Terrorist Attacks, Immigration Debates Push French Voters Rightward

L’ISLE-SUR-LA-SORGUE, France—Wedged between river tributaries in southeastern France, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is known for its cobblestone streets and its sun-dappled outdoor market. But ahead of local elections on Sunday, the debate in this small town, and in others across France, has centered on the

Asian Countries Vaccinate Against Covid-19 Faster Than Ever

SEOUL—Covid-19 vaccine rollouts have accelerated in many Asia-Pacific countries in recent weeks, overtaking the pace of doses being administered in the U.S. and other Western nations and increasing the chances of a sooner-than-expected easing of some pandemic restrictions. China now accounts for

U.S. Military Steps Up Its Withdrawal From Middle East

WASHINGTON—The Biden administration is sharply reducing the number of U.S. antimissile systems in the Middle East in a major realignment of its military footprint there as it focuses the armed services on challenges from China and Russia, administration officials said. The Pentagon

Iranian Hard-Liner Set to Win Presidency Amid Nuclear Talks

TEHRAN—A hard-line Iranian judge opposed to the country’s outreach to the West was headed for victory Saturday in Iran’s presidential election after a politically moderate candidate conceded his loss. The victory of Ebrahim Raisi would consolidate conservative control over the country’s politics,

Kim Jong Un Signals Willingness to Resume Nuclear Talks

SEOUL—Kim Jong Un said his country will prepare for both diplomacy and confrontation with the U.S., the North Korean leader’s first public remarks signaling a willingness to resume nuclear negotiations since President Biden took office. Mr. Kim’s comments were made during a speech

Israel Sends Covid-19 Vaccines to Palestinians in Swap

TEL AVIV—Israel will transfer up to 1.4 million doses of soon-to-expire Pfizer -BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to the Palestinian Authority, in return for an identical quantity the Palestinians expect to receive later this year. Israel’s new prime minister, Naftali Bennett, said Friday the

After Antiracism Protests, Britain's Statues Stay Put

LONDON—When the Black Lives Matter movement took off last year, campaigners in Britain pushed for the removal of a statue of one of Britain’s most powerful imperialists, Cecil Rhodes, that sits on the facade of Oriel College at the University of Oxford. The

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