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U.S.-Backed Militias in Libya Claim to Retake ISIS Stronghold of Surt

Photo Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government fired a rocket at Islamic State fighters in Surt last week. Credit Goran Tomasevic/Reuters CAIRO — Pro-government Libyan militias backed by American air power said Wednesday that they had seized the Islamic State’s last stronghold in the country, in the seaside city of Surt. If confirmed, the capture would be a severe ...

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Leaks Detail Abuse of Asylum Seekers Sent to Nauru by Australia

Photo A vigil in Sydney, Australia, in May for two asylum seekers, a Somali woman and an Iranian man, who set themselves on fire on the remote Pacific island of Nauru. Credit Saeed Khan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Leaked documents published Wednesday reveal extensive details about the harsh conditions faced by asylum seekers who have tried to reach Australia by ...

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The Interpreter: In Japan, an Emperor Constrained by History and a National Identity Crisis

Photo Emperor Akihito of Japan, right, with Tadamori Oshima, speaker of the lower house of Parliament, in Tokyo this month. Credit Kimimasa Mayama/European Pressphoto Agency The hint by Emperor Akihito of Japan that he would like to abdicate challenges something bigger than the laws requiring him to serve until his death and questions over succession. Emperor Akihito was also grappling, ...

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Emperor Akihito of Japan Raises Possibility of Leaving Throne

Akihito’s father, Hirohito, died in 1989 — Year 64 of his reign — as both the Cold War and Japan’s economic boom years were drawing to a close, intensifying the sense of a historical shift. Akihito effectively asked Parliament to change the rules, though he could only do so in the most indirect words. His circumlocution was intended to avoid ...

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Duterte, Philippine President, Links 150 Public Servants to Drugs

Photo Cipriano Violago Jr., the mayor of San Rafael, in Bulacan Province, was one of dozens of officials that President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines publicly linked to the illegal drug trade on Sunday. He has denied the allegations. Credit Mark R. Cristino/European Pressphoto Agency MANILA — The Philippines’ tough-talking new president, Rodrigo Duterte, publicly linked scores of judges, mayors, ...

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A.N.C. Suffers Major Election Setback in South Africa

Photo Ballot counting in Manenberg, South Africa, on Wednesday. Incomplete results indicated that the African National Congress had heavy losses in urban areas. Credit Schalk Van Zuydam/Associated Press JOHANNESBURG — The African National Congress, the party that helped liberate black South Africans from white-minority rule but that has become mired in corruption, endured its worst election since taking power after ...

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