Mideast braces for fallout from Trump’s move on Jerusalem

Palestinians shuttered schools and shops and called for protests in West Bank towns on Thursday, while the leader of the Hamas militant group called for a new armed uprising, in widespread show of anger over President Donald Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump’s dramatic break on Wednesday with decades of U.S. policy on Jerusalem counters long-standing international […]

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Republicans hammer Mueller, FBI as Russia investigation intensifies

Republican activists and lawmakers are engaged in a multi-front attack on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe of possible connections between associates of President Trump and Russian agents, trying to stop or curtail the investigation as it moves further into Trump’s inner circle. For months, the president and his allies have been seizing on any whiff of possible impropriety […]

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Trump threatens government shutdown, blames Democrats

President Donald Trump said Wednesday a government shutdown “could happen” and blamed Democrats for the looming threat, claiming “they want to have illegal immigrants pouring into the country, bringing with them crime.” “Democrats are really looking at something very dangerous for our country. They are looking at shutting down, they want to have illegal immigrants, in many cases people that […]

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China rebukes Australian over ‘hysteria’

China’s embassy in Canberra has sharply criticised Australian politicians and media outlets, saying they have damaged trust between the two nations. The embassy accused some officials of “irresponsible remarks” and local media of fabricating “anti-China hysteria”. On Tuesday, Australia unveiled sweeping proposals designed to prevent foreign interference in local politics. China denied that it had engaged in such behaviour and urged Australia […]

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Texting Turns 25

25 years ago, on December 3, 1992, the English software engineer Neil Papworth used his computer to send a message to Vodafone director Richard Jarvis. The message simply read „Merry Christmas” but it became known as the first SMS message ever sent, because Jarvis received the slightly premature Christmas greetings on his clunky Orbitel 901 cell phone. It took a while for […]

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Flynn told ex-partner Russia sanctions would be dumped

Donald Trump was just 11 minutes into his presidency when his choice for national security adviser, Michael Flynn, texted a former business partner to say an ambitious U.S. collaboration with Russia to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East was “good to go,” according to a new whistleblower account. As Trump delivered his inaugural address, says the unnamed whistleblower, Flynn […]

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House Republicans Already Shooting Down Tax Bill’s Promises

House conservatives are already indicating that they’re prepared to block some of the key legislative promises that Senate Republicans demanded in exchange for their vote on tax reform legislation. Those promises materialized in the frantic final hours of the tax debate last week, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gave Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) assurances that some […]

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