Monday, August 20, 2018

Worst Floods in a Century Wash Over Southern India, Displacing 800,000

By Associated Press Aug. 19, 2018 6:05 a.m. ET CHENGANNUR, India—Some 800,000 people have been displaced and more than 350 have died in the worst flooding in a century to hit southern India’s Kerala state, as authorities rushed to bring drinking water to the most...

Venezuela Devalues Currency and Hikes Wages, Stoking Stability Fears

By Kejal Vyas and Maolis Castro Aug. 18, 2018 5:58 p.m. ET CARACAS, Venezuela—Businesses closed, banks struggled with transactions and people scrambled to find fuel Saturday, signs of panicked and skeptical reactions to government measures aimed at stabilizing a faltering economy. President Nicolás Maduro said he would...

U.S. Opposition to Pipeline Hangs Over Putin-Merkel Talks

When President Vladimir Putin holds talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Saturday to try to safeguard a controversial Russian-German gas pipeline, the U.S. won’t be present but could have a big say in the outcome. The U.S. has in hand a package of sanctions that...

U.S. Opposition to Pipeline Hangs Over Putin-Merkel Meeting

By Bojan Pancevski in Berlin and Emre Peker in Brussels Aug. 18, 2018 5:00 a.m. ET When President Vladimir Putin holds talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Saturday to try to safeguard a controversial Russian-German gas pipeline, the U.S. won’t be present but could...

Kofi Annan, Former United Nations Secretary-General, Dies at 80

Associated Press Updated Aug. 18, 2018 6:24 a.m. ET GENEVA— Kofi Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80...

Imran Khan Sworn In as Pakistan’s Prime Minister

ISLAMABAD—Imran Khan, a former cricket star who later spent two decades as a political outsider, was sworn in as Pakistan’s prime minister on Saturday after his party won the most votes in an election last month. His electoral success came despite protests by opposition parties,...

China’s Uighur Camps Swell as Beijing Widens the Dragnet

By Eva Dou in Beijing, Jeremy Page in Almaty, Kazakhstan and Josh Chin in Turpan, China Aug. 17, 2018 3:41 p.m. ET China has sharply expanded an internment program that initially targeted ethnic Uighur extremists but is now confining vast numbers of the largely...

Mexico’s President-Elect Says the People Should Decide on New Airport

By Anthony Harrup and Robbie Whelan Aug. 17, 2018 6:32 p.m. ET MEXICO CITY—Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Friday he would let voters decide whether to continue construction of Mexico City’s new airport, throwing into doubt the country’s biggest public-works project and billions...

Trump Signals Further Consequences for Turkey

WASHINGTON—President Trump signaled Friday that Turkey could face additional consequences for holding an American pastor on disputed espionage charges, saying, “We are not going to take it sitting down.” Mr. Trump, speaking to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House before departing for...

How Erdogan’s Push for Endless Growth Brought Turkey to the Brink

ISTANBUL—The Turkish lira’s fall has been sudden and sharp. The cause traces back nearly a decade when the country’s leader decided to turn Turkey into something resembling China on a smaller scale, a world-class economy under one man’s firm control. Eager to pull his nation...