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Iran election: Economy emerges as critical factor

<b>As polling day draws closer in Iran, the state of the economy has become the key battleground for the six candidates running for president.</b><p>With rampant unemployment, some are promising jobs and others cash hand-outs as they appeal for votes.<p>Given his record, winning this election ought to be easy …

Putin hints at Russian desire to bid for Summer Olympics

LONDON (AP) — Russia seems to be gearing up for another Olympic bid, according to Vladimir Putin.<p>The Russian president told Olympic historian David Miller in an exclusive interview that his country has plenty of candidates capable of hosting the Summer Games, not just Moscow.<p>"Apart from the capital …

The Historically Accurate Way to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Many Americans may view Cinco de Mayo as a day for feasting on Mexican cuisine. But the very first versions of those May 5 celebrations — which did …

Brexit Britain on the Brink

With the formal beginning of the UK General Election with the dissolution of Parliament, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May stood on the steps …

Is a Sub-Cultural Revolution Threatening Hong Kong?

HONG KONG — Fifty years ago this weekend broke out what arguably remains the most violent and most traumatic incident in the city’s history since World War II. On May 6, 1967, a labor dispute at a factory producing plastic flowers in the district of Kowloon triggered an eight-month crisis that …

Hong Kong

Africans wary of US travel after series of border denials

<b>(CNN) —</b> Nigeria is not on the list of countries affected by the US government's temporary travel bans. But several Nigerian citizens claim to have been denied entry since they were introduced.<p>Real estate businessman Femi Olaniyi travelled to Los Angeles on February 21 with a two-year multiple entry …

Chinese regulators put pressure on Apple over live streaming titles on App Store

Regulators in Beijing will soon summon Apple and ask it to tighten checks on apps available through the App Store, with a particular focus on live …

Reshaping NAFTA Could Be Good For Mexico's Economy

And Brazil's and Argentina's, too.<p>Cecilia Tortajada, <i>National University of Singapore</i> and Asit K. Biswas, <i>National University of Singapore</i><p>Among other threats targeting Mexico during his election campaign, US President Donald Trump harshly criticised the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a …

Russian agents kill 2 men suspected of plotting attacks

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian counterintelligence agency, the FSB, said Wednesday that its agents have killed two men suspected of planning to carry out …

Scotland's Sturgeon says attempt to block independence vote will 'crumble to dust'

LONDON/EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Wednesday that success for her Scottish National Party in a snap election on June 8 would make it impossible for British Prime Minister Theresa May to stop a new referendum on Scottish independence.<p>Scotland's First …

Trump administration grudgingly faces reality on the Iran nuclear deal

As a candidate for the presidency, Donald Trump agreed with all his Republican colleagues that the Iran nuclear deal that the United States negotiated along with China, Russia, Great Britain, France and Germany was a disaster, a catastrophe, a calamity. But now, the Trump administration is taking …

Iran only hope against Israel: Tunisian president

<b>Tunisia’s president has called Iran the only source of hope in confronting Israel and hailed the Islamic Republic's sacrifices in the war against</b> …

Why Cutting Ties To EU Will Leave The UK Economically Adrift

Britain made it official, formally notifying the EU of it’s desire to leave the bloc. Many unknowns still exist, not the least of which is does the United Kingdom have the financial strength to stay afloat during very turbulent economic times. With Brexit (or Article 50) now “official,” a very …

United Kingdom

Reporting is so dangerous in Mexico that a 27-year-old newspaper is shutting down

Violence against journalists in Mexico put a newspaper in the border city of Juárez out of print.<p>The owner of Norte de Ciudad Juárez, a regional daily with circulation numbers of about 30,000, wrote in an April 2 editorial (link in Spanish) that he’s unwilling to sacrifice the lives of any more of …

Putin says Russia's existing internet regulations are sufficient

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russia's existing internet regulations are sufficient and the country needs no further restrictions, President Vladimir Putin said on Monday.<p>"The state should... eliminate certain threats," Putin told a group of journalists from Russian regions.<p>"In my point of view …

Nigerian army in 'final push' to remove Boko Haram

Nigeria's military has begun what it calls the "final offensive" to retake Boko Haram's last strongholds.<p>For years, Nigeria's Sambisa Forest served as a hide-out for the armed group until they were pushed out by the army in December.<p>Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow reports from northern Nigeria.

China announces "medical tourism" special economic zone on Hainan Island

Hainan Island will be designated a special economic zone for "medical tourism," where foreigners will be able to fly to get cheap health care …

Nothing to see but comfort for Xi at China's annual parliament | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s annual parliament followed a tight script with no surprises and little drama, evidence of President Xi Jinping’s ever firmer grip ahead of a party congress later this year that could bring more of his allies into the top leadership team.<p>Potential successors were kept on …

Boko Haram terrorists execute Nigerian 'military spies' in latest video

'These are your boys you sent,' says one militant in a message directed at President Muhammadu Buhari.<p>Nigerian terror group Boko Haram is believed to …

Russia has been systematically undermining the security arrangements that peacefully ended the Cold War. This puts Europe in danger<p>Russia is once again placing Europe in the shadow of a potential nuclear conflict. Last week in testimony before Congress, US military officials confirmed that Russia …

Geopolitics

Iran-Russia Ties: Tehran Seeks Naval Cooperation With Moscow In Caspian Sea

Iran is seeking “good and constructive” support from Russia in the Caspian Sea, Mohsen Sheidayee, the commander of an Iranian naval flotilla, told a …

Mexico wants its kids speaking English as well as Spanish within 20 years

MEXICO CITY — President Trump may want to wall off America's southern neighbor, but Mexico is still happy to talk.<p>With an eye to making its population more competitive in the global economy, Mexico is pushing ambitious new plans to have all of its students speaking English as well as Spanish within …

Education

Britain is politically dead from the neck down. Leaving the union may be risky, but staying is worse<p>Here is the question the people of Scotland will face in the next independence referendum: when England falls out of the boat like a block of concrete, do you want your foot tied to it?<p>It would be …

Great Britain

On International Trade, Western Rule Of Law Is The Exception, Not The Norm

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech at Davos encouraging “economic globalization” and increased investment in China has been portrayed as his assuming leadership from the U.S. on free trade.<p>China certainly promotes global trade, but not free trade. Global trade is a phenomenon; free trade is a …

Iran’s missile might for deterrence: IRGC

<b>A commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the Islamic Republic’s missile capabilities are aimed at increasing the country’s</b> …

Trump Administration Just Took Its First Step Toward Building the Mexican Border Wall

The Department of Homeland Security has announced plans to begin soliciting pitches for a prototype design of President Trump’s proposed wall along …

Oil In The Arctic: Russia Reveals Nuclear Icebreaker To Find Natural Gas

In the next three years, Russia has planned to spend $3.6 billion (209 billion rubles) to boost economic growth. Most of those funds will be spent on …

Hain: High cost of Brexit for Northern Ireland peace

<b>Brexit could mean a "dangerously high cost" for peace in Northern Ireland, a former minister has warned.</b><p>Ex-Labour Northern Ireland Secretary Lord Hain said the peace process could "so easily unravel".<p>He said the Brexit bill should be changed to support maintaining the open border between Northern …