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Venezuelans Find Ways to Cope with Inflation and Hunger

CARACAS, VENEZUELA —  Francibel Contreras brings her three malnourished children to a soup kitchen in the dangerous hillside Caracas slum of Petare where they scoop in spoonfuls of rice and scrambled eggs in what could be their only meal of the day. Part of the tragedy of daily life in …

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Italy Set to Join China’s Belt & Road Initiative

BEIJING —  Italy is expected to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative, or BRI, when Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives Thursday in Rome. The United States has been critical of the trillion-dollar global infrastructure project and warned about the risks of “debt-trap diplomacy.” Members of the European Union are worried …

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Italy Set to Join China’s Belt & Road Initiative

BEIJING —  Italy is expected to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative, or BRI, when Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives Thursday in Rome. The United States has been critical of the trillion-dollar global infrastructure project and warned about the risks of “debt-trap diplomacy.” Members of the European Union are worried …

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Algerian Envoy Seeks to Explain Unrest at Home to US Authorities

Diplomacy always involves delicate balancing acts, but seldom more so than for Algeria’s ambassador to the United States, Madjid Bouguerra. As ever-larger crowds march through the streets of his homeland demanding an end to the rule of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the veteran diplomat — who has served in Washington since …

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New Zealand’s Leader, a Longtime Public Servant

On Friday, shortly after news of the mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the incident as one of the country’s “darkest days.” Ardern — at 38, the country’s youngest prime minister in 150 years — has received international praise for her calmness …

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US-Backed Forces Admit to ‘Difficulties’ Beating IS in Syria

BAGHOUZ, SYRIA —  U.S.-backed forces fighting to recapture the last Islamic State group outpost in Syria admitted on Sunday they were facing “difficulties” defeating the extremists, saying they were being slowed by mines, tunnels and concerns over harming women and children among the militants. The battle to capture the extremist …

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