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Trump takes over Islamic State fight, vowing to finish it

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, the Islamic State is on the defensive in three countries and has been all but wiped out in another. Two and a half years after the extremists rolled across northern Iraq, Pentagon and diplomatic officials say a...


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Moscow has its own complaints about spies - American spies

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. MOSCOW - U.S. spies under diplomatic cover sneaking along Russia’s borders with Europe. Ten thousand dollars and a recruitment letter shoved into a Russian diplomat’s car. Those are just some of the sensational allegations that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov...


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Across the Atlantic, a far more contentious inauguration will precede Trump's

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. If you think Donald Trump’s inauguration as president on Friday is going to be contentious, or even dangerous, take a look at what is happening in Gambia. Yahya Jammeh, the president of the West African nation, has been in power since he staged a coup 22 years ago....


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Turkey: Istanbul nightclub attacker confessed after capture

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ISTANBUL (AP) — The accused perpetrator of a New Year’s nightclub attack in Istanbul has confessed and his fingerprints are a match, Turkish authorities said Tuesday. They identified him as an Uzbek national who trained in Afghanistan and staged the attack for the Islamic State group. The gunman...


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Davos Man has no clothes

(c) 2017, Foreign Policy. This month, Davos Man will come out to play. January is when the World Economic Forum (WEF) holds its annual conference at a Swiss mountain resort to “improve the state of the world.” More than a business meeting for 2,500-plus globetrotting academics, executives,...


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The Latest: Kerry says US diplomatic deals hard to reverse

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DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 4:45 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says “I just don’t believe” Donald Trump’s administration will quickly reverse some of the Obama administration’s diplomatic achievements....


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Abdication debate a delicate issue

(c) 2017, The Japan News/Yomiuri. TOKYO - Leaders of both chambers of the Diet aim to transcend the confrontation between the ruling and opposition parties to build consensus over legislation for the Emperor’s abdication, but achieving this goal will depend on the coordination abilities of the four...


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Air France searcher recalls defeat's pain as MH370 hunt ends

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SYDNEY (AP) — Searchers’ frustration over Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is difficult to overstate, from the monstrous waves that battered search crews in one of the world’s most desolate stretches of ocean to the dearth of information on the plane’s flight path that stymied investigators. And now,...


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Candlelit prayers at '95 Kobe quake memorial

(c) 2017, The Japan News/Yomiuri. KOBE, Japan - Quake-hit areas in Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture were filled with silent prayers on Tuesday, the 22nd anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, in which 6,434 people lost their lives. A memorial service called “1.17 no Tsudoi” (Gathering for Jan. 17)...


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Putin: Obama's govt is working hard to undermine Trump

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MOSCOW (AP) — In a biting attack, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday accused the outgoing U.S. administration of trying to undermine President-elect Donald Trump by spreading fake allegations and said those who are doing it are “worse than prostitutes.” The statement reflected the...


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