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F.C.C. Chief Seeks Broadband Plan to Aid the Poor

For 30 years, the federal government has helped millions of low-income Americans pay their phone bills, saying that telephone service is critical to summoning medical help, seeking work and, ultimately, climbing out of poverty. Now, the nation’s top communications regulator will propose offering …


Hong Kong leader challenged to step down over electoral reform package

Hong Kong’s leader was challenged to step down on Thursday as he clashed with angry pro-democracy lawmakers over the government’s controversial electoral reform package, which goes to a vote next month.

Chief executive Leung Chun-ying dodged the resignation question and told legislators the city was …

Hong Kong

Italy's Renzi faces election test as scandals overshadow vote

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi goes into elections this weekend hoping nascent signs of economic recovery after years of recession will outweigh a corruption scandal that has dogged one of the main candidates of his centre-left Democratic Party (PD).

Sunday's ballots in seven …


Nusra leader: Our mission is to defeat Syrian regime

Abu Mohammed al-Golani in exclusive interview to Al Jazeera says his group has no specific agenda to target West.

The leader of the Nusra Front, one of Syria's most powerful rebel groups, has said that his group's main mission is to dislodge the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and that it has no …

Middle East

Syria's al-Qaida chief says no plans to attack the West

BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida's branch in Syria has no plans to attack the West but warns that they might retaliate if airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition continue to target them, the leader of the group said in an interview with an Arab TV station.

The Syrian known as Abu Muhammed al-Golani, who heads …

Middle East

Disastrous consequences for Baku's 'clean up' ahead of European Games

The Azeri government has come under intense criticism after a controversial series of bans, arrests and a devastating fire have marred its projects to “clean up” the city ahead of the European Games in June.

Nine people have been arrested and an investigation launched into the widespread use of …


Romero beatification signals Pope Francis' plan for Catholic Church

Pope Francis' decision to beatify assassinated Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero offers the most clear signal yet of the pope's determination to refocus the direction of the world's largest Christian organization.

Francis ended years of debate when he declared Romero, a pivotal figure in the Roman …

Pope Francis

U.S. defense aid to Israel to rise over Iran deal fears: sources

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - U.S. defense aid to Israel is likely to increase after 2017, sources on both sides said on Thursday, seeing a possible link to Washington's efforts to assuage its ally's fears over nuclear diplomacy with Iran.

A current package worth $3 billion a year expires in 2017. A U.S. …

Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Dalai Lama urges Suu Kyi to speak out on Burma's persecuted Rohingya people

The Dalai Lama has urged fellow Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to do more to help Burma’s persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority in a worsening migration crisis.

Despite thousands of Rohingya fleeing on harrowing boat journeys to south-east Asia to escape poverty and discriminatory treatment by …


Why is the U.S. investigating FIFA?

In recent years, FIFA has made news not just for enforcing rules on the soccer field, but also for allegedly breaking them off it.

The body that governs soccer, the most popular sport in the world, is a multibillion-dollar behemoth.

Great power, yes. Great responsibility? Not so much, critics …

American Soccer

Tajikistan special forces chief Gulmurod Khalimov 'joins IS'

Tajikistan's special forces chief has appeared in a video claiming to have joined Islamic State forces in Syria.

Gulmurod Khalimov is seen in the footage dressed in black and holding a gun. He went missing in early May.

He says he joined IS in protest at Tajikistan's policy towards religion, which he …


Women in Tunisia Tell of Decades of Police Cruelty, Violence and Rape

TUNIS — She was just 21 when she was arrested by Tunisia’s state police, who hauled her into an Interior Ministry office and “beat me up so hard that I don’t even remember how I found myself there.” But that was not the worst part.

Hamida Ajengui said she was stripped naked, and hung upside down by …

Women's News

Microsoft Windows 10 free upgrade: five questions answered

Can you please tell me how to go about obtaining the free Windows 10 for my laptop, which is currently operating on Windows 8.0? Eric

Everyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8 should get an invitation to install a free copy of Windows 10. For those running updated versions of Windows 7 SP1 or Windows …

Microsoft Windows

Google Opens Inbox To All, Adds Smart Reminders, Trip Bundles, Undo Send And More

Google today announced that Inbox, the Gmail-based mobile email client the company launched late last year, is now open to all. Until today, you still needed an invitation to use the service, though invites have long been pretty easy to come by.

Google says it will also open up Inbox to all Google …


Council on Foreign Relations Newsletter


U.S. FIFA Indictments Reverberate Worldwide

U.S. Justice Department charges against high-ranking FIFA officials on Wednesday have …

World Politics

Sanders Bill Signals Growth of Broad Robin Hood Tax Movement

Seven years after Wall Street gamblers wrenched the U.S. economy into the worst economic swoon since the Great Depression, the movement to make the high rollers pay some restitution to people and communities harmed by their profligacy is gaining stream.

Earlier this month, Vermont Sen. Bernie …

Robin Hood

Netflix now accounts for nearly 37% of peak web traffic in North America

It’s Netflix’s world, and we’re all just living in it.

To be more precise: It’s really only Netflix’s continent, North America. That’s where the streaming video company accounts for more than a third of all peak bandwidth usage.

The Canadian broadband networking company Sandvine has released its …


America’s Days as a Global Superpower Are Numbered. Now What?

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US tackles Brazil’s dirty game

Fifa arrests expose longstanding corruption claims in Latin America’s biggest football competition

2014 FIFA World Cup

Petite analyse géopolitique de l'inévitable réélection de Blatter à la Fifa

Rien ne semble pouvoir l’ébranler. Au cœur de la tourmente après l’explosion d’un vaste scandale de corruption à la Fifa, Sepp Blatter sait qu’il a …

Blatter’s balance sheet

FIFA, football’s world governing body, is having a rough few days. On May 27th Swiss police, at the behest of American prosecutors, arrested seven …

Balance Sheet

Stones that speak

Syria’s famous ruined Roman city has meant many things to many people

YOU don’t notice it at first. But all over the archaeological site at Palmyra …


Angolan gets suspended sentence for 'Blood Diamond' book

LUANDA (Reuters) - An Angolan journalist was given a six-month suspended sentence on Thursday after he was convicted of slander for accusing generals of human rights abuses at diamond mines, concluding a high-profile trial in one of Africa's most repressive states.

Rafael Marques de Morais' 2012 …


U.S. military is losing patience with China

CNN's Jim Sciutto recently got exclusive access to a U.S. Navy surveillance plane on a secret mission near China, where they flew over a string of man-made islands. China's Navy issued eight warnings to the plane and told it to leave the area. On Tuesday, Jim answered questions from the Reddit …


South African president escapes paying money back on £15m home improvements

Police had claimed expensive swimming pool was necessary in the event of putting out a fire on his sprawling taxpayer-funded estate

Jacob Zuma, the South African president, has been cleared over taxpayer-funded security upgrades to his private home by a police report which defended features including …


Malaysian police arrested in investigation over migrant mass grave

Residents near a series of mass graves containing bodies of migrants from Myanmar told The Daily Telegraph that police and local politicians were known to be complicit in people smuggling

Malaysia has arrested corrupt police officers and is investigating “all officials” over suspected links to a …


Putin’s Russia: Don’t Walk, Don’t Eat, and Don’t Drink

Putin’s Russia: Don’t Walk, Don’t Eat, and Don’t DrinkVladimir Kara-Murza presents a 2014 report in Washington, D.C., on corruption at Russia’s Sochi …


Review: Kamel Daoud Interrogates Camus in ‘The Meursault Investigation’


By Kamel Daoud

Translated by John Cullen

143 pages. Other Press. $14.95.

Harun, the narrator of Kamel Daoud’s stunning debut novel, “The Meursault Investigation,” is the brother of the nameless Arab murdered by Meursault, the narrator of Camus’s existential classic, “The …

Great Books

Hindi Zahra: Homeland review – impressive desert blues and jazz

Hindi Zahra was a revelation at this year’s Gnaoua world music festival in Essaouira. She prowled across the stage as if channelling Patti Smith, switching from jazz-tinged ballads to north African-influenced pieces and furious improvisation. Zahra’s mother is Berber, her dad is French and she is …


Photographer jailed for multi-billion euro Bettencourt exploitation

A French celebrity photographer has been found guilty and sentenced to two and a half years in prison for exploiting the mental frailty of Liliane Bettencourt, the ageing L’Oréal shampoo heiress, who showered him with gifts including Picasso paintings, life insurance funds and millions of euros in …