After ‘delicious’ comment, France’s Macron laughs off suggestion he’s ‘President Pepe le Pew’

French President Emmanuel Macron is a world leader keenly aware of his international image — and so he may have been taken aback when one of Australia’s leading newspaper depicted him as an amorous and narcissistic French skunk on its front page. The Daily Telegraph dubbed Macron “President Pepé Le Pew” on Thursday after the French leader publicly told …

The Finance 202: Trump team faces long odds for trade breakthrough in Beijing

THE TICKER Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is seen as he and a U.S. delegation for trade talks with China arrive at a hotel in Beijing. (Reuters/Jason Lee) Spare a thought for the Trump team arriving in Beijing today. They’re aiming to forge a breakthrough trade agreement with their Chinese counterparts, but the odds are stacked heavily …

Live from Kabul: Afghanistan’s SNL offers comic relief to war-weary viewers 

From left to right, Mohammad Ibrahim Abed, Nabi Roshan and Seyar Matin act out a scene that criticizes private hospitals for providing low-quality care in Kabul, Afghanistan, on March 4. (Sharif Hassan/The Washington Post) KABUL — On a recent Friday night in Ghulam Faryad’s grocery store, half a dozen customers gathered for a weekly dose …

A group for Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and other tech firms warns against restricting Chinese workers

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are engaged in a trade battle. (Andy Wong/AP) Technology giants are urging President Trump to leave what they call a crucial talent pool out of the trade discord: Chinese workers. Dean Garfield, chief executive of the Information Technology Industry Council, which represents Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon and other companies, …

Trump becomes more dovish toward North Korea, but surrounds himself with hawks

Adm. Harry Harris, meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in April, is expected to be nominated to be the U.S. ambassador to South Korea. (Issei Kato/Reuters) As the top commander of the U.S. military forces in the Pacific, Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. has been such an outspoken China hawk that he was reportedly …

Morisset Hospital kangaroos: Stop feeding them or risk getting mauled, Australian officials warn tourists

Lake Macquarie’s biggest attraction is not the azure saltwater lagoon that gives the Australian city its name. Nor is it the mountains of Watagans National Park, where you can hike past waterfalls and take in staggering views of the New South Wales coast. Instead, the most popular tourist draw there in this post-Instagram era seems to …

Muntadhar al-Zaidi: The Iraqi man who threw a shoe at George Bush is running for office

Muntadhar al-Zaidi might be most famous for his shoes. Back in 2008, the Iraqi journalist attended a Baghdad news conference with George W. Bush. The then-president was there to tout the successes of the U.S. invasion. Zaidi was not having it. In quick succession, he chucked his two loafers at the president’s head, shouting, “This …

There’s no stopping the United States’ forever war

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today’s WorldView newsletter. Army Spec. Gabriel D. Conde, 22, was a child when his nation invaded Afghanistan in 2001. This week he became the latest American casualty in the ongoing …

Palestinian president says Jewish behavior caused the Holocaust, sparking condemnation

by Siobhán O’Grady by Siobhán O’Grady May 2 at 2:00 PM Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian National Council in Ramallah on Monday. (Majdi Mohammed/AP) In a speech broadcast live on Palestinian TV on Monday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas delivered what he called a “history lesson” in which he …

Giuliani: Trump repaid lawyer Cohen for Stormy Daniels settlement

Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that President Trump repaid his attorney for a settlement with an adult-film actress. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York mayor and a recent addition to President Trump’s legal team, said Wednesday night that Trump made a series of payments reimbursing his lawyer, Michael Cohen, for a $130,000 settlement …