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Russia sees Trump as conduit for eased sanctions

For Vladimir Putin, sanctions relief is gateway to goal of establishing Russia as political, economic equivalent of U.S.

How Bad Was Trump’s Taiwan Phone Call?

President-elect Donald Trump’s phone call to Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on December 2 rattled international audiences. The United States switched diplomatic relations to Taiwan in 1979, acknowledging the primacy of the One China policy, and there has not been an American presidential phone call to the president of Taiwan since. Experts are warning that Beijing...

Sound Policies Not Enough to Fend Off Populist Challenge

Defeating populists and nationalists requires a full-throated defense of liberal ideas, not smarter policymaking.

India's Narendra Modi defends clampdown on cash economy

While PM has been praised for his intentions, he is facing flak from political opponents and prominent economists.

Game of oil: Behind the OPEC deal

OPEC member nations have agreed to cut oil production, but how will the deal affect the global economy?

Egypt's top court upholds law restricting protests

The law, which was passed in 2013, effectively bans street demonstrations, settling a years-long court battle.

Doctor Who Called First Lady Michelle Obama ‘Monkey Face’ Has Been Suspended

A Denver hospital indefinitely suspended a doctor who called First Lady Michelle Obama a “monkey face” in a Facebook post, the Denver Post reports. Dr. Michelle Herren, a pediatric anesthesiologist at Denver Health and an assistant professor at University of Colorado’s School of Medicine, wrote the comment in response to a post describing the first […]

Afghan Taliban hang university student in public

Kabul Polytechnic university student was accused by the group of killing a senior Taliban official.

Parties Agree to Reduce Deficit, Raise Minimum Wage in Spain

Spain's two major parties agree on a budget plan for 2017 that raises both taxes and the minimum wage.

Ban Ki-moon: South Korea's next president?

The outgoing UN secretary-general discusses the failures of the UN, Syria's war, the Trump era and serving South Korea.

Massive funeral for Brazil footballers killed in crash

Chapeco city expecting some 100,000 people - half its population - to descend on Conda Arena to remember the dead.

How Russia's PAK-FA Stealth Fighter Could Match America's F-22 Raptor (Think Speed)

Dave Majumdar Security, New engines could be coming.  Russia’s United Engine Corporation (UEC) has started ground testing a next-generation engine for the Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fifth-generation stealth fighter according to a statement by...Show More Summary

Coal mine explosion in northern China kills 17

Ten miners still trapped after the blast in China's Inner Mongolia region, second deadly mine disaster in days.

Italy votes for new constitution amid political turmoil

The December 4 vote could change the country's constitution and reform the 70-year-old republic.

The U.S. Military's 2017 Defense Budget Protects Its Most Important Weapon: Submarines

Dave Majumdar Security, A big victory for the U.S. Navy.  The final version of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which just passed the House of Representatives earlier today, protects the U.S. Navy’s submarine fleet and fully funds America’s new Ohio Replacement Program (ORP) ballistic missile submarines. Show More Summary

One of Asia's Most Powerful Countries Has Been Rocked by Scandal After Scandal

Anthony P. D’Costa Politics, Asia Will South Korea's never ending nightmare finally end?  South Korea has been rocked by a number of scandals in recent years: the sinking of the Sewol ferry in 2014, the recent banning of Samsung’s Galaxy...Show More Summary

New victory against rebels leaves Aleppo in ruins

The five-year-long civil war in Syria that left almost half a million people dead may be reaching a turning point. Russia's foreign minister said Saturday Russia is ready for talks with the U.S. on a rebel pullout from the besieged city of Aleppo. Show More Summary

Coal mine blast in northern China kills 17, traps 10

A coal mine explosion in a northern Chinese region killed 17 people Saturday and left 10 others trapped, state media and officials said.  Four miners were rescued after the blast, which occurred when 31 people were working underground, said the Chifeng city government in China's Inner Mongolia...

Thailand's future under King Rama X: lessons from three Asian countries

Buddhist monks pray in front of a picture of Thailand's new king at Wat Pho temple in Bangkok on December 1. Jorge Silva/Reuters Patrick Jory, The University of Queensland Thailand's crown prince has become King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun...Show More Summary

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