• As Britain steps aside, EU states to negotiate joint defense fund

    EU states aim to pool public money into a fund to help pay for joint military projects, a senior EU official said on Thursday, in potentially one of the most significant steps to underpin an emerging European defense union. The fund would form part of Franco-German efforts to develop a more integrated European defense to respond to threats on Europe’s […]

    As Britain steps aside, EU states to negotiate joint defense fund
  • U.S. academic groups oppose Trump’s visa-vetting plans

    Dozens of American academic groups have taken a stance against a Trump administration proposal to toughen scrutiny of some U.S. visa applicants, saying it will have a chilling effect on international students studying in the United States. The U.S. State Department has proposed requiring about 65,000 visa applicants per year who consular officers believe warrant enhanced screening to provide all […]

    U.S. academic groups oppose Trump’s visa-vetting plans
  • Brazil’s Temer refuses to resign in face of investigation

    Brazil’s President Michel Temer on Thursday defiantly said he would not resign from office despite a Supreme Court decision authorizing an investigation into allegations he condoned bribery of a potential witness in a major corruption probe. In a terse five-minute speech broadcast nationwide, Temer said he had done nothing wrong, that his presidency was helping turn around Brazil’s stalled economy […]

    Brazil’s Temer refuses to resign in face of investigation
  • Chinese jets intercept U.S. radiation-sniffing plane, U.S. says

    Two Chinese SU-30 aircraft carried out what the U.S. military described on Thursday as an “unprofessional” intercept of a U.S. aircraft designed to detect radiation while it was flying in international airspace over the East China Sea. “The issue is being addressed with China through appropriate diplomatic and military channels,” said Air Force spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Lori Hodge. Hodge said […]

    Chinese jets intercept U.S. radiation-sniffing plane, U.S. says
  • US admiral: North Korea’s actions ‘recipe for disaster’

    The top American military officer in the Pacific said Wednesday that North Korea’s recent military actions are “a recipe for a disaster” and warned against a sense of complacency in the face of increasing tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Adm. Harry Harris Jr. made the remarks at a lecture for a Tokyo think tank after meeting with Japanese leaders that […]

    US admiral: North Korea’s actions ‘recipe for disaster’
  • If Britain limited EU immigration, this would have its price: Merkel

    Britain would have to pay a price if it put limits on the free movement of European Union citizens after its departure from the bloc, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told trade unionists on Wednesday. “If the British government ends the free movement of people, that will have its price,” she said at a G20 trade union event in Berlin. “That’s […]

    If Britain limited EU immigration, this would have its price: Merkel
  • France’s Macron mixes political shades in ministerial appointments

    Newly inaugurated centrist French president Emmanuel Macron chose his government on Wednesday, appointing a mix of political hues to the top jobs as part of his promise to bridge the right-left divide. Having already made conservative Edouard Philippe, a member of The Republicans (LR) party, his prime minister earlier in the week, Macron picked Bruno Le Maire a pro-European, German-speaking […]

    France’s Macron mixes political shades in ministerial appointments
  • Iran leader denounces ‘unworthy’ election rhetoric in veiled swipe at Rouhani

    Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denounced the heated rhetoric of Iran’s presidential election campaign on Wednesday as “unworthy”, a thinly-veiled rebuke of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani’s attacks on his main conservative challenger. The withdrawal of other conservative candidates has turned Friday’s election into an unexpectedly tight two-horse race between Rouhani, 68, and hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi, a 56-year-old protege of […]

    Iran leader denounces ‘unworthy’ election rhetoric in veiled swipe at Rouhani
  • EU offers ‘fairness’ to Britain in Brexit talks

    European Council President Donald Tusk, who will oversee the negotiations that will take Britain out of the EU, said on Wednesday he wanted other member states to be fair towards London, while retaining their unity. “What was and remains most important for me, is that our conduct in these talks will show the European Union at its best: in terms […]

    EU offers ‘fairness’ to Britain in Brexit talks
  • More than half of world’s deaths still have no recorded cause: WHO

    More than half of all deaths have no recorded cause, making effective health monitoring and policymaking far more difficult, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. However, improved collection of statistics meant that 27 million of the world’s 56 million estimated deaths in 2015 were registered with a cause compared with only about a third in 2005, the U.N. […]

    More than half of world’s deaths still have no recorded cause: WHO

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Chelsea Manning shares first picture of herself since release

Chelsea Manning shares first picture of herself since release

May 19, 2017 at 7:23 am

Chelsea Manning, the transgender U.S. Army soldier responsible for a massive leak of classified material, shared a photo of herself for the first time since she was released...

Africa »

Niger opposition leader to be tried on incitement and sedition charges

Niger opposition leader to be tried on incitement and sedition charges

May 19, 2017 at 7:30 am

A Niger opposition leader is to go on trial on Tuesday on charges of incitement to violence and sedition, his lawyer said, in a case that critics say highlights growing repression...

Asia »

China-Hong Kong bridge to unity, or tentacle of Beijing control?

China-Hong Kong bridge to unity, or tentacle of Beijing control?

May 19, 2017 at 7:01 am

As a 30-km (19-mile) bridge between Hong Kong and China across the Pearl River estuary nears completion, Chinese officials are hoping it will bring more than economic integration...

Economy »

Deutsche Bank chairman: Strong European capital market needed post-Brexit

Deutsche Bank chairman: Strong European capital market needed post-Brexit

May 17, 2017 at 6:16 pm

Europe needs a strong capital market to maintain independence from the United States and in light of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, the chairman of...

Europe »

Macron heads to Mali to reaffirm French commitment to battle jihadists

Macron heads to Mali to reaffirm French commitment to battle jihadists

May 19, 2017 at 7:48 am

President Emmanuel Macron undertakes his first trip as commander-in-chief on Friday when he meets troops fighting Islamist militants in Mali where the security situation...

Middle East »

Young or old, Saudi women live under male relatives’ control

Young or old, Saudi women live under male relatives’ control

May 19, 2017 at 7:57 am

First she’s in the hands of her father, then she moves to her husband. Often, she ends up under the power of her son. From childhood through adulthood into old age,...

UK »

UK may still pay to access specific EU programmes but vast contributions will end – PM May

UK may still pay to access specific EU programmes but vast contributions will end – PM May

May 19, 2017 at 8:07 am

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday that the days of Britain making vast annual contributions to the European Union will end, but there may be some specific...

Energy »

Iraq in favour of extending any OPEC-led oil output cut – PM Abadi

Iraq in favour of extending any OPEC-led oil output cut – PM Abadi

May 17, 2017 at 5:57 pm

Iraq is committed to reducing oil production to decrease a glut in the global market, and will support extending output cuts in line with any OPEC decision, Prime Minister...

Entertainment »

Miss America Organization tabs new president, CFO

Miss America Organization tabs new president, CFO

May 17, 2017 at 4:57 pm

The Miss America Organization on Wednesday promoted two executives to top roles in the group that stages the iconic pageant each year in Atlantic City. Josh Randle was...

Technology »

Google poised to roll out arsenal of services, gadgets

Google poised to roll out arsenal of services, gadgets

May 17, 2017 at 5:08 pm

Google is about to provide the latest peek at its digital services and gadgets as it seeks to become an even more influential force in people’s lives. The overview...

Video »

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addresses parliament

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addresses parliament

April 25, 2016 at 7:58 pm

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani attends a joint session of the both Houses of Afghan Parliament in Kabul, Afghanistan on April 25, 2016. Afghan...

Sport »

Chelsea want to ‘win everything’ next season, says Kante

Chelsea want to ‘win everything’ next season, says Kante

May 19, 2017 at 7:46 am

Premier League champions Chelsea will challenge for all four major trophies next season, midfielder N’Golo Kante said after picking up the Football Writers’ Association...

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UK may still pay to access specific EU programmes but vast contributions will end – PM May

UK may still pay to access specific EU programmes but vast contributions will end – PM May

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday that the days of Britain making vast annual contributions to the European Union will end, but there may be some specific EU programmes in which Britain would want to participate after Brexit. In a list of policy pledges ahead of a June 8 election, May said it might be necessary for Britain […]

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Scotland should not hold independence referendum until Brexit has played out: May

Scotland should not hold independence referendum until Brexit has played out: May

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday that now was not the time for another Scottish independence referendum and one should not take place until the Brexit process has played out. In a list of policy pledges ahead of a June 8 election, May said a new referendum on Scottish independence should not take place without public consent for […]

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Young or old, Saudi women live under male relatives’ control

Young or old, Saudi women live under male relatives’ control

First she’s in the hands of her father, then she moves to her husband. Often, she ends up under the power of her son. From childhood through adulthood into old age, every Saudi woman passes from the control of one legal guardian to another, a male relative whose decisions or whims can determine the course of her life. Under Saudi […]

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Conservatives set to outspend Labour in election battle

Conservatives set to outspend Labour in election battle

Britain’s ruling Conservatives are expected to outspend the opposition Labour Party on campaigning for next month’s election, with many of their traditional business backers opting to stick with them despite concerns over Brexit. The Conservatives already have a strong lead in opinion polls, but targeting money at areas they think they can win from Labour could help them achieve their […]

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Macron heads to Mali to reaffirm French commitment to battle jihadists

Macron heads to Mali to reaffirm French commitment to battle jihadists

President Emmanuel Macron undertakes his first trip as commander-in-chief on Friday when he meets troops fighting Islamist militants in Mali where the security situation has worsened despite French intervention more than four years ago. The Sahel, a politically fragile area whose remote desert spaces spanning from Mauritania in the west to Sudan in the east host a medley of jihadist […]

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Chelsea want to ‘win everything’ next season, says Kante

Chelsea want to ‘win everything’ next season, says Kante

Premier League champions Chelsea will challenge for all four major trophies next season, midfielder N’Golo Kante said after picking up the Football Writers’ Association (FWA) Player of the Year award. Chelsea sealed the title with a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion last Friday and can add to their Premier League glory when they play the FA Cup final against […]

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Indian migrant worker dies after leaving Qatar World Cup venue

Indian migrant worker dies after leaving Qatar World Cup venue

An Indian man working on a Qatar World Cup stadium where rights groups say labor abuses have occurred, died of a heart attack this month in an incident the tournament’s organizers said on Thursday was not due to his working conditions. Carpenter Jagdesh Kumar, 54, fell unconscious on May 4 about half an hour after leaving Doha’s Khalifa International Stadium, […]

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Niger opposition leader to be tried on incitement and sedition charges

Niger opposition leader to be tried on incitement and sedition charges

A Niger opposition leader is to go on trial on Tuesday on charges of incitement to violence and sedition, his lawyer said, in a case that critics say highlights growing repression under President Mahamadou Issoufou’s government. Amadou Djibo, leader of the Front for the Restoration of Democracy and the Defence of Democracy (FRDDR), could be sentenced to between 10 and […]

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Thousands rally in north Morocco protest march

Thousands rally in north Morocco protest march

Thousands of Moroccans marched in a northern town to protest against injustice and corruption on Thursday, seven months after a fishmonger was crushed inside a garbage truck there while trying to retrieve fish confiscated by the police. Waving banners proclaiming “Are you a government or a gang?” and local protest flags, the march made its way peacefully through the centre […]

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Chelsea Manning shares first picture of herself since release

Chelsea Manning shares first picture of herself since release

Chelsea Manning, the transgender U.S. Army soldier responsible for a massive leak of classified material, shared a photo of herself for the first time since she was released from prison. The portrait, which Manning shared on her Twitter and Instagram accounts @xychelsea87, shows the 29-year old in a short-cropped hair wearing red lipstick and a dark deep-V-neck sweater. She included […]

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