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October 21, 2017 1:32 PM What Chad has to do with Trump and Niger

McCain pushes for more info on Niger ambush David A. Andelman, a contributor to CNN and columnist for USA Today, is the author of "A Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today." He formerly was a foreign correspondent for The New York Times in Asia and Europe, and Paris correspondent for CBS News. Follow him on Twitter @DavidAndelman 135

October 19, 2017 10:01 PM Pentagon investigating troubling questions after deadly Niger ambush

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, troubled by a lack of information two weeks after an ambush on a special operations patrol in Niger left four U.S. soldiers dead, is demanding a timeline of what is known about the attack, as a team of investigators sent to West Africa begins its work. The growing list of unanswered questions and inability to construct 102

October 19, 2017 3:01 AM Catalonia: Spain ultimatum looms over independence push

Catalonia's leader Carles Puigdemont is facing a final deadline to drop a secession bid, with Spain warning it will suspend the region's autonomy if he fails to do so by 10:00 (08:00 GMT). After a referendum on 1 October, he signed an independence declaration but then suspended it, asking for dialogue. Reports suggest he will press ahead on independence 167

October 18, 2017 10:49 PM People don't sign up to die, but to serve

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a CNN contributor and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of "Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield." The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers. (CNN)In 2013, I wrote a story about how death benefits would not be paid to families who had lost their 62

October 18, 2017 10:03 PM Judge Pushes Back Against Trump Administration’s View of Emoluments Clause

Closely watched lawsuit by watchdog group targets President Donald Trump’s business ties A federal judge in Manhattan on Wednesday pushed back against the U.S. government’s attempts to narrowly define the Constitution’s built-in anticorruption provisions, during a hearing in a closely watched lawsuit targeting President Donald Trump’s business ties. A lawsuit 63

October 18, 2017 3:58 PM 4 British nationals kidnapped in Nigeria's delta region

LAGOS, Nigeria – Nigerian police say gunmen have kidnapped four British nationals in the Niger Delta region. Police spokesman Andrew Aniamaka said Wednesday the four were abducted around 2 a.m. in Enukorowa community in the Burutu local government area. He says they include a doctor, his wife and two other men who were involved in preaching and providing 48

October 18, 2017 12:38 PM Netanyahu’s Challenge: Help Trump Fix or Scrap the Iran Deal

Israel is wasting no time in trying to translate Donald Trump’s call for a tougher approach to Iran into action. The government is making a diplomatic push to extend restrictions in the international nuclear deal with Iran to its development of ballistic missiles, sponsorship of terrorist acts and weapons proliferation to terrorist groups, three senior 70

October 18, 2017 5:06 AM Why the world is watching Xi Jinping and China’s party congress

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. By the time you read this, one of the most important global political events of the next five years — if not longer — will have begun: the 19th National Congress 102

October 18, 2017 2:26 AM Twelve days of silence, then a swipe at Obama: How Trump handled four dead soldiers

On Oct. 4, the day four U.S. Special Forces soldiers were gunned down at the border of Niger and Mali in the deadliest combat incident since President Trump took office, the commander in chief was lighting up Twitter with attacks on the “fake news” media. The next day, when the remains of the first soldiers reached Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Trump 80

October 17, 2017 7:12 PM Federal judge blocks Trump’s third travel ban

A federal judge on Tuesday largely blocked the Trump administration from implementing the latest version of the president’s controversial travel ban, setting up yet another legal showdown on the extent of the executive branch’s powers when it comes to setting immigration policy. The decision from U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson in Hawaii is sure to be appealed 68