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The GOP's 2016 playbook? Republicans rip income inequality

Something must be in the water when Ted Cruz starts to sound like Elizabeth Warren.<p>I was watching the aggressively conservative Texas senator respond to the State of the Union and almost felt the need to adjust my television picture.<p>“The facts are we’re facing now a divided America when it comes to …

Volunteers Secretly Battle ISIS in 'Mosul Liberation Battalions': Iraqi VP

A network of anti-ISIS "commando cells" has carried out hundreds of guerrilla attacks in a city seized by the Islamist militants, Iraq's vice president told NBC News.<p>Dubbed the "Mosul Liberation Battalions," the little-known resistance movement has killed "a large number" of extremists through …

Middle East

Why Obama's India Republic Day visit is significant

<b>The most significant aspect of the US President, Barack Obama's upcoming summit with the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is that Mr Obama will be the chief guest at India's Republic Day celebrations.</b><p>This is the first time that a US head of state will be given this honour by India and …

Russia condemns US for wanting to 'dominate the world' after State of the Union

Russia has hit back at Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, saying that it showed the US believes it is “number one” and seeks world domination.<p>The US president said his country was upholding “the principle that bigger nations can’t bully the small” by opposing what he called Russian …

Russia

Japanese reporter's bid to save friend led to Islamic State abduction | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - It is an unlikely friendship that ties the fates of war correspondent Kenji Goto and troubled loner Haruna Yukawa, the two Japanese hostages for which Islamic State militants demanded a $200 million ransom this week.<p>Yukawa was captured in August outside Aleppo. Goto, who had …

North Africa

The Mayor of Paris Isn't Crazy for Threatening to Sue Fox News

You have to remember that the cable news network maintains a highly peripheral position in Europe.<p>Is Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo’s threat to sue Fox News “insane”? It’s been less than 24 hours since a freezing-looking Hidalgo caused a media storm by promising to take the American news channel to court …

What If ISIS Wins?

It isn’t easy to keep up with what’s happening in the Middle East. Each week brings word of new violence perpetrated by a raft of obscure jihadist factions seeking to impose their versions of Koranic virtue. Even when a particular group stands out for the success of its tactical moves or the …

Middle East

American Sniper is a dishonest whitewash of the Iraq war

American Sniper, Clint Eastwood's love letter to decorated, real-life Iraq war sniper Chris Kyle, is dominating America's box offices. But does this movie, much of which portrays intense ground combat in Iraqi cities, have anything to say about the war itself?<p>The film's star, Bradley Cooper, …

Obama urges middle-class help, but calls for ending vital college tax break

President Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to tout “middle-class economics” – including tax breaks for child care and free community college.<p>But while it went unmentioned in his speech, the White House also is proposing rolling back a vital tax break for college savings plans …

Snowden: France’s ‘Intrusive’ Surveillance Laws Failed to Stop Paris Attacks

Edward Snowden is pointing to the recent terrorist attacks in France as evidence that government mass-surveillance programs don’t work because they …

With time ticking on hostages, Japan wants to communicate with ISIS

<b>(CNN) —</b> Japanese officials want to talk to ISIS. But can they get in touch with the militant group? And if they do, can they do anything to save the lives of two Japanese men being held hostage?<p>Time is running out: ISIS put out a video Tuesday giving the Japanese government 72 hours to pay $200 …

Japan

Obama off-the-cuff and full of swagger: State of the Union leaves GOP enraged

When Barack Obama looked out into the audience of his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, he was met with a truly historic sight. No Democratic president in the last century has addressed a Congress dominated by so many Republican lawmakers.<p>The last time a US president delivered a State of the …

Obama Administration

Former Gov. Jesse Ventura Blasts American Sniper's Chris Kyle for 'Fabrication'

<i>American Sniper</i> is generating more controversy.<p>Former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura has again blasted the 2012 bestselling memoir by Navy SEAL …

Fabrication

Woman showcased by Obama in State of the Union is a former Democratic campaign staffer

The woman whose story of economic recovery was showcased by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address Tuesday is a former Democratic campaign staffer and has been used by Obama for political events in the past.<p>Rebekah Erler has been presented by the White House as a woman who was …

Obama Seeks to Burnish His Climate Legacy, But Will His Oil and Gas Policies Haunt Him?

In at least three previous State of the Union speeches, President Barack Obama placed great emphasis on his “all of the above” energy strategy — one that includes both aggressive pursuit of renewables and, to the chagrin of environmental and climate activists, rapid growth of domestic oil and gas …

Fossil Fuels