Trump’s brave new world of Twitter diplomacy

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A supporter photographs Donald Trump during a campaign event in Ashburn, Virginia, August 2, 2016. Reuters

When it comes to managing relations with China, Donald Trump is tearing up the rulebook. First by using Twitter to announce his telephone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, and then in his Sunday afternoon complaints over Beijing’s economic and military policy. Traditionally, the key events in something as strategically crucial as Sino-US relations are… Read more »

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The top three global winners and losers in a Trump presidency

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US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto arrive for a press conference at the Los Pinos residence in Mexico City, Mexico, August 31, 2016. Reuters

The world still has to wait for Donald Trump to flesh out the details of his foreign policy. Based on comments he’s made so far, Russia and NATO are likely losers in the Trump era: Russia because of the US president-elect’s praise for President Vladimir Putin, and NATO because Trump thinks “free riders” are forcing… Read more »

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Trade. North Korea. Iran. The dangers awaiting Trump.

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U.S. allies are uncertain about Trump's future trade policies. Here an employee in a Tokyo foreign-exchange company watches TV news about the new U.S. president-elect, November 9, 2016.   REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Barack Obama met with Donald Trump at the Oval Office on Thursday following his spectacular election upset on November 8. While the president-elect promptly promised to “put America’s interests first, but deal fairly with everyone”, many U.S. allies are nervous about what his win will mean for U.S. policy. That means he now has to… Read more »

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The number one reason to fix U.S.-Russia relations

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A crew lines up on the Kuzbass nuclear submarine during a rehearsal for the Navy Day parade in the far eastern port of Vladivostok, Russia, July 30, 2016.  REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia was ready to fully restore relations with the United States following the election of Donald Trump. But even so, when Trump assumes power on Jan. 20, he will inherit a Russian-American relationship in deep crisis. While Washington and Moscow’s disagreements over Ukraine, Syria, NATO and Russian… Read more »

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In modern-day Cuba, cars aren’t the only relic of America’s past

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Each Sunday in Cuba, hundreds of Cuban citizens march from St. Rita’s Church in Havana to a nearby park, demanding amnesty for political prisoners of the Castro regime. Known as Todos Marchamos (We All March), since January 2015 they have been using the marches to protest government repression, including arbitrary arrests and detention. Week after… Read more »

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Why Zika may be as tough to beat as Ebola

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Child Neurologist Vanessa Van Der Linden observes the X-ray of a baby's skull with microcephaly at the hospital Barao de Lucena in Recife, Brazil

Taraneh Shirazian, obstetrician and gynecologist at New York University Langone medical center has been seeing some very worried women — those with pregnancies who have traveled through Latin America and the Caribbean in the last few months. As the scale of Zika virus outbreak becomes apparent, they are terrified that their unborn children may have been… Read more »

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