President Trump had more than one thorny issue to address in his first solo press conference, from the controversy over a former aide’s ties with Russia, to the withdrawal of his first nominee for Labor secretary, Andrew Puzder. However, during a back and forth with the press that went over one hour, Trump’s focus shifted to the media itself, which he said was now ‘out of control.’
Thanks, but no thanks: Trump’s choice to replace Michael Flynn as national security adviser, retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward, turned down the offer. Harward cited family and financial reasons, but some insiders think he said no to the job because he wanted to bring in his own team.
A seal performs during the presentation of the new show "Water and Fire" at the National Circus in Kiev, Ukraine, February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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With its show of military force, Russia changed the tide of the Syrian civil war. It is finding the next phase - brokering an end to the fighting - a tougher proposition.
Malaysian police said it will not release the body of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un until it receives DNA samples from his next-of-kin. Kim Jong Nam, the eldest son of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, died after being assaulted at Kuala Lumpur International Airport with what was thought to be a fast acting poison.
Islamic State is grooming child soldiers to become "cubs of the caliphate” -- a network of child informers and fighters used by the jihadists to support their military operations. Where? At an orphanage in Iraq’s Mosul. How? With the help of textbooks like "English for the Islamic State," which includes ordinary words like apple and ant beside army, bomb and sniper.
Quote of the day
"It's badly thought out. It's a chain of stupidities, complicities and errors from the legislative power to the executive."
The California man accused of buying assault rifles used by the married couple who massacred 14 people at a San Bernardino office party in December 2015 pleaded guilty of conspiring with one of the killers in previous plots.
In the coming months, Apple will start assembling its lower-priced iPhone SE models at a contract manufacturer's plant in the southern Indian technology hub of Bengaluru, a source told Reuters.
Rock-bottom interest rates hurt more big European banks in 2016 than in the previous year, but the worst could soon be over with the prospect of rising borrowing costs rippling from the United States to Europe.
President Donald Trump named Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security adviser Monday afternoon. McMaster, a highly regarded military tactician, is known for challenging his superiors. That’s been detrimental to McMaster in the past – he was passed over for promotion to brigadier general twice, in 2006 and 2007 – and some observers wonder how he’ll interact with an administration that hasn’t welcomed criticism.
It would seem that Daniel Ramirez Medina is a textbook "dreamer" – a 23-year-old man who came to this country as child and granted a work permit under the Obama administration. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement calls him a "self-admitted gang member," an accusation Ramirez "unequivocally denies." His arrest could make him the first person covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to be detained under the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigrants.