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America ignores Russia at its peril

WASHINGTON – The British historian Simon Sebag Montefiore quoted Peter Stolypin, Interior Minister of Nicholas II, The Last of the Tsars, in his frightening account of the Romanov dynasty: "In Russia, nothing is more dangerous than the appearance of weakness." [19659002] Montefiore explained that in the more than 300 years of Romanov rule, power had been an instrument that was …

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Ex-spy poisoning is eerily similar to earlier Russian attacks

Sergei Skripal escaped from Russia – but he knew that he could never escape the Kremlin. The life of the former Russian officer in British double agents changed instantly when he was sentenced to a brutal penal colony in 2010. She had gone off for treason and flown to England, where she was deporting New York-based sexy spy Anna Chapman …

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At least 18 killed as second earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea

SYDNEY – At least 18 people died in a magnitude 6.7 quake that hit Papua New Guinea's mountainous Southern Highlands Wednesday, an official said, adding to the death toll from a major earthquake last week. Trembling, just after midnight local time, hit only 31 km (19 miles) southwest of the epicenter of a magnitude 7.5 quake that left flattened villages …

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Creating hope, North Korea offers to talk about its nuclear weapons arsenal

North Korea, which said its nuclear weapons were non-negotiable, did not immediately provide its own version of what Mr. Kim had offered. This initial silence gave rise to fears that he was too optimistic too soon, or perhaps strategies to gain time. However, it seemed unlikely that the South Korean delegation would have made such an offer without the assurances …

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Trump Blues dim hopes on NAFTA election boom for Mexico ruler

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The window to a new NAFTA trade agreement ahead of the Mexican presidential election in July, and thus the chance for the ruling party to win a victory in the fight against US President Donald Trump and strengthen its position to retain the power. FILE PHOTO: US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer embraces Mexican Minister of Economic …

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The latest news: UN boss calls on Syrian parties to start ceasefire

BEIRUT – The latest on the war in Syria (all times local): 3:50 pm The UN says Secretary General Antonio Guterres urges all parties in Syria to sign a ceasefire by the Security Council on February 24 , The UN chief is also very concerned about attacks in the beleaguered Damascus suburbs of eastern Ghoutas and the bombardment of the …

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What Trump and Netanyahu unity means for peace in the Middle East, Iran deal

Aaron David Miller: No. In response to the first question, having spent nearly 20 years working on various peace processes, the degree of radio silence to which he was subjected is quite impressive. There are almost no leaks, none that are authoritative. And it points to one of two things, that there is either something worth protecting, or, alternatively, maybe …

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