World News

How the U.S. Military Sees the Anti-ISIS Fight

A dispatch from Iraq<p>ERBIL, Iraq—There’s no welcome sign at this U.S. military base discreetly tucked into the corner of the Kurdistan International Airport in northern Iraq. It doesn’t even have a name. But it’s here. Thousands of troops are here, including Americans, Germans, Italians, Finns, and …

Foreign Policy

Donald Trump and the United Nations: a fight waiting to happen?

For someone whose foreign policy is summarised in two words - “America first” – Donald Trump’s distain for the complex bureaucratic behemoth of the United Nations should come as no surprise.<p>What is perhaps surprising, however, is how intent he seems on shredding it.<p>The 71-year-old institution, he …

Israel

The Canadian dollar and the Mexican peso are plunging

The Mexican peso and the Canadian dollar are plunging.<p>The peso is down by 1.7% at 21.8632 per dollar, while the loonie is down by 1.4% at 1.3218 per dollar as of 1:14 p.m. ET.<p>On Wednesday, US Commerce Secretary nominee Wilbur Ross said at his confirmation hearing that the North American Free Trade …

Markets (Canada)

Germany raises defense spending as it demands clear agenda from US

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has called on the US to clarify its foreign policy agenda. Questions on transatlantic relations abound as Donald Trump prepares to take over the White House.<p>Von der Leyen defended NATO and the transatlantic relationship on Wednesday while calling for …

NATO

Should the U.S. still carry a ‘big stick’?

To the extent that President-elect Donald Trump has articulated a coherent view of foreign affairs, it appears to be that the United States needs to reject most policies of the post-1945 period. NATO is a bad bargain; nuclear proliferation is a good thing; Russian President Vladimir Putin is an …

Foreign Policy

French Socialists still trail four other Presidential candidates as primary approaches: poll

France's Socialists still trail well behind four other main candidates for the French presidency days ahead of the first round of the party's presidential primary, according to extracts from a new opinion poll published by Le Monde.<p>An article on the newspaper's web site on Thursday said the poll by …

Elections

The Real Meaning of Putin's Press Conference

The Russian leader tries to claim the role of senior partner in relationship with the U.S.<p>You have to feel bad for the Moldovan president. The newly elected Igor Dodon had traveled to Moscow to meet Russian president Vladimir Putin for the first Russian-Moldovan bilateral meeting in nine years. Yet …

Russia

Chinese President Xi Jinping calls for nuclear disarmament

Xi Jinping has called for a world without nuclear weapons in his address at the World Economic Forum. The Chinese president also spoke out in favor of a multilateral world based on equality among big and small countries.<p>In a landmark address in Davos on Wednesday, Xi held a speech to campaign for …

China

Loos You Can Use: Japan to Simplify Toilets

TOKYO—Makers of Japanese toilets said they would standardize the icons on the panels of the country’s high-tech toilet seats to avoid bafflement among foreign tourists.<p>Many toilets in Japan come with multiple functions such as a seat warmer, deodorizer and bidet.<p>The Japan Sanitary Equipment …

Japan

Mideast expects big changes under Trump

CAIRO – Donald Trump's all-but-dismissal of human rights as a foreign policy principle could land like an earthquake across a Middle East landscape beset by warring factions and beleaguered governments, with some players eyeing the prospect of once unimaginable new alliances.<p>Syria is the foremost …

Foreign Policy

Trump inauguration deepens rift with China over Taiwan

Taiwanese delegation will attend new president’s swearing-in, prompting Beijing to warn it could ‘disturbe or undermine Sino-US relations’<p>The war of words between China and Donald Trump flared again as China urged the US not to host a Taiwanese delegation at his inauguration.<p>Trump previously broke …

Taiwan

The Crisis in the Arctic

It’s warming faster than anywhere else on Earth, but there are signs of hope.<p>Jose Kusugak, a leader of the Arctic Native Inuit community, wrote this in a book on Arctic climate entitled “The Earth is Faster Now”: “<i>Finding examples of the effects of climate change is easy and endless. I know Inuit,</i> …

Environmentalism

Obama suggests U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem could be 'explosive'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama suggested on Wednesday that moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem could have "explosive" results and said he was worried that the prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were waning.<p>U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has …

Israel

2016 Was The Hottest Year On Record

This marks the third consecutive year of record-high global temperatures.<p>Last year was the hottest on record, two federal agencies confirmed Wednesday morning, after months of warning that 2016 would be another chart-buster.<p>Findings from separate analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and …

Global Warming

Donald Trump’s very confusing thoughts on nuclear weapons, explained

Just days before his inauguration, Donald Trump made headlines by trashing America’s European allies in an interview with two of Europe’s biggest newspapers. The hubbub over Trump’s attack on Europe obscured one of the stranger comments in the interview — that he hoped to work with Russian …

Foreign Policy

How China became the biggest beneficiary of free trade (Or, why Jinping said what he did at Davos)

Globalisaton has made the rich richer, but it hasn't made the poor poorer, and has in fact benefited the working and middle-class in Asia …

China

Trump hasn't been sworn in yet, but Mexico is already reeling

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Donald Trump's assumption of the U.S. presidency couldn't come at a worse time for Mexico.<p>Drug violence here is again on the upswing, the government has struggled to combat widespread corruption and nationwide protests have erupted after gasoline prices spiked this month amid the …

Mexico

Russians Are Trying To Figure Out Donald Trump Too

The one thing they know is they still hate Hillary. BuzzFeed News’ Miriam Elder reports from Davos, Switzerland.<p>DAVOS, Switzerland — Stanislav Voskresensky, Russia’s deputy minister of economic development, is walking around the World Economic Forum in Davos wearing an iPhone case adorned with the …

Russia

Hong Kong: Twenty years later

<b>This year marks the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from the UK to China. The BBC's Helier Cheung, who sang in the handover ceremony, shares her personal reflections on the last two decades.</b><p>As a child, you don't always appreciate when you're witnessing history.<p>On 1 July 1997, I was part of …

Hong Kong

Pakistanis warn of nuclear first strike if India attacks

Pakistani officials have threatened to use the country’s nuclear weapons should India invade, after India’s new army chief admitted to secret …

Pakistan

Banks begin moving thousands of jobs out of Britain

<b>London/Davos, Switzerland (CNN) —</b> Banks are already preparing to move thousands of jobs out of Britain after Prime Minister Theresa May revealed that she wanted a complete break with the European Union.<p>May said Tuesday that Brexit meant the U.K. would also cease to be a member of the European …

European Union

Russia says joins forces with Turkey to bomb Syria militants

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Defence Ministry said on Wednesday Russian war planes had joined forces with Turkish jets to target Islamic State militants holding the town of al-Bab around 40 km (25 miles) northeast of Aleppo.<p>Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoi, a senior Russian Defence Ministry …

Syria

Here's how rising temperatures have already had an effect

From extreme wildfires in the Western United States to melting ice sheets in Antarctica, the effects of rising temperatures on Earth have not gone unnoticed.<p>On Wednesday, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced 2016 was the hottest year on record. Before that, the …

Environmentalism

Earth broke heat record in 2016 for third year in a row

Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, with scientists mostly blaming man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino that's now gone.<p>Two US agencies and international weather groups reported Wednesday that last year was the warmest on record. They measure global …

Global Warming

Trump’s Middle East policies will be driven by his instincts and loose relationship with reality

When Donald J Trump enters the Oval Office on Friday, he’ll find an in-tray bulging with briefs about burning Middle East issues that need his urgent attention. My guess is he won’t read any of them. Because the one thing we know with absolute certainty about Trump’s policymaking process is that it …

Israel

The US doesn’t have an immigration problem—it has a refugee problem

US president-elect Donald Trump says he is committed to enforcing the nation’s immigration laws. If he means it, he’s going to have to give the surging number of Central American immigrants entering the country illegally a fair chance to stay.<p>The US, both its institutions and politicians, have long …

Immigration

Trump's populism won't work, says former Treasury chief

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Lawrence Summers, the former U.S. Treasury Secretary, has warned that Donald Trump's threats to firms using Mexico as a manufacturing base will be counterproductive and could lead to the loss of hundreds of thousands of American jobs.<p>Summers told a panel at the World …

Business

Davos Attendees Pause Poor People Simulations To Ponder How They Got It All So Wrong

With populism rising across the West, the world’s elites consider giving more money to the poor.<p>Secluded in Davos, Switzerland this week for the annual World Economic Forum, the world’s rich and powerful have been unusually pensive. When they’re not hobnobbing with <b>Bono,</b> enjoying “refugee …

World Economic Forum

The Crisis of the Middle Class: Davos Panel

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Italian Economy and Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan, Harvard University President Emeritus Larry Summers, …

Business

China says Philippines' Duterte to visit again as ties warm up

BEIJING (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will visit China in May to attend a multilateral summit, China's foreign ministry said on Thursday, his second visit to China since taking office as he seeks to further distance himself from Washington.<p>Duterte has carried out a stunning …

South China Sea