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G.O.P. to Use Children’s Health Insurance as Lure for Averting Shutdown

WASHINGTON — With little hope of an immigration agreement this week, Republicans in Congress are looking to head off a government shutdown this weekend by pairing another stopgap spending measure with long-term funding for the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program, daring Democrats to vote no.<p>…

Health Care

Hope Fades for Missing Crew Members as Iranian Oil Tanker Sinks

HONG KONG — An Iranian oil tanker that collided with another vessel in the East China Sea and that had been burning for more than a week sank on Sunday, the Chinese Ministry of Transportation said.<p>“There is no hope of finding survivors,” Mahmoud Rastad, the chief of Iran’s maritime agency, said of …

Trump says he's open to talking to North Korea's Kim Jong Un

President Donald Trump said Saturday that he would be open to speaking with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.<p>"I always believe in talking," Trump said Saturday when asked if he would speak to Kim by phone. "We have a very firm stance — look, our stance, you know what it is. We're very firm, but ... …

Islamic State declares war on rival Hamas with video execution

JERUSALEM — The extremist Islamic State group’s branch in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has taken a simmering dispute with the Palestinian Hamas group based in nearby Gaza to new levels, releasing a 22-minute video in which it calls on its followers to attack the group and shows the execution of a man it …

Palestinian Authority

Stabbing attack in Dundalk, Ireland, leaves 1 dead and others injured

LONDON — One man was killed and two others were wounded Wednesday in a stabbing attack in Ireland, authorities said.<p>An 18-year-old Egyptian suspect was arrested after the incident, which occurred shortly before 9 a.m. local time (4 a.m. ET) in Dundalk, police said.<p>Three separate crime scenes were …

Extremism

Collapse of German coalition talks underlines Merkel's weaknesses

After exploratory talks to form Germany’s next government collapsed in dramatic fashion shortly before midnight on Sunday, the culprit was quickly found: Christian Lindner, the cocksure leader of the pro-business Free Democratic party (FDP) who had staged a well-orchestrated walkout, makes an …

Europe