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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 »

After Vote on CEO, 7 Humane Society Board Members Quit

Wayne Pacelle is accused of sexual misconduct

(Newser) - After the 31-person board of the Humane Society of the United States met Thursday to address sexual harassment allegations against CEO Wayne Pacelle, Pacelle still had his job—but the board only had 24 members left. Seven board members, including author Suzy Welch, stepped down immediately after the board voted... More »

Russia Says Jet Kept a 'Safe Distance.' US Navy Says 5 Feet

Pentagon: Su-27 fighter jet buzzed American surveillance plane over Black Sea

(Newser) - US pilots called in a close call over the Black Sea on Monday, reporting that a Russian fighter jet zipped by in perilous proximity to their Navy surveillance plane. Per US defense officials who spoke to CNN , the Russian Su-27 performed an "unsafe intercept" that lasted about two hours... More »

Analysts: Sorry, but We May Have a Global Crisis This Year

Eurasia Group lays out a bunch of ways it might happen

(Newser) - Given that "the global order is unraveling" in "a world without leadership," Eurasia Group has some sorry news: "If we had to pick one year for a big unexpected crisis—the geopolitical equivalent of the 2008 financial meltdown—it feels like 2018." What kind of... More »

Putin's New Year's Note to Trump: Let's Work Together

Russian president calls for 'pragmatic cooperation,' 'mutual respect' between 2 countries

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin is heading into the new year with hopes that Russia and the US can move toward a "pragmatic cooperation" that will allow them to work together over the long haul. Per the Kremlin, that's the gist of the New Year's message the Russian president sent... More »

Acting AG Fired by Trump Thinks 'Core Values' at Risk

But a critic of Sally Yates' op-ed thinks she's being 'despicably hypocritical'

(Newser) - Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was fired by President Trump just days after he took office for declaring that the Justice Department wouldn't defend a Trump executive order on immigration. She's now had almost 11 months to ponder the state of the US, and in an op-ed for... More »

Man Who Blackmailed Teens Online Convicted of Rape

Case is the first of its kind in Sweden; victims were in the US, elsewhere

(Newser) - A 41-year-old Swedish man was convicted of rape and sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday for coercing teens in Canada, Britain, and the US to perform sexual acts in front of webcams by threatening them or their families. A court in Uppsala, Sweden, found Bjorn Samstrom guilty of online... More »

Sudan Asks Russia for Protection From US

The Sudanese president accused the US of 'aggressive actions'

(Newser) - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said on a visit to Russia Thursday that his country needs protection from the US and could serve as a gateway to Africa for Moscow, the AP reports. Al-Bashir, speaking at the start of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort... More »

Couple Exchanges Vows Over Mexico-US Border

A Mexican bride and her American groom took advantage of the 'Door of Hope'

(Newser) - For just the sixth time in nearly five years, a gate known as the "Door of Hope" was opened along the border between Mexico and the United States, allowing family members from the two countries to temporarily reunite. Only this time those doors were open long enough for a... More »

Trump Intercedes on Basketball Players' Behalf

Trump asked Chinese president to help UCLA students accused of shoplifting

(Newser) - The case of three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting sunglasses in China has taken on geopolitical significance, so much so that the president of the United States himself has gotten involved. The Washington Post reports that Donald Trump personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to resolve the case during... More »

US Jet Tariff May Lead to a 'Trade War'

Canada, UK peeved by proposed 219% tariff on Bombardier jets

(Newser) - After a complaint from US aviation giant Boeing, the Department of Commerce has proposed slapping a 219% tariff on the import of C-Series jets from Canadian-owned Bombardier. The move—which still needs approval from the US International Trade Commission—would be in keeping with President Trump's goal of promoting... More »

Only One Country Beat US for Most Competitive Economy

Switzerland is No. 1 in World Economic Forum ranking

(Newser) - One of Donald Trump's platforms during the presidential campaign was to "restore America's competitive edge," but the US might not be doing so shabby after all. Quartz , which features the World Economic Forum's new Global Competitiveness Report , notes that the United States has actually ascended... More »

Russia Takes US Diplomatic Parking Spots in Ongoing Spat

Russia says it's seeking 'full parity' with US diplomats

(Newser) - It appears US diplomats in Russia will be spending less time trying to smooth relations with that country and more time circling the block after Moscow revoked diplomatic parking privileges in two cities, the AP reports. According to a report from Russian state-owned TV, officials painted over parking spots outside... More »

US Pressure on North Korea Is 'Futile': Putin

His idea: End war games, end tensions

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin blasted US attempts to pressure North Korea over its nuclear missile program Friday, stating the two countries are "on the verge of a large-scale conflict" as a result. The idea that North Korea's nuclear missile program can be stopped "exclusively by putting pressure... More »

Hurricane Irma Sees 'Remarkable' Speed Increase

Hurricane Irma could hit Caribbean by Tuesday, but US impact unclear

(Newser) - As Texas still deals with the devastation from Harvey , another weather system churning in the Atlantic, and moving west toward the US, has some worried. CNN reports on Irma, currently a Category 3 hurricane that experienced "rapid intensification" from Wednesday into Thursday, meaning its wind speed ramped up at... More »

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