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The ruins of the Old City of Mosul | Iraq

Mosul, Iraq – Almost two years after Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi declared it liberated from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), the Old City of Mosul remains largely in ruins.  This historic part of Iraq’s second largest city was home to half a million people before ISIL […]

Marlon James: ‘You have to risk going too far’ | Books

It’s two days before the US release of Marlon James’s much-hyped fourth novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf and the prizewinning Jamaican author has an air of baffled, exhausted ebullience about him. He’s no stranger to critical success: he won the 2015 Man Booker prize for his violent, multi-voiced epic, A Brief History of Seven Killings. […]

Democrats, groups seek to challenge Trump’s emergency declaration | Trump News

Democrats and rights groups have vowed to fight US President Donald Trump‘s emergency declaration along the southern border, saying it’s an unconstitutional attempt to fund a wall without approval from Congress.  A key committee in the US House of Representatives announced on Friday it was launching an immediate investigation into President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration, […]

Google ‘satisfies’ Russian regulator over censorship demands – report | Science & Tech News

By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter Google is reported to have “satisfied” the Russian communications regulator over demands it censor people’s web searches. Roskomnadzor has sent repeated requests to Google requiring it to route Russian citizens’ web searches through a government filtering system. However, the head of the regulator, Alexander Zharov, told state-owned news agency […]

China Seeks to Woo U.S. With Promise of Big Chip Purchases

BEIJING—China is counting on promises of big purchases of U.S. semiconductors and other goods to ease trade tensions and persuade President Trump to extend a tariff truce and later resolve the market-rattling dispute directly with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. During this week’s negotiations, which marked their fourth day Thursday, U.S. and Chinese officials have remained […]

Israel, Gulf States Commend Kushner’s Peace Effort

WARSAW—President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, said that a show of unity among Israeli and Arab officials at a U.S.-backed conference here made him feel “optimistic” about prospects for peace in the Middle East, according to officials who witnessed the presentation behind closed doors on Thursday. But Mr. Kushner provided no details of […]

Third suspect in Salisbury poisoning ‘identified as Russian intelligence officer’ | UK News

By Deborah Haynes, foreign affairs editor A third suspect linked to the Salisbury poisoning has been named by an investigative website as Denis Sergeev, a high-ranking Russian military intelligence officer. Bellingcat said Mr Sergeev, 45, is a senior member of Russia’s GRU who uses the alias Sergey Fedatov. The alias Fedatov has been identified previously by […]

Australian citizenship ‘not far’ for freed Bahraini footballer | Australia News

Australia‘s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told the recently freed Bahraini footballer, Hakeem al-Araibi, that he may soon be granted the Australian citizenship. The assurance on Thursday came just days after al-Araibi, who fled Bahrain in 2014 and received refugee status in Australia, was released by the Thai authorities following a months-long ordeal. “It’s wonderful to […]

Ex-U.S. intelligence official accused of giving classified info to Iran – National

A former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence specialist who defected to Iran despite warnings from the FBI has been charged with revealing classified information to the Tehran government, including the code name and secret mission of a Pentagon program, prosecutors said Wednesday. Help us improve Globalnews.ca The Justice Department also accused Monica Elfriede Witt, 39, of […]

Brazil minister blasted for calling Amazon defender ‘irrelevant’ | News

Brazilian environmental groups have blasted President Jair Bolsonaro‘s environment minister after he dismissed the murdered Amazon rain forest defender Chico Mendes as “irrelevant”. “I don’t know Chico Mendes,” environment minister Ricardo Salles told reporters on Monday when asked about the famous Brazilian rubber tapper, union leader and environmentalist who was murdered in 1988. Salles added […]

China, U.S. Seek Broad Outline of a Trade Pact This Week

U.S. stocks rose Tuesday as President Trump said he is willing to delay next month’s deadline for resolving the U.S.’s trade conflict with China if negotiations with Beijing are progressing smoothly. Mr. Trump, asked whether the deadline for boosting U.S. tariffs to 25% on Chinese products would stay in place, said, “If we’re close to […]

Catalan separatists go on trial in Spain | News

Twelve Catalan separatist leaders have gone on trial in Madrid over a failed independence bid that laid bare historical divisions and triggered Spain‘s biggest political crisis in decades.  Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said this was a “stress test for Spanish democracy” and that all democracies around the world should be inspired “by the Catalan struggle for […]

Iran Vows to Continue Military Expansion Despite U.S. Threats

President Hassan Rouhani and other Iranian leaders Monday used mass celebrations of the 1979 revolution to lash out against the U.S. and reaffirm Tehran’s pledge to continue developing ballistic-missile systems that Washington says threatens the region’s security. In the face of intensifying pressure from the U.S. and its allies to curb Tehran’s military capabilities, Mr. […]

Thailand frees Bahraini refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi | Thailand News

Thailand has freed a refugee Bahraini footballer after Manama abandoned its bid to seek his extradition, bringing to an end a case that has attracted international attention. Hakeem al-Araibi, 25, boarded a flight to the Australian city of Melbourne early on Tuesday, his lawyer Nadthasiri Bergman and Thai Immigration Police chief Surachate Hakparn told the Associated Press news agency. […]

Hungary’s Orban vows defence of ‘Christian’ Europe | News

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban launched his European elections campaign on Sunday calling on voters to defend “Christian” nations against immigration, which he said led to the “virus of terrorism”. Delivering a “state of the nation” speech in the capital, Budapest, Orban also announced a seven-point package of tax breaks and subsidies to encourage families to […]