Mattis: Turkey Alerted US Before Striking Kurds in Syria

(VOA): Turkey alerted the United States before striking a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia in northern Syria, according to U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. "They warned us before they launched the aircraft that they were going to do it," Mattis told reporters Sunday on a plane headed for Southeast..

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Turkey: Border Town Hit by Rockets From Syria

(VOA): Four rockets fired from Syria hit a Turkish border town Sunday as Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters pushed forward with an offensive to drive Syrian Kurdish forces from an enclave in northern Syria, the state-run news agency reported. Gov. Mehmet Tekinarslan said four rockets..

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UK's Princess Eugenie Engaged

(VOA): Princess Eugenie is engaged to be married later this year, several months after her cousin Prince Harry takes a bride.   Buckingham Palace said Monday the daughter of Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson will marry Jack Brooksbank in the fall.   The palace says the wedding..

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Germany’s CDU and SPD to Start Formal Coalition Talks

(VOA): German conservatives are preparing for formal coalition talks with Social Democrats (SPD) Monday shortly after the center-left party voted to break the months of political deadlock. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Union bloc (CDU) and SPD of Martin Schultz are expected to open..

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EU Rules on Asylum Splitting Europe, Says Bulgarian PM

(VOA): The European Union's rules on asylum which state that requests be handled by the country where asylum is first claimed are splitting Europe, the prime minister of Bulgaria, which holds the EU's rotating presidency, said Monday. Nationalist-minded, euroskeptic governments in Poland..

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US Special Envoy for Ukraine Confirms Russia Talks

(VOA): U.S. Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker says he is scheduled to hold a new round of talks with Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov in Dubai on Jan. 26. Volker told VOA's Ukrainian Service that he will arrive in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday and stop in Kyiv on Thursday,..

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EU Mulls New Link Between Budget, Civic Rights

(VOA): The EU’s justice commissioner is working on a proposal that could oblige member states such as Poland, which has clashed with Brussels over reforms to its courts, to pass tests on the independence of their judicial systems before receiving funding. Vera Jourova said there was agreement..

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Heavy Snow Humbles Global Elite at Davos Summit

(VOA): The global economy and geopolitical tensions are taking a back seat to a more immediate problem at this year's Davos summit of political and business leaders: heavy snow is burying the venue. High in the Swiss alps on Monday, on the eve of the opening sessions, many of the roughly..

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How Trump Is Destroying The GOP – OpEd Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

America has never had a president as deeply unpopular at this stage of his presidency, or one who has sucked up more political oxygen. This isn’t good news for the..