TEHRAN, Iran  | Iran president warns of ‘problems’ as Trump decision looms

TEHRAN, Iran  — Iran’s president on Tuesday warned the country could face “some problems” ahead of President Donald Trump’s decision on whether to pull out of its nuclear deal with world powers. Without directly naming Trump, Rouhani’s remarks at a petroleum conference in Tehran represented the first official Iranian comment on the U.S. president’s overnight … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran  | Iran president warns of ‘problems’ as Trump decision looms

TEHRAN, Iran | The Latest: Iran Central Bank chief tries to calm nerves

TEHRAN, Iran — The Latest on Iran’s nuclear deal (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Iranian state TV is reporting that the country’s central bank head believes a U.S. pullout from the nuclear deal will not have a significant effect on Iran’s economy. The Tuesday online report quoted Valiollah Seif as saying: “It doesn’t have a … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | The Latest: Iran Central Bank chief tries to calm nerves

TOKYO | Japanese drug maker Takeda to buy Ireland’s Shire

TOKYO — Japanese drugmaker Takeda has agreed to buy Shire for 46 billion pounds ($62.4 billion) in cash and stock, one of the biggest deals ever in the pharmaceuticals industry, the companies said Tuesday. Takeda will pay the equivalent of 49.01 pounds in cash and stock for each share of Shire, based on Takeda’s closing … Continue reading TOKYO | Japanese drug maker Takeda to buy Ireland’s Shire

NEW YORK | Inside the Met Gala: Real-life cardinal gets star treatment

NEW YORK —It was cocktail hour at the Met Gala, the most glittery and exclusive event on the New York social calendar, and celebrity guests were thronging around the imposing Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, sipping drinks and munching on canapes. Pretty much everyone in the room was famous, some hugely … Continue reading NEW YORK | Inside the Met Gala: Real-life cardinal gets star treatment

BEIJING | Mystery surrounds landing of North Korean airliner in China

BEIJING — Japanese and South Korean media were speculating Tuesday that a high-ranking North Korean official had visited China after an airliner from the North landed in the Chinese port city of Dalian. South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have been aboard the plane. Kim visited China … Continue reading BEIJING | Mystery surrounds landing of North Korean airliner in China

YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenian parliament opens session to choose new PM

YEREVAN, Armenia — Armenia’s parliament has opened a session to elect a prime minister, for which opposition lawmaker and protest leader Nikol Pashinian is the only nominee. The Republican Party, which has a majority of the seats in the chamber, said last week that it would support any candidate nominated by a third of the … Continue reading YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenian parliament opens session to choose new PM

WASHINGTON | Fed’s Powell: Rate hikes should not upend the global economy

WASHINGTON— Moves by the Fed and other major central banks to raise interest rates after a long period of keeping them low should not be disruptive to the global economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday. In remarks prepared for a financial conference in Zurich, Powell said that the role U.S. monetary policy plays … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Fed’s Powell: Rate hikes should not upend the global economy

PITTSBURGH | Capitals exorcise ghosts to reach conference semifinals

PITTSBURGH — The Washington Capitals kept trying to downplay their own forgettable playoff history, the one pockmarked with disappointment and despair. Still, they couldn’t run from it. No one bore the weight more than Alex Ovechkin. All the goals in the world — and the star forward is at over 600 and counting now — … Continue reading PITTSBURGH | Capitals exorcise ghosts to reach conference semifinals