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Posted November 4, 2018 9:46 p.m. EST

Egypt Says It Killed 19 Militants After Deadly Attack on Christians

Egypt said Sunday that it had killed 19 militants linked to an ambush that left seven Christian pilgrims dead, as President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi scrambled to respond to a surge of Christian anger against his government. Officials said Egyptian forces killed the militants during a chase west of the monastery where gunmen opened fire on three buses filled with pilgrims Friday. Six of the seven pilgrims killed in the attack came from the same extended family, Coptic Orthodox officials said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.

The Rhine, a Lifeline of Germany, Is Crippled by Drought

One of the longest dry spells on record has left parts of the Rhine River at record-low levels for months, forcing freighters to reduce their cargo or stop plying the river altogether. Parts of the Danube and the Elbe — Germany’s other major rivers for transport — are also drying up. A trade group in Germany put farmers’ losses at several billion dollars. Roughly 80 percent of the 223 million tons of cargo transported by ship in Germany each year travels the Rhine, which links the country’s industrial heartland to Belgium, the Netherlands and the North Sea.

Behind Trump’s Termination of Iran Deal is Risky Bet that U.S. Can ‘Break the Regime’

For President Donald Trump, Israel and Saudi Arabia, the problem of the Iranian nuclear accord was not, primarily, about nuclear weapons. It was that the deal legitimized and normalized Iran’s clerical government, reopening it to the world economy with oil revenue that financed its adventures in Syria and Iraq, its missile program and its support of terrorist groups. Now, by announcing Tuesday that he is exiting the nuclear deal and will reimpose economic sanctions on Iran, Trump and his allies are betting they can cut Iran’s economic lifeline and “break the regime,” as one senior European official described the effort.

Briton Is First Known Swimmer to Circumnavigate Britain

A British man who spent five months at sea is believed to be the first person to swim around the island of Great Britain, making his way back to land in Margate on Sunday. Ross Edgley, 33, had not been ashore since June 1, when he set off on his 1,780-mile journey. For more than 150 days, Edgley swam six to 12 hours a day. He spent the rest of his time eating and sleeping on his support boat, from where he documented his quest in episodes streamed online. Edgley, author of a fitness guide, created the #GreatBritishSwim hashtag for his feat. His audience saw his struggles with strong tides, soreness, cold water and jellyfish.

World Leaders Have Echoed Trump’s Words and Policies

President Donald Trump’s language, which is often shorn of diplomatic niceties and demeaning of his opponents, has been picked up by a number of leaders in other countries to offer justification of their own actions and to promote like-minded policies. The latest example came Friday, when the Nigerian army cited remarks by Trump to defend its owns actions after fatally shooting unarmed protesters. Other examples include using his cries of “fake news” to sow distrust of established media, and copying Trump's anti-immigration positions, using that backing and his slogans and tough talk to bolster their own positions.