Archive for March, 2017

Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at 4:32am

Trump’s Russia mess: Five things to know

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Donald Trump’s presidency has been clouded by allegations that Russia sought to help him win the 2016 election while connections between his associates and Moscow also are under scrutiny. US intelligence agencies have stated unequivocally that Russian hackers meddled in the election. Whether that meddling helped Trump win the presidency is still unclear. Russia and the White […]

Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at 4:32am

Turkey ends ‘Euphrates Shield’ operation in Syria

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Turkey has officially ended the “Euphrates Shield” military operation it launched in Syria last August, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Wednesday, but suggested there might be more cross-border campaigns to come. Turkey sent troops, tanks and warplanes to support Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels, push ISIL fighters away from its border and stop the […]

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 at 4:31pm

Is Brexit Britain suffering from an imperial hangover?

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 earlier today and officially started the process that will lead to Britain leaving the European Union. Now, attention turns to what will happen next. Much of the analysis has so far been focused on the upcoming negotiations with the EU, with the possibility of no EU trade deal seeming […]

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 at 4:31pm

India crackdown on slaughterhouses stirs Muslim unease

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A crackdown on unlicensed slaughterhouses in India’s most populous state has spread to others ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, as Hindu hardliners press a political agenda that risks alienating the country’s Muslim minority. For years right-wing Hindu groups have demanded an end to the slaughter of cows, which are considered holy in Hinduism. […]

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 at 4:31pm

China, EU rally for climate action as Trump backs away

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China and European Union nations have reaffirmed their commitment to a global plan to slow climate change after US President Donald Trump began undoing Obama-era plans for deep cuts in US greenhouse gas emissions. Trump’s order on Tuesday, in line with a campaign promise to bolster the US coal industry, strikes at the heart of […]

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 at 4:24am

Trump moves to roll back Obama-era climate policies

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US President Donald Trump has declared the end of a “war on coal” as he moved to roll back rules that underpin American emissions targets and a major global climate accord. Following through on an election promise, Trump on Tuesday signed an “energy independence” executive order to review some of his predecessor Barack Obama’s climate legacy, declaring an […]

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 at 4:24am

US ‘probably’ involved in mass Iraqi civilian deaths

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The top US commander in Iraq on Tuesday acknowledged the likelihood that the US-led coalition played a role in blasts in Mosul that killed many civilians this month, but said an investigation was under way and ISIL may also be to blame. “My initial assessment is that we probably had a role in these casualties… […]

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 at 4:24am

Simone Gbagbo cleared of war crimes charges

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An Ivory Coast court has found former first lady Simone Gbagbo not guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity after a trial on her alleged role in postelection abuses that led to the deaths of thousands. Judge Kouadio Bouatchi with the country’s highest criminal court said a jury unanimously voted on Tuesday to free […]

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 at 4:03pm

Ahmed Kathrada: Humble and fearless

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The man known affectionately as “Uncle Kathy” is no more. Ahmed Kathrada, anti-apartheid activist, politician, and community leader best known for his close relationship with former South African president Nelson Mandela, passed away in Johannesburg in the early hours of Tuesday. The 87-year-old, who spent 26 years as a political prisoner on Robben Island and […]

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 at 4:03pm

Syria: 40,000 displaced as fighting rages near Hama

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Nearly 40,000 people, mostly women and children, have been displaced over the past week by fighting northwest of Syria’s Hama city, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Since the rebel offensive began in the area a week ago, people have fled south and west to Hama city and neighbouring districts in Homs, Latakia and Tartous, […]

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