Trump arrived in Washington, determined to transform American politics

Twenty-four hours before he takes the oath of office as the 45th US president, Donald Trump arrived in Washington on Thursday, determined to transform American politics over the next four years. The Republican billionaire’s arrival caps an extraordinary and improbable run for the White House that, once he takes the reins from President Barack Obama, […]

U.S. Air Force bombs ISIS training camps in Libya killing over 80 militants

“We need to strike ISIL everywhere they show up,” Ashton B. Carter, the departing defense secretary, told reporters. “We know that some of the ISIL operatives in Libya were involved in plotting attacks in Europe.” Islamic State fighters were driven out of Surte, the group’s coastal stronghold, last year by Libyan fighters backed by American […]

Islamic State steps up oil, gas sales to Assad regime, its largest source of funds

By  BENOIT FAUCON and AHMED AL OMRAN Islamic State has ramped up sales of oil and gas to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, U.S. and European officials said, providing vital fuel to the government in return for desperately needed cash. The regime’s purchases are helping sustain Islamic State amid unprecedented military pressure on the militant group in […]

Between a rock and a hard place, Syrians left with few choices

Carrying her four-year-old son, Elham Saleh walked all night behind a smuggler, navigating land mines through Islamic State group- and rebel-held territory in northern Syria. Finally, they reached relative safety in Safira, a government-controlled village on the southern edge of the city of Aleppo, where they have been staying for the past two weeks. Saleh’s […]

Iran: Collapse of burning Tehran high-rise kills 30 firefighters

A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by fire collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring some 75 people, state media reported. The disaster struck the Plasco building, an iconic structure in central Tehran just north of the Iranian capital’s sprawling bazaar. Firefighters, soldiers and other emergency responders dug through the rubble, looking […]

Boeing , US agriculture to be targeted in US-China trade war, ushered in by Trump

An influential Chinese state-run newspaper on Thursday again warned that U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co (BA.N) and U.S. agricultural imports could be targets for retaliation in any trade war ushered in by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Trump, who is sworn into office on Friday, has criticized China’s trade practices and threatened to impose punitive tariffs […]

Haley doesn’t trust Russia departs sharply fromTrump on foreign policy issues

By Anne Gearan and Sean Sullivan South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley departed sharply from President-elect Donald Trump on a range of foreign policy issues Wednesday, creating some awkwardness as she fielded questions from senators on Capitol Hill. During her confirmation hearing to be the next United Nations ambassador, Haley voiced heavy skepticism about Russia and […]

Iraqi forces liberate eastern Mosul from ISIS fighters

Elite Iraqi forces have driven Islamic State (ISIS) fighters from all districts of eastern Mosul they were tasked with recapturing, their commanding officer said on Wednesday, bringing almost all of the city’s eastern half under government control. Lieutenant-General Talib Shaghati said the Counter Terrorism Services (CTS), who have spearheaded the three-month-old offensive against Islamic State […]

Obama approval hits 60% as end of term approaches

President Barack Obama will leave office Friday with his highest approval rating since 2009, his presidency largely viewed as a success, and a majority saying they will miss him when he is gone. A new CNN/ORC poll finds Obama’s approval rating stands at 60%, his best mark since June of his first year in office. […]