Archive for February, 2017

Monday, February 27th, 2017 at 10:27am

Russia’s soft warfare

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Russia has been making the headlines of international media for a while now. But none of that had to do with a strong economy or a powerful army because Russia simply doesn’t have either. Instead, it has learned to interfere through other means in the politics, media, elections and national security of other countries. The […]

Monday, February 27th, 2017 at 10:27am

‘White Helmets’ bags Oscar on politically charged night

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A film celebrating the White Helmets, a volunteer rescue group that operates in rebel-held parts of Syria, has scooped an Oscar for best short documentary on a night marked by politics. The eponymously titled White Helmets, a 40-minute Netflix film, gives a window into the lives of the group’s volunteers as they scramble to pull […]

Sunday, February 26th, 2017 at 10:18pm

Do talks on Syria serve any purpose?

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The talks in Geneva aimed at ending the Syrian conflict look set to continue despite two bombings in Homs that killed dozens of people on Saturday. Staffan de Mistura, the UN special envoy for Syria, says the attacks were a deliberate attempt to derail negotiations and he urged both sides to remain committed to the political […]

Sunday, February 26th, 2017 at 10:18pm

Egypt’s Coptic Christians flee Sinai after killings

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Hundreds of members of Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority have fled the Sinai Peninsula to Ismailiya city, 115km northeast of the capital Cairo, following a series of targeted killings by a local armed group. The assailants have shot and killed at least seven Christians in separate attacks in Sinai’s El Arish city in February. At least […]

Sunday, February 26th, 2017 at 10:18pm

’10 attacks a day’ against refugees, shelters in 2016

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More than 2,500 refugees in Germany were attacked last year, according to a report by the interior ministry, raising fears over the safety of those who have fled war and persecution. In a statement on Sunday, the interior minister citing police figures said that Germany recorded more than 3,500 attacks in total against refugees, migrants […]

Sunday, February 26th, 2017 at 10:14am

Donald Trump to skip White House correspondents’ dinner

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US President Donald Trump has announced he will not attend a century-old annual correspondents’ dinner, a day after a fierce fight erupted over press access to the White House. In a post on Twitter on Saturday, Trump wrote: “I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well […]

Sunday, February 26th, 2017 at 10:14am

Indonesia and Australia restore full military ties

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Indonesia and Australia have restored full military relations, weeks after Jakarta suspended cooperation because of “insulting” teaching material found at an Australian army centre. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made the announcement on Sunday alongside Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who arrived in Australia on Saturday for his first visit as president. “President Widodo and I have […]

Sunday, February 26th, 2017 at 10:14am

US basks in winter warmth

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In a typical February, much of the United States is in the grip of cold winter weather – not this year. Record-high temperatures have been recorded across much of the country, and the warmth will continue for a while yet. The usual winter weather pattern involves cold Arctic being driven southwards on a powerful jet […]

Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at 10:09pm

Srinivas Kuchibhotla: Wife questioned safety in US

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The wife of an Indian man shot dead in a US bar said she expressed concern about the targeting of immigrants in the United States before the attack, but her husband told her not to worry. Speaking at a news conference on Friday in Kansas, the victim’s wife, Sunayana Dumala, said she had questioned whether it […]

Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at 10:09pm

Keith Ellison loses to Tom Perez in DNC contest

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Democrats have elected a former labour secretary in Barack Obama’s administration as their new leader – a role analysts say would be crucial to helping the Democratic Party regain federal power, which has been lost to a great degree to the rival Republican Party. Members of the Democratic National Committee, the party’s administrative and fund-raising arm, chose […]

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