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Richard Heller: Why President Trump’s nemesis will be his own voters

THERE is a fine expression in American politics: you dance with the folks that brought you. It is a colourful way of saying that the first task of any elected official is to reward his or her own supporters. Lately, the colossal costs of American elections have turned their government into a vast repayment system for campaign donors and special interests.

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Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke says Donald Trump needs a greater understanding of Nato's strengths.

Alec Shelbrooke: Nato needs to be hard-headed in Donald Trump’s age of unknowns

THIS weekend the Defence & Security Committee of the Nato Assembly, on which I sit as a UK representative, will gather in Washington DC for a meeting set to coincide with the US presidential inauguration.


Peter Jay: Four years of Trump will not vanquish real America

THIRTY-SIX years ago, I stood with my children on Pennsylvania Avenue watching the presidential motorcade carry the newly sworn in Ronald Reagan back from Capitol Hill to the White House.

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Cartoon: Graeme Bandeira

Bernard Ingham: Calm down, Mr President, the world needs a leader

THOSE of us who are increasingly concerned about what kind of world we shall leave for our grandchildren will soon begin to find out. On Friday, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States and so far no one has a clue how he will handle his awesome responsibility.

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Arlene Foster, the First Minister of Northern Ireland, is at the centre of a constitutional crisis.

Jim McAuley: Political turmoil in Belfast could hit Brexit plans

WHEN a desperately fragile looking Martin McGuinness resigned as Deputy First Minister, it brought down the ruling executive in Northern Ireland and yet again immersed the province in political crisis.

The murder of batley & Spen MP jo Cox has highlighted the rise of  far-right extremists.

YP Comment: Extremism – and preventing the young radicals in Yorkshire

THE decade or so since the 7/7 suicide bombings in London saw counter-terrorism policies focus on those young Muslims groomed by radical Islamist clerics, and others, to hold violent views incompatible with Western values.

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Spending on social care should take precedence over foreign aid, says MP Philip Davies. Do you agree?

Philip Davies: Social care must take priority over foreign aid

WHEN it comes to international aid, there seems to be a particular rhetoric used to tarnish anyone who questions its use. It is spun as a simple argument; one is either for or against overseas aid. That it is an all-or-nothing matter. That is simply not the case.

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Cars drive past the reopened Christmas market in Berlin.

YP Letters: Irony of ruling on the battle against terror

From: Dick Lindley, Altofts, Normanton.

The scene in Milan where terror suspect Anis Amri was shot dead.

YP Comment: Terror torment haunts Merkel. Lorry massacre suspect shot dead

THE Western world finds itself in debt to the Italian police officers who shot dead the armed fugitive Anis Amri – the prime suspect over the Berlin lorry massacre – before the Tunisian-born jihadist could kill again.

The scene at the Christmas market in Berlin where a truck ploughed into revellers.

Bill Carmichael: Merkel reaps whirlwind of open borders following Christmas market atrocity

AT least 12 families in Germany face Christmas lunch on Sunday with empty places at the dining table as a result of the latest terror attack in Berlin.

A trail of devastation is left behind in Berlin, Germany, after a truck ran into a crowded Christmas market and killed several people.

YP Comment: Violent end to year of division. Carnage at Christmas market

ANGELA Merkel cut a forlorn figure as she updated the German people about the tragedy in Berlin when a truck ploughed into a crowded Christmas market with devastating consequences.

Floral tributes at the sport where a truck was driven into a Berlin Christmas Market in an act of terror.

Nick Baines: We must face horrors of Berlin and Ankara with hope – and not turn away

ANY pretence at optimism about the world must surely lie bleeding in the ruins of the Christmas market at the Breitscheidplatz in Berlin.

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An unnamed gunman gestures after shooting the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, at a photo gallery in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. A gunman opened fire on Russia's ambassador to Turkey at a photo exhibition on Monday. The Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman said he was hospitalized with a gunshot wound.

Ambassador shot dead in Turkey as lorry crashes into German market

Theresa May has said the shooting of the Russian ambassador to Turkey is “a matter of concern”.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon

Major Army shake-up involving Catterick announced

A MAJOR restructure of the Army has been announced that will see a number of regiments move from their current homes to create new, specialist units.

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A helicopter carrying British troops in the Basra area of Iraq fly on a mission in 2006. (PA).

Lord Dannatt - Why we need a bigger army

Former Army chief Lord Dannatt is in Leeds today where he will be talking about the challenges facing the British Army in a changing world. Chris Bond spoke to him.

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The immediate aftermath of the Sousse beach attack. Picture: Tunisia TV1

‘Real risk to security’ if inquests on Tunisia beach victims are held in public

The Government wants inquests into the deaths of 30 Britons killed in a terror attack in Tunisia to be kept partly private in the interests of national security.

Theresa May welcomes Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo to 10 Downing Street

Yorkshire troops sent to Poland to beef up Nato defences

THERESA May has confirmed plans to deploy British troops to Poland, as she and her counterpart Beata Szydlo agreed on the need to deter Russian aggression.

Soldiers from NATO countries attend an opening ceremony of a military exercise in Lithuania last year. (PA).

Bill Carmichael: Brussels spearheads new threat to Nato

Nato – the great military alliance between Western democracies that has kept the peace in Europe for 70 years – is under threat like never before.

lest we forget: Wooden poppies in memory of the fallen pictured at the War Memorial in Victoria Gardens, Leeds. (Picture James Hardisty).

Neil McNicholas: Undimmed power of grief amid the sound of silence

Last Friday (Armistice Day) and on Remembrance Sunday, many of us will have experienced immaculately observed two-minute silences in respectful memory of those who lost their lives in both world wars and other more recent conflicts.

How will the foreign policies of Barack Obama and Donald Trump differ?

Alon Ben-Meir: President-elect must learn how to manage crises

IF nothing else, the 2016 elections have once again reaffirmed America’s solid democratic system. Without any major incidents, tens of millions of Americans went to polling stations across the land, voted for the candidate of their choice, and readied themselves, as always, for the peaceful transfer of power.

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