World Politics

Trump Was Set to Kill NAFTA Until an Adviser Showed Him a Map

A new report offers a look at the latest insanity inside the White House.<p>This week, <b>Donald Trump</b> and his administration took the world on a policy roller coaster. Would the United States pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement? Renegotiate it? As his Harvard-educated son-in-law, <b>Jared</b> …

Donald Trump

North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday, South Korea's and U.S. militaries said, defying intense pressure from the United States and the reclusive state's main ally, China.<p>North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday, South Korea's and U.S. militaries said, defying intense …

North Korea

Here's the best way to change Donald Trump's mind

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> On Thursday morning, reports began to circulate that President Donald Trump was leaning toward voiding the North American Free Trade Agreement.<p>By Thursday afternoon, Trump had changed his mind -- the US would stay in NAFTA.<p>What changed? He talked to Canadian Prime Minister Justin …

Donald Trump

100 Days In, Trump's Generals Seen As A Moderating Force

When President Donald Trump selected retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for defense secretary, it was a rare choice. No recently retired general had been selected for the top Pentagon job since George Marshall, some 66 years earlier.<p>Mattis had wide support on Capitol Hill from both parties. Described …

World Leaders

America Is Dropping So Many Bombs That We're Literally Running Out

President Trump has said that America needs to rebuild its military, which is laughable in many ways. But he’s right in one respect. We need more …

Armed Conflict

Top ISIS leader suspected to be dead after battle that killed two US soldiers in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two US special operations forces soldiers killed in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday may have been struck by friendly fire in an operation targeting the emir of Islamic State militants in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Friday.<p>Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told …

Armed Conflict

US President Donald Trump threatens to terminate trade pact with South Korea

<b>Washington:</b> President Donald Trump has threatened to terminate the US trade agreement with South Korea, declaring that the five-year-old accord with …

World Leaders

After his first 100 days, we should fear Trump more than ever

Politicians and establishment media has greeted what they see as President Trump’s return to the norms of American foreign policy. They welcome the …

Geopolitics

One Soldier's Lasting Memories Of Exposure To Sarin Gas

When Michael Yandell was 19 years old he was serving in the U.S. Army as a bomb disposal technician.<p>One morning in May 2004 he was on a routine mission in Iraq to clear explosive devices.<p>"We got a call very early in the morning. There'd been an explosion and there was a old rusted projectile in the …

Armed Conflict

Senators Were Confused And Worried By Trump's NAFTA Antics

Depending on what you read, President Donald Trump’s dizzying policy vacillations on NAFTA this week were either the result of disagreement within his White House, a strategy to show Canada and Mexico that he means business, or a stunt to generate bold headlines for his 100 days in office.<p>And if …

NAFTA

President Trump, protecting South Korea is not a real estate deal

<b>(CNN) —</b> In President Donald Trump's book "The Art of the Deal," he writes about how important it is to know one's market, to study hard. He wrote that he likes to gather as many disparate opinions and views about a potential real estate deal as he can before making any final decisions about how it …

North Korea

What We Need to Consider Before Jumping into Another Ground War

The armed forces are still dealing with the fallout of Vietnam-era strategies.<p><i>"God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."</i><p><i>—Paul to the Galatians 6:7</i><p>Here's the thing about karma and military affairs: The bad karma does not always accrue to those who deserve it, nor are …

Armed Conflict

Reports: US troops deploy along Syria-Turkish border

AP Radio AP Radio News:<p>BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S. armored vehicles are deploying in areas in northern Syria along the tense border with Turkey, a few days after a Turkish airstrike that killed 20 U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, a Syrian war monitor and Kurdish activists said Friday.<p>Footage posted by Syrian …

Syrian Civil War

UK government says Scottish Brexit proposal could disrupt trade - letter

| EDINBURGH<p>Trade between the United Kingdom's four nations could be disrupted if Scotland wins a different divorce deal with the European Union, a letter from Brexit minister David Davis published by the Scottish government said on Friday.<p>Scotland, where a majority voted to stay in the EU though …

Brexit

Amid nuclear threat, what are the U.S. military options against North Korea?

As President Trump raises the real possibility of "major conflict" with North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs, the U.S. is putting on a …

North Korea

Bombardier Fires Back at Boeing in Jet Pricing Fracas - Bloomberg

Boeing Co.’s allegations that Bombardier Inc. sold C Series passenger jets at unfairly low prices are “absurd,” the Canadian planemaker said, raising …

NAFTA

New 'Cold' War? Russia touts Arctic military base, as US struggles to catch up

The next battle for supremacy between the U.S. and Russia is shaping up to be a lot chillier than the last Cold War with the Soviet superpower.<p>In the Arctic Circle, the Russians are touting a new military base, a development that underscores how “woefully behind” the U.S. is in the ice race, in the …

Cold War

Bipartisan Pressure Builds On Paul Ryan Over War Authorization

Lawmakers are demanding "a serious debate" about Congress' role in allowing Donald Trump to bomb places.<p>WASHINGTON ― A bipartisan group of 46 lawmakers wrote to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Friday, urging him to schedule a debate on Congress’ role in authorizing wars ― and on the need for …

U.S. Congress

India’s shifting role in the Middle East

By Kadira PethiyagodaWhen people think of India’s role in the Middle East, they largely see Delhi as a benign power that steers clear of security …

Geopolitics

Australia wants to avoid a Korean conflict at all costs – and with good reason

A conflict could involve North’s neighbours – South Korea, China and Japan – which along with the US are Australia’s top four trade partners<p>Australia may indeed be “blindly and zealously toeing the US line” with regards to North Korea – at least openly – but in truth, Canberra wants to avoid …

North Korea

Poll: Trump voters sticking with him expect promises to be kept

President Trump’s voters are sticking with him — even if they are starting to think he’s not keeping some important promises.<p>That’s the takeaway from a new poll conducted for Priorities USA Action, a Democratic advocacy group tracking the attitudes of U.S. voters about his first 100 days in office. …

NAFTA

Trump's Next 200 Days

By now you’re probably exhausted by the saturation coverage of President Trump’s first 100 days, but the more important period starts Sunday on day 101. The next 200 or 300 days will determine whether Mr. Trump is a successful President or a Republican Jimmy Carter.<p>This week ended with some warning …

NAFTA

The Civil War could have been averted

The April 25 Metro article “Corey Stewart loses backing of ally” reported that Prince William County Sheriff Glendell Hill has withdrawn his support for Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Corey A. Stewart, attributing his decision to “all that Confederate stuff.” Four of Mr. Stewart’s Republican …

Armed Conflict

North Korea condemns U.S. for ICBM launch from California

North Korea slammed the United States on Friday two days after the U.S. Air Force successfully test-fired an unarmed intercontinental ballistic …

Armed Conflict

New Leader Of France's National Front Steps Down Amid Reports Of Holocaust Denial

This isn’t the first time the far-right party's been linked to anti-Semitism. But it comes as another major blow for presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.<p>French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen temporarily stepped down as leader of the far-right National Front this week, in what has been widely …

France

The EU is a bully

The EU is a bully, according to Yanis Varoufakis, the former Greek finance minister, in an interview with this newspaper. Mr Varoufakis might be a socialist and this is, of course, his personal opinion, but much of what he tells us has been confirmed in the last week by the EU’s actions.<p>Mr …

Greece

Treaty restrictions giving China huge missile advantage over US, admiral warns

The commander of American forces in the Pacific warned Thursday that China has a huge advantage over the United States when it comes to their stockpile of land-based short- and medium-range missiles – some which can carry nuclear warheads.<p>Adm. Harry Harris told senators on Capitol Hill that a …

Cold War

Italy's Renzi plots political return

As France prepares for a run-off vote that Emmanuel Macron appears poised to win, his political doppelganger to the south - Italy’s Matteo Renzi - is also likely to clinch a contest. Megan Williams reports from Rome.<p>According to Ixe Institute polls, Renzi is likely to secure 60 percent of the one …

Foreign Policy

Filipino troops kill notorious Abu Sayyaf kidnapper in clash

Philippine marines have killed an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander and a notorious kidnapper who had sailed across the sea border into Malaysia to snatch tourists and sailors for ransom, the military chief said Saturday.<p>Military chief Gen. Eduardo Ano told Associated Press that Alhabsy Misaya was …

Islamic State (ISIS)

New video shows how Syria and Russia spun the chemical attack

A new video produced by the New York Times shows how the version of events put forward by Syria and Russia about a chemical attack in Syria's Idlib province earlier this month don't quite add up.<p>The April 4 attack in Khan Sheikhun, Syria, killed at least 58 people, including 11 children.<p>The video …

Syria