Politics

British PM May’s Brexit Plan: Secret Strategy or Muddle?

By Guy Faulconbridge LONDON, Dec 14 – If Prime Minister Theresa May has a detailed Brexit plan, it is very secret. Since the June 23 referendum, May has been clear only that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union and that she will formally trigger exit talks by the end of March 2017. May

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Fall of Aleppo Puts Iran on Cusp of ‘Shiite Crescent’ of Influence

By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT, Dec 14 – Iran has played a pivotal role in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s campaign to crush rebel resistance in Aleppo and is now close to establishing a “Shi’ite crescent” of regional influence stretching from the Afghan border to the Mediterranean Sea. Revolutionary Guards commanders and senior clerics in Tehran have

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Ex-CIA Chief Says Trump Risks Blame for an Attack if He Skips Briefings

By Noah Browning DUBAI, Dec 14 – Former CIA director Leon Panetta said on Wednesday that President-elect Donald Trump risked being blamed after any potential attack on the United States if he refused to receive more regular intelligence briefings. U.S. officials told Reuters that Trump is receiving an average of one presidential intelligence briefing a

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Too Big to Fail: China Maps Out its Trump Strategy

By Ben Blanchard and Christian Shepherd BEIJING, Dec 14 – When Donald Trump becomes U.S. president next month, one issue above all others could force his new administration to work closely with China and underscore why he and Beijing need each other – North Korea. A nuclear armed North Korea, developing missiles that could hit

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Looking Ahead to Trump Presidency, Netanyahu Refocuses on Iran

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, Dec 12 – Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu has resumed his attacks on a nuclear deal with Iran, seeking Donald Trump’s help to smash a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s foreign policy legacy. Following up on remarks he made this month to a Washington think tank, the conservative Israeli prime minister said on

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After Aleppo, Syria’s Assad Still Far From Regaining His State

By Angus McDowall BEIRUT, Dec 11 – When President Bashar Al Assad turns from the wreckage of Aleppo to assert his authority across a fractured Syria, it will be as a figure who is virtually unassailable by rebels, but still faces great challenges in restoring the power of his state. The expected fall of Aleppo

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Kuwait’s Emir Tells New Parliament Austerity is Inevitable

KUWAIT, Dec 11 – Cutting public spending has become inevitable because of the sharp drop in oil prices, Kuwait’s emir on Sunday told a new parliament that was elected partly by voters protesting against austerity policies. Kuwait is seeking to plug a budget deficit officially projected at 9.5 billion dinars ($31 billion) for the current

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Lebanese Government Must be Formed As Soon As Possible – Hezbollah

BEIRUT, Dec 11 – Hezbollah called on Friday for a Lebanese government to be formed as quickly as possible, weeks after the country elected a president and named a prime minister. Prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri said last month his efforts to form the government faced “stumbling blocks”, testing hopes he could quickly steer the country

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John Kerry Urges Russia to Show “Grace” in Geneva Aleppo Talks

PARIS, Dec 10 – Backers of the Syrian opposition appeared resigned to the fall of eastern Aleppo on Saturday, with the United States pleading Moscow to show “grace” when officials meet in Geneva to try to reach a deal for civilians and fighters to leave the city. Syrian government and allied forces have in the

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U.S. Allies Caution Trump on Syria Strategy

By Warren Strobel, Yara Bayoumy and John Irish WASHINGTON/PARIS, Dec 9 – Key U.S. allies in Europe are quietly expressing concern over President-elect Donald Trump’s approach to Syria, warning that his pledge to work more closely with Russia, Damascus’ main backer, will do little to diminish the terrorist threat emanating from Syria. The diplomatic persuasion

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