As Xi Tightens His Grip on China, U.S. Sees Conflict Ahead

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President Trump with President Xi Jinping of China in November in Beijing. For all his criticism of China as an economic predator, Mr. Trump has yet to impose a sweeping trade sanction against it.CreditNicolas Asfouri/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images WASHINGTON … Read More

Trump Opens Door, Just Slightly, to Talking With North Korea

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“We want to talk also,” President Trump said in remarks to American governors at the White House on Monday, referring to the North Koreans. But he quickly added: “only under the right conditions.”CreditTom Brenner/The New York Times   TOKYO — … Read More

Is this END for Merkel? Signs in Germany the Chancellor is FINALLY losing grip on power

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After eighteen years of being at the helm of the Christian Democratic Union, Angela Merkel could be on the brink of her last hurrah if her governing party’s grand coalition with the SPD is renewed on Sunday. During Berlin’s convention on Monday, … Read More

Trump aide Hope Hicks declines to answer some questions in Russia probe

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s longtime aide Hope Hicks is declining to answer questions about her time in the White House in a closed-door interview Tuesday with the House intelligence committee. The panel is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 … Read More

Analysis Thirteen Israeli Border Points Raising Tensions With Lebanon

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As Israel moves to reinforce border wall and Lebanon fights over its territorial waters, American mediation is making little headway – and Hezbollah isn’t helping. Peacekeepers from the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and Lebanese army members are … Read More

The Tragedy of Syria: All Red Lines Have Been Crossed

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What’s happening in Ghouta is a war crime. A blood orgy orchestrated by Bashar al-Assad, a modern-day Caligula figure, and his criminal patrons in Iran and Russia. More than 500 men, women and children have been killed since last week in the … Read More

Papua New Guinea Earthquake Triggers Landslides; at Least 30 Feared Dead

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck central Papua New Guinea early Monday local time, killing at least 14 people in landslides triggered by the tremor. Unconfirmed reports said the death toll could be at least 30, but officials said it could … Read More

Japan publishes further evidence of North Korean ship-to-ship activity

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The Japanese government on Tuesday published further evidence of North Korean vessels engaged in ship-to-ship (STS) transfers on the high seas, a practice prohibited by UN Security Council (UNSC) sanctions. The posts on multiple government websites include photographs of the STS transfer … Read More

Multiculturalism is dead – even Merkel warns immigrants ‘fit in or face consequences’

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned immigrants to “integrate or face consequences” in a last desperate bid to gain support for her crisis-stricken coalition as she attempts to cling to power. The Chancellor came under fire for her decision in 2015 to … Read More

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