Kevin Stasiewski

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When Genetics and Linguistics Challenge the Winners’ Version of History

Two conquering empires and more than 500 years of colonial rule failed to erase the cultural and genetic traces of indigenous Peruvians, a new study …

What Was the Vietnam War About?

Was America’s war in Vietnam a noble struggle against Communist aggression, a tragic intervention in a civil conflict, or an imperialist counterrevolution to crush a movement of national liberation? Those competing interpretations ignited fiery debates in the 1960s and remain unresolved today. How …

Geopolitics

Mount Etna in Sicily is sliding into Mediterranean Sea, scientists say

Mount Etna - Europe's tallest active volcano - is sliding toward the sea which could have "devastating consequences", scientists have warned.<p>A team of British experts has discovered the giant volcano on the east coast of the island Sicily, Italy, is edging closer to the Mediterranean Sea by 0.6 …

Congo says it rejects foreign aid to fund elections

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo said on Monday it would refuse international financing for a long-delayed presidential election and fund the poll itself, saying donors’ conditions amounted to “foreign interference”.<p>FILE PHOTO: Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila …

Africa

Over 10,000 join rally calling for Moldova to be unified with Romania

More than 10,000 people took to the streets in Moldova on Sunday to call for the country's reunification with Romania.<p>The demonstration highlighted the tensions between pro-Western and Moscow backed factions ahead of elections in November.<p>However, a union between EU member state Romania and its …

North Korea urges U.S. to adopt 'serious attitude' for peace, end sanctions

GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea said on Monday its policy of seeking better ties with the South was enjoying broad international support, and called on the United States to halt its sanctions and pressure.<p>Ri Jong Hyok, director of North Korea’s National Reunification Institute and deputy head of its …

North Korea

Whistleblower questions Brexit result, says campaigners broke election law

LONDON (Reuters) - A whistleblower at the heart of a Facebook data scandal on Monday questioned the result of Britain’s 2016 Brexit referendum as his lawyers presented evidence that they said showed the main campaign for leaving the EU had broken the law.<p>Cambridge Analytica whistleblower …

Brexit

Japan's Abe seeks to remove 'balance' requirements in broadcast news

TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to repeal a Japanese law requiring broadcasters to show impartiality, a step critics fear will lead to sensational reporting and polarize views, just as a similar move has been blamed for doing in the United States.<p>FILE PHOTO: Japan's Prime Minister …

Japan

Donald Trump plans more changes, likely to oust David Shulkin

President Donald Trump is planning to oust embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin amid an extraordinary rebellion at the agency and …

The return of John Bolton paves the way for more war

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p><b>It's no small irony that the same week in which ultra-hawk John Bolton finally rose to a position of power</b> …

Zimbabwe's former First Lady Grace Mugabe investigated for ivory smuggling

The former first lady of Zimbabwe, Grace Mugabe, is suspected by wildlife officials of having smuggled ivory worth millions of dollars. The wife of …

The brutal killing of a Holocaust survivor raises anti-Semitism fears in France

PARIS — The Paris prosecutor’s office is investigating whether anti-Semitism was a motivation for the killing of an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor that has outraged France’s Jewish community.<p>Mireille Knoll was stabbed 11 times and left in her burning Paris apartment Friday, French government …

Israel

South Africa's Zuma to appear in court on April 6 on graft charges

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma was due to appear in court on April 6 to face charges of corruption in a years-old $2.5 billion arms deal, although he will legally challenge the decision to prosecute him, his lawyer said on Monday.<p>FILE PHOTO: South Africa's …

South Africa

Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile over Riyadh

Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for a ballistic missile attack on Saudi Arabia in which at least one person died. Saudi armed forces said …

Russia probe descends on Nunes' re-election, threatens to upend midterms

WASHINGTON — Not long ago, Devin Nunes was an obscure Republican congressman accustomed to running for re-election essentially unopposed as he quietly ascended the ranks in Washington.<p>But his starring role in one of the defining sagas of the Donald Trump presidency has provoked a real threat back …

Myanmar's Suu Kyi 'unwell', scraps Australia public appearance

SYDNEY (AFP) -<p>Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday pulled out of a public speech and question-and-answer session in Sydney because she was "not feeling well", the event's organisers said.<p>Suu Kyi has been under fire internationally for her public silence about a military crackdown in …

Trump's opioid plan to take three-pronged approach, including death penalty for high-volume drug dealers

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump will roll out new plans to tackle the country's opioid epidemic on Monday in New Hampshire, the White House said Sunday.<p>The plan will include stiffer penalties for high-intensity drug traffickers, including the death penalty for some, Andrew Bremberg, director of the …

Donald Trump

‘You Will Not Destroy America’: A Trump Battle Is No Longer One-Sided

WASHINGTON — Usually, top intelligence and law enforcement officials withdraw to lives of tight-lipped relative anonymity after their careers end. (Suffice it to say, they are not exactly known for viral Twitter battles.)<p>But as President Trump has voiced his grievances against the F.B.I. with a …

Donald Trump

Duterte makes lewd threat to female rebels in Philippines

BEIJING — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told soldiers last week to shoot female rebels in their genitals, the latest of several violent, misogynistic remarks.<p>Addressing a group of former communist rebels on Wednesday, Duterte, who served as a mayor before becoming president, appeared to …

Asia

Head held high, Kim's sister returns to North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - A prim, young woman with a high forehead and hair half swept back quietly gazes at the throngs of people pushing for a glimpse of her, a faint smile on her lips and eyelids low as four bodyguards jostle around her.<p>South Korean President Moon Jae-in, his wife Kim Jung-Suk, …

North Korea

France is officially blind to ‘race.’ This black Muslim woman sees it everywhere.

PARIS — Rokhaya Diallo is almost exactly the same age as French President Emmanuel Macron, and like him, a fresh face in a political realm defined by tradition. But the likeness stops there.<p>Macron — white, male and bourgeois — is an embodiment of the French establishment: The son of two doctors …

Compulsory Veils? Half of Iranians Say ‘No’ to Pillar of Revolution

The office of Iran’s president on Sunday charged into the middle of one of the most contentious debates over the character of the Islamic Republic, suddenly releasing a three-year-old report showing that nearly half of Iranians wanted an end to the requirement that women cover their heads in public.<p>…

North Korea head of state Kim Yong-nam to visit South for first time

North Korea is to send its highest ranking official ever to the South, amid an ongoing thaw in relations over the Winter Olympic Games.<p>Kim Yong-nam, the North's ceremonial head of state, will arrive in South Korea this Friday as the head of a 22-member high level delegation representing …

Saddam's eldest daughter Raghad on most wanted list

The Iraqi government has placed the name of late Saddam Hussein's daughter, Raghad, on the most wanted list, together with 59 other individuals.<p>The 60 people are wanted on suspicion of belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), al-Qaeda or the Baath Party.<p>The …

Trump thought the British were protesting their health service. They weren’t.

LONDON — President Trump took a swing at Britain’s beloved National Health Service on Monday, tweeting that Britons were marching in the streets because their universal health-care system was financially strapped and dysfunctional, and got a swift rebuke from the British prime minister.<p>“The …

Health Care

British lord who resigned for being late still has a job

LONDON — For anyone who has ever arrived late to work, an apology will usually suffice. But for one British lord, it was too late to just say sorry.<p>It took less than 60 seconds for Michael Bates to arrive late, apologize profusely, offer his resignation and then leave the House of Lords on …

Macron pledges investment for Tunisia's struggling economy

TUNIS (Reuters) - France’s President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday he would push to double French investment in Tunisia over five years to buttress its faltering economy and transition to democracy.<p>French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the Assembly of the Representatives of the …

Emmanuel Macron

Emmerson Mnangagwa offers Zimbabwe's white farmers 99-year leases in bid to resolve land issue

White farmers in Zimbabwe have said they are are relieved and “at peace” after president Emmerson Mnangagwa's government said it would end land invasions and offer them longer leases for their farms.<p>Mr Mnangagwa, who came to power after a soft coup d’etat last November, gave orders earlier this …

Top adviser to Khamenei says Iran's regional influence 'inevitable': Fars

ANKARA (Reuters) - The top adviser to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday the country’s leadership had no intention of reining in its influence across the Middle East despite U.S. pressure to do so, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.<p>FILE PHOTO - Ali Akbar …

South Asia

AP Interview: New Zealand urges North Korea 'de-escalation'

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expressed support Thursday for economic sanctions against North Korea while …