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The European Union must flex its muscles as a world power, EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday, as he spoke critically of U.S. President Donald Trump’s retreat from international engagement. In his annual State of the Union address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Juncker, who is entering his final year as president […]


Pope Francis is summoning senior Catholic bishops from around the world to a February summit to discuss the church’s burgeoning clergy sex abuse scandal involving attacks on minors and years of cover-ups of allegations against parish priests. The Vatican said Wednesday the heads of the national Catholic bishops’ conferences would meet with Francis from February […]


Russia’s defense minister says Moscow and Beijing intend to regularly conduct joint war games similar to the massive ones being held this week. Sergei Shoigu and his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Wei Fenghe, on Wednesday visited the Tsugol firing range in eastern Siberia where nearly 300,000 Russian troops and about 3,200 Chinese troops are participating in […]


The United States will fall well short of its 2025 greenhouse gas reduction target unless major additional steps are taken, according to a new report. While U.S. states, cities and companies have promised to step up their efforts to fight climate change as the Trump administration pulls back, the report finds their actions will not […]


The Turkish central bank is facing growing pressure to decisively hike interest rates at a meeting Thursday to defend an ailing currency and rein in double-digit inflation. But concerns remain over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s grip on monetary policy. The Turkish lira has fallen more than 40 percent, much of it in the past few […]


Poland’s president came under heavy criticism by political opponents on Wednesday after he called the European Union an “imaginary community” of little relevance to Poles. Andrzej Duda is aligned with the ruling Law and Justice party, which has been in conflict with the EU over an overhaul of the Polish judicial system which Brussels sees […]


U.S. President Donald Trump has authorized additional sanctions against countries or individuals who interfere in upcoming U.S. elections. The executive order allows the president to impose sanctions on foreigners who interfere in the November midterm elections, such as by engaging in altering vote counts or “propaganda” efforts. Lawmakers of both parties, however, say the effort […]


U.S. Homeland Security officials are downplaying the transfer of nearly $10 million from the U.S. disaster response agency to immigration enforcement efforts, first brought to national attention in a TV appearance by a senator Tuesday night. Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from the northwestern state of Oregon, told a nightly MSNBC news program that the funds […]


The median U.S. household income reached $61,372 last year — its highest level ever, the U.S. Census reported Wednesday. The new median figure, meaning that half of U.S. families earned more money and half less, was a reflection of the robust U.S. economy, the world’s largest, that expanded 4.1 percent in the April-to-June period even […]


U.S. Democrats’ chances at regaining majorities in Congress are rising, a new poll showed Wednesday, as President Donald Trump’s approval rating suffers a fresh hit and Republicans issue dire warnings about upcoming elections. With 55 days until the mid-terms that will decide congressional, state and local races nationwide, the Republicans who control both chambers of […]