Biden tells Trump it’s time to ‘grow up’

United States Vice President Joe Biden is telling President-elect Donald Trump to “grow up.” Biden is dismissing Trump’s complaint on Twitter about how the Obama administration has handled the transition. He tells “PBS NewsHour” that it’s “time to be an adult.” Biden says to Trump: “You’re president. You’ve got to do something. Show us what […]

Russia says has begun reducing forces in Syria

Russia said on Friday it had begun reducing its military forces in Syria under the terms of a fragile ceasefire deal brokered between opposition groups and the Syrian government. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the ceasefire in late December and said Russia would pull back some of its forces in Syria, where its military intervention […]

China slams Donald Trump over use of Twitter. “Diplomacy is not a child’s game”

By Katie Hunt China has slammed US President-elect Donald Trump over his use of Twitter to conduct international diplomacy in a commentary published by the country’s official news agency Xinhua. Trump has earned a reputation for making unpredictable statements on Twitter that often depart from long-standing US policies and he’s made several controversial comments about […]

No, Obama didn’t appoint Judge Garland to the Supreme court during ‘intersession recess’

U.S. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court expired at noon Tuesday, clearing the way for President-elect Donald Trump to fill a vacancy Senate Republicans held open for months with an appointee championed by conservatives. Judge Garland’s nomination languished for nearly 10 months until it expired with the formal adjournment of the 114th […]

American reporter leaves Turkey after being detained for three days by Turkish authorities

A reporter for the Wall Street Journal in Turkey was detained, barred access to a lawyer and threatened with deportation, the newspaper said on Saturday, adding to the growing number of journalists arrested and detained in an already harsh government crackdown on press freedom. Reporter Dion Nissenbaum, a 49-year-old U.S. citizen, was taken from his […]

Greek ambassador to Brazil killed; widow and 2 men questioned over his murder

Brazilian police are questioning the widow of the Greek ambassador to that country, along with a military police officer described as her lover and another man in the death of the diplomat, authorities said Friday. Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, had been missing since Monday, Evaristo Pontes Magalhaes, a police investigator in the Baixada Fluminense state, […]

Russia urges UN Security Council to endorse Syria cease-fire deal

Russia is urging the U.N. Security Council to quickly adopt a resolution endorsing the cease-fire agreement in Syria. Russia’s U.N. Ambassador told reporters Friday that Russia and Turkey, who brokered the nationwide cease-fire that went into effect at midnight, circulated the agreement to council members Thursday night and a brief draft resolution supporting it. Churkin […]