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syrian troops take control of water facility from rebels


damascus, syria — syrian government troops gained control of the village that houses the main water source for damascus urday, as fighters begin to evacuate, in a major development that caps weeks of fighting in the area, according to syrian state tv and opposition media.the development could signal the end of a standoff in the barada valley that restricted the water flow to nearly 5 million residents for nearly a month. the fighting t ped tens of thousands of civilians in the rebel-held area.syrian state tv showed buses lined up to transport rebel fighters out of the village of ain el-fijeh. the village houses the water source with the same name, which was the major source of water for damascus.the opposition monitoring group syrian observatory for human rights said government forces ente






petition demanding donald trump release his tax returns breaks white house recor


as of thursday afternoon, the petition had over 368,000 signatures, surp ing the previous record of 367,180. the previous record-holder called for the united states government to “legally recognize the westboro baptist church as a hate group.” president donald trump spoke at the gop congressional retreat in philadelphia on thursday. he did not bring up his tax returns. trump has kept in place former president barack obama’s online petition system, which was created in 2011 to increase accessibility to government. the site also still states that a petition with at least 100,000 signatures will get an official response. a spokesman for the white house did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the petition.






rebels begin to leave syria's barada valley


beirut — syrian state-controlled tv says rebels have begun to evacuate barada valley as part of an agreement to surrender the capital region's primary water source to government control.al-ikhbariya tv says four buses carrying 160 rebels and family members departed the barada valley on sunday for the rebel-held idlib province, where they will join thousands of other rebels and dissidents from the damascus area.the evacuation marks the end of a nearly six-week-long standoff between rebels and pro-government forces that led to severe water cuts to some 5 million people around damascus.the governor of the greater damascus province told al-ikhbariya that water pressure would begin to return to damascus on monday as engineers repair facilities destroyed in the fighting.






pakistani court acquits suspects of burning christian homes


lahore, pakistan — a defense lawyer says a court has acquitted all 155 of his clients who were accused of torching homes in a christian neighborhood.ghulam murtaza said sunday that anti-terrorism court judge chaudhry azam acquitted his clients due to a lack of eyewitness testimony against them.an enraged mob torched dozens of houses in the joseph colony neighborhood in lahore in march 2013. prosecutor waqar bhatti said the government will appeal the verdict.the mob torched the houses following allegations of blasphemy against a christian man who was accused of insulting islam's prophet at a barber shop.no one was hurt in the attack as christian residents had already left their homes in fear. the government quickly rebuilt the homes and compen ed the residents.






california gets ready to punch back / boing boing


threats from the trump administration to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities have caused california to start looking for methods to not pay taxes to the federal government. california's long-time status as a "donor state," one that pays more tax than it receives in federal funding, has been a contentious issue. teapublicans have also long claimed the government has no right to tax people, anyways, and it'd be super fun to see what they have to say about liberals using their rhetoric against them. regardless, it should scare the ill-fitting pants off our illegitimately elected president that the most populous state, contributing the most money to his coffers, has state officials looking for ways to not pay taxes, and a public movement to secede. he may be in a place to push his






report: children held by kurdish forces allege torture


irbil, iraq — an international human rights group says children are alleging they were tortured after being detained by iraq's kurdistan regional government on suspicion that they have connections to the islamic state group.human rights watch estimates more than 180 boys under the age of 18 are currently being held and government officials have not informed their families where they are, increasing the likelihood the children could be disappeared, according to the report published sunday.as iraqi security forces have retaken territory from is over the past year and a half, they have also detained hundreds of men and boys. many of those detained have likely suffered inhumane treatment or been tortured. rights groups warn such practices risk sowing resentment of iraqi security forces in the






federal judge grants emergency stay allowing trump-stranded travelers who landed


a federal judge in brooklyn, new york issued an emergency stay on urday that temporarily blocks the u.s. government from sending people out of the country after they have landed at a u.s. airport with valid visas.the american civil liberties union estimates the stay will affect 100 to 200 people detained at u.s. airports or in transit, but government lawyers could not confirm that number.the ruling by judge ann donnelly of the u.s. district court for the eastern district of new york e during a hearing called after president donald trump issued an executive order blocking people from seven muslim-majority from entering the united states and putting a temporary halt to refugee admissions.(reporting by mica rosenburg, writing by frank mcgurty; editing by nick zieminski)






thousands protest plan to pardon prisoners in romania


bucharest, romania — thousands of people marched through romania's capital and other cities to protest a government proposal to pardon thousands of prisoners.protesters m ed in bucharest's university square on sunday said the move would set back anti-corruption efforts in romania and called the ruling social democratic party "the red plague."premier sorin grindeanu has requested an emergency ordinance allowing the government to pardon prisoners to ease prison overcrowding.critics say the proposal would benefit party allies convicted of corruption. romania's top prosecutor has criticized the plan.it would primarily affect people serving sentences of less than five years, except those convicted of ual or violent crimes.prisoners over age 60, pregnant women and inmates with young children wou






report: children held by kurdish forces allege torture


irbil, iraq (ap) — an international human rights group says children are alleging they were tortured after being detained by iraq’s kurdistan regional government on suspicion that they have connections to the islamic state group.human rights watch estimates more than 180 boys under the age of 18 are currently being held and government officials have not informed their families where they are, increasing the likelihood the children could be disappeared, according to the report published sunday.as iraqi security forces have retaken territory from is over the past year and a half, they have also detained hundreds of men and boys. many of those detained have likely suffered inhumane treatment or been tortured. rights groups warn such practices risk sowing resentment of iraqi security forces in






priebus: lawful permanent residents aren't affected by trump's executive order '


in president trump’s telling, the middle east is a place where christians run a daily gantlet of persecution, threatened at every corner by religious zealots eager to chop off their heads. the u.s. government under previous administrations, he alleged, showed little pity.“if you were a muslim,...in president trump’s telling, the middle east is a place where christians run a daily gantlet of persecution, threatened at every corner by religious zealots eager to chop off their heads. the u.s. government under previous administrations, he alleged, showed little pity.“if you were a muslim,... (nabih bulos)






google co-founder sergey brin among hundreds protesting trump order at san franc


in president trump’s telling, the middle east is a place where christians run a daily gantlet of persecution, threatened at every corner by religious zealots eager to chop off their heads. the u.s. government under previous administrations, he alleged, showed little pity.“if you were a muslim,...in president trump’s telling, the middle east is a place where christians run a daily gantlet of persecution, threatened at every corner by religious zealots eager to chop off their heads. the u.s. government under previous administrations, he alleged, showed little pity.“if you were a muslim,... (nabih bulos)






syrian troops take control of water facility from rebels


damascus, syria (ap) — syrian government troops gained control of the village that houses the main water source for damascus urday, as fighters begin to evacuate, in a major development that caps weeks of fighting in the area, according to syrian state tv and opposition media.the development could signal the end of a standoff in the barada valley that restricted the water flow to nearly 5 million residents for nearly a month. the fighting t ped tens of thousands of civilians in the rebel-held area.syrian state tv showed buses lined up to transport rebel fighters out of the village of ain el-fijeh. the village houses the water source with the same name, which was the major source of water for damascus.the opposition monitoring group syrian observatory for human rights said government forces






muslim ban: mps call for reciprocal measures | iraq news


iraq should "reciprocate" the united states' discriminatory travel ban on iraqis and citizens from six other muslim-majority countries, the parliament's foreign affairs committee told the baghdad government.the committee issued the call on sunday following a meeting in the capital to discuss us president donald trump's ban."we ask the iraqi government to reciprocate to the decision taken by the us administration," said the committee in a statement read to reuters by one its members, h an shwerid. "iraq is in the frontline of the war of terrorism ... and it is unfair that the iraqis are treated in this way." return to iraq: former translator chases safety in us iraq's popular mobili ion force also called for a ban, and for americans already in the country to be expelled.popular mobili ion i






muslim ban: officials call for reciprocal measures | iraq news


iraq should "reciprocate" the united states' discriminatory travel ban on iraqis and citizens from six other muslim-majority countries, the parliament's foreign affairs committee told the baghdad government.the committee issued the call on sunday following a meeting in the capital to discuss us president donald trump's ban."we ask the iraqi government to reciprocate to the decision taken by the us administration," said the committee in a statement read to reuters by one its members, h an shwerid. "iraq is in the frontline of the war of terrorism ... and it is unfair that the iraqis are treated in this way." return to iraq: former translator chases safety in us iraq's popular mobili ion force also called for a ban, and for americans already in the country to be expelled.popular mobili ion i






muslim ban: mps call for reciprocal measures | iraq news


iraq should "reciprocate" the united states' discriminatory travel ban on iraqis and citizens from six other muslim-majority countries, the parliament's foreign affairs committee told the baghdad government.the committee issued the call on sunday following a meeting in the capital to discuss us president donald trump's ban."we ask the iraqi government to reciprocate to the decision taken by the us administration," said the committee in a statement read to reuters by one its members, h an shwerid. "iraq is in the frontline of the war of terrorism ... and it is unfair that the iraqis are treated in this way." read more: return to iraq - former translator chases safety in us iraq's popular mobili ion force also called for a ban, and for americans already in the country to be expelled.popular






hamas: palestinians 'will not abandon jerusalem' | palestine


in mid-january, rival palestinian groups hamas and fatah announced the creation of a new unity government. but can the two groups, who have reconciled before only to fall out again, make it work this time?"in politics, no one can say that 'i'm sure 100 percent', but you have to try," says hamdan, who is also a spokesman for hamas. "now we e to this crash point and we both understand we need as palestinians a national unity government."hamdan says that us president donald trump, who has talked about moving the us emb y from tel aviv to jerusalem, needs to choose between making peace or adding "more oil to the fire"."he knows that jerusalem is the key for peace," hamdan tells upfront of trump. "he has to make his choice: if he wants to be the president who creates peace in the region, or the






twitter releases national security letters


over the last eight months, tech companies have slowly been revealing that they’ve received national security letters from the federal bureau of investigation that force the firms to secretly disclose user data to the government. today, twitter joined the ranks of yahoo, cloudflare and google by announcing it had received two national security letters, one in 2015 and one in 2016.the nsls e with gag orders that prevented twitter from telling the public or the targeted users about the government’s demands. the fbi recently lifted these gag orders, allowing twitter to acknowledge the nsls for the first time.although twitter has disclosed these two letters and informed the targeted users, it’s likely that the company has also received other nsls that it is still gagged from discussing. techcr






fed’s flexibility on mandates might be tested in trump era


n two weeks, president trump is expected to unveil his budget proposal. the fed is watching for more government borrowing that doesn’t add to sustainable economic growth.the trump economic era may be under way, but as far as the federal reserve is concerned, it’s steady as she goes in the week ahead. beyond this week, though, things may not be as certain.the central bank’s policymakers aren’t shy about changing tactics to work toward their two mandates of stable prices and maximum employment. that flexibility could be tested now. in the week ahead, the fed meets for the first time since raising the short-term interest rate in december. it is doubtful the bank will hike its interest rate. however, with fiscal uncertainty growing, it will be more than a bit interesting to see how the fed ch






the latest: uk prime minister 'does not agree' with order


washington — the latest on u.s. president donald trump and his ban on refugees from muslim-majority countries (all times local):4 a.m.british prime minister theresa may has criticized president donald trump's order temporarily banning refugees from entering the united states.her official spokesman said sunday that may does "not agree" with trump's order and will challenge the us government if it has an adverse effect on british nationals.the official comment e after may refused to condemn the ban during a visit to turkey to meet with turkish leaders. she said in turkey the decision was a matter solely for the united states.after she returned to britain from a whirlwind visit to washington, where she met trump at the white house, and turkey, her spokesman said britain did not approve of tru






rogue national park service twitter account says it’s no longer run by governmen


the rogue government twitter account, altusnatparkservice, which claimed it was being run by current park rangers, says it has now handed off control of its twitter account to “several activists and journalists who believe they can continue in the same spirit.”the move has led some to question if the account was, in fact, ever operated by disgruntled government employees in the first place and, if it was, whether or not it just squandered the power the account held to serve as a means of resisting the trump administration.if you haven’t been following closely, the saga of the rogue government twitter accounts can be a little confusing.this week, the trump administration issued gag orders affecting several government agencies, including the environmental protection agency, the department of






trump sets 5-year and lifetime lobbying ban for officials


president donald trump acted urday to fulfill a key portion of his pledge to "drain the swamp" in washington, banning administration officials from ever lobbying the u.s. on behalf of a foreign government and imposing a separate five-year ban on other lobbying.administration officials described the bans as historic in scope. but it was not immediately clear how either one would be enforced.trump has said individuals who want to aid him in his quest to "make america great again" should focus on the jobs they will be doing to help the american people, and not thinking about the future income they could rake in by peddling their influence after serving in government."most of the people standing behind me will not be able to go to work," trump joked, referring to an array of white house offici






microsoft approves thai government's root certificate, which could enable spying


privacy international, a uk-based nonprofit founded in 1990, released a report showing that microsoft is the only operating system vendor to have approved the thai military government's root certificate by default, which is managed by the electronic transaction development agency (etda). the nonprofit worries that the thai government could now perform “man-in-the-middle” (mitm) attacks against thai citizens.thai government’s tight grip on internet companiesaccording to privacy international, the political environment in thailand right now is such that it would be difficult for companies to deny a data request, because there isn’t a strong legal framework in place that’s also well enforced. in other words, companies can’t bet on having the law on their side over there. the non-profit organi






what triggered the infighting among syrian rebels? |


they have been focused on defeating their common enemy.for almost six years, opposition armed groups in syria have had two main objectives; seizing control of government territory and forcing president bashar al- ad to give up power.recently, rebel forces have suffered heavy losses.demoralised, weakened and forced from most areas they used to control - they've turned on each other.fighters from one of the main groups, jabhat fatah al-sham opened fire on two other powerful factions ahrar al-sham and the free syrian army.the infighting is seen as strengthening forces loyal to the syrian government.is it the beginning of the end for the opposition? and is the rivalry bringing president bashar al ad closer to victory?presenter: hashem ahelbarraguests: louay safi, syrian national council former






protests beginning at lax sunday morning


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trump sets lobbying bans for officials


by darlene supervillewashington (ap) — president donald trump acted urday to fulfill a key portion of his pledge to “drain the swamp” in washington, banning administration officials from ever lobbying the u.s. on behalf of a foreign government and imposing a separate five-year ban on other lobbying.administration officials described the bans as historic in scope. but it was not immediately clear how either one would be enforced.trump has said individuals who want to aid him in his quest to “make america great again” should focus on the jobs they will be doing to help the american people, and not thinking about the future income they could rake in by peddling their influence after serving in government.“most of the people standing behind me will not be able to go to work,” trump joked, refe






trump sets 5-year and lifetime lobbying ban for officials – the denver post


by darlene supervillewashington (ap) — president donald trump acted urday to fulfill a key portion of his pledge to “drain the swamp” in washington, banning administration officials from ever lobbying the u.s. on behalf of a foreign government and imposing a separate five-year ban on other lobbying.administration officials described the bans as historic in scope. but it was not immediately clear how either one would be enforced.trump has said individuals who want to aid him in his quest to “make america great again” should focus on the jobs they will be doing to help the american people, and not thinking about the future income they could rake in by peddling their influence after serving in government.“most of the people standing behind me will not be able to go to work,” trump joked, refe






iran says it will retaliate for u.s. moves to suspend visas for citizens of iran


iranian officials called the new u.s. limits on refugees and travelers from several predominantly muslim countries a “clear insult to the islamic world” and predicted the ban would be “a great gift to extremists and their supporters.” in a statement on the foreign ministry website, the government of iran vowed unspecified retaliatory measures and emphasized that the international community “needs dialogue and cooperation to address the roots of violence and extremism in a comprehensive and inclusive manner.” iran is one of seven countries—also including yemen, sudan, somalia, libya, syria and iraq—whose residents are temporarily prevented from entering the united states until a new “extreme vetting” procedure can be put into place. the white house order signed friday also blocks all re






california sen. kamala harris joins protesters outside the white house


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new mexicans want ethics reforms to prevent corruption, report finds


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.the vast majority of new mexicans reject the notion that political corruption in state government cannot be reversed through legislative action, according to the results of a new university of new mexico poll.but many of the people surveyed said they don’t feel they have the power to influence government decision-making, according to the report, released this week as lawmakers are considering proposals to create a statewide ethics commission.the robert wood johnson foundation’s center for health policy at unm published the report, which says 72 percent of the 1,505 adult state residents surveyed believe “the state’s political leaders should implement reforms such as an independent ethics commission.” roughly half o






state atty. gen. xavier becerra: trump's executive order 'must be confronted as


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congressional reps nanette barragán and judy chu show up at lax amid protests ag


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california reps. nanette barragán and judy chu show up at lax amid protests agai


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twitter says fbi forced it to share user data


we are all aware that our online lives, including our accounts on social networks, aren’t always private and safe. but other than the threat of ers, the government may also be spying on us using our online accounts, as exemplified by twitter. the social media platform announced friday it received two national security requests, one each…






european leaders oppose trump travel ban, far right applauds


berlin — the leaders of britain and germany joined other american allies sunday in criticizing president donald trump's u.s. entry ban for people from some muslim-majority countries, even as far-right politicians on the continent celebrated the move.a spokesman for theresa may said the british prime minister does "not agree" with trump's order and will challenge the u.s. government if it has an adverse effect on british nationals. the official comment e after may refused to condemn the ban during a visit to turkey to meet with turkish leaders. she said in turkey the decision was a matter solely for the u.s.german chancellor angela merkel also regrets the travel ban."she is convinced that even the necessary, resolute fight against terrorism doesn't justify putting people of a particular ori






trump sets 5-year and lifetime lobbying ban for officials


president donald trump acted urday to fulfill a key portion of his pledge to "drain the swamp" in washington, banning administration officials from ever lobbying the u.s. on behalf of a foreign government and imposing a separate five-year ban on other lobbying.trump has said individuals who want to aid him in his quest to "make america great again" should focus on the jobs they will be doing to help the american people, not thinking ahead to the future income they could rake in by peddling their influence after serving in government."most of the people standing behind me will not be able to go to work," trump joked, referring to an array of white house officials who lined up behind him as he at his oval office desk. the officials included vice president mike pence, chief of staff reince pr






americans resigned to insecurity of personal data, pew survey finds


americans have become resigned to the fact that the security of their data is beyond their control. in a study released on jan. 26, pew research found that 64 percent of americans have personally experienced a data breach, including fraudulent charges on their credit cards, received notifications that their email or social-media accounts have been ed or warned that their personal information had been exposed. as a result, 51 percent of u.s. citizens do not trust social media sites to protect their information and 49 percent do not think the government can secure their data. “people feel that they have lost control of their personal information in a lot of ways in the modern information environment,” aaron smith, ociate director of pew research, told eweek.“whether we are talking about cyb






trump sets tougher restrictions on lobbying by officials


washington — president donald trump acted urday to fulfill a key portion of his pledge to "drain the swamp" in washington, banning administration officials from ever lobbying the u.s. on behalf of a foreign government and imposing a separate five-year ban on other lobbying.trump has said individuals who want to aid him in his quest to "make america great again" should focus on the jobs they will be doing to help the american people, not thinking ahead to the future income they could rake in by peddling their influence after serving in government."most of the people standing behind me will not be able to go to work," trump joked, referring to an array of white house officials who lined up behind him as he at his oval office desk. the officials included vice president mike pence, chief of st






trump sets 5-year and lifetime lobbying ban for officials


washington (ap) — president donald trump acted urday to fulfill a key portion of his pledge to “drain the swamp” in washington, banning administration officials from ever lobbying the u.s. on behalf of a foreign government and imposing a separate five-year ban on other lobbying.administration officials described the bans as historic in scope. but it was not immediately clear how either one would be enforced.trump has said individuals who want to aid him in his quest to “make america great again” should focus on the jobs they will be doing to help the american people, and not thinking about the future income they could rake in by peddling their influence after serving in government.“most of the people standing behind me will not be able to go to work,” trump joked, referring to an array of






trump orders lobbying restrictions on ex-officials


president trump(p o: alex brandon, ap)president trump said urday he is imposing a lifetime ban on administration officials lobbying foreign governments, and a five-year ban on other types of lobbying."most of the people standing behind me will not be able to go to work," trump joked to aides as he signed the document, noting that the five-year ban will replace the two-year ban put in place by the obama administration."you have one last chance to get out," he added to his aides.norman eisen, president obama's "ethics czar" and the principal author of that administration's executive order on lobbying, said trump kept the obama limits on the "revolving door" coming into government but eliminated obama's revolving door protections for non-lobbyists leaving government."there is much to like in






uk and turkey sign defence deal, push for more trade | uk news


british prime minister theresa may has signed a $125m defence equipment deal with turkey as the two countries promised to ramp up trade partnerships.may, who arrived in turkey on urday after a trip to the us, visited both countries for the first time as prime minister, promoting trade agreements to strengthen her hand in the uk's negotiations to leave the european union, or brexit.following three hours of talks, turkish president recep tayyip said the two leaders head discussed steps towards defence industry cooperation.he also told reporters he hoped to increase annual trade with britain to $20bn - up from $15.6bn now.trade, defencemay said the two countries had agreed to form a joint working group for post-brexit trade.they would step up an aviation security programme, signing a defence






uk and turkey sign defence deal, push for more trade | uk news


british prime minister theresa may has signed a $125m defence equipment deal with turkey as the two countries promised to ramp up trade partnerships.may, who arrived in turkey on urday after a trip to the us, visited both countries for the first time as prime minister, promoting trade agreements to strengthen her hand in the uk's negotiations to leave the european union, or brexit.after three hours of talks, turkish president recep tayyip erdogan said the two leaders had discussed steps towards defence industry cooperation.he also told reporters he hoped to increase annual trade with britain to $20bn - up from $15.6bn now.trade, defencemay said the two countries had agreed to form a joint working group for post-brexit trade.they would step up an aviation security programme, signing a defen






trump’s fear of ‘cognitive dissonance’ is why he is shutting down government sci


appearing on msnbc, “science guy” bill nye explained the pathology of president trump and why his administration is clamping down on government agency scientists, diagnosing the president with suffering from  “cognitive dissonance.”speaking with host joy reid, the popular science educator was asked about the executive order signed by trump that critics fear will chill scientific inquiry as the trump administration substitutes “alternative facts” for peer-reviewed research.‘well, any time you’re burning fossil fuels, you authorize more pipelines, you’re headed for trouble in the big picture,” nye began. “but in the bigger picture is this thing, you know, this word we love, ‘cognitive dissonance,’ this phrase. you have a worldview that disagrees with what you observe. so you might expect, if






trump immigration policy changes put some on edge


chicago immigration reform advocates and muslim leaders denounced president donald trump's executive order to temporarily block refugees coming to the u.s. while the government reviews screening processes, calling it an effective ban on muslims in america.in issuing the order friday, which calls... (manya brachear pashman and angie leventis lourgos)






missing rights activists return home safely in pakistan


islamabad — a pakistani university professor who went missing earlier this month has returned home safely, police and a family member said urday.senior islamabad police officer ashraf shah said that salman haider was home, on the outskirts of the capital, islamabad, late friday night and that he is safe and well. haider and three other rights activists who ran social media accounts known for their liberal views went missing earlier this month.dr. haider ashraf, the lahore police chief, said all four missing men were at an islamabad police facility, but would not elaborate on their circumstances. family members of the other three men returned could not immediately be reached for comment.shah said haider has not yet given a statement to police about his disappearance. haider's brother zeesha






britain's may visits turkey, reaches fighter jet deal


ankara, turkey — turkey and britain signed a deal to jointly build fighter jets during prime minister theresa may's visit to ankara on urday, even as the british leader called on turkey's government to uphold democracy and abide by human rights standards.britain's bae systems and turkish aerospace industries signed the 100 million pounds (nearly $125.5 million) agreement establishing a partnership for the development of turkey's fighter jet program as may met with turkish president recep tayyip erdogan and other turkish officials about boosting trade between the countries once britain leaves the european union. the discussions also focused on increasing cooperation over security and counterterrorism."this agreement underlines once again that britain is a great, global, trading nation and t






trump sets lobbying bans for officials


by darlene supervillewashington (ap) — president donald trump acted urday to fulfill a key portion of his pledge to “drain the swamp” in washington, banning administration officials from ever lobbying the u.s. on behalf of a foreign government and imposing a separate five-year ban on other lobbying.trump has said individuals who want to aid him in his quest to “make america great again” should focus on the jobs they will be doing to help the american people, not thinking ahead to the future income they could rake in by peddling their influence after serving in government.“most of the people standing behind me will not be able to go to work,” trump joked, referring to an array of white house officials who lined up behind him as he at his oval office desk. the officials included vice preside






brexit disruptors challenge government’s plans in court


london—jolyon maugham woke up early the morning after britain’s european union referendum and listened to the radio in shock: with most of the votes in, the odds favored leaving. he began to rack his brain for ways to stop it from happening.“with a referendum, it’s a one-off event” and there is no chance to vote again, said mr. maugham, a tax lawyer in london. “the world seemed to change overnight.”half a year later, after...






former warlord's return could shake up afghan politics


kabul, afghanistan — the only insurgent leader to sign a peace pact with afghanistan's government will return to the country within weeks, his chief negotiator says, in a move that could shake up afghan politics and complicate the much wider war against the taliban.gulbuddin hekmatyar, a former warlord who battled u.s. forces after the 2001 invasion and nursed a bitter rivalry with other afghan factions, agreed to lay down arms last year. amin karim, his chief negotiator, told the ociated press earlier this week that he would return to the capital in "a matter of weeks, not months."hekmatyar is seen as a potential rival to president ashraf ghani and chief executive abdullah abdullah, who have governed the country through a shaky, u.s.-brokered power-sharing agreement since the disputed ele






challenging the u.s., moscow pushes into afghanistan


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