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An Afghan official says the announcement of preliminary results of last month's presidential election has been delayedPosted 38 minutes ago
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will push ahead and try to have Britain leave the European Union by Oct. 31Posted about 1 hour ago
UK Parliament votes to postpone decision on EU divorce deal, raising prospect of further delay to Brexit.Posted about 1 hour ago
Day 2 of wildcat French train strike affects thousands at start of school holidaysPosted about 1 hour ago
Ethiopia's Nobel Peace Prize-winning leader launches million-copy book of his ideologyPosted 1 hours ago
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic presidential candidate, fought back after Hillary Clinton appeared to call her "the favorite of the Russians" in a recent interview.Posted 15 hours ago
Conservative justices may rein in the consumer agency touted by Elizabeth Warren and launched under President Obama.Posted 16 hours ago
The White House's initial strategy toward the House impeachment investigation was to try to block witnesses from testifying. Now that's failed. What's Plan B?Posted 18 hours ago
Here are the stories you shouldn't miss today: TOP STORIES 'Get Over It' During a Thursday morning news conference, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney came out and said it: President Trump withheld roughly $400 million in aid to Ukraine earlier this year in part to pressure its new government to investigate Democrats.Posted 12:00pm - 18 Oct 2019
The system gives enormous power to U.S. customs officers, Border Patrol agents and asylum officers, whose whims and judgment calls decide the fate of many migrants.Posted 11:00am - 18 Oct 2019
Announcement to impose tariffs on EU goods comes after World Trade Organization ruled airline maker Airbus receiving illegal subsidies.Posted 33 minutes ago
The Spanish state is falling apart, and the ongoing Catalan uprising is but one manifestation of its collapse.Posted about 1 hour ago
Parliament approves amendment designed to prevent possibility of no-deal departure from the EU on October 31.Posted about 1 hour ago
The quagmire in Syria gets worse and the reporting gets even more difficult. Plus blackface in the Arab world.Posted 1 hours ago
Over a million people are expected to demonstrate in London as Parliament debates Brexit deal signed by PM Johnson.Posted 1 hours ago
US Vice-President Mike Pence says the pause in operations will allow Kurdish-led forces to withdraw.Posted 2 hours ago
Police said he was part of a smuggling operation which led to the deaths of over 350 people in 2001.Posted 4 hours ago
Local officials open a criminal investigation over reports the dam was built illegally.Posted 4 hours ago
Spectators at a US basketball match don t-shirts and masks in support of the Hong Kong protests.Posted 4 hours ago
Santiago's metro will be closed for two days after protests against a fare increase turned violent.Posted 11 hours ago
Oliver Letwin’s amendment could force the Prime Minister to seek another extension.Posted 41 minutes ago
The mayor of riot-stricken Barcelona has called for calm after violent protests by Catalan separatists rocked Spain’s second largest city once again.Posted 2 hours ago
The Shia event is regarded as the largest public gathering in the world.Posted 3 hours ago
High school students had launched a demonstration against a fare hike.Posted 4 hours ago
Key comments from inside and outside the House of Commons on the day of the Brexit debate.Posted 4 hours ago
Turkey’s military incursion into northeast Syria last week set into motion a humanitarian crisis that was effectively enabled by the United States, after President Trump green-lit the Turkish operation and then withdrew 1,000 U.S. troops from the area. It constituted a betrayal of Syria’s Kurds, who have been critical to the war against jihadi groups…Posted 19 hours ago
Sixteen months after the Singapore summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, nuclear negotiators finally met for eight hours in Stockholm earlier this month. The talks fell apart after just one day, with North Korea’s representative Kim Myong Gil blaming the U.S. for its “failure to abandon its outdated viewpoint and…Posted 21 hours ago
Democracies around the world are under stress, their institutions and norms undermined by illiberal actors, and their vulnerabilities exploited by external forces bent on weakening democracy’s appeal. Prominent illustrations include Hungary and Poland’s illiberal turns, Turkey’s descent into authoritarianism, and foreign electoral interference in states across the transatlantic community. These democratic setbacks—both attention-grabbing and more subtle—have emerged…Posted 22 hours ago
With the Turkish incursion into Kurdish fighter-controlled northeastern Syria, the war has taken a new turn. It was long in the making, yet most stakeholders are reevaluating risks and losses rather than counting benefits. The damage to U.S. positions and influence is heavy, as my Brookings colleagues have carefully assessed. The hastily negotiated ceasefire deal…Posted 1:50pm - 18 Oct 2019
Last Sunday’s elections in Hungary and Poland gave democrats in Central Europe new cause for hope, as the ruling right-wing nationalist parties in both countries suffered setbacks at the polls. In Hungary’s municipal elections, a unified opposition defeated autocratic Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz in the capital of Budapest and a series of regional administrative capitals.…Posted 3:40pm - 17 Oct 2019
Syrian Kurdish-led forces and Turkey exchanged blame on Saturday for fighting that has rattled a U.S.-brokered ceasefire in northeastern Syria, as the Kurds appealed to Vice-President Mike Pence to enforce the deal.Posted 1 hours ago
Chile's President Sebastian Pinera declared a state of emergency in the capital Santiago early on Saturday, as the city of 6 million descended into chaos amid riots that left a downtown building engulfed in flames and its metro system shuttered.Posted 4 hours ago
Millions of pilgrims are making their way on foot to the Iraqi city of Karbala for the annual Shia pilgrimage of Arbaeen.Posted 5 hours ago
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to get the U.K. Parliament to approve his divorce deal with the European Union was thrown into doubt Saturday, as legislators were first given a vote on whether — yet again — to delay their final decision on Brexit.Posted 5 hours ago
Mexican authorities captured then liberated Ovidio Guzmán López, one of the leaders of the Sinaloa cartel, after the cartel sent gunmen into the streets of state capital Culiacán to confront government forces and sow mayhem.Posted 15 hours ago
British lawmakers have voted to postpone a decision on whether to back a Brexit deal with the European Union, throwing a wrench into government plans to leave the bloc at the end of this month.Posted about 1 hour ago
President Trump is rejecting criticism for his decision to pullout US troops from Syria and is pleased with the recent ceasefire agreement, but Syrian Christians are feeling abandoned by America.Posted 1 hours ago
The first every Chick-fil-A outlet to be established on UK soil is set to close after being targeted by a pro-LGBT group.Posted 2 hours ago
It's been roughly two weeks since the NBA fallout began in China after Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, tweeted his support for pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong.Posted 20 hours ago
It's been roughly two weeks since the NBA fallout began in China after Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, tweeted his support for pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong.Posted 20 hours ago
They used ladders to climb over the compound's wallPosted 26 minutes ago
After years of fierce debate members of British parliament are holding a rare Saturday meeting to consider a crucial vote on Brexit. The House of Commons is discussing whether to adopt the revised deal reached earlier this week between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the European Union. Ian Lee reports.Posted 43 minutes ago
In Syria, Kurdish forces are accusing Turkey of failing to abide by the terms of the U.S.-brokered ceasefire. Its leaders are calling on Vice President Mike Pence to take responsibility for its enforcement. It comes as Russian leaders reportedly huddled in Syria to discuss de-escalating tensions in the region. Holly Williams reports.Posted 2 hours ago
President Trump is urging Republicans to stick together and in his words from a tweet Friday night "fight." This comes as the White House tries to recover from an admission by the president's acting chief of staff this week that the U.S. did withhold $400 million in U.S. military aid to Ukraine. Weijia Jiang reports.Posted 2 hours ago
Lawmakers gathered for their first Saturday sitting since the 1982 Falklands WarPosted 3 hours ago
LONDON: British lawmakers on Saturday (Oct 19) voted for a proposal to withhold support for Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal until formal ratification legislation has passed, a step that will oblige him to ask the European Union for a Brexit delay. Lawmakers voted 322-306 for the ...Posted about 1 hour ago
Police and local people searched on Saturday for more bodies in the rubble of a mosque in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province after bomb blasts in which at least 69 people were killed during Friday prayers.Posted 3 hours ago
BEIJING: Chinese Vice Premier Liu He said on Saturday (Oct 19) that China will work with the United States to address each other's core concerns on the basis of equality and mutual respect, and that stopping the trade war would be good for both sides and the world. "The two sides have made ...Posted 3 hours ago
U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will return to the campaign trail in New York City on Saturday, nearly three weeks after a heart attack that raised concerns about his viability in the Democratic race to pick a challenger to President Donald Trump.Posted 4 hours ago
A fragile ceasefire was holding along Turkey's border with Syria on Saturday, two days after President Tayyip Erdogan agreed the truce to allow Kurdish forces time to pull back from Ankara's cross-border assault.Posted 4 hours ago
Ukraine has been the site of the political affairs of Paul Manafort, the business dealings of Hunter Biden, and the investigations of Rudy Giuliani.Posted 17 hours ago
Ukraine has been the site of the political affairs of Paul Manafort, the business dealings of Hunter Biden, and the investigations of Rudy Giuliani.Posted 17 hours ago
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests have made headlines for months. But what does a typical demonstration really feel like?Posted 20 hours ago
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests have made headlines for months. But what does a typical demonstration really feel like?Posted 20 hours ago
Just a few years ago, Justin Trudeau was a political rock star in Canada. Now he's struggling to ensure that his party wins Monday's elections.Posted 21 hours ago
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Not once during Samsung’s Unpacked event for
The post Samsung didn’t mention Bixby once during its entire Galaxy Note 10 event appeared first on .Posted 2 months ago
Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss have signed a multi-year film and
The post Game of Thrones creators sign $200 million Netflix deal to make exclusive shows and films appeared first on .Posted 2 months ago
Game of Thrones creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been lured to
The post ‘Game of Thrones’ creators are heading to Netflix appeared first on .Posted 2 months ago
In the not-too-distant past, you used to be able to buy a smartphone knowing that
The post Every Apple, Google, and Samsung phone you can buy with a headphone jack appeared first on .Posted 2 months ago
AMD CEO: Epyc 2 chips are the world’s fastest x86 processors, mounting a big challenge
The post AMD CEO: Epyc 2 chips are the world’s fastest x86 processors appeared first on .Posted 2 months ago
Russia is not seeking to capitalize on trade tensions between the U.S. and China, according to Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.Posted 14 minutes ago
U.K. lawmakers have voted to pass an amendment that forces the government to seek an extension to the Brexit deadline.Posted about 1 hour ago
HTC says the Exodus 1s comes packed with cryptocurrency-related features that will let users exchange, lend and borrow digital assets.Posted 2 hours ago
Even Trump insiders worry that neglecting allies could hurt global trade, security interestsPosted 4 hours ago
The capital city of Santiago descended into chaos amid riots that left a downtown building engulfed in flames and its metro system shuttered.Posted 9 hours ago
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Saturday said the police have used "appropriate force of weapon" to respond to protesters in large-scale events and that the government will not tolerate any unlawful or violent acts, even by the police.Posted 6 hours ago
American-made weaponry has fallen into the hands of rival militia groups in Yemen, some of whom have turned their arms against each other in a bitter and worsening conflict, a new CNN investigation has found.Posted 10 hours ago
President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria has already had an immense impact on the region. CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports.Posted 14 hours ago
Police and suspected cartel members engaged in prolonged gun battles in Culiacán, Mexico as local authorities pursued the son of former drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.Posted 19 hours ago
Fires and violence broke out in the streets of Barcelona on Friday, as more than half a million pro-independence protesters gathered in the Catalan capital, the local police said.Posted 20 hours ago
In each year of his presidency, Donald Trump has issued more executive orders than did former President Barack Obama during the same time span. He surpassed Obama's third-year total just recently.Posted 36 minutes ago
Authorities in Coweta County, Georgia, say a man cased a Costco and hid in the store for hours before stealing US$13,000 worth of jewelry.Posted about 1 hour ago
Syrian Kurdish-led forces and Turkey exchanged blame on Saturday for fighting that has rattled a U.S.-brokered cease-fire in northeastern Syria, as the Kurds appealed to U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence to enforce the deal.Posted 2 hours ago
Turkish-backed Syrian fighters clashed with Kurdish-led forces in several parts of northeastern Syria on Saturday, with some crossing the border from Turkey to attack a village, a war monitor said. Both sides blamed each other for fighting that has rattled the U.S.-brokered cease-fire.Posted 2 hours ago
Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters are set for another weekend of civil disobedience as they prepare to hold an unauthorized protest march to press their demands.Posted 2 hours ago
Jolly Joseph, 47, was fascinated by death and took pleasure as she killed her husband, his parents and three extended family members by mixing cyanide into their food and drinks, say policePosted 2 hours ago
The 45-year-old man was taking part in the swim test during the Peguera triathlon when he got into difficulties off Playa de ToraPosted 3 hours ago
EXCLUSIVE: Safari guide Paul Templer lost an arm and had almost 40 bite wounds after he was swallowed and violently thrashed around by a rogue hippo in the Zambezi River in ZimbabwePosted 6 hours ago
It took seven people to restrain the "wild hooligan" on the flight to Thailand, which had to make an emergency landing in UzbekistanPosted 7 hours ago
Drone footage from the scene shows how homes in the area were left teetering on the edge of the sinkhole which had formed due to heavy rainsPosted 12 hours ago
The U.S. Army is now testing new virtual-reality devices that will allow Soldiers to rehearse combat missions that they are about to undertake. The Army News Service has reported that Soldiers are testing the newest Integrated Visual Augmentation System or virtual-reality goggles. The Integrated Visual Augmentation System, known as IVAS, will be tested by 82nd […]Posted 7 hours ago
The U.S. Army Contracting Command on 18 October awarded Oshkosh Defense a contract worth approximately $159 million to produce a modified variant of Family of Medium Tactical Vehicle (FMTV). Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, was awarded a new contract in Foreign Military Sales to Israel, according to the U.S. Department of Defense news […]Posted 7 hours ago
The U.S. military leaders are set to transform Total Army (Regular Army, National Guard, Army Reserve, and Army Civilians) into a multi-domain force by 2035, meet its enduring responsibility as part of the Joint Force to provide for the defense of the United States, and retain its position as the globally dominant land power. Today’s […]Posted 9:04am - 18 Oct 2019
The U.S. industry-leading designer and manufacturer of tactical military trucks and armored wheeled vehicles Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, announced today that it has celebrated a production milestone as the 5,000th Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) drove off the production line. The JLTV is a complement and replacement for the Humvee. The Humvee […]Posted 8:07am - 18 Oct 2019
The U.S. Department of State has approved a potential $253 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of AIM-120C-7/C-8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) for the Republic of Korea, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 17 October. The potential deal is for 120 AMRAAM missiles, weapon support, spare and repair parts as well as […]Posted 7:38am - 18 Oct 2019
With the installation of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister of the UK, British democracy has – alongside political developments in the United States – reached a tipping point. Posted 2 months ago
Hard Brexit is the likeliest outcome because it is the desire of the Party’s membership. Even if it means the destruction of their party.. Posted 4 months ago
To snuff out Nigel Farage a second time, the Conservatives will almost certainly elect Boris Johnson, and he will push for a No Deal exit. Posted 5 months ago
After three exhausting and poisonous years of negotiations between the UK and the EU we are not approaching the end – we have barely finished the beginning. Posted 7 months ago
Reversibility seeks to encourage and further the synergy of scholarly expertise, rethinking the ways we conceive of politics and the human world and how to tackle, if not solve current challenges. Posted 7 months ago
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Egypt reveals mummies in newly discovered ancient coffinsPosted 31 minutes ago
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AG Barr expands controversial review into origin of Russia investigationPosted 2 hours ago
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Around 400 firefighters are battling to save Notre Dame after a catastropic fire engulfed the world famous cathedral in Paris, toppling its spire and threatening the entire wooden frame of the building.Posted 6 months ago
With stunning natural beauty, a bustling cosmopolitan vibe and some of the world’s largest sporting events on the horizon, we’ve uncovered a whole host of reasons to visit Yokohama, Japan…Posted 8 months ago
US singer Chris Brown and two other people are in custody in Paris after a woman filed a rape complaint, according to French police.Posted 9 months ago
It's time for a dose of Christmas cuteness - courtesy of a magician and dogs at an animal shelterPosted 10 months ago
Soul singer Aretha Franklin has died at her home in Detroit, her publicist has said. More to followPosted about 1 year ago
In a major blow to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.K. lawmakers voted Saturday to postpone a decision on whether to back his Brexit deal with the European Union, throwing a wrench into government plans to leave the bloc at the end of this month.Posted about 1 hour ago
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a knife-edge vote on his last-minute Brexit deal in the House of Commons on Saturday. But except for replacing the contentious “backstop” with new arrangements to ensure an open border in Ireland, the agreement Johnson struck with the EU is similar to that of his predecessor – which was rejected by parliament three times.Posted 2 hours ago
Hundreds gathered in Lebanon Saturday for a third day of protests against tax increases and alleged official corruption after the security forces made dozens of arrests.Posted 2 hours ago
Turkey on Saturday accused Kurdish forces of violating a US-brokered ceasefire deal in northeast Syria. But the Kurds say it is Turkey who is failing to abide by its terms, refusing to lift a siege it imposed on the border town of Ras al-Ain 30 hours after the truce went into effect.Posted 4 hours ago
Chile's president declared a state of emergency in Santiago Friday night and gave the military responsibility for security after a day of violent protests over an increase in the price of metro tickets.Posted 7 hours ago
The protesters, some having travelled for hours from around the United Kingdom to get to the capital, waved EU flags under sunny skies and held placards that employed creativity and wit.Posted about 1 hour ago
Tropical Storm Nestor bore down on the northern Gulf Coast with high winds, surging seas and heavy rains Saturday, threatening to hit an area of the Florida Panhandle devastated one year ago by Hurricane Michael.Posted 1 hours ago
The shifting White House explanation for President Donald Trump’s decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine drew alarm Friday from Republicans as the impeachment inquiry brought a new test of their alliance.Posted 2 hours ago
Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters are set for another weekend of civil disobedience as they prepare to hold an unauthorized protest march to press their demands.Posted 3 hours ago
Villagers from the surrounding Haskamena district said that there were more than one hundred worshippers at the time of the bombing in the mosque.Posted 3 hours ago
The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has given Iran a final deadline of February 2020 to tighten its rules against money laundering in compliance with the global watchdog’s financial standards.
The post FATF Extends Suspension of Anti-Iran Measures for Last Time appeared first on Iran Front Page.Posted 4 hours ago
Iran’s first vice president has travelled to Iraq to attend the annual Arba’een processions, the world’s largest pilgrimage which marks the 40th day after the anniversary of martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam.
The post In Iraq, Iran’s First VP Praises Iraq Hospitality during Arba’een appeared first on Iran Front Page.Posted 4 hours ago
Millions of Shiite Muslims have flocked to the Iraqi city of Karbala to mark the annual Arba’een pilgrimage, a trek of at least 76 km, to commemorate the anniversary of the fortieth day after the martyrdom of Hussein ibn Ali (AS), the third Shiite Imam.
The post Millions of Shiite Muslims in Karbala to Mark Arba’een appeared first on Iran Front Page.Posted 5 hours ago
Knowledge-based companies of Iran and the Azerbaijan Republic have signed several cooperation agreements.
The post Iranian, Azeri Knowledge-Based Firms Clinch Cooperation Deals appeared first on Iran Front Page.Posted 5 hours ago
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi has condemned a terrorist attack on a mosque in the Afghan province of Nangarhar, which killed and wounded tens of worshippers.Posted 6 hours ago
We’re pleased to share the following details of the speaking tour that Gaza-Palestinian Yousef Aljamal is undertaking of the United States, October 14 through November 2. Please be aware that ...
The post U.S. tour of Gaza-Palestinian Yousef Aljamal starts soon! appeared first on Just World Educational.Posted 3:40pm - 10 Oct 2019
We’ve been following Algeria’s popular-democracy movement almost since its weekly Friday mass demonstrations– known collectively as “the Hirak”– erupted onto the streets of the country’s numerous cities and towns back ...
The post Algeria’s popular-democracy movement gains new energy appeared first on Just World Educational.Posted 1:42am - 23 Sep 2019
We’re delighted to crosspost this account that our board member Alice Rothchild wrote, of a great training workshop for Palestinian-rights activists from around the United States, that the American Friends ...
The post Preparing for 2020: Advocating for justice for Palestine and beyond appeared first on Just World Educational.Posted about 1 month ago
Just World Ed is delighted that October 13-29 we will be hosting Palestinian rights activist Yousef Aljamal on a speaking tour that will take him to the Greater NYC area, ...
The post Yousef Aljamal to speak on Gaza, detention of Palestinian kids, in USA, October appeared first on Just World Educational.Posted about 1 month ago
Yousef M. Aljamal* Growing up in Gaza, I developed a special relationship with street vendors. I used to enjoy the chants they used– mostly self-invented lyrics– to entice children to ...
The post Selling corn-on-the-cob in Gaza: A summer job by the sea appeared first on Just World Educational.Posted 2 months ago
Over the past few months, my Facebook feed has been showing numerous, very alarmist ads from allegedly “humanitarian” Western NGOs, about the alleged “threats” faced by people in the various portions of Syria that the central government has been retaking from the well-armed, extremist-dominated rebels who have controlled them for some years. On the right … Continue reading "The Humanitarian-Interventionist Complex and Syria"Posted about 1 year ago
Elizabeth Tsurkov is a young Research Associate with the West Jerusalem-based “Forum for Regional Thinking”, who has published several articles and hundreds of tweets over the past two to three years that were all strongly supportive of the anti-government forces in Syria. All the more notable, then, that on July 10, FORTH (as it is … Continue reading "Elizabeth Tsurkov on the failings of Syria’s “rebels”"Posted about 1 year ago
In the lead-up to May 15, a key date in the history of the Palestinians’ ongoing “Nakba” (catastrophe) and the date– 70 years ago, in 1948– of the establishment of the State of Israel, grassroots organizations in Gaza and other parts of Palestine have been engaging in a six-week-long action called “The Great March of … Continue reading "Palestine: The Return of “Return” (and Jerusalem)"Posted about 1 year ago
You have to believe the world is in trouble when a Defense Secretary hailed by Pres. Trump (and many others) as “Mad Dog Mattis” now looks as if he will be the most moderate high-level person in Washington’s national-security team. By the decisions he’s made over the past two weeks, to replace Secretary of State … Continue reading "5 steps to stop Trump from blowing up the world by the end of May"Posted about 1 year ago
(This is v.2 of this blog post. I edited it to try to give a better picture of the casualty tolls in Iraq from the 2003 decision to invade. But those numbers are still really hard to capture. ~HC.) In the months leading up to March 19, 2003, when Pres. George W. Bush launched an … Continue reading "Why does Washington’s imperialist warmaking continue?"Posted about 1 year ago
British MPs on Saturday voted to delay a decision on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal, arguing they needed more time to study its contents before an October 31 deadline.Posted about 1 hour ago
Tens of thousands of pro-EU protesters from across Britain wielding banners, placards and flags converged on parliament on Saturday, as MPs debated the government's Brexit deal.Posted about 1 hour ago
Prime Minister Boris Johnson fought attempts Saturday to potentially further delay Britain's protracted departure from the European Union, as MPs debated his divorce deal less than two weeks before...Posted 1 hours ago
The British parliament may end up forcing Prime Minister Boris Johnson to request another Brexit delay and give only provisional support to his divorce deal with the EU.Posted 5 hours ago
British MPs gathered on Saturday for a knife-edge vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal for a decision that could see the UK leave the EU this month or plunge the country into fresh...Posted 6 hours ago
British MPs on Saturday voted to delay a decision on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal, arguing they needed more time to study its contents before an October 31 deadline.Posted 9 minutes ago
Turkish and Kurdish leaders accused each other of violating a US-brokered truce in northeastern Syria even as it appeared to be taking hold on its second day.Posted 2 hours ago
The British parliament may end up forcing Prime Minister Boris Johnson to request another Brexit delay and give only provisional support to his divorce deal with the EU.Posted 3 hours ago
The US moved to further hurt Cuba's vital tourism industry by tightening the ability of the country's airlines to lease aircraft.Posted 4 hours ago
Furious that US President Donald Trump announced he will host the next G7 summit at his own golf resort in Florida, congressional Democrats introduced legislation to block his plan.Posted 6 hours ago
Legendary underground cartoonist Kim Deitch's new book is packed with monkeys, cartoon magpies, and even Jesus; it starts with an account of killing time after eye surgery and gets wilder from there.Posted about 1 hour ago
John discusses music, addiction and his new memoir, Me. Justin Chang reviews the satirical Nazi film, Jojo Rabbit. Locke shows a part of Texas we don't usually see in Heaven, My Home.Posted 2 hours ago
The Education Department is proposing that it collect more information on bullying and sexual assaults happening at schools, and less information on things like preschool suspension rates.Posted 2 hours ago
While many Catalans are outraged at the central government's crackdown on the independence movement, the huge demonstrations have obscured deep divisions in Catalan society.Posted 2 hours ago
Listener Ashley Syruws of Buffalo, N.Y., shares her signature song, "She Used to Be Mine" by Sara Bareilles. It helped her break away from an unhappy marriage.Posted 3 hours ago
The Mexican city of Culiacán came to a standstill when cartel gunmen unleashed an "all-out war" during a clash with security forces.Posted 18 hours ago
Throughout Syria's war, President Bashar al-Assad has managed to stay in power through "ruthless desire to rule and perpetuate the reign of this family," says Sam Dagher, foreign correspondent and author of a new book on the Assad family.Posted 19 hours ago
A bill passed the lower house of France's parliament that would open up reproductive technologies to single women and same-sex couples.Posted 20 hours ago
Prime Minister Boris Johnson secured a new Brexit deal from the European Union. It's product of months of planning by the British government, so it’s reasonable to ask what has actually changed since former Prime Minister Theresa May struck her original deal.Posted 22 hours ago
American diplomats are too often inexperienced political appointees — an issue for both Republican and Democratic administrations, former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul tells The World.Posted 22 hours ago
A Cambodian court has charged three men with gang-raping a French tourist in the coastal province of Kampot after offering her a ride in their car, police said Saturday.Posted 2 hours ago
Major European players are joining forces to block Facebook's proposed digital currency because of the dangers it poses to “national sovereignty”, according to French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire.Posted 2 hours ago
Angel Di Maria scored two goals and Kylian Mbappe one on his return from injury as Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain beat nine-man Nice 4-1.Posted 3 hours ago
France faces a second day of travel chaos this Saturday as railworkers pursue an unplanned strike, after last ditch talks between the management of the national rail company SNCF and unions broke down without agreement.Posted 4 hours ago
If the House of Commons rejects the new Brexit deal, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be forced by law to ask the EU for a delay. But several EU leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, are growing impatient with London.Posted 5 hours ago
British MPs gathered for an extraordinary session of parliament on Saturday to debate and vote on the Brexit deal that Prime Minister Boris Johnson made with the EU have delayed their decision on the agreement until next week. But instead of voting on the deal, the British MPs gathered on Saturday backed the Letwin amendment, […]Posted 44 minutes ago
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a knife-edge vote on his last-minute Brexit deal in the House of Commons on Saturday. But except for replacing the contentious “backstop” with new arrangements to ensure an open border in Ireland, the agreement Johnson struck with the EU is similar to that of his predecessor – which was rejected […]Posted about 1 hour ago
Egypt revealed on Saturday a rare trove of 30 ancient wooden coffins that have been well-preserved over millennia in the archaeologically rich Valley of the Kings in Luxor. The antiquities ministry officially unveiled the discovery made at Asasif, a necropolis on the west bank of the Nile River, at a press conference against the backdrop […]Posted 2 hours ago
The Catholic Church “hears the cry” of the Amazon and its peoples. That’s the message Pope Francis hopes to send at the Synod of the Amazon, a three-week meeting at the Vatican that ends Oct. 27. Images from Rome show tribal leaders in traditional feather headdresses alongside Vatican officials in their regalia. They are gathered […]Posted 2 hours ago
Mexico’s president faced a firestorm of criticism Friday as his security forces acknowledged they arrested kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s son, then released him when his cartel responded with an all-out gun battle. Admitting his troops carried out a “badly planned” operation, Defense Minister Luis Sandoval said they briefly arrested Ovidio Guzman — one of […]Posted 3 hours ago
The speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow said he would rule on Monday if he will allow the government to put forward a vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal.Posted 22 minutes ago
Troops were patrolling the streets of the Chilean capital Santiago on Saturday morning, the military confirmed, after President Sebastian Pinera evoked a state of emergency amid a surge in violent protests over a hike in public transport fares.Posted 23 minutes ago
Police in Azerbaijan on Saturday detained scores of protesters, including the leader of the main opposition Popular Front, at the start of a planned rally against low salaries, corruption and a lack of democracy in the energy-rich ex-Soviet state.Posted 27 minutes ago
Thousands of anti-Brexit protesters gathered outside Britain's parliament cheered as lawmakers voted on Saturday to withhold support for Prime Minister Boris Johnson's EU exit deal until formal ratification legislation had passed.Posted 31 minutes ago
British lawmakers will debate and vote on Monday on whether to approve Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal, the leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg said on Saturday.Posted 34 minutes ago
Kurdish forces have five days to leave northern Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, warning that those who fail to comply with his ultimatum will be exterminated.
Read Full Article at RT.com
Apparently concerned about potential cheating, a college in southwest India ordered its students to wear cardboard boxes on their heads as they took their exams – prompting condemnation from the state’s education minister.
Read Full Article at RT.com
South Korean police have increased security at the US ambassador’s residence in Seoul after a group of students demonstrating against American troops in the country were able to infiltrate the diplomatic compound.
Read Full Article at RT.com
Harrowing photographs show the mayhem in downtown Santiago, following violent protests sparked by a recent fare hike for public transport in the Chilean capital. The country’s president has announced a state of emergency.
Read Full Article at RT.com
Indian PM Narendra Modi has warned Pakistan he means what he said about not wasting a single drop of ‘Indian water’, after Islamabad stated that any attempt to divert rivers would be viewed as an ‘act of aggression.’
Read Full Article at RT.com
A contender for the Democratic presidential nomination has hit back at Hillary Clinton who suggested she was being given support by Russia.Posted 4 hours ago
At least 15 people have been killed after a dam at a Siberian gold mine collapsed and water flooded two dormitories where workers were sleeping.Posted 5 hours ago
The army is patrolling the streets of Chile's capital Santiago after protesters paralysed the city's subway system.Posted 6 hours ago
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Mexican Cartel Rules City After Gunbattle
Mexican Cartel Rules City After Gunbattle by David Luhnow, José de Cordoba and Santiago Pérez – Wall Street Journal
A son of the infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is captured. Cartel gunmen respond with a vicious attack on soldiers and civilians across a major Mexican city, killing at least eight people. The government gives in and releases the son, a top figure in the cartel.
One of the most violent and harrowing days in Mexico’s long fight against drug cartels unfolded late Thursday as members of the Sinaloa cartel wreaked havoc across Culiacán, a modern, middle-class city of around 800,000 residents, in response to what appeared to be a botched attempt to arrest Ovidio Guzmán.
Heavily-armed gunmen riding in convoys engaged in more than 70 separate firefights with Mexican security forces, set fires to vehicles, shot at government offices and engineered a jailbreak that freed 55 prisoners, with six recaptured, officials said. By nightfall, it was clear that the cartel was in charge of the city…
Many Killed In Mosque Blasts In Eastern Afghanistan
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
At least 62 people have been killed and dozens wounded in an explosion during Friday Prayers at a mosque in eastern Afghanistan, officials say.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the October 18 attack in Nangarhar Province, which came after the United Nations said the number of civilian deaths in the war-torn country had reached "unprecedented" levels over the summer.
"Such intentional killing of scores of civilians while at prayer is a war crime," Amnesty International said. "This is not a war that is winding down, it is escalating and the people who are suffering the most are civilians."
Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for Nangarhar Province's governor, said the 62 people killed and 36 more wounded in the blast were worshippers.
Zarghon Shinwary, a doctor at the local hospital, confirmed the death toll to RFE/RL.
It was not immediately clear if the mosque was attacked by a suicide bomber or some other type of bombing, according to Khogyani, who said the roof of the building fell due to the force of the explosion.
Some reports said a mortar shell had hit the roof.
Zahir Adil, spokesman for the public health department in Nangarhar Province, said there were children among both the killed and wounded in the attack.
The number of casualties may rise as rescuers are working to bring out the bodies from the rubble, according to a provincial council member, Sohrab Qaderi.
The mosque sits in the Haska Mina district, about 50 kilometers from the provincial capital, Jalalabad.
Afghan news agency Tolo quoted local officials as saying there had been two explosions.
Both the Taliban and the Islamic State extremist group are active in eastern Afghanistan, especially in Nangarhar.
The Taliban condemned the bombing, calling it a “major crime.”
In a tweet, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass condemned the "unconscionable" attack against the worshippers.
"All Afghans have the right to live and worship together in safety," he wrote.
In the western province of Herat, six civilians, including four children, were killed when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb, a spokesman for the provincial governor said on October 18.
Jelani Farhad added that five other civilians were wounded in the October 17 attack in the Zawal district.
In a report released on October 17, the UN said 1,174 civilians had been killed between July and September, with July being the deadliest month for a decade.
In a statement, Amnesty International’s Deputy South Asia Director Omar Waraich said the “killing and maiming of Afghan civilians demands the world’s attention."
"Flagrant violations of international humanitarian law such as deliberate targeting of civilians are not something anyone should get used to or learn to ignore. There must be a determined effort to protect civilians, ensure respect for international humanitarian law, and hold the perpetrators accountable," he added.
Clashes Continue Between Turkish, Syrian Kurdish Forces Despite Cease-fire
Dorian Jones – Voice of America
Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Friday that Turkish forces would intensify their operation into Syria if Kurdish militias failed to comply with an agreement struck with the United States. The warning was made as sporadic fighting continued and disputes emerged over the cease-fire terms.
On Thursday, Erdogan and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence agreed that Turkey would end its operation against the YPG Syrian Kurdish militia if it withdrew 32 kilometers from the Turkish border.
Under the agreement, a 120-hour suspension of hostilities would be observed by Turkish forces to allow the militia to withdraw. Last week, Turkish forces allied with Syrian rebels launched an offensive against the YPG, which Ankara considers terrorists. The militia was a key ally in the Washington-led war against Islamic State.
But reports of heavy fighting continued between Syrian Democratic Forces and Turkish armed forces and Syrian rebels, despite the temporary cease-fire.
"Turkish army forces and their affiliated jihadist groups indiscriminately continue airstrikes and artillery attacks on Serêkanîyê [Ras al-Ayn]," said SDF spokesperson Mustafa Bali in an interview with VOA's Kurdish service. The YPG is the main component of the SDF, which is a coalition of forces made up of Arabs and Kurds.
"Despite the cease-fire, clashes have not stopped in Serêkanîyê," he added. "Our forces are responding to these attacks within the framework of legitimate self-defense."
But Ankara downplayed the reports. "There are no clashes. These [reports of clashes] are disinformation," Erdogan said to local reporters Friday.
Analysts say Ankara has a vested interest in the deal with Washington succeeding, given its being heralded as a diplomatic triumph.
"We got everything we wanted. ... It was as easy negotiation as we've ever had," reported Turkish media, quoting an unnamed presidential official.
"The wording, the text of the statement is clearly a diplomatic win for President Erdogan — both on the home front and abroad as well," said former senior Turkish diplomat Aydin Selcen, who served in the region and Washington.
The U.S.-Turkey deal not only secures the withdrawal of the Kurdish militia but creates what Erodgan calls a "safe zone" in Syria under Turkish army control.
Turkey's military operation into Syria aims to create a buffer zone, around 450 kilometers long and 30 kilometers deep. However, the published U.S.-Turkey agreement does not identify the size of the safe zone.
"For the U.S., the safe zone is 120 km by 30 km," said Selcen, "whereas for Turkey, it is still the 450 km-by-30 km area from Jerablus to the Iraqi border."
General Mazloum Kobani, head of the Syrian Democratic Forces, claims a much more limited withdrawal had been agreed to with Washington. With SDF forces withdrawing from Ras al-Ayn and Tel Abyad and the 100 km territory between the towns, Kobani is tying further withdrawals to more talks.
Ras al-Ayn and Tal Abyad witnessed the most severe fighting since the start of Turkey's operation. The distance between the towns is about 100 km.
However, Erdogan issued a warning Friday: "If promises [given by the U.S.] are not fulfilled, our operation will continue the minute the 120th hour ends, and it will be intensified," he said in comments to reporters.
Syrian Kurdish leaders are voicing concern about the lack of detail in the U.S.-Turkey agreement over the safety and security of people living in the proposed safe zone, especially, analysts say, as Pence ruled out any deployment of U.S. soldiers to administer the safe zone.
Turkey's heavy reliance on Syrian rebels as part of its operation is heightening SDF concerns.
"It is a fact that the militia has committed crimes, and the way it has been used against Turkey claiming Turkey is committing genocide in the area," said Selcen. "It's very hard to discipline and to make use of these jihadi groups on the ground."
Ankara rejects claims of radical elements among the rebel forces. The government also insists any allegations of misconduct are investigated. Turkish officials repeatedly stress that the protection and safety of civilians is a priority.
Erdogan on Friday outlined plans to secure the proposed safe zone in a meeting with foreign reporters. The president said the Turkish army would protect the region, which would get 12 new observation posts.
Erdogan said securing of the area would eventually allow up to 2 million refugees to return, with the building of new villages and towns.
But with Syrian regime forces moving into the area of Turkey's proposed safe zone, after a military agreement with the SDF, analysts warn Erdogan's refugee resettlement plan remains in doubt.
"There are many questions for security questions over resettling refugees," said Huseyin Bagci of Ankara's Middle East Technical University,
"And of course the other issue with [Syrian leader] Bashar al-Assad's regime," he added. "The regime has to accept that Syrians will be deployed there in this area, as Turkey has foreseen."
Erdogan on Friday sought to play down any tensions with Damascus, saying there would not be a problem posed by the presence of regime forces in the safe zone. But the Turkish president also warned Turkey would respond if Damascus "made a mistake."
Analysts say Erodgan is walking a diplomatic tightrope given Damascus' main backer is Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin is a crucial ally of Erdogan in the region in efforts to end the Syrian civil war.
Putin and Erdogan are due to meet Tuesday in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi. The meeting is predicted to be crucial to determining the success of Erodgan's Syrian plans.
"All eyes are now on the Erdogan-Putin meeting in Sochi next Tuesday," Selcen said.
Latin America Awash in Troubles Amid Protests, Uprisings and a Distracted Washington
Latin America Awash in Troubles Amid Protests, Uprisings and a Distracted Washington by Jim Wyss and Jacqueline Charles – Miami Herald
Violent uprisings, congressional coups, alleged narco-presidencies, political assassinations, a resurgent left.
As Washington focuses on impeachment, Syria and the 2020 presidential elections, Latin America and the Caribbean, once again, seem to be falling apart.
From Peru to Ecuador to Haiti to Honduras, there have been signs of trouble that have been either ignored or lost amid Washington’s focus on Venezuela and Cuba. Fanned by economic decline, growing protests, disgust with corruption and waning U.S. influence, not a week seems to go by without a new political wildfire breaking out…
‘Get the Hell Out of Syria. It’s Sand and Blood and Death’: Inside America’s Chaotic Retreat
‘Get the Hell Out of Syria. It’s Sand and Blood and Death’: Inside America’s Chaotic Retreat by Dion Nissenbaum, Isabel Coles and Nancy A. Youssef – Wall Street Journal
America’s humiliating exit from the war in Vietnam was marked by chaotic images of people struggling to board the last helicopters leaving the rooftop of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. The U.S. didn’t want to leave Syria in similar fashion.
That is what the Trump administration’s special envoy for the fight against Islamic State, James Jeffrey, told the top Kurdish military commander, a longtime U.S. partner against the militants, in one of their last conversations before Turkey attacked.
Days later, as Turkish-backed forces advanced into Syria, the U.S. military began a haphazard retreat from the Syria border that left thousands of Kurdish allies alone and outgunned…
Now that the U.S. has withdrawn from northern Syria, a trio of autocrats is dividing the country up between them. But with Putin, Erdogan and Assad now having the say in the region, dangers are on the horizon for Europe. By DER SPIEGEL StaffPosted 22 hours ago
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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman is warning that military conflict with Iran would collapse the global economy. He made the statement during an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes and said that he prefers a political solution over a military option. “The region represents about 30 percent of the world’s energy supplies, about …
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Matteo Salvini’s League joins rightwing parties in ‘Italian pride’ protest
Thousands of protesters are gathering in Rome for an “Italian pride” rally that brings together the rightwing League of Matteo Salvini, the far-right Brothers of Italy party led by Giorgia Meloni, and the former premier Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia.
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Quim Torra urges dialogue for democratic solution to tensions following fifth consecutive night of violence
Catalonia’s president, Quim Torra, has called for talks with the Spanish government after Friday’s huge, peaceful march held in protest at the jailing of nine pro-independence Catalan leaders was followed by a fifth consecutive night of violent unrest in Barcelona and others parts of the region.
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State blames Taliban for blasts targeting worshippers during Friday prayers
Police and local residents were searching for bodies in the rubble of a mosque in the eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, after bomb blaststhat killed at least 69 people during Friday prayers.
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What was supposed to be a dramatic up-or-down vote on the British prime minister’s deal with Brussels fizzled amid parliamentary maneuvers.Posted about 1 hour ago
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Indigenous work is all the rage in the Canadian art world. But life in the North is as much a struggle as ever.Posted 6 hours ago
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A multiyear State Department probe of emails that were sent to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private computer server concluded there was no systemic or deliberate mishandling of classified information by department employees, according to a report submitted to Congress this month. The report appears to represent a final and anticlimactic chapter in a […]
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A significant loss for Johnson, who had hoped for a Brexit finale in an extraordinary “Super Saturday” session, he is now required to seek a three-month extension from the EU.
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Historical analogies are powerful tools. While no analogy is perfect, they can be extremely effective in policy debates, making concepts that are hard to imagine seem real. In discussions about cybersecurity, experts often warn about a “cyber Pearl Harbor.” The analogy has been marshalled to drive funding for programs, personnel, and commands and centers throughout […]
The post Getting Back to Basics: How to Avoid a Naval Intelligence Jutland appeared first on War on the Rocks.Posted 7:55am - 18 Oct 2019
There’s a debate in the Pentagon about wargaming, and it’s heating up. With a recent War on the Rocks article, John Compton, senior analyst and wargame subject-matter expert in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, has put his hat in the ring. Titled “The Obstacles on the Road to Better Analytical Wargaming,” the essay […]
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An attack on Friday in eastern Afghanistan killed 62 people and wounded 36 others, provincial officials said. An explosion caused the roof of a mosque in the Nangarhar province to collapse. The Taliban and Islamic State are both active in the area, but no one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid condemned the violence in a statement.
Is an end to the war in sight? The 18-year war is killing record numbers of Afghan civilians. More than 2,500 died in the first nine months of this year, according to a United Nations report released Thursday. U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with the Taliban’s top negotiator in Pakistan earlier this month. But U.S. officials said he was only following up on negotiations from September and not restarting the U.S.-Taliban peace talks.
Dig deeper: Read Onize Ohikere’s report in World Tour about how terror attacks kept many Afghans from voting in the most recent elections.
Reports of shelling and gunfire in the Kurdish-held town of Ras al-Ain on Friday cast doubt on the cease-fire Turkey agreed to just the day before. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would halt the offensive to let Kurdish fighters retreat.
Is the agreement failing? Erdogan denied that additional fighting had taken place. But a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said Turkey continued land and air bombing on Friday around Ras al-Ain. The cease-fire agreement, which the Kurds were not a party to, mandates roughly half a million Kurds leave the buffer zone near the Turkish border. It’s unclear where they would go if they withdrew. In return, the agreement relieves Turkey of sanctions President Donald Trump said he would impose.
Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s report in Globe Trot about atrocities that have already unfolded on the ground in Syria.
As the semi-autonomous territory of China wrestles with social and political upheaval, one thing will remain the same for now: the definition of marriage. The Hong Kong Court of First Instance ruled Friday that the government has no obligation to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples or establish a legal basis for civil unions.
Why is Hong Kong protecting marriage? The court said it expressed “no view on the associated social, moral and/or religious issues” and that it was taking a strictly legal approach to the issue, Reuters reported. Courts in Hong Kong have ruled to allow immigration visas, spousal benefits, and joint tax filing for same-sex couples married abroad. The plaintiff in the case, a lesbian identified as “MK,” can appeal to higher courts in Hong Kong.
Dig deeper: Read Onize Ohikere’s report in The Sift about how Taiwan became the first Asian country to allow same-sex marriage earlier this year despite a public referendum against it.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for more than four hours on Thursday in Ankara, Turkey, to discuss Turkey’s military offensive in northern Syria. Pence said Turkey agreed to “a pause in military operations for 120 hours” to allow the U.S.-allied Syrian Kurds to withdraw. The United States and Turkey have “mutually committed to a peaceful resolution and future for the safe zone,” Pence said.
What does the cease-fire accomplish? Turkey has long wanted the Kurds, whom it considers terrorists, to leave the “safe zone.” The deal also relieves Turkey of the sanctions President Donald Trump threatened to impose when the offensive began. The Kurdish forces were not a party to the agreement. Of the roughly 1.8 million Kurds in Syria, about half live in the buffer zone Turkey wants to create in the north. It’s unclear where the Kurds will go when they retreat from the area.
Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report in The Stew about the geopolitical ramifications of the Turkish offensive in Syria.
President Donald Trump told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “don’t be a fool” in a letter urging restraint ahead of Turkey’s invasion in northeastern Syria. The White House confirmed Trump sent the missive on Oct. 9. He told Erdogan he could destroy Turkey’s economy and cautioned him not to act like a “tough guy” but be willing instead to “work out a good deal.”
What’s the latest on the conflict? Turkish troops are pushing ahead with their offensive after Trump withdrew U.S. troops from the region. On Thursday, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and a U.S. delegation are meeting with Erdogan in Ankara, Turkey, to try to broker a cease-fire. Aid groups are struggling to reach 1.6 million people who already need humanitarian assistance. Hundreds of refugees crossed into Iraq in the past week. The International Rescue Committee and Doctors Without Borders pulled their teams from the region, citing the “highly unpredictable and fast-changing situation.”
ISTANBUL -- Sporadic fighting continued in northern Syria on Friday, casting uncertainty over a U.S.-brokered truce, as conflicting reports emerged about whether Kurdish forces were retreating or hunkering down and whether Turkish troops were advancing or holding fire.Clashes continued on and off in the vicinity of a strategic Syrian border town, despite President Donald Trump hailing the cease-fire, announced on Thursday night by Vice President Mike Pence, as "an incredible outcome."Pence had promised that fighting would halt for five days to allow Syrian Kurdish forces to evacuate a central pocket of northern Syria that Turkey wants to wrest from Kurdish control.But though fighting eased, gunfire could still be heard in the area of Ras al-Ayn, a town next to the Turkish-Syrian border, during the early morning and early afternoon. By nightfall the Kurdish military leadership said its forces remained in a "defensive position" in the places they had been deployed when the cease-fire was agreed -- contradicting Turkish and U.S. claims that they had started to retreat, as required by the terms of the deal.Most international news organizations were absent from the battlefield, leaving a dearth of independent information about the situation, which everyone from the lowliest militiaman to the most senior politician had an interest in interpreting to their favor.Around midday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey denied any fighting had taken place, hours after the Kurdish leadership said it was being shelled by Turkish forces. Then Trump tweeted that Erdogan had conceded by phone that there had been, briefly, "minor" sniper and mortar fire.What was clear by nightfall was that the cease-fire's desired outcome -- a complete cessation of hostilities and the withdrawal of Kurdish troops from part of northern Syria -- had not yet fully taken place.Should Kurdish forces remain in position by Tuesday night, Turkey has pledged to renew its full-scale assault, which began on Oct. 9."If the United States can keep its promise, in 120 hours the issue of the safe zone will be resolved," Erdogan told reporters at a news briefing in Istanbul. "If not, the operation will continue where we left off."The stuttering nature of the cease-fire raised further concerns about the United States' waning influence on the outcome of Syria's eight-year civil war.These fears were compounded Friday when Erdogan issued a menacing response to a private letter sent by Trump to the Turkish president on the day the invasion began."Don't be a tough guy," Trump had written, in a letter characterized by informal language rarely seen in diplomatic communications.Erdogan responded publicly to the letter for the first time Friday, saying that his country "cannot forget" the harshly worded communique, since it was "not in harmony with political and diplomatic niceties.""We also want it to be known that, when the time comes, the necessary response will be taken," Erdogan said. However, he also noted that the issue was not a current priority for Turkey.The Turkish government defines the Kurdish militia that controls most of northern Syria as a terrorist group, and Erdogan hailed the planned withdrawal as a victory over it. He also said that Turkey would establish 12 observation points in a 20-mile deep buffer zone along a 250-mile stretch of the border east of the Euphrates River.U.S. troops would remain in southeastern Syria and would maintain control of the airspace of the entire northeastern zone, said Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman for the Turkish president.Responding to the claims that Turkey had violated the truce, Erdogan told a reporter after leaving Friday Prayers at a mosque in Istanbul: "I do not know where you get your information from. Conflict is out of the question."But Trump posted on Twitter on Friday afternoon that Erdogan had told him in a phone call that "there was minor sniper and mortar fire that was quickly eliminated."Nevertheless, Trump dismissed concerns about the viability of the cease-fire. "There is good will on both sides & a really good chance for success," he said.Trump also said that some European states were now prepared to take back European citizens from the Islamic State who are incarcerated in Kurdish prisons, allaying concerns that they might be released during the fighting."This is good news, but should have been done after WE captured them," Trump tweeted. "Anyway, big progress being made!!!!"Gunfire continued to be heard in Ras al-Ayn midafternoon by members of a civilian convoy attempting to reach the city, according to Robin Fleming, a U.S. researcher traveling with the convoy.Watching the town from a nearby hilltop shortly before 1 p.m., Fleming said she could see smoke rising from the town and hear gunshots, but no artillery.The convoy ultimately turned back before reaching the town because of fears of attack by Turkish-led Arab militias.Turkish-led forces also prevented a convoy of international aid workers from gaining access to Ras al-Ayn to treat people wounded in the fighting, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an independent war monitor based in Britain.Ras al-Ayn has been the site of the fiercest clashes since Turkish troops invaded Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria early last week.On Friday, Kurdish health officials said they were investigating whether six civilians in the town had been hit by chemical weapons during Turkish airstrikes. Photographs shared by the Kurdish Red Crescent, a medical charity working in the area, showed at least two children with burns on their faces.Erdogan denied the claim and said the Turkish Army had no chemical weapons in its inventory. He accused the main Syrian Kurdish militia, the YPG, of sowing disinformation also about civilian casualties and accusation of war crimes committed by Turkish-backed Syrian forces.But Amnesty International, a global rights watchdog, accused the Turkish military and Arab militias fighting under its command of carrying out "serious violations and war crimes, including summary killings and unlawful attacks that have killed and injured civilians."In a statement, Amnesty's secretary-general, Kumi Naidoo, added: "Turkish military forces and their allies have displayed an utterly callous disregard for civilian lives, launching unlawful deadly attacks in residential areas that have killed and injured civilians."At least 218 civilians in northern Syria have died since the invasion began, according to the Kurdish authorities. A further 20 have been killed in Turkey by Kurdish mortar attacks, Erdogan said.By Friday, the Turkish troops had captured around 850 square miles of Syrian territory, Erdogan said in his speech.Turkey wants to force out the Syrian Kurdish militia that has used the chaos of the conflict to establish an autonomous region across roughly a quarter of Syrian territory. The militia is an offshoot of a guerrilla group that has waged a decadeslong insurgency in Turkey. The Turks view the group as a terrorist organization.Since 2014, the group had operated under the protection of the U.S. military, which partnered with the Kurdish fighters to help sweep the Islamic State from the region and, in the process, allowed the Kurdish militia to control most of the land lining the Turkish-Syrian border.But after Trump abruptly ordered the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the border this month, ending their protection of the Kurdish fighters, Turkish forces invaded with the aim of establishing a Turkish-friendly zone, roughly 20 miles deep, along the border.The deal announced Thursday by Pence and Pompeo effectively gave American assent to Turkish territorial ambitions in part of the area, handing Turkey a huge diplomatic victory and completing the sudden reversal of a central plank of American policy in the Middle East.It was sealed without the involvement of the Syrian or Russian governments, to whom the Kurdish authorities turned for protection after the American evacuation and the onslaught of Turkish-led forces.On Friday, Erdogan said he would discuss the future of the rest of northeastern Syria with Vladimir Putin of Russia at a meeting in Sochi on Tuesday."Our aim is to reach a reconciliation with Russia about those matters that are reasonable and acceptable to everyone," Erdogan said.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company
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Thousands of anti-Brexit protesters gathered outside Britain's parliament cheered as lawmakers voted on Saturday to withhold support for Prime Minister Boris Johnson's EU exit deal until formal ratification legislation had passed. "Hear us," many of the protesters said outside the 800-year-old parliament building while others chanted "People's vote". Hundreds of thousands of Britons had marched through central London towards parliament to demand a new Brexit referendum, with many crowding into the grass square outside to watch the result on a big screen.
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The speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow said he would rule on Monday if he will allow the government to put forward a vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal. The government had tried to get lawmakers to approve the deal on Saturday but lawmakers instead backed a proposal to withhold support for the deal until formal ratification legislation has passed.
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DALLAS -- A one point during one of his most unpresidential of days, President Donald Trump insisted that he knew how to be presidential."It's much easier being presidential, it's easy," he told a stadium full of more than 20,000 boisterous supporters in MAGA hats and T-shirts cheering his every word Thursday night. "All you have to do is act like a stiff."He buttoned his suit coat, pursed his lips, squared his shoulders and dropped his arms rigidly at his sides. "Ladies and gentlemen of Texas," he then droned in a sleep-inducing staccato monotone the way he imagined most of the other 44 presidents had done. "It is a great honor to be with you this evening."The crowd loved it, roaring with laughter. Transforming back into the unpresidential president America has come to know, Trump added, "And everybody would be out of here so fast! You wouldn't come in in the first place!" Being presidential, he was saying, is so boring. Who wants that?After 1,000 days in office, Trump has redefined what it means to be presidential. On the 1,001st day of his tenure, which was Thursday, all pretense of normalcy went out the window. It was a day when he boasted of saving "millions of lives" by temporarily stopping a Middle East war that he effectively allowed to start in the first place, then compared the combatants to children who had to be allowed to slug each other to get it out of their system.It was a day when he announced without any evident embarrassment that officials of the federal government that answer to him had scoured the country for a site for next year's Group of 7 summit meeting and determined that the perfect location, the very best site in all the United States, just happened to be a property he owned in Florida.It was a day when he sent out his top aide, an adviser who has served as "acting" White House chief of staff for nearly 10 months without ever being granted the respect of earning the title outright, to try to quell the whole impeachment furor, only to have him essentially admit the quid pro quo that the president had so adamantly denied.It was a day that ended with a rally where one of the warmup acts, the Texas lieutenant governor, declared that liberals "are not our opponents, they are our enemy," and the president called the speaker of the House "crazy," a rival candidate "very dumb," a House committee chairman a "fraud" and the governor of another state a "crackpot."After 1,000 days of the Trump Show, the capacity for surprise has long since diminished and comments or actions that would have set off days of front-page coverage and howls from Capitol Hill now barely register. The shocker that consumed Twitter three hours ago is so quickly overwhelmed by the next one that it seems impossible to digest any single moment to assess its meaning or consequences."Unconventional" was the word the president himself used repeatedly Thursday.He used it specifically to describe his let-them-go-to-war policy with respect to two U.S. allies, Turkey and the Kurds, followed by a cease-fire days later. All part of the plan, he assured Americans. Just a little "tough love" to get the two sides to resolve their differences.Never mind that their differences are nowhere near solved, even as bodies are strewn in northern Syria; Kurds are forced out of their homes; and Russia, Iran, Bashar Assad and even the Islamic State are celebrating."We were a little bit unconventional," Trump explained, offering his foreign policy doctrine in a setting that was itself a little bit unconventional, a Louis Vuitton workshop near Keene, Texas, where they make Parisian bags while cattle graze outside. The president had stopped by in between a Fort Worth, Texas, fundraiser and his Dallas rally to cut the ribbon on the new factory as a favor to Bernard Arnault, the luxury industry giant, bringing French sensibility to the Lone Star State."Louis Vuitton -- a name I know very well," Trump said to laughter, even as he mispronounced the name he knows well. "It cost me a lot of money over the years."Fortunately for him, his Trump National Doral near Miami will soon have plenty of new business as the leaders of not just France but also Germany, Britain, Canada, Italy and Japan -- and maybe Russia -- will descend on the club next spring along with thousands of officials, diplomats, journalists and others who attend each year's G-7 summit meeting.Trump left it to his staff to announce the selection, as if it were somehow an independent decision, and they insisted that he actually would not make money because he would provide the property "at cost." The notion that it might make the United States look like all those countries it used to lecture about self-dealing was of no concern. The president knew it would be controversial, his top aide said, and boldly went ahead anyway regardless of the anticipated blowback, as if it were an act of political courage.By now, the notions of what is presidential and what is unconventional have taken on new meaning, long since divorced from anything that came before. On the 1,001st day of the Trump presidency, he charged forward, writing new rules for himself and the country.If to the outside world it looked like his presidency was unraveling and the president himself melting down, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi said this week, to Trump, it was just another day in the never-ending battle with convention.The chief narrator of the battle, of course, remains its chief protagonist. At the American Airlines Center on Thursday night, Trump once again relived election night 2016, probably the high point of his political life, casting it as a moment of miracles for himself and the nation, before the scandals and the special prosecutor and the impeachment inquiry.He replayed the primary fight with Sen. Ted Cruz, who was standing off to the side of the stadium, recalling their debates for the Republican nomination. "You can't beat Ted Cruz if you don't interrupt him," Trump offered by way of a political lesson.He replayed the general election fight with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, still one of his favorite punching bags. "Remember the emails?" he called out to the crowd. Yes, they remembered.And then, as he often does, he recreated election night itself as it played out on television nearly three years ago. "Donald Trump has won the state of Utah," Trump boomed in his best news anchor voice. Then he went on in his own voice: "And we won Florida! And we won South Carolina! And we won Georgia! And we won North Carolina! And we won Pennsylvania!"For 1 hour and 27 minutes, he went on with all the winning -- winning against Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton and China and "fake news" and the "radical left," offering his greatest hits spliced with enough untrue whoppers to keep fact-checkers busy for days. He soaked in the applause, in no hurry to head back to Washington where investigators and enemies awaited.He has been doing this now for 1,001 days. Whether it will last another 1,000 days or nearly another 1,000 beyond that remains unclear. But his presidency, so unpresidential and unconventional, is definitively his. "I've been a politician for three years," he exclaimed. "I can't believe that."On that, at least, he was not alone.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company
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REUTERSLONDON—Boris Johnson was left raging on Saturday as lawmakers forced the prime minister to seek yet another Brexit delay from the European Union. The extremely rare parliamentary vote taken on a Saturday did not reject Johnson’s compromise deal with the EU outright, it merely demanded more time for the deal to be examined and inserted an additional failsafe to stop Britain from slipping out of the EU without an agreed deal on Halloween.No. 10 was furious because Johnson has repeatedly promised to leave the EU by October 31, and that will now become more difficult. Brexit campaign insiders lamented the destruction of Johnson’s “head of steam,” and an end to the momentum created by his unlikely success in securing a deal from Europe. After another vote that went against Johnson last month, the prime minister is now legally mandated to write to the EU asking for an extension to January 31. It is unclear how Brussels will respond to that request. Johnson is expected to bring the withdrawal legislation to the floor of the House of Commons early next week, so he may only have to wait a few days to secure victory but Labour opponents—and nervous No. 10 insiders—believe that potential support for the deal may ebb away once lawmakers get the chance to fully examine the fineprint.Just two days after Johnson was back-slapping European counterparts and clasping hands with fellow leaders, his precarious grip on power was underlined once again in a vote that went against him by 322 to 306.In response, Johnson stood up and said he would refuse to “negotiate” a further extension with the EU. He stopped short of saying he would refuse to comply with the law and send the extension letter, although he reiterated his hopes that the EU would not immediately grant an extension. “I don't think they'll be attracted by delay,” he said.As lawmakers continued to debate the result, Johnson sat slumped on the frontbench shaking his head. It was a sharp contrast to his mood two days earlier. Tickled pink with the deal he had unexpectedly secured from the EU, Johnson had sought to rush back to Westminster and bounce parliament into agreeing. One of his own long-term colleagues, Sir Oliver Letwin, had other ideas. Letwin is a veteran Conservative right-winger who has been in the heart of Conservative thinking for decades. He a member of Margaret Thatcher’s Downing Street policy unit in the 1980s and entrusted by David Cameron to write the Tory manifesto in 2010.He was kicked out of the party last month by Johnson after voting to ensure there wouldn’t be a No Deal Brexit. He exacted his revenge on Saturday by wrecking Johnson’s chance for a victorious homecoming. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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