Archive for April, 2017

Sunday, April 30th, 2017 at 12:11pm

US drone strike kills five suspected al-Qaeda fighters

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A US drone strike has killed five suspected members of al-Qaeda in central Yemen, according to local news media and a government security official. Yemen Ajel, a local news website, reported that the drone fired three consecutive missiles at 12:30am local time on Sunday, or 22:30 GMT on Saturday, at a car reportedly transporting weapons to Marib province. Speaking on […]

Sunday, April 30th, 2017 at 12:10pm

‘Juarez is waiting for you’: Violent city tries tourism

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Ciudad Juarez, Mexico – In the early 1970s, Richard Wright, a native of El Paso, Texas, began crossing the then porous US-Mexico border into the northern Mexican community of Ciudad Juarez – a place once deeply connected to his home city and yet simultaneously worlds apart. “I was 15 when I first started coming over,” says […]

Sunday, April 30th, 2017 at 12:10pm

Kurdish-Arab force makes gains against ISIL in Tabqa

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The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have advanced against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) near the armed group’s stronghold in Raqqa in northern Syria, according to a monitor. The SDF, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, now controls at least 40 percent of the town of […]

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at 11:56pm

Russian police arrest dozens of anti-Putin protesters

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More than 100 activists were arrested in St Petersburg on Saturday as hundreds of Russians turned out to protest President Vladimir Putin’s expected candidacy in elections next year. Demonstrators rallied across several cities under the slogan “We’re sick of him.” The protests were called by the Open Russia movement founded by Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky. […]

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at 11:56pm

What change has Trump brought to Washington?

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Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States with fewer votes than his opponent. And his approval ratings after 100 days are lower than any previous president. Critics say it’s been a chaotic and controversial start, but consistent with his electioneering. He’s failed to fulfil some campaign promises and had to change his […]

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at 11:56pm

US families receive Iran payouts, decades after bombings

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Economic sanctions have often been seen as a crude political tool with varying effectiveness in bending the will of governments, whether it was Cuba, North Korea or apartheid South Africa. But the continuing US sanctions against Iran have given some measure of personal satisfaction to dozens of American families who’ve begun to receive cash payments […]

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at 11:48am

Is France’s National Front still fascist?

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Marine Le Pen, who recently resigned temporarily as leader of the National Front (FN), is now facing off against centrist Emmanuel Macron for France‘s top spot. Though she has stepped down temporarily, she remains a member of the FN, a party founded by her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, and a former Vichy Nazi, Leon Gaultier, […]

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at 11:48am

US marines return to Taliban stronghold of Helmand

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US soldiers from the Marine Corps have returned to Afghanistan’s Helmand province nearly three years after the US-led NATO forces ended combat mission in the country. Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson attended a handover ceremony on Saturday marking the return of the elite force, the first American soldiers to […]

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at 11:48am

Making sense of the tragedy in Mazar-i-Sharif

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Story highlights News of the vicious murder of seven United Nations employees in Mazar-i Sharif has outraged and bewildered Western observers as well many Afghans. Thousands of protesters had attended Friday prayers and heard the preacher of the celebrated Blue Mosque condemn the burning of the Quran half a world away at Pastor Terry Jones’ […]

Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 11:24pm

FIFA suspends audit official Richard Lai over bribery

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A member of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee was handed a provisional 90-day ban from football, a day after pleading guilty in a US court to taking bribes in exchange for using his influence within football’s world governing body. In a sign of continued problems in FIFA, the ethics committee said in a statement on […]

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