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Putin orders cut of 755 personnel at U.S. missions

(Andrew Roth,Sarah Parnass/The Washington Post) MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that the U.S. diplomatic missions in Moscow and elsewhere in the country will have to reduce their staffs by 755 people, signaling a significant escalation in the Russian response to American sanctions over the Kremlin’s intervention in …

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Defying international calls, Venezuela holds contentious election

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro defiantly followed through Sunday with his pledge to hold an internationally condemned election, creating a critical new stage in a long-simmering crisis that could mint the Western Hemisphere’s newest dictatorship.  Stinging tear gas filled the capital and beyond on a deadly day of …

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China displays military strength at parade, warns enemies

July 30 (UPI) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday presided over a military parade of 12,000 combat troops and hundreds of weapons and jets overhead, warning they will “defeat all enemies who dare to offend” the nation. The event, held at the Zhurihe Combined Tactics Training Base — China’s …

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