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A Czech Billionaire Buys a Piece of Le Monde

His stake in Le Monde, an afternoon paper with more than 300,000 subscribers, allows him to play a more prominent part in supporting “trans-Atlantic democracy,” he said, and to push for greater regulation of Facebook, Google and other internet giants, which, he argued, undermine the free press. “Being around Le …

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Clash Between Protesters and Soldiers Turns Deadly in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Pakistani troops clashed with protesters on Sunday near the border with Afghanistan, leaving at least three people dead and scores wounded, officials said. The violence broke out as several hundred people, including two Parliament members, were protesting for the rights of Pakistan’s Pashtuns in the North Waziristan …

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Ex-Official Levels New Corruption Accusations at Afghan Government

KABUL, Afghanistan — A former Afghan official has accused President Ashraf Ghani’s administration of engaging in widespread corruption, including the exchange of sexual favors for government posts, adding to a string of recent setbacks for the government. The accusations, leveled by Gen. Habibullah Ahmadzai, a former senior adviser to the …

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Trump’s Ringside Evening in the Sumo Stadium

TOKYO — As the leader of the free world, and a man never shy around the spotlight, President Trump is rarely a spectator to the events surrounding him. Leave it to a bunch of sumo wrestlers to steal his thunder. On Sunday, inside the Ryogoku Kokugikan, a stadium near the …

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Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Ease Divorce Restrictions

DUBLIN — Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to ease restrictions on divorce, taking another step toward liberalizing a Constitution that was once dominated by the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Official figures released this weekend showed that 82 percent of voters in referendum on Friday approved the change, with all …

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