Politics

Trump Chooses Governor Nikki Haley for U.N. Ambassador

Nov 23 – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has picked South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who was critical of him during his election campaign and who has little foreign policy experience, to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The choice of Haley was announced in a statement on Wednesday from Trump’s transition team. “Governor Haley

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Could Trump Save U.S. Mideast policy? Or Just Make It Worse?

By Peter Apps Nov 23 – As the U.S. election results trickled in in the early hours of Nov. 9, Syrian government forces began yet another assault on Aleppo – with humanitarian workers and medical centers again in the line of fire. When historians look back on the presidency of Barack Obama, they may well

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Senior German Lawmaker Worried by Trump’s Lack of Middle East Policy

BERLIN, Nov 22  – A contender to be the next German foreign minister urged U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday not to cancel the Iran nuclear deal or move too close to Moscow, saying such policy shifts could cause more instability in the Middle East. Rolf Muetzenich, a potential successor to Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

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Hariri Sees Obstacles In Way of Forming New Lebanon Government

By Lisa Barrington BEIRUT, Nov 21  – Lebanon’s prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri said on Monday his efforts to form a new government faced “stumbling blocks”, testing hopes he could quickly steer the country out of its political crisis. Hariri was named prime minister more than two weeks ago in a political deal that saw former

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Turkish Police Detain Veteran Kurdish Politician in Southeast

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Nov 21 – Turkish police on Monday detained a veteran Kurdish politician and a mayor in the southeastern province of Mardin, security sources said, the latest Kurds to be held as part of a wider crackdown on government opponents since a failed coup in July. Ahmet Turk, 74, who was first elected in

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Queen to Invite Trump to Britain for State Visit

LONDON, Nov 20 – Queen Elizabeth will invite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump for a state visit to Britain next year to try to cement close ties between the two countries, The Sunday Times newspaper said. Citing two ministers and a senior official close to Downing Street, the Sunday Times reported that discussions between British officials

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Confusion Over Trump’s First Talks with Foreign Leader

By Alistair Bell and Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON – One day before U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s first meeting with a foreign leader, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japanese officials said they had not finalized when or where in New York it would take place, who would be invited, or in some cases whom to call for

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Obama, EU Leaders Agree to Stick Together, Stay Tough on Russia

By Jeff Mason and Andrea Shalal BERLIN, Nov 18 – U.S. President Barack Obama and European leaders on Friday underscored the importance of working together in NATO and chided Russia for its bombing of Syria and failure to implement a Ukrainian peace accord. The White House statement followed a meeting at which Obama sought to

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