Putin Surprises With an About Face Over U.S. Hacking Accusations

Vladimir Putin has decided not to retaliate against the United States’ expulsion of Russian diplomats and new sanctions. Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry had recommended he do just that, and send home 35 US diplomats in response to Washington’s move yesterday. But Putin signaled he would not take immediate action: Instead, he said, he would … Continued

The Big Winner If Tillerson Is Confirmed As Secretary of State

When president-elect Donald Trump announced he’d chosen Rex Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, to be the next Secretary of State, he praised the business leader as a successful dealmaker who has made profitable deals with foreign countries for the world’s largest energy company. In a statement, Trump lauded Tillerson as “a forceful and … Continued

With Sanctions Poised to Lift, Many Iranians Remain Cautious

In July, Iran reached a landmark nuclear nonproliferation deal with the United States and five other world powers. The recent failure by Congressional Republicans to block the deal cleared the way for the White House to begin the process of lifting Iranian sanctions. For a country that has been under the thumb of sanctions for decades—and crippling sanctions for … Continued

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