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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has become Japan’s longest-serving leader in modern historyPosted 31 minutes ago
US military drone strike kills senior al-Shabab official with ‘direct ties’ to al-QaidaPosted 37 minutes ago
Israel faces likely third election amid standoff between Prime Minister Netanyahu, chief challenger GantzPosted 40 minutes ago
US aircraft carrier ordered by White House to Mideast amid tensions with Iran transits Strait of HormuzPosted about 1 hour ago
The Latest: Syrian state media say 2 civilians killed, others wounded in series of Israeli airstrikes near DamascusPosted 1 hours ago
After three youths died of the flu last year, doctors to give free vaccinations to migrants — but Border Patrol has so far refused.Posted 11 hours ago
Gordon Sondland could be the Democrats' star impeachment witness, but he has already changed his testimony before lawmakers, giving him a potentially serious credibility problem.Posted 13 hours ago
The studio T-Series has overcome powerful rivals, legal challenges, gangsters and tragedy on its way to dominating the world's biggest video-sharing site.Posted 20 hours ago
Trump blamed the disaster of Somalia on Yovanovtch. He couldn't have been more ignorant.Posted 6:01pm - 18 Nov 2019
Here are the stories you shouldn't miss today: TOP STORIES How to Address Homelessness in L.A.?Posted 1:00pm - 18 Nov 2019
Bahraini activist claims diplomatic staff tried to push him off the roof then tried to kill him inside the embassy.Posted 25 minutes ago
High temperatures trigger warning of 'catastrophic' fires in South Australia as utility cuts power to reduce fire risk.Posted about 1 hour ago
More than 300 people have been killed since protests erupted in Iraq last month.Posted about 1 hour ago
About 100 people said to be holed up in Polytechnic University, as primary and secondary schools reopen after closure.Posted 2 hours ago
Panel of judges will decide on Wednesday whether opposition leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit broke election laws.Posted 3 hours ago
The man, detained in August, says he was blindfolded and beaten for his part in Hong Kong's protests.Posted 1 hours ago
A heatwave brings "catastrophic" danger to South Australia as massive blazes ravage the east coast.Posted 2 hours ago
Edward Gallagher was acquitted of war crimes and was pardoned by Donald Trump last week.Posted 2 hours ago
The campus siege has been one of the most dramatic confrontations in the wider protest movement.Posted 2 hours ago
A 29-year-old woman is found dead from dog bites after a hunt by hounds in northern France.Posted 5 hours ago
Post-debate polling has shown viewers saw the debate as a close tussle.Posted 27 minutes ago
The attacks followed rocket fire on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights the day before.Posted 37 minutes ago
The royal’s entrepreneurial initiative has also lost support from financial backers in Britain.Posted about 1 hour ago
Researchers looked at three drugs available on the NHS.Posted 7 hours ago
The technology alerts doctors of changes in patients to allow them to act quicker.Posted 7 hours ago
In an unusually bold satirical take in the wake of a drastic fuel price hike in Iran, Ali Zia, a prominent young state TV moderator, mocked the authorities’ hypocrisy when they talk about average Iranians’ high cost of living: “Our authorities…compar[e] our taxi fare with that of New York, the price of gasoline with that…Posted 8 hours ago
Protests erupted in more than 100 Iranian cities over the weekend, sparked by the government’s decision to triple gasoline prices in a bid to fill a budget deficit. Demonstrators blocked traffic on major highways, burned posters of Iranian leaders in effigy, and attacked banks, government buildings, and symbols of the revolutionary system. The regime responded…Posted 15 hours ago
Not for the first time since civil war broke out in 2011, U.S. policy towards Syria is in shambles. Last year, President Trump promised to pull out the 2,000 or so U.S. forces who were present in the country's northeast after the territorial defeat of the ISIS caliphate — only to reconsider after then-Secretary of…Posted 8:43pm - 18 Nov 2019
In 1973, amid mounting social tensions, property seizures by Marxist-led parties, strikes by conservative transportation unions, and massive street demonstrations by both the political right and left, Chilean politicians failed to reach across the aisle to stabilize democratic institutions. The armed forces intervened; the then-President Salvador Allende committed suicide; and a brutal military dictatorship led…Posted 8:21pm - 18 Nov 2019
We are likely witnessing the end of Hong Kong as we know it. What began as a refugee society after the end of World War II and the civil war victory of the Chinese Communist Party, transformed itself into an international financial center and a prosperous, middle-class metropolis by the 1990s. Hong Kong was also…Posted 7:56pm - 18 Nov 2019
The Israeli military said it struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria in Wednesday, carrying out a "wide-scale" strike in response to rocket fire on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights the day before.Posted about 1 hour ago
The last band of anti-government protesters trapped inside a besieged Hong Kong university were weighing a narrowing range of options early on Wednesday as police outside appeared ready to simply wait them out.Posted 2 hours ago
There were attacks on the credibility of a witness in uniform and hand-wringing by another witness on all that he knows now that he says he didn't know then. Here are some key takeaway's from Tuesday's testimony.Posted 6 hours ago
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn squared off Tuesday in the first live televised debate of the U.K.'s election, each trying to spark a lackluster campaign to life.Posted 6 hours ago
The Taliban on Tuesday freed an American and an Australian held hostage since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures — a move that the insurgent group asserted could help rekindle talks to end Afghanistan's 18-year war.Posted 10 hours ago
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the Trump administration is taking another bold step by reversing the Obama administration's policy on Israeli settlements.Posted 17 hours ago
Despite a ceasefire, Turkish drones continue to target civilians and aid workers, killing dozens in the past few weeks.Posted 8:55pm - 18 Nov 2019
Despite a ceasefire, Turkish drones continue to target civilians and aid workers, killing dozens in the past few weeks.Posted 8:55pm - 18 Nov 2019
The hardline Islamic regime of Iran is facing widespread protests from its own people, and it's cracking down in return. So far, the US has clearly stood with the protestors but stopped short of calling for regime change.Posted 7:46pm - 18 Nov 2019
For days, protesters had barricaded a campus to keep police from getting in. Now, cornered by authorities, they're trying to get out.Posted 2:42pm - 18 Nov 2019
The second week of the House impeachment hearings is underway. The public will hear from Gordon Sondland, who has been in direct contact with the president. "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan and Major Garrett join the "CBS Evening News" to explain what we can expect.Posted 7 hours ago
The third round of impeachment hearings got underway on Tuesday. Two witnesses were alarmed by the president's July call with the leader of Ukraine, calling it "improper" and "unusual." Nancy Cordes has the latest.Posted 7 hours ago
Australia's bushfire season has claimed at least six lives and destroyed hundreds of homes. One woman risked her own life to rush into the flames to save a koala.Posted 9 hours ago
At least six people have died and hundreds of homes have been destroyed by bushfires.Posted 9 hours ago
Bana al Abed, the 10-year-old Syrian girl who wrote "Dear World," speaks about war and education at the Women Political Leaders Global Forum taking place in Iceland.Posted 10 hours ago
SINGAPORE: Singapore and Mexico have signed a number of new agreements in a bid to promote greater collaboration, as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made his first official visit to Mexico. The prime minister's two-day visit, which concludes on Wednesday (Nov 20), underscored the "growing bilateral ...Posted 3 hours ago
WASHINGTON: The FBI wished it had taken swifter action as Beijing recruited US-based researchers to transfer intellectual property from American laboratories, a senior official at the agency said on Tuesday (Nov 19) during Senate testimony. The admission by John Brown, assistant director of the ...Posted 4 hours ago
MEXICO CITY: Asia needs to continue to cooperate with other regions in order for it to prosper, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday (Nov 19) during his four-day official visit to Mexico. Speaking to about 250 Singaporean and Mexican businesses, Mr Lee said if Asia closes in on itself ...Posted 4 hours ago
It is well known that human hubbub can have a negative impact on some animals, but a new study Wednesday says the noise we make should be treated as a "major global pollutant".Posted 5 hours ago
SYDNEY: More than 100 schools in Australia's southeast were closed on Wednesday (Nov 20) and officials warned people in high-risk zones to be ready to evacuate as forecast high temperatures risked opening up a new front in raging bushfires. Australia has been battling wildfires across a number of ...Posted 5 hours ago
Hezbollah made its name fighting Israel. But in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, a local warlord says what the people need now are services and better lives.Posted 11 hours ago
Hezbollah made its name fighting Israel. But in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, a local warlord says what the people need now are services and better lives.Posted 11 hours ago
Venezuelan refugees don’t always stay close to home. Thousands are drawn to Buenos Aires – including musicians sharing their talents.Posted 11 hours ago
Venezuelan refugees don’t always stay close to home. Thousands are drawn to Buenos Aires – including musicians sharing their talents.Posted 11 hours ago
Thousands of young Venetians, clad in rubber boots, are wading through water to save precious sheet music from the worst flooding of their lifetimes.Posted 15 hours ago
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Not once during Samsung’s Unpacked event for
The post Samsung didn’t mention Bixby once during its entire Galaxy Note 10 event appeared first on .Posted 3 months ago
Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss have signed a multi-year film and
The post Game of Thrones creators sign $200 million Netflix deal to make exclusive shows and films appeared first on .Posted 3 months ago
Game of Thrones creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been lured to
The post ‘Game of Thrones’ creators are heading to Netflix appeared first on .Posted 3 months ago
In the not-too-distant past, you used to be able to buy a smartphone knowing that
The post Every Apple, Google, and Samsung phone you can buy with a headphone jack appeared first on .Posted 3 months ago
AMD CEO: Epyc 2 chips are the world’s fastest x86 processors, mounting a big challenge
The post AMD CEO: Epyc 2 chips are the world’s fastest x86 processors appeared first on .Posted 3 months ago
Beijing is unlikely to give in to all the demands from Washington in exchange for the elimination of U.S. tariffs on Chinese exports, Victor Gao from the Center for China and Globalization told CNBC.Posted 28 minutes ago
Shares of Apple are currently "under owned" by even the Cupertino-based tech giants top investors, according to one Morgan Stanley analyst.Posted 35 minutes ago
It may be forbidden to climb Uluru now, but there's plenty to do — such as take tours, ride Segways and skydive — at Australia's famous monolith.Posted about 1 hour ago
The ongoing U.S.-China trade war could be accelerating China's embrace of lucrative new markets, according to MSA Capital and Al Salam Bank.Posted about 1 hour ago
U.S. tech firms could face new challenges in Europe amid a growing debate about data privacy and security.Posted about 1 hour ago
On the eve of India's independence, the man who would soon become the country's first Prime Minister outlined an aspirational vision.Posted 3 hours ago
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Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked by Tottenham Hotspur just six months after leading the club to the Champions League final.Posted 10 hours ago
Two floors beneath the headquarters of Iraqi Military Intelligence, at the end of a red-carpeted corridor, two doors swing open to reveal a museum of cold, calculated and deliberate horror.Posted 21 hours ago
• China just hinted it may upend Hong Kong's legal system over the mask banPosted 22 hours ago
The third day of impeachment hearings was the longest yet, bringing to the forefront four witnesses in two separate hearings.Posted 30 minutes ago
New uncertainty hangs over the Democratic presidential primary as 10 candidates meet on the debate stage once again.Posted 38 minutes ago
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was set to begin shutting off power Wednesday to some 375,000 people in 18 Northern and central California counties as the region faces extreme fire weather that's lasted since October.Posted about 1 hour ago
Hong Kong schools reopened Wednesday after a six-day shutdown but students and commuters faced transit disruptions as the last protesters remained holed up on a university campus.Posted about 1 hour ago
The Israeli military said it struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria on Wednesday, carrying out a "wide-scale" strike in response to rocket fire on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights the day before. Syrian state media reported that two civilians were killed.Posted about 1 hour ago
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THE US is increasing its presence and military potential in the South China Sea by deploying two Independence-class ships specialising in nearshore operations, causing tensions to hit breaking point in the area.
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GIBRALTAR’s finance minister has admitted he was surprised by research which showed more than 90 percent of its business was done with the UK - describing the results as a “slam dunk” which proved the Rock’s future lay with Britain.
Patricia, 84, was left with horrific face, chest and arm injuries after the attack in Huon Park retirement complex, Sydney, Australia as police branded the assault 'cowardly'Posted 3 hours ago
The monster, named Garjainia, was up to 10 feet long and had huge teeth as sharp as 'steak knives'. The animal's skull and bits of its skeleton were found near Orenburg, in RussiaPosted 4 hours ago
A child is suspected of being among the group of migrants reportedly found by crew members in a 'cool room' on the cargo ship travelling from Vlaardingen, the NetherlandsPosted 12 hours ago
Senior advocate Addelaid Ferreira-Watt was hit from point blank range when a shotgun being entered as evidence at Ixopi Regional Court in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa was droppedPosted 13 hours ago
It's all ending in heartbreak on Serbian reality TV show 'Parovi' as 21-year-old Milijana Bozic pushes her 74-year-old hubby Milojko Bozic to breaking point with her anticsPosted 13 hours ago
The U.S. Air Force prepares trained personnel and equipment to respond to contingencies and emergencies in the Arctic, according to a recent service news release. In preparation for the arrival of the Department of Defense’s newest fifth-generation fighter, Airmen assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing tested a new arctic survival kit for the F-35A Lightning […]Posted 18 hours ago
The U.S. Navy announced that its newest aircraft recovery system has successfully completed the system’s most demanding test event to date with 22 aircraft arrestments in just over 26 minutes at the Runway Arrested Landing Site (RALS) in Lakehurst, New Jersey. The two-day series of testing Oct. 23-24 evaluated the new aircraft recovery system, called […]Posted 20 hours ago
U.S. weapons maker Raytheon Company revealed new details about its leading-edge technologies designed to meet Unmanned Aerial Systems or drone threat. According to the company, there’s more than one way to down a low-flying drone. From directed energy shots to cyber takeovers, Raytheon delivers defenses tailored to the mission and the specific UAS threat. Cheap, capable quadcopter […]Posted 21 hours ago
Boeing is progressing with the continued development of a new unmanned aircraft program in preparation for the first flight of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) Loyal Wingman prototype in 2020. “We successfully achieved first autonomous teamed flights using high-performance jets as test beds and Australian-developed mission systems technology,” the Boeing Australia announced on its Twitter […]Posted 21 hours ago
U.S. aerospace giant Boeing and Brazilian planemaker Embraer announced that it will jointly promote and develop new markets for the C-390 Millennium multi-mission airlift and air mobility aircraft. Boeing and Embraer have formed a new joint venture called the Boeing Embraer – Defense based on marketing the new C-390 transport plane. “Boeing Embraer – Defense will build […]Posted 22 hours ago
With the installation of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister of the UK, British democracy has – alongside political developments in the United States – reached a tipping point. Posted 3 months ago
Hard Brexit is the likeliest outcome because it is the desire of the Party’s membership. Even if it means the destruction of their party.. Posted 5 months ago
To snuff out Nigel Farage a second time, the Conservatives will almost certainly elect Boris Johnson, and he will push for a No Deal exit. Posted 6 months ago
After three exhausting and poisonous years of negotiations between the UK and the EU we are not approaching the end – we have barely finished the beginning. Posted 8 months ago
Reversibility seeks to encourage and further the synergy of scholarly expertise, rethinking the ways we conceive of politics and the human world and how to tackle, if not solve current challenges. Posted 8 months ago
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Meet Gordon Sondland, donor turned diplomat who delivered quid pro quo message to UkrainePosted 5 hours ago
Kurt Volker, citing Biden link, becomes latest witness to revise testimonyPosted 7 hours ago
Around 400 firefighters are battling to save Notre Dame after a catastropic fire engulfed the world famous cathedral in Paris, toppling its spire and threatening the entire wooden frame of the building.Posted 7 months ago
With stunning natural beauty, a bustling cosmopolitan vibe and some of the world’s largest sporting events on the horizon, we’ve uncovered a whole host of reasons to visit Yokohama, Japan…Posted 9 months ago
US singer Chris Brown and two other people are in custody in Paris after a woman filed a rape complaint, according to French police.Posted 10 months ago
It's time for a dose of Christmas cuteness - courtesy of a magician and dogs at an animal shelterPosted 11 months ago
Soul singer Aretha Franklin has died at her home in Detroit, her publicist has said. More to followPosted about 1 year ago
Inside the hearing room, U.S. Republican lawmakers repeatedly thanked Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman for his military service on Tuesday before challenging his testimony about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.Posted 4 hours ago
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn traded blows Tuesday over Brexit and the health system as they vied for votes during the first ever head-to-head TV debate.Posted 5 hours ago
As Boris Johnson and his Labour opponent Jeremy Corbyn prepare to face off Tuesday evening in the first TV debate ahead of December’s general election, the condition of the NHS has emerged as a key issue in the campaign, with the head of the British doctors’ association warning that the UK’s beloved state-run National Health Service faces an “unprecedented crisis”.Posted 11 hours ago
Two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein the night he killed himself were charged Tuesday with falsifying prison records.Posted 13 hours ago
Amnesty International, citing “credible reports”, said Tuesday it believes at least 106 people in 21 cities have been killed during protests in Iran over a rise in government-set gasoline prices.Posted 14 hours ago
A small group of protesters refused to leave Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the remnants of hundreds who took over the campus for several days. They won't leave because they would face arrest. Police have set up a cordon around the area to prevent anyone from escaping.Posted 2 hours ago
The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act was passed by voice vote. It now goes to the House, which has already passed similar legislation.Posted 3 hours ago
The grand jury indictment provides a damning glimpse of safety lapses inside a high-security unit at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York, where Epstein had been awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.Posted 4 hours ago
"The allegations against Vice-President Biden are self-serving and non-credible,'' declared former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker. Broader corruption in Ukraine was "plausible,'' but corruption by Biden wasn't, he said.Posted 4 hours ago
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to travel to London next month where recent comments by French President Emmanuel Macron questioning the viability of the alliance threaten to overshadow a celebration of NATO's 70th birthday.Posted 5 hours ago
The recent decision to triple the fuel prices, which has caused sporadic protests across the country, was discussed on Saturday in a meeting of the Supreme Council of Economic Coordination.
The post President, Speaker, Judiciary Chief Hold Meeting on Fuel Price Hikes appeared first on Iran Front Page.Posted 2:39pm - 16 Nov 2019
IFP has taken a look at the front pages of Iranian newspapers on Saturday, November 16, 2019, and picked headlines from 12 of them. IFP has simply translated the headlines and does not vouch for their accuracy.
The post A Look at Iranian Newspaper Front Pages on November 16 appeared first on Iran Front Page.Posted 1:50pm - 16 Nov 2019
Iranian Prosecutor General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri says ongoing protests over a spike in subsidized gasoline prices has been orchestrated from outside the country, warning that any disorderly conduct would face legal action.
The post Iran Prosecutor Blames Fuel Price Protests on Outsiders appeared first on Iran Front Page.Posted 1:15pm - 16 Nov 2019
Pomegranate paste is a popular flavouring in Persian cuisine, known as a basic ingredient of many delectable Iranian dishes with a mouth-watering aroma.Posted 1:11pm - 16 Nov 2019
The government of Hassan Rouhani is under huge pressure to leave the 2015 nuclear deal, says an Iranian parliamentarian, adding that the fate of the JCPOA now totally depends on the Europeans' behaviour.
The post Rouhani Under Great Pressure to Leave Nuclear Deal: MP appeared first on Iran Front Page.Posted 12:25pm - 16 Nov 2019
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) recently told an audience in his Madison WI district that the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), of which he is co-chair, that depending how Israel’s government-forming works ...
The post Congressional progressive leader on caucus’s commitment to Palestine appeared first on Just World Educational.Posted 10:12pm - 12 Nov 2019
At the end of October, our star speaker from Gaza, Palestine, Yousef Aljamal, wrapped up his hectic speaking tour of the mainland USA. Now, he is Hawai’i– where he also ...Posted 4:34pm - 6 Nov 2019
We’re delighted to crosspost this transcript of a talk that our board member Alice Rothchild gave recently, in Brookline MA. This is crossposted from the Brookline Chronicle. by Alice Rothchild ...Posted 6:36pm - 5 Nov 2019
Writer, translator, and social activist Yousef Aljamal brought his witness as a Palestinian who grew up in a refugee camp in Israeli-occupied Gaza and has spent most of his life ...
The post Yousef Aljamal brings his Palestinian witness to U.S. Congress members, public appeared first on Just World Educational.Posted 1:29am - 25 Oct 2019
We’re pleased to share the following details of the speaking tour that Gaza-Palestinian Yousef Aljamal is undertaking of the United States, October 14 through November 2. Please be aware that ...
The post U.S. tour of Gaza-Palestinian Yousef Aljamal starts soon! appeared first on Just World Educational.Posted about 1 month ago
A few months ago, my friend Chuck Fager invited me to contribute a chapter to an anthology he was preparing under the title Passing the Torch: When Quaker Lives Speak. Chuck suffered some bad medical things in recent weeks but he persisted with the project and ten days ago the volume went up for sale … Continue reading On thinking about writing a memoirPosted 8:14pm - 17 Nov 2019
Yesterday, Pres. Rejep Tayyp Erdogan was here in DC. His presence and the apparently lengthy meeting he had with Pres. Trump both attracted many criticisms and a non-trivial street protest in the square across from the White House. Yes, there are numerous serious things to criticize Erdogan for, including some of those mentioned in the … Continue reading Some quick thoughts on TurkeyPosted 6:51pm - 14 Nov 2019
Well, here I am again, back at Just World News. It’s been a long , fairly roundabout journey since I first launched this blog, back on February 6, 2003. That was in the lead-up-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. I fell in love with blogging straight off. It thrummed with immediacy and my head … Continue reading On resurrecting Just World NewsPosted 8:43pm - 13 Nov 2019
On October 30, representatives of Syria’s government, opposition, and civil society came together in Geneva at the inaugural meeting in Geneva of the Syrian Constitution Committee (SCC), the most promising effort yet to negotiate an end to the country’s hyper-destructive civil war. But just the day before the SCC opened, a court in Germany charged … Continue reading Syria: Peacemaking or prosecutions?Posted 6:41pm - 5 Nov 2019
The United Nations’ Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, recently expressed confidence that the Syrian Constitutional Committee (SCC), a key gathering of representatives of the country’s government, opposition, and civil society, can convene as planned in Geneva, October 30. If this does occur-even with, perhaps a slippage of a few days-it could mark the beginning … Continue reading Can the Turkey-Russia Agreement Help Syrians End Their Civil War?Posted 2:57pm - 25 Oct 2019
China has invested an estimated $11 billion in Sri Lanka, around $8 billion in the form of loans related to Xi's signature "Belt and Road Initiative" designed to boost trade and transport links across...Posted about 1 hour ago
Pope Francis arrived in Thailand on Wednesday to meet with the country's small but devoted Catholic minority on a seven-day Asian trip that will include a family reunion in Bangkok and take his...Posted 1 hours ago
Electricity firms cut off power to thousands of people, more than 100 schools were closed and residents in high risk regions were poised to evacuate on Wednesday as Australia's devastating bushfires...Posted 2 hours ago
Senior US officials told impeachment investigators in Congress on Tuesday they were concerned by President Donald Trump's effort to get Ukraine to investigate a political rival, with one White House...Posted 3 hours ago
Women in Iraq say they are facing a staggering increase in online "sextortion" by both malicious hackers and former romantic partners to whom the women had knowingly sent photographs, a practice known...Posted 3 hours ago
Stacey Abrams speaks at a roundtable panel discussion about disability access to the polls. WATCH NOW.Posted 1 hours ago
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has shaken hands with his rival, opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. WATCH NOW.Posted 1 hours ago
'I couldn't believe what I was hearing': Highlights from Day 3 of impeachment hearings | Nigel Farage slams Boris Johnson after election debate; here are the top world news videos for today. WATCH.Posted 2 hours ago
Pyongyang comments came after US president called on leader Kim Jong Un to 'act quickly' and hinted at another meeting.Posted 3 hours ago
The Taliban has handed two Western hostages over to US forces in southern Afghanistan, three years after they were abducted, in a swap for three high-ranking insurgent prisoners that could boost peace talks.Posted 11 hours ago
Four witnesses testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.Posted 4 hours ago
Gavin Newsom's initiatives follow a massive oil release from a Chevron facility in Kern County suspected of being caused by a high-pressure steam process for releasing oil from underground rock.Posted 5 hours ago
The U.S. ambassador to the EU will give much-anticipated public testimony Wednesday in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump. His story has changed since he first testified last month.Posted 7 hours ago
A 2019 study of major U.S. art museums found that 87% of artists in their collections are men. The Baltimore museum's chief curator calls the initiative "re-correcting the canon."Posted 8 hours ago
The Portland hotel owner and ambassador, who's scheduled to testify before Congress on Wednesday, is a pivotal witness in the impeachment inquiry. His relationship with Trump is a complicated one.Posted 8 hours ago
Former US ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, spoke with Marco Werman about the US' decision to recognize Israeli settlements in the West Bank as legal. He explains the ramifications this decision could have for peace in the region.Posted 10 hours ago
Paul Monod, a professor of history at Middlebury, examines the revolution in Hong Kong and compares it to past revolutions in China and in Hungary.Posted 13 hours ago
The US and China don’t have the best relationship right now. Could panda diplomacy be why Bei Bei the panda is leaving the National Zoo?Posted 15 hours ago
Kurt Volker, former US special envoy to Ukraine, Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, and former National Security Council Russia expert Tim Morrison are scheduled to testify at Tuesday's hearing.Posted 16 hours ago
This is the show that changed the Broadway musical — and how New York City sees itself.Posted 20 hours ago
Former Bolivian leader Evo Morales has left his country to take up political asylum in Mexico – as his supporters and opponents clashed on the streets of the capital, La Paz.Posted 7:51am - 12 Nov 2019
Spain's general election has left it in a state of political uncertainty for the coming months as the latest polls reflect a widening political divide between those on the left and those on the right.Posted 6:02pm - 11 Nov 2019
Mysterious parcels containing more than 750kg of narcotics have been washing up on France's Atlantic coast since last month.Posted 4:35pm - 11 Nov 2019
Thousands of Palestinians marked the 15th anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat in the occupied West Bank on Monday. One man was reportedly killed in clashes with the Israeli forces.Posted 4:28pm - 11 Nov 2019
Turkey is preparing to deport 11 French citizens, mostly women, who joined the Islamic State in Syria. The French government says they will be arrested as they leave the airplane.Posted 1:57pm - 11 Nov 2019
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn traded blows Tuesday over Brexit and the health system as they vied for votes during the first ever head-to-head TV debate. The prime-time event, held in Manchester and broadcast on ITV, presented an opportunity for a potentially game-changing moment in an election campaign so far […]Posted 8 hours ago
In 2013 I took care of a gentleman who underwent surgery for what all his physicians, including me, thought was liver cancer. Surgery revealed that the disease was a rare but benign tumor, rather than cancer. As you might imagine, he and his family were overjoyed and relieved. However, two weeks after this surgery, he […]Posted 9 hours ago
Hong Kong fans turned their backs to the Chinese national anthem once again but supported their team and were rewarded with a first win in Asian qualifying, 2-0, over Cambodia, on Tuesday. Before the match, home fans jeered and turned their backs to the pitch as the Chinese national anthem played. FIFA fined the Hong […]Posted 9 hours ago
Despite decades of sanctions, Iran has succeeded in developing its missile arsenal, which is larger than that of any other Middle Eastern country including Israel, a Pentagon study said Tuesday. “Iran has an extensive missile development program, and the size and sophistication of its missile force continues to grow despite decades of counterproliferation efforts aimed […]Posted 9 hours ago
Ambassador Kurt Volker offered explosive testimony in his opening statement before the House Intelligence Committee. Volker, the former U.S. special representative for Ukraine negotiations, was a witness requested by House Republicans. On live television, Volker both threw Rudy Giuliani under the bus — and poked a major hole in one of the right-wing conspiracy theories […]Posted 10 hours ago
Japan's reluctance to disclose information about the release of radioactive water from its damaged Fukushima nuclear plant is hampering neighboring countries' efforts to minimize the impact, the head of South Korea's nuclear safety agency said on Wednesday.Posted 36 minutes ago
Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement released three vessels and 16 people it had seized, South Korea's foreign ministry and a Houthi military source in Yemen said on Wednesday.Posted 38 minutes ago
Two civilians were killed and a number of people were injured in an Israeli attack on the Syrian capital of Damascus, Syrian state media said on Wednesday.Posted 40 minutes ago
Two civilians were killed and some wounded in an Israeli attack on the Syrian capital of Damascus, state media said on Wednesday.Posted about 1 hour ago
The last band of anti-government protesters trapped inside a besieged Hong Kong university were weighing a narrowing range of options on Wednesday, with some trying to escape through sewers, as police outside appeared ready to simply wait them out.Posted about 1 hour ago
Two American service members have died after a helicopter crashed in Afghanistan, the US military has reported, adding that enemy fire was not to blame.
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Three people have died during protests in Bolivia against the self-declared “interim” government that ousted Evo Morales, after violent clashes erupted between the socialist leader’s supporters and security forces.
Read Full Article at RT.com
Several news agencies have opted to delete a story stating that 100,000 migrant children were detained in US border facilities after the United Nations clarified that the number is years old – long predating the age of Trump.
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The Senate has approved a Hong Kong “human rights” bill by unified vote which would empower the State Department to grade the territory’s “autonomy” and levy sanctions on foreign officials if Washington deems it insufficient.
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British backpacker Grace Millane gave a list of her sex fetishes to a man she met on a BDSM dating website, her murder trial has heard.Posted 6 hours ago
Disheveled, sometimes defiant, but always in handcuffs, the protesters from inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University siege were taken away in police trucks after giving themselves up.Posted 10 hours ago
Donald Trump was "inappropriate" and "improper" to ask his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Joe Biden, a White House official has told the impeachment inquiry into the US president.Posted 11 hours ago
An Egyptian whistleblower who prompted mass protests against President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has told Sky News that Britain must stop supporting him, warning it could lead to bloodshed and mass immigration to Europe.Posted 12 hours ago
At least 106 people have been killed during protests in Iran over government-set gasoline prices, according to Amnesty International.Posted 14 hours ago
Iran Protests: UN Fears Dozens of People Have Been Killed
Dozens of people may have been killed in Iran since Friday during protests against a sharp rise in petrol prices, the UN human rights office says.
A spokesman urged security personnel not to use excessive force, including firing live ammunition, and called for access to the internet to be restored.
Amnesty International said it had received credible reports that at least 106 protesters in 21 cities had died.
Iran's government has denounced those on the streets as "rioters".
The current situation is unclear because of the near-total internet shutdown, which started late on Saturday, but protests have been held in dozens of cities and towns…
Congress Moves to Sanction Russians for Mercenary Surge in Libya
Congress Moves to Sanction Russians for Mercenary Surge in Libya by Jack Detsch – Al-Monitor
Congress is preparing bipartisan sanctions on Russian mercenaries and other suspected human rights violators in Libya, Al-Monitor has learned, as the Donald Trump administration looks to use the recent entry of Moscow-linked paramilitaries into the conflict to reinvigorate a long-dormant American strategy in the war-torn country.
Foreign relations committee member Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are set to introduce legislation codifying Treasury Department sanctions to limit Russian proxy activity. The bill would require President Trump to slap visa bans and freeze US property for arms traffickers, those illegally exploiting Libya’s vast supplies of crude oil and human rights abusers.
Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Chris Murphy. D-Conn., are also expected to sign onto the legislation, sources familiar with the bill say. The legislation also would require the United States to work with humanitarian organizations to ensure that aid be delivered in the country. “We just wanted Congress to weigh in and give a carrot-and-stick approach,” a House aide told Al-Monitor…
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The Afghan Taliban have freed two Western hostages in exchange for three imprisoned senior militants, officials and Taliban sources say.
American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks were released three years after being kidnapped outside the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul where they worked as professors.
The three militants arrived in Qatar from Afghanistan as part of the swap.
Afghan officials say the deal is aimed at restarting talks with the Taliban.
President Ashraf Ghani said last week the decision was "a tough, but important" one and a "humanitarian gesture"…
Iran Blocks Internet for 3rd Day as Death Toll From Protests Rises to Eight
Michael Lipin – Voice of America
Authorities in Iran have blocked internet service for a third day as part of a crackdown on nationwide anti-government protests in which at least eight people have been killed since the unrest began Friday.
In a Monday interview with VOA Persian, the director of the London-based internet observatory NetBlocks said web access in the Islamic Republic remained severely disrupted after Iran blocked it late Saturday local time.
"This is essentially a near-total blackout," Alp Toker said. "There are a few (internet) routes out (of the country), but these are very technical right now, so it's not practical to circumvent these measures for most people." Toker said some technically savvy Iranians might be able to get web access using a fixed line or broadband connection rather than a mobile device.
The internet outage has made it difficult for Iranians to share protest images and information with each other and the outside world. The demonstrations erupted in response to the government abruptly raising the subsidized price of gas by 50% early Friday.
The government said revenue from the higher prices would be used to provide cash handouts to poor families.
While Iran's new gas price of 13 cents a liter remains among the cheapest in the world, many Iranians see it as putting a further burden on their wallets at a time of worsening economic conditions.
Iran's currency has slumped, with unemployment and inflation surging since the United States began tightening sanctions against it last year in a bid to force Tehran to stop perceived malign behaviors.
Toker said any short-term advantage that Iran's government might gain from blocking the internet would be outweighed by the costs.
"The internet is an outlet for people to democratically express their views, and if they can't do this, there's actually a risk that these protests could become more violent," Toker said.
"We also see economic harms, with tens of millions of dollars of losses to Iran's developed information and communications technology (ICT) industry. People are going to start losing their businesses because they rely on connectivity."
Images verified by VOA Persian and sent from Iran showed the bodies of at least seven protesters killed by security forces who opened fire on demonstrations in seven cities on Saturday. The bodies were seen in footage from the cities of Behbahan, Karaj, Marivan, Shahriar, Shiraz, Sirjan and Tehran's Baharestan district.
VOA Persian was not able to confirm the names of the protesters who were killed.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking to reporters at the State Department on Monday, said Washington “strongly condemns any acts of violence by this regime against the Iranian people and (is) deeply concerned by reports of several fatalities.”
Pompeo also called on Tehran to “immediately restore the ability of all Iranians to access a free and open Internet.”
Iranian state media said at least one member of the security forces also was killed in protests since Friday. They said hundreds of people were arrested, some armed, for engaging in violent acts such as attacking banks and looting stores.
Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi rejected Pompeo’s remarks, saying the U.S. top diplomat in “no position to sympathize” with the Iranian people as they are suffering from what Mousavi called “U.S. economic terrorism,” a reference to U.S. sanctions.
Many of the anti-government protests that VOA Persian has confirmed in more than 50 towns and cities across the country have been peaceful.
One video clip verified by VOA Persian showed demonstrators blocking a street in the central city of Shiraz on Sunday and chanting "death to the dictator," a reference to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. It has been a common chant of protesters since Iranians angered with government corruption and mismanagement last took to the streets around the country in December 2017.
Another video clip from Sunday showed chanting protesters at Tehran University, where they said Iran had "lost" its oil wealth by squandering it on Islamist militias engaged in regional conflicts.
In remarks to the international media on Monday, government spokesman Ali Rabiei said the situation in the country was "80% calmer" than Sunday. "Only some minor problems remain, and by tomorrow and the day after, there will remain no riots," he predicted.
Iran's ongoing internet outage made it difficult for VOA Persian to verify whether any protests had occurred on Monday.
In a threatening message published by state media, Iran's most powerful military branch, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, said it will take "decisive" action against any continued efforts to disturb peace and security.
IRGC forces and their affiliated Basij militia violently suppressed the nationwide anti-government protests that began in late December 2017 and stretched into January 2018. At least 22 people were killed.
Ayatollah Khamenei, in remarks by published by state media on Sunday, denounced protesters who he said were disrupting law and order in recent days as “thugs.”
He also expressed qualified support for the decision by the government of President Hassan Rouhani to raise the gas price.
“I am no expert in managing fuel consumption and expert opinions are different,” Khamenei said, according to state news agency IRNA. But he added the gas price increase “must be implemented” as it was an “expert decision” aimed at reducing Iran’s high rate of gasoline consumption.
“Khamenei is giving himself space to put the blame on the Rouhani government in case things go haywire,” said Jason Brodsky, policy director of U.S. advocacy group United Against Nuclear Iran, in a VOA Persian interview.
“Right now, we see protests in the streets and things are going not in the regime’s favor,” Brodsky said. “So I think Khamenei is doing the same thing that he’s always done, and that is, to condition and hedge his support for government decisions in order to protect himself and his office at the end of the day.”
U.S. No Longer Considers Israeli Settlements Illegal
U.S. No Longer Considers Israeli Settlements Illegal by Felicia Schwartz – Wall Street Journal
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that the U.S. no longer will consider Israeli settlements to be illegal under international law, a move that formalizes the Trump administration’s treatment of the West Bank and shifts decades of U.S. policy.
Much of the international community, including the United Nations, considers all Israeli settlement activity to be illegal, and Palestinians cite it as a primary obstacle to peace.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank ahead of Israeli elections in September. He has failed to form a government, and his opponent, Benny Gantz, has until Wednesday to do so. Mr. Pompeo’s announcement at a news conference at the State Department could be seen as a boost to Mr. Netanyahu, though officials say the U.S. move follows a long policy review…
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Tottenham Hotspur have announced the appointment of José Mourinho as head coach on a contract that will run until the end of the 2022-23 season.
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Bolivia has joined the list of nations around the globe dealing with ongoing battles between protesters and police. But unlike demonstrators who want to depose unpopular leaders in Haiti, Hong Kong, Iraq, and other places, Bolivian protesters want to bring back exiled President Evo Morales.
Morales, who served as president for 14 years, was the country’s first indigenous leader. A former cocoa farmer, he increased representation for the minority group to which he belonged. The nation’s economy also grew under his leadership.
But Bolivia began shifting toward dictatorship under Morales’ rule. A 2013 law required churches to register with the state and report information like membership rolls and financial details. In 2016, the government organized a referendum to change the constitution to allow Morales to seek a fourth term. When 51 percent of voters said no, Morales appealed to his loyalist-packed constitutional court, which ruled he had a right to run for reelection.
Eduardo Gamarra, a Bolivian professor of political science at Florida International University, said Morales would have been remembered as the Nelson Mandela of Bolivia if he had respected his term limits.
The Washington-based Organization of American States found irregularities in Bolivia’s Oct. 20 election and called for a new vote. Morales, who first sparked the protests by claiming he won a fourth term, agreed to a new election. But he resigned Nov. 10 after mounting pressure from the country’s military chief. The vice president and Senate president from his party, Movement for Socialism (MAS), also stepped down. Morales sought political asylum in Mexico, claims he is still president, and has called on the United Nations to intervene.
Opposition Senate Vice President Jeanine Añez stepped into the vacuum and declared herself the interim leader even after lawmakers from the MAS party boycotted her swearing-in ceremony. She insisted Morales left on his own and said he will likely face charges for election fraud if he returns. “I now call for a peaceful and democratic transition, revoking the conditions that had made us into a totalitarian country,” Añez said.
Añez has 90 days to organize a new vote, but Morales’ party maintains a parliamentary majority. An agreement last week with MAS fell through the day after it was announced.
“She has to name a new electoral board and hold elections all before the 22nd of January,” Gamarra said. “That’s going to be a very difficult task with the MAS mobilized on the streets and holding two-thirds of Congress.”
In the streets, Morales supporters—mostly indigenous people—continue to clash with security forces. At least nine people died and 22 others sustained injuries during protests calling for Morales’ safe return in the central town of Sacaba on Friday.
In the administrative city of La Paz, police fired tear gas at demonstrators mainly from the cocoa-growing region of Chapare, as they threw rocks and waved the indigenous “Wiphala” flags. Protesters blocked the city’s major highways, creating food and fuel shortages.
“[Añez] does not represent the people, but the big elites, the society that has money but does not represent the poor,” bread seller Ruth Moscoso told Reuters.
Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said last week they would visit South Sudan together if a transitional government came into power by February as expected.
This month, the two warring sides in South Sudan agreed to a 100-day extension of their truce to allow more time to form a coalition government. The country has struggled to seal a peace deal since civil war broke out in 2013 following clashes between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and those aligned with Vice President Riek Machar.
In 2016, South Sudanese Catholic, Anglican, and Presbyterian church leaders visited Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, and Welby, the leader of the Church of England, and extended an invitation. “The South Sudanese people have suffered too much these past years and are awaiting—with great hope—a better future, especially the permanent end of conflicts and a long-lasting peace,” Francis said on Nov. 10. —O.O.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled last week against Switzerland’s attempt to deport a Christian convert to Afghanistan. Switzerland previously denied the former Muslim’s asylum request.
ADF International, the global arm of Alliance Defending Freedom, advocated for the convert, who would face extreme persecution if returned to Afghanistan. The court said the asylum-seeker “would be compelled to conceal their Christian faith and would in effect ‘be forced to live a lie’ if deported to Afghanistan by the Swiss authorities,” ADF International attorney Lorcán Price said.
The court also criticized Switzerland for failing to properly assess the risks associated with deportation. —Julia A. Seymour
James Le Mesurier, a British national known for his work with the Syrian Civil Defense, or White Helmets, died last week in Turkey. The 48-year-old was found near his home in Istanbul’s Beyoglu district.
Le Mesurier founded Mayday Rescue, which set up and trained the White Helmets as first responders to help civilians hurt in bombings in Syria. The group includes more than 3,000 humanitarian volunteers and has saved thousands of lives since 2013. The White Helmets also documented Syrian government attacks on civilians and infrastructure. The Syrian government and its allies accused the group of working as a foreign agent in the country.
Le Mesurier moved to Turkey four years ago with his wife. Authorities suspect he fell to his death and have launched an investigation. —O.O.
Extremists in Afghanistan released American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks on Tuesday in exchange for three high-ranking Taliban prisoners. The group held King and Weeks, who worked as professors at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, for three years after their abduction outside the school in 2016.
Why were they released? Afghan officials hope the prisoner swap will help restart peace talks between the Taliban and the United States. Discussions to end the 18-year war stalled in September after the extremist group ramped up its attacks, killing one U.S. service member. The released Taliban extremists are all family members of senior Taliban leaders, including Anas Haqqani, the younger brother of the group’s deputy, Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is also the leader of the Haqqani insurgent network. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani last week said he made the hard decision in the interest of the Afghan people.
Dig deeper: Read my report in The Sift about why the United States ended peace talks with the Taliban.
An explosion killed 12 people and injured 20 others in Afghanistan during rush hour on Wednesday. The blast from a car bomb hit a Canadian private security company’s convoy in Kabul, the capital city.
Who is behind the attack? No group has yet claimed responsibility, but Islamic State (ISIS) and the Taliban remain active in the country. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday that the country would release three top Taliban prisoners in exchange for an American and an Australian hostage, both kidnapped in 2016. The same day, the Afghan electoral commission postponed the release of preliminary results from the September presidential vote for a second time.
Dig deeper: Read my report in World Tour on how the effects of the breakdown in peace talks between the Taliban and the United States.
WASHINGTON—The United States will repatriate one of its citizens who is suspected of fighting for Islamic State (ISIS), the Turkish Interior Ministry said Thursday. The man, identified by Turkish media as 39-year-old Mohammed Darwis B., got stuck in a militarized border zone when Turkey deported him and Greece refused to let him enter.
Why is Turkey deporting him? The Turkish government wants to send foreign ISIS members imprisoned in the country or in parts of Syria back to their countries of origin. The United States agreed to take the suspect and to provide the necessary travel documents. U.S. President Donald Trump said he and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with whom he met at the White House on Wednesday, were “very good friends.” At the meeting, they discussed Turkey’s decision to purchase the Russian S-400 missile system. U.S. lawmakers from both parties had urged the Trump administration to cancel Erdogan’s visit over Turkey’s violent incursion into Syria and its use of Russian missiles.
Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s report about the challenges of guarding ISIS suspects in custody in Syria.
Another round of rockets fired from Gaza struck Israel early on Thursday, hours after a cease-fire deal kicked in. On Tuesday, Israeli airstrikes killed a senior commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group. At least 34 Palestinians have died in the ensuing violence, and parts of Israel have come to a standstill.
Will the truce last? The rocket attack threatened the fragile agreement. The insurgent group said the terms of the cease-fire required Israel to stop killing Islamic Jihad leaders. But Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz told Israeli Army Radio that the country intends to eliminate everyone involved in attacks against it.
Dig deeper: Read my report in The Sift on how the Palestinian group Hamas and Israel reached a separate truce in May.
Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the enemy had been "repelled" in the country where dozens are thought to have died in violent protests sparked by a petrol price hike. State television, which rarely shows any signs of dissent in Iran, has aired footage of masked young men appearing to clash with security forces. London-based rights group Amnesty International said more than 100 demonstrators were believed to have been killed across Iran since security forces were ordered to "crush" the protests.
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Israel faces the increasing likelihood of a third election after another fruitless meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief challenger Benny Gantz. Neither Netanyahu nor Gantz have the required majority to build a coalition government. Kingmaker Avigdor Lieberman has refused to give either the nudge for the required majority in Israel’s 120-seat parliament and has urged them to join in a unity government as a way out of the stalemate.
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(Bloomberg) -- Welcome to the Brussels Edition, Bloomberg’s daily briefing on what matters most in the heart of the European Union. Sign up here to get it in your inbox every weekday morning.It’s not every day NATO becomes a microcosm of geopolitics, but that’ll be the case this afternoon when the alliance’s foreign ministers meet in Brussels. The agenda includes Russian threats, terrorist risks, Middle East stability, Europe’s military capabilities, arms control and even the rise of China. Hanging over the gathering will be fresh internal splits after France’s Emmanuel Macron said the alliance faced “brain death” as a result of Donald Trump’s decision to green-light a Turkish incursion into Syria without consulting European allies. Still, such divisions won’t prevent the ministers from venturing to the final frontier: outer space will be added to the alliance’s operational domains. What’s HappeningBudget Opinions | The European Commission will today publish its verdict on the budget plans of euro area economies, and while the usual suspects such as France and Italy are expected to get a warning, the scrutiny will have none of the fireworks last year’s tussle with Rome did. Look out for the latest report on Greece’s post-bailout progress, that’s set to unlock further debt relief funds. Embattled Envoy | Gordon Sondland, Donald Trump’s “point man for Europe,” is likely to take fire from all sides when he testifies to the U.S. Congress today. The ambassador to the EU is under attack for inconsistencies in statements he’s offered under oath about efforts to influence Ukraine. If he goes down, he won’t be missed by officials in Brussels.China Block | The EU is poised to say potential 5G suppliers will be evaluated based on their home country’s laws, a stance that could exclude Chinese businesses from lucrative contracts for the advanced telecoms networks. Such a move would come after U.S. and EU officials have repeatedly flagged concerns about partnering with Chinese equipment makers such as Huawei for 5G networks. Conservative Crisis | The breakdown of discipline in Angela Merkel’s once-dominant party is symptomatic of a deeper crisis gripping conservatives across Europe. As the continent’s center-right leaders gather in Zagreb for their congress, here’s why things don’t seem to be going well for the movement. In Case You Missed ItU.K. Debate | Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn defied his negative ratings to draw level with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a crucial television debate ahead of the U.K.’s general election. The opposition leader, who’s been lagging behind Johnson in personal approval scores, effectively tied with the premier in a snap poll on which candidate won the clash last night.Polish Ruling | Poland’s government suffered another blow to its sweeping judicial reforms after the EU’s highest court raised fresh concerns over the independence of judges. But that didn’t deter the country’s premier, who vowed to return “normalcy” to his nation by building an even greater patriotic welfare state and win a “culture war” to defend traditional Catholic values.Coal Shutdown | Discussions about how to shut down Germany’s coal industry are faltering as company executives and government ministers struggle to agree over the politically charged issue of compensation. A timely agreement on winding down coal plants is a crucial link in the government’s effort to get climate policies back on track.Green Search | As awareness increases around the impact of climate change — from floods wiping out harvests to droughts forcing water restrictions — a small German search engine tries to counteract the devastation. Here’s how you can help save the planet with the push of a button.Spanish Deal | Catalan separatists are preparing for the possibility of a deal that would put Pedro Sanchez back in power. While support from Esquerra Republicana leaders isn’t a done deal, they’re meeting local groups to minimize potential backlash. The price for Sanchez: engage directly in talks over the future of Catalonia.Chart of the DayMost people in Group of Seven nations are uneasy about female leadership, a study published yesterday shows. On average, 46% of G-7 residents are “very comfortable” with a woman as head of government and 48% with a female CEO of a major national firm, according to a survey by Kantar and the Women Political Leaders group. Today’s AgendaAll times CET.4 p.m. NATO foreign ministers meet in Brussels 7 p.m. European Council President-Elect Charles Michel meets Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in the Hague; gives speech at the University of Amsterdam at 2 p.m. Commission to release formal opinion on budgets of member states, Greece enhanced surveillance report EU trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom participates in a panel discussion at event hosted by the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels EU center-right leaders hold European People’s Party Congress in ZagrebLike the Brussels Edition?Don’t keep it to yourself. Colleagues and friends can sign up here. We also publish the Brexit Bulletin, a daily briefing on the latest on the U.K.’s departure from the EU. 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Álvaro García Linera concedes mistakes pair made but branded the toppling of Morales as an anti-indigenous, rightwing ‘coup’Bolivia’s former president Evo Morales, left, with former vice-president Álvaro García Linera during a rally in La Paz, on 5 November. They fled to Mexico on 11 November. Photograph: Reynaldo Zaconeta/AFP via Getty ImagesEvo Morales’s closest political adviser has admitted that the Bolivian leader’s failure to groom a successor contributed to the political crisis engulfing the South American nation but slammed the “racist backlash” he blamed for the toppling of its first indigenous president.embedIn an interview with the Guardian, former vice-president, Álvaro García Linera, branded Morales’s forced exit an anti-indigenous, rightwing “coup” but conceded it had been aided by mistakes the pair made during their nearly 14 years in government.“A revolution is like a cup, it has to be unbreakable when stones are thrown,” García Linera said, tapping his cappuccino during a wide-ranging interview in Mexico City where both men have been granted political asylum.“Our cup wasn’t made of glass, but it wasn’t made of steel either. It was made of something in between – and it had cracks.”García Linera, a white urban intellectual, fled Bolivia with Morales on 11 November on a Mexican air force jet, a day after they resigned following three weeks of protests sparked by an election shrouded in allegations of fraud. The final straw was a police mutiny and the head of army calling on Morales to go.Since then, unrest has continued to rock the country after a rightwing senator called Jeanine Áñez declared herself interim president. At least 23 people have died, many at the hands of soldiers cracking down on pro-Morales protests.“I am concerned that the situation in Bolivia could spin out of control,” the UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, warned on Saturday.García Linera said he and Morales had not anticipated being driven from power but did identify “weaknesses” in their ability to continue advancing Morales’s project, praised by many for slashing poverty, and creating a new indigenous middle class.Above all, he highlighted the failure to prepare a political heir for the former coca growers’ union leader, known universally as Evo, who spent a decade building the radical support base that swept him to power in 2005.“There are new leaders who are more intelligent than us. There are leaders who are more tactically able than us. But they lack those deeps roots in the social movements,” García Linera said. “We didn’t do enough to bring up a new generation.”García Linera said a 2016 referendum to allow Evo to seek another term reflected his irreplaceability, rather than any personal obsession with power.He said this was also the reason why – despite losing the vote – a way was still found to include his name on this year’s presidential ballot.“Everybody thought that without Evo, the whole thing would fall apart,” he said.García Linera said other mistakes included recruiting prominent intellectuals to positions in government – removing their voices from the wider public debate.This, he argued, made it easier for a far-right opposition against Morales to hide its true nature, by attracting private university students who gave an air of democratic activism, although they were actually representing the interests of the traditional pale-skinned middle class that has seen its privileges slip away.But the self-criticism only went so far, and García Linera attacked critics on the left as “Starbucks feminists and folkloric environmentalists”.“Their attitude in the face of what has been happening has been shameful,” he said. “They have not understood that the traditional middle class has gone fascist. They have not understood the class element or the racist element.”As he spoke, García Linera seemed every ounce the university professor, who won fame in Bolivia for reframing Marxist analysis for a majority indigenous context.But he has never been a traditional academic: although he studied for a maths degree in Mexico in the 1980s, he never actually graduated, and when he returned to Bolivia he joined a guerrilla group, before being arrested and spending several years in jail.As vice-president he insisted that he would never run for president because he is not indigenous, but he has often appeared to enjoy the limelight, whether giving lengthy interviews about class consciousness or commenting on his 2012 wedding to a TV presenter which was broadcast live.Even in exile – and wearing, he said, the same trousers in which he arrived – the 57-year-old looked remarkably well-groomed as he pondered Bolivia’s possible futures.“If the dictatorship represses harder it could force the resistance to step down,” he said. “It could also trigger the opposite reaction.”He highlighted the protests of the indigenous poor in the city of El Alto, which are already causing shortages of fuel and other basic goods in La Paz, though he insisted Morales was not fanning the flames.“These people have no leaders beyond their barrios. They don’t respond to phone calls, still less to tweets,” he claimed.Even so, such protests strengthen Morales’s efforts to secure a place in any talks that might come out of the efforts of the United Nations envoy Jean Arnault, who arrived in Bolivia at the weekend. Some believe they could even help him secure a place as a candidate in the fresh election – and a return to Bolivia.For the moment, however, García Linera was unwilling to make predictions.“Everything is still moving,” he said. “The correlation of forces is still not defined.”
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Syrian state media say two civilians have been killed and several others wounded in a series of Israeli airstrikes near the capital, Damascus. The state SANA news agency is reporting that Syrian air defenses destroyed most of the missiles before they reached their targets in Wednesday’s attack. The report adds that however, two people were killed by shrapnel from an Israeli missile that hit a house in the town of Saasaa, southwest of Damascus.
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