Photo: Crew members aboard the VOS Raasay recover US and British Royal Navy ocean gliders taking part in the Unmanned Warrior exercise off the northwest coast of Scotland, October 8, 2016. A similar unmanned underwater vehicle was seized by the Chinese Navy in international waters off the coast of the Philippines on December 15. Navy photo by Cmdr. Santiago Carrizosa
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As we go to air, a manhunt is underway across Europe for the suspect in Monday’s truck attack on the Berlin Christmas market. German prosecutors have issued a warrant for Anis Amri, a 24 year old Tunisian man who was denied asylum in Germany and considered a security risk.
German news agencies are reporting that Amri has ties to an Iraqi recruiter for the Islamic State, which has claimed responsibility for the attack. Reporter Anton Troianovski, who is in Berlin for the Wall Street Journal, says the Amri was slated to be deported but that police didn't have enough evidence to arrest him.
China has returned the US naval drone it seized five days earlier in the open waters of the South China Sea -- and got a lashing by President-elect Trump on Twitter. Trump has already irked America's rival superpower by breaking protocol and speaking with Taiwan's President, challenging the "One China" rule, and talking about trade tariffs. Is the drone incident a test of an incoming administration bent on challenging China on trade, or a troubling sign of Chinese aggression in the South China Sea? Even some foreign policy experts skeptical of President Trump say it's high time Washington took a tougher stance with Beijing. So what does the incident tell us about the future of the US-China relationship with a Russia-friendly, unpredictable and confrontation-prone leader in the White House.
Next year will we all be getting our holiday packages delivered by drones flying out of driverless vans ?
Four delivery days left until Christmas and streets are jammed with brown UPS trucks. But by this time next year, will your friendly delivery person be replaced by a driverless car or a drone? Technology and new paradigms are shaking up the shipping industry and threatening to topple the dominance of the traditional giants, FedEx and UPS. Sarah Halzack, national retail reporter for the Washington Post, has been covering this story.
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Special: ‘Trump Baby’ flies over Big Ben… President Trump flies to Europe this week for meetings with NATO, the Queen and Russia’s President Putin. But the president won’t be the only Trump flying when he lands in the UK. An enormous, orange “Trump baby” balloon, complete with a diaper and cell phone is set to float just above the streets of London, for all to see. What else do British protestors have in store?
On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
Family migration and the politics of incivility Separating immigrant families at the border may be something new, but the US has never extended the “Good Neighbor Policy” to Central America. Clinton and Bush discouraged newcomers, and Obama was called, “Deporter in Chief.” We’ll provide context ignored in mainstream media coverage.
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