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Huawei, Naomi Osaka, the Oscars: Your Wednesday Briefing

[ad_1] (Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. Huawei comes under the microscope in Europe, a rogue mascot creates trouble in a Japanese city and Netflix cracks the Academy Awards. Here’s the latest: How Huawei won over EuropeIn Britain, the Chinese telecom giant Huawei donated to top schools, held parties for political leaders and sponsored a charity founded by Prince Charles. In Germany, it sponsored
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Brazil’s Bolsonaro is the Face of Populism at the Davos Forum

[ad_1] Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain, who is dealing with the chaos over Britain’s exit from the European Union, and President Emmanuel Macron of France, who is facing a wave of unrest from “Yellow Vest” protesters, both skipped this year’s meeting.Mr. Pompeo said that critics of the Trump administration were not ready to face the challenge of reforming international institutions like the United Nations. “But President Trump is,” he
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Second American Killed in Afghanistan Since Start of Year

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — An American service member was killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan on Tuesday in the second United States combat death there so far this year.A brief statement by the American-led military mission in Afghanistan said the incident was under investigation and provided no further details.While it is unclear where the service member died, fighting has continued across the country. Taliban militants, American Special Operations troops and Afghan
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4 suspects charged for plotting attack against Muslim community in New York

[ad_1] Three men and a high school student were charged with plotting to attack a rural upstate New York Muslim community named Islamberg with explosives, authorities said Tuesday. The Rochester-area residents are accused of plotting to attack the small Muslim enclave west of the Catskills, according to court papers. The timing of the attack was unknown. At the time of their weekend arrests, the men, three of whom were in
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As Venezuela Crumbles, Opposition Led by Juan Guaidó Sees an Opportunity

[ad_1] Mr. Maduro’s leftist government, which faces sanctions from countries including the United States, is now surrounded by right-wing leaders in Colombia and Brazil. At home, hyperinflation led the president to instate a new currency, which in recent months has been losing value as well. More than three million Venezuelans have fled the country for lack of food and medicine.Yet if Mr. Maduro has been unpopular, the opposition has been
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Pence Tells Venezuelans That U.S. Backs Efforts to Oust Maduro

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday declared the United States’ “unwavering support” for planned mass protests in Venezuela against President Nicolás Maduro, the most explicit backing yet by the Trump administration as opposition leaders try to unseat Mr. Maduro.The declaration, the first in which Mr. Pence used a video to directly urge Venezuelans to take action, came after months of statements by senior Trump administration officials, including
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A Second Brexit Vote Could Worsen the Chaos Created by the First

[ad_1] LONDON — A second referendum on Britain leaving the European Union is considered likelier than ever.It’s not just because Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, has asked for a parliamentary vote on whether to hold a new referendum.Even many members of the ruling Conservative Party, possibly including Prime Minister Theresa May, seem to be following through on Brexit more out of a sense of democratic duty than
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Swiss Guard don 3D-printed plastic helmets

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Swiss Guard were founded in 1509 and act as the Pope's personal bodyguard unit The Vatican's Swiss Guard have swapped their ancient metal helmets for ones made by 3D printer.The papal protection force donned their new, thermoplastic helmets on Tuesday, the unit's 513th birthday.Unveiled last year, they are designed to be lighter, cheaper and cooler to wear.The helmets are nearly identical in
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Top US diplomat for Europe resigns after 16 months

[ad_1] The top U.S. diplomat for Europe is resigning after only 16 months on the job in a blow to efforts to steady the Trump administration's shaky ties with European partners amid questions about its commitment to the trans-Atlantic alliance. The State Department said Tuesday that Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell will leave his post in mid-February. "Wess has done an outstanding job as