Israel Rebuffs Calls for Palestinian Authority to Rule Gaza

Updated Nov. 12, 2023 1:29 pm ET Israel is diverging from the U.S. and Arab world on a postwar solution for Gaza, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ruled out a role for the Palestinian Authority, which Washington and some Arab leaders prefer to take over from Hamas. Netanyahu, under pressure from his right-wing political base, … Read more

China’s Middle East Clout Has Limits

For most of the past decade, China’s story in the Middle East has been straightforward: endlessly rising investment, trade and influence. Having brokered a return to diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran earlier this year and given its strong economic relationship with Israel, China has also found itself in the spotlight as the conflict … Read more

What It Took to Get Biden and Xi to the Table

Listen to article (2 minutes) With only weeks to go to prepare for a possible summit with President Biden, Chinese officials floated a plan: If Xi Jinping agrees to meet, he first wants to sit down for a banquet with American business leaders. The White House said no. With a lengthy agenda of friction points … Read more

The Militia at the Center of the Darfur Genocide Kills Hundreds in Sudan

Listen to article (2 minutes) The gunmen arrived on motorcycles and in the backs of Toyota pickups, brandishing Kalashnikovs and dressed in the telltale sand-colored uniforms of Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces militia. Over three days they killed hundreds of men and teenage boys in a Darfur refugee camp, according to witnesses, local human-rights groups and … Read more

Killing Federal Agencies Is Easier Said Than Done

Nov. 11, 2023 10:00 am ET WASHINGTON—Republican candidates for president are pledging to shut down federal agencies if they win the White House. There is almost no chance they will succeed. Closing a government agency requires action by Congress. Convincing a majority of the House and Senate to close down agencies, many of which distribute … Read more

Ordinary Russians Feel Wrath of Putin’s Repression

In a city in southern Siberia, security forces detained a man in October for reading antiwar poetry at a literary event. Authorities in Novosibirsk fined a woman 15,000 rubles around the same time for tearing down a poster exalting Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine. In St. Petersburg, a man was briefly detained in September for holding a … Read more

House Speaker Mike Johnson Unveils Plan to Ward Off Government Shutdown

Updated Nov. 11, 2023 4:56 pm ET WASHINGTON—House Speaker Mike Johnson (R., La.) unveiled a two-step short-term spending proposal that would keep money flowing to federal agencies into early next year, in a bid to stave off a partial government shutdown later this week.  Johnson presented the plan on Saturday, a week before federal agencies … Read more

As Migrants Keep Coming, El Paso Spends Millions to Keep Them Off the Streets

Nov. 11, 2023 11:00 am ET EL PASO, Texas—Like most border cities, El Paso has long tried to have as little involvement as possible in caring for the migrants who come and go every day. Federal authorities arrested and processed people who entered the U.S. illegally, while local nonprofits have helped those who needed assistance … Read more

Iran’s President Joins Saudi Summit, Criticizes U.S. Support for Israel

Updated Nov. 11, 2023 11:40 am ET DUBAI—Iran’s president joined dozens of Arab and Muslim leaders at a summit in Saudi Arabia on Saturday—the first such visit to the kingdom in more than 15 years—as the Islamic world sought to project unified opposition to Israel’s military operations in Gaza. The meeting in Riyadh of the … Read more

India, China Fight for Influence Over Tiny Archipelago Nation

Updated Nov. 11, 2023 12:12 am ET Listen to article (2 minutes) NEW DELHI—The fierce rivalry between India and China for influence in the Indian Ocean is on display in the tiny archipelago nation of Maldives, better known for its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters than as a strategic military outpost. The Maldives … Read more