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Tillerson to skip NATO meeting next month
Tillerson to skip NATO meeting next month

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will skip a NATO meeting in April but travel to Russia the same month, fuelling fears about Washington's commitment to the alliance. Tillerson will be replaced by his deputy at the Brussels meeting on April 5 and 6, despite Washington's efforts to quash questions about US President Donald Trump's support for NATO and quest for better ties with Moscow. Chinese leader Xi Jinping is expected to visit Trump at his Florida golf resort in early April, and Tillerson would be expected to attend, but officials did not offer this as an explanation.

How Trump Can Fix His Troubled White House
How Trump Can Fix His Troubled White House

The president's first 100 days have been, by and large, a disaster. Reports of chaos, confusion, and infighting seem to leak out of the West Wing on a daily basis. The president is his own worst enemy, easily distracted, obsessed with minutiae, and uninterested in instilling much order in his administration. His staffers, many of them young, don't really know the ropes, and it shows. The cluster of aides who arrived with the president from out of town irks official Washington, which, feeling shut out, views the executive-branch staff as bumbling provincial bumpkins and cheers on every failure. The media are more than happy to weave a narrative of chaos. Relations between press and...

More than 40 refugees dead in attack on boat off Yemen
More than 40 refugees dead in attack on boat off Yemen

More than 40 people including women and children have been shot dead aboard a boat carrying Somali refugees in the Red Sea off war-torn Yemen, officials said on Friday. The refugees were hit by light weapons fire in waters off rebel-held Hodeida, but the boat managed to dock in the city's port, an official there said. The International Organization for Migration, which has operations in Yemen, said 42 bodies had been recovered.

What Is The Alternative Minimum Tax?
What Is The Alternative Minimum Tax?

Trump's tax returns show he incurred $31 million worth of tax liability from the Alternative Minimum Tax, a feature of the tax code he has pledged to remove.

OAS head says Venezuela should hold elections or face suspension from bloc
OAS head says Venezuela should hold elections or face suspension from bloc

By Diego Oré CARACAS (Reuters) - The head of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday said that crisis-wrought Venezuela should be suspended from the regional diplomatic body if it does not hold general elections "as quickly as possible." Venezuela's election board in October suspended the opposition drive for a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro despite the OPEC nation's crushing economic crisis, the government's unpopularity and public opinion in favor of a plebiscite. Luis Almagro, secretary general of the OAS and a former foreign minister of Uruguay, stressed that elections are key to allowing Venezuela to overcome severe food shortages and spiraling...

The Samsung TV That Looks Like A Piece Of Art Will Be Out This Spring
The Samsung TV That Looks Like A Piece Of Art Will Be Out This Spring

The Samsung Frame is designed to look like a piece of art but it an actual TV ... with a release date soon.

Prosecutors in AP report on church abuse no longer employed
Prosecutors in AP report on church abuse no longer employed

SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina district attorney says two assistant prosecutors no longer work for him amid charges they sabotaged investigations into abuse in their secretive religious sect.

Indictment sends ripple of doubt through Baltimore cases
Indictment sends ripple of doubt through Baltimore cases

BALTIMORE (AP) - They were just seven officers on a police force of more than 3,000, but the Baltimore detectives charged with theft, fraud and conspiracy had an outsized crime-fighting role in a city plagued by violence.

Senate approves Carson for housing secretary job
Senate approves Carson for housing secretary job

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to confirm retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in President Donald Trump's Cabinet. Carson, who ran for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and later endorsed Trump, becomes the only African-American in the Trump Cabinet. The Senate confirmed his appointment by a vote of 58 to 41. Carson was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence later on Thursday. ...

Trump Taps Putin Critic for Senior White House Position
Trump Taps Putin Critic for Senior White House Position

The selection of Brookings scholar Fiona Hill comes as the Trump administration draws fire for contacts with Russian officials.

South Korea, US forces begin joint military drills
South Korea, US forces begin joint military drills

South Korea and the United States kicked off their annual, massive military exercises on Wednesday as North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un ordered his troops to prepare for a "merciless strike" against the enemy forces. The drills always raise tensions on the divided Korean peninsula and this year they come after the North's recent ballistic missile test and the assassination by nerve agent of Kim's half brother in Malaysia. Participation in the joint exercises -- known as Key Resolve and Foal Eagle -- is similar to last year, a United States Forces Korea spokesman said.

May set for Lords defeat on Europeans
May set for Lords defeat on Europeans' post-Brexit rights

The House of Lords looks set Wednesday to defy Prime Minister Theresa May by demanding guarantees for EU nationals living in Britain, delaying a bill she needs to start Brexit negotiations. The opposition Labour party is hopeful it can push through an amendment to legislation empowering May to trigger Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, which begins two years of divorce talks. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also this week warned she may be forced to call for a new independence referendum to defend Scotland's rights.

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