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Trump calls Putin to congratulate him on re-election after winning poll GOP figures call a sham

via The Japan Times    Mar 21, 2018

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds the daily briefing at the White House in Washington Tuesday. | REUTERS

President Donald Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to congratulate him on his re-election to a fourth term, and they discussed arranging a ...

23 expelled Russian diplomats leave Britain in nerve agent crisis, 23 alleged spies also get boot

via The Japan Times    Mar 21, 2018

Russian diplomats' family members ordered to leave Britain as part of a standoff over a nerve agent attack on British soil, leave the gate of the Vnukovo 2 government airport outside Moscow Tuesday. Nearly two dozen Russian diplomats expelled by Britain over the poisoning of an ex-spy arrived home Tuesday, while a scientist involved in the creation of the nerve agent said it could be manufactured by other countries. | AP

Twenty-three expelled Russian diplomats and their families left London for Moscow on Tuesday as Britain and Russia traded recriminations over a nerve agent attack in ...

Judge temporarily blocks most restrictive abortion law in U.S. less than day after it took effect in Mississippi

via The Japan Times    Mar 21, 2018

Anti-abortion sidewalk counselor Laura Duran offers reading material to a driver entering the Jackson Women's Health Organization's clinic, the only facility in the state that performs abortions, Tuesday in Jackson, Mississippi. A federal judge is temporarily blocking a new Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks, the most restrictive abortion law in the United States. | AP

The most restrictive abortion law in the United States was in effect less than 24 hours before a federal judge temporarily blocked it Tuesday during ...

Trump faces prospect of deposition as ‘Apprentice’ ex-contestant’s groping suit proceeds in New York

via The Japan Times    Mar 21, 2018

Summer Zervos, a former contestant on 'The Apprentice,' leaves New York State Supreme Court with attorney Gloria Allred after a hearing on the defamation case against U.S. President Donald Trump in Manhattan, New York City, Dec. 5. | REUTERS

President Donald Trump can’t avoid a former “Apprentice” contestant’s defamation lawsuit and may be forced to respond under oath to allegations of sexual assault and ...

Six months after Hurricane Maria hit, Puerto Rico’s needs go unmet as next storm season looms

via The Japan Times    Mar 21, 2018

People wait in line outside a grocery store to buy food that wouldn't spoil and that they could prepare without electricity, in San Juan last September. Emails and text messages made public Tuesdday show frantic efforts after Hurricane Maria by officials of the Puerto Rican government and Walmart to get fuel to keep their generators going — and silence from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A letter sent by the ranking member of the House oversight committee shows that as people stood in line for food and many went hungry, supermarkets were forced to throw out tons of spoiled meat, dairy and produce. | AP

Generators are still humming. Candles are still flickering. Homes are still being repaired.Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria exactly six months ago, and the ...

CEO says Cambridge Analytica played decisive role in Trump election win; Facebook questioned

via The Japan Times    Mar 21, 2018

Chris Wylie, from Canada, who once worked for the U.K.-based political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, gives a talk at the Frontline Club in London Tuesday. Cambridge Analytica has been accused of improperly using information from more than 50 million Facebook accounts. It denies wrongdoing. Wylie has been quoted as saying the company used the data to build psychological profiles so voters could be targeted with ads and stories. | AP

The suspended chief executive of Cambridge Analytica said in a secretly recorded video broadcast on Tuesday that his U.K.-based political consultancy’s online campaign played a ...

China — not North Korea — to dominate Japanese military planning

By Tim Kelly,Nobuhiro Kubo
- via The Japan Times    Mar 21, 2018

Soldiers from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) take part in a military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of its foundation, at the Zhurihe military training base in the country's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region last July. | REUTERS

North Korea’s growing missile arsenal might be the most obvious and immediate military threat facing Japan, but defense planners in Tokyo are focused on a ...

South Korea’s Moon hints at possibility of three-way summit with North Korea and U.S.

By Jesse Johnson
- via The Japan Times    Mar 21, 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivers a speech during a ceremony celebrating the 99th anniversary of the March First Independence Movement against Japanese colonial rule, at Seodaemun Prison History Hall in Seoul on March 1. | REUTERS

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday floated the possibility of a three-way summit involving the two Koreas and the United States in the wake ...

U.S. top court rejects Arizona bid to bar ‘Dreamers’ from getting driver’s licenses

via The Japan Times    Mar 20, 2018

Protesters who call for an immigration bill addressing the so-called Dreamers, young adults who were brought to the United States as children, rally on Capitol Hill in Washington in December. | REUTERS

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday required Arizona to continue to issue driver’s licenses to the so-called Dreamer immigrants and refused to hear the state’s ...

Release of detained Americans should not be precondition for Kim-Trump summit: Sweden

via The Japan Times    Mar 20, 2018

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom talks to journalists on Friday in the Swedish house of parliment in Stockholm, to comment on her meeting with the North Korean foreign minister the day before. | SOREN ANDERSSON / TT NEWS AGENCY / VIA AFP-JIJI

The release of three U.S. citizens held in North Korea should not be a condition for the planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and ...

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