The U.S. glimpses possible common ground with Russia

President Trump’s pledge to pursue arms control talks with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin spotlights possible common ground between Washington and Moscow at a time of extreme discord and offers a remote chance that the two leaders could revive Cold War-era pacts that have broken down steadily in recent years. The remarks highlighted what appeared to…

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Centrist incumbents edge past restive challengers in Illinois primaries

Centrist incumbents in both parties survived high-profile primaries in Illinois on Tuesday, edging out restive liberal and conservative challengers in contests that served as tests of the establishment’s strength against insurgents. Democratic Rep. Daniel Lipinski, a seven-term congressman often at odds with his party on social issues, narrowly defeated liberal activist Marie Newman, a first-time…

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Ending Secrecy, Israel Says It Bombed Syrian Reactor in 2007

The reversal also prompted a frenzied, if belated, public fight for credit among the main Israeli protagonists in the operation — chiefly between the former prime minister Ehud Olmert and his defense minister at the time, Ehud Barak. The exposure comes amid mounting international tension over the nuclear ambitions of Iran, another foe of Israel,…

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The Latest: Nigeria: No ‘confrontation’ part of release deal

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — The Latest on the mass abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Nigeria’s government says a decision against military “confrontation” was part of the agreement for the release of more than 100 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram. Information Minister Lai Mohammed says the “deliberate pause” allowed the extremists to drive…

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Two jawans, two policemen killed in Kupwara encounter

Five militants have been killed and five security personnel lost their lives in an ongoing gunfight in north Kashmir's Kupwara district on Wednesday. “Earlier [in the day], three bodies of the militants were recovered. The fourth body of a militant was also spotted at the encounter site in Kupwara. The firing continued [till late Wednesday…

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Vatican communications chief resigns over doctored letter scandal

The head of the Vatican’s communications department has resigned over a scandal of a letter from the retired Pope Benedict that he mischaracterised in public and then digitally manipulated a photograph sent to the media. The Vatican said Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Monsignor Dario Vigano on March 21. The so-called “Lettergate” scandal erupted…

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