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Trump’s Move to Deter Russian Aggression

KYIV, Ukraine—On Tuesday, President Donald Trump presented a budget request to Congress that would boost spending for an Obama-era buildup of U.S. …

War

Ex-Premier of Greece Is Hurt When Bomb Explodes in His Car

ATHENS — A bomb exploded on Thursday in a car carrying Lucas Papademos, a former prime minister of Greece, through central Athens, the police said. Mr. Papademos, 69, was injured in the explosion, along with the driver and another person in the car.<p>A government spokesman, Dimitris Tzanakopoulos, …

Greece

Trump talks trade with EU, varied differences remain

| BRUSSELS<p>A smiling Donald Trump offered European Union chiefs assurances on security in Brussels on Thursday but EU officials did not conceal lingering differences with the U.S. president over Russia, trade and climate change.<p>"The leaders discussed ... shared challenges in fighting global …

Brexit

The death of a Navy SEAL reveals US mission creep in Somalia

It hasn't happened since the infamous Black Hawk Down battle in 1993.<p>Last month, a US soldier was shot and killed fighting in Somalia. Reports indicate the Navy SEAL was serving alongside his Somali counterparts — not advising from the operating base — as they battled al-Shabab militants.<p>New York …

Military

The B-52 Is Getting Out of the Nuke-Dropping Business

It still has nuclear-tipped cruise missiles, though.<p>The venerable B-52 strategic bomber no longer carries thermonuclear bombs. Because of improved modern enemy air defenses, the Pentagon has decided the old plane is no longer capable of getting close enough to drop the bombs. (The B-52 still will …

Military

Everything good and bad about NAFTA can be explained by avocados and shoes

The North American Free Trade Agreement doesn’t seem to have as many fans these days. It was a punching bag during the 2016 US presidential election: Bernie Sanders never supported it, Hillary Clinton wanted to renegotiate it, then-candidate Donald Trump called it the “worst trade deal.”<p>As US …

NAFTA

Inside India's new homemade luxury train

India

Trump’s Foreign Trip Sends Strong Message That American Leadership Is Back

President Donald Trump’s visit to the Middle East and Europe is framing the parameters of his foreign policy style.<p>That style is characterized by …

Foreign Policy

Iran says has built third underground missile factory | News | DW | 25.05.2017

A Revolutionary Guard commander has said Iran constructed a third underground factory to make ballistic missiles. The development is likely to fuel …

Iran

How France armed Biafra's bid to break from Nigeria - Africa - RFI

The ethnic Igbo-majority Eastern Region declared its independence on 30 May 1967, following a military coup, a counter-coup and what French diplomats described as “pogroms” of tens of thousands of Igbo living in northern Nigeria the previous year.<p>The attempt to break away led to a 32-month war, …

War

Senators make new push to rein in Trump's military powers

Updated 05/25/2017 12:55 PM EDT<p>As President Donald Trump increasingly flexes the might of the military he now controls, the Senate is reviving efforts to claw back some of that authority from the White House.<p>Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) are joining forces to reintroduce an …

U.S. Congress

Five ways in which this wave of demonstrations in Venezuela is different

CARACAS, Venezuela — For nearly two months, Venezuelans have been holding almost-daily demonstrations against the government of President Nicolás Maduro, demanding early elections, more democratic rights and the release of political prisoners. At least 55 people have died in the protests, which …

Venezuela

Beijing Protests U.S. Patrol in South China Sea

BEIJING—China vowed to further build up military capabilities after a U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near a Chinese-built artificial island in the South China Sea, the first such patrol under President Donald Trump.<p>Col. Ren Guoqiang, a Defense Ministry spokesman, on Thursday said Beijing had lodged a …

South China Sea

Obama gets rock-star welcome in Berlin, praises Merkel

BERLIN (AP) — Barack Obama received a rock-star welcome in Berlin as he appeared at a public debate Thursday with Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom he praised as one of his "favorite partners" during his presidency.<p>Security was tight in front of the German capital's Brandenburg Gate, where the former …

Germany

Merkel Issues Ultimatum to Erdogan Over German Access to Airbase - Bloomberg

Chancellor Angela Merkel gave her strongest signal yet that she’ll pull German troops out of Turkey unless President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lets …

Turkey

‘Rodney on the Roq,’ Influential L.A. Radio Show, Ending After 40 Years on the Air

After 40 years of discovering new bands on his Los Angeles radio show “Rodney on the Roq,” Rodney Bingenheimer announced on Facebook that he will be …

Music

Scientists Have Reversed Age-Related Blindness by Deliberately Infecting Eyes With a Virus

Symptoms almost completely disappeared.<p>A small and preliminary clinical trial has found that injecting a common cold-like virus into the eyes of …

Medicine

Why exercise might be our best weapon against Alzheimer's

My grandfather, Abbas Jebelli, was not one for self-gratification. He didn’t drink and kept fit, waking every morning at 5am to go hiking in the foothills of the Alborz Mountains in northern Tehran. He didn’t smoke. And he had a good diet, eating plenty of fish, pomegranates, pistachio nuts and the …

Dementia

The One Thing To Do If a Tick Lands on You

"Folklore remedies" only put you at greater risk for dangerous diseases.<p>Scientists already predict Lyme disease to surge this year, but a viral tick "trick" could put people even more at risk.<p>The popular Facebook video advises dousing the parasites in peppermint oil, causing them to float up and …

Health

Roche: Diabetics could save thousands on blood glucose monitoring system

Pharmaceuticals maker Roche overhauled its blood glucose monitoring system and introduced a new discounting offer that it says could save uninsured diabetics by thousands of dollars per year.<p>The move could help alleviate political pressure as the drug industry faces mounting scrutiny over prices. …

Diabetes

Islamists are very clear about what they want — we just aren’t listening

Cries of ‘what can it mean?’ always follow a terror attack. It seems we’re incapable of learning anything<p>The meeting place of the two worlds could not have been more sharply defined. In Manchester Arena, thousands of young women had spent the night singing and dancing at a show in Ariana Grande’s …

Manchester Arena

Psychology shows it’s a big mistake to base our self-worth on our professional achievements

Contemporary society has some very wrong-headed ideas about what constitutes success. Popular thinking holds that a person who went to Harvard is smarter and better than someone who attended Ohio State; that a father who stays at home with his kids is contributing less to society than a man who …

Psychology

Program an SMS Bot Using Python and Twilio

This winter I went to Utah with some friends, and explored some of the most remote and beautiful places in the world. I hiked through Star Wars looking terrains, and was in awe at the bright red canyons. However, there was one problem: we were in such remote places, the cellular connection was …

Python Programming

You May Be Holding Your Daughter Back With This Common Practice. Here's How to Raise a Confident Leader

It may not be the easiest thing to do now, but she'll thank you for it later. So will we.<p>A while ago, I saw a little girl wearing a cheeky shirt that said <i>"Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go places."</i><p>It made me smile. I liked the thought of this little girl being a rebel (or at least encouraged to …

Parenting

The world’s largest floating solar power plant just went online in China

Why it matters to you<p>This sprawling, floating solar power plant could change the way other nations design city centers.<p>China has announced that the …

Renewable Energy

Scientists Watch Star Become Black Hole, But They Were Expecting Supernova

Scientists expected to see an enormous star explode in a supernova but they may have watched it collapse into a black hole instead.<p>NASA’s Goddard …

Astrophysics

Trump 'worried about Brexit impact on US jobs'

Source reveals apparent U-turn by US president in talks with EU leaders, having previously said Brexit is ‘wonderful thing’<p>Donald Trump is said to have told European Union leaders he is worried Americans may lose jobs as a result of Britain leaving the EU, in what would amount to an extraordinary …

Brexit

Why China may be headed for a massive bank bailout

Reuters<p>SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - Moody's Investors Service downgraded China's credit ratings on Wednesday for the first time in nearly 30 years, saying it expects the financial strength of the economy will erode in coming years as growth slows and debt continues to rise.<p>The one-notch downgrade …

China

Census: Texas has 4 of top 5 fastest growing large US cities

Everything is bigger in Texas, including population booms.<p>Figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau show that four of the five …

Cities