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October 13, 2018 11:14 PM Trump prays with American pastor recently freed by Turkey

Trump thanked Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had resisted the demands of Trump and other high-level U.S. officials for Brunson’s release. Erdogan had insisted that his country's courts are independent, though he previously had suggested a possible swap for Brunson. The U.S. had repeatedly called for Brunson’s release and, this year, sanctioned 38

October 11, 2018 12:10 PM Justin Trudeau praises Michaelle Jean at Francophonie summit

YEREVAN, ARMENIA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid tribute to Michaelle Jean in his speech at the opening of the summit of la Francophonie on Thursday in Armenia, just hours before the former governor general finds out whether she’ll be able to continue on as secretary general. Jean, who has been in the top job at the organization of French-speaking 11

October 10, 2018 11:40 PM Indonesia limits foreign role in earthquake relief

PALU, INDONESIA—Indonesia’s disaster agency said Wednesday that it only needs tents, water treatment units, generators and transport from other countries as it responds to the Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 2,000 people. The agency’s spokesperson, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said the death toll from the double disaster on Sept. 28 has risen 8

October 7, 2018 1:00 PM Pompeo cites progress made with Kim Jong Un on North Korea trip

Moon’s office said in a statement later that Pompeo told Moon that the North Korean leader had agreed a second summit with Trump “should be held as soon as possible,” and that talks on the timing and location would continue. In Pyongyang, Pompeo and Kim met for about 3 1/2 hours, first in a business session and then in a 90-minute luncheon that the North 8

October 7, 2018 1:53 AM Canadian legal minds call Brett Kavanaugh U.S. Supreme Court confirmation ‘hugely disappointing’

But while the Canadian legal system operates very differently than the American one, there can still be some impacts on discourses in Canadian law. Adam Goldenberg , a lawyer at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, said that sometimes, US Supreme Court judges can have what he calls “persuasive authority” in Canadian law. “That means, while they aren’t binding on our courts 12

October 6, 2018 11:22 PM Flag controversy dampens ties between Japan and S. Korea

The international fleet review, scheduled for Thursday, was intended to deepen mutual understanding through events involving the crews of vessels from various countries. The South Korean Navy invited the MSDF to participate in October 2017. South Korea is thought to have begun perceiving the rising sun flag as problematic relatively recently. In April 10

October 1, 2018 4:51 PM Trump lauds NAFTA replacement as ‘historic’ trade agreement

The accord makes modest revisions to a trade deal Trump once called a “disaster,” easing uncertainty for companies reliant on tariff-free commerce among the three countries. U.S. and Canadian negotiators worked around the clock this weekend to secure an agreement just before a Sunday midnight deadline, allowing leaders from those nations and Mexico to sign the pact by late November 8

September 28, 2018 2:11 PM Tsunami sweeps away homes on Indonesian island of Sulawesi

Indonesian TV showed a smartphone video of a powerful wave hitting Palu with people screaming and running in fear. Palu’s airport halted operations for 24 hours due to earthquake damage, according to AirNav, which oversees airline traffic in Indonesia. Central Sulawsi was hit earlier Friday by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake that based on preliminary information 11

September 27, 2018 7:58 PM Saudi minister mocks Canadian demands for release of female activists

Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador, cancelled future financial investments in Canada, stopped direct flights between the two countries, and are looking for new options for thousands of Saudi students studying at Canadian schools. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland — whose tweet was among the ones the Saudis 10

September 24, 2018 8:19 PM Why didn’t some U.S. allies sign up for Trump’s drug pledge?

“We have a number of challenges that are quite specific to New Zealand and the particular drugs that are present, but also on taking a health approach,” Ardern said, according to Reuters. “We want to do what works and so we’re using a strong evidence base to do that.” The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs offered a similar view. “The U.S. initiative 18