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Trump met with the Russian ambassador during his campaign despite repeated denials of any relationship

The White House is once again facing a crisis over its links to the Kremlin, after it emerged that Donald Trump met the Russian ambassador during his election run last April. Trump and his aides have previously strongly denied that the president had any contact with Russia during his …

Donald Trump

Steve Bannon in 2016: legal immigration is the real “problem"

President Donald Trump’s sweeping visa and refugee ban is likely only the beginning.<p>Already he has signed a variation of a “Muslim ban” — and has suggested expanding it. He has pushed forward on the southern border wall, regardless of Mexico’s refusal to pay for it. And he is reportedly considering …

Trump administration says it’s putting Iran ‘on notice’ following missile test

The Trump administration said Wednesday that it would hold Iran “accountable” for its recent ballistic-missile launch, threatening an unspecified response to what it called a violation of U.N. restrictions.<p>In a brief statement read during the regular White House press briefing, Michael Flynn, …

South Asia

It’s Putin’s World

How the Russian president became the ideological hero of nationalists everywhere<p>In 2012, Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency after a four-year, constitutionally imposed hiatus. It wasn’t the smoothest of transitions. To his surprise, in the run-up to his inauguration, protesters filled the …

Political Science

Steve Bannon: 'We're going to war in the South China Sea ... no doubt'

Only months ago Donald Trump’s chief strategist predicted military involvement in east Asia and the Middle East in Breitbart radio shows<p>The United States and China will fight a war within the next 10 years over islands in the South China Sea, and “there’s no doubt about that”. At the same time, the …

Moscow didn’t do anything in America’s last election that Washington hasn’t done elsewhere in the world

Ever since Donald Trump won the presidency last November, perhaps no issue has consumed America's political class more than the question of whether Russia interfered in the U.S. election. The White House, the FBI, and the rest of the intelligence community says it did, although the government has …

Democratic Party

Gambia’s President Is Paying Mercenaries To Help His Cause After Shocking Election Defeat

“Jammeh is ready to fight to the teeth and spend money to stay in power,” said an ex-Liberian soldier who said he is being recruited by the strongman’s forces.<p>DAKAR, Senegal — Gambia’s longtime president has begun recruiting mercenaries with ties to other West African regimes in the wake of his …

Americans can spot election meddling because they’ve been doing it for years

If Vladimir Putin intervened to help Donald Trump, that’s an outrage. But then so is the long US record of foreign interference<p>As I write, president-elect Donald Trump – soon to become the most powerful individual on Earth – is having a tantrum on his Twitter feed. Losing the popular vote can have …

North Korea able to test intercontinental ballistic missile this year, say experts

Although missile may be tested it is likely to fail with a successful model possibly two to three years away<p>North Korea is capable of fulfilling its New Year’s threat to start testing an intercontinental ballistic missile in 2017, bringing a long-brewing standoff with the US to the boil in the …

The new world order, 2017

One insistent question that will shape 2017 is whether we’re witnessing the gradual decay of the post-World War II international order, dominated by the economic and military power of the United States.<p>After the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, it became fashionable to talk of the United States as …

Geopolitics

Look more deeply at the tangled relationship between Russia and America

Dana Milbank’s Dec. 28 op-ed asked President-elect Donald Trump and the American public to take “a sneak peek into Putin’s soul.” It is apparent what is in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s soul, and it ain’t pretty. Given the capability of Russian intelligence and Mr. Putin’s blatant efforts to …

Russia

Foreign nationals named among victims of Istanbul attack

Seven Saudis, four Iraqis, two Indians, two Tunisians and one each from France, Syria, Israel and Belgium reportedly killed<p>Citizens of up to a dozen countries, including seven Saudi nationals and four Iraqis, were among the 39 people killed when a gunman opened fire on New Year’s Eve revellers in a …

The stream of violence in Turkey shows President Erdogan is a control freak who can't tame his own country

In times of crisis when violence stalks the land people cry out for a strongman to get a grip on the problem. But what if terrorism spawns chaos in a country already under the thumb of a strong man?<p>Turkey is in a uniquely awful position. It now has the strongest president since the military coup in …

Middle East

Margaret Thatcher had deep misgivings over reunification of Germany, National Archives reveal

Aides to Margaret Thatcher had to persuade the Conservative Prime Minister to overcome deep misgivings and welcome the reunification of Germany, official records show.<p>Meanwhile, British officials worked quietly behind the scenes to scupper a planned ceremony celebrating the event to be attended by …

Fresh Brexit challenge in high court over leaving single market and EEA

Four anonymous claimants allege that separate parliamentary approval is needed to quit the European Economic Area<p>A fresh set of legal challenges asserting that the UK will remain within the single market and the European Economic Area after Brexit have been lodged at the high court.<p>A group of four …

Clashes, air raids tarnish Russia and Turkey's Syria truce

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Clashes, shelling and air raids in western Syria marred a Russian- and Turkish-backed ceasefire that aims to end nearly six years of war and lead to peace talks between rebels and a government emboldened by recent battlefield success.<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin, a key ally …

Middle East

Man wrongly arrested over Berlin attack says he fears for his life

Exclusive: Naveed Baloch says he was tied up, blindfolded and slapped by police after being held ‘because he ran across road’<p>Naveed Baloch was crossing a road in central Berlin on the evening of 19 December, having just left a friend’s house. He was halfway over it when, seeing a car heading …

John Kerry, tireless in his diplomatic efforts, often came up empty-handed

John F. Kerrywas late to his own party.<p>Staffers, journalists and other officials were gathered in the ornate Benjamin Franklin salon at the<p>State Departmenton Dec. 14 for early Christmas festivities. But the secretary of State was nowhere to be seen.<p>Kerry was on the telephone to various world …

Middle East

'Stances have shifted': Russia, Turkey, Iran are discussing chopping Syria into zones of influence

Such a deal, which would allow regional autonomy within a federal structure controlled by Assad's Alawite sect, is in its infancy, subject to change and would need the buy-in of Assad and the rebels and, eventually, the Gulf states and the United States, sources familiar with Russia's thinking …

Middle East

'It's quite clear, perfectly obvious': Erdogan accuses the West of backing ISIS in Syria

At least 37 Turkish soldiers have died in Turkey's major incursion inside Syria since it was launched in August to back pro-Ankara Syrian fighters battling IS and Kurdish militia.<p>Casualties have mounted as the military seeks to take the town of Al-Bab from IS jihadists and Ankara has become more …

Middle East

Christians in the Crosshairs: Iran’s Oddly Selective Crackdown on Christians

Iran tolerates some Christians but not others—and converting from Islam can cost you your life.<p><i>In this season of celebration and contemplation, we</i> …

Religion

Russian military report mass graves of civilians in Syria's Aleppo

Russia's military has found a mass grave of Syrians, allegedly killed by rebel groups ahead of last week's evacuation. An independent monitoring …

Breaking Down Donald Trump and Xi Jinping’s Weird Relationship

China’s president, Xi Jinping, used to be the antagonistic one in the U.S.-China relationship. Since taking office in 2013, he has overseen the …

Angela Merkel is destroying Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's celebrated open-door policy encouraged the migration of more than 1 million refugees in 2015, and hundreds of …

Pakistan minister issues nuclear warning to Israel after 'being tricked by fake news site'

Pakistan's defence minister has threatened to retaliate in kind to any Israeli nuclear strike after apparently being tricked by a fake news site into a confrontation on social media.<p>Khawaja Asif was responding to an invented story published on the website AWDNews and headlined: "Israeli Defense …

Internet

When David Bowie Was the Thin White Duke

Bowie's Thin White Duke persona, smoking a Gitanes cigarette,1976.<br>Andrew Kent<p>1 of 24<p>2016 got off to a sad start when David Bowie, the legendary …

Why George Michael turned his back on America

Star scored success in the US but relationship was soured by row with label and arrest that forced him to come out<p>• Family and friends ‘touched beyond words’ by tributes<p>George Michael found success quickly in the US, briefly eclipsing even superstars such as Michael Jackson and Madonna at the tail …

What UN Vote on Israeli Settlements Means -- and What’s Next

United Nations Security Council 2334, which passed Dec. 23 by a vote of 14-0 with the U.S. abstaining, describes Israel’s settlements in the West …

Israel

Apple Publishes Its First Artificial Intelligence Paper

Earlier this month, Apple made a splash when it told the artificial intelligence research community that the secretive company would start publishing AI papers of its own. Not even a month later, it’s already starting to make good on that promise.<p>Apple has published its very first AI paper on …

Artificial Intelligence

Why Donald Trump won — and how Hillary Clinton lost: 13 theories explain the stunning election

Trump did what millions thought impossible: he was — sort of — elected president of the United States. Here’s why<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>It’s now three weeks since Donald Trump won the presidential election, and people are still reeling. In an election that shocked the world …