Vladimir Putin - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Vladimir Putin Pacific ministers commit to move ahead with pact without US HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Pacific Rim trade ministers meeting in Vietnam committed Sunday to move ahead with the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact after the United States pulled out. New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay said the remaining 11 TPP countries are open to others joining provided they accept the trade agreement's high standards on labor and environmental protecti... Sun, 21 May 2017 10:12:00 GMT 2017-05-21T10:12:00Z The Latest: Trump gets royal treatment from Saudis. RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local): 4:15 a.m. President Donald Trump is getting the kind of royal treatment in Saudi Arabia that must be a welcome change from the tense atmosphere he left behind in Washington. In the capital of Riya... Sun, 21 May 2017 01:52:00 GMT 2017-05-21T01:52:00Z Saudis welcome Trump with gold medal, receive arms package RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — President Donald Trump basked in Saudi Arabia's lavish royal welcome Saturday as he left behind, at least temporarily, the snowballing controversies dogging him in Washington. Trump rewarded his hosts with a $110 billion arms package aimed at bolstering Saudi security and a slew of business agreements. "That was a tremendous da... Sun, 21 May 2017 00:04:00 GMT 2017-05-21T00:04:00Z The Latest: Celebrations across Tehran after Rouhani win TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on Iran's presidential election (all times local): 10 p.m. Tens of thousands of supporters of President Hassan Rouhani have poured into the streets of Tehran as night falls to celebrate the incumbent's re-election. The impromptu rallies snarled traffic in the center of the capital, leavi... Sat, 20 May 2017 17:27:00 GMT 2017-05-20T17:27:00Z Special prosecutor abruptly named to probe Trump-Russia ties WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to lead a federal investigation into allegations that Donald Trump's campaign collaborated with Russia to sway the 2016 election that put him in the White House. Mueller will have sweeping powers and the authority to prosecute any crimes he uncovers. ... Thu, 18 May 2017 07:30:00 GMT 2017-05-18T07:30:00Z Report: House GOP leader suggested Putin was paying Trump WASHINGTON (AP) — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy suggested last year to fellow top Republicans that Russian President Vladimir Putin was paying Donald Trump, according to a published report. A spokesman for McCarthy says the remark was a bad joke. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that it heard a recording of the conversation, which occurred la... Thu, 18 May 2017 00:34:00 GMT 2017-05-18T00:34:00Z Independent Panel Sought in Trump Russia Probe The top Democrat on a key House oversight panel says Speaker Paul Ryan "has shown he has zero appetite for any investigation of President Trump." (May 17) Wed, 17 May 2017 16:34:00 GMT 2017-05-17T16:34:00Z Putin Offers to Give U.S. Notes of Trump Meeting Russia President Vladimir Putin offered Wednesday to turn over to Congress records of President Donald Trump's discussions with Russian diplomats in which... Wed, 17 May 2017 14:23:00 GMT 2017-05-17T14:23:00Z US envoy: North Korea is intimidating the entire world UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley accused North Korea on Tuesday of intimidating the entire international community with its nuclear program, military ability and cyberattacks, and said any country that doesn't implement U.N. sanctions is supporting Pyongyang's actions. "No one is immune to the threat of North Korea," she told reporters be... Tue, 16 May 2017 23:06:00 GMT 2017-05-16T23:06:00Z North Korea: New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday boasted it successfully launched a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead, an escalation of its nuclear program that the U.N. Security Council warned could bring new sanctions on Pyongyang. Outsiders saw a significant technological jump in the weekend test, wi... Mon, 15 May 2017 23:52:00 GMT 2017-05-15T23:52:00Z The Latest: Security Council condemns NKorea missile test SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The latest on North Korea's missile launch (all times local): 7:55 a.m. The U.N. Security Council is strongly condemning North Korea's latest ballistic missile test and vowing to impose new sanctions in response to its "flagrant and provocative defiance" of council demands to halt all nuclear-related tests. ... Mon, 15 May 2017 22:58:00 GMT 2017-05-15T22:58:00Z Syrian activists: Airstrikes on IS-held areas kill dozens BEIRUT (AP) — Air raids on an Islamic State-held village and town in Syria have killed at least 32 civilians over the past two days, activists said Monday, underscoring the risk for hundreds of thousands of residents trapped in areas under the militant group's control ahead of the looming battle for Raqqa. The Syrian military, meanwhile, announced it had ... Mon, 15 May 2017 17:47:00 GMT 2017-05-15T17:47:00Z The latest: Australia says China responsible for NKorea SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea's missile launch (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Australia's prime minister has called on China to use its leverage over North Korea to end the regime's missile testing. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in Sydney on Monday that North Korea's conduct was "... Mon, 15 May 2017 03:49:00 GMT 2017-05-15T03:49:00Z AP Top Stories May 14 P Here are the top stories for Sunday, May 14: Eight candidates have been interviewed for top FBI job; Emmanuel Macron inaugurated as France's next president;... Sun, 14 May 2017 21:29:00 GMT 2017-05-14T21:29:00Z Putin Shows Off Musical Talent on Piano in China Russian state television showed President Vladimir Putin playing the piano in Beijing on Sunday. Putin tried his hand at the anthems of Moscow and his... Sun, 14 May 2017 19:53:00 GMT 2017-05-14T19:53:00Z Forum on China's economic reach helps leader extend his own BEIJING (AP) — China will seek to burnish President Xi Jinping's stature as a world-class statesman at an international gathering centered on his signature foreign policy effort that envisions a future world order in which all roads lead to Beijing. The Belt and Road Forum opening Sunday is the latest in a series of high-profile appearances aimed at proje... Fri, 12 May 2017 10:45:00 GMT 2017-05-12T10:45:00Z Senate panel seeks Flynn documents in Russia probe WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate intelligence committee subpoenaed former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn for documents related to the panel's investigation into Russia's election meddling. Sen. Richard Burr, the Republican chairman, and Sen. Mark Warner, the committee's Democratic vice chairman, issued a joint statement saying the panel decided to issue the subpoe... Thu, 11 May 2017 16:27:00 GMT 2017-05-11T16:27:00Z The Latest: White House says Trump pressed envoy on Syria WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Washington visit of Russian's top diplomat for meetings with President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (all times local): 12:55 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump stressed several issues in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (SEHR'-gay LAHV'-rahf), including ending the civil war in Syria a... Wed, 10 May 2017 17:26:00 GMT 2017-05-10T17:26:00Z Russian FM Lavrov Speaks After White House Visit Vladimir Putin's top diplomat, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, spoke to reporters following his visit to the White House Wednesday morning to... Wed, 10 May 2017 16:32:00 GMT 2017-05-10T16:32:00Z The Latest: Pence says firing unrelated to Russia probe WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and FBI Director James Comey's firing (all times local): 11:12 a.m. Vice President Mike Pence is defending the firing of FBI Director James Comey, saying the "president made the right decision at the right time." He said Comey's firing was not related to the investigation into possible contacts between the Trump presiden... Wed, 10 May 2017 15:16:00 GMT 2017-05-10T15:16:00Z Colbert has good week in ratings despite controversy NEW YORK (AP) — A storm over a crude remark Stephen Colbert made about President Donald Trump didn't hurt the late-night host in the ratings — to the contrary. Colbert's CBS "Late Show" had its widest margin of victory over NBC's "Tonight" show since Colbert's debut week in September 2015, the Nielsen company said. The CBS show averaged 3.06 million viewers last week, which ... Tue, 09 May 2017 20:02:00 GMT 2017-05-09T20:02:00Z A new type of deal to reduce violence in Syria BEIRUT (AP) — The Russian plan to create safe zones in Syria, which came into effect Saturday, is the latest in a string of efforts to ease the country's horrendous violence. After past failures, this deal provides for the first time a mechanism to observe the cease-fire: Russian, Iranian and Turkish troops are to monitor compliance on the ground. But the... Sat, 06 May 2017 06:03:00 GMT 2017-05-06T06:03:00Z Anti-Trump late night jokes coming at a blistering pace NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert, whose crude reference to Donald Trump angered some of the president's supporters this week, has lobbed zingers at him at the blistering pace of 3.37 a day during the chief executive's first 100 days in office. Trump is on pace to be the most joked-about president in late-night television in at least 25 years, the Center fo... Thu, 04 May 2017 20:12:00 GMT 2017-05-04T20:12:00Z Russia, Iran, Turkey sign on 'de-escalation zones' in Syria BEIRUT (AP) — Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed to establish "de-escalation zones" in Syria, signing on to a Russian plan under which President Bashar Assad's air force would halt flights over designated areas across the war-torn country. The agreement, which a Russian delegate said would go into effect on Saturday, is the latest attempt to reduce violence i... Thu, 04 May 2017 18:42:00 GMT 2017-05-04T18:42:00Z Russia, Turkey agree to support safe-zones in Syria BEIRUT (AP) — The presidents of Russia and Turkey said on Wednesday they support the creation of safe-zones in war-torn Syria as a delegation of Syrian rebels walked out of cease-fire talks with the Damascus government underway in Kazakhstan, citing repeated violations of a similar truce agreed on in December. Meeting in the Russian resort town of Sochi, ... Wed, 03 May 2017 21:25:00 GMT 2017-05-03T21:25:00Z The Latest: Syria 'fully backing' Russia safe zones proposal BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Syria's Foreign Ministry says Damascus is "fully backing" a Russian initiative to establish four areas of cease-fire in the war-torn country. The statement was carried by the state-run SANA news agency late on Wednesday. A Syrian rebel deleg... Wed, 03 May 2017 20:39:00 GMT 2017-05-03T20:39:00Z Clinton blames misogyny, FBI, Russia, herself for 2016 loss NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that she's taking responsibility for her 2016 election loss but believes misogyny, Russian interference and questionable decisions by the FBI influenced the outcome. The former Democratic presidential nominee offered extensive comments about the election during the Women for Women International's annual lunc... Wed, 03 May 2017 04:31:00 GMT 2017-05-03T04:31:00Z What on earth might a Trump-Kim Jong Un meeting look like? BANGKOK (AP) — In one corner: the unpredictable dictator, the third-generation family ruler whose nation has a seven-decade reputation of being erratic, quick to take umbrage and insistent that it is powerful enough to upend the planet. In the other corner: a sandpaper-tongued American president like no other, barely past his first 100 days as leader of the free world, liabl... Wed, 03 May 2017 01:21:00 GMT 2017-05-03T01:21:00Z What on Earth might a Trump-Kim Jong Un meeting look like? BANGKOK (AP) — In one corner: the unpredictable dictator, the third-generation family ruler whose nation has a seven-decade reputation of being erratic, quick to take umbrage and insistent that it is powerful enough to upend the planet. In the other corner: a sandpaper-tongued American president like no other, barely past his first 100 days as leader of the free world, liabl... Tue, 02 May 2017 09:41:00 GMT 2017-05-02T09:41:00Z The Latest: Trump to speak with Putin by phone Tuesday WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 11:10 p.m. President Donald Trump wants legislative wins and is poised for one or two. But his recent comments on one bill raise questions about how closely he follows the details. His recent description of the health care bill suggested he was ... Tue, 02 May 2017 03:13:00 GMT 2017-05-02T03:13:00Z