WSJ.com: World News 6 April 2018

China Set to Strike Back 'Forcefully' at Threatened U.S. Tariffs

China is ready to strike back “forcefully” at new U.S. tariffs and has in place detailed countermeasures, which don’t exclude any options, according to a commerce ministry spokesman.

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U.S. Targets Allies of Putin in Latest Round of Sanctions

The Trump administration levied sanctions against more than three-dozen Russian individuals and entities, targeting senior government officials as well as some of President Vladimir Putin’s closest oligarch allies and their companies.

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Poisoned Russian Ex-Spy Is No Longer in Critical Condition

Former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal is no longer in critical condition after he was poisoned by a nerve agent.

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Palestinians Burn Tires as Protests Kick Off Again

Hundreds of Palestinians began protesting at the fence dividing the Gaza Strip and Israel, forging ahead with a repeat of a major demonstration last week that turned deadly.

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South Korea's Former President Is Jailed for 24 Years

A court sentenced former South Korean President Park Geun-hye to 24 years in prison for her involvement in a corruption scandal that led to her ouster from office.

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Malaysia Heads for Election in Leader's Biggest Test Since 1MDB Scandal

The credibility of the country’s democracy is in question after Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government backed a series of moves that have curtailed opponents’ ability to compete.

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U.N. Warns More Rohingya Boats May Be in Danger at Sea

The United Nations’ refugee agency warned that more boats carrying Rohingya refugees may be stranded in the Andaman Sea on the eve of the dangerous monsoon season, ratcheting up concern for the Muslim minority following Myanmar’s expulsion of hundreds of thousands from the country.

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The Battle for PrivatBank: Can Ukraine Bring Its Oligarchs to Heel?

Ukrainian government figures and Western officials say the case is a test of whether pro-Western President Petro Poroshenko’s administration is willing and able to win a battle against powerful tycoons.

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South Africa's Former President Faces Corruption Charges

Former President Jacob Zuma appeared in court on corruption charges, kicking off what figures to be a long court battle.

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U.S. Criticizes Ally Vietnam Over Lengthy Prison Terms for Dissidents

The State Department’s dressing down is unlikely to upset relations between the two countries. The U.S. increasingly regards Vietnam as a useful ally in countering China’s expanding influence across strategic parts of Southeast Asia and the South China Sea.

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