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BOGOTA, Colombia | Colombia guns down dissident rebel behind press kidnapping

BOGOTA, Colombia— A former leftist rebel who terrorized residents of southern Colombia after abandoning the country’s peace process to plunge headlong into drug trafficking has been killed in combat, Colombian President Ivan Duque announced Friday. The president said Walter Arizala was killed during a “heroic operation” earlier in the day after a months-long, U.S.-backed manhunt … Continue reading BOGOTA, Colombia | Colombia guns down dissident rebel behind press kidnapping

BEIRUT | Iran says US presence in Syria damaged peace, security

BEIRUT— Iran’s Foreign Ministry says the U.S. military presence in Syria has damaged the region in the government’s first comments on President Donald Trump’s plan to pull U.S. troops from the war-torn country. The official IRNA news agency on Saturday quoted Bahram Ghasemi, ministry spokesman, as saying the presence of U.S. troops during Syria’s civil … Continue reading BEIRUT | Iran says US presence in Syria damaged peace, security

MOSCOW | Cuban president arrives in Russia for economic talks

MOSCOW  — Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel arrived in Russia on Thursday for talks expected to focus on expanding economic ties between the two nations. As part of his three-day state visit, Diaz-Canel is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on Friday. During the Cold War, the Soviet Union poured billions … Continue reading MOSCOW | Cuban president arrives in Russia for economic talks

TOKYO | New Okinawa chief embodies complexity of Japan’s US bases

TOKYO — The celebratory crowds in Okinawa chanted the unusual first name of the southern Japanese island’s newly elected governor, shouting, “Denny! Denny! Denny!” The scene highlighted one of the first and most important questions for Denny Tamaki: How will he tackle the U.S. military presence in Okinawa as someone who is half American? Tamaki, … Continue reading TOKYO | New Okinawa chief embodies complexity of Japan’s US bases

TBILISI, Georgia | Merkel, in Georgia, supports territorial integrity

TBILISI, Georgia— German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting Georgia, expressing support for the ex-Soviet nation’s territorial integrity. Georgia entirely lost control of its breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia after an August 2008 war with Russia. The conflict erupted when Georgian troops tried unsuccessfully to regain control over Moscow-backed South Ossetia and Russia sent … Continue reading TBILISI, Georgia | Merkel, in Georgia, supports territorial integrity

MOSCOW | Russia, Japan hope business ties will improve island dispute

MOSCOW — Russian and Japanese officials are expressing hope that business ties between the two countries will help solve a long-standing dispute over four Pacific islands. The argument centers on the four most southern of the Kuril Islands, which Japan calls the Northern Territories. The Soviet Union took the islands at the end of World … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russia, Japan hope business ties will improve island dispute