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The muscular signals Iran is directing at the U.S.

In just the past few weeks:<p><b>Iran launched a rocket</b> <b>carrying a satellite into space</b>. It also announced it is creating a new missile production line, and …

Earth Overshoot Day: From this day on we're using an unsustainable amount of the Earth's resources

Today marks Earth Overshoot Day - the day by which the human race will have used more of Earth's natural resources than the planet can renew in the whole year.<p>Put simply, we use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate and this puts the Earth on an unsustainable …

The Great U.S.-Canada Lobster Roll War

A very specific arms race (claws race?) goes international.<p>On Tuesday morning, a team of chefs in Shediac, New Brunswick, rose early and headed to a …

Mammoth Resurrection: 11 Hurdles to Bringing Back an Ice Age Beast

1 of 13<p>Many mammoth questions<p>The road to bringing back the mammoth — a giant that went extinct at the end of the last ice age — is filled with …

Why Are These Iranians ‘Really, Really Happy With Trump’?

TEHRAN — Mocking presidents of the Great Satan, the United States, has long been standard practice during state-backed rallies in Iran, where anti-Americanism is ingrained in state ideology.<p>For decades, Iranian revolutionary families would work late into the night to make sock puppets, cartoons and …

Altaf Hussain: 'Slash Pakistan's military aid until reverse in pro-jihadist policies'

Amid an alleged media blackout against his coverage in Pakistan, exiled leader of the MQM party, Altaf Hussain, talks to DW about a security …

Syria talks: Russia, Iran and Turkey focus on having safe zones in war-torn country

<b>Astana (Kazakhstan):</b> Powerbrokers Russia, Iran and Turkey on Tuesday focused on shoring up a plan for safe zones in Syria at a fifth round of talks …

China gives world rare look at aircraft carrier with Hong Kong port call

<b>(CNN) —</b> China's only operational aircraft carrier sails into Hong Kong this week, giving the world its first up-close look at the pride of China's navy.<p>The Liaoning will dock in Hong Kong on Saturday July 7, in one of the largest symbolic displays of Chinese military force in the former British …

Report: China, Germany to step up global leadership at G-20

Germany and China are expected to take up more of the leadership role long held by the United States at the upcoming Group of 20 (G-20) meeting, …

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Iran holds Donald Trump cartoon contest

A cartoon contest has been held in Tehran, Iran in which hundreds of entrants were invited to mock US president Donald Trump.<p>Courting controversy, …

China, Germany Step Up as U.S. Retires From World Leadership

The U.S. traditionally takes point in the search for common approaches to the big global issues of the day at G-20 summits. Not this time.<p>When world …

US nuclear base inspection results made secret to conceal failures, critics claim

‘Pass-fail’ grades declared off-limits, which the Pentagon says is to prevent adversaries from learning too much about nuclear weapons vulnerabilities<p>The Pentagon has thrown a cloak of secrecy over assessments of the safety and security of its nuclear weapons operations, a part of the military with …

Google’s battle with the European Union is the world’s biggest economic policy story

Regulators are bringing a new way of thinking to digital antitrust.<p>The European Union leveled a $2.7 billion fine against Google this month for allegedly illegally disadvantaging several European e-commerce sites by algorithmically favoring Google Shopping results over their own.<p>The reasons for the …

‘Europeans Can’t Think of Building a Future Without the Americans’

France’s ambassador to the United States on Donald Trump and the future of the West.<p>President Donald Trump isn’t the leader of the free world, says French Ambassador Gérard Araud.<p>These days, he says, no one is.<p>And as Trump heads to Europe Wednesday for his first G-20 meeting as president and first …

How many nukes are in the world and what could they destroy?

Tensions over nuclear weapons have been raised further after North Korea claimed to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.<p>This latest move comes amid increasing concern over North Korea's military capabilities, with the new US administration upping its rhetoric in response.<p>While the Pyongyang …

Russia and China tell North Korea, U.S. and South Korea to embrace de-escalation plan

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and China joined diplomatic forces on Tuesday and called on North Korea, South Korea and the United States to sign up to a Chinese de-escalation plan designed to defuse tensions around Pyongyang’s missile program.<p>The plan would see North Korea suspend its ballistic missile …

The Arctic Melt: a disappearing landscape – in pictures

The fine art photographer Diane Tuft travelled to the Arctic Circle to document the fragility of the snowbound landscape as it melts away. The photographs produced on her journey are on show at Marlborough Gallery NYC until 20 July, and an accompanying book, The Arctic Melt: Images of a …

How the U.S. Military Can Stay Ahead of Russia and China … With Robots

A hostile power conquers a strategically important island chain, vowing to block all sea and air traffic of U.S. allies. Treaty obligations force …

What Can Trump Do About North Korea? His Options Are Few and Risky

When President-elect Donald J. Trump said on Twitter in early January that a North Korean test of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States “won’t happen!” there were two things he still did not fully appreciate: how close Kim Jong-un, the North’s leader, was to …

China vows to step up air, sea patrols after U.S. warship sails near disputed island

By Simon Denyer and<p>Simon Denyer<p>Tokyo bureau chief covering Japan, North Korea and South Korea.<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Thomas Gibbons-Neff<p>Thomas Gibbons-Neff<p>Reporter<p>Bio<p>BEIJING — China’s military vowed Monday to step up air and sea patrols after an American warship sailed near a disputed island in the South …

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China, Russia offer plan for easing North Korea tensions

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and China on Tuesday proposed a plan for defusing tensions over North Korea, suggesting that Pyongyang declare a moratorium on …

These 7 maps explain US strategy

Since its birth, the US has sought to defend itself. It approaches each threat with a constant outward movement of attention and resources, and now it straddles the world.<p>This means the political, economic, and military postures of the US have tended to be offensive.<p><i>This article was originally</i> …

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Germany Breaks Record: Produces 35% of Electricity From Renewables so Far This Year

Germany has broken another renewable energy record but officials say there's still room for improvement. The German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) …

The world looks past Donald Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> Foreign policy, increasingly, is what is happening around the world while the United States is making other plans.<p>More than five months into Donald Trump's presidency, American adversaries and allies alike are adjusting to a new era in which Washington seeks its own idiosyncratic and …

Geopolitics

Volatile Persian Gulf crisis over Qatar tries, divides Trump administration

America's top diplomat, Rex Tillerson, spent much of last week working on a single issue: how to defuse the potentially explosive crisis in the oil- and gas-rich Persian Gulf after the Trump administration unexpectedly sided with one U.S. ally, Saudi Arabia, against another, Qatar.<p>Tillerson did not …

Sunnier skies driving Greenland surface melt

<b>((Nicolo E. DiGirolamo, SSAI/NASA GSFC, and Jesse Allen, NASA Earth Observatory))</b><p>Scientists discovered another factor leading to global sea rise<p>Andrea Thompson<p>July 4, 2017 9:58am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Climate Central.<p>In the past two decades, the Greenland ice sheet has become the …

Anyone who wants to be president needs to understand these 5 maps

Maps shape how we see the world.<p>But most of the maps hanging on our walls are dangerously incomplete because they emphasize political borders rather than functional connections.<p>The world has less than 500,000 kilometers of borders.<p>By comparison, it has 64 million km of highways, 4 million km of …

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Mueller probe could draw focus to Russian crime operations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government has long warned that Russian organized crime posed a threat to democratic institutions, including "criminally …

Trump's Twitter battle with press may come with a price

Whether by whim or design, President Donald Trump keeps adding fuel to his incendiary Twitter battle against the media. The press is an easy target for the Republican president, and one his supporters love to hate.<p>But the escalating conflict has diverted attention not just from Trump's failures but …

8 essential items to help you ride out a storm

Apocalypse later.<p>For most of us, an elaborate doomsday bunker is overkill. But, when facing down a tornado, hurricane, blizzard, or whatever Mother Nature flings at you, a little preparation can save you from a real-life version of the grocery store frenzy in an end time zombie flick. Start with …