For last time, Obama, Merkel meet as peers on world stage

For last time, Obama, Merkel meet as peers on world stage

Trump's team meanwhile said more generally that the pair discussed "the threats and challenges" facing both countries as well as economic issues and "the historical US-Russia relationship that dates back over 200 years". On the campaign trail Trump frequently demonised Beijing, but questions have been asked whether his conduct in the White House will match his promises as a candidate. Read More

Murray, Djokovic set up Sunday shootout at ATP finals

Murray, Djokovic set up Sunday shootout at ATP finals

The victory gives Murray his first season-ending ATP No. 1 ranking and came in a match in which both participants were aware that the victor would finish No. Today we both, Andy and I, were part of the history and it was an honour to be on the court and to be a part of the big occasion. Djokovic's late rally proved in vain, though, and he faces the task of playing catch-up at the start of 2017, with Murray having cemented his new-found status as the man to beat. Read More

At least nine Pakistanis killed in Indian forces fire at LoC

At least nine Pakistanis killed in Indian forces fire at LoC

There have since been repeated outbreaks of cross-border firing, with both sides reporting deaths and injuries including of civilians. The heavy firing came at around 9 a.m and the Indian troops were seen giving a befitting reply to the enemies. Read More

Iran transfers its surplus heavy water to Oman

Iran transfers its surplus heavy water to Oman

The president should remain realistic, though, and also be prepared for significant pushback from Iran in the counter-ISIS fight and from Russian Federation. Unlike the hard limit on uranium imposed by the deal, any excess heavy water is available for export on the worldwide market. Despite Republican opposition, the Obama administration has recently issued a second license to France's Airbus to sell 106 commercial planes to Iran Air, Reuters reported . Read More

Barack Obama urges Donald Trump to 'stand up' to Russian Federation

Barack Obama urges Donald Trump to 'stand up' to Russian Federation

Next up, President Obama heads to Germany . Trump's attitude toward Russian President Vladimir Putin - the NY mogul called him "a leader, far more than our president has been a leader" - is deeply concerning in Europe, particularly in small countries like the Baltic nations living in Russia's shadow. Read More

Trump Justice Dept. could shift drug prosecution policies

Trump Justice Dept. could shift drug prosecution policies

Attorney would prosecute; occasionally attorneys from the Civil Rights Division at the Department might become involved. The opinions in this article belong to the authors. Members of the US House of Representatives, including Washington's Denny Heck , have asked Trump to reverse his decision to appoint Steve Bannon as chief White House strategist. Read More

How President-elect Trump could eliminate conflicts of interest

How President-elect Trump could eliminate conflicts of interest

Well, that was interesting. President-elect really drew a hard line in that "The New York Times " interview yesterday saying the president can't have a conflict of interest . He quoted Mattis as saying, " Give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers and I always do better " than anyone using torture. The Republican president-elect added that he does not want to "energize" the groups, one of which garnered viral headlines this weekend with a gathering in Washington, where ... Read More

Russia's Putin praises French presidential contender Francois Fillon

French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia called on Fillon to set the record straight, the rabbi's office said in a statement. He said: "I think that sectarianism is increasing today within the Muslim community and that the sectarians are taking that community hostage". Read More

Crockett arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession

Crockett arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession

Missouri issued a one-game suspension to freshman RB Damarea Crockett as punishment for his Sunday arrest on suspicion of marijuana possession. The University of Missouri has suspended its starting running-back after his arrest Sunday morning. Read More

Cooper, Democrats pressuring Gov. McCrory to concede

McCrory seems to realize he's going to end up with fewer votes than Cooper, but as Slate's Mark Joseph Stern explained yesterday , the Republican is looking ahead, trying to delay the formal declaration of a victor "in order to let the Republican-dominated legislature ignore the true result and re-install McCrory as governor for another four years". Read More

Russia accuses Ukraine of abducting two soldiers in Crimea

Russia accuses Ukraine of abducting two soldiers in Crimea

Russia's security agency said at the time it had thwarted "terrorist attacks" in Crimea by Ukrainian military intelligence and beaten back armed assaults, but Kiev furiously denied the incidents. Relations between Russia and Ukraine are at freezing point after Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula more than two years ago, and support for pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine. Read More

Crash victims remembered on World Day of Remembrance

Crash victims remembered on World Day of Remembrance

Dozens of people gathered at the intersection near Kennedy Boulevard and Neptune Avenue in remembrance of those killed in road crashes this past year. "From now through to the new year, there will be more police on the roads, and we have no hesitation in taking action against anyone who can not obey road rules". Read More

Iraqi forces accused of killing civilians near Mosul

Amid concerns about IS' use of human shields in the city, rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said four people died from inhaling fumes after IS shelled and set fires to the al-Mishrag Sulfur Gas Factory in Mosul on October 23. Special forces control the Zahra neighbourhood of the city and have taken at least half of the Aden area after establishing a foothold in a small slice of territory in the east of Mosul . Read More

Australian Refugees Offered US Resettlement Deal

Australian Refugees Offered US Resettlement Deal

Four of the six have since opted to return to their home countries. Refugees being held at controversial detention facilities on two isolated Pacific islands will be resettled in the United States , Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Sunday. Read More

House Democrats Urge Trump To Drop Bannon

In your election night speech you said, "Now it's time for America to bind the wounds of division". Trump was a guest on his Sirius XM "Breitbart News Daily" radio show when Bannon made the remarks on November 5, 2015. "I promise you he's not as scary, and he is as brilliant a tactician-and our campaign general, frankly, on the field-as everyone is also saying ", she said . Read More

Putin Aide: Trump Could Build Confidence With NATO Pullback

Another envoy said: "The EU must make its own decision in December but the complication comes if in January the United States signals that it is going to change its policy". After the latest statement by the Russian diplomat, the spokeswoman for the Trump campaign, Hope Hicks , denied there were interactions between Russia and the Trump team before Tuesday's election. Read More

Senior Officials Urge Obama to Fire National Security Agency Director

Rogers is head of both the National Security Agency and the U.S. military's Cyber Command. Their reasons for recommending Rogers' dismissal were unclear. Trump meanwhile has publicly cast doubt on USA intelligence officials who overwhelmingly concluded that Moscow had interfered with the election. The Obama administration seeks to create separate chains of command at the NSA and the military's cyberwarfare unit but some lawmakers, including Republican Senator John McCain, the Senate Armed ... Read More

Abe convinced Japan-bashing Trump 'is a leader we can trust'

Abe convinced Japan-bashing Trump 'is a leader we can trust'

Since winning the election, Trump's transition team has failed to provide the press pool with adequate guidance on his whereabouts. The New York Times said offices of foreign leaders were blindly dialling in to Trump Tower as they scrambled to get the future president on the phone, prompting a denial and an insistence the transition is proceeding smoothly. Read More

Life in the White House bubble? Trump's had practice

A week after his upset victory, Trump said the enormous endeavor was proceeding "so smoothly". Aides and allies vouched for the transition efforts on his behalf, suggesting some commotion was to be expected. Several US news outlets have reported that former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani is tipped for secretary of state. Trump's advisers, however, told the Times that the transition team was not suffering unusual setbacks and was hard at work. Read More

'Gilmore Girls' Creator Reveals That Luke Was Supposed to Be a Woman

'Gilmore Girls' Creator Reveals That Luke Was Supposed to Be a Woman

For the mothers and daughters who shared watch TV together, 59 percent of them stated that post-show discussions were the best part of watching TV together. Both Gil (Sebastian Bach) and Brian (John Cabrera) have been tapped to return for the revival, so does this mean they're getting the band back together? Diner owner Luke Danes wants to tell Lorelei how he feels, but doesn't get his chance. Read More