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Russia 'ready to do its part' to rebuild US ties with Trump: Putin
Moscow (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Moscow is ready to contribute to rebuilding relations with the United States with Donald Trump as president.
"We have heard the pre-election statements by then-candidate (Trump), which were directed at rebuilding relations between Russia and the US," Putin said during a speech before several ambassadors in the Kremlin.
"We understand that this will not be an easy path considering the unfortunate degradation of relations," he said. "But Russia is ready and wants to restore full-fledged relations with the US."
"We are ready to do our part and do everything to return (US-Russian) relations to the trajectory of development," he said.
"This would be in the interest of Russian and American people and would positively affect the general climate in international relations, considering the special responsibility of Russia and the US for ensuring global stability and security."
Putin earlier became one of the first world leaders to congratulate Trump via a telegram for his surprise triumph over Hillary Clinton.
Putin has tacitly supported Trump during the campaign, while Trump repeatedly flattered and praised the Russian leader and said he was willing to work with him.
Russia's parliament on Wednesday broke into applause upon learning of Trump's win, and Russian markets climbed up, against the global slump on the news.
Egypt’s example of cross-faith goodwill
As it loses ground elsewhere in the Middle East, the Islamic State (ISIS) has stepped up terrorist attacks in Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous country but also home to the region’s largest Christian community. The latest attack was the killing of 45 people at two Christian churches on Palm Sunday. ISIS seems intent on sparking a religious conflict between Egypt’s majority Muslims and minority Christians. Yet if anything, the attacks have drawn the faiths closer. Other countries that seek a… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Hoi An, an ancient outpost turned Instagram heaven
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To catch a terrorist: Why extreme vetting may be an outdated solution
Extreme vetting may be a solution in search of a problem, according to an internal Homeland Security intelligence report.Most foreign-born terrorists radicalize more than a decade after entering the US, says the assessment. This result suggests a shift in the nature of the threat from Al Qaeda like "terrorism-directed" activity to the ISIS "terrorism-inspired" activity. This new security reality may require a new approach completely different from the Trump administration's expansion of… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Cologne ramps up New Year's police presence after sex assaults
Cologne (Germany) (AFP) - The German city of Cologne Monday announced a ramped-up police presence, more CCTV and a fireworks-free zone at upcoming New Year's Eve celebrations to avoid a repeat of last year's mass sexual assaults.Hundreds of women that night described being mugged and groped in a crowd of men of mainly Arab and north African appearance, incidents that shocked Germany and fuelled criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel's liberal refugee policy.Cologne police chief Juergen Mathies… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Trump considers Romney as top US diplomat: report
New York (AFP) - US President-elect Donald Trump is considering Mitt Romney as secretary of state, in what would be a major olive branch to mainstream Republicans who opposed the tycoon's candidacy, a report said Thursday.CNN and NBC said Trump would meet over the weekend with Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts who was the Republicans' unsuccessful 2012 White House candidate against President Barack Obama.NBC said that Trump was considering Romney as secretary of state, which would… chat_bubble_outline Read More...