France’s Hollande fires back at Trump over Paris comments, urges him to support U.S. allies

French President Francois Hollande fired back at Donald Trump on Saturday after the U.S. president remarked in a speech that a friend thought “Paris is no longer Paris” after attacks by Islamist militants. Hollande said Trump should show support for U.S. allies. “There is terrorism and we must fight it together. I think that it […]

Iraqi forces push deeper into western Mosul after capturing city’s airport as civilians flee

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul on Saturday, advancing in several populated southern districts after punching through the defences of Islamic State’s last major urban stronghold in Iraq a day earlier. About 1,000 civilians also walked across the frontlines, the largest movement since the new offensive launched last week to deal the ultra-hardline […]

Trump’s ‘brain’ Steve Bannon emerges from the shadows

Steve Bannon used to be a political outsider, relegated to the sidelines of the conservative movement. Now, he is the movement. When he was head of the renegade right-wing website Breitbart, Bannon hosted a party for those not invited to speak at the high-profile annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC. On Thursday he […]

U.N. Syria talks: What does Russia really want?

The first U.N.-led Syria peace talks in almost a year are in danger of getting lost in procedure, as officials obsess about who will meet whom, but behind the scenes diplomats say it’s largely up to Russia to call the tune. Russia and the United States were the prime movers behind the last peace talks, […]

Trump once again declares war against his own intelligence agencies

US President Donald Trump kicked off his Friday by attacking the U.S. intelligence community once again. He lashed out at the FBI, tweeting that the agency is “totally unable to stop national security ‘leakers.’” Trump’s outburst comes hours after CNN and The Associated Press reported that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus had asked […]

White house is discriminating against news media. CNN, other top news outlets blocked

White House blocked a number of news outlets from covering spokesman Sean Spicer’s question-and-answer session on Friday afternoon. Spicer decided to hold an off-camera “gaggle” with reporters inside his West Wing office instead of the traditional on-camera briefing in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room. Among the outlets not permitted to cover the gaggle […]

Mexico rejects with anger ‘hostile’ Trump immigration rules as US talks loom

Mexico reacted with anger on Wednesday to what one official called “hostile” new U.S. immigration guidelines as senior Trump administration envoys began arriving in Mexico City for talks on the volatile issue. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security unveiled plans on Tuesday to consider almost all illegal immigrants subject to deportation, and will seek to […]