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Trump starts unveiling his trade agenda

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 23:48
President Trump started his first full week in office Jan. 23 by signing an executive order ending U.S. participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

UN: Boko Haram’s toll includes 515,000 malnourished kids

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 23:24
More than half a million children in the West African area wracked by Boko Haram extremists are so malnourished their lives could be in danger unless they get aid, a U.N. humanitarian official said Monday, describing a region where millions get by on one meal a day and some communities have lost all their toddlers.

This is how Donald Trump engineers applause

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 23:18
The tradition of manufacturing applause for public performances goes back to the Roman emperor Nero.

Chile’s worst wildfires destroy everything in their path

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 22:52
Residents of the community of Pumanque south of the Chilean capital have lost most of their belongings and their livelihood to some of the worst wildfires in their country’s history.

UN: Preventive diplomacy in Gambia avoided bloodshed

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 22:35
The United Nations says preventive diplomacy in Gambia avoided bloodshed, restored democracy and averted what it calls a “humanitarian disaster.”

Mexican president says firm negotiations with Trump can protect Mexicans

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 22:08
In a foreign policy speech, President Enrique Peña Nieto vowed to defend Mexico’s “national interests” in the face of Trump’s “new vision.”

4 things to watch now that the U.S. has withdrawn from TPP trade deal

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 21:32
Trump's executive order was a mostly symbolic move. But it has far-ranging implications on America's role in the global economy.

The problem with BuzzFeed's defense of publishing the Trump-Russia dossier

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 21:26
Ben Smith says readers should be "trusted to judge dubious documents" — but they actually have no way to do so.

GOP senators pitch plan that would let some states keep Obamacare

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 21:15
"It is nearly impossible to keep the benefits of the Affordable Care Act without keeping the whole thing," said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.

Lawyer: Panama to allow ex-dictator Noriega house arrest

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 21:10
A lawyer for Panama’s jailed ex-dictator Manuel Noriega says a court has granted him house arrest so he can prepare for brain surgery.

Afghans hope — and worry — that Trump will shake things up

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 21:04
Many say U.S. troops are needed to stop the Taliban, but also want them out.

Attorney says former Panama leader Manuel Noriega allowed house arrest pending surgery

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 20:48
Attorney says former Panama leader Manuel Noriega allowed house arrest pending surgery.

Why Donald Trump's move to end the Trans-Pacific Partnership is so hugely symbolic

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 20:04
Trump's opposition to TPP was unorthodox -- and, in hindsight, hugely important in winning the presidency.

Romanian president calls for referendum on prisoner pardons

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 19:58
Romania’s president has called for a referendum on a government proposal to pardon thousands of prisoners, which critics say could weaken the anti-corruption fight.

UN, Nordic groups meet at Finland humanitarian aid to Syria

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 19:58
As talks between the Syrian government and rebel factions continue in Kazakhstan, Nordic and United Nations aid groups are meeting in Finland to discuss the plight of civilians in the war that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced half the country’s population.

Sean Spicer expected to soon give news briefing

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 19:35
The briefing comes just two days after he summoned members of the press to formally provide an angry critique of coverage of the inauguration.

As Trump takes controls of nukes, Hiroshima's ex-mayor urges him to meet atomic bomb survivors

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 19:28
"Their struggles are worth listening to,” former Hiroshima mayor Tadatoshi Akiba wrote in a letter to President Trump.

Sinn Fein chooses new leader O’Neill for Northern Ireland

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 19:16
Michelle O’Neill has been named as the new leader of the Sinn Fein party in Northern Ireland.

Trump calls Egypt’s el-Sissi, offers support

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 19:16
Egypt’s presidency says that U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who expressed hope for a “new push” in bilateral relations under Trump’s administration.

Meet Ivanka Trump. She could be the most powerful first daughter the U.S. has ever seen.

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:58
Washington Post reporter Krissah Thompson examines the role President Trump's eldest daughter played during the campaign and what she could do in the future.

Marco Rubio will support Rex Tillerson, after all. And Donald Trump wins again.

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:54
Rubio came out with a very strong statement on Tillerson initially. Now it looks like he backed down.

In Colombia, gourmet meals worth going to jail for

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:54
Visitors are flocking to the all-women San Diego prison in this popular Caribbean tourist town — to dine at Cartagena’s trendiest new restaurant.

Trump freezes hiring of federal workers

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:48
President Trump instituted a government-wide hiring freeze Monday, signing an executive order that he said would affect all employees ““except for the military.” Trump had pledged to halt government h...

Trump signs executive orders on federal hiring freeze, TPP withdrawal and global abortion policy

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:48
We've been talking about it for a long time,” Trump said, as he held up the executive order withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “Great thing for the American worker."

Mexico ex-governor denies fake medicine claims

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:46
Mexico has become accustomed to accusations of wrongdoing by former state governors, but the most recent scandal has been especially shocking.

France’s President in Colombia to show support for peace

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:34
French President Francois Hollande is in Colombia’s capital as part of a two-day tour and he’s expressing his support for a peace deal to end the country’s half-century conflict.

Russian Defense Ministry says its warplanes have flown first combat mission in Syria with U.S.-led coalition aircraft

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:34
Russian Defense Ministry says its warplanes have flown first combat mission in Syria with U.S.-led coalition aircraft.

How and why President Trump plans to throw the media into chaos

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:25
Trump could create an environment in which journalists have to jockey for position, then shout, wave and beg to be called on.

Trump freezes federal hiring

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:16
The plan excludes the “military, public safety, and public health.”

Sanders praises Trump for nixing TPP, 'delighted to work with him' on pro-worker policies

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:16
"Now is the time to develop a new trade policy that helps working families, not just multinational corporations," the Vermont senator said.

What you need to know about Trump and the Emoluments Clause

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:16
A group called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington claims President Trump is violating a little-known constitutional provision called " the Emoluments Clause."

Greek island mayors say refugee overcrowding too high

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:16
The mayors of five eastern Greek islands used to limit the movement of refugees and migrants have called on the European Union to ease the restrictions amid continued problems created by winter weather and overcrowding.

FIFA going to Kremlin for World Cup draw in December

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:05
FIFA says it will stage the 2018 World Cup draw on Dec. 1 at a Kremlin concert hall in Moscow.

Dutch PM tells immigrants: 'Act normal or go away'

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:00
Mark Rutte's open letter appeals to far-right voters ahead of a tight election.

Amnesty urges Egypt to investigate Sinai killings by police

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:00
Amnesty International says Egypt must launch an independent and thorough investigation into the recent killing of 10 men by security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.

Congo expels Human Rights Watch researcher a second time

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 17:36
Human Rights Watch says Congo expelled one of its researchers for the second time in less than six months.

Official: 236 dead at camp bombed by Nigeria’s air force

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 17:36
A local official says the death toll from the bombing of a refugee camp by Nigeria’s air force has climbed to 236 — a sharp increase from earlier counts.

Video shows Italian who was tortured to death in Egypt

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 17:15
Egyptian state television has aired footage of an Italian student taken weeks before he was abducted and tortured to death.

Trump to CEOs: I'll wipe out 75 percent of regulations, fast-track U.S. factories

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 17:10
"All you have to do is stay. Don't leave. Don't fire your people in the United States,” Trump said.

Hungary: Teacher hailed for saving lives in fiery bus crash

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 17:04
A Hungarian teacher who pulled some students out of a fiery bus in Italy despite getting burned and losing his own two children in the crash was being hailed as a hero Monday as Hungary held a national day of mourning for the 16 victims.

How Sean Spicer messed up, and how he can make it right - from a guy who's been there

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 16:54
Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer doesn't like what Spicer did, but says this is a minefield for the media too.

Rubio announces support for Trump secretary of state nominee Tillerson

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 16:48
The decision resolves the final major question surrounding Tillerson’s bid to be the nation’s top diplomat.

Trump: 'We have a bust of Churchill'

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 16:48
In his remarks to CIA employees at the agency's headquarters, Jan. 21, President Trump discussed a bust of Sir Winston Churchill.

Israeli leader urges no ‘surprises’ for Trump administration

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 16:44
Israel’s prime minister says he doesn’t want to surprise the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, while recognizing the “significant opportunities” the new president may present.

Looking for a Spanish version of WhiteHouse.gov? Ya no existe.

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 16:38
No word yet on when or if it'll ever return. Given Trump's previous statements about speaking Spanish, maybe not?

Supreme Court won’t review Texas voter law found to discriminate against minorities

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 16:38
Chief Justice Roberts said lower courts have more work to do before the justices decide whether to rule.

European police arrest 245 for arms trafficking

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 16:24
Spanish police say a pan-European crackdown on illegal arms trafficking has resulted in 664 guns being seized and 245 people arrested in 11 countries.

Here's the real story about the Churchill bust in the Oval Office

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 16:08
Few people realize that there are actually two busts. The one in the Oval Office now is not the one that Obama returned.

Want President Trump to release his tax returns? There's a bill for that.

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 15:58
Right now, Democrats are the only ones on board. The Fix spoke with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) about how that might change.

Icy, brief face-to-face meeting of Syria government, rebels

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 15:44
Their seats remained empty for a few tense minutes after the Russia-Turkey-sponsored talks were officially inaugurated. Then, the Syrian rebel delegation finally walked into the room, marking what was supposed to be an ice-breaking first encounter.

2nd victim linked to suspect in German freezer killing

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 15:44
Berlin police say a man suspected of killing an elderly man and collecting his pension for a decade, before police found his body in a freezer, may have had a second victim.

German populists to discipline member for Holocaust remarks

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 15:01
The nationalist Alternative for Germany party says it will take “internal measures” against a prominent member for his comments suggesting ending the country’s tradition of acknowledging and atoning for its Nazi past, but stopped short of expelling him from the party.

Kellyanne Conway: Trump could still release tax returns after audit

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 14:54
A tweet from the White House counselor said she made no news on the issue the day before when she said Trump would not release his returns because “people don't care."

Yemeni government forces take strategic port of Mokha

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 14:54
A top military official says forces allied with the internationally-recognized government of Yemen have seized control of a strategic Red Sea port, after waging an assault against Shiite rebels.

Top Hamas leader in Gaza visits Egypt

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 14:44
The top Hamas official from the Gaza Strip has arrived in Egypt for meetings with security officials, the highest level visit by a member of the Palestinian militant group since Egypt’s army overthrew an Islamist president in 2013.

Glance at Kazakh capital Astana, host of Syria talks

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 14:22
Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan, which is hosting Syria peace talks, is a relatively new name on the map.

Iraq premier orders probe into violations by troops in Mosul

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 14:15
Iraq’s prime minister has ordered an investigation into violations of human rights and other abuses purportedly committed by government troops and paramilitary forces battling the Islamic State group to retake the city of Mosul.

10 suspected Indonesian migrants drown off Malaysia

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 14:15
Malaysian authorities say 10 bodies, believed to be Indonesian migrants, were found washed ashore after their boat capsized. Two Indonesians were rescued.

Forget Xi's 'defense' of globalization. China just fortified the Great Firewall.

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 14:05
The move seems aimed a companies offering a bypass route around Chinese censors.

UK’s Theresa May was briefed on nuclear missile system test

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 14:02
Officials say British Prime Minister Theresa May was told about the June test of Britain’s nuclear deterrent system when she took office last year.

Liberia: Charles Taylor’s ex-wife named as VP candidate

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 14:02
Liberia’s international soccer star turned presidential candidate has named the ex-wife of former President Charles Taylor as his running mate.

Dairy farmers spray EU HQ to push demands for better prices

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 13:45
Dairy farmers from across the European Union have sprayed the EU’s headquarters with milk powder to protest the crisis in their sector.

Protesters who blocked Polish premier’s car being questioned

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 13:45
Polish prosecutors have started questioning 21 anti-government protesters whose images have been posted by police over allegations they violated “legal order.”

At Russia-led talks, Syrian rebels and government meet for the first time

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 13:30
The gathering in Kazakhstan signaled the beginning of a new Mideast role for Moscow.

French presidential hopeful Valls suggests tax on US imports

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 13:12
France’s presidential hopeful Manuel Valls, who seeks the Socialist nomination, has pledged to tax U.S. imports if President Donald Trump pulls his country out of the global climate deal reached in Paris in 2015.

Hungary’s Orban praises Trump’s ‘end of multilateralism’

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:44
Hungary’s prime minister says U.S. President Donald Trump’s position that all countries have the right to put their own interests first was the key phrase of his inaugural address.

Fight for the right: Dutch PM says integrate or leave

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:44
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is seeking to lure voters away from anti-immigration lawmaker Geert Wilders, as campaigning for March 15 national elections heats up.

Iran cautious in its first comments about US President Trump

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:44
Iran is being cautious in its first comments on U.S. President Donald Trump.

Heavy fog causes flight delays, cancellations in London

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:44
Thick fog has caused numerous flight delays and cancellations at London Heathrow and other area airports.

Syria talks may signal shift in conflict dynamics

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:44
Syria talks in the Kazakh capital Astana come at a time of significant changes to the conflict in its sixth year. Although promising to focus on reinforcing a cease-fire, the conference has raised expectations of a path toward a political settlement of the civil war.

Aleppo’s landmark mosque bears scars of Syria’s war

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:35
The Great Mosque of Aleppo, a centuries-old treasure at the heart of one of the world’s oldest cities, is today a grim monument to the ravages of Syria’s war.

Syrian government envoy denounces speech by rebel representative at Astana talks, calls it ‘insolent’ and ‘provocative’

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:14
Syrian government envoy denounces speech by rebel representative at Astana talks, calls it ‘insolent’ and ‘provocative’

Turkey’s Erdogan holds meeting with Tanzanian leaders

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:34
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is meeting with Tanzania’s leaders on the first leg of his tour of Africa during which he is expected to push for the closure or takeover of schools linked to Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Parliament or PM? UK’s Supreme Court to rule on Brexit case

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:34
Britain’s Supreme Court will rule Tuesday on whether the prime minister or Parliament has the right to trigger the process of taking Britain out of the European Union.

Questions swirl about Italy response to snow-isolated hotel

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:34
Rescue crews are considering whether to start using heavy equipment to speed up the search for 23 people still buried under the ruins of a central Italy hotel crushed by an avalanche.

Greece to rule on Turkish servicemen later this week

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:24
A group of Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece in a military helicopter after last year’s failed coup have appeared at Greece’s Supreme Court in a closely watched extradition hearing.

Gambia's defeated president finally gave up power — and took luxury cars and millions of dollars with him

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:15
While its not uncommon for African leaders to strike it rich on the back of their impoverished people, anti-corruption cases are growing.

Jerusalem mayor says Trump ‘serious’ about embassy move

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:15
The mayor of Jerusalem says the Trump administration is “serious” and committed to moving the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Austrian official: suspect potentially dangerous radical

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:05
Austria’s interior minister says authorities are treating a recently arrested teenager as a potentially dangerous radical with connections to the Islamic State group.

Egyptian army says militants kill 5 soldiers in Sinai

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:05
The Egyptian army says jihadi militants have killed five soldiers in the restive Sinai Peninsula, the latest casualties in a yearslong struggle to control the area’s northeast.

Hungary marks day of mourning for victims of fiery bus crash

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 10:54
Hungary’s national flag has been raised and then lowered to half-staff on a towering flagpole outside parliament as the country marked a day of mourning for the victims of a fiery bus crash in Italy involving students and teachers from a Budapest high school returning from a ski trip.

Leading French candidate: Europe needs new military alliance

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 10:24
Conservative French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon, worried about the direction of the new U.S. government, wants a new European military alliance to protect the continent and fight Islamic extremism.

Spiritual leader of Thailand’s southern insurgents dies

THE WASHINGTON POST - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 09:34
More than a decade ago, Sapae-ing Basor was one of Thailand’s most wanted, his face plastered on posters around the south offering 10 million baht, more than $250,000, for his capture.

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