Politics

Russia stance on Assad suggests divergence with Iran

Russia does not see keeping Bashar al-Assad in power as a matter of principle, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow said on Tuesday in comments that suggested a divergence of opinion with Iran, the Syrian president’s other main international backer. Fuelling speculation of Russian-Iranian differences over Assad, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps suggested on Monday that Tehran may be ...

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Obama pitches help to ex-criminals, draws N.J. governor’s ire

President Barack Obama announced new measures to smooth the integration of former criminals into society but his visit to New Jersey on Monday irked the state’s governor, a struggling Republican presidential candidate. Obama, a Democrat who has made criminal justice reform a top priority of his final years in office, praised organizations in Newark for their efforts to help those ...

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U.S. Navy plans two or more patrols in South China Sea per quarter

The U.S. Navy plans to conduct patrols within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands in the South China Sea about twice a quarter to remind China and other countries about U.S. rights under international law, a U.S. defense official said on Monday. “We’re going to come down to about twice a quarter or a little more than that,” said the ...

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Tsipras’ biggest stress tests yet to come

One stress test is over, but several more are looming. Alexis Tsipras received good news at the weekend when a stress test showed the top Greek banks need to raise a lowish 14.4 billion euros in capital. But the leftist Greek prime minister has to implement more tough measures before he can get the economy growing. Until then, he faces ...

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South Korea, Japan leaders to seek early resolution of ‘comfort women’ dispute

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed on Monday to try to resolve as soon as possible a row over “comfort women” forced into prostitution in Japanese wartime military brothels, a feud that has been a major obstacle to better ties between two of Washington’s key allies. Abe announced the agreement after the first formal ...

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Turkey returns to single-party rule in boost for Erdogan

Turkey’s Islamist-rooted AK Party swept to an unexpected victory in elections on Sunday, returning the country to single-party rule in an outcome that will boost the power of President Tayyip Erdogan but may sharpen deep social divisions. With almost all ballots counted, the AKP had taken just shy of 50 percent of the votes, comfortably enough to control a majority ...

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Jeb 2.0: Bush relaunches campaign with e-book, tour

Battered by weeks of negative headlines, Republican Jeb Bush launches a campaign reboot on Monday with a “Jeb Can Fix It” tour and release of an e-book that reveals a more personal side to a 2016 candidate who has struggled on the public stage. Bush’s dismal performance at a debate of Republican presidential candidates last week in Colorado was an ...

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Syria’s War: A Guide to Who Wants What at Vienna Peace Talks

On-again, off-again talks to end Syria’s war get a boost today when diplomats meet in Vienna. Iran, which is fighting a proxy war with Saudi Arabia in Syria, will be present for the first time, joining envoys from the U.S., Russia, and elsewhere. Untangling the interests will be key to resolving the conflict. Here’s a summary of what each side ...

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Are guns welcome at Trump hotels? Depends on whom you ask

For those wondering whether they can bring their guns with them to the Trump-branded hotels and golf courses that dot the United States’ classier corners, Donald Trump may have only added to their uncertainty during Wednesday’s Republican debate. The billionaire real-estate developer and presidential contender indicated he thought guns were not generally allowed, but should be. Several resorts bearing his ...

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China naval chief says minor incident could spark war in South China Sea

China’s naval commander told his U.S. counterpart that a minor incident could spark war in the South China Sea if the United States did not stop its “provocative acts” in the disputed waterway, the Chinese navy said on Friday. Admiral Wu Shengli made the comments to U.S. chief of naval operations Admiral John Richardson during a video teleconference on Thursday, ...

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