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Trump provokes global anger by recognising Israel’s claim to Golan Heights

Russia, Iran and Turkey condemn US president while Syria vows to recapture territory lost in 1967 war Syria has vowed to retake the Golan Heights as Donald Trumps call for the US to recognise the occupied territory as part of Israel elicited strong responses from Russia, Turkey and Iran. The president ended half a century of US foreign policy and broke from post-second world war international consensus that forbids territorial conquest during war said on Friday that the country was now more determined to liberate it by all possible means…

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While You Were Offline: Cats Caused the Facebook Outage (jkjk)

It’s been a seven-day seesaw that has seen Fox News host Tucker Carlson complain of bullying, actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin indicted in a college bribery scandal, North Korea threaten to suspend talks with the US, climate change officially claim the Arctic, a terrible mass shooting in New Zealand, Paul Manafort getting an additional 43 months and then charged with 16 more crimes, Congress voting unanimously to release the Mueller report publicly only for Lindsey Graham to singlehandedly shut it down in the Senate and, of course, yet another…

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Anti-vaxxers, the Momo challenge … why lies spread faster than facts

With Trump making six false claims a day and bogus Brexit claims spreading, we live in a disorienting post-truth era. It all began with the David Irving trial, writes Jonathan Freedland The queasiness keeps coming back, a very specific malady that I thought Id put behind me nearly 20 years ago. But each time I read about, say, the bogus version of the Momo challenge, or the rise and rise of the anti-vaxxer movement, the symptoms return, stronger than ever. If asked by a doctor to describe the sensation, Id…

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Kim and Trump finally show their hands after nuclear talks in Hanoi

We now know where North Korea and US stand and the gaps that still need to be closed The Hanoi summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un may have Trump-Kim nuclear talks in Hanoi break down video report The summit was doomed because those proved to be delusions. Kim arrived with a clear game plan and was not going to be diverted from it under pressure at the last minute. The accounts of what happened in Hanoi and in the preceding months suggest that while the summit was premature, there…

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‘You tell me’: China ambassador stumped on who aids Trump on trade

Cui Tiankai says other diplomats in DC face same problem while economic adviser Kudlow says China talks unsatisfactory Chinas ambassador to the US said on Sunday he and other diplomats in Washington did not know which advisers Donald Trump turns to when forming policy on trade. Cui Tiankai was asked on Peter Navarro, is a tariffs hardliner and ultra-loyalist who seems to have the presidents ear. Speaking a column published by Fox this week, Navarro linked policies meant to protect US businesses to the emergence of China as a major…

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Melania Trump parts company with husband’s agenda in ABC interview

First lady contradicts Donald Trumps America-first doctrine and backs chain migration while defending her fashion choices First lady Melania Trump has laid out a vision of the role of the US in the world that is markedly different from her husbands America-first policy, while seemingly breaking with the presidents stance on restricting immigration. Speaking to ABCs Tom Llamas in an interview recorded in Kenya last week, Trump also said the #MeToo movement had at times gone too far. If somebody is accused with stuff that its not correct as they…

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Mitch McConnell moves Senate closer to vote on Kavanaugh nomination

Final vote could come Saturday as majority leader takes next step, while lawmakers await results of FBI investigation As Capitol Hill braced on Wednesday for the results of an FBI investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Donald Trumps supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, moved the Senate closer to a vote on his nomination. The move by the Republican leader sets up a critical Friday that could determine whether Kavanaugh is seated on the supreme court. Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the…

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The Democratic party went awol in 2016 and is still missing | Cas Mudde

The party has no clear leader, no convincing analysis of why they lost the election, and no strategy to do better next time On 8 November 2016 Donald Trump won the US presidency. But it was also the day the Democratic party went awol. Almost two years later, the Democrats are still not to be found. They have no clear leader, or even leadership team, no convincing analysis of why they lost the election, and, consequently, no strategy to do better next time. In a July 2017 millennials. Now, before…

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Kathleen Turner: Donald Trump has a ‘gross’ handshake

Actor sheds light on US presidents infamous greeting, and says she was a sexual target in Hollywood The veteran actor Kathleen Turner has revealed details about Donald Trumps gross handshake technique in an interview in which she also criticised the sexism in Hollywood that made her a sexual target at the beginning of her career. greeted her. He goes to shake your hand and, with his index finger, kind of rubs the inside of your wrist, she said. Hes trying to do some kind of seductive intimacy move. You pull…

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‘Disgusting news’: Donald Trump whips up crowd anger as he vilifies media

President was campaigning for Senate candidate but continued his increasingly alarming verbal vendetta Donald Trump ramped up his attack on the media on Thursday night, criticizing the press as fake, fake, disgusting news and describing journalists in attendance as horrible, horrendous people, despite finally his meeting with the Queen in July. Trumps most intense criticisms came during an anecdote about the latter. Trump said he and the Queen got along fantastically well and enjoyed good chemistry, but told the thousands-strong crowd that the fake news had instead reported that he…

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Trump lawyer Giuliani: ‘scumbag’ Cohen is a traitor like Iago and Brutus

Ex-New York mayor gives rambling 32-minute CNN interview but wont say what very nasty relationship Mueller had with Trump Donald Trumps lawyer Rudy Giuliani has angrily compared Michael Cohen, the presidents former long-time lawyer, to famous traitors Benedict Arnold, Brutus and Iago. Youve got a really bad guy here, said Giuliani, during a 32-minute long, rambling interview on CNN on Monday. Cohen, whose premises and home were raided by the FBI in April on a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller concerning possible campaign finance law violations, has not been…

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