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US forces carry out special military exercise to destroy North Korea's weapons of mass destruction

American troops performed the ship-to-shore air assault against mock targets from a South Korean warship.<p>The US troops stationed in South Korea have …

Trump to sign executive orders enabling construction of proposed border wall and targeting sanctuary cities

By Jerry Markon ,<p>Jerry Markon<p>Bio Follow<p>Robert Costa and<p>Robert Costa<p>National political reporter covering the White House, Congress and campaigns<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Abigail Hauslohner<p>Abigail Hauslohner<p>National reporter focusing on Muslim and Arab communities in America<p>Email Bio Follow<p>President Trump …

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Russia has been building power throughout the Middle East — and challenging America’s superpower status

Apart from its close ties to the Syrian regime, which date back to the 1970s, Moscow has had no substantial role in the Middle East since 1972, when President Anwar Sadat kicked Soviet advisors out of Egypt.<p>Why return now? At a general level, it's clear that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants …

The incredible rise of China and India, in two GIFs

By Ishaan Tharoor<p>Ishaan Tharoor<p>Reporter covering foreign affairs, geopolitics and history<p>Email Bio Follow<p>You won't be able to tell the story of the 21st century without India and China as its main protagonists. Just look at the numbers. The world's two most populous nations are poised to get even …

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The genius and stupidity of corporate America are on display when companies rebrand for new countries

When Coca-Cola was first sold in China, some called it “bite the wax tadpole.” To others, it was “female horse fastened with wax,” or “wax-flattened mare.” These inscrutable names were the unfortunate result of shopkeepers’ makeshift translations—they used any set of Chinese characters that sounded …

Aleppo, Ukraine, cyber attacks, Baltic threats: what should we do about Putin?

As crises mount, relations between the US and Russia are worse than at any time since the cold war<p>Boris Johnson’s suggestion that Britain, the US and other allies are re-examining “military options” in Syria has sharply focused minds on a phenomenon western politicians have spent the last 15 years …

Merkel: won't drop EU market-immigration link for Britain

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany wants friendly ties with Britain but won't drop its insistence that London can only enjoy full …

How Many Times Did Trump Interrupt Clinton In The First Debate? Depends On How You Count

In the first presidential debate, Donald Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton three times.<p>Or maybe it was 39. Or 35. Or possibly 51.<p>Turns out, a lot of …

Paul Ryan Needs Trump More Than Trump Needs Ryan

House Speaker Paul Ryan is not a big fan of Donald Trump — that much is clear. He refused to back Trump during the Republican primaries and then held …

Election Update: Polls Show Potential Fallout From Trump Tape

<i>Want these election updates emailed to you right when they’re published? Sign up</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>Polls conducted since the disclosure of a tape on Friday, in …

France offers help to banks considering Paris move after Brexit vote

Michel Sapin, French finance minister, says after UK’s vote to leave EU banks are being informed about Paris as a financial centre<p>France is helping banks and financial institutions consider moving from London to Paris after Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, the French finance minister has …

Kenya accused of breaking international law for forcibly repatriating Somali refugees

The return of Somali refugees is 'no longer voluntary, dignified nor safe,' an aid agency has said. Kenya wants to close down the Dadaab refugee …

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Foreign Policy explains why it endorsed its first presidential candidate in history

In the nearly half century history of Foreign Policy, the editors of this publication have never endorsed a candidate for political office. We cherish and fiercely protect this publication's independence and its reputation for objectivity, and we deeply value our relationship with all of our …

Britain should embrace weaker pound and it needs to fall further, says former BoE governor and currency guru

The slump in sterling is a blessing in disguise after years of overvaluation and helps to break the corrosive stranglehold of the financial elites over the British economy, according to a former bail-out chief for the International Monetary Fund.<p>“It is desirable from every point of view. The idea …

Study: Income inequality reaches new high in Germany

The divide between rich and poor in Germany is increasing, a new study has found. With fewer Germans advancing out of poverty compared to 20 years …

Tesla's Solar Roof Could Be Right Around the Corner

For most of us, Sundays are a day to relax. Not Elon Musk. The Tesla CEO, whose company is soon to acquire solar panel purveyors Solar City, …

America’s Search for Happiness Is Driving Us Crazy

A new book by journalist Ruth Whippman investigates the American "happiness industrial complex" and our growing obsession with contentment.<p>America is an insanely anxious country. Forty million Americans — nearly one in five of us — has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. One World Health …

Washington’s ‘governing elite’ think Americans are morons

By Jeff Guo<p>Jeff Guo<p>Bio<p>Recently, Johns Hopkins University political scientists Jennifer Bachner and Benjamin Ginsberg conducted a study of the unglamorous D.C. bureaucrat. These are the people who keep the federal government humming — the Hill staffers, the project managers and all those desk …

US protests over Russian 'harassment' as diplomats allegedly given date rape drug

• US says surveillance has ‘increased significantly’ in last two years<br>• State department: ‘We have raised our concerns at the highest levels’<p>The US state department has expressed concerns to the Russian government over the harassment of American officials amid reports that two diplomats were slipped …

The Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6 is America's 600-hp, six-wheel supertruck

More wheels and power make everything better.<p>For most sane people, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor should provide more than enough off-roading performance. But for the few looking for a truly unstoppable desert-blasting machine, or maybe just more wheels, Hennessey Performance has plans to make that …

The most important exchanges of the vice presidential debate, annotated

<i>Times journalists are annotating excerpts of the key exchanges between vice presidential nominees Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine. If you see a passage highlighted in yellow, you can click on it to see what we have to say about it. You can also highlight passages and leave your</i> …

America is obsessed with happiness — and it’s making us miserable

A Brit on life in America: “The pursuit of happiness” has gotten out of hand.<p>I’m at the gynecologist for my Pap smear, feet in stirrups, idly wondering what Emily Post might have suggested as appropriate small talk for those moments when the person you are speaking to will be replying to your …

9 U.S. Destinations Where Americans Are Tourists Again

Alternative-fuel vehicles and ride sharing may be the next way to see the U.S.A.; meanwhile, road trips are very much on the agenda.<p>What do we do when gasoline hasn't cost more than $3 a gallon since 2014, and, by AAA's count, Americans have saved $20 billion on gasoline so far this year? One …

The Latest: Thousands in Florida shelters set up in schools

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Matthew and Tropical Storm Nicole (all times local):<p>6:30 a.m.<p>Officials say some 3,000 people have already …

Americans Embrace a Made-in-China Buick SUV

GM’s Buick Envision is meeting its low-volume goal, and U.S. dealers want more of the $40,000 car<p>Greg Shafer ended a lifelong streak of buying U.S.-made cars when in August the 53-year-old drove out of a Columbus, Ohio, dealership behind the wheel of a Buick Envision.<p>His $40,000 sport-utility …

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Another British scientist wins Nobel prize - but why do they all work in America?

A Scottish chemist has become the fourth US-based British scientist to win a Nobel Prize in two days.<p>Sir Fraser Stoddart was named joint winner of the award for Chemistry in recognition of his work building microscopic machines out of just a few molecules.<p>The 74-year-old, dubbed the “knight of the …

How To Close America's Wealth Gap

Wealth inequality and income inequality in America are leading concerns in the 2016 presidential campaign, appropriately so. Consider these wealth gap statistics from CFED (the national nonprofit previously known as the Corporation for Enterprise Development that’s dedicated to expanding economic …