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Kremlin protests after U.S. arrests Russian accused of smuggling... The Kremlin protested on Wednesday over the extradition from ex-Soviet Georgia t... Asked about the case on Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Moscow was worried about the U.S. practice of having Russian nationals extradited from third countries like Georgia Russia itself does not extradite its own citizens, a practice that is banned under the Russian constitution Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
Why Joseph Heller's ‘Catch-22’ is a relevant antiwar satire in the age of Trump Joseph Heller's 1961 novel "Catch-22" is not only a Hulu series from George Clooney, it's satire that hits close to home. Only its misogyny didn't age well. America’s wars are scattered with the brave, rabid and opportunistic Catch-22, which received mixed reviews, was originally called Catch-18 Instead, Yossarian puts a hand up her skirt and another guy grabs her bosoms The doctor is a brooding hypochondriac; a lieutenant’s cheeks shake with gusts of anguish
World War 3: How US led HUGE military exercise to ‘deter growing Russian threat’ THE US led a huge military operation for NATO members in a bid to shrug off the possible spread of a Russian resurgence, a documentary revealed. Since 2010, the militaries of NATO members and partners commit time and resources to engage in a display of their military prowess, and, hopefully, project a convincing deterrent power But every time that we’ve followed that inclination, situations deteriorate – it’s a lesson we learn over and over again
Russia could take hold of China’s entire gas market Russia could take hold of China’s entire gas market HomeBusiness News Russia could take hold of China’s entire gas market Published time: 15 May, 2019 11:10 Get short URL Gas storage facilities, Chongqing, China © REUTERS/Chen Aizhu As the trade war between Washington and Beijing intensifies, the United States is poised to lose out on a major gas market, and Russia could pick up the slack Yet, that’s little respite for major US LNG producers in the long term if the trade war continues
FirstFT: Today’s top stories The day ahead Alibaba and Tencent earnings China’s tech giants Alibaba and Tencent will report earnings on Wednesday Open to pupils aged 16-19 in full-time education, their teachers and schools around the world, it offers a way to enrich study, improve exam performance and help ease the transition to further study or work
Tanker attacks near UAE expose weaknesses in Gulf Arab security Attacks on Saudi tankers and other vessels off the coast of the United Arab Emir... Saudi Arabia’s energy minister has said at least one of them was further out, in the UAE’s exclusive economic zone where international law largely applies Reuters and other journalists taken on a tour off the Fujairah coast saw a hole at the waterline in the hull of a Norwegian ship, with the metal torn inwards Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
State Department orders non-emergency employees to leave Iraq amid Iran tensions The State Department ordered Wednesday the departure of non-emergency US government employees from Iraq amid increasing tensions with Iran and warned US citizens not to travel to the country, citing a "high risk for violence and kidnapping." The State Department also said Wednesday that Americans should not travel through Iraq to Syria to engage in armed conflict as they may face similar threats in Syria and face legal risks from both the US and Syria CNN's Ryan Browne and Jamie Crawford contributed to this report
US openly rejects British general on Iran as it orders embassy staff to leave Iraq The United States has publicly rebuked a senior British general who challenged claims that Iranian-backed groups are preparing to mount attacks against Western assets in the Middle East. U.S. Central Command, in coordination with Operation Inherent Resolve, has increased the force posture level for all service members assigned to OIR in Iraq and Syria It has given the European Union, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, and Russia, the remaining signatories of the deal, 60 days to come up with a way for it to continue to sell oil and receive the revenues
Axing Northern Ireland from plans to protect troops from historic allegations a 'major issue', says former head of Army A former head of the Army has said it is a "major issue" that plans to protect armed forces from prosecution for historic allegations do not cover Northern Ireland. Harry Wragg, who organised the Rolling Thunder protest in April in opposition to the prosecution of a British soldier over Bloody Sunday, believes crown immunity is the only protection for soldiers Separately, Ms Mordaunt is due to address the First Sea Lord's Sea Power Conference on Wednesday morning
John Bolton is Trump's war whisperer John Bolton, President Trump's national security adviser, seemingly hasn't met a war he doesn't love. His enthusiasm for the muscular use of the military seems out of place in the administration of a President who has repeatedly questioned and sought to end America's wars in the Middle East, writes Peter Bergen. They include the potential deployment of as many as 120,000 American troops to the Middle East if Iran attacks American targets in the region or resumes work on its nuclear weapons program Bolton, who avoided serving in Vietnam by going to law school and joining the National Guard, seems to have reversed Churchill's maxim: Better to war-war than to jaw-jaw
For some trauma doctors, clash with NRA proves therapeutic A recent clash with the National Rifle Association (NRA) has shown some doctors ... Courtesy Keith Bratcher/Rutgers New Jersey Medical School/Handout via REUTERS Dr. Zoe Maher, another Temple trauma surgeon, helped form the Coalition of Trauma Centers for Firearm Injury Prevention, which urges changes in public policy to Pennsylvania state legislators
Iran ready for any scenario, from confrontation to diplomacy: official A senior Iranian official said on Wednesday that Tehran was ready for all scenar... Tensions have worsened since attacks on Saudi oil tankers and other vessels off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, as well as armed drone attacks on oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia which were claimed by Iran-aligned Houthis in Yemen Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
Analysis | Power Up: Trump wants a 2020 fight over tariffs. That will test the patience of his base. Farmers fear long-term consequences of China impasse even as Trump allies insist it’s a winning issue. Good morning and welcome back! We're halfway there Sign up Russian President Vladimir Putin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo greet each other prior to their talks in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Russia on Tuesday (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool) Global Power TRUMP’S RUSSIAN RESET, AT LAST?:  The end of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election has allowed the Trump administration to resume discussions with Russia on a lengthy list of topics, including arms control, Iran and Venezuela, according to my colleagues Anne Gearan and Anton Troianovski
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Oil prices fall as U.S. inventories rise, but Middle East tensions... Oil fell on Wednesday after data showed a surprise rise in U.S. crude inventorie... Oil prices have drawn support after Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday that armed drones struck two of its oil pumping stations, two days after the sabotage of oil tankers near the United Arab Emirates Graphic: U.S. oil output, inventories - Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
US and Its Euro Lackeys Rip Iran Nuclear Deal to Shreds, Dare Tehran to Retaliate The Trump administration unilaterally cheated on the 2015 multinational, UN-endorsed JCPOA, or Iran nuclear deal. It has imposed an illegal, worldwide financial and energy blockade on all forms of trade with Iran — from oil and gas to exports of iron, steel, aluminum and copper. For all practical purposes, and in any geopolitical scenario, this is a declaration of war. For all practical purposes, and in any geopolitical scenario, this is a declaration of war Successive U.S. governments have ripped international law to shreds; ditching the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is only the latest instance Trying to destroy Iran will cost untold trillions more I want them to be strong and great and have a great economy… We have no secrets
U.S. Orders Partial Evacuation of Embassy in Baghdad The decision came after the Trump administration warned of an increased threat linked to Iran. Officials in Iraq and elsewhere doubted that such a threat existed. The order for a partial evacuation of the Baghdad embassy, which at the height of the Iraq War was the largest in the American diplomatic system, adds to the rising tensions between the United States and Iran Skeptical U.S. Allies Resist Trump’s New Claims of Threats From Iran May 14, 2019 White House Reviews Military Plans Against Iran, in Echoes of Iraq War May 13, 2019 U.S. Issues New Sanctions as Iran Warns It Will Step Back From Nuclear Deal May 8, 2019 Advertisement
Kremlin Spokesman Peskov Gives Details on Russia's Massive Economic Cooperation with China (Russian TV News) While President Donald Trump is gambling that the US can get the better of China in a trade war, Putin is making deals with Beijing. Russia is cooperating enthusiastically with the Chinese-led "One Belt, One Road" initiative, which seeks to turn Eurasia into the central hub of world trade. The more trade is concentrated on the Eurasian super-continent, the weaker the US becomes, as its power is based on control of critical sea-lanes. While President Donald Trump is gambling that the US can get the better of China in a trade war, Putin is making deals with Beijing The more trade is concentrated on the Eurasian super-continent, the weaker the US becomes, as its power is based on control of critical sea-lanes President Trump said that in the first quarter of the current year the American economy grew by 3.2%