Politics

Trump Gets One Presidential Intelligence Briefing a Week

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, Dec 9 – President-elect Donald Trump is receiving an average of one presidential intelligence briefing a week, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter, far fewer than most of his recent predecessors. Although they are not required to, presidents-elect have in the past generally welcomed the opportunity to receive the

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Washington to Check if Russia-Qatar Oil Deal Violates Sanctions

MOSCOW, Dec 9 – The U.S. government is to check if sanctions where violated when Russia this week struck a deal to sell a stake in oil producer Rosneft to a consortium of Qatar’s sovereign fund and commodities trader Glencore , the White House said. “The experts at the Department of Treasury that are responsible

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Japan PM’s Pearl Harbor Visit Won’t be for Apology: Spokesman

By Kaori Kaneko and Linda Sieg TOKYO, Dec 6 – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor this month, the first by a Japanese leader, will not be to apologise for the Japanese attack 75 years ago that drew the United States into World War Two, Abe’s top aide said on Tuesday. Chief Cabinet

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Kuwait’s Anti-Austerity Lawmakers Threaten Reform Plans

By Ahmed Hagagy KUWAIT, Dec 5  – A parliament packed with lawmakers who oppose wage cuts and taxes, and who want to keep Kuwait’s sumptuous welfare state intact, is threatening the government’s attempts to close a gaping budget deficit. Opposition candidates won about 24 out of 50 seats last month in a parliamentary election seen

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Trump has Broad Power to Implement Immigration Policies

By Mica Rosenberg and Julia Edwards Ainsley NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Dec 5  – President-elect Donald Trump will be able to make many of his promised changes in immigration policy unilaterally by exercising the same kind of executive powers he criticized President Barack Obama for using. But while most of the measures laid out in a ten-point

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Netanyahu Says Will Discuss with Trump “Bad” Iran Nuclear Deal

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, Dec 4 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he will discuss with Donald Trump the West’s “bad” nuclear deal with Iran after the U.S. president-elect enters the White House. During the U.S. election campaign, Trump, a Republican, called last year’s nuclear pact a “disaster” and “the worst deal

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Sunni Tribesmen Battling Daesh Demand Federalism in Iraq

By Michael Georgy SHAYYALAH AL-IMAM, Iraq, Nov 30 – As mortar bombs landed ever closer, Sunni tribal fighters preparing to attack Daesh seemed more preoccupied by the failures of Iraq’s political class than the militants trying to kill them. The men – and one woman – from the Lions of the Tigris unit gathered on Wednesday

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Kuwait Ruler Re-appoints Prime Minister After Parliamentary Poll

KUWAIT, Nov 30 – Kuwait’s Emir reappointed Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah on Wednesday, state news agency KUNA said, days after a parliamentary election seen as a rejection of austerity measures brought on by low oil prices. Opposition candidates are estimated to have won around 20 seats out of 50 in the Kuwaiti elections

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