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Syria Is Now In Charge of the UN's Disarmament Efforts. Really.

The U.S. says the Assad regime’s repeated use of chemical weapons on civilians should disqualify it from the post.<p>In ordinary times, the work of the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament, a UN body that negotiates international arms-control agreements, draws little attention. Then came this week’s …

Middle East

UN chief concerned by cancellation of US-NKorea summit

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. chief said Thursday he is "deeply concerned" by the cancellation of the planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.<p>Antonio Guterres told an audience at the University of Geneva that he was urging the parties to keep working "to find a …

North Korea

The U.S.-China Confrontation Takes On a New Dimension

First it was trade. Then came the exclusion from military exercises.<p>If China’s intentions in the South China Sea weren’t quite clear, this month should have removed doubt. News reports said China had installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on the disputed Spratly …

China

Trump says U.S. military 'ready if necessary' after cancellation of North Korea summit

President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled the planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which was set to take place June 12 in Singapore, and said the American military is prepared to act if there's any fallout.<p>Trump said the military "is ready if necessary" to respond to any …

North Korea

Saudi Arabia widens crackdown on women's rights activists

<b>Saudi Arabia has reportedly arrested three more women's rights activists in a crackdown launched just weeks before a ban on women driving will be lifted.</b><p>Human rights groups said at least 10 people, most of them women who had long campaigned for the right to drive, had now been detained since last …

Police in south India accused of mass murder after shooting dead protesters

Another person has been shot dead during violent protests in south India against a copper plant operated by a British mining giant residents say is polluting the local environment.<p>Opposition politicians in the state of Tamil Nadu have accused the police of committing mass murder against protesters …

India

Trump-Kim summit: Commemorative coin sparks ridicule

<b>A commemorative coin issued by the White House ahead of the planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been widely criticised.</b><p>The coin describes the summit as "peace talks" and depicts a square-jawed Mr Trump sternly facing his North Korean …

Morocco's foreign minister warns Iran is seeking foothold in North Africa

During Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s first major policy speech on Iran Monday, he warned Tehran that the U.S. would work closely with regional allies to deter its meddling.<p>One country that has recently experienced such Iranian interference is Morocco, and Nasser Bourita the minister for foreign …

Russian sub test-fires 4 intercontinental missiles in salvo

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian nuclear-powered submarine successfully test-fired four intercontinental ballistic missiles on Tuesday, the navy said.<p>The navy said the submarine, named Yuri Dolgoruky after the medieval prince who founded Moscow, launched the Bulava missiles in a single salvo from a …

Military

President Trump Approves New Sanctions On Venezuela

President Trump has signed new economic sanctions against Venezuela a day after the country's socialist president, Nicolás Maduro, won elections that have been widely condemned as fraudulent.<p>The U.S. order would clamp down on the South American country's ability to liquidate assets, but the Trump …

Venezuela

Trump casts doubt on June summit with Kim

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The historic diplomatic encounter planned for three weeks from now between President Donald Trump and North Korean despot Kim Jong Un appeared in doubt on Tuesday as Trump questioned whether preparations could be completed in time.<p>"There's a very substantial chance that it won't …

North Korea

United Nations human rights chief lashes out at Israel

The United Nations human rights body on Friday was highly critical of Israel's killing of tens of Palestinians in recent confrontations at its border fence with Gaza.<p>Around 60 protesters were killed by Israeli soldiers on Monday, the deadliest day in Gaza for at least four years.<p>"On Monday, on the …

Earth Shatters Climate Record, Sending Planet Toward 'Worst Case Scenario'

April was the 400th “consecutive month with above-average temperatures.”<p>April 2018 was the 400th “consecutive month with above-average temperatures” …

W.H.O. Says New Ebola Outbreak Is Not Yet a Top Health Emergency

GENEVA — The World Health Organization said Friday that a six-week-old outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Democratic Republic of Congo was worrisome and must be aggressively controlled, but does not warrant its top designation as an international public health emergency.<p>The organization’s …

Germany's Angela Merkel meets Russia's Vladimir Putin

The two leaders discussed Syria, the conflict in Ukraine, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and the Iran nuclear deal. Merkel was critical on press and …

Why Syrians Are Returning to Life Under Assad

Millions of Syrians have been displaced from their homes since the regime began military campaigns against their cities. There have been successive …

Indonesia seeks death for cleric accused of ordering attacks

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian prosecutors on Friday demanded death for radical Islamic cleric Aman Abdurrahman who is accused of ordering attacks including a January 2016 suicide bombing and gun attack in the capital Jakarta that killed four civilians and four attackers.<p>Abdurrahman, who …

Extremism

Donald Trump rails against German defense spending shortfall

US President Donald Trump says NATO members that do not meet defense-spending targets will be "dealt with." Germany is far from being on track to …

Meet The Popular Venezuelan Candidate With The Best Chance Of Taking On Maduro

Rather than a sunny, uplifting campaign message, Henri Falcón, the main opposition candidate in Venezuela's May 20 presidential election, has settled on the more blunt <i>"¡Se va!"</i><p>That's Spanish for: "He's leaving!"<p>The phrase refers to Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela's increasingly authoritarian president, …

Venezuela's worthless currency turns into bags of money

Hyperinflation in Venezuela has made money so worthless that artists make handbags out of the country's currency. Their work adds far more value to …

Syria's Assad flies to Russia for talks with Putin: Kremlin

By Maxim Rodionov and Polina Devitt<p>MOSCOW (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flew to Russian leader Vladimir Putin's summer residence on …

Deadly protests continue in southern Iran for a second day: 'Streets look war-torn'

Deadly protests in the southern Iranian city of Kazerun continued for a second day following the deaths of two protesters Wednesday. Protesters aimed their wrath at the Iranian regime following a decision to split the city of nearly 150,000 into two townships.<p>“After anti-riot forces were dispatched …

"The clock is ticking": EU warns Britain of poor Brexit progress

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union on Monday warned Britain time was running out to seal a Brexit deal this autumn and ensure London does not crash out of the bloc next March, adding to pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May.<p>May's spokesman, however, said the "focus is on getting this right" …

US has chosen to be part of problem not solution, says Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in London speech<p>The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said the world is living in dark times reminiscent of the years leading up to the second world war as he lambasted decisions by Donald Trump to pull out of …

Middle East

The Gaza Strip Is Only 25 Miles Long. Here’s How It Became the Center of Decades of Conflict

The border between Gaza and Israel has once again become the focal point for clashes between protesters and Israeli troops, as Palestinians …

Indonesia’s ‘Sick’ New Suicide Bomb Threat: Parents With Their Children

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A wave of deadly bombings on Sunday and Monday and evidence of more planned have shaken Indonesia just ahead of the holy month of Ramadan, with entire families — including children — carrying out suicide attacks against Christian worshipers and the police.<p>The troubling …

Extremism

Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel obliged to ‘defend its borders’ after dozens of protesters die during Gaza’s bloodiest day since 2014 war<p>Gaza has had its bloodiest day in years on Monday after Israeli forces shot and killed 58 Palestinians and wounded at least 1,200 as tens of thousands protested …

Israel

Trump and Kim will meet in Singapore. Here’s why.

After weeks of anticipation, President Trump announced Thursday that a date and location had been set for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un: June 12 in Singapore.<p>Yes, Singapore — a city-state in Southeast Asia with a population of about 5.6 million — will host what will surely be the …

North Korea

Trump’s withdrawal from Iran deal could jeopardise North Korea negotiations

PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to withdraw from the multilateral agreement to restrain Iran’s nuclear program will inevitably have …

UN General Assembly adopts resolution seeking to fill gaps in international environmental law - United Nations Sustainable Development

The UN General Assembly today agreed to take the first step toward considering whether a new international instrument was needed to address gaps …