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Iran's Rouhani sounds alarm for 'democracy' after candidates barred

Rouhani’s alliance is in a quarrel with the powerful Guardian Council which has barred thousands of candidates from standing for election (AFP Photo/-) More Tehran (AFP) – Iran’s president warned Monday of threats to the Islamic republic’s “democracy and national sovereignty”, after a body dominated by his ultra-conservative rivals disqualified ... Read More »

Labour Front-Runner Starmer Warns Brexit Risks Breaking Up U.K.

(Bloomberg) — Sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, follow us @Brexit and subscribe to our podcast. Keir Starmer, the front-runner to replace Jeremy Corbyn as leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, said Brexit risks breaking up the U.K. as he called for a “radical” redistribution of power to towns and regions. In a series ... Read More »

Nighttime rocket attack on US Embassy in Baghdad injured 1

Protesters wave the national flag as security forces fire tear gas during an ongoing protest in central Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban) BAGHDAD (AP) — A nighttime rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad injured at least one embassy personnel member, staffers there said Monday. ... Read More »

Bolton Bombshell Adds to Pressure on GOP to Call Trial Witnesses

(Bloomberg) — An explosive leak from former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s unpublished book that says President Donald Trump wanted to freeze aid to Ukraine until its government investigated his political rival threatens to scramble the politics of the impeachment trial and bring new pressure on Republicans to call witnesses. ... Read More »

Survivors return to Auschwitz 75 years after liberation

Britain’s Prince Charles, makes his way to the stage to deliver a short address, during a reception at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, on the first day of a visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories. (Julian Simmonds/Pool Photo via AP) <p ... Read More »

Heavy security in Beirut as parliament convenes on budget

Lebanese army soldiers try to remove burning tires which were set on fire by the anti-government protesters to block the southern entrance of a highway during a protest against the newly formed cabinet, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla) BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces scuffled ... Read More »

Irish PM says EU has upper hand in Brexit trade talks with UK

LONDON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said the European Union will have the upper hand in post-Brexit trade talks with the United Kingdom and questioned Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s timetable of striking a deal by the end of the year, the BBC reported. Varadkar, in an ... Read More »

House Republicans trapped by Trump on climate change

“I feel like a parent whose child just took its first step and hear someone say, ‘That’s a really slow kid,’” said Alex Flint, executive director with the Alliance for Market Solutions, a group trying to persuade Republicans to support taxing carbon emissions. “I respect those who have been working ... Read More »

Israel to allow citizens to visit Saudi Arabia

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Interior Ministry said Sunday that it will now allow Israelis to travel to Saudi Arabia for religious or business visits. The announcement is the latest sign of quiet but warming relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia. It also came days before the White House is to ... Read More »

UN slams Libya arms embargo violations despite Berlin pledges

Fighters loyal to Libya’s UN-recognised government display Chinese-made shells bearing the markings of the United Arab Emirates, reportedly seized from Haftar’s forces, in June 2019 (AFP Photo/-) More Tripoli (AFP) – The United Nations mission to Libya has slammed ongoing violations of a UN Security Council arms embargo, despite commitments ... Read More »

How Did Bucharest Become ‘Paris of the East?’

Alexander Spatari/Getty More There are more than a half-dozen self-titled “Little Viennas” in Europe, preening for the honor of second place. Fewer cities compete for the diminutive “Little Paris” Grand Prix but there are some. The former were almost entirely within Austria-Hungary for decades or centuries, and accordingly their Habsburg ... Read More »

UN says 'blatant' violations of Libya arms embargo continue

Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The commander of anti-government forces in war-torn Libya has begun meetings in Athens in a bid to counter Turkey’s support for his opponents. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) CAIRO (AP) — Officials ... Read More »

Survivor in Slovenia turns 100 on Holocaust Remembrance Day

In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, Nazi camps survivor Marija Frlan, who will turn 100 on the Holocaust Remembrance day, talks to the Associated Press during an interview at her home in Rakek, Slovenia. Frlan, who was held at the Ravensbruck camp in northern Germany for over a ... Read More »

German military resumes training troops in northern Iraq

BERLIN (AP) — The German military resumed training Iraqi troops in the country’s Kurdish north on Sunday, about three weeks after it was suspended following the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general in Baghdad. The military said the commander of the international operation fighting the Islamic State group lifted ... Read More »

Death Toll Rises in Turkey Quake as Erdogan Slams Social Media

(Bloomberg) — A magnitude 6.8 earthquake in Turkey’s eastern Elazig province on Friday evening killed at least 31 people and injured hundreds. By Sunday, 45 people had been rescued from the rubble of collapsed buildings. A total of 76 buildings were destroyed and 645 heavily damaged, the Disaster and Emergency ... Read More »

Netanyahu hopes to 'make history' with White House visit

FILE – In this March 25, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump welcomes visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House in Washington. A blueprint the White House is rolling out to resolve the decades-long conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is as much about politics as it ... Read More »

Kim's aunt reemerges after years of speculation about fate

In this Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, claps with his wife Ri Sol Ju, third from right, and his aunt Kim Kyong Hui, second from right, as they attend a concert celebrating Lunar New Year’s Day in ... Read More »

Turkish teams hunt for quake survivors as death toll hits 35

Rescue workers try to save people trapped under debris following a strong earthquake that destroyed several buildings on Friday, in Elazig, eastern Turkey, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. Rescue workers were continuing to search for people buried under the rubble of apartment blocks in Elazig and neighboring Malatya. Mosques, schools, sports ... Read More »

Iranian FM: Tehran still willing to negotiate with US

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran is not ruling out negotiations with the United States even after an American drone strike that killed a top Iranian general, the country’s foreign minister said in an interview released Sunday. Mohammed Javad Zarif told Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine that he would “never ... Read More »

Why is Vladimir Putin racing to amend Russia's constitution?

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Why is Vladimir Putin racing to amend Russia’s constitution? originally appeared on abcnews.go.com” data-reactid=”16″>Why is Vladimir Putin racing to amend Russia’s constitution? originally appeared on abcnews.go.com <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Ever since Vladimir Putin announced a dramatic overhaul of Russia’s ... Read More »

Iraq protest tents set ablaze after cleric withdraws support

Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr dismantle their tents in preparation for withdrawing from the anti-government protests in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. Iraq’s anti-government protests were dealt a blow after a powerful Shiite cleric withdrew his support from the movement, leading security forces to set ... Read More »

'This is huge': Locust swarms destroy crops in East Africa

Farmers try to chase away swarms of desert locusts from a tree on their land by shaking branches, banging sticks together, and shouting, in Katitika village, Kitui county, Kenya Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Desert locusts have swarmed into Kenya by the hundreds of millions from Somalia and Ethiopia, countries that ... Read More »

Earthquake in Eastern Turkey Kills at Least 21 People

(Bloomberg) — A magnitude 6.8 earthquake in Turkey’s eastern Elazig province late Friday killed at least 21 people and injured hundreds. About 30 people remain under the rubble of collapsed buildings, the NTV news channel said on Saturday. Four buildings were wrecked in the Elazig city center, the Disaster and ... Read More »

How Demographics Could Spark Change in Iran

For years, Iran’s ruling ayatollahs have grappled with a profoundly vexing problem: how best to maintain the loyalty of the country’s growing (and increasingly unruly) population. The question isn’t strictly a political one. It is also made significantly more complicated by the age of the Islamic Republic’s population, which cuts ... Read More »

Death toll stands at 22 in Turkish earthquake; 1,000 hurt

Rescue workers carry a wounded person after they rescued him from the debris of a collapsed building following a strong earthquake in Elazig in the eastern Turkey, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. The earthquake rocked eastern Turkey on Friday, causing some buildings to collapse and killing scores of people, Turkish officials ... Read More »

'Give America a fair trial': key takeaways from Democrats' final arguments

<figcaption class="C($c-fuji-grey-h) Fz(13px) Py(5px) Lh(1.5)" title="Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA” data-reactid=”11″> Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA More The fourth full day of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the US Senate has concluded. Here are five key takeaways: The prosecution rests… for now Democrats completed the presentation of the case against Trump on Friday evening, ... Read More »

Ukraine's Zelensky weathers crises from Trump to downed jet

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, a political novice, has so far avoided any major gaffes in his first nine months in office, analysts say (AFP Photo/Handout) More Kiev (AFP) – In his first nine months as Ukrainian president, former comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has found himself at the centre of major international ... Read More »

Pompeo loses his temper with journalist over Ukraine questions

“Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked following an interview with NPR, according to journalist Mary Louise Kelly (AFP Photo/Ezequiel BECERRA) More Washington (AFP) – Shouts, glares and unprintable words: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lost his temper at a journalist after ... Read More »

Winning worker hearts and minds is key to companies achieving their green goals

<figcaption class="C($c-fuji-grey-h) Fz(13px) Py(5px) Lh(1.5)" title="Every employee needs to embrace a company’s sustainability mission if it hopes to succeed. pcruciatti/Shutterstock.com” data-reactid=”17″> Every employee needs to embrace a company’s sustainability mission if it hopes to succeed. pcruciatti/Shutterstock.com More A lot of companies say they care about the environment and commit to ... Read More »

In the terrorism fight, Trump has continued a key Obama policy

President Donald Trump has rescinded, reversed or otherwise ended many of former President Barack Obama’s signature policies – but not a prominent one. When it comes to fighting terrorism, the current commander-in-chief has upheld, and even extended, his predecessor’s linchpin strategy: using U.S. military special operations forces and targeted killings ... Read More »

Inside the impeachment managers’ strategy

with help from Sarah Ferris and Heather Caygle THE TRIAL FILES — The impeachment trial is moving right along — and if Republicans get their way, President Donald Trump could be acquitted by the end of next week. Today, the House’s impeachment managers will wrap up their opening arguments, which ... Read More »

The Jeff Bezos Hack Shows Vulnerability Beyond Tech: Lionel Laurent

(Bloomberg Opinion) — The innocuous-looking video file believed to have been used to hack Jeff Bezos’s smartphone says a lot about the technological sophistication of today’s spyware. Within hours of receiving the file and its encrypted downloader from the personal WhatsApp account of Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, the Amazon founder’s phone began transmitting “massive” amounts of ... Read More »

Global Elite Upbeat While Climate Activists Rage: Davos Update

Global Elite Upbeat While Climate Activists Rage: Davos Update More (Bloomberg) — Sign up here to receive the Davos Diary, a special daily newsletter that will run from Jan. 20-24. The rich and powerful are in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum’s 50th annual meeting, and the gathering is ... Read More »

Son: Former Egyptian president Mubarak undergoes surgery

FILE – In this April 25, 2016 file photo, ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak waves to his supporters from his room at the Maadi Military Hospital, where he is hospitalized, in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s former autocratic ruler Hosni Mubarak, who was forced to step down following 2011 mass protests, has ... Read More »

More airports screening passengers amid China virus outbreak

People walk under a screen warning about a new coronavirus at Suseo Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. China broadened its unprecedented, open-ended lockdowns to encompass around 25 million people Friday to try to contain a deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds, though the measures’ potential ... Read More »

Saudi Cleric Visits Auschwitz and Reaches Out to Polish Jews

(Bloomberg) — As world politics overshadows the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, arguably the most remarkable visitor to Poland isn’t part of any official state delegation. Mohammad Al-Issa, secretary general of the Mecca-based Muslim World League, visited the Nazi death camp on Thursday and was headed to the Museum of ... Read More »

Trump erodes water protections: 6 things to know

Here are six things to know about the new regulation, known as the Navigable Waters Protection Rule: 1) It goes beyond overturning Obama to erase protections that have been in place for decades The Trump administration has made a point of rolling back environmental rules put in place by its ... Read More »

Merkel, Mnuchin Diverge on Generation Thunberg: Davos Update

Merkel, Mnuchin Diverge on Generation Thunberg: Davos Update More (Bloomberg) — Sign up here to receive the Davos Diary, a special daily newsletter that will run from Jan. 20-24. The rich and powerful are in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum’s 50th annual meeting, and the gathering is being ... Read More »

New Lebanese minister says he won't permit attacks on police

Lebanese men pass in front of a coffee shop that was smashed by anti-government protesters, during a protest against the new government, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Lebanon’s new government, made up of members nominated by the Shiite group Hezbollah and its allies got down to business ... Read More »

Putin unveils Leningrad siege monument in Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin cut the ribbon to unveil the Memorial Candle monument in Jerusalem to commemorate the people of Leningrad during the World War II Nazi siege on the city (AFP Photo/) Jerusalem (AFP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin inaugurated Thursday a bronze ... Read More »

How Jeff Bezos' iPhone X Was Hacked

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) More SAN FRANCISCO — On the afternoon of May 1, 2018, Jeff Bezos received a message on WhatsApp from an account belonging to Saudi Arabia’s crown ... Read More »

El-Sissi dubs Egypt 'oasis of stability' amid clampdown

FILE – In this Sept. 24, 2019 file photo, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Egypt’s president has called for “decisive” and “collective” action against countries supporting terrorism.” His comments are an apparent reference to Turkey and Qatar, who back the ... Read More »