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A Russian Former MP And Putin Critic Was Just Shot And Killed In Ukraine

Denis Voronenkov fled to Ukraine last October and had taken on Ukrainian citizenship.<p>A former Russian MP who fled to Ukraine last year and was known to be a critic of President Vladimir Putin was shot and killed outside an upscale hotel in Kiev on Thursday, the Associated Press reported.<p>Denis …

Ukraine

Murder, Missiles, and Messages From North Korea

For six months in 2016, North Korea regularly conducted theater missile testing, establishing a pattern before it stopped in late October. Pyongyang …

North Korea

Document: Russia Uses Rigged Polls, Fake News to Sway Foreign Elections

SOFIA, Bulgaria—In the run-up to presidential elections in Bulgaria last year, the country’s opposition Socialist Party received a secret strategy document proposing a road map to victory at the ballot box, according to five current or former Bulgarian officials.<p>Among its recommendations: plant …

Russia

Steve Bannon's Would-Be Coalition of Christian Traditionalists

From American evangelicals to Russian Orthodox, they're united against Islam. Is that enough to overcome all that divides them?<p>“If we do not bind together as partners with others in other countries then this conflict is only going to metastasize,” said Steve Bannon in 2014. He was referring to a …

Religion

Trump’s Russia policy is scaring allies and confusing even the Kremlin

No issue has given Donald Trump more grief than Russia. The Trump team’s controversial ties to the Kremlin forced the departure of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, got Attorney General Jeff Sessions into hot water, and kicked off an FBI investigation into Trump’s campaign.<p>So you’d think …

Foreign Policy

Denmark already has a Muslim ban. It’s just called something else.

The Trump administration isn’t the first government to try to keep Muslims out of a Western country. Many European voters (even anti-Trump Europeans) agree with this goal – and their governments have been simultaneously creeping in that direction.<p>But few Americans would suspect which country has …

Immigration

Donald Trump’s biggest war is on democracy itself

Slashing the State Department and the U.N. is preparation for Bannon's "clash of civilizations"<p>“There’s no question this is a hard-power budget,” budget director Mick Mulvaney said of President Trump’s proposal to slash spending on diplomacy while increasing military spending. “It is not a …

Foreign Policy

Fax-Wielding Witness Tries to Link Japan’s Prime Minister to Scandal

TOKYO — He said he had in his hand a fax.<p>It was not quite Joseph McCarthy and his list, but in the most dramatic moment during several hours of testimony on Thursday in Tokyo, the leader of an ultraconservative education group that has become entangled in a scandal with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe …

Japan

The health care bill could be Donald Trump’s Iraq War

Sold on lies, poorly planned, deadly to thousands, and a catastrophe for its authors.<p>If it passes, the American Health Care Act will be Donald Trump and Paul Ryan's Iraq War. It's been sold with lies. It's been pushed forward with a shock-and-awe legislative strategy. And its architects are …

Health Care

If we're going to rule out negotiations with North Korea, we have to be ready for war

During a visit to Seoul last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson drew some reddish lines around North Korea.<p>“Twenty years of talking has brought us to the point we are today,” Tillerson said at a news conference. “Talk is not going to change the situation.” If North Korea threatens South Korean …

North Korea

U.S., South Korean troops train for North Korean chemical weapons attack

U.S. and South Korean soldiers finished a two-day drill Wednesday that simulated an assault on North Korean chemical weapons laboratories as …

North Korea

A horrific murder has awakened Brazil’s transgender community

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Dandara dos Santos, a 42-year-old transgender woman from a northern Brazilian slum, begged for mercy as a group of men bashed her over the head with rocks.<p>In a video shot on Feb. 15, dos Santos crouched on the ground, her ripped clothes hanging from her slender frame. Blood …

LGBTQ

US GENERAL: Russia may be helping supply Taliban insurgents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general in Europe said on Thursday that he had seen Russian influence on Afghan Taliban insurgents growing and raised the possibility that Moscow was helping supply the militants, whose reach is expanding in southern Afghanistan.<p>"I've seen the influence of Russia …

Taliban

Uganda at 'breaking point' as South Sudan refugees pour in

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda is at a "breaking point" as almost 3,000 South Sudanese refugees pour into the country every day, the United Nations refugee chief and Uganda's government said Thursday, calling for international help to support over 800,000 people now sheltering there.<p>The U.N. has …

Refugees

Israel Arrests Man Suspected In Wave Of Bomb Threats Against Jewish Centers

<b>Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET</b><p>A man in his late teens has been arrested in Israel as the "primary suspect" behind a string of phoned-in bomb threats to Jewish community centers across the U.S. and elsewhere.<p>The arrest was the result of an investigation by Israeli police and the FBI, a police spokesman …

Terrorism

India's Narendra Modi Wins Big: Time To Finish Economic Reforms

Despite imposing a disastrous “currency reform” that impoverished poorer people and small businesses across his nation, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi won big in five state elections a week ago. His Bharatiya Janata Party’s sweep was incomplete—the BJP lost one state and will rule only in …

Opinion

Is Trump right about free trade? We asked an expert

By Matt Phillips on Mar 23, 2017<p>Donald Trump ran for the presidency on a chaotic cocktail of issues: xenophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment, a rejection of the political class embodied by Hillary Clinton, and doses of nostalgia for the bygone glory days of U.S. manufacturing. And possibly most …

NAFTA

Turkey's Referendum Could Backfire on Erdogan

ISTANBUL—Appearances can deceive.<p>Only one campaign is in sight less than a month before the April 16 referendum that would give Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vast new powers.<p>Building-size billboards feature a giant likeness of Mr. Erdogan urging the nation to vote “Yes.” On TV networks, …

Turkey

Trump’s Longtime Lawyer Is Defending Russia’s Biggest Bank

Marc E. Kasowitz, who has represented Donald Trump for more than 15 years, was recently named a lead attorney in a federal civil lawsuit against Sberbank, which is majority-owned by the Russian government.<p>One of President Donald Trump’s personal attorneys was just named a lead attorney to defend …

Russia

The Last Scrap of the North American Ice Sheet Is Melting

The planet is warming and Arctic ice is melting. These facts are hardly news. But it’s not just habitat for polar bears that’s being lost—a piece of …

Global Warming

A former Pentagon adviser on why the military has become too powerful

Author Rosa Brooks on the domestic dangers of an ever-expanding military.<p>Rosa Brooks walked away from her job as a civilian adviser at the Pentagon in 2011. She had served for just under two years. She left, in part, due to frustration with the process. A lawyer specializing in human rights, she …

Foreign Policy

'Sometimes I laugh at this farce': six writers on life behind bars in Turkey

Six persecuted writers describe the mental and physical toll of living in the country that jails more journalists than any other<p>Ahmet Şık<b>Age</b> 46<b>Profession</b> Author, investigative journalist and trade unionist<b>Charge</b> Terrorist propaganda<b>Time behind bars</b> Four months and counting, and one year and one …

Turkey

Le Pen visits Russia weeks before French presidential vote

PARIS (AP) — French far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is headed to Moscow for meetings with lawmakers less than a month before the election.<p>Officials from her National Front party said she is traveling Friday, on the heels of a trip this week by Le Pen to Chad as she bolsters her …

Europe

The real reason we talk about NAFTA so much

• <b>Since 1994, NAFTA has only raised US GDP by one half to one whole percentage point.</b>• <b><br>Many economists argue that NAFTA has become a symbol of things much greater than itself – namely, globalization.</b>• <b><br>NAFTA both created jobs and killed jobs, and gave Americans a name for their frustrations.</b><p>What did the …

Globalization

Refugees Leave The U.S. In Hopes Of Better Treatment in Canada

A wave of refugees has been heading to Canada after first living for a time in the U.S. Canadian officials say more than 2,500 people crossed the border in January and February seeking asylum.<p>Mohammed Ahmed, a refugee from Pakistan, spent a year in New Jersey before he and his family walked across …

Refugees

Russia and Iran Are Scrapping Over Assad’s Corpse. Where’s Trump?

Russia in Syria is a treatable illness; Iran in Syria is sure death.

Syria

Roadside bombs kill 10 Egyptian soldiers

At least 15 ISIL fighters also die during a raid in the volatile Sinai peninsula, Egyptian military says.<p>Ten Egyptian security personnel, including three army officers, have been killed in two roadside bombings during a security operation in Egypt’s troubled Sinai peninsula on Thursday, an Egyptian …

Egypt

When Russia interfered: I witnessed a Russian-led coup attempt in my home country

The coup attempt in Montenegro was designed to "sow mayhem" and keep NATO away<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>Testifying before a congressional committee, FBI Director James Comey has confirmed that his agency is investigating links between the Donald Trump campaign and …

Russia

EU summons Turkish envoy over Erdogan warning for Europeans' safety

The EU has called on Turkey's envoy in Brussels to explain President Erdogan's warning about Europeans being unsafe on the world's streets. The German foreign minister has advised keeping channels with Ankara open.<p>Erdogan's remarks were made just hours ahead of the deadly attack outside the British …

Turkey

Why Sangin's fall to the Taliban matters

<b>The Taliban's capture of the strategically-located Sangin, once considered the deadliest battlefield for US and British troops in Afghanistan, will increase the group's mobility in the north of the province and give it control of an important supply line with the provincial capital Lashkar Gah</b><p>The …

Taliban