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Russia's Lavrov backs renewal of U.N.-led Syria talks

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Sunday that it supports the continuation of Syria peace talks under United Nations auspices, long-running negotiations which had been thrown into doubt by separate, Moscow-backed peace talks launched last month.<p>Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets with …

Middle East

John McCain passes dossier alleging secret Trump-Russia contacts to FBI

• Russian intelligence alleged to have compromising material on Trump<br>• ‘Unverified and potentially unverifiable’ reports published by BuzzFeed<p>Senator John McCain passed documents to the FBI director, James Comey, last month alleging secret contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow and that Russian …

Donald Trump

Trump welcomes 'nice' letter from Putin after nuclear vow

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — After months of promising to engage more with Russia, President-elect Donald Trump vowed to enhance America's nuclear …

The UK is at high risk of a terror attack – but how has it avoided one so far?

Lessons learned by intelligence agencies after 2005 London bombings and greater cooperation could help but threat level is still severe<p>London or any other part of the UK presents an obvious target for Islamic terrorists, more so than Germany given the UK’s high-profile involvement as the closest …

Clinton wins popular vote by nearly 2.9 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton received nearly 2.9 million more votes than President-elect Donald Trump, giving her the largest popular vote …

9 questions about Russia you were too embarrassed to ask

A lot of history here. Also the backstory of a Eurodance hit.<p>Vladimir Putin and the nation he leads lurked in the background of the 2016 campaign for months and months, perhaps even shaping the outcome of the race. And now Putin’s preferred candidate, Donald Trump, appears ready to embrace him as …

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Our future is being stolen. Be brave and take it back | Polly Toynbee

With Trump and Brexit looming, I can’t say that things will get better next year. But I do know that things will get worse if we don’t fight<p>Guardian readers calling our telethon to donate to child refugees gave more than ever this year. This cause touches a deep chord – not just pity, but revulsion …

Russia, Iran, Turkey ready to guarantee Syria settlement

BEIRUT (AP) — Russia, Iran, and Turkey are ready to act as guarantors to a future settlement between the Syrian government and the opposition, …

Iran says U.S. extension of sanctions act violates nuclear deal

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran threatened on Friday to retaliate against a U.S. Senate vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for 10 years, saying it violated last year’s deal with six major powers that curbed its nuclear programme.<p>People walk under a painting of Iran's late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah …

South Asia

The End of the Anglo-American Order

One of the strangest episodes in Donald Trump’s very weird campaign was the appearance of an Englishman looking rather pleased with himself at a rally on Aug. 24 in Jackson, Miss. The Englishman was Nigel Farage, introduced by Trump as “the Man Behind Brexit.” Most people in the crowd probably …

Returning To Damascus, A City Changed By War

When I last visited Damascus in 2008, the historic Old City district was full of Western students learning Arabic. Before bloody conflicts engulfed them, both Damascus and the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, were favorites with foreigners seeking to learn Arabic.<p>Eight years ago, U.S. student Kara Francis …

Senators call for declassification of files on Russia's role in US election

Eight members of Senate intelligence committee hint that government may still hold secret information ‘concerning the Russian government’<p>All of the Democratic and Democratic-aligned members of the Senate intelligence committee have hinted that significant information about Russian interference in …

House Democrats re-elect Pelosi as leader despite discontent

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their leader Wednesday, ratifying the status quo in a changing Washington despite …

8 Italian banks could collapse if the prime minister's reforms are rejected

The proposed changes would reduce the role of the senate and transfer power to the central government from the regions, Reuters reports.<p>If "no" wins in next Sunday's referendum — most polls put it about 6 percentage points ahead of the "yes" camp— market turmoil and turbulence should follow, …

Gaza risks becoming easy launchpad for Islamic State: Qatari minister

DOHA (Reuters) - Palestinian infighting and years of an Israeli blockade could turn the impoverished Gaza Strip into an easy “launching pad” for Islamic State recruiters, Qatar’s foreign minister says.<p>Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani attends an interview in Doha, …

Middle East

India's Modi calls for move towards cashless society

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the nation’s small traders and daily wage earners to embrace digital payment channels, as a cash crunch following the government’s surprise ban on high-value bank notes drags on.<p>India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the …

India

French conservatives head to the polls to pick 2017 presidential nominee

French conservatives on Sunday are choosing their nominee for next year's vital presidential election from among two former prime ministers with deep experience in government and differing views on how to prevent more terror attacks on French soil.<p>The contenders in the conservative's primary runoff …

First Brexit then Trump. Is Italy next for the west’s populist wave?

Italians will soon vote in a referendum on constitutional reforms which could have dramatic results for all of Europe<p>In the historic centre of Ferrara, an imposing statue of Girolamo Savonarola confronts passersby. Savonarola, a local boy, was a 15th-century preacher of fire and brimstone, making …

Palestinian U.N. Ambassador: We’ll Use ‘Weapons That We Have in U.N.’ If Trump Moves U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian permanent observer to the United Nations. (AP Photo, File)<p>(CNSNews.com) – Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations …

The 2016 election pitted booming cities against stagnant rural areas

The 2016 election was a virtual tie, with Hillary Clinton narrowly winning the popular vote, while Donald Trump won just enough states for a majority in the Electoral College. But if elections were based on economic output instead of population, the 2016 election would have been a blowout for …

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Iran warns of retaliation if U.S. breaches nuclear deal

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Extending U.S. sanctions on Iran for 10 years would breach the Iranian nuclear agreement, Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said on Wednesday, warning that Tehran would retaliate if the sanctions are approved.<p>Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves as he gives a …

South Asia

No Saudi Oil Says Trump; Saudi Arabia Fires Back

Imagine making the world’s largest oil exporter sweat it out, even before you take office. That’s exactly what Donald Trump is doing. The president-elect has said repeatedly that the U.S. needs to block all oil imports from Saudi Arabia.<p>During his campaign Trump vowed to secure U.S. energy …

Trump’s win is a reminder of the incredible, unbeatable power of racism

He tapped into the most powerful force in America.<p>Donald Trump has won the presidency, despite an unprecedented level of unfitness and in defiance of nearly every prediction and poll. And he’s done this not despite but because he expressed unfiltered disdain toward racial and religious minorities …

Donald Trump

The people’s tyrant: what Plato can teach us about Donald Trump

Trump put fascism on the ballot this year, and millions of people said “yes.”<p>Plato thought political regimes followed a predictable evolutionary course, from oligarchy to democracy to tyranny. Oligarchies give way to democracies when the elites fail, when they become spoiled, lazy, profligate, and …

Donald Trump

Spain urged not to allow refuelling of Russian warships

<b>Spain is coming under pressure from Nato allies not to allow the refuelling of Russian warships bound for Syria.</b><p>The Spanish government is now reviewing the permit for refuelling at its enclave of Ceuta in north Africa.<p>The UK said it would be "extremely concerned" if the refuelling went ahead.<p>Nato …

South Korea’s presidency ‘on the brink of collapse’ as scandal grows

TOKYO — South Korea’s president is engulfed in a political scandal with plotlines straight out of a soap opera: rumors of secret advisers, nepotism and ill-gotten gains, plus a whiff of sex. There’s even a Korean Rasputin and talk of a mysterious clique called the “eight fairies.”<p>Park Geun-hye, …

South Korea

China and Malaysia agree on military cooperation in the South China Sea

Najib Razak signs defence deal during Beijing visit and writes editorial saying former colonlial should not lecture countries they once exploited<p>China and Malaysia have said their navies will cooperate more in the politically sensitive South China Sea in an agreement signed on Tuesday during a …

Switzerland is going to curb immigration and says it will not be pressured into sacrificing sovereignty

In an interview aired by broadcaster SRF before Wednesday's meeting in Berlin, he also said Swiss plans to curb the influx of European Union citizens by giving local people hiring preference may not require any more EU negotiations.<p>Switzerland, which is not an EU member, must implement next year …

China just got rid of its finance minister

China just removed a top official who's played an important role in trying to reform the country's debt-laden economy for the past three years.<p>In a one-line statement, the government said Finance Minister Lou Jiwei will be replaced by Xiao Jie, a former tax chief. No reason was given for the …

Iraq peshmerga storm Islamic State town as army battles in Mosul

BASHIQA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces stormed an Islamic State-held town northeast of Mosul on Monday, clearing a pocket of militants outside the city while Iraqi troops wage a fierce urban war with the jihadists in its eastern neighborhoods.<p>As the operation against Islamic …

Middle East