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Trump’s intelligence whisperer prepares for State role

As news of Donald Trump’s upset victory flashed across the TV screen in front of him in November 2016, Mike Pompeo watched in astonishment. “This is crazy. I might actually get my dream job,” Pompeo quipped, according to two sources familiar with his comments. That “dream job,” he joked, was deputy director of the CIA: It would put him in ...

Stephen Hawking, modern cosmology’s brightest star, dies aged 76

The physicist and author of A Brief History of Time has died at his home in Cambridge. His children said: ‘We will miss him for ever’ Stephen Hawking, the brightest star in the firmament of science, whose insights shaped modern cosmology and inspired global audiences in the millions, has died aged 76. His family released a statement in the early ...

French police issue arrest warrant for Saudi princess

France has issued an arrest warrant for the sister of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman on suspicion of ordering her bodyguard to beat up a man at her Paris apartment, sources close to the case told AFP on Thursday. The arrest warrant which names princess Hassa bint Salman using a French spelling of her name, Hussat ben Salmane, was issued in ...

There are very high, very scary stakes in the Trump-Kim faceoff

Talk about a made-for-TV moment. The surprise announcement made Thursday night at the White House that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had invited President Donald Trump for a sit-down meeting — and that Trump had accepted — sets the stage for a historic gathering between two leaders who appeared to be at a nuclear-warheads draw not six months ago. (No sitting ...

Brexit warning from US senator who brokered Northern Ireland peace

The former American senator who brokered peace in Northern Ireland has warned there could be “serious trouble ahead” if border checks were reinstated because of Brexit. George Mitchell, who worked with Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern to strike the peace deal in 1998, said he did not think a return to violence was inevitable in the region. But he said “the risk ...

Josh Freed: Canada back in world news and this time it’s not Quebec’s fault!

Justin Trudeau’s Not-So-Excellent India Adventure has finally put Canada back in the world news, after a long absence — even if it wasn’t good news for Trudeau His Bollywood-style masquerade costumes and other India trip blunders took a huge beating in the world press — where for the moment, he’s gone from hot to not, from cool to near-fool. What’s ...

Are Trump supporters being dishonest with pollsters? Probably not.

This past weekend Marquette University Law School Professor Charles Franklin published an interesting analysis of President Donald Trump’s approval rating. He noted that Trump tends to do better in polls in which there isn’t a live interviewer present. The Washington Post’s Philip Bump (who put together some really good charts) pointed out that this difference could arise out of people, ...

Jordan PM reshuffles cabinet to soothe anger over poor economy

Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani Mulki reshuffled his cabinet on Sunday and appointed the king’s chief of staff as his special deputy for economic affairs in an apparent bid to soothe widespread anger over rising hardship and flagging growth. Mulki’s reshuffle, his sixth since coming to power in May 2016, comes three days after hundreds of protesters in the city of ...

US surrounds North Korea fearing mass nuclear attack as Kim threatens NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST

The US, which has been threatened with mainland nuclear strikes, is preparing to pump cash into the Pentagon after the military requested a major boost for spending. Congress will be asked to approve a budget of £489billion ($686bn) – one of the largest in US history – just days after North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un declared he could bring a ...

Hillary Clinton heads to Australia and NZ

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is coming to Australia and New Zealand to talk about her experiences during the 2016 US presidential election. Hillary Clinton is coming to Australia to talk about her future plans after losing the 2016 US election to Donald Trump. The former Democratic presidential candidate is expected to give a candid account of the ...