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Obama’s Job Approval Rating Double That of W.’s at Same Point in Second Term

As Barack Obama drifts toward the end of his presidency, his steadily rising job approval ratings during 2016 occasionally get mentioned as an ace in …

Barack Obama

White House coordinated with State Department, Clinton campaign on email issue, documents show

Newly disclosed emails show top Obama administration officials were in close contact with Hillary Clinton’s nascent presidential campaign in early 2015 about the potential fallout from revelations that the former secretary of state used a private email server.<p>Their discussion included a request …

Driving

3 charged with unlawfully shipping military tech to Russia

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man and two Russian nationals have been arrested and charged after federal authorities say they were involved in a scheme to unlawfully export advanced military technology used in missile guidance systems to Russia.<p>Authorities say Alexey Barysheff, Alexey Krutilin …

Corruption

Book celebrates Vladimir Putin as 'global cultural phenomenon'

Pro-Kremlin website compiles book of pop culture depictions of president and says it will send him a copy for his birthday<p>What can you get the man who has everything? In the case of Vladimir Putin, a pro-Kremlin website has decided the appropriate gift is a book of pop culture depictions of the …

Donald Trump says 70 percent of federal regulations 'can go'

US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said as much as 70 percent of federal agency regulations could be eliminated if he is elected on November 8, just hours after an adviser said the candidate would seek to cut 10 percent.<p>Mr Trump, who blamed regulations for stifling business, told a …

Anthony Scaramucci

The Philippine Foreign Minister Wants to End 'Shackling Dependency' on the U.S.

The Philippines wants to liberate itself from a “shackling dependency” on the U.S., according to the country’s Foreign Affairs Secretary, Perfecto …

White House reportedly puts thousands of deportation cases on hold

The Obama adminstration has delayed deportation proceedings against more than 56,000 Central American immigrants who have entered the U.S. illegally since 2014, The New York Times reported Thursday.<p>Federal officials told the Times that some deportation cases have been pushed as far back as 2023, …

Immigration

Google has designed a free and open source font for all the world’s languages

Five years ago Google set out on an ambitious project to create a font family that encompasses the 800 languages and 110,000 characters found in the Unicode standard. Now available under open source, Noto’s aim is to get rid of the blank boxes that commonly appear when a computer or website isn’t …

Typography

Four Things You Can Do To Stop Trump

Your grandchildren will not ask what you did during the 2012 election. But if Trump is elected, I guarantee they will ask what you were doing during October and November 2016.<p>This election cycle, it is not sufficient to silently vote for Clinton and see what happens. The polls have narrowed …

Twitter tanks 20.1% as would-be suitors drop out

SAN FRANCISCO —Twitter shares plunged 20.1% Thursday after published reports said would-be suitors including Google would not bid for the struggling social media company.<p>Technology news outlet Recode said Google and Disney would not pursue Twitter and Apple was unlikely to buy it either, deflating …

Middle East

Global finance leaders pledge closer cooperation

WASHINGTON (AP) — World finance officials on Friday promised to cooperate more closely and utilize all their policy tools to bolster an anemic global recovery that is now being threatened by an anti-trade backlash in the United States and renewed market unease about Britain's planned exit from the …

Economy

Michelle Obama and Melania Trump pictured together at White House meeting as Donald Trump considers administration appointments

• <b>Obama says "an excellent conversation" with Trump at White House</b>• <b><br>Trump calls Obama "a very, very good man"</b>• <b><br>Melania Trump also meets the first lady</b>• <b><br>Nigel Farage to be Trump's go-between</b>• <b><br>How the world's cartoonists reacted</b><p>The White House has released an image of Michelle Obama speaking to Melania Trump - …

Crime
Barack Obama
Globalization

Putin's next strike could be anywhere in the world, warns Polish official

Adviser to Poland’s president says Russia’s Syria intervention demonstrated to US that its diplomatic ‘pivot to Asia’ was a mistake<p>Vladimir Putin’s new geopolitical ambitions have led the US to realise it made a strategic mistake turning away from Europe and making a pivot to Asia, the foreign …

US elections 2016: Voting begins in US presidential race

<b>The nationwide process of selecting candidates to run in November's US presidential race is under way in the state of Iowa.</b><p>Voters have begun meeting - or caucusing - across the state in schools, churches and other venues.<p>With half the Republican votes counted, it appears that there is a three-way …

The 'birth lottery' and economic mobility

The U.S. has long been heralded as a land of opportunity -- a place where anyone can succeed regardless of the economic class they were born into.<p>But a new report released on Monday by Stanford University's Center on Poverty and Inequality calls that into question.<p>The report assessed poverty …

Income Inequality
Profit

Refiner Phillips 66's Profit Plunges 43%

U.S. refiner Phillips 66 reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by robust gasoline margins due to lower crude costs.<p>The company's shares were up about 1 percent at $79.75 in premarket trading on Friday.<p>Adjusted earnings, excluding special items of $60 million, were $710 million, …

Investing

Latest Snowden Revelation Shows NSA Hacked Into Israeli Drone Cameras

Confirms Israel is arming its drones<p>The NSA was built to spy, with the uncomfortable question being “on whom?” The agency, long a background player in paranoid cinema like 1998’s <i>Enemy of the State</i>, re-entered the public consciousness in 2013 in a big way with revelations from former NSA contractor …

Fears of global liquidity crunch haunt Davos elites

Rising Fed interest rates means "liquidity could drop dramatically, and that scares everyone", warns IMF deputy<p>The International Monetary Fund is increasingly alarmed by signs that market liquidity is drying up and may trigger an even more violent global sell-off if investors rush for the exits at …

Extremism
China

Mapped: How the migration crisis is a strain on Europe's democracies

As hundreds of thousands of migrants made their way to Europe, their arrival and EU's reaction highlighted how the fabric of European integration is fraying, according to a new report. Click on our interactive map to find out more about the state of democracy in Europe and beyond<p>Tap here if you are …

Economy
Economy

At least 22 killed in attack on Bacha Khan University in Pakistan

<b>Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) —</b> Militants raided a university in northwest Pakistan Wednesday, timing their attack to a ceremony at the school to ensure maximum casualties. They slaughtered at least 22 people, a provincial police authority told CNN.<p>The scent of burning metal hung in the air a few hours …

Extremism