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  • European Union Jan 7

    May Urges UK Lawmakers: Give Me More Time to Get Brexit Deal

    With Brexit just 47 days away, the British government asked lawmakers on Sunday to give Prime Minister Theresa May more time to rework her divorce deal with the European Union. Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said Parliament would get to pass judgment on May’s Brexit plan “no later than Feb. 27.” The promise is a bid to avert a showdown on...

  • European Union Dec 9, 2019

    May Urges UK Lawmakers: Give Me More Time to Get Brexit Deal

    With Brexit just 47 days away, the British government asked lawmakers on Sunday to give Prime Minister Theresa May more time to rework her divorce deal with the European Union. Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said Parliament would get to pass judgment on May’s Brexit plan “no later than Feb. 27.” The promise is a bid to avert a showdown on...

  • Department of State Nov 27, 2019

    US Criticizes China for Abuses Against Minorities Revealed by Leaked Cables

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that a cache of leaked documents proves that Chinese authorities are engaged in massive and systemic repression of Muslims and other minorities in western China, as a number of foreign governments expressed serious concern about the scale of the campaign. Pompeo said the documents underscored “an overwhelming and growing body of evidence” that...

  • leader Nov 14, 2019

    Israel Resumes Strikes on Gaza After Rocket Fire

    Israel says it has resumed strikes on targets linked to the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza after it fired a number of rockets into Israel. The announcement by the Israeli military early Friday indicated that an unofficial cease-fire declared nearly 24 hours earlier was breaking down.

  • Associated Press Nov 12, 2019

    Evo Morales Flees Crisis-Torn Bolivia After Deadly Clashes

    Bolivia faced its worst unrest in decades amid a political vacuum Tuesday, while Evo Morales, who transformed the Andean nation as its first indigenous president, fled the country following weeks of violent protests. Morales flew out on a Mexican government plane late Monday hours after being granted asylum as his supporters and foes fought on the streets of the capital...

  • Israel Nov 7, 2019

    UN Votes Overwhelmingly to Condemn US Embargo on Cuba

    The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Thursday to condemn the American economic embargo of Cuba for the 28th year, rejecting U.S. criticism of human rights violations there and criticizing the Trump administration’s increasingly tough enforcement measures. The vote in the 193-member world body was 187-3 with the U.S., Israel and Brazil voting “no,” and Colombia and Ukraine abstaining. Last year,...

  • Associated Press Nov 2, 2019

    UK Police Say Truck Victims From Vietnam; 3 Suspects Held

    All 39 people found dead in a refrigerated container truck in England last week were Vietnamese nationals, British police said, as three more people were arrested in Ireland and Vietnam in the sprawling international investigation into what appears to be a people-smuggling tragedy. British detectives initially said the victims discovered near the southeast port of Purfleet on Oct. 23 were...

  • Syria Oct 21, 2019

    ’Trump Betrayed Us’: Residents of Northeast Syria City Pelt Departing US Troops

    Angry over the U.S. withdrawal, residents of a Kurdish-dominated Syrian city hurled potatoes at departing American military vehicles as they drove by on Monday. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the U.S. is considering leaving some troops in eastern Syria to protect Kurdish-held oil fields for at least the coming weeks and he was discussing options to keep them there. “Like...

  • Donald Trump Oct 22, 2019

    Syrian Kurds Pelt Withdrawing US Troops With Potatoes

    Residents of a Kurdish-dominated Syrian city have pelted U.S. troops with potatoes as they drove through, apparently on their way out from Syria. Angry Qamishli residents hurled potatoes, shouting “No America” and “America liar,” in English.

  • Donald Trump Oct 17, 2019

    Syrian Forces Enter Key Border Town, Blocking Turkish Plans

    Syrian forces on Wednesday night rolled into the strategic border town of Kobani, blocking one path for the Turkish military to establish a “safe zone” free of Syrian Kurdish fighters along the frontier as part of its week-old offensive. The seizure of Kobani by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad also pointed to a dramatic shift in northeastern Syria:...

  • Donald Trump Oct 11, 2019

    Turkish Forces Advance in Syria as US Troops Come Under Fire

    Turkish forces faced fierce resistance from U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters on the third day of Ankara’s offensive in northern Syria, as casualties mounted, international criticism of the campaign intensified and estimates put the number of those who fled the violence at 100,000. In a complicating twist, Washington said its troops also came under fire from NATO ally Turkey.

  • Associated Press Oct 7, 2019

    Trump Defends Decision to Abandon Kurdish Allies in Syria

    President Donald Trump on Monday cast his decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria as fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from “endless war” in the Middle East, even as Republican critics and others said he was sacrificing a U.S. ally and undermining American credibility. Trump declared U.S. troops would step aside for an expected Turkish attack on the Kurds,...

  • Associated Press Oct 7, 2019

    Trump Defends Decision to Pull U.S. Forces From Syria

    President Donald Trump defended his decision to pull U.S. forces from Northern Syria.

  • United Kingdom Oct 7, 2019

    EU Demands UK Face Brexit ‘Realism;’ Johnson Scrambles

    Britain and the European Union appeared to be poles apart Monday on a potential Brexit deal, with the Dutch government urging the British government to offer “more realism and clarity,” and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisting that the bloc must soften its stance. Last week the British government sent the EU what it called a “reasonable compromise” that will...

  • energy Oct 5, 2019

    Pompeo Blasts Ukraine Critics for ‘Silly Gotcha Game’

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday defended the Trump administration’s approach to Ukraine, which is driving an impeachment inquiry in Congress, and called it typical of the transactional way countries deal with one another. Pompeo said the focus from the media and commentators on President Donald Trump and Ukraine is “wrong” because it doesn’t “impact real people’s lives.”...

  • energy Oct 5, 2019

    Security Forces Kill More Than 80 in 5 Days of Iraq Protests

    Iraqi protesters pressed on with angry anti-government rallies in the capital and across several provinces for a fifth day Saturday, setting government offices on fire and ignoring appeals for calm from political and religious leaders. Security agencies fatally shot 19 protesters and wounded more than three dozen in a sustained deadly response that has claimed more than 80 lives since...

  • energy Oct 2, 2019

    Pompeo Admits to Being on Ukraine Phone Call With Trump

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo admitted to being a participant of a call at the center of an impeachment probe into President Donald Trump. A whistleblower alleged that Trump tried to use his office for political gain during a call with newly elected Ukrianian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

  • Donald Trump Sep 29, 2019

    Dark Skies: UN Meeting Reveals a World in a Really Bad Mood

    The planet is heating. Island nations are slipping away. A Pakistan-India nuclear war could be a “bloodbath.” Governments aren’t working together like they used to. Polarization is tearing us apart. Killing. Migration. Poverty. Corruption. Inequality. Sovereignty violations. Helplessness. Hopelessness. “The problems of our times are extraordinary,” Ibraham Mohamed Solih, president of the Maldives, an Indian Ocean island nation threatened by...

  • Donald Trump Sep 28, 2019

    Syria Demands Withdrawal of All American, Turkish Forces

    Syria’s top diplomat on Saturday demanded the immediate withdrawal of American and Turkish forces from the country and said his government reserves the right to defend its territory in any way necessary if they remain. Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem’s remarks to the United Nations General Assembly were made as Turkey and the United States press ahead with a deal to...

  • JUDGE Sep 17, 2019

    Migrants Say They Face Danger Before Court in Texas Tents

    Abel Oset was seized with panic. After an 11-country odyssey that began when he and his namesake son fled Cuba, and a brief moment on U.S. soil, he was crossing back into America. But he wasn’t sure he’d be able to stay. The two were going to plead their case in a court set up inside a tent in Laredo,...

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