What's News: World-Wide -- WSJ

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Congress gave final approval to a $1.5 trillion tax cut, delivering a major victory to Trump and GOP leaders after nearly a year in political control.

The U.S. blacklisted Chechen leader Kadyrov and four others under a federal law targeting Russian human-rights abusers.

Trump threatened to cut aid to countries that back a U.N. resolution faulting the U.S. decision to declare Jerusalem Israel's capital.

The EU triggered a sanctions process against Poland over judicial overhauls the bloc calls undemocratic.

South Korea is investigating North Korea's possible involvement in a heist from a bitcoin exchange.

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The U.S. urged the U.N. to blacklist 10 ships Washington says violated sanctions against Pyongyang.

Beijing unveiled a blueprint that makes "Xiconomics" the guiding principle for China's economy.

Saudi Arabia plans to inject billions of dollars it recovers from a corruption probe into its state budget, its finance minister said.

Drug-overdose deaths drove a decline in U.S. life expectancy in 2016 for the second year in a row.

The Pentagon for the first time detailed the provisions it will use in admitting transgender recruits.

Talks over legislation to legalize "Dreamers" are gaining steam, but a deal is unlikely by year's end.

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December 21, 2017 02:47 ET (07:47 GMT)