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Mattis resignation triggered by phone call between Trump and Erdoğan

US president complied with Turkish leader’s demands and took own advisers by surprise, accounts say Julian Borger The resignation of US defence secretary James Mattis was triggered by a phone conversation between Donald Trump and the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in which Trump abruptly decided to upend previous US policy and withdraw troops from Syria, according

‘We won’t denuclearize unless US removes threat’–N/Korea

North Korea said Thursday it will never unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons unless the United States first removes what Pyongyang called a nuclear threat. The surprisingly blunt statement jars with Seoul’s rosier presentation of the North Korean position and could rattle the fragile trilateral diplomacy to defuse a nuclear

North Korea ready to talk; US says ‘denuclearise’

In a rare step towards diplomacy between longtime enemies, a North Korean envoy making a rare visit to South Korea said his country is willing to open peace talks with the United States. Kim Yong-chol, in South Korea for the end of the Olympics, said on Sunday North Korean leader Kim

America’s Descent into Middle Eastern-Style Conspiracy-Theory Madness

By Lee Smith   How the once-sturdy institutions of our democracy—the press, the intelligence community, political parties—have been used to legitimize a conspiracy theory, and why those theories are so hard to disprove   The testimony that former FBI Director James Comey delivered Thursday morning before the Senate Intelligence Committee and a wide television audience

President Trump fires FBI Director Comey

·         Comey is fired for email investigation while the Russia probe is still ongoing     President Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey on Tuesday, at the recommendation of senior Justice Department officials who said he had treated Hillary Clinton unfairly and in doing so damaged the credibility of the FBI and

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