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In Debbie's wake, Australia begins to pick up the pieces

Cyclone Debbie made landfall on Australia's northeast coast Tuesday, with rains, storm surges, and winds as fast as 160 miles per hour scouring the state of Queensland. Local residents – especially those in Bowen, Proserpine, and Mackay – had been warned to brace for this scenario, The Christian ...

Former 'Apprentice' contestant sues Trump. Will presidential immunity shield him?

President Trump's lawyer said the president is immune while in office from the defamation claims brought by a former 'Apprentice' contestant who accused him of sexual harassment. 

Brexit has officially been triggered. What comes next?

After 44 years, Britain is officially leaving the European Union. Its relationship with the bloc is set to change, but the road map still remains to be laid out. On Wednesday, Britain's EU envoy, Tim Barrow, hand-delivered a letter from Prime Minister Theresa May to European Council president Donald ...

On display at Arab Summit: division and declining influence

At times both politics and pageantry, the annual gathering of leaders at the Arab Summit has been a guiding force in Arab politics and a source of drama for Arab citizens, who have rarely seen anyone challenge their autocratic rulers over the past half-century. This year's Arab Summit in Jordan ...

As House GOP tries to revive health-care reform, Democrats emboldened to stop it

After the spectacular collapse of the repeal-and-replace effort last Friday, some Republicans contemplated reaching out to Democrats to fix Obamacare, which is still the law of the land. The White House emitted a few bipartisan signals from the press secretary about working on health-care reform. ...

A good defense against terrorist hate

As Islamic State loses its base in Iraq and Syria, its followers are taking territory elsewhere. One place is Egypt, which could provide the militant group with greater access to Africa. Since December, an ISIS-affiliated group in Egypt has adopted a tactic aimed at rallying Egypt's Muslims to its ...

In tricky US-Russia climate, citizen diplomats and scholars do the talking

Washington was swarming with Russians last week. It is, after all, a relationship that affects the entire planet, regardless of what emerges from an FBI investigation into connections between President Trump's associates and Russia. Recommended: Sochi, Soviets, and czars: How much do you know about ...

Why Trump rollback of Obama climate policies could be a long slog

With a flourish of his pen Tuesday, President Trump promised a full-scale assault on the Obama administration's signature climate-change initiative. Mr. Trump's executive order starts the process of scrapping Mr. Obama's Clean Power Plan, which calls on states to reduce electric-utility emissions ...

The view of Brexit from a city that voted to 'Leave'

It's the UK City of Culture 2017, derelict buildings and dry docks are being refurbished, and a major wind turbine factory is on the rise. The planets have never been more aligned,' says David Keel, chair of C4DI, a new incubator and co-working space in the waterside Fruit Market district. Going ...

Britain's Royal Mint introduces 12-edged pound coin

Counterfeiting the British pound just got a whole lot harder. The change, which marks the first new coin out of the UK in three decades, comes as officials grapple with threats of fraud and counterfeiting, and the impact such activities can have on businesses and taxpayers. This is a giant step ...

Podcast: Life as a teenage hacker

Paul Vann is a chief executive officer and security researcher. The young leader of new cybersecurity company VannTechCyber, who was originally featured in Passcode's 15 under 15 rising stars of cybersecurity project, says other professionals often don't initially think his work is "as accurate or ...

US and other nuclear-armed states boycott UN meeting to discuss banning nukes

Negotiations for a treaty to rid the world of nuclear weapons began in the United Nations on Monday. Most member states of the United Nations have said they wish for a world without nuclear weapons. Recommended: How much do you know about nuclear weapons?

White racist accused of fatal NYC stabbing charged with terrorism

A white Army veteran accused of fatally stabbing a 66-year-old bottle collector and recycler on a Manhattan street last week simply because he was black was indicted on Monday on rare state charges of murder as terrorism. James Harris Jackson told the New York Daily News he attacked Timothy Caughman ...

Why the 'Fearless Girl' statue will stay put on Wall Street

The 50-inch bronze "Fearless Girl" statue, which currently stands in front of Wall Street's famed "Charging Bull" sculpture, will be allowed to stay – at least until February 2018. The statue was installed on the eve of International Women's Day earlier this month as a commentary on the lack of ...

Attorney General Sessions escalates threats against sanctuary cities

Attorney General Jeff Sessions ramped up threats to so-called sanctuary cities Monday, saying the government would take "all lawful steps to claw-back" federal funding awarded to cities that do not fully comply with federal immigration enforcement. President Trump signed an executive order that ...

Why is someone trying to shutter one of Russia's top private universities?

Generally, prestigious private universities with hundreds of students don't get shut down over fairly minor, six-month-old technical issues that have since been resolved. What appears to be on full display is a hallmark of the Vladimir Putin-era: a new brand of domestic "lawfare," in which state-run ...

Pelosi, Schiff call for Nunes recusal from Russia probe

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee says Chairman Devin Nunes of California should step down from an investigation of alleged ties between President Trump's associates and Russian officials after it was revealed that Nunes met secretly with a source last week on the White House ...

More than 1,000 arrested in Belarus protests against 'parasite law'

A human rights group said more than 1,000 people were arrested across Belarus over the weekend, as another wave of unsanctioned protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko reached the streets of Minsk and other cities. Vesna told the Associated Press that about 150 of those ...

A model for anti-corruption Russians

Of all the former states in the Soviet Union, according to a global ranking, Russia remains one of the most corrupt. What stirred the thinking of so many Russians to envision an honest and accountable government? While President Vladimir Putin remains popular, the focus of the protests was his prime ...

'Sundown towns': Midwest confronts its complicated racial legacy

After all, there aren't many people around town who look like Mr. Cooper, who is African-American. According to the 2010 United States Census, 97 percent of Utica, Ohio, identifies as white. Recommended: Uffda! How well do you know the Midwest?

Humongous gold coin stolen from Berlin museum

The Big Maple Leaf,' a 221-pound gold coin estimated to be worth $4 million, was stolen from a Berlin museum in the early hours of Monday morning. Thieves are suspected to have broken into the Bode Museum in the German capitol at 3:30 a.m. and made off with the oversized Canadian coin, which ...

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny sentenced to 15 days in jail

Vocal Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny is facing a 15-day jail sentence after organizing protests in Russia on Sunday that decried government corruption and led to some 1,000 arrests. Mr. Navalny was found guilty of disobeying a police officer at a Moscow protest, and fined for organizing the ...

Will GOP's tax reform prove easier than health care?

The Republican Party couldn't repeal and replace Obamacare like it promised. Still smarting from that setback, the GOP is turning to another daunting issue: tax reform.

Why Russian protests are making the Kremlin rethink 2018 presidential elections

By staging significant protest actions in almost 100 Russian cities Sunday, Alexei Navalny has laid down a serious challenge to Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin has the means to prevent him, by invoking a criminal conviction, recently upheld by a regional court, that could bar him from running for ...

Under anti-EU pressures, Europe's advocates find their footing

A rollicking celebration to revel in the European Union's 60th birthday this weekend in Rome would have rung off-key. Populists are riding a wave of Euroskepticism almost everywhere, while even top leaders of the EU have wondered if the postwar project has a future. Recommended: How much do you know ...

The hackers trying to build a hack-proof operating system

As a teenage hacker in the early 1990s, David Mirza Ahmad quickly learned that even the savviest techies can be 'owned,' old-school computer slang for exposing someone's identity.

What keeps cybersecurity experts up at night?

Passcode's Influencers Poll regularly surveys 160 high-profile experts from across government, industry, and the advocacy community. Whether one calls them embedded systems, or the 'Internet of Things,' the combination of these little computers, poor security design, and upcoming high-speed wireless ...

Cyclone Debbie prompts thousands of evacuations in northeast Australia

Authorities are urging 30,000 people to evacuate Australia's tropical northeast coast as the strongest cyclone to hit the Queensland province in six years bears down on the sparsely populated farming region. Cyclone Debbie is expected to intensify to a Category 4 storm before it makes landfall on ...

White House office led by Trump's son-in-law to bring business ideas to government

Ever since his campaign, President Trump has promised to bring the best ideas from the business world to Washington to change the federal bureaucracy. Now, he is entrusting Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and one of his closest confidantes, to make that happen. Mr. Trump is expected to announce on ...

Life in a new land: a refugee's journey

Muhannad Qaiconie, one of the organizers of the gathering, mingles easily among the guests. Just two years ago, having fled the war in Syria, Mr. Qaiconie was preparing to embark on a perilous journey to Europe. Once in Germany, he faced more hardships – loneliness, lack of work, uncertainty over ...

Trump and the question of truth

Just three months after Time magazine chose Donald Trump as 2016 Person of the Year, it has published a cover story – with the headline Is Truth Dead?' – that charges the president is a strategic misleader.' The article details many of Mr. Trump's unproven accusations but then concludes his ...

Why is Colorado risking hundreds of millions to protect its marijuana industry?

Colorado's state legislature is considering an unusual plan to defend the state's marijuana industry from a federal crackdown under the Trump administration. The bill would allow growers and sellers to reclassify their recreational marijuana as medical based on a business need due to a change in ...

Infowars apologizes for spreading 'Pizzagate' theory. What does that mean for fake news?

Infowars owner and long-time conspiracy theorist Alex Jones admitted that his site falsely reported and commented on the debunked Pizzagate' controversy, a theory that alleged that Comet Ping Pong, a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant, had played a role in a child-sex-trafficking ring that also ...

Seeking transparency, Congressional Democrats introduce 'Mar-a-Lago' act

The twin bills, not-so-subtly titled the Making Access Records Available to Lead Government Openness Act', or the acronym Mar-a-Lago' are named after the President's beachside resort that he has nicknamed the Winter White House' due to his frequent visits in the first several months of his ...

Could the Trump administration send Fethullah GĂĽlen back to Turkey?

Fethullah Gülen leads a reclusive existence in his Pennsylvania compound. An extradition request for the cleric, filed by Turkey's government in September, remains under review, as Turkish impatience grows over the fate of a man that some call a Turkish Osama bin Laden — but whom skeptics ...

With asylum grant, did the US just reward hate speech?

When Singapore's first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, passed away in 2015, 16-year-old Amos Yee made an obscenity-filled YouTube video denouncing the late leader as a tyrant.' That and other postings earned him a four-week jail sentence for wounding religious feelings and obscenity.' Not long after, ...

Airstrikes in Mosul kill civilians: Are US rules of engagement getting slacker?

Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul say a series of airstrikes carried out there in recent weeks by the US-led coalition against the Islamic State could have killed as many as 200 civilians, in what would be the highest civilian death toll in a US-led air campaign since the peak of the Iraq war. ...

Erdogan's tussle with Europe, The shame of the world, Regional support for Venezuela is vital, Scotland's place in the United Kingdom, US reengagement in the Middle East

It is a matter of grave concern that, according to a UN estimate, twenty million people are facing starvation in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria...," states an editorial. "It is indeed disturbing to note that man-made disasters like war and famine continue to bleed nations while ...

Readers write: Immigration path, talent at home, science knowledge

Regarding the Feb. 22 editorial, Trump's mixed message on immigration: An opening for a deal?' : Three cheers for the Monitor editorial staff. Immigration was not my priority issue. Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test?

Rep. Nunes' charge of Trump team surveillance – why it's key

A number of former top National Security Agency officials were standing around Friday, chatting prior to an academic conference in Washington. Talk turned to the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes of California, whose panel has been investigating Russian interference in ...

How Washington, D.C., is using social media to bring back missing children

On Tuesday, Rep. Cedric Richmond Louisiana, who is the Congressional Black Caucus chairman, and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey. While the number of missing youths in the District hasn't ...

Tillerson's week: How top US diplomat's 'big reveal' offered little clarity

The event was billed as a counter-ISIS conference, but for Rex Tillerson it was more like a coming-out party – with him starring as the diplomatic debutante. With all eyes on the new secretary of state with no formal diplomatic experience, the former ExxonMobil CEO offered the high-level ...

Trump says Keystone XL will bring thousands of jobs. Promise or pipe dream?

President Trump formally revived the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, signing the presidential permit that granted TransCanada Corp. the right to cross-border construction on a project with symbolic weight for the future of US climate policy. At a White House event attended by TransCanada chief ...

Hopeful combo: World economy grows, carbon emissions stay flat

Recommended: Climate change: Is your opinion informed by science? No sooner had the IEA trumpeted its latest findings on CO2 emissions last week than it came up with a new study warning that meeting the 2 degree target will take an energy transition of exceptional depth, scope and speed' unlike ...

'Snooki' inspired bill could cap N.J. college speaker fees: How much is too much?

The reality show Jersey Shore' hasn't been on the air in nearly five years. A bill capping payments for guest speakers at the state's universities to $10,000 passed 74-0 in the Democrat-controlled Assembly on Thursday, after the state Senate also gave it a unanimous green light.

Samantha Ponder to host 'Sunday NFL Countdown,' despite backlash from internet trolls

TV networks bringing on female sports reporters seems a natural progression considering the large numbers of women who are fans of various professional male sports leagues, with women making up 45 percent of National Football League fans, according to a recent statement by the league.

Can judiciary recover from political battles over Supreme Court seat?

Since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia over a year ago, the empty seat on the US Supreme Court has been one of the most contentious political footballs in Washington. The debate has only gained greater intensity and gravity as the months have worn on, featuring two nominees, record-breaking ...

Estonia's lessons for fighting Russian disinformation

This fall, a few weeks after Donald Trump won the election, news surfaced on Russian websites that the newly elected president lashed out at the leaders of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, telling them to "shut up" and slammed down the telephone in outrage. An online Russian news portal 4esnok ...

What does 'multispeed' Europe really mean?

The Treaty of Rome, which gave rise to the European Union, is marking its 60th anniversary. One idea to boost the postwar project is the notion of a multispeed' Europe.Q: What is a multispeed Europe? This idea, which is not new, got new life ahead of an EU summit in Rome March 25, where leaders were ...

For US visa hopefuls, screening hurdles grow. Shades of 'extreme vetting'?

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has issued four cables to US diplomatic posts abroad over the past two weeks that recommend additional steps consular officers should take when vetting visa applicants, in the first glimpse of the extreme vetting' promised by President Trump on the campaign trail. ...