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Interview: Thomas Wright, Brookings Institution - Lateline

JEREMY FERNANDEZ, PRESENTER: Thomas Wright is a non-resident fellow at the Lowy Institute and a director of the centre on the US and Europe at the …

Russia readies for huge military exercises as tensions with west simmer

Russia is preparing to mount what could be one of its biggest military exercises since the cold war, a display of power that will be watched warily by Nato against a backdrop of east-west tensions.<p>Western officials and analysts estimate up to 100,000 military personnel and logistical support could …

Russia

Trump's Trade Agenda Divides the Nation's Cities

The administration has inserted a wedge between the large metropolitan areas known for top-notch services and the small and mid-sized metros focused on manufacturing.<p>Shifting patterns in how American companies sell to the world are opening a new line of conflict between the Trump administration and …

Globalization

Macron tries to isolate Poland in French regional offensive

Emmanuel Macron isn’t going to Warsaw or meeting with Polish officials during this week’s trip to Central Europe, but Poland is a key part of why the …

The Foreign Fascination With Trump's White House

Palace intrigue knows no borders<p>When news that Steve Bannon had left the White House began circulating online last week, it happened in multiple languages.<p>“Stephen Bannon, l’éminence grise de Donald Trump, quitte la Maison Blanche,” France’s daily newspaper <i>Le Monde</i> reported.<p>In Germany’s <i>Die Welt</i>, …

Donald Trump

Is Russia Really Arming the Taliban?

Why would Moscow reengage in a country where it was humiliated?<p>Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this week became the latest U.S. official to say Russia was supplying arms to the Afghan Taliban, calling it a violation of international norms. His remarks, which came just days after President Trump …

Russia

North Korea: UK faces 'miserable end' if it joins US-led military drills

North Korea has warned the UK that it faces “a miserable end” if it takes part in military exercises alongside troops from South Korea and the US.<p>The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills, which began on Monday and run until the end of the month, are thought to involve a small number of personnel from …

North Korea

German budget surplus hits a record

The German government reported a record half-year surplus, even though the overall economy slipped back a gear in the second quarter after a solid …

The Navy hits dangerous shoals

Four accidents are a warning flare that something is seriously amiss: Our view<p>One curse of an all-volunteer military, like that fielded by the United States in far-flung regions of the world, is the out-of-sight-out-of-mind chasm between the broad American public and the few who stand in harm's way.<p>…

Russian Tanker Completes Arctic Passage Without Aid of Icebreakers

A Russian-owned tanker, built to traverse the frozen waters of the Arctic, completed a journey in record time from Europe to Asia this month, auguring the future of shipping as global warming melts sea ice.<p>The Christophe de Margerie, a 984-foot tanker built specifically for the journey, became the …

Merchant Shipping

These 18 countries now favor China over the United States, new survey says | NOLA.com

The United States is now competing more with China than with Russia for favor in the world, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. …

Trump locks America into its forever war

There is surely no greater sign of the bankruptcy of U.S. foreign policy than its Afghanistan policy. After more than 15 years of war and the deployment of hundreds of thousands of troops, a new president entered the Oval Office poised to fundamentally change that policy. Within months he …

Afghanistan

Flake: Trump's border wall plan is 'out there'

Sen. Jeff Flake is throwing punches back at President Donald Trump, this time bashing his proposal for a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.<p>“This notion of a 2,000-mile wall has always been just — for anybody who spends time on the border — just a bit, you know, out there,” Flake said …

German magazine slammed for Trump Nazi salute cover

BERLIN (AP) — This week's cover of a popular German news magazine depicting U.S. President Donald Trump draped in the American flag while giving a …

How the Burden of Afghanistan Could Fall on Trump’s Supporters

New research shows the president performed better in parts of the country with higher Iraq and Afghanistan casualty rates—so he might regret sending more troops into harm’s way.<p>In his Afghanistan speech this week, President Donald Trump announced that while his “original instinct was to pull out,” …

7 times Trump tried to call off the dogs on Russia

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Last week, President Trump asserted that he had full control over the Justice Department -- but that he hadn't exercised it because he didn't want to look heavy-handed in the Russia investigation. "I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice …

Donald Trump

Where U.S. troops are stationed around the world

There were about 1.3 million active duty military personnel at the end of June this year, according to the Department of Defense's Defense Manpower …

Middle East

Mapped: Where nine Russian diplomats have died unexpectedly in the last year and a half

Being a Russian diplomat seems to be bad for your health. When Migayas Shirinsky, ambassador to Sudan, was found dead (paywall) in his residency’s swimming pool in Khartoum on Aug. 23, he became the ninth Russian foreign official to surprisingly pass away since January 2016.<p>Here’s the full roster. …

Attackers storm Shiite mosque in Kabul in latest strike claimed by Islamic State

KABUL — A suicide bomber set off a blast at a Shiite mosque Friday as gunmen opened fire and panicked worshipers leapt from windows in the latest attack claimed by the Islamic State against Shiite sites. At least 30 people were killed during a siege that lasted nearly five hours, security sources …

Apple removes popular apps in Iran due to US sanctions

Developers say latest crackdown will have ‘drastic effects’ on Iran’s startup economy<p>Apple removed several popular Iranian apps from its app stores this week, telling developers that the apps were blocked due to US sanctions against Iran. The move was met with criticism from Iran’s …

Jared Kushner’s quest for peace looks increasingly doomed

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p>White House adviser Jared Kushner headed back to Israel and the West Bank this week in a renewed push to …

Israel