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We got a glimpse of Trump negotiating today. It ... wasn't great.

White House officials made the unusual decision Tuesday to allow cameras to film a nearly hour-long immigration meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers. They probably wish they hadn't.<p>For a moment, Democrats thought they had struck an unexpected deal with President Trump. Trump had previously …

Donald Trump
Economy

In Tangled Afghan War, a Thin Line of Defense Against ISIS

KHOGYANI, Afghanistan — When the American military dropped the largest bomb in its arsenal on an Islamic State cave complex here in eastern Afghanistan in April, the generals justified it as part of a robust campaign to destroy the group’s local affiliate by year’s end.<p>Its force had been reduced to …

Middle East

Palestine slams Israeli plan for new settlement units

Israeli construction minister announces campaign promoting building of 300,000 settlement units in East Jerusalem.<p>The Palestinian ministry of foreign affairs and expatriates has denounced a new Israeli settlement construction plan, which includes the building of 300,000 housing units in occupied …

Israel

How significant are Israel's relations with the Arab world?

Israel has found in the past that its apparently warm relations can quickly turn sour.<p>><br>• ><p>Rabbi Moshe Sebbag shows a Torah scroll to Secretary General …

Saudi Arabia

Pope prays for two-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

<b>(CNN) —</b> Pope Francis used his annual Christmas Day message to pray for a peaceful two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.<p>Speaking just days after members of the United Nations condemned US President Donald Trump's move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Pope prayed …

North Africa

New Zealand singer Lorde scraps show in Israel after fan pressure

Young New Zealand star Lorde has canceled a concert in Tel Aviv amid calls to boycott Israel for its treatment of Palestinians. The singer said she …

Israel

Topless protester tries to grab baby Jesus figure at Vatican

<b>(CNN) —</b> A topless protester was detained by Vatican police on Monday for attempting to steal the doll of baby Jesus from the Vatican's nativity scene. The incident occurred as thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square to hear the Pope's Christmas Day message.<p>The woman, who was wearing …

Christianity

Flynn Flipped. Who’s Next?

Well, well, well.<p>We now have a better idea why President Trump went to such great lengths to shield Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser, from the prying eyes of the F.B.I. and various congressional committees over the past year. Unfortunately for Mr. Trump, it didn’t work out as he …

Donald Trump

Brexit climbdown is not what leaving the EU was meant to look like

The agenda at Monday’s crunch meeting between Theresa May and Jean Claude-Juncker is not what voters were promised<p>As the scale of the Brexit climbdown takes shape this weekend, one thing is already becoming clear: this wasn’t what leaving the EU was meant to look like. Ahead of Monday’s crunch …

United Kingdom

Flynn’s Guilty Plea Looms Over a White House on the Verge of a Tax Cut Success

WASHINGTON — At his Mar-a-Lago private club over the Thanksgiving weekend, President Trump appeared happy and relaxed, relieved to be away from the stresses of Washington. His mind was partly on the Russia investigation that had irritated him for months. But he insisted to friends that it would …

Donald Trump

Russia investigation zeroes in on Trump inner circle

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Michael Flynn's downfall Friday exacerbated grave legal and political risks that represent the most serious threat to any administration for at least 40 years, and could eventually imperil the Trump presidency itself.<p>The plea deal cut by the fired national security adviser with …

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

A 30-year-old law that Ronald Reagan hated could end Trump's Middle East peace push before it starts

Three decades after US president Ronald Reagan criticized an anti-Palestinian law as an overreach by Congress into the executive branch's ability to conduct diplomacy, the same legislation now imperils yet-unborn peace talks under the Trump administration.<p>On Friday the State Department informed the …

Israel

Macron scores diplomatic coup on Lebanon but balancing act under test

PARIS: President Emmanuel Macron's initiative in bringing Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri to Paris puts France at the centre of a power struggle between …

Emmanuel Macron has emerged as de facto head of the EU – and that's bad news for Brexit Britain

Now that the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has run into political difficulties at home, the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, may become, …

Britain loses seat on International Court of Justice for first time ever

Britain has pulled its candidate for a seat on the International Court of Justice, allowing a judge from India to fill the final place. Some analysts …

United Kingdom

Double your money, Theresa May – the true Brexit bill will be £80bn

With the future of the NHS, schools and housing hanging in the balance, it’s time for the prime minister to finally come clean on the cost of leaving the EU<p>Boris Johnson and Michael Gove promised Brexit would release an extra £350m a week for the NHS. Now they’ve given the green light to Theresa …

United Kingdom

Special Report: In modernizing nuclear arsenal, U.S. stokes new arms race | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama rode into office in 2009 with promises to work toward a nuclear-free world. His vow helped win him the Nobel Peace Prize that year.<p>FILE PHOTO - Democratic US presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) meets with his foreign policy panel of …

Military
United Kingdom

US airstrike in Somalia kills more than 100 al-Shabaab militants

<b>(CNN) —</b> More than 100 al-Shabaab militants were killed Tuesday in a US airstrike on a camp in Somalia, US Africa Command said in a statement, the latest in a series of strikes against the al-Qaeda-affiliated group and ISIS fighters in the war-torn country.<p>The strike on an al-Shabaab training camp …

Al-Shabaab

Stop Brexit from happening, German business leaders tell the EU

A group of German business leaders and politicians has called for the European Union to persuade Britain to reverse Brexit by offering a comprehensive deal on immigration and free movement.<p>Under the slogan “Exit from Brexit: a new deal for Britain and the EU”, the group of seven influential figures …

North Korea

What does Germany’s political crisis mean for Brexit?

With coalition talks collapsing, Angela Merkel has problems at home to sort. The idea she could magic a Brexit solution favourable to the UK is simply for the birds<p>The British political class, like much of the British media, remains foolishly obsessed with America to the exclusion of all other …

Europe

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer

When the world looks at the United States, it sees a land of exceptions: a time-tested if noisy democracy, a crusader in foreign policy, an exporter of beloved music and film.<p>But there is one quirk that consistently puzzles America’s fans and critics alike. Why, they ask, does it experience so many …

Guns

The New Democratic Party

A year ago this week, America made what I believe history will record as one of the greatest electoral mistakes in the life of the nation: It elected Donald Trump president of the United States.<p>It did so while drowning in Russia-produced propaganda, under a torrent of Russia-stolen emails, facing …

Donald Trump

Lost and powerless – Theresa May has become a martyr without a cause

With inept and unruly ministers such as Boris Johnson and Priti Patel, the prime minister can’t deliver Brexit or the social justice she promised<p>The Conservative party has become seriously unserious about government. Trouble piles up at the prime minister’s door with the intensity of a macabre …

Downing Street

'Cancelling' Brexit wouldn't stop it, but it would unleash political hell

<i>A u-turn on Brexit might please self-righteous Remainers, but the forces behind Leave would quickly return, and cause havoc in the process</i><p>The vehemence with which opponents of Brexit make their case is remarkable. Every day, it seems, we must experience an edited rerun of the 2016 referendum …

12 Rohingya refugees killed after boat capsizes fleeing Myanmar

<b>(CNN) —</b> At least 12 Rohingya refugees, including 10 children, died after their boat capsized as they tried to flee Myanmar for Bangladesh, officials told CNN.<p>A fishing trawler capsized on the Naf River late Sunday evening local time, said Ariful Islam, commanding officer of the Bangladesh Border …

Asia