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Trump says NATO is obsolete but still 'very important to me'

U.S.President-elect Donald Trump makes an appearance in the lobby at Trump Tower in New YorkU.S. President-elect Donald Trump said NATO was obsolete because it had not defended against terror attacks, but that the military alliance was still very important to him, The Times of London reported. I took such heat, when I said NATO was obsolete," Trump told the newspaper in an interview. A lot of these countries arent paying what theyre supposed to be paying, which I think is very unfair to the United States," Trump said.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 02:27:12 -0500
Trump's offer to Putin: an end to sanctions for nuclear arms cut - London Times

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York CityBy Guy Faulconbridge and William James LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will propose offering to end sanctions imposed on Russia for its annexation of Crimea in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he told The Times of London. Trump, in an interview with the newspaper published online on Sunday, was deeply critical of previous U.S. foreign policy, describing the invasion of Iraq as possibly the gravest error in the history of the United States and akin to throwing rocks into a beehive.

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:22:34 -0500
China will 'take off the gloves' if Trump continues on Taiwan, state media warns

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in Trump Tower, Manhattan, New YorkBy Christian Shepherd BEIJING (Reuters) - China will "take off the gloves" and take strong action if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump continues to provoke Beijing over Taiwan once he assumes office, two leading state-run newspapers said on Monday. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal published on Friday, Trump said the "One China" policy was up for negotiation. China's foreign ministry, in response, said "One China" was the foundation of China-U.S. ties and was non-negotiable.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:29:57 -0500
Iraqi forces push into Mosul district in clashes with Islamic State

Iraqi rapid response forces ride on an armoured vehicle during a battle with Islamic State militants east of MosulBy Isabel Coles MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi special forces pushed into a new district in Mosul near the Tigris river and battled Islamic State militants there on Monday, bringing them closer to recapturing the east of the city. The clashes took place in the Shurta district, a Reuters correspondent near the frontlines in Mosul said. A spokesman for Iraq's elite Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) said the militants were fighting back.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:07:27 -0500
South Korea prosecutor seeks arrest of Samsung chief for bribery

Samsung Electronics vice chairman Jay Y. Lee arrives to attend a hearing at the National Assembly in SeoulBy Ju-min Park and Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's special prosecutor on Monday sought a warrant to arrest the head of Samsung Group [SAGR.UL], the country's largest conglomerate, accusing him of paying multi-million dollar bribes to a friend of President Park Geun-hye. Investigators had grilled Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee for 22 straight hours last week as a suspect in a corruption scandal, which last month led to parliament impeaching Park. The special prosecutor's office accused Lee of paying bribes total 43 billion won ($36.42 million) to organizations linked to Choi Soon-sil, a friend of the president who is at the center of the scandal, in order to secure the 2015 merger of two affiliates and cement his control of the family business.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:03:56 -0500
Turkish cargo jet crash kills 37 in Kyrgyzstan

Plane debris is seen at the crash site of a Turkish cargo jet near Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport outside BishkekA Turkish cargo jet crashed near Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport on Monday, killing at least 37 people, most of them residents of a village struck by the Boeing 747 as it tried to land in dense fog, Kyrgyz officials said. According to the airport administration, the plane was supposed to make a stopover at Manas, near the capital city Bishkek, on its way from Hong Kong to Istanbul. Initial estimates put the death toll from the crash at 37, said Kyrgyzstan's emergencies ministry.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:56:38 -0500
Surge of African migrants brave Latin America jungle trek for U.S. dream

By Anastasia Moloney TAPACHULA, Mexico (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Using a stone, Ahmed Ali Hassan scraped away at the side of the container truck until he made a small hole, and putting his parched mouth to it, gasped for air. The overcrowded truck carrying nearly 100 migrants, many from Africa, took turns to breathe in pockets of dry air as the truck rattled through rural Nicaragua. "We all thought we were going to die," Hassan, a Somali, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation as he recalled last month's journey.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:39:00 -0500
Nigeria suicide attack kills at least three

Nigeria has recently trumpeted a major victory in its battle against Boko Haram, claiming in late December that its army had routed the jihadists from their Sambisa forest stronghold in Borno stateAt least three people were killed and 15 others were injured in a suicide bomb attack on a university campus in northeast Nigeria, police said on Monday. The blast happened at a mosque in the staff quarters area of the University of Maiduguri and is thought to have been carried out by a teenage girl, a local resident and a lecturer told AFP. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but suspicion will likely fall on the Islamist group Boko Haram, which has repeatedly used young women and girls as human bombs.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:38:36 -0500
Pound drops after Brexit backing from Trump

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May has said she wants to cut down on EU immigration while retaining the "best possible" access for British companies to Europe's single marketPrime Minister Theresa May won endorsement from US President-elect Donald Trump over her Brexit course but sterling plunged on Monday on fears that Britain could be on a collision course with its EU allies. Trump said Britain leaving the EU would "end up as a great thing" and promised to work for a trade deal with post-Brexit Britain "quickly and done properly", speaking in an interview with The Times newspaper. Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson hailed the comments as he arrived at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:38:09 -0500
Murray, Kerber win their 1st major matches as top seeds

Britain's Andy Murray yells out while playing Ukraine's Illya Marchenko in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) In his first Grand Slam match with the elevated status of having a knighthood and the No. 1 ranking, Andy Murray berated himself when he made mistakes and frequently yelled during a 7-5, 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Illya Marchenko.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:38:05 -0500
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