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NATO general agrees with Trump in part about NATO being obsolete

While North Atlantic Treaty (NATO) supporters predictably panned Trump's recent criticism of NATO as obsolete, some agreed with Trump including a top NATO general and the leader of the German opposition,

Op-Ed: N.D. Army National Guard has set up two Avenger systems at DAPL

The North Dakota Army national Guard has gone so far as to deploy two Avenger missile system launchers on a hill overlooking the DAPL drill pad site near Lake Oahe - Just to "observe" the protesters.

Trump could enact sweeping changes to environment policy: experts

Miami - President-elect Donald Trump could enact sweeping changes to environmental policy in the beginning days of his administration, with far-reaching effects both in the United States and around the world, experts say.

Austria to tighten anti-migrant border controls

Vienna - Austria aims to tighten border controls, in particular on its frontier with Slovakia following a rise in migrants trying to enter the country, the defence minister was quoted as saying Wednesday.

GOP-controlled Congress ready to trash Endangered Species Act

One of our most powerful conservation tools, the Endangered Species Act, is now under threat. The Republican-controlled Congress is prepared to roll back the act's influence, opening the way to drilling and logging, as well as other activities.

Erdogan faces weak economy in path to greater power

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is closer to getting a power boost after parliament's first approval of a bill to change the constitution, but the flagging economy could present an unexpected roadblock.

New Erdogan powers 'huge threat' to democracy, rights group warns

Ankara - Plans to dramatically bolster Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers pose a "huge threat" to human rights, law and the country's democratic future, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Wednesday.

Brexit: the view from Brussels

Brussels - Theresa May's proposals for a hard Brexit have met a mixed response in the European Union, where it always takes 28 countries to tango, and where many feel Britain may be dancing with two left feet.

Merkel welcomes May's Brexit 'clarity', vows European unity

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday welcomed the "clarity" provided by British Prime Minister Theresa May's speech laying out her plans for Brexit.

British FM warns over Brexit 'punishment beatings'

New Delhi - Britain's foreign minister warned Wednesday against World War II-style "punishment beatings" after France indicated it would not accept improved conditions for the UK outside the single market.

Dutch PM's party closing gap with far-right: polls

Den Haag - Two months before Dutch elections the polls are narrowing with the Liberal party of Prime Minister Mark Rutte catching up with MP Geert Wilders' far-right party, an aggregated survey showed Wednesday.

Biden hits Putin's Russia in final address as VP

Davos - Russia is the main threat to the "liberal" world order, US Vice President Joe Biden told the Davos elite on Wednesday, in his final speech before leaving office.

Russia says Edward Snowden can stay until 2020

Moscow - Russian authorities have extended US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden's Russian residency permit by three years, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.

Comeback queen? Hillary rumors won't go away

New York - The prospect of a Hillary Clinton comeback after her shock loss to Donald Trump could hardly be less certain, but in New York where she is revered, plenty of people dream of her running for mayor.

Obama commutes sentence of political prisoner Oscar López Rivera

Washington - Amid a final flurry of reprieves before leaving office, President Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the sentence of Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar López Rivera, one of the world's longest-jailed political prisoners.

Merkel to face German voters on September 24

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government on Wednesday set September 24 as the date for a general election, as she seeks a fourth term facing populist headwinds over a record migrant influx.

Egypt keen to save Saudi ties after islands ruling

Cairo - Cairo will do all it can to preserve crucial ties with Saudi Arabia, experts say, after an Egyptian court ruled against government plans to transfer control of two islands to Riyadh.

Obama commutes sentence of WikiLeaker Manning

Washington - US President Barack Obama slashed the sentence of transgender army private Chelsea Manning, who had been sentenced to 35 years behind bars for handing classified US documents to WikiLeaks.

Syria rebels, regime split on aim of Astana talks

Birut - Regime and rebel figures will head to Kazakhstan on Monday for negotiations on ending Syria's brutal war, but will arrive with diametrically opposed approaches to the aims of the talks.
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