For Russia, the sweet taste of Trump’s victory has turned sour

On the night of Donald Trump’s inauguration as US President, champagne corks popped in Moscow. Literally, on the floor of the Russian parliament, MPs cracked open bottles of sparkling wine and toasted his victory. The thing is, they saw Trump’s victory as their victory, too. And why wouldn’t they? As presidential candidate, Trump promised to […]

US Govt. Shutdown appears imminent : Senate sets vote that’s likely to fail

Temporary government funding runs out at midnight Friday and there’s still no agreement on a temporary extension. Democrats are demanding that a stopgap include a provision permanently shielding some undocumented immigrants from deportation, while Republicans want to keep that issue separate from funding and budget negotiations. Here are the latest developments, updated throughout the day: […]

Pope Tawadros: Church refuses extremist Torah explanations toward Jerusalem

CAIRO , EGYPT – “We refuse violence, coercion and religiousness of Arab Palestinian conflict. We also refuse the use of religion away from its main purposes. We refuse extremist explanations of Torah that deny others and impinge on their rights,” said Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria. During his speech at the International Conference in support […]

Macron dispatched adviser to sway Palestinians not to trash Trump’s peace plan

French President Emmanuel Macron dispatched his deputy national security adviser, Aurélien Lechevallier, to the Palestinian city of Ramallah this week to convince Palestinian leaders to give President Trump‘s peace plan for the region a chance, Axios reported on Thursday. French and Palestinian officials told the news outlet that Lechevallier met with various senior Palestinian officials, including the head of […]

True believers want peace for Jerusalem, pope tells imam

by Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service Christians, Muslims and Jews who are sincere about their faith must be committed to protecting the special character of Jerusalem and to praying and working for peace in the Holy Land, Pope Francis wrote in a letter to the grand imam of Egypt’s al-Azhar University. Only a special, internationally […]

Sharp drop in Iraq and Syria terror deaths: study

Iraq and Syria saw a sharp drop in the number of people killed in terror attacks last year, a report published Thursday by Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre has found. Despite ongoing violence in both countries, there was a fall in the number of deaths in attacks by non-state actors such as the Islamic State […]

Tillerson: US troops will stay in Syria to prevent ISIS from regrouping

of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday it was “crucial” for the United States to maintain an open-ended military and diplomatic presence in Syria to prevent Islamic State militants from regrouping, to thwart Iranian influence and ultimately to see the exit of President Bashar Assad. Tillerson outlined what he described as a new, more engaged Trump […]

Trump accuses Russia of helping North Korea evade sanctions

U.S. President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that Russia was helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, signaling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his 2016 election win. “Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,” Trump said during an Oval Office interview with Reuters. “What […]