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canada’s trudeau eyes lumber deal with u.s.

canada is working toward cutting a deal with the u.s. to end the latest trade row over lumber before it enters into talks to revamp the north american free-trade agreement, prime minister justin trudeau said friday.his comments in providence, r.i., while attending a gathering of u.s. governors, suggests ottawa doesn’t want the lumber dispute to pose a fresh, insurmountable hurdle once nafta renegotiations begin, as early as...





u.s. forces kill head of islamic state’s afghanistan operations

washington—u.s. forces in afghanistan killed the head of islamic state’s branch in the country earlier this week, the pentagon said friday.american forces killed abu sayed, considered the emir of the group that runs the terror network’s operations in afghanistan, on july 11 in kunar province, chief pentagon spokeswoman dana white said in a statement. the pentagon provided no additional details on the operation.other members...





poland’s ruling party moves to take control of judiciary

poland’s senate approved new laws on saturday that allow the current government to retire every judge on the supreme court, and then choose who selects their replacements.the vote, conducted ten days after a visit by president donald trump, clears the way for poland’s populist ruling party, law and justice, to restock the judiciary—the one branch of government it doesn’t control. for months, the governing party has complained about...





strong eurozone growth shows payoff of ecb stimulus

frankfurt—as the european central bank moves toward phasing out its stimulus, evidence of a robust eurozone economy is emerging to suggest the program has achieved its aim.two-and-a-half years into the ecb’s controversial bond-buying program, known as quantitative easing, the eurozone economy is the strongest it has been since before the global financial crisis. it has grown by 3.6% since the start of qe and created more than four...





singapore, a model of orderly rule, is jolted by a bitter family feud

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israeli police officers shot dead in jerusalem temple mount attack

tel aviv—three gunmen killed two israeli police officers near the entrance of temple mount on friday before being shot dead by israeli security forces, who stepped up security at the revered and highly sensitive site following the latest eruption of violence in the heart of jerusalem.the attackers were arab citizens of israel from the mainly arab town of umm al-fahm, near the northern city of haifa, the police said. they were...





turkey marks coup anniversary as divisions remain

istanbul—turkish authorities are embarking on a weekend of national events commemorating the first anniversary of the july 15 attempted coup, which are aimed at bolstering unity and democracy but appear to be reinforcing deep political divisions. last fall, president recep tayyip erdogan’s ruling justice and development party, or akp, made july 15 a new public holiday, calling it democracy and national solidarity day.the...





bastille day parade in paris enthralls president trump

paris—president donald trump reveled in the spectacle of tanks, military aircraft and men and women in uniform marching down the champs-élysées at a ceremony that served to mark the end of his visit to america’s oldest ally.mr. trump, who had considered holding a military parade to celebrate his inauguration in january but ultimately opted against it, appeared thrilled by france’s bastille day spectacle on friday. a...





hong kong court disqualifies four opposition lawmakers

hong kong—four pro-democracy lawmakers were disqualified from office after a court ruled they failed to properly execute their oaths, dealing a heavy blow to the stuttering hong kong movement opposed to beijing’s tightening control over the city.the ousters mean the opposition camp risks losing the number of legislators it needs to veto legislation. the ruling comes as the city’s new leader, carrie lam, faces pressure from beijing to propose controversial laws against sedition and to introduce patriotic chinese education...





israeli police officers shot dead in jerusalem temple mount attack

three gunmen were shot dead by israeli security forces on friday after they attacked and killed two police officers near the entrance of temple mount, jerusalem’s holiest site.one person was also wounded in the violence, and the area of the shootings was evacuated and closed, israeli police said.the assailants were arab citizens of...





after liu xiaobo’s death, chinese democracy dream fights for survival

beijing—nearly three decades after a bloody military assault ended student demonstrations in tiananmen square, china’s democracy movement faces a new reckoning.the loss of the country’s most prominent dissident, nobel peace prize winner liu xiaobo, who died of cancer under police guard at a shenyang hospital on thursday, leaves china’s fractured activist community at its weakest in a generation as the communist party tightens its...





australia to compel tech firms to crack suspects’ encrypted messages

the australian government said it plans to force technology companies to crack encrypted messages sent by people suspected of terrorism and other organized crime.the proposed legislation would force internet firms and device makers to release communications to law-enforcement agencies that have secured a warrant or court order, lawmakers said friday. the law would also extend to federal police the ability given to the australian...





beneath helsinki, finns prepare for russian threat

helsinki—russia is planning its biggest military exercise in years, and its neighbor finland is going underground.a subterranean city beneath helsinki forms a crucial line of defense for the capital. finnish soldiers routinely train here, with a mission to keep finland’s government running and city residents safe in a network that features more than 124 miles of tunnels, passageways and shelters.much of the network has been...





hong kong court disqualifies four opposition lawmakers

hong kong—hong kong’s pro-democracy opposition camp risks losing its coveted veto power in the city’s legislature, after a court ruled to disqualify four elected lawmakers—in addition to two already barred—over the validity of their oath-taking.the high court ruling on friday, if left unchallenged, could further weaken the city’s opposition camp at a time when beijing is becoming more aggressive in asserting control over the former...





israeli police officers shot dead in jerusalem temple mount attack

tel aviv—gunmen killed two police officers outside the entrance to the temple mount in jerusalem’s old city on friday, israeli police said, shattering a period of relative calm in the city.police said they shot and killed the three attackers at jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site, which has been a flashpoint of violence between israeli security forces and palestinians in recent years. the temple mount is holy to both jews and...





for trump, little beats a military parade

paris—for president donald trump, it doesn’t get much better than an elaborate military parade.the u.s. president, who considered holding a military parade to celebrate his inauguration in january but ultimately opted against it, appeared thrilled by france’s bastille day spectacle on friday. a procession of tanks rolled down the...





china defends its growing trade with sanctioned north korea

beijing—china defended a 10.5% rise in its trade with north korea in the year’s first half as part of a normal economic relationship with its neighbor in areas not covered by united nations sanctions.the rise in trade was driven by a 29.1% increase in exports from a year earlier, while imports fell 13.2%, said huang songping, spokesman for the general administration of customs, at a briefing thursday. he said china was abiding by...





brazil’s convicted ex-leader declares innocence, as left defends him

são paulo—former president luiz inácio lula da silva, brazil’s most popular politician, vowed thursday to overturn his conviction for corruption, declaring his innocence and his intention to return as the leader of latin america’s biggest country in elections next year.mr. da silva was found guilty wednesday of corruption and money laundering as part of brazil’s vast car wash graft investigation and was sentenced to 9½ years in...





donald trump and emmanuel macron stress the positive

paris—u.s. president donald trump and his french counterpart, emmanuel macron, lavished praise on one another on thursday as they touted the growing bond between their two nations, in a pointed effort to move past the deep divisions on display at last week’s group of 20 summit.speaking at a joint news conference at the élysée palace in paris, mr. trump said the two allies are “together, perhaps more so than ever” and called mr. macron a “great leader” and a “tough president.” mr. macron said the two leaders would “dine...





u.k.’s apparent serenity on brexit leaves brussels perplexed

british government ministers are keeping calm and carrying on, in public at least, in the face of the many challenges posed by brexit negotiations.this apparent lack of urgency has created bewilderment in brussels. and among british businesses, there is growing anxiety over the absence of a clear vision of the government ‘s desired future trade and economic relationship with the european union.britain’s brexit secretary...