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Trump's loyalty tests cause hiring headaches

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, then the star of President Donald Trump's early Cabinet, was assembling his staff and picked Sarah Isgur Flores as his top spokeswoman.<p>There was just one problem: She had criticized Trump, repeatedly, during the 2016 Republican primaries. Flores' prospects for a …

Yes, we’ve lost our faith in God, but we’ve lost our faith in reason too | Kenan Malik

Our failure to create social movements that fill the space vacated by the church has left people feeling helpless<p>Abandon all hope, ye who enter here. So runs the inscription above the gates of hell in Dante’s Inferno. Through those gates walks Dante with his guide Virgil:<p>Now sighs, loud wailing, …

Faith

Nine Iranians charged in $3.4 billion cyber theft campaign targeting universities, Justice says

WASHINGTON — Nine Iranians have been charged as part of massive state-sponsored cyber theft campaign that targeted hundreds of universities, companies and government entities in the U.S. and abroad, federal authorities announced Friday.<p>The suspects, all affiliates of an Iranian-based company known …

Intellectual Property

Ex-Cambridge Analytica staff say Bolton super PAC used compromised Facebook data

<b>London (CNN) —</b> One of the first uses of a trove of Facebook data on tens of millions of Americans that has thrown Facebook and Cambridge Analytica into crisis this week was in 2014 by a super PAC run by John Bolton, President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, two former Cambridge …

Cambridge Analytica

John Bolton’s appointment is a fitting coda to conservatism’s failures

By Joe Scarborough<p>One hundred years ago this week, the founder of modern American conservatism was born into poverty in Plymouth, Mich. Russell Kirk’s “The Conservative Mind,” published in 1953, laid the foundations of a modern conservative movement that dominated the second half of the American …

Political Science

FBI chief tries to deal with the 'Ferguson effect'

<b>Chicago (CNN) —</b> A year after unrest in Ferguson, Mo., brought increased scrutiny of police, FBI Director James Comey has thrown his weight behind the idea that restraint by cops in the wake of criticism is at least partly to blame for a surge in violent crime in some cities.<p>The tensions over …

Joe Biden won't run for president

<b>(CNN) —</b> Vice President Joe Biden ended months of intense speculation about his political future on Wednesday with a sudden announcement that he wouldn't seek the presidency, abandoning a dream he's harbored for decades and putting Hillary Clinton in a stronger position to capture the Democratic …

United Airlines Faces Steep Ascent In Not-So-Friendly Skies

Stepping off his recent flight from Boston at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, education consultant Debashis Sengupta looked a little surprised.<p>"The flight today was actually quite nice," says Sengupta. "No problems at all, in fact — not something I was expecting from United."<p>This frequent …

China's Xi Jinping speaks at U.N. General Assembly

President Obama, Russia's Putin clash at United Nations over Syria

UNITED NATIONS — President Obama for the first time said Monday that he would work with Russia and Iran to find a solution to Syria’s long civil war, but leaders of those two countries followed with peace prescriptions that run counter to the U.S. approach.<p>Obama said any solution must not include …

Why Russia's Vladimir Putin Is Standing by Syria's President Assad

MOSCOW — When Russia's Vladimir Putin addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Monday, all ears will be attuned to one issue: Syria. From this high-profile pulpit, Putin will have the chance to defend the Kremlin's staunch support for Syria's President Bashar Assad, who has not only been fighting a …

UN strikes Nigeria from list of polio-endemic countries

BERLIN (AP) — The World Health Organization says polio is no longer endemic in Nigeria.<p>Only Afghanistan and Pakistan remain on the list of countries where the disease, which can cause life-long paralysis, is endemic. It can be prevented with a simple vaccination.<p>The U.N. health agency said in a …

US aims to cut HIV infections in young women in Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is announcing a $300 million program to drastically reduce HIV infections in girls and young woman in 10 sub-Saharan African nations hard hit by the virus.<p>Administration officials are aiming for a 25 percent infection reduction in females between ages …

China seeks 'new model' for relations with US

<b>Do you have expectations of this week's summit between President Obama and President Xi? If so, I suggest you lower them.</b><p>The sombre fact is that despite the enormous range and complexity of the US-China relationship, it is becoming ever harder to manage. The smiles and ceremony of a 21-gun salute …

China

Israel reopens embassy in Egypt

Israel has reopened its embassy in Egypt, four years after it was stormed by dozens of protesters in violence that led to the evacuation of the Israeli ambassador.<p>The Israeli foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that its director-general, Dore Gold, had travelled to Cairo to …

Associated Press News

Kremlin: It's no secret that Russia sends arms and advisors to Syria

Iran opened its airspace to Russian military planes flying into Syria after the denial of overflight permission by NATO countries in the region, a Russian diplomat in Tehran told the Tass news agency Wednesday.<p>The move by Iran allows Russia to continue flying humanitarian aid to Syria, one senior …

Australia's inaction on climate change set to dominate Pacific Island talks

Australia and New Zealand likely to face strong criticism at Pacific Islands Forum as leaders fear global warming will risk the survival of many tiny islands<p>Australia and New Zealand are expected to face strong criticism from Pacific Island leaders disappointed the nations are not doing more to …

Austria and Germany open borders to migrants offloaded by Hungary

HEGYESHALOM, Hungary/MUNICH (Reuters) - Austria and Germany threw open their borders on Saturday to thousands of exhausted migrants from the east, bussed to the frontier by a right-wing Hungarian government that had tried to stop them but was overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of people.<p>Left to walk …

Chaos at Hungarian train station as migrant crisis in Europe deepens

Chaos in Europe over the daily influx of thousands of migrants and refugees deepened Tuesday as authorities in Hungary briefly shut down the main railway station in Budapest and European leaders sparred over who was to blame for worsening the crisis.<p>Hundreds of migrants hoping to travel to Germany …

Barack Obama predicts Iran nuclear deal will soothe 'family' tensions with Israel

Obama said he expects relations between two allies to improve ‘pretty quick’ after deal is implemented, reminding webcast audience: ‘We’re all pro-Israel’<p>Barack Obama on Friday compared tensions between the US and Israel over the Iranian nuclear deal to a family feud and said he expected …

Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 3 years in prison

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison on Saturday for broadcasting "false news," …

U.N. watchdog: Construction spotted at Iranian military site

<b>(CNN) —</b> A new report by the International Atomic Energy Agency -- the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog -- indicates Iran is in broad compliance with its nuclear commitments, but also notes with concern indications of construction activity at the Parchin military site, where Iran is suspected of having …

Seeking to ease tensions, North and South Korean officials meet at the border

North and South Korean officials met at a town on the heavily guarded border between the two countries Saturday in a bid to defuse tensions days after a volley of cross-border artillery fire put both countries' armed forces on high alert.<p>Four high-ranking officials — two from the North and two from …

Virgin Galactic boldly goes into small satellites, telling future astronauts 'you have to wait'

Following a fatal accident during a test launch last year, Sir Richard Branson's space tourism business is focusing on a burgeoning new market<p>'That’s funny, I’ve never been asked that before,” quips Virgin Galactic boss George Whitesides. The question: when will Virgin Galactic fly its space …