SEOUL — In a domestically televised New Year’s Day speech, North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Eun said he wanted to “remove confrontation” on this divided peninsula and called on “anti-reunification forces” in South Korea to cease their hostility...
Russian President Vladimir Putin, acceding to the anti-American fervor that has gripped the country’s legislature, said Thursday that he intends to sign a bill barring Americans from adopting Russian children.
The Senate easily passed the measure, which also put off cuts in spending, early on Tuesday after the deadline on the so-called fiscal cliff had passed. Republican House aides said a vote Tuesday was possible.
Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, criticized House Republicans for not approving a Senate-passed measure to extend lower tax rates on some households and said a compromise seemed to be out of reach.