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Supreme Leader of Iran Rebuffs Trump's Talks Offer

Calls US government 'duplicitous,' but also says 'there will be no war'

(Newser) - If anyone was unsure what Iran's supreme leader thought of President Trump's offer to hold talks after the US reimposed "the most biting sanctions" on Iran last week, all doubt has been removed, per Reuters . "I ban holding any talks with America. … America never remains... More »

Steven Seagal Named as Russian Diplomat to US

The action star was made a "special representative" on humanitarian issues

(Newser) - Actor Steven Seagal has taken on a new role, though it's not likely the kind you'd expect. Per the AP , the Under Siege star has been appointed as a special envoy to the United States on humanitarian issues. Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the news on... More »

In Game of Chicken, China Announces $60B Tariff Plan

Warns US to expect countermeasure if US follows through with trade threat

(Newser) - As Trump administration officials mull a possible 25% tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods—up from the original 10% tariff being bandied about—China is taking its own steps in the newest round of trade threats. Bloomberg and CNBC report on joint statements from China's Ministry of Finance... More »

Climate Change Kills—Via Suicide

The problem will only get worse: Stanford researchers

(Newser) - As the planet continues to warm, you can expect more droughts, more flooding, more powerful storms, and, apparently, more suicides. That's according to Stanford researchers who scoured data on 850,000 suicides in the US between 1968 and 2004 and 611,000 suicides in Mexico between 1990 and 2010.... More »

Historians: Anne Frank's Family Tried to Flee to United States

'Their efforts were thwarted by American bureaucracy, war, and time'

(Newser) - Research suggests the family of Anne Frank attempted to immigrate to the United States and later also to Cuba, but their efforts were thwarted by America's restrictive immigration policy and the outbreak of World War II. The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum said... More »

US One of 10 Most Dangerous Countries for Women

India is No. 1

(Newser) - A new Thompson Reuters Foundation survey names the 10 countries deemed to be the least safe for women, and the Washington Post focuses on the nation that claims the title of most dangerous. "India has shown utter disregard and disrespect for women … rape, marital rapes, sexual assault and... More »

Route 66 Makes It Onto a Dubious List

It's one of 11 historic US sites considered 'endangered'

(Newser) - Hundreds of historic sites have found their way over the past three decades onto the annual "endangered sites" list put out by the National Trust for Historic Preservation , and this year's lineup includes one of America's most famous thoroughfares. Route 66 joins 10 other cultural or architectural... More »

EU's 'First Phase of Retaliation' Against US Launches Friday

The tariffs it threatened in March are on their way

(Newser) - The tariff tit for tat continues, with the EU set to put a wave of new tariffs against US exports into place on Friday. It's a response to the steel and aluminum tariffs that were imposed on the bloc three weeks ago , and the BBC characterizes the to-be-targeted exports... More »

Check If You Were Related to a Pilgrim, the Easy Way

500K names included in new online database

(Newser) - Discovering if you're descended from the Pilgrims is "easier than ever." A new database offers for the first time online records on more than 59,450 fifth-generation descendants of the small group who sailed to the New World aboard the Mayflower in 1620. Of the roughly 132... More »

China Hits Back at 'Regressive Behavior' by US

Beijing putting its own penalties in place against US in response to Trump's tariff hike

(Newser) - China's government said Friday it will retaliate for President Trump's tariff hike on Chinese goods by immediately imposing penalties of the "same scale" on American goods. The Commerce Ministry said it's also scrapping deals made with Washington in talks aimed at defusing a sprawling trade dispute,... More »

N. Korea Sending Ex-Spy Chief Blamed for Sony Hack to US

Senior official Kim Yong Chol said to be on his way to NY to jump-start summit talks again

(Newser) - He's said to be behind the 2014 Sony hack , made an appearance at the Pyeongchang Olympics, and is often right next to Kim Jong Un at meetings with global leaders. Now one of North Korea's most high-level officials is on his way to the US, reportedly to attend... More »

Trump Caught Between Pompeo, Bolton on Summit, Sources Say

He ultimately sided with Bolton

(Newser) - The summit between the US and North Korea is off , at least for now—and officials tell NBC News it's because President Trump wanted to nix things before Kim Jong Un had a chance to. "He doesn't want to be the bride left at the altar,"... More »

50 US Volcanoes Are Being Closely Watched

There are 169 active ones nationwide

(Newser) - The ongoing eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has brought fresh attention to America's other active or potentially active volcanoes—and there are more of them than many people think, including quite a few in the Lower 48 states, though eruptions aren't a major worry for states like... More »

US Spends More on War Than Next 7 Nations Combined

China is a distant 2nd

(Newser) - A "near-constant state of war" is just one of the reasons the US spends more than any other country in the world on its military—by a long shot. If the next seven major military spenders combined their funds, they still wouldn't measure up, according to a list... More »

Expelled Russia Diplomats May Have Tracked Defectors

Including one given a new identity under a CIA program, CNN reports

(Newser) - Some of the 60 Russian diplomats recently expelled from the US were suspected of spying on Russian defectors, including at least one person who was given a new identity under a CIA program, CNN reports, citing officials briefed on the matter. The diplomats were expelled in response to the nerve... More »

Palm Trees Are on a Mission Northward

Cold-tolerant species could reach northern US, Canada in 'decades'

(Newser) - Utah, Ohio, and Canada might soon be dotted with palm trees—because welcome to climate change. Following a 2007 study that found palm trees in the foothills of the Swiss Alps, an international team of researchers set out to learn how cold is too cold for palm trees. Upon surveying... More »

Russia Responds to Sanctions, Will Expand US 'Black List'

It'll add more Americans to its sanctions list: Sergei Ryabkov

(Newser) - Hours after the Trump administration announced sanctions against 19 individuals and five entities in response to Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Russia vowed to respond in kind. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Friday said Russia would be adding more Americans to its own sanctions list. "From the... More »

CDC Head on Opioid Report: 'This Is a Wake-Up Call'

ER overdoses up 30% across the US

(Newser) - America's opioid epidemic is getting worse, not better, according to an alarming new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Tuesday report shows opioid overdoses that led to emergency room visits across the country jumped 30% from July 2016 to September 2017. In the Midwest, overdoses... More »

US Ambassador, N. Korean Diplomat Bicker in Geneva Over Nukes

They traded barbs at disarmament conference Tuesday

(Newser) - As US athletes prepare to compete against North Koreans at the Olympics, officials from both countries are locked in a "diplomatic showdown," per Reuters . At the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday, US Ambassador Robert Wood said North Korea's nuclear program "must be completely, verifiably,... More »

Report: 200K Jobs Added by US Employers in January

And wage growth is at fastest rate in 8 years

(Newser) - US employers added a robust 200,000 jobs in January, and wages rose at the fastest pace in more than eight years. The pay gains suggest employers are competing more fiercely for workers. Raises stemming from Republican tax cuts and minimum wage increases in 18 states also likely boosted pay.... More »

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