security officials attending the munich security conference, which in recent years has become a forum for the u.s. and russia to air grievances about each other. ...





european diplomats aim to curb iran actions, save nuclear deal

munich—european diplomats met with a senior iranian official saturday in a bid to curtail iran’s regional muscle-flexing and meet a key trump administration demand.the push by the european diplomats to check iranian meddling in yemen, syria and other parts of the middle east is aimed at persuading u.s. president donald trump to preserve the iran nuclear deal and show the u.s. that there are other ways to check iranian aggression....





u.s., russian officials spar at security conference over election meddling

munich—u.s. and russian officials sparred over a federal grand jury’s indictment of 13 russians accused of using disinformation to influence the 2016 u.s. presidential campaign. the to-and-fro throughout the day provided high-stakes drama for world leaders and security officials attending the munich security conference, which in recent years has become a forum for the u.s. and russia to air grievances about each other. speaking...





helicopter assessing mexico earthquake damage crashes, killing 13 on the ground

mexico city—a military helicopter carrying mexico’s interior minister and the oaxaca state governor on a trip to inspect earthquake damage crashed on landing in southern mexico, killing 13 people on the ground and injuring 15 others. interior minister alfonso navarrete and oaxaca gov. alejandro murat were on the flight late friday to evaluate damage from the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck oaxaca in the afternoon. they were not seriously injured....





european diplomats aim to curb iran actions, save nuclear deal

munich—european diplomats met with a senior iranian official saturday in a bid to curtail iran’s regional muscle-flexing and meet a key trump administration demand.the push by the european diplomats to check iranian meddling in yemen, syria and other parts of the middle east is aimed at convincing u.s. president donald trump to preserve the iran nuclear deal and show the u.s. that there are other ways to check iranian aggression....





pope francis names new sex abuse panel amid criticism

rome—pope francis renewed his advisory panel on child protection, after a two-month lapse, amid growing criticism of his record on clerical sex abuse.the announcement on saturday came the same day that a vatican investigator was scheduled to begin interviewing witnesses in the case of a chilean bishop accused of covering up abuse.the case...





helicopter assessing mexico earthquake damage crashes, killing 13 on the ground

mexico city—a military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from a powerful earthquake crashed friday in southern mexico, killing 13 people and injuring 15, all of them on the ground.the oaxaca state prosecutor’s office said in a statement that five women, four men and three children were killed at the crash site and another person died later at the hospital.a...





south korean president hopes olympics will prompt u.s. dialogue with north

pyeongchang, south korea—south korean president moon jae-in said saturday that he remained hopeful that a recent inter-korean rapprochement around the olympics could lead to dialogue between the u.s. and north korea, even as pyongyang reiterated it had no intention of seeking talks with washington.during a visit to the pyeongchang olympics on saturday, mr. moon also said that it was still too early to discuss a possible trip to pyongyang....





nato pushes eu to work with allies for security

munich—amid the biggest revamp of european defense in years, nato is pushing the european union to work closely with non-eu allies as the u.k. maneuvers to maintain its leverage in the region’s security after it exits the bloc.the push came to a head at the munich security conference over the weekend, where jens stoltenberg, secretary-general of the north atlantic treaty organization treaty, warned that after britain’s exit, the eu alone wouldn’t be able to ensure european security....





germany’s coffers are overflowing, but no one is talking about tax cuts

the german government never had so much money or so many ideas about how to spend it. the one thing that isn’t being discussed is giving it back to taxpayers.tax cuts—a fixture of the political debate in the u.s., where the government hasn’t balanced its books in decades—are barely on the agenda here, even though germany’s next government is expected to post a consolidated budget surplus of roughly €50 billion ($62 billion) between now and 2021, according to finance ministry calculations....





two skaters, competing with the weight of history on their blades

national rivalries are a spicy ingredient at any olympics—and that’s especially true when it comes to korea and japan, two countries whose historical strife is a hot theme at the 2018 pyeongchang olympics.tensions between the divided korean peninsula and its island neighbor have featured in numerous ways at these olympics, from the opening ceremony to a recent women’s hockey match between japan and the joint inter-korean team.this...





u.k. wants ongoing defense cooperation with eu after brexit

munich, germany—u.k. prime minister theresa may on saturday laid out key areas of security and defense cooperation she hoped to continue with the european union after britain leaves the bloc next year.speaking at the munich security conference, mrs. may said britain and the eu should move quickly to ensure continued common extradition and arrest structures, intelligence and data exchanges after it leaves the bloc, due in march 2019....





kremlin caterer accused in u.s. election meddling has history of dishing dark arts

st. petersburg—yevgeny prigozhin, the kremlin’s favorite restaurateur, won a lucrative government contract to deliver school lunches across moscow in 2011. parents were soon up in arms. their children wouldn’t eat the food, saying it smelled rotten. as the bad publicity mounted, mr. prigozhin’s company, concord catering, launched a counterattack, a former colleague said. he hired young men and women to overwhelm the internet with comments and blog posts praising the food and dismissing the parents’ protests....





pakistani militant leader gives fiery friday sermon despite government crackdown on group

islamabad—while pakistan says it is shutting down jamaat-ud-dawa, its leader, hafiz saeed, who has a $10 million u.s. bounty on his head, delivered a blistering attack on islamabad and washington at friday prayers. under u.s. pressure that could put pakistan on an international terror financing watch list, islamabad this week said it is seizing the assets of jamaat-ud-dawa, known as jud, which is blamed for the 2008 attack on the indian city of mumbai that killed 166 people....





russians charged with interfering in u.s. election

three russian companies and 13 russian citizens were indicted friday on charges of engaging in a widespread effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, providing the most comprehensive official account to date of a sweeping, multimillion-dollar effort by russians to upend u.s. politics.the indictment, secured by special counsel robert mueller in his investigation into whether russia meddled in the campaign, alleges that russians wielded social-media messages, invented fake personas and staged rallies with the “strategic...





new south african leader pledges economic and political turnaround

johannesburg—south african president cyril ramaphosa gave his first state of the nation address one day after taking office, pledging an economic and political turnaround and appealing to citizens and government to channel the spirit of antiapartheid icon nelson mandela.the speech, the key event in south africa’s political year, had been delayed by a week, as the ruling african national congress was working to force former president jacob zuma to make way for mr. ramaphosa, his deputy and party leader. mr. zuma, whose nine...





brazil army to take over security in rio de janeiro amid violent crime wave

rio de janeiro—brazil’s military will take over public security in rio de janeiro until the end of the year in an unprecedented intervention that highlights the famed seaside city’s struggle to contain violent crime.president michel temer signed a decree friday making rio’s state police and security authorities subordinate to an army general who will report directly to him. the general, walter braga netto, previously oversaw a temporary force of federal troops sent here last year to support local police. ...





behind turkey’s actions in syria: a fear of waning influence

the turkish offensive against the kurds that has brought turkey to the brink of conflict with the u.s. comes as the country is fighting to preserve its leverage in a fractured syria.ankara has much to be concerned about. the syrian kurds, allied with the u.s., have been expanding their presence on turkey’s border. russia and iran, allied with syria’s assad regime, have been making deep inroads in syria. and the syrian rebels allied with turkey appear to be losing their fight in a final stand in northwestern syria....





don’t expect a winner in the italian elections, pollsters say

rome—as italy’s electoral campaign heads into the final stretch, polls show that the vote is likely to produce a hung parliament, as a new electoral law and millions of undecided voters combine to make this one of the country’s most unpredictable votes in years.with italians set to vote for a new parliament on march 4, the final polls before a two-week blackout period were published friday. the surveys showed that the vote is likely to produce a hung parliament, with none of the three main political blocks able to win an...





at pyeongchang olympics, north korean guests are welcomed—and restricted

gangneung, south korea—how do you house and keep a close eye on hundreds of members of an enemy regime added at the last minute to the guest list of the world’s biggest sporting event?pyeongchang olympic organizers appear to have found the answer.one week into the winter games, organizers have managed to stage an olympics that has been largely...