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British judge denies Venezuela access to gold in bank vault

FILE – In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela. The political battle over control of Venezuela has turned to a $1 .8 billion stack of gold bars sitting in the Bank of England’s ... Read More »

Chinese Communist Party celebrates 99th anniversary by praising coronavirus success

The Chinese Communist Party celebrated its 99th anniversary on Wednesday by saying its success in containing Covid-19 proved its superiority and that of the country’s socialist system. <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="People’s Daily, the party’s official mouthpiece, said in an editorial: "This great struggle has fully demonstrated ... Read More »

A good night for the Dem establishment

OKAY, SCHUMER — If the major storyline after last week’s primaries was about the dominance of progressives, then last night was all about the establishment. Former Gov. John Hickenlooper handily won the Democratic nomination for a Colorado Senate seat that will be critical for the party’s effort to flip the ... Read More »

Retired pope's elder brother, Georg Ratzinger, dies at 96

FILE – In this Sept. 13, 2006 file picture Pope Benedict XVI, right, walks with his brother priest Georg Ratzinger in Regensburg, southern Germany. The Rev. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who earned renown in his own right as a director of an acclaimed German ... Read More »

Merkel's legacy at stake as Germany takes EU reins

Socially distanced but together on the virus recovery fund scheeme; Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday (AFP Photo/Kay Nietfeld) More Frankfurt am Main (AFP) – Germany takes over the European Union’s six-month presidency Wednesday, with outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel staking her legacy on a massive economic recovery plan to ... Read More »

Coronavirus: Uganda opens border for DR Congo refugees

Uganda hosts more than 400,000 refugees from DR Congo alone and many more from South Sudan More Uganda has opened part of its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo to allow in thousands of people stuck in no-man’s land for more than a month At least 3,000 of them ... Read More »

UK: China's new security law violates Hong Kong agreement

A man displays the Hong Kong colonial flag on the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China from Britain in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July. 1, 2020. Hong Kong marked the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China in 1997, and just one day after China enacted a national security law ... Read More »

Boris Johnson urges Israel to abandon West Bank annexation plans

Palestinian protest annexation of the West Bank, which is due to take place in the coming weeks – Reuters  More <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Boris Johnson has implored Israel to abandon its controversial plan to annex parts of the West Bank, warning that the move would embolden ... Read More »

How Biden Can Punish Putin

(Bloomberg Opinion) — According to a series of detailed dispatches from the New York Times, Russia’s military intelligence agency has offered bounties to Taliban fighters for killing U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. Some details remain unclear, and the White House says that “the president was never briefed on this.” Nonetheless: The ... Read More »

Russians set to back reforms allowing Putin to extend rule

The Kremlin is keen to see a high voter turnout (AFP Photo/Alexander NEMENOV) Moscow (AFP) – Russians are set to approve constitutional reforms on Wednesday denounced by critics as a manoeuvre to allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in the Kremlin for life. The changes were passed weeks ago by ... Read More »

Russian influencers and bloggers say they were offered as much as $100,000 to support Putin's bid to extend his term to 2036

Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen on June 30, 2020. More <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Alexei Druzhinin/TASS via Getty” data-reactid=”17″>Alexei Druzhinin/TASS via Getty Russia is holding a national referendum that could result in President Vladimir Putin being able to continue running for office through 2036. Wednesday is ... Read More »

Democrats unveil sweeping plan to tackle climate change

“It will be a fight as long as it needs to be,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday. “We will turn this report into law, saving the planet. Democrats know that the climate crisis is the essential crisis of our time.” The document produced by the House’s Select Committee on the ... Read More »

Israeli AG rejects Netanyahu request for financial legal aid

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wears a face mask during a media statement with US special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, at the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem, Tuesday June 30, 2020. (Abir Sultan/Pool via AP) JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s attorney general said Tuesday he opposed a request from Prime ... Read More »

Kim Jong-un and the Persistence of North Korea

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Click here to read the full article.” data-reactid=”19″>Click here to read the full article. <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Editor’s Note:&nbsp;As the world commemorates&nbsp;the 70th&nbsp;anniversary of the start of the Korean War, the&nbsp;Center for the National Interest’s Korean Studies team decided ... Read More »

Hachalu Hundessa: Popular Ethiopian protest singer shot dead

The 34-year-old’s songs focused on the rights of his Oromo people More Demonstrations have broken out in Ethiopia following the shooting dead of musician Hachalu Hundessa, well known for his political songs. Two people have died during protests in one town, doctors told the BBC. Hachalu’s songs often focused on ... Read More »

Protesters return to Sudan streets, calling for more reforms

FILE – In this Sept. 23, 2017 file photo, then Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Ghandour speaks during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters. On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, Sudanese protesters returned to the streets to pressure transitional authorities, demanding justice for those ... Read More »

Congress demands answers on Russian bounties

INCLUDED ON INTEL — Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are fighting for more access to intelligence reports about Afghan militants being offered Russian bounties to kill U.S. troops. A select group of members have already started to get the intel assessment: several House Republicans attended a briefing at the White House ... Read More »

China passes controversial Hong Kong national security law

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Putin urges Russians to vote for security, prosperity

Russians began voting last week on the package of constitutional changes proposed by Vladimir Putin, including a reset of presidential term limits (AFP Photo/Mikhail Klimentyev) Moscow (AFP) – President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday urged Russians to take part in a nationwide vote on constitutional reforms to ensure “stability, security and ... Read More »

Putin a step away from goal as constitutional vote nears end

FILE – In this June 23, 2020, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu leave Red Square after the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in Moscow, Russia. Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional ... Read More »

Iran says still in first wave of virus outbreak

Pedestrians wearing protective masks due to the coronavirus walk past shops in the Iranian capital Tehran (AFP Photo/ATTA KENARE) More Tehran (AFP) – Iran’s coronavirus epidemic is still in its first wave, the government said Tuesday as it announced nearly 150 new deaths a day after reporting a record high ... Read More »

The One Mistake Donald Trump Should Never Make: Invade Iran

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Click here to read the full article.” data-reactid=”19″>Click here to read the full article. To be fair, very few people who are hawkish on Iran have called for a military campaign to overthrow the Islamic Republic, and generally for good reason; there is little ... Read More »

‘Like two guys in a steam bath’: Trump consistently sought approval from Putin during calls and was 'outplayed' by Russian leader

US president Donald Trump in 2018, speaks alongside Russian president Vladimir Putin: AFP via Getty Images More <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Private calls between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have the tone of "two guys in a steam bath" according to an aide’s account of the conversations ... Read More »

Jason Chaffetz On Pelosi: “Shame On Her!… If She Has Evidence, If She’s Heard A Briefing,… She Needs To Share That Evidence”

Former Utah Republican Congressman, Jason Chaffetz, said it’s “terribly irresponsible” of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “to suggest that the Russians have something on” President Trump, and demanded that she “share that evidence” if she knows something. This comes after The New York Times, alleged that the Commander in Chief had been ... Read More »

McEnany Blasts Pelosi For ‘Playing Politics’ Over NYT’s Anonymous-Sourced Story: “It’s Truly Despicable”

The New York Times reported over the weekend that American intelligence officials have determined a Russian military unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces, including targeting American troops. The paper also claimed: “The intelligence finding was briefed to President Trump, and the White House’s National Security ... Read More »

Study: U.S. flood risks dwarf federal estimates

Experts such as floodplain managers, risk management officials and climate scientists have complained for years that FEMA has failed to consider those climate-driven changes and that the agency underestimates even the current flood risks because of long delays in updating its maps. “We’re trying to democratize this data so that ... Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Macau billionaire's bribery appeal

WASHINGTON, June 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up billionaire Macau real estate developer Ng Lap Seng’s appeal of his conviction and four-year prison sentence for bribing two U.N. ambassadors to help him build a multibillion-dollar conference center. The justices left in place a ... Read More »

Justices reject appeal from imprisoned Chinese billionaire

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a Chinese billionaire who was convicted of bribing United Nations officials to buy their support for a proposed U.N. center in Macau that was never built. The justices did not comment, leaving in place the bribery conviction of Ng ... Read More »

A quiet Israeli ex-general emerges as new foil to Netanyahu

In this photo taken on Sunday, June 28, 2020, former Israeli Air Force general and leading critic of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Brig. Gen. Amir Haskel poses for a photo in Tel Aviv, Israel. After 32 years in the Israeli Air Force, retired Brig. Gen. Amir Haskel wasn’t looking to ... Read More »

Iran sends recorder from downed Ukrainian jetliner to France

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has sent the black box flight recorder from a Ukrainian passenger jet that it mistakenly shot down in January to France for further analysis following months of delays, state-run media reported Monday. The IRNA news agency quoted Tehran military prosecutor Gholamabbas Torki as saying that ... Read More »