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International The Saudi Shake Up: Who’s Out and Who’s In Saudi Arabian King Salman reshuffled his cabinet Wednesday, appointing a new heir to the throne, empowering a coterie of younger Saudi officials — and signaling that he’s ready to step up Riyadh’s push to counter Iran’s rising influence across the Middle East. The reorganization comes […]
International U.S. lawmakers seek to bar new travel to Cuba (Reuters) – Members of the U.S. House of Representatives launched an effort on Tuesday to prevent new travel from the United States to Cuba, one of the first legislative attempts in Congress to thwart President Barack Obama’s move to normalize relations with the Communist-ruled island. […]
International Greek-Russia ties bloom as default looms Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller agreed last week on a “roadmap” for a multi-billion dollar pipeline project to transport gas from Russia to Greece. The long-term plan is a further sign of warming geopolitical ties between Athens and Moscow, at a moment when […]
International Russians hacked DOD’s unclassified networks Russian hackers broke into unclassified networks at the Department of Defense (DOD) earlier this year, Pentagon chief Ashton Carter disclosed Thursday. The department was able to quickly identify the perpetrators and kick them off the network in a way that minimized the intrusion, Carter said. The previously unacknowledged hack […]
International 2 Qaeda Hostages Were Accidentally Killed in U.S. Strike, White House Says WASHINGTON — The White House acknowledged on Thursday that two hostages held by Al Qaeda were accidentally killed in an American government counterterrorism operation in January and said President Obama “takes full responsibility.” In an extraordinary statement, the White House said intelligence […]