MOSCOW -- As two of the world's biggest oil producers, Russia and Saudi Arabia working together have the potential to dominate the globe's petroleum markets. So far, that hasn't happened, as seemingly irreconcilable differences and particularly US-Saudi relations have kept them apart.
But all the smiles and deal-making last month between Vladimir Putin and Mohammed bin Salman, the youthful and ambitious Saudi deputy crown prince and defense minister, has some claiming that the two energy giants, driven together by geopolitical crisis, may bet set for a much closer relationship.
With almost all the ballots counted, results from the Greek referendum show voters decisively rejecting the terms of an international bailout. Figures published by the interior ministry showed nearly 62% of those whose ballots had been counted voting No, against 38% voting Yes. Greece's governing Syriza party had campaigned for a "No", saying the bailout terms were humiliating. Greece had been locked in negotiations with its creditors for months when the Greek government unexpectedly called a referendum on the terms it was being offered. Banks have been shut and capital controls in place since last Monday. read more
The press was roped down by aides today at Hillary Clinton event in New Hampshire. Photos of the press corps following Clinton at a July 4 parade were shared today on Twitter and Snapchat.
When Americans fire up their grills on Independence Day, they'll dump up to 882 million pounds of carbon pollution into the atmosphere -- the equivalent of burning 2,145 railcars of coal. And that doesn't even include the carbon burned just by driving to July 4 celebrations or the pollution that leeches from fireworks displays.
While it's unlikely those stats will convince most Americans to skip the summer cookouts and fireworks, there is a less socially obtrusive way to be more environmentally responsible on the Fourth of July: Avoid the traditional barbecue fare.
The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt.
Some of America's closest allies say President Barack Obama and other Western leaders, including David Cameron, are failing to show strategic leadership over the world's gravest security crisis for decades.
They now say they are willing to "go it alone" in supplying heavy weapons to the Kurds, even if means defying the Iraqi authorities and their American backers, who demand all weapons be channelled through Baghdad.