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White House Signals Acceptance of Russia Sanctions Bill

Posted on 24 July 2017

WASHINGTON — The White House indicated on Sunday that President Trump would accept new legislation curtailing his authority to lift sanctions on Russia on his own, a striking turnaround after a broad revolt by lawmakers of both parties who distrusted his friendly approach to Moscow and sought to tie his hands.If it passes, as now seems likely, the measure will represent the first time ...

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China Showers Myanmar With Attention, as Trump Looks Elsewhere

Posted on 20 July 2017

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — When Myanmar’s leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, wanted to hold a peace conference to end her country’s long-burning insurgencies, a senior Chinese diplomat went to work.The official assembled scores of rebel leaders, many with longstanding connections to China, briefed them on the peace gathering and flew them on a chartered plane to Myanmar’s capital. Ther ...

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Four countries cut ties with Qatar over terrorism ‘support’

Posted on 05 June 2017

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Four Arab nations cut diplomatic ties to Qatar early Monday morning, further deepening a rift among Gulf Arab nations over that country’s support for Islamist groups and its relations with Iran. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates all announced they would withdraw their diplomatic staff from Qatar, a gas-rich nation that will host ...

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London Attackers Kill 7, Prime Minister Says ‘Enough Is Enough’

Posted on 05 June 2017

LONDON—British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Sunday for a stronger response to radical Islamic terrorism after three attackers drove a hired van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby, killing seven people and injuring 48. The attack occurred five days before a parliamentary election and was the third to hit Britain in less than three months. May said the vot ...

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Inside David Blaine’s Secret Downtown Magic Lair

Posted on 14 May 2017

Tucked off the busy streets of Chinatown stands a nondescript building that gives only one small, easily missed clue to the literal magic that takes place inside: Beneath the doorbell is an insignia in the shape of an upside-down spade — but, also, the lower-case initials “db.” Stepping inside, you descend a flight of stairs and pass a motorcycle gifted by King Abdullah of Jordan. ...

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US, China want Harsher UN Response to North Korea’s Nuke Threats

Posted on 03 May 2017

The United States is negotiating with China on a possible stronger U.N. Security Council response – such as sanctions – to North Korea’s repeated ballistic missile launches, which the 15-member body normally condemns in a statement, diplomats said. It was not immediately clear how open Beijing might be to new sanctions. The council has traditionally boosted sanctions in response to ...

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Trump Pulls Back on Border wall Demands Ahead of Possible Government Shutdown

Posted on 25 April 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump stepped back Monday from demanding a down payment for his border wall in must-past spending legislation, potentially removing a major obstacle to a bipartisan deal just days ahead of a government shutdown deadline. Trump told a gathering of around 20 conservative media reporters Monday evening that he would be willing to return to the wall funding issue ...

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Sage Steele seems to emerge unscathed from ESPN shakeup

Posted on 18 April 2017

Sage Steele is coming off the road. Just weeks after the veteran ESPN anchor lost her full-time hosting gig on “NBA Countdown,” Steele is returning to Bristol to be a morning anchor of “SportsCenter” — and more surprisingly, she’s rumored to be the sidekick on a new TV show hosted by Mike Greenberg, Sporting News reported. The move comes as a surprise after& ...

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10 Kooky Myths About Kim Jong Un and his Family

Posted on 15 April 2017

He’s the hermit madman with big nuclear dreams, but president Kim Jong Un and his family — who have ruled North Korea since 1948 — also have a strong line in kooky myths. Here are 10 things their people are told about the three generational Kim dynasty: 1. Hamburger creator Kim Jong Un’s father Kim Jong Il claimed he invented the hamburger, calling it “double bread with meat,” ...

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China: No Winners if US Wars with North Korea Over Nukes

Posted on 14 April 2017

BEIJING — There can be no winners in an armed conflict between the US and North Korea over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Friday, while pledging China’s support for any attempts at dialogue between the sides. SEE ALSO ...