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August 15, 2018 2:43 PM South Korea’s president wants transportation links with North as first step toward economic integration

That in turn could pave the way for an East Asian Railroad Community, encompassing six Northeast Asian countries and the United States, he said. Although he did not specify the countries, it is likely to mean both Koreas, China, Russia, Japan and Mongolia. “The Community will expand the horizon of the Korean economy to the northern part of the continent 5

August 14, 2018 9:03 PM Canadians give Ottawa mixed reviews for its handling of Saudi Arabia spat

OTTAWA — Canadians are giving the federal government mixed reviews for its handling of the diplomatic dispute with Saudi Arabia, a new poll shows. A poll done by Forum Research shows that 44 per cent say they approve Ottawa’s response to the surprise tiff, with almost one-quarter saying they strongly approve. But almost one-third of those surveyed (30 per cent) 7

August 13, 2018 2:54 AM U.S. Pentagon chief defends his reversal on Space Force

BRASILIA, BRAZIL—U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday he is satisfied that creating a Space Force as a separate military service is the right way to reorganize the Pentagon’s approach to space. Mattis, who last year opposed moves in U.S. Congress to create a separate space service, said his emphasis then was on establishing a consensus about 10

August 12, 2018 6:12 PM Omarosa releases recording purportedly made in White House Situation Room

WASHINGTON—Omarosa Manigault Newman, the fired White House aide seeking publicity for her new memoir about her time in the Trump administration, said in an interview Sunday that the way Chief of Staff John F. Kelly dismissed her involved a “threat” and played an audio recording of Kelly that she said she made in the Situation Room. The recording was played 9

August 9, 2018 5:10 PM Pence outlines plans to have new U.S. Space Force by 2020

WASHINGTON—Faced with growing competition and threats from Russia and China, the White House on Thursday said it will create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military service by 2020. U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence told a Pentagon audience that the plan fulfils U.S. President Donald Trump’s vow to ensure America’s dominance in space — a domain 11

August 9, 2018 12:00 PM Trump obliterates his dishonesty record: 132 false claims last week, 280 for July

The U.S. president made 132 false claims last week, 19 per day, almost five times his average. That shatters his previous record of 103 false claims in a week, which he set in June. Trump might have been expected to set a new record. He has grown steadily more dishonest over the course of his term, and he held three campaign rallies last week, the type of event 10

August 4, 2018 1:05 PM Trump may want a ‘Space Force’ but the Pentagon has a different idea

Trump’s focus has generated an unusual level of talk about space, but with little clarity. “At the moment, there is no concrete proposal on the table for what a Space Force will look like or what it will do,” said Brian Weeden, an Air Force veteran who is director of program planning at the Secure World Foundation, which promotes peaceful uses of outer 11

August 4, 2018 11:00 AM Famous legal defender Alan Dershowitz is back in the headlines at almost 80

Sample snark: “I had no idea that ‘McCarthyism’ meant not wanting to meet Alan Dershowitz for a glass of Crémant Rosé on Martha’s Vineyard. My sympathies.” Alas, speaking of Martha’s Vineyard, Dershowitz’s own dinner parties there in the past have — as he once shared with New York magazine — included guests ranging from Yo Yo Ma to Larry David to … Harvey 16

August 3, 2018 3:58 PM Canada overcomes Trump’s metal tariffs with record exports

Exports rose 4.1 per cent to $50.7 billion, with energy shipments up 7.1 per cent to the highest since 2014 and aircraft sales jumping by almost 45 per cent. The return of several Canadian refineries to production after shutdowns also played a role in the 0.2 per cent decline in imports as demand for foreign gasoline tumbled. “Canadian trade was a large 15

July 31, 2018 5:54 PM John Kelly says he’ll stay at Trump’s request

“Congratulations to General John Kelly. Today we celebrate his first full year as @WhiteHouse Chief of Staff!” Trump wrote. Speculation about Kelly’s exit hit a fever pitch about a month ago, with Trump openly weighing possible replacements. At the time, Kelly made clear to confidants that he had no plans to leave, though he had also told people close 12