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Race, Gender, Region: Understanding the Decline in U.S. Life Expectancy

By Thomas J. Bollyky
- via Foreign Affairs    Dec 16, 2017

Last week, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, released its 2015 mortality statistics, which showed U.S. life expectancy fe...

Trump hails Greece’s economic revival at White House meeting with once-critical Athens leader

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks toward Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras while addressing the media in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on Tuesday. | AFP-JIJI

President Donald Trump reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to Greece’s economic recovery at the White House on Tuesday, a meeting that allowed the country’s prime ...

Judge in Hawaii blocks latest version of Trump’s travel ban hours before it takes effect

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson is seen in Honolulu in 2015. Watson on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration from enforcing its latest travel ban, just hours before it was set to take effect. | GEORGE LEE / THE STAR-ADVERTISER VIA / AP, FILE

A judge in Hawaii has blocked the latest version of the Trump administration travel ban just hours before it was set to take effect.U.S. District ...

Trump’s drug czar nominee declines job after reports that he played key role in thwarting opioid crackdown

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., does a phone interview with a news outlet in a sunny corridor at the Capitol in Washington Tuesday after Rep. Tom Marino, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the nation's drug czar, withdrew from consideration. Manchin's home state of West Virginia has been among the hardest-hit by the opioid epidemic. | AP

Rep. Tom Marino, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the nation’s drug czar, has withdrawn from consideration following reports that he played a key role ...

NFL weighs protesting players’ passion against Trump rebukes as kneeling ranks surge

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

Jacksonville Jaguars NFL football players are shown Sept. 24, some standing and some kneeling, during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens at Wembley Stadium in London. | AP

National Football League officials on Tuesday weighed the fervor of players who protest racism by kneeling for the national anthem against the anger of U.S. ...

U.S. charges Chinese pair with illegal opioid manufacturing but extradition said unlikely

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Robert Patterson, accompanied by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, takes the podium to speak at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington Tuesday to announce the indictments of two Chinese fentanyl trackers in the fight against opiate substances from entering the United States. | AP

Two Chinese nationals have been indicted on charges they manufactured tons of fentanyl and other powerful narcotics that were then peddled in the United States, ...

Hopes fade in desperate search for scores still missing in Somalia’s largest terrorist bombing

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

A Somali volunteer prays at the scene of last Saturday's explosion in KM4 street in the Hodan district in Mogadishu Tuesday. | REUTERS

Anguished families scoured Somalia’s capital Tuesday in search of scores still missing from Saturday’s bomb blast that killed more than 300 people in one of ...

Hillary Clinton says U.S. threats of war with North Korea ‘dangerous, short-sighted’

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

Hillary Clinton | REUTERS

Former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that “cavalier” threats to start war on the Korean Peninsula are “dangerous and short-sighted,” urging the ...

At U.N. meet, North Korea blasts U.S. over ‘double standards,’ says it plans to launch many more satellites

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

In this image taken from video, a rocket is seen lifting off from the launchpad in Musudan-ri, North Korea, in April 2009. | AP

North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador said Tuesday the country plans to launch many more satellites and accused the United States of trying to block its ...

North Korea, feared to hold nuclear test at start of Chinese congress, sends congratulations

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

Ushers manage delegates' umbrellas at the opening session of the Chinese Communist Party congress on Wednesday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. | REUTERS

North Korea sent a congratulatory message to China’s Communist Party congress on Wednesday amid increasingly frayed relationships between the traditional allies as China tightens sanctions ...

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