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Iran Tries to Expand Business in Iraq to Blunt U.S. Sanctions

BAGHDAD — From financing the expansion of the vast courtyards that lead into the Shiite shrines of the holy city of Najaf, to ensuring that a Tehran-friendly candidate gets the job of interior minister, Iran’s role in Iraq keeps [...]

Deadline Looming, Britain Tries Again to Sway Brussels on ‘Irish Backstop’

BRUSSELS — If the British prime minister, Theresa May, still hopes to get Parliament to accept her withdrawal agreement from the European Union before a looming deadline this month, her chances lie with her attorney general, Geoffrey [...]

Erdogan Tries to Ease the Pain of Turkey’s Bad Economy. It’s Still Hurting.

ISTANBUL — At a recent rally to open the campaign before municipal elections in March, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was heckled by a group of public workers demanding jobs. But he was having none of it. “Do not expect anything [...]

Trump delivers scorched-earth speech as he tries to regain footing

During his speech, President Donald Trump revealed himself to be a president deeply scorned by what he views as unfair media coverage and a lack of recognition from many in Washington. | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images cpac In an epic [...]

‘A vastly different operation’: Trump campaign tries un-Trumpian approach to 2020

President Donald Trump’s political world remains deeply unstable and prone to changes in leadership. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images 2020 elections The structure is aimed at imposing a degree of order on Trump’s unwieldy political [...]

Trump tries to turn border debate his way with El Paso rally

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is trying to turn the debate over a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border back to his political advantage as his signature pledge to American voters threatens to become a model of unfulfilled promises. Trump [...]

Pelosi tries to buy Mueller time

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and party leaders fear that appearing overeager to oust the president could blow back on Democrats and damage their 2020 White House chances. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Congress ‘We must [...]

China Tries to Balance Huawei Arrest With Warmer Trade Ties

BEIJING — China’s leadership is trying to strike a delicate balance between outrage and necessity, as it seeks to maintain a recent thaw with the United States while lashing out at the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive. That [...]

Pakistan Tries a New Way to Pay for a Dam: Crowdsourcing

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pav Akhtar is not one to fall for TV donation ads. In fact, he says, he and his siblings jokingly chide their mother for watching them on Pakistani satellite channels at their home in Lancashire, England. But [...]

Analysis: Trump tries a different strategy on assault claim

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump went there. Republicans for days have been trying, with some success, not to blame the accuser in the high-stakes he-said-she-said roiling the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. They [...]