World: News and Reviews from The Wall Street Journal

Ruben Enaje, who is portraying Jesus Christ for the 30th time, is lifted up by residents acting as Roman soldiers during a reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Cutud town, Philippines March 25, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Here is the latest World News from The Wall Street Journal.

Dead King Is Soccer Team’s Most Valuable Player
Leicester City’s miraculous rise in the top English league began after the reburial of Richard III’s long-lost bones.

Zika Trips Up Travelers to Latin America
Fears of the Zika virus have prompted travelers to rethink their vacations and led some Caribbean hotels to deepen their discounts to give a boost to what is left of their high season.

JapanOpens First Bullet-Train Service to Island
Japan has opened its first bullet-train service to the northern island of Hokkaido, part of an extension of high-speed rail to more corners of the nation frequented by tourists.

Brazil Economic Woes Deepen
Brazil’s economy is heading for one of its worst recessions ever amid rising unemployment and falling raises, yet the country’s political straits are overshadowing any effort to address the crisis.

Myanmar’s New Opium War
The cultivation of opium poppy has made Myanmar one of the centers of the world’s drug trade. Now, the country’s northern borderlands are posing an early test for Aung San Suu Kyi’s incoming democratic government.

Belgium Rues Missed Terror Signs
Between attacks in Paris and Brussels, Islamic State attackers operated under the noses of security forces.

Idomeni’s Bar at the End of the Road
Migrants stuck at a camp in Idomeni find warmth, friendship, and a possible escape route in a bar.

Rift Grows in Islamic State Between Foreign, Local Fighters
Foreign fighters, long welcomed by Islamic State in Syria and Iraq as essential parts of its global mission, are generating greater internal discord—even violence—just as the group pivots to target Europe and the U.S.

Suicide Bomber Strikes Soccer Stadium Near Baghdad
Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed some 30 spectators at a soccer match near the Iraqi capital on Friday.

Putin Endorses Chechen Leader
Russian President Vladimir Putin extended the rule of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, telling him to run in elections there in September that he is certain to win.

Two Americans Confirmed Dead In Brussels Attacks
Three Dutch citizens and at least two Americans were among the 31 people killed in deadly terror attacks in Brussels this week, officials said, as more names of victims slowly trickled out.

12 Die in Minibus Crash in France
Twelve people, including at least 11 Portuguese nationals, have died in a minibus crash in central France as they were making their way to Portugal for the long Easter weekend.

Senior Islamic State Leader Killed
The U.S.-led coalition targeting the Islamic State killed a man alleged to be one of its top leaders and finance officials. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the death would “hamper the organization’s ability to conduct operations.”

Rolling Stones Fans in Cuba to Get Some Satisfaction
With more than half a century of pent-up anticipation, Cubans awaited Friday’s free concert by the once-forbidden band, closing out a historic week.

Egyptian Gang Posing as Police Killed Italian Student
A gang impersonating police in order to kidnap foreigners, all four of whom were killed in a shootout on Thursday, murdered an Italian doctoral student, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said. The killing strained Italian-Egyptian relations.

Thailand Calls Off Deal for China to Finance Railway
Thailand will no longer seek China’s financial backing for a high-speed rail line connecting Bangkok to the provincial hub of Nakhon Ratchasima, opting to finance the project on its own.

China’s Vaccine Scandal Reveals System’s Flaws
A scandal over improperly handled vaccines is exposing weaknesses in how vaccines are distributed across China, including close links between vendors and government clinics.

AIIB Not Looking for Trouble, President Says
The new China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank shouldn’t be seen as an attempt to upend existing multilateral development lenders, nor should it be a hot spot between China and the U.S., AIIB’s president said.

Man Detained in France Was Convicted With Abaaoud
The man detained Thursday by French police in a Paris suburb, named as Reda K., was convicted in his absence by a Belgian court in 2015 in the same case as Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the alleged ringleader of the Paris terror attacks in November, a police officer said.

Belgium Detains More as Kerry Offers Support
Police conducted raids and detained several people, as the manhunt continued for at least one man suspected of having participated in Tuesday’s deadly terror attacks.

U.S. Indictment Draws Notice in Turkey
The U.S. indictment of a Turkish-Iranian businessman has drawn the attention of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s political opponents.

U.S., Russia Map Out Peace Strategy for Syria
The U.S. and Russia praised the progress of a cease-fire in Syria at a meeting at the Kremlin but the two remain divided over a crucial element of any peace agreement—the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In Holy Rite, Pope Welcomes Migrants
Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of Muslim, Christian and Hindu refugees Thursday and declared them all children of the same God, as he performed a gesture of welcome and brotherhood.

Terror Attacks Inspire New Recruits
Islamic State showed in Paris and now Brussels that it has the capability to commit deadly terrorist attacks in the heart of Europe; to keep its mission alive, it must do more of the same.

U.S. Charges Seven Iranians in Hacking Attacks
The Justice Department unsealed charges against seven alleged Iranian hackers, saying they worked as contractors for Tehran and attacked the U.S. financial system and servers for a dam in New York.

French Man Detained in Anti-Terror Raid
French police detained a man Thursday who was in the “advanced stage” of planning a terrorist attack, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

Terror Cell Probe Puts Spotlight on Nuclear Worries
The investigation into the Islamic State cell behind the Paris and Brussels attacks has renewed concerns about terrorists’ efforts to get their hands on radioactive material. Belgium’s nuclear safety agency evacuated the country’s two plants hours after the latest bombings.

U.S. Sanctions Iranian Defense Firms for Missile Tests
The Obama administration imposed sanctions against Iranian defense firms and units of Tehran’s Revolutionary Guard for their alleged role in supporting Iran’s ballistic-missile launches.

Obama Declassifies Documents Related to Argentina’s Dirty War
President Barack Obama on Thursday pledged support for victims of Argentina’s military dictatorship by declassifying documents that many hope will shine a light on abuses committed during the Dirty War.

Border Checks Return to Where Europe’s Open Borders Began
For two days after the Brussels attacks, Germany was controlling cars and trucks arriving from its Schengen-zone neighbors—including the Luxembourg town of Schengen—in a reminder of the strains on Europe’s open borders.

Hurdles Slow Identification of Brussels Attacks Victims
Identifying the people killed in the Brussels terrorist attacks will probably take at least until midday Friday, as forensic workers grapple with the severity of the injuries and the array of nationalities involved.

Ex-Bosnian Serb Leader Karadzic Convicted of Genocide
A United Nations court has sentenced former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to 40 years in prison for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes during the Bosnian war in the 1990s.

Greece Says No Migrants Arrived in Past 24 Hours
Greece said that no refugees or other migrants had landed on the country’s shores in the past 24 hours, for the first time since a deal between the EU and Turkey aimed at stemming inflows came into effect.

Poland, Hungary Push for New Anti-Terror Powers After Brussels Blasts
Eastern European governments demand new powers including ability to tap cellphones and search premises in bid to clamp down on terrorists.

Brussels Attacks Expose Europe’s Scant Progress on Security
After last year’s terrorist attacks in Paris exposed fatal weaknesses in security coordination, European governments pledged deeper cross-border cooperation. The deadly strikes in Brussels have underscored that those efforts have a long way to go.

New Zealand Comes Full Circle on Flag
After a bout of national soul searching about a banner to better represent a South Pacific country more closely linked to Asia than to its former colonial rulers, voters have chosen to retain the existing flag.

Iraqi Army Launches Operation in Northern Province
Army says it retaken control of four villages formerly occupied by the Sunni Muslim extremist group Islamic State.

India Sets Major Offensive Against Deadly Virus
New Delhi on Saturday will begin vaccinating millions of children against rotavirus following its success against polio.

Congo President Wins Third Term
President Denis Sassou Nguesso, one of the world’s longest-serving autocrats, won a third term in an election denounced abroad as unfair and potentially destabilizing for Central Africa.

China Promises Business Tax Cuts to Support Economic Shift
Premier Li Keqiang said Beijing will reduce the tax burden on Chinese companies to help the economy’s shift toward consumption and services from manufacturing.

Brussels Police Sift Through Clues
The manhunt for at least one escaped Brussels attacker continued as authorities tried to piece together how many terrorists participated in Tuesday’s attacks.

Debris Found in Mozambique Likely From MH370
Plane debris recently found washed ashore in East Africa is “almost certainly” from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia’s Transport minister said Thursday.

North Korea Claims New Missile Breakthrough
North Korea said it tested a new solid-fuel rocket engine, which could improve its capacity for surprise attacks—the latest in a series of announcements apparently aimed at showing progress toward a nuclear missile that could threaten the U.S. mainland.

Two British Men Convicted in Terrorism Plot Case
Tarik Hassane and Suhaib Majeed were accused of plotting Islamic State-inspired shooting attacks on the streets of West London before their 2014 arrest.

Brazil Ex-Leader’s Fate Lies in High Court’s Hands
Country’s Supreme Court is now stuck squarely in the middle of a drama pitting a crusading judge against politicians accused of pocketing bribes in the nation’s largest-ever corruption scandal.

Brussels Attacks Fuel Push to Close Off Militant Route
The bombings have accelerated U.S. efforts to shut down the last remaining Islamic State highway out of Syria through Turkey.

Brussels Suicide Bomber Slipped Terror Net
The revelation that a Brussels suicide bomber was detained in Turkey but set free after being deported was the latest in a string of miscues that has plagued Europe’s efforts to crack a deadly terror network.

Germany Doubts a British Divorce Would Be Amicable
EUROPE FILE: Berlin doesn’t share the confidence of Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, about how easy it will be to deliver a mutually satisfactory trade deal after a British exit from the European Union, writes Simon Nixon.

Ukraine’s Poroshenko Trying to Push Out Prime Minister Yatsenyuk
President Poroshenko said he wants a new government selected next week to end a political impasse that has jeopardized financial support from Ukraine’s Western backers.

Turkey Deported Brussels Bomber
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey deported one of the Brussels bombers last summer, but the man was subsequently freed by authorities abroad because they couldn’t establish that he had links to terror groups.

Taiwan Cultivates an Argument for China’s Spratlys Claim
Officers on a disputed land mass in the South China Sea raise crops and animals to bolster China’s assertion that it is an island and not a rock.

Yemen Ceasefire Announced by Special U.N. Envoy
A special envoy for the conflict in Yemen announced that talks have led to a ceasefire agreement that will begin April 10, with peace talks scheduled to start April 18.

Iranian President to Visit and Woo Pakistan
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is due to visit Islamabad this week, as Tehran steps up a diplomatic campaign to woo Pakistan amid a deepening sectarian conflict in the Muslim world.

Kurds Declare ‘Federal Region’ in Syria, Says Official
A Kurdish official said the main Syrian Kurdish faction has declared a federal region in Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Syria.

Friends and Relatives of Missing in Brussels Attacks Search for News
Only one of the dead in the attacks on the subway and international airport has been identified, leaving friends and relatives of the missing waiting for news about their loved ones.

Scholar Finds Clues in North Korea’s Garbage
From bras to bullet belts, Toshio Miyatsuka gets clues about North Korea’s secretive culture from its clutter.

Russia Struggles to Find Global Banks to Handle Bond Deal
While sanctions imposed on some Russian entities following the annexation of Crimea don’t preclude selling the government’s bonds, most European banks have joined U.S. counterparts in steering clear of a $3 billion sale.

Greece Blames IMF for Bailout Review Delay
Greece is blaming the International Monetary Fund for a significant delay to the completion of the country’s bailout review.

Malaysia Considers Expanding Use of ‘Caning’ Punishment
Malaysia’s cabinet is split over whether to adopt Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali’s recommendation to cane people convicted of revealing state secrets.

Egypt’s President Reshuffles Cabinet
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi has reshuffled his cabinet, as political unrest and terror attacks weigh heavily on the country’s economy.

Poland Shifts Migrant Stance After Brussels Attacks
Poland’s prime minister appeared to suspend the country’s earlier commitment to accept refugees under a resettlement system adopted last year by European Union members, following the Brussels attacks.

London Mayor Sets Out Case for ‘Brexit’
Boris Johnson said the U.K.’s financial sector would prosper outside of the EU as he set out his case for why the U.K. would be better off economically with an exit.

Kerry in Moscow to Meet Putin for Talks on Syria
Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Moscow for the first face-to-face U.S. meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin since he announced a pullback of Russian forces in Syria this month.

Obama Tries to Mend Argentine Ties
President Barack Obama takes part Wednesday in a state visit to Argentina as the U.S. works to reset strained relations and establish ties with the country’s new president.

Defeats in Mideast Raise ISIS Threat to the West
The Brussels attacks illustrate the growing peril posed by the radical group to Western nations, even as military campaigns against it in its heartland show signs of progress, writes Yaroslav Trofimov.

Malaysia’s Former Leader Sues Prime Minister Over 1MDB Investigation
The lawsuit alleges that Prime Minister Najib Razak used his office to impede investigations into the management of hundreds of millions of dollars at state investment fund 1MDB.

Deficit-Spending Plan May Take Pressure Off Bank of Canada
Canada’s government unveiled a return to deficit spending in its budget, a shift that sets it apart from other developed-world governments and potentially relieves some pressure on the Bank of Canada to lower interest rates.

Indonesia Seeks App Solution After Taxi Protest
Indonesia offered ride-sharing companies GrabTaxi and Uber a path to legally operate in the country after parts of Jakarta were shut down by chaotic protests by thousands of taxi drivers trying to stop the increasingly popular services.

Obama Honors Victims of Argentine Junta
Forty years after Argentina’s military dictatorship took power, U.S. President Barack Obama will pay homage to its victims Thursday by declassifying U.S. documents that could shed light on the regime’s atrocities.

Brazilian Judge Orders Lula da Silva Case to Be Sent to Supreme Court
The ruling eliminated the risk that the former president could be immediately arrested in connection with a far-reaching corruption investigation tied to the country’s state oil company.

Brussels Manhunt Enters Second Day
Belgian police continued to search the country for the terrorist who escaped from one of two areas hit by explosions in the capital the previous day in which more than 30 people were killed.

U.S. Conducts Strike Against Al Qaeda Target in Yemen
The U.S. conducted an airstrike in Yemen on Tuesday morning that killed dozens of al Qaeda fighters, the Pentagon said.

Argentina Shows New Face for Obama Visit
As President Barack Obama prepares to arrive in Argentina, President Mauricio Macri lays out a new tack for his country’s relations with the U.S. in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

Military Setbacks, Financial Strains Pressuring Islamic State
Islamic State has lost territory in a string of military defeats in Syria and Iraq over the past several months and the group has also come under new financial pressure, according to U.S. and Western officials.

Attacks Highlight Belgian Failure to Roll Up Extremist Network
Days after capturing Salah Abdeslam, the lone living alleged assailant from the Paris attacks, Belgian officials face the possibility that capturing him—but not rolling up his network—may have provoked Tuesday’s attacks.

Brazil’s President Rousseff Reiterates That She Won’t Resign
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff assured supporters on Tuesday that she’ll never resign and told them the impeachment process against her in Congress amounts to a coup attempt.

Brussels Bombings Highlight Strategy to Hit West
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, and officials said the plans may have been accelerated after authorities on Friday arrested Europe’s most wanted fugitive, Salah Abdeslam.

U.K. Treasury Chief Defends Economic Strategy
George Osborne fought back against criticism of his latest tax and spending plans after the resignation of a colleague highlighted a rift in Britain’s ruling Conservative Party over welfare cuts.

Obama, Addressing Cuba, Says It’s Time to ‘Bury’ the Cold War
President’s speech in Old Havana, directed in part at Cuban leader Raúl Castro, champions rights to free expression and elections.

Chinese Authorities Investigating Illegal Distribution of Vaccines
Chinese authorities are investigating the illegal distribution of improperly- stored vaccines in a scandal that has reignited drug-safety concerns in China.

Criminal Complaints Filed Against Two in Bangladesh Central Bank Heist
The Philippines’s antimoney-laundering agency filed criminal complaints against two businessmen who are allegedly central figures in the heist of $101 million from Bangladesh’s central bank.

Nigeria’s Rate Hike Reflects Difficult Economy
Nigeria’s central bank raised its key lending rate to 12%, four months after lowering it, as Africa’s top economy by GDP navigates its worst growth spell since 1999.

Germany Plans Balanced Budget in 2017 Despite Migration Costs
Germany aims to maintain a balanced budget next year despite roughly €10 billion ($11.3 billion) in extra spending for migration-related costs, burnishing its image as Europe’s chief fiscal hawk.

Russian Court Sentences Ukrainian Pilot to 22 Years
Nadya Savchenko, a Ukrainian military pilot charged by Russia with guiding a mortar attack that killed two Russian journalists, was sentenced to 22 years in prison in a high-profile case that has been condemned by Kiev and the West as a show trial.

Rob Ford, Ex-Mayor of Toronto, Dies
Rob Ford, the controversial former Toronto mayor, has died. A cancer diagnosis put an end to his political career, which had been watched around the world because of his admitted drug use and public lewd behavior.

Bloodshed Exposes Growing Divisions Over Border Control
The bloodshed in Belgium provoked renewed allegations about lax border security and weak immigration policies, underscoring growing divisions across Europe.

Brazil Police Target Odebrecht in Corruption Probe
Brazilian federal police launched another round of arrests and raids targeting construction firm Odebrecht which is embroiled in a corruption scandal linked to the country’s state oil firm.

Taxi Drivers Shut Down Jakarta to Protest Ride-Sharing Apps
Thousands of protesting taxi drivers brought parts of Jakarta to a standstill, seeking to stop ride-sharing apps from Uber Technologies and GrabTaxi Holdings from strengthening their foothold in Indonesia.

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to Hold Cabinet Role
New ruling party leader Aung San Suu Kyi will take on a cabinet role in Myanmar’s incoming government led by her National League for Democracy.

Beijing’s Gambia Gambit Feeds Suspicion Across Taiwan Strait
Beijing’s embrace of Gambia was aimed as a warning to Taiwan, but the bigger puzzle is why Taiwan cares about this diplomatic scramble over minnow nations.

Trump Affirms Support for Israel
GOP presidential front-runner uses address to American Israel Public Affairs Committee to try to allay doubts about his support for Israel and about his mastery of foreign policy.

Brazil Finance Minister Sets Plan to Plug Budget Gap
Brazil’s Finance Minister Nelson Barbosa announced several measures aimed at plugging a widening budget hole and relieving heavily indebted local governments. The measures still need approval from Congress.

Backers of U.K. Splitting From Europe Are Split Themselves
Those trying to unite the U.K. behind their campaign to leave the European Union have a hurdle to overcome: disunity within their own ranks.

Brussels Attacks Renew Pressures on Already Security-Minded Travel
The explosions that rocked Brussels’s main airport and a subway station rattled travelers and the global aviation industry anew.

Explosions Hit Brussels Airport, Metro Station
Explosions rocked Brussels’ international airport and a metro station near European Union institutions on Tuesday, killing at least 13 people and injuring many more in horrific scenes of chaos.

Ugandan Forest Holds Clues to Zika’s Spread
Researchers are combing a Ugandan forest for clues that might reveal how the Zika virus, a normally mild mosquito-borne disease sparked a global public-health emergency this year.

Pope Francis Forces Divisions Over Divorce Into the Open
Catholic leaders, who are split over letting the divorced and remarried receive the sacrament of Communion, are awaiting Pope Francis’ word on the issue.

Turkey’s Kurds Mark New Year With Fears of More Violence
Many Kurdish residents of the city of Diyarbakir, in Turkey’s southeast, spent their new year holiday at home on Monday amid concerns about the prospect of renewed violence.

Number of Russians Living in Poverty Rises
The number of Russians living below the poverty line rose to the highest levels in nearly a decade in 2015, as the oil-dependent economy suffered a second year of recession, data showed Monday.

Immigrants in Germany Reach Record High
Germany’s migrant population reached an all-time high last year, according to official statistics, but uncertainty surrounding the exact figure illustrates how the country’s authorities have yet to get on top of last year’s massive influx of people.

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