Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World for Mon. 190304

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World for Mon. 190304

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U.S. folds consulate

into embassy in Jerusalem

The United States has officially folded its consulate in Jerusalem into the embassy there, downgrading the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by folding it into the U.S. Embassy to Israel. For decades, the consulate functioned as a de facto embassy to the Palestinians. Now, that outreach will be handled by a Palestinian affairs unit, under the command of the embassy.

China plans legal change on tech law to soothe U.S. - In an unusual step, China's ceremonial legislature is due to endorse a law meant to help end a bruising tariff war with Washington by discouraging officials from pressuring foreign companies to hand over technology. The battle with China's biggest trading partner is overshadowing the National People's Congress, the country's highest-profile event of the year, which brings 3,000-plus delegates to the ornate Great Hall of the People in Beijing for two weeks.

Colombian leader predicts fall of Maduro - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's "days in power are about to end" because of growing international and domestic pressure on his "mafioso" government and increasing desertions by his military troops, Colombian President Ivan Duque said Sunday. "Maduro is facing his last days, whether that's one month or two, or one week, or one day," Duque said in an interview at a military base in Bogota.

Center-right, populists gain in Estonia - Preliminary results from Estonia's parliamentary election show a center-right party that held the prime minister's office for over a decade was the top vote-getter, but a far-right populist party also had a big win. Returns reported early Monday from all of the small Baltic country's 451 polling places gave the Reform Party 28.8 percent of the vote from Sunday's election. Prime Minister Juri Ratas' Center Party, the senior partner in a coalition government, received 23 percent. …

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