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Donald Trump’s bromance with Vladimir Putin

If Donald Trump looked into Vladimir Putin’s eyes, what would he see? For nearly every other Republican politician — from the party’s past two presidential nominees to the current field of GOP hopefuls — the answer is pretty clear. “He’s a bully,” Jeb Bush said in June. “Gangster and thug,” intoned Marco Rubio in an October foreign policy speech. And ...

Hollande Says ‘Unacceptable’ for Cameron to Roll Back EU Principles

French President Francois Hollande pushed back Thursday against some of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s demands for EU reforms, saying it was unacceptable for him to overturn the bloc’s core principles. “If it is legitimate to listen to the British prime minister, it is unacceptable to revise founding European commitments,” Hollande told reporters as he arrived for a European Union ...

Netanyahu Signs Major Gas Deal, But Court Battle Awaits

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a major natural gas deal Thursday aimed at tapping large deposits in the Mediterranean, but a court challenge was expected over the contentious agreement. Netanyahu has pushed hard for the framework deal setting out parameters for developing natural gas resources offshore with a consortium that includes U.S. firm Noble Energy. He has faced strong ...

India Police Bust ‘al-Qaida Cell’, Three Arrested

Delhi police have busted a suspected al-Qaida cell and arrested a founder member of the jihadist group’s India wing, officials said Thursday. Police said they had arrested “radical extremist” Mohammed Asif, 41, who allegedly led the group’s recruitment and training wing in India and was a founder member of al-Qaida on the subcontinent. “Long and intense periods of deploying human ...

U.S.-Cuba Flights Resume as Obama Renews Call for Congress to Lift Embargo

The United States and Cuba announced Thursday plans to resume flights between the two countries, erasing another vestige of what had been strained ties rooted in the Cold War. The latest progress as the countries work to build on their restoration of full diplomatic relations this summer was made public a year to the day after Barack Obama and Raul ...

Obama: “We are hitting them (ISIS) harder than ever”

U.S. President Barack Obama voiced renewed determination to destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group Monday, vowing to win back territory in the Middle East and kill the group’s leaders. Sounding a notably more strident tone, Obama said that the United States and its allies were taking the fight to ISIS in Iraq and Syria. “We are ...

Netanyahu on Iran deal: ‘Let’s look forward’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vehemently opposed the recently inked Iran nuclear agreement — but now he wants to make sure Iran lives up to its end of the pact. “Now that it’s done, let’s look forward. Let’s keep Iran’s feet to the fire. Let’s make sure that they keep all their obligations under the nuclear deal. That’s the first ...

Trudeau to Obama: Canada to pull out of bombing campaign against ISIS

Canada’s new leader-in-waiting says he intends to follow through on his campaign promise to pull the country out of the U.S.-led bombing campaign against ISIS militants in Syria and Iraq. Justin Trudeau, who led the Liberal Party to a stunning victory in elections Monday, said he has already told U.S. President Barack Obama of his plans. “He understands the commitments ...

U.S.Military Open Combat Positions to Women

All U.S. military combat positions are being opened up to women, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday. The decision allows women to fill about 220,000 jobs that are now limited to men — including infantry, armor, reconnaissance and some special operations units. “This means that as long as they qualify and meet the standards, women will now be able to ...

Republicans to Obama: Keep Syrian refugees out

Republicans are putting President Barack Obama and his party on the defensive over accepting Syrian refugees, following reports that one of the terrorists involved in the Paris attacks entered Europe as part of the wave of Syrians fleeing civil war. GOP governors and lawmakers were quick to announce they wouldn’t allow Syrian refugees into their states and are appealing for ...