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GREECE POLITICS: Alexis Tsipras Sees Progress On Cyprus

GREECE POLITICS: Alexis Tsipras Sees Progress On Cyprus

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras: “A precondition is the other side, particularly Turkey, come to negotiations in similar spirit, putting aside aggressive rhetoric.”

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing to US: Bar Taiwan Delegation From Trump Inauguration

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing to US: Bar Taiwan Delegation From Trump Inauguration

Trump broke with decades of precedent last month by taking a congratulatory telephone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, and he has also said the “One China” policy was up for negotiation.

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USA POLITICS: Senate Democrats to Jeff Sessions: Recuse From Russia Probes

USA POLITICS: Senate Democrats to Jeff Sessions: Recuse From Russia Probes

Nine Democratic senators asked President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to be U.S. attorney general, Senator Jeff Sessions.

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USA POLITICS: 17 May Chelsea Manning Will Gain Freedom

USA POLITICS: 17 May Chelsea Manning Will Gain Freedom

President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. military intelligence analyst behind the biggest breach of classified materials in U.S. history, the White House said.

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Sets For ‘Hard Brexit’, Britain Will Leave EU Single Market

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Sets For ‘Hard Brexit’, Britain Will Leave EU Single Market

“I want to be clear: What I am proposing cannot mean membership of the single market,” Prime Minister Theresa May told an audience of foreign diplomats and Britain’s own Brexit negotiating team at a mansion house in London.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Says, Those Behind Allegations ‘Against Trump Have No Moral Scruples’

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Says, Those Behind Allegations ‘Against Trump Have No Moral Scruples’

“Prostitution is ugly social phenomenon,” Putin said, adding people who stand behind “fabrications” being used against Trump “are worse than prostitutes.”

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CUBA POLITICS: USA, Cuba Unite to Fight Terrorism, Drug Trafficking

CUBA POLITICS: USA, Cuba Unite to Fight Terrorism, Drug Trafficking

A brief statement said Rhodes was in Cuba for “official meetings, cultural engagements, and to witness the signing of a U.S.-Cuba Law Enforcement Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).”

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USA POLITICS: After Fallout With John Lewis, Trump Meets With Martin Luther King III Who Deemed the Meeting ‘Constructive’

USA POLITICS: After Fallout With John Lewis, Trump Meets With Martin Luther King III Who Deemed the Meeting ‘Constructive’

Martin Luther King III said while he disagreed with the president-elect’s comments, he believed “at some point in this nation we’ve got to move forward.”

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GERMANY POLITICS: Berlin Sheds Tear For Post-War Order As Trump Era Looms

GERMANY POLITICS: Berlin Sheds Tear For Post-War Order As Trump Era Looms

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel may have got off to a rocky start but his impending departure has sparked a wave of nostalgia and trepidation in Berlin.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Rebels to Attend Peace Talks in Kazakhstan

SYRIA POLITICS: Rebels to Attend Peace Talks in Kazakhstan

Russia, Assad set the new diplomatic effort in motion after Syrian rebels suffered major defeat last month by losing control of districts of eastern Aleppo.

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EGYPT POLITICS: Court Rejects Transfer of Red Sea Islands to Saudi Arabia

EGYPT POLITICS: Court Rejects Transfer of Red Sea Islands to Saudi Arabia

Khaled Ali, a leading human rights lawyers said, “It is Egyptian land and cannot be given up according to the Egyptian constitution.”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin ‘Ready’ to Rebuild Security Ties With US Under Trump

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin ‘Ready’ to Rebuild Security Ties With US Under Trump

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who has praised Putin as “very smart”, has signaled he wants to improve strained ties with Russia.

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USA POLITICS: ‘God Can Triumph Over Trump’: Martin Luther King’s Daughter Bernice King Says, Gets Thunderous Applause

USA POLITICS: ‘God Can Triumph Over Trump’: Martin Luther King’s Daughter Bernice King Says, Gets Thunderous Applause

Bernice King told the audience, “Don’t be afraid of who sits in the White House. God can triumph over Trump,” she said, drawing a standing ovation.

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USA POLITICS: John Brennan Outgoing CIA Director, On National TV Rips Into Trump On Russia Threat

USA POLITICS: John Brennan Outgoing CIA Director, On National TV Rips Into Trump On Russia Threat

“Spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests,” The outgoing CIA director John Brennan declared.

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Has No Choice But to ‘Take Off the Gloves’ If Trump Continues On Taiwan: China Daily Says

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Has No Choice But to ‘Take Off the Gloves’ If Trump Continues On Taiwan: China Daily Says

“If Trump is determined to use this gambit in taking office, a period of fierce, damaging interactions will be unavoidable,” the China Daily said.

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ISREAL POLITICS: Palestinians, Israel Warned Against Taking Unilateral Measures Harmful to Peace

ISREAL POLITICS: Palestinians, Israel Warned Against Taking Unilateral Measures Harmful to Peace

Some 70 countries on Sunday reaffirmed that only a two-state solution could resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and warned they would not recognize any unilateral steps by either side that could prejudge negotiations.

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EUROPE POLITICS: EU Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier Sees Special Care For Financial Service Ties

EUROPE POLITICS: EU Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier Sees Special Care For Financial Service Ties

Barnier tweeted: “When asked on equivalence I said: EU would need special vigilance on financial stability risk, not special deal to access the City.”

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SUDAN POLITICS: Trump Approval Facilitates Lifting Sudan Sanction

SUDAN POLITICS: Trump Approval Facilitates Lifting Sudan Sanction

Obama administration’s preliminary decision to ease sanctions on Sudan came with approval of the Trump administration and after months of secret meetings.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Suggests He May Free Russia From Sanctions

USA POLITICS: Trump Suggests He May Free Russia From Sanctions

President-elect Trump: “If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody’s doing some really great things?”

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USA POLITICS: Sabotage! How Al Sharpton, Angry Civil Rights Activists Vow to Disrupt Trump’s Inauguration

USA POLITICS: Sabotage! How Al Sharpton, Angry Civil Rights Activists Vow to Disrupt Trump’s Inauguration

Civil rights leader the Reverend Al Sharpton said. “Donald Trump and his administration need to hear our voice and our concerns.”

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