WSJ.com What's News - Worldwide News Briefs for May 19
JBS EXECUTIVE SAYS HE ILLEGALLY PAID MILLIONS TO BRAZIL LEADERS
The chairman of meatpacking giant JBS has told prosecutors he made millions of dollars of illegal payments to Brazilian President Michel Temer and his predecessors, Dilma Rousseff and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
IRAN'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION EXPOSES FAMILY DIVIDES
Iran's presidential election is exposing stark divides, sometimes even within families, as the country's voters face a pivotal choice between the moderate incumbent, Hassan Rouhani, and hard-liner Ebrahim Raisi, who is close to Iran's clerical establishment.
ON SAUDI TRIP, TRUMP AIMS TO STRENGTHEN TIES WITH MUSLIM WORLD
President Donald Trump, who during his campaign called for a halt on Muslims entering the U.S., is now going to Islam's cradle to seek help combating terrorism and forging a Middle East peace deal.
SYRIA, RUSSIA CRITICIZE U.S.-LED STRIKES NEAR JORDANIAN BORDER
The Syrian regime and its militia allies claimed Friday that their forces were attacked by the U.S.-led coalition while they were fighting Islamic State, an assertion the U.S. dismissed as false.
CHINA AND SOUTH KOREA TRY TO EASE MISSILE TENSIONS
Chinese President Xi Jinping signaled his willingness to patch up a frayed relationship with South Korea in a meeting with an envoy from Seoul, who bowed as he presented a letter from his new government.
SWEDEN ENDS PROBE INTO WIKILEAKS FOUNDER ASSANGE
Swedish prosecutors said they have decided to discontinue a probe into alleged rape targeting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but his lawyers say he is likely to remain holed up in Ecuador's London embassy.
SUDANESE PRESIDENT CANCELS TRIP TO SUMMIT WITH TRUMP
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by an international tribunal on charges of genocide and other war crimes, has canceled a visit to Saudi Arabia, where he had planned to participate in a summit of leaders of Muslim-majority countries to be attended by President Trump.
HOW U.S. SETTLES SUGAR DISPUTE WITH MEXICO COULD SIGNAL NAFTA INTENT
A fast-approaching deadline in a longstanding dispute with Mexico over sugar could be a harbinger of how broader Nafta talks could play out.
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