US President reverses on NATO, China, Russia, Syria

US President reverses on NATO, China, Russia, Syria

Within a few hours of extraordinary political shape-shifting, Trump abandoned stances that were at the bedrock of his establishment-bashing campaign. NATO, he said, is “no longer obsolete.” And he backed down a threat to brand China a currency manipulator. That position, sure to antagonize Russia, came as the President adopted the most skeptical view he has yet displayed on the possibility of improving relations with the Kremlin, a position he once advanced as a candidate and that flew in the face of geopolitical realities and universal elite opinion in Washington….

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Regional Victoria prepares bid for 2030 Commonwealth Games

Regional Victoria prepares bid for 2030 Commonwealth Games

Posted April 13, 2017 08:46:27 Eleven regional Victorian towns, including Shepparton, Geelong and Ballarat, have come together to launch a campaign to host the Commonwealth Games in 2030. The City of Greater Shepparton is leading a taskforce to put the case to the Victorian Government for a feasibility study on staging the events in the Greater Shepparton region, Wodonga, Bendigo, Ballarat, Warrnambool, and Traralgon. The group said it had already approached the Victorian Premier and Sports Minister, as well as their federal counterparts. They have also asked to meet with…

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Melania Trump wins damages from Daily Mail over false escort claims

Melania Trump wins damages from Daily Mail over false escort claims

Updated April 12, 2017 23:08:59 The Daily Mail has apologised and agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to US first lady Melania Trump after it published an article saying she offered “services beyond simply modelling” in her former job. US President Donald Trump’s wife, 46, had sued the publisher of the Daily Mail in Britain and also filed a $US150 million ($200 million) lawsuit against it in New York, claiming the article had cost her millions of dollars in potential business. The article, which ran in the newspaper under the…

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Trump on Assad: 'That's a butcher'

Trump on Assad: 'That's a butcher'

Story highlights “That’s a butcher. That’s a butcher,” Trump said of Assad He was at a news conference with the head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization “That’s a butcher. That’s a butcher,” Trump said of Assad. “So I felt we had to do something about it.” The stark language is the most blunt terms Trump has used to describe the Syrian president who is accused of war crimes in an attempt to hold onto power during a prolonged civil war. Trump, in the past, has called Assad “evil” and…

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