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Trump's Rapid Rapprochement Plans With Russia Fade

Investigations into Russia’s alleged interference in U.S. presidential election complicates relationship<p>By<p>Carol E. Lee and<p>Carol E. Lee<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@CarolELee<p>carol.lee@wsj.com<p>Paul Sonne in Washington and<p>Paul Sonne<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@paulsonne<p>Paul.Sonne@wsj.com<p>Thomas …

Russia

Trump Inherits a Secret Cyberwar Against North Korean Missiles

WASHINGTON — Three years ago, President Barack Obama ordered Pentagon officials to step up their cyber and electronic strikes against North Korea’s missile program in hopes of sabotaging test launches in their opening seconds.<p>Soon a large number of the North’s military rockets began to explode, …

North Korea

Trump appeals Hawaii judge's new ruling blocking travel ban

HONOLULU (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday appealed the latest court ruling against his revised travel ban to the same court that refused to reinstate the original version.<p>A day earlier, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii handed the government its latest defeat by …

China Learns How to Get Trump’s Ear: Through Jared Kushner

WASHINGTON — When President Trump welcomes President Xi Jinping of China to his palm-fringed Florida club for two days of meetings on Thursday, the studied informality of the gathering will bear the handiwork of two people: China’s ambassador to Washington and Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared …

Donald Trump

Americans’ right to protest is in grave danger under Trump, United Nations warns

The right to protest is fundamental to American democracy. The country was born, after all, out of decades of civil disobedience by people angry about taxation without representation. (In Washington, FWIW, we are still angry.)<p>But according to United Nations human rights investigators, this very …

Rights & Freedoms

McConnell: Government shutdown won't happen this month

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday he is "very confident" Congress will avoid government shutdown when the current government spending law expires in late April.<p>Asked by Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" if he would be prepared to risk a government shutdown over …

Government Shutdown

Trump in tweets: Obamacare repeal is still possible

Repealing and replacing Obamacare is a goal that is not "dead," President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday morning.<p>"Anybody (especially Fake News media) who thinks that Repeal & Replace of ObamaCare is dead does not know the love and strength in R Party," Trump wrote. "Talks on Repealing and Replacing …

Donald Trump

Theresa May 'would go to war' to defend the sovereignty of Gibraltar

Spain has abandoned plans to stop an independent Scotland from joining the EU amid an escalating row with Britain over the future of 
Gibraltar.<p>Alfonso Dastis, the Spanish foreign minister, said his Government will not block a future Scottish EU membership bid, giving a boost to Nicola Sturgeon.<p>It …

United Kingdom

US ambassador calls for 'very strong' stance on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Russia is seeking to counter U.S. diplomatic influence by stoking conflict in Syria even as it portrays itself as an arbiter in the civil war, the top American general in the Middle East said Tuesday in notably pointed criticism of Moscow.<p>"I'm being very serious when I say they …

20 Are Hacked and Beaten to Death at Pakistan Shrine

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The men and women arrived late on Saturday at a Sufi shrine in a village in central Pakistan. Followers of a self-described mystic, the pilgrims were accustomed to rituals in which they received spiritual guidance and sometimes removed their clothes to be cleansed of their …

Pakistan

Frantic rescuers dig for Colombia flood victims, 254 dead

MOCOA, Colombia (Reuters) - Families and rescuers searched desperately on Sunday through mud-plastered rubble for victims of flooding and landslides in Colombia that have killed 254 people, injured hundreds and devastated entire neighborhoods.<p>Several rivers burst their banks near the southwestern …

Environmentalism

Mitch McConnell says Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed – one way or another

Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed as the ninth supreme court justice this week, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, said on Sunday, adding: “Exactly how that happens will be up to our Democratic colleagues.”<p>When Neil Gorsuch put corporate interests over a man freezing to death<p>Read …

Mitch McConnell

Judge to Trump: No Protection for Campaign Rally Speech Inciting Violence

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A federal judge has rejected President Donald Trump's free speech defense against a lawsuit accusing him of inciting violence against protesters at a campaign rally.<p>Trump's lawyers sought to dismiss the lawsuit by three protesters who say they were roughed up by his supporters at …

Donald Trump