Wanted by the U.S.: The Stolen Millions of Despots and Crooked Elites

It’s hard to imagine a public official with more toys than Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, who spent $300 million on Ferraris, a Gulfstream jet, a California mansion and even Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” jacket. The buying spree is all the more remarkable since this scion of the ruling family of Equatorial Guinea, one of Africa’s smallest countries, bought all this while […]

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In major breakthrough, Cuba and U.S. discuss $1.9 billion in property claims

U.S. and Cuban officials met in Havana on Tuesday to begin negotiating a possible settlement for $1.9 billion worth of American assets seized by Fidel Castro’s government in the early 1960s, as well as other claims built up over years of strained relations. The talks were a breakthrough and would have been hard to imagine before President Obama and Cuban President […]

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U.S. deploying new force to Iraq to boost fight against Islamic State

The United States said on Tuesday it was deploying a new force of special operations troops to Iraq to conduct raids against Islamic State there and in neighboring Syria, a ratcheting up of Washington’s campaign against the group that was quickly rejected by Iraq’s government. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the deployment of such a force was not acceptable […]

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Ex-U.N. General Assembly head, four others indicted by U.S. in bribery scheme

A former president of the United Nations General Assembly, a billionaire Macau real estate developer and three others were formally indicted by a U.S. grand jury on Tuesday for engaging in a wide-ranging bribery scheme. John Ashe, a former U.N. ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda who was General Assembly president from 2013 to 2014, was indicted by a federal grand […]

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Putin Said to Plan Islamic State Strikes With or Without U.S.

President Vladimir Putin, determined to strengthen Russia’s only military outpost in the Middle East, is preparing to launch unilateral airstrikes against Islamic State from inside Syria if the U.S. rejects his proposal to join forces, two people familiar with the matter said. Putin’s preferred course of action, though, is for America and its allies to agree to coordinate their campaign […]

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U.S. and China Seek Arms Deal for Cyberspace

The United States and China are negotiating what could become the first arms control accord for cyberspace, embracing a commitment by each country that it will not be the first to use cyberweapons to cripple the other’s critical infrastructure during peacetime, according to officials involved in the talks. While such an agreement could address attacks on power stations, banking systems, […]

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Jeb Bush vows to come out swinging in next U.S. Republican debate

Autographing photos of himself on the campaign trail, U.S. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush held up one that showed him heavier by 40 pounds (18 kilograms) and another of the slimmed-down campaign model. “That’s a low-energy picture,” Bush, 62, chuckled after the portly version was thrust into his hands in Salem, New Hampshire, site of a town hall event. “This […]

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