Foreign Policy

As Trump heads to Davos, survey points to rising risk of war

BERLIN (Reuters) - The risk of political and economic confrontations between major powers, including outright military conflicts, has risen sharply, according to a survey released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) days before its annual gathering in Davos.<p>The Global Risks Report highlighted several …

Politics

A major geopolitical crisis is set to erupt over who controls the world’s longest river

When Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn visits Egypt this week to discuss bilateral cooperation in sectors like health, education, and agriculture one contentious issue will stand out: the completion of Africa’s largest dam.<p>It is no secret what Egypt thinks about the Grand Ethiopian …

News

Pentagon Suggests Countering Devastating Cyberattacks With Nuclear Arms

WASHINGTON — A newly drafted United States nuclear strategy that has been sent to President Trump for approval would permit the use of nuclear weapons to respond to a wide range of devastating but non-nuclear attacks on American infrastructure, including what current and former government officials …

U.S. Politics

U.S. Military Allies Cannot Defeat This Flock Of Sheep at One of NATO's Most Important Bases

The U.S. military and a key ally have found themselves defending one of their most important facilities abroad from an unlikely foe—a flock of …

War

Bitcoin plummets further after losing half its value in just one month

Bitcoin slid more than 11 percent to hit $10,000 on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange on Wednesday, leaving the cryptocurrency down by close to half from its peak hit last month.<p>Bitcoin the largest and most prominent cryptocurrency, fell more than 11 percent to hit $10,000 on the …

Cryptocurrency

President Trump expands US military footprint despite candidate Trump's rhetoric

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> At one rally after the next, candidate Donald Trump lamented the "trillions of dollars spent and thousands of lives lost" in the Middle East, criticized his opponent as a warmonger and signaled he would scale back US military commitments abroad.<p>"America First" would become the …

U.S. Politics

North and South Korea to march under unified flag at Winter Olympics

North and South Korea have agreed to make a joint entrance under a unified peninsula flag at the opening ceremony of the upcoming Winter Olympics. …

World News

Tillerson encourages talks with North Korea but says regime could ‘trigger an option’

The United States is still pursuing diplomatic efforts to resolve the situation with North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday, but he warned that if Pyongyang doesn't choose the path of engagement "they themselves will trigger an option."<p>Asked at a news conference with Canadian …

North Korea

Russia Fears U.S. Is Planning for Space War

Russia has accused the United States of harboring dangerous hopes to develop and place weapons in space, which Moscow fears could make the state of …

Russia

UN alarmed as US cuts aid to Palestinian refugee agency

<b>The UN has expressed serious concern at the US decision to withhold more than half of a tranche of funding for the agency supporting Palestinian refugees.</b><p>Washington will hand over $60m (£43m) of a planned payment to the UN Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa), but keep back $65m until it carries out …

Israel

Russian air cadets in trouble after scantily clad twerking video goes viral

Russian air cadets have landed in hot water after a video of them twerking with each other in underwear and military caps went viral.<p>More than a …

LGBTQ

Mexico left-wing presidential contender retains lead: poll

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's left-wing presidential contender retained his lead in this year's election race as the ruling party hopeful failed to gain traction, a poll showed on Wednesday.<p>Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) party maintained a leading …

World News

Protesting Is Uncomfortable. Should It Be Easier?

To protest, or not to protest?This week on Ask Code Switch, we're digging into a question from Shawn, an African-American high school student in South Florida, who wonders how best to take a stand against injustice:<p><i>Hello Code Switch Crew,</i><p><i>I'm a left-leaning person and very much politically</i> …

World News

Bannon's Mueller Meeting Looms Large for Trump

<i>Want to receive this post in your inbox every morning? Sign up for the Balance of Power newsletter, and follow Bloomberg Politics on Twitter and</i> …

North Korea

Risk of nuclear weapons and extreme weather top threats for 2018

War

Future of Catalan crisis at stake as new parliament convenes

A new Catalan parliament is meeting following a foiled secession attempt last year and amid looming questions about the role that fugitive and jailed …

Carles Puigdemont

Oil Briefly Weakens But $80 Brent Is Plausible

After a solid rally oil weakened recently but there are likely more gains on the way.<p>Geopolitical risks are weighing on supply and could shave up to …

Business

Ethiopia releases top opposition figure from prison

BURAYU, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's top opposition figure has been released from prison as part of the government's recent pledge to release detained politicians and "widen the democratic space for all."<p>Merara Gudina led the Oromo Federalist Congress party and was arrested a year ago under the …

World News

Make Austria Great Again — the rapid rise of Sebastian Kurz

Sebastian Kurz took the Austrian election by storm by reshaping Austria's biggest party in his own image. During his inaugural visit to Berlin, DW …

News

U.S. Military Plans New Nuclear Weapons, Making War with Russia and China More Likely, Experts Say

The Pentagon plans to build two new nuclear weapons to keep up with the modernizing arsenals of Russia and China, according to a comprehensive …

War

African Anger Builds Over President Trump’s Racist Comments

Far from dissipating, African anger is building over President Donald Trump’s negative characterization of Africa on January 11. African leaders are …

Donald Trump

How Wall Street learned to stop worrying and love Trump

“The markets have pretty much put on blinders.”<p>President Donald Trump has had an erratic start to 2018 — he’s threatened nuclear war on Twitter, seen growing questions about his mental stability, and stirred controversy in disparaging immigrants from what he reportedly deems “shithole …

Politics

Does the rise of Eurasia herald a new world order?

The fact that you can travel overland from Shanghai to Lisbon seemed irrelevant during the cold war. The Berlin Wall divided Europe. Mao’s China was …

Geopolitics

The United States and Korea: Rediscovering Artifacts of the Naval Past

The second week of December is always a big deal at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland: Army Week. While the Midshipmen finish out their …

History

Sponsorship Spending Expected To Rise In 2018

Brands are likely to amp up their sponsorship spends this year in the U.S. after a tighter-than-expected market in 2017, according to ESP …

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Aside from Trump limelight, Davos discreetly pushes peace talks

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will hog the limelight at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos next week, but behind the scenes some of the world's leading diplomats will be working on some of humanity's knottiest conflicts.<p>Trump is expected to arrive on Jan. 25 and make a speech …

World News

Davos paper attacks Trump's views on trade

© Reuters. Davos paper attacks Trump's views on trade<p>By Tom Miles<p>GENEVA, Jan 17 (Reuters) - U.S. Donald Trump's view of world trade will be …

Economics

US to move embassy to Jerusalem by year's end, Netanyahu says

<b>Jerusalem (CNN) —</b> The United States will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of the year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday.<p>That would be much quicker than expected, with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson saying last month it was "not something that is …

Israel

These are the biggest risks to the world in 2018 according to the World Economic Forum

The environment, cyber attacks and weapons of mass destruction: these are among the biggest risks to the world in 2018, according to the World …

Economics

Philippine President Duterte lashes out over Rappler news site shutdown

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has denied that he influenced the Securities and Exchange Commission to revoke the license of the …

World News