What's News: World-Wide -- WSJ

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Congress stood on the verge of passing a $1.5 trillion tax cut and a structural overhaul of the tax system since 1986. The Senate cleared the measure, 51-48, after it sailed through the House on a 227-203 vote. A glitch forced GOP leaders to schedule another House vote Wednesday.

The White House blamed North Korea for a May cyberattack that crippled hundreds of thousands of computers around the world.

Investigators likely will examine whether the engineer in Monday's Amtrak crash could have been distracted by a second person in the cab.

Saudi Arabia intercepted a missile fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels over Riyadh, a potential flashpoint in the Saudi-Iran relationship.

Beijing chided the U.S. for labeling China a "rival" power, saying that Trump's confrontational rhetoric would be self-defeating.

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House Republicans were expected to delay a vote on a stopgap bill needed to avert a government shutdown.

The House disclosed that it paid over $300,000 to settle bias and harassment claims against members' offices over five years.

Peru's Congress votes Thursday on whether to remove the president over a scandal linked to Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht.

Died: Cardinal Bernard Law, 86, Catholic prelate who fell from grace amid a clerical sex-abuse scandal.

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December 20, 2017 02:47 ET (07:47 GMT)