International relations

Kissinger asks for patience despite Trump’s provoking ideas

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has described President-elect Donald Trump as being a personality that has “no precedent in modern American history,” but cautioned against judging him on his campaign rhetoric. The Nobel Peace laureate says that before “postulating an inevitable crisis,” the new administration should be given a chance to present its …

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McConnell cautions replacement to health law to take time

By BRUCE SCHREINER The next Congress will begin work immediately next year toward repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law but delay the changes as Republicans try to come up with an alternative, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday. The Kentucky Republican insisted that some 20 million Americans who have health care through the …

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Trump speaks directly with Taiwan’s leader, irking China

By GILLIAN WONG and JOHNSON LAI In a break with decadeslong diplomatic tradition, President-elect Donald Trump spoke directly with the president of Taiwan, a move that drew an irritated response from China and looked set to cast uncertainty over U.S. policy toward Asia. It is perhaps unprecedented for a U.S. president or president-elect to speak …

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Trump taps Price to lead HHS, plans 2nd meeting with Romney

By STEVE PEOPLES and CATHERINE LUCEY President-elect Donald Trump made two Cabinet selections on Tuesday, choosing fierce Obamacare critic Georgia Rep. Tom Price to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, and Elaine Chao, who served in the Cabinet of George W. Bush, to serve as the secretary of the Department of Transportation. Trump …

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Fidel Castro, who defied US for 50 years, dies at 90 in Cuba

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and PETER ORSI Fidel Castro, who led his bearded rebels to victorious revolution in 1959, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half-century of rule in Cuba, has died at age 90. With a shaking voice, President Raul Castro said on state television that his older …

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