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The Latest: Justice to hold bipartisan briefing Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation (all times local):<p>10:40 p.m.<p>Intelligence leaders will brief both Republicans and Democrats on the Russia investigation as President Donald Trump and his allies are pressing for information on reports that a …

Donald Trump

Mueller investigation enters 2nd year, where is it headed?

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was one year ago Thursday when Robert Mueller, the former FBI director, was appointed as special counsel to take over the Justice Department's investigation into possible coordination between Russia and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.<p>The 12 months since have yielded …

Donald Trump

In Rebuke of Trump, Tillerson Says Lies Are a Threat to Democracy

WASHINGTON — In a veiled rebuke of President Trump, former Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson warned on Wednesday that American democracy was threatened by a growing “crisis of ethics and integrity.”<p>“If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative …

U.S. State Department

Israel Feels Pride but Senses Peril as U.S. Moves Embassy

JERUSALEM — When Israel declared its independence in 1948, President Harry Truman rushed to recognize it. He took just 11 minutes, and Israelis, about to go to war to defend their infant state, were euphoric.<p>Seventy years to the day — and nearly as long since Israel declared the holy city of …

Israel

Seven Dead in What Could Be Australia's Worst Mass Shooting in Decades

(CANBERRA, Australia) — Seven people were found dead with gunshot wounds at a property near the tourist town of Margaret River in Australia’s …

Guns

Israel and Iran are getting closer to a full-blown war

“This is an extremely dangerous situation.”<p>Two unprecedented attackson Wednesday night, one by Iran and the other by Israel, shows the perennial enemies’ shadow war is coming out into the light. That threatens to turn the growing conflict into a full-blown war in the Middle East.<p>On Wednesday night, …

Middle East

Rouhani to speak on Iran TV after Trump gives nuclear deal decision: IRNA | Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will appear on state TV to give Tehran’s reaction immediately after U.S. President Donald Trump issues his decision on whether Washington is to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, state news agency IRNA reported.<p>FILE PHOTO: Iranian President …

South Asia

Donald Trump formally nominated for a Nobel Prize for 'his tireless work to bring peace to our world'

Donald Trump has been formally nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for the US President's efforts to solve the North Korean nuclear tensions.<p>A group of 18 of Mr Trump's biggest Republican supporters in the House of Representatives sent a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee urging it to consider …

North Korea

Why Trump hates the Iran deal, explained in 400 words

A bite-size primer to one of the most important decisions of Donald Trump’s presidency.<p>President Donald Trump is on the verge of scuttling the Iran nuclear deal, following through on a campaign promise to end what he calls “the worst deal ever.” If he does, it could hurt some of America’s key …

South Asia

Trump Withdraws U.S. From ‘One-Sided’ Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON — President Trump declared on Tuesday that he was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, unraveling the signature foreign policy achievement of his predecessor Barack Obama, isolating the United States from its Western allies and sowing uncertainty before a risky nuclear negotiation …

South Asia

Warren Challenger Sues to Keep ‘Fake Indian’ Signs Up

Shiva Ayyadurai calls city’s order to remove signs a ‘political vendetta’<p>An independent Senate candidate in Massachusetts is suing to keep his sign …

Trump: Kim Jong Un very open and very honorable

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday said Kim Jong Un wants a historic, high-stakes meeting as soon as possible and suggested the North Korean dictator has been "very open" and "very honorable," a sharply different assessment of a leader he once denounced as "Little Rocket Man."<p>The …

North Korea

Trump blasts Iran deal as 'insane' and 'ridiculous' as Macron looks on

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Hours of intensive talks and elaborate displays of bonhomie between President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday failed to yield clarity on the fate of the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump has derided and Macron hopes to salvage.<p>More successful were …

Donald Trump

The Quantum Race the United States Can’t Afford To Lose

The quantum race is on, and the stakes are high. The winner will gain a military and intelligence edge, as well as a first mover advantage in what is …

Trump vows to cancel or walk out of meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un if it’s not ‘fruitful’

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump voiced optimism Wednesday about his potential summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, but he vowed to cancel the meeting or walk out if there are signs it “is not going to be fruitful.”<p>Trump also said his administration is negotiating with Pyongyang for the …

North Korea

Reports: CIA Director Pompeo secretly met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — CIA Director Mike Pompeo made a top-secret trip to North Korea to meet with Kim Jong Un on behalf of the Trump administration.<p>The clandestine mission came soon after Pompeo was nominated to be President Donald Trump's next secretary of state. It was first reported by The …

North Korea

States, cities sue US over census citizenship question

NEW YORK (AP) — Seventeen states, the District of Columbia and six cities sued the U.S. government Tuesday, saying the addition of a citizenship question to the census form is unconstitutional.<p>The Trump administration's decision to ask people about their citizenship has set off worries among …

Rhode Island

Trump Plans to Send National Guard to the Mexican Border

WASHINGTON — The White House said Tuesday night that President Trump planned to deploy the National Guard to the southern border to confront what it called a growing threat of illegal immigrants, drugs and crime from Central America after the president for the third consecutive day warned about the …

Immigration

Trump to double down on trade war after China tariff retaliation

Donald Trump's looming trade war with China will intensify this week, with the US President expected to unveil a list of Chinese goods targeted by …

This Short, Terrifying Book Explains How the West Could Collapse

I asked the author if elites could do anything about it.<p>If you are feeling a little too good about the world, the journalist Edward Luce's <i>The Retreat of Western Liberalism</i> will jolt you back to pessimism in a hurry. In just 200 pages, he surveys economics, history, electoral politics, and …

Here's why the US would have to be insane to attack North Korea

Despite reports of US and Chinese military buildups, North Korea's increased pace of provocations, and the Trump administration's claims that "all options are on the table," the US would have to be insane to attack North Korea.<p>To the untrained eye, the preparations for war are all there. The US has …

Why A Surgeon Taught A Non-Doctor To Do Brain Surgery

Dr. Dilantha Ellegala, a brain surgeon, trained someone who isn't a doctor to do brain surgery.<p>That is the story featured in the new book <i>A Surgeon in the Village</i> by journalist Tony Bartelme.<p>This unlikely turn of events had its origins in 2006, when Ellegala was volunteering for a short stint at …

Medicine

The 25th Amendment Solution for Removing Trump

It was just three days and a lifetime ago that I wrote a column about Donald Trump’s unfitness for the presidency that affected a world-weary tone. Nothing about this White House’s chaos was surprising given the style of Trump’s campaign, I argued. None of the breaking scandals necessarily …

Donald Trump

Microsoft condemns NSA weaponization of malware after WannaCry attacks

Microsoft confirmed in a blog published on Sunday that the devastating ransomware that infected around 200,000 computers across 150 countries late …

Why does North Korea hate the United States? Let’s go back to the Korean War.

SEOUL — Any day of the week, the North Korean propaganda machine can be relied upon to spew out anti-American vitriol using some formulation of “imperialist” and “aggressor” and “hostile.”<p>The Kim family has kept a tight grip on North Korea for some seven decades by perpetuating the idea that the …

North Korea

Is the Comey Memo the Beginning of the End for Trump?

Donald Trump, who may well have attempted to obstruct justice within just a few weeks of taking his oath of office, came to the Presidency with a wealth of experience in the art of deceit. He may know little of domestic or foreign policy, he may be accustomed to running an office of satraps and …

Trump’s 3 big firings — James Comey, Preet Bharara, and Sally Yates — paint a disturbing picture

The president has sent the unmistakable message that he doesn’t want an independent Justice Department.<p>In President Donald Trump’s first four months in office, he has fired the acting attorney general, asked dozens of US attorneys to resign (including firing a particularly prominent one he had …

Students left a pineapple at art exhibit and everyone thought it was modern art

Making fun of modern art will never get old, and nor does it deserve to.<p>Ruiari Gray, a student at Robert Gordon Unversity in Scotland, was recently …

We, your child's school, regret banning fidget spinners after seeing what toy came next

Dear parents,<p>As you all know, fidget spinners are the extremely popular new toy built to ease anxiety in children and increase their focus. You also …

How Crispr Could Snip Away Some of Humanity's Worst Diseases

HIV has no cure. But it's not quite the implacable scourge it was throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Education, prophylactics, and drugs like PrEP have …