Putin critic Navalny barred from Russian presidential election

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was barred on Monday from running in next year's presidential election after officials ruled he was ineligible to take part due to a suspended prison sentence he says was trumped up. The decision by the central election commission was widely expected as election officials had repeatedly declared Navalny would be … Continue reading Putin critic Navalny barred from Russian presidential election

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China halts oil product exports to North Korea in November as sanctions bite

China exported no oil products to North Korea in November, Chinese customs data showed, apparently going above and beyond sanctions imposed earlier this year by the United Nations in a bid to limit petroleum shipments to the isolated country. Tensions have flared anew over North Korea's ongoing nuclear and missile programs, pursued in defiance of … Continue reading China halts oil product exports to North Korea in November as sanctions bite

Trump predicts GOP and Democrats will agree on health care plan

President Donald Trump is predicting that Democrats and Republicans will "eventually come together "on a new health care plan for the country. Sending a Twitter post early Tuesday from his Florida resort, Trump said "the very unfair and unpopular Individual Mandate has been terminated as part of our Tax Cut Bill, which essentially Repeals (over … Continue reading Trump predicts GOP and Democrats will agree on health care plan