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Trump rattles North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, knocking its value and assailing Germany

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Trump again demanded the allies all meet their commitment to raise their military budgets to 2 percent of their economic output by 2024, but then further stepped up the pressure by saying they should make it 4 percent. 'I think that a lot of the people in the United Kingdom - I think that's why Brexit happened, ' Trump said. Earlier, during a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Stoltenberg said that the situation in eastern Ukraine remains "serious". Read More »

May hopes Trump visit will boost US-UK links

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If we are to be successful in this we must keep engaging individually and as an alliance. Nona Hurkmans, one of the activists behind the infantile inflatable of Trump, said the balloon was a fair response to Trump's own behavior and downplayed claims that Trump deserved more respect. Read More »

England's World Cup final dream over but William 'couldn't be more proud'

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The England central defender has seen his stock rise no end after a magnificent World Cup where his performances have helped his country to the last four of the tournament . "Pride of Lions": Southgate comforts Danny Rose at the final whistle as England are "defiant but defeated" by Croatia. "That speaks volumes in itself". Read More »

Trump nominates Catholic for Supreme Court

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President, in effect, we will give you immunity". Indeed, many commentators have argued that the president "outsourced" the decision to the Federalist Society entirely. He is on record as saying that sitting presidents shouldn't face civil or criminal charges - and they should have the ability to dismiss special counsels . Read More »

Too early to take positives for proud England boss Southgate

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And Dalic says their story has yet to end. Croatia , meanwhile, has played an extra game given the three 30-minute extra times they've participated in. Among the best was Marcelo Brozovic, the Inter Milan midfielder brought into the line-up to provide extra steel in front of the defence. Dalic's side seemed to get stronger as the match wore on and he hailed his team's grit and willingness to run in the historic match against the Three Lions. Read More »

‘Germany Is Totally Controlled by Russia’

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The US has been lobbying EU countries to reject the pipeline for years, arguing that it is a threat to the European Union's energy security. He then set the tone for the day with a blistering attack on key ally Germany at a breakfast meeting with Nato's Stoltenberg . Read More »

England's inexperience shows as World Cup dream is dashed

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It is the first time in 28 years that they made the last four with the previous visit coming during the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Dele Alli made a decisive contribution in this game, but after being fouled in the second minute for Trippier's free-kick opener for England , the Tottenham midfielder struggled to make any further impact. Read More »

Trump’s trade war: what is it and which products are affected?

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Trump has enraged such US allies as the European Union, Canada and Mexico by hitting them - and just about everyone else - with a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum. "This will impact growers coast to coast", Grondine said. But German automaker BMW said it is unable to "completely absorb" new Chinese tariff on imported US -made models and will raise prices. Read More »

Theresa May urges Tory backbenchers to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of power

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Mr Johnson's almost two years as foreign secretary was not without controversy, with the ambitious Tory heavyweight having been accused of undermining Mrs May on more than one occasion - and making headlines for other reasons. Brexiteer Cabinet minister Michael Gove admitted the plan was not everything he had hoped for, but he was a "realist" and the Prime Minister's lack of a Commons majority meant the "parliamentary arithmetic" was a factor in deciding what could be adopted. Read More »

Vulnerable Democrats welcome Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

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The appellate court judge's first, well-photographed stop: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office. "Maybe a handful of Democrats will vote for a Trump pick because they have to politically". He's been vetted before. Democrats say every document from his time in the Bush White House needs to be turned over to the committee, arguing that a similar standard was followed by Justice Elena Kagan in her 2010 confirmation proceedings. Read More »

Croatia Look to Seize Moment Against World Cup Hosts Russia

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According to world soccer's governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association he earned a total of 127 caps, scoring nine goals, and holding the record for most global appearances by any Russian player. Russians danced, drank and celebrated their national soccer team for three delirious, dreamlike weeks. Croatia can equal what that 1998 team did if it beats Russian Federation on Saturday in the quarterfinals and perhaps finally rid itself of that 20-year shadow. Read More »

NC Supreme Court Candidate Chris Anglin — Interview

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The issue could drive one of the biggest wedges between voters in battleground states and influence the last few Republican senators to block the nominee. "I'm getting very close to making a final decision", Trump said. Another potential mark against her is she's pretty new to the federal bench. SeaWorld challenged the citations, but the appeals panel sided with OSHA, ruling that SeaWorld knew its protections for trainers like Brancheau were insufficient and that it could have prevented her ... Read More »

All 12 boys and coach now free from Thailand cave, authorities say

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Still, the original four were undergoing medical checks in a hospital in the provincial capital and were not yet allowed close contact with relatives due to fear of infections. Each had to wear an oxygen mask to enable normal breathing, authorities said. Four boys and their soccer coach remain in the cave. It takes the divers about eight hours to get into the cave, reach the boys, and bring them back out. Read More »

Supreme Court Fight: Seven Senators to Watch

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You know, that said, he has made promises to his base. If Sen. John McCain , R-Ariz., does not return to vote after months of absence fighting cancer and Democrats hold together in opposition, a single Republican defection could sink the nominee. Read More »

Donald Trump names Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

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He called Kavanaugh a "brilliant jurist" who has "devoted his life to public service". Kavanaugh also wrote a law review article in 2009, arguing that presidents should be shielded from criminal investigations and civil lawsuits while in office. Read More »

Ahead of summit, Trump won't label Putin friend or foe

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As European Council president, Tusk serves as the chairman when EU leaders meet at summits. Trump made the comment while addressing reporters before he and First Lady Melania Trump boarded presidential helicopter Marine One. Since the Cold War era, NATO, an alliance of 29 countries, has worked as a military collective aimed at strengthening North Atlantic defense. While it's true that the U.S. Read More »

Pompeo shrugs off 'gangster' rebuke from North Korea

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But "there is no difference" between the two phrases and North Korea clearly understands it, Pompeo insisted during a joint news conference in Tokyo after the trilateral meeting with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts, Taro Kono and Kang Kyung-wha. Read More »

Trump to unveil Supreme Court pick in prime time

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A sign of what lies ahead came from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised the appellate judge as "an impressive" nominee who is "extremely well qualified" to sit on the nation's highest court. Read More »

EU’s Tusk criticizes Trump over attitude on European allies

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Khan said: "Are you honestly saying the right to protest.is limited by the ridicule it may cause someone?" NATO boss Stoltenberg has even warned against EU members turning their back on NATO with the new continental single-military, remarking in December: "There has to be coherence between the capability developments of NATO and the European Union". Read More »

Microsoft announces affordable Surface Go tablet

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However, they can choose to upgrade to full Windows 10 Home for free. Microsoft says this makes it more functional than an Apple iPad , while still being more versatile and flexible than an Apple MacBook. Microsoft has also stated that their intelligent charging can fully charge a Surface Go from 0-100% in 2 hours and provide up to 9 hours of video playback in a single charge. Read More »

Brett Kavanaugh is an excellent pick for the Supreme Court

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Those meetings are an opportunity for senators to ask questions of the potential justice in a private setting before public hearings begin. Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana said he was bracing for a tough confirmation battle as Democrats focus on abortion. Read More »

Alabama Democrat keeping an open mind on Trump's SCOTUS pick

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The White House said former Republican Senator Jon Kyl, now a Washington lobbyist, will help Trump's nominee navigate the Senate confirmation process. He called it the "fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp". Democrats may have a tough time putting up a procedural fight in the Senate, though, after Republicans in 2017 triggered the so-called " nuclear option " that allowed them to end Democratic filibustering of then-nominee Gorsuch by a simple majority vote, as opposed ... Read More »

Rescuers have freed four boys trapped in Thai cave

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The boys, all members of a local soccer team called the Wild Boars, had been hiking in the caves when they became trapped by rain waters. "We have to be 100 percent confident that there is no risk to the boys before we evacuate", provincial governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said. Read More »

Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns

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Mr Davis had come close to resigning before, but Mrs May must have hoped the danger of Cabinet resignations had passed after Friday's deal at her official country retreat. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson backed the proposals at Chequers , despite claiming that defending the plans was like " polishing a turd " during the meeting. Read More »

Conservatives line up behind possible Trump Supreme Court finalists

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Hardiman, Amul R. Thapar and Joan L. Larsen, as well as Sen. Health care is also "very important" to him, and he says he's upset "by what Republicans are trying to do to health care". Wade because that would mean "their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law". The move complicated the outlook in the Senate, where Republicans have a narrow, 51-seat majority. Read More »

Israel targets 'Syrian position' in Qunaitra in northern Golan Heights

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More than 30 towns have already agreed to return to regime control, and negotiations this week focussed on remaining rebel territory in Daraa's western countryside and the southern half of the provincial capital. Gen. Khaled Massaid, commander of the northern military region, told Al Rai and The Jordan Times that Syria is now capable of the full control of their side of the Jaber/Nassib border crossing, after the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF) has done its part during the time when the ... Read More »

Soybean farmer reacts to China tariffs: ‘A lose-lose situation’

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Iowa soybean farmer Ron Heck on the impact of US trade tensions with China on farmers in America. Retaliatory measures "took effect immediately", said a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang. Trump has accused the country of abusing unfair trade practices and harming American companies. Steve Hettinger, 55, who farms south of Philo, said that when he hears the word tariff, it never has a good connotation. Read More »

Pruitt resigns as EPA Administrator

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As my fellow former EPA administrator William Ruckelshaus wrote in The Washington Post in November , it is hard but not impossible to regain the trust of the public once it has been lost. As the former Attorney General of Oklahoma, Pruitt worked hard to burnish his anti-gay creds , opposing marriage equality and the rights of transgender students. Read More »

These Democrats want to abolish ICE

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His detention and possible deportation certainly won't make me, or anyone else, any safer. Kirsten Gillibrand and Massachusetts Sen. In recent weeks, more politicians have endorsed a frequent rally change to " Abolish ICE ". That's when ICE was created. June will see the end of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Tom Homan's brief but controversial tenure heading the agency. Read More »