Can Donald Trump solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

May 23, 2017

(CNN)Jerusalem: US President Donald Trump arrives in Israel Monday in search of what he has called “the ultimate deal”. But like so many US presidents who have believed it their duty to bring peace to the region, Trump will face a series of challenges, which have grown increasingly insurmountable. Seven years on since Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last held talks, the same issues remain — disagreements over borders, security, Jerusalem, a right of return …


Philippines’ Duterte looks to strengthen ties with trip to Moscow

May 22, 2017

(CNN)Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte will depart on an official five-day visit to Moscow Monday, as part of an effort to realign his country’s foreign policy away from longtime ally the United States. Under Duterte, who took office in June 2016, the Philippines has made overtures toward Beijing and Moscow — seeing the countries as a source of much-needed investment — and away from the US, which, despite a mutual defense treaty, Duterte regards as unreliable and …


With latest airstrikes, US signals to Iran: Containment is back

May 19, 2017

(CNN)The U.S.-led coalition against ISIS waged a series of airstrikes against a military convoy of loyalists to the Syrian regime, CNN has confirmed. According to a U.S. defense official, a convoy of 20 pro-regime vehicles was headed toward al-Tanf, a military base on the Syrian-Jordanian border, on Wednesday night. Al-Tanf, which Russian warplanes bombed a year ago in two successive airstrikes, is occupied by U.S. and British Special Forces that are advising an anti-ISIS Syrian rebel group …


Can South Korea and China patch things up over THAAD?

May 18, 2017

Beijing (CNN)Jeong Min-young is worried. Since the beginning of the year, relations between Beijing and Seoul have soured over the deployment of a US missile defense system — THAAD — in South Korea. On the Chinese internet, patriotic citizens posted calls for boycotts of South Korean goods and even staged performative displays of destroying make-up and other popular products, generating approving columns in Chinese state media. …


China’s new world order: Xi, Putin and others meet for Belt and Road Forum

May 14, 2017

Belt and Road Forum, Beijing (CNN)China’s leaders are ringing in what they hope is a new world order at a major international conference in Beijing Sunday. The Belt and Road Forum is China’s answer to Davos or the G20, centered around the colossal One Belt, One Road (OBOR) trade initiative, which takes its inspiration from the ancient Silk Road trading route. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized OBOR’s international credentials in the …


U.S. Nears $100 Bln Arms Deal for Saudi Arabia: White House official

May 13, 2017

… The United States has been the main supplier for most Saudi military needs, from F-15 fighter jets to command and control systems worth tens of billions of dollars in recent years. Trump has vowed to stimulate the U.S. economy by boosting manufacturing jobs. The package includes American arms and maintenance, ships, air missile defense and maritime security, the official said. “We’ll see a very substantial commitment … In many ways it is intended to build capabilities for the …


Eric Frein trial: Jury sentences Pennsylvania trooper’s ambush killer to death

April 28, 2017

… the gallery shouted “Yes!” Douglass, who has endured 18 surgeries and might lose his lower leg, couldn’t stop smiling. defense lawyer Bill Ruzzo told reporters he was disappointed by the sentence, and surprised the jury failed to find a single mitigating circumstance that would point to a life sentence. Col. Tyree Blocker, the state police commissioner, thanked the jury for delivering justice. “Cpl. Dickson will always remain in the hearts of all members of the …


China launches its first homegrown aircraft carrier

April 26, 2017

(CNN)The first aircraft carrier designed and built in China was launched Wednesday amid streamers and champagne. The as-yet unnamed vessel isChina’s second aircraft carrier. Early on Wednesday morning it was towed from Dalian Shipyard, Liaoning, to a nearby wharf, China’s Ministry of National defense said. China first announced the construction of its new carrier in late December 2015. State media said it would be “independently designed in China.” Replay …


Head to head: How Le Pen and Macron compare

April 24, 2017

… believes France should do more. He wants to work closely with Europe to solve the problem and has no desire to walk away from those discussions. Security Le Pen Le Pen has been outspoken in her criticism of NATO and wants to take France out of its integrated military command. She has promised extra defense spending on top of hiring 15,000 new police officers. Another of her policies would lead to foreign criminals being expelled from the country. Last week, in the aftermath of the terror …


Macron and Le Pen: How two outsiders defeated France’s political elite

April 24, 2017

… Marche!” quickly attracted hundreds of thousands of members and surged in the polls. He promised reform of France’s welfare and pensions systems, business-friendly policies, and increased defense spending. The weakness of the soft-left and soft-right seemed to create the ideal circumstance for a centrist like Macron, who appealed to both Fillon voters and right-leaning Socialists. The favorite going into Sunday’s vote, Macron faced challenges from both his right and left, but …


The beginner’s guide to the French elections

April 20, 2017

… founded the National Front.) Emmanuel Macron Who he is: He’s the biggest surprise in this five-person field. He’s a centrist whom no one really took seriously at first. He didn’t have the backing of any of the major political parties, so he formed his own. And — surprise! — he finds himself right behind Le Pen in the polls. What he wants: He backs liberal, yet business-friendly measures, to boost the economy. He wants to increase defense and police …