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First high-profile Al Qaeda suspect caught after 9/11 makes rare public appearance

The first high-profile al-Qaida terror suspect captured after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 appeared Tuesday at a U.S. government hearing called to determine whether he should remain in detention at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.<p>Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian not seen publicly since …

Germany Debates Putting Troops on Streets to Protect Against ISIS

MAINZ, Germany — A week-long spate of violent attacks this summer — including two involving migrants — has triggered debate about potentially deploying troops on Germany's streets for the first time since World War II.<p>A July 18 ax and knife attack by an ISIS-inspired 17-year-old Afghan …

93,000 people voluntarily left Japan for North Korea after World War II. Or did they?

In April 1960, not yet finished with high school, 17-year-old Eiko Kawasaki boarded a Soviet ship called the Kryl'ion in the Japanese port of Niigata and set sail on the journey of a lifetime, to a place she was told was paradise: North Korea.<p>She and hundreds of her fellow passengers had heard …

Russia, China See Silver Linings After U.K.'s Brexit Vote

Voters were warned that Brexit would be a political boon for Britain’s traditional foes and rivals, and some early responses in Russia and China — glee, sarcasm and schadenfreude — suggest those predictions were right.<p>Prime Minister David Cameron said during the referendum campaign that Russian …

China's Xinhua Says U.S. Needs Attitude Adjustment In South China Sea

You have to hand it to China. Collectively, they can analyze a situation, that they actually created, and turn it completely around and play the victim. An article on Tuesday in China’s state-run <i>Xinhua</i> news agency<i>,</i> the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), said that the South …

Japan's top court has approved blanket surveillance of the country's Muslims

The court struck down the second appeal by Japanese Muslim plaintiffs against what they perceive as an unconstitutional invasion of their privacy and …

Huge underground helium reserve discovered in Tanzania

A vast underground reserve of helium gas has been discovered by scientists in the Tanzanian Rift Valley.<p>The discovery of one of the world's biggest …

Japan says Chinese military activity in East China Sea escalating

TOKYO (Reuters) - Chinese military activity is escalating in the East China Sea, Japan’s top military commander said on Thursday, with Japanese emergency scrambles to counter Chinese jets almost doubling in the past three months.<p>Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, chief of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces' …

The warnings of the Holocaust have never been more relevant in Britain

Last Sunday, a Polish father and son lay bloodied on the floor after being attacked and told to “go back home” in Upton Park, East London. Just this week“get back to Africa” was being shouted by three men at an individual with an American accent on a tram in Manchester on Tuesday, earlier this week.<p>…

EU Referendum

This economist thinks China is headed for a 1929-style depression

Andy Xie isn’t known for tepid opinions.<p>The provocative Xie, who was a top economist at the World Bank and Morgan Stanley, found notoriety a decade …

Stock Markets

At 150, KKK sees opportunities in US political trends

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Born in the ashes of the smoldering South after the Civil War, the Ku Klux Klan died and was reborn before losing the fight against civil rights in the 1960s. Membership dwindled, a unified group fractured, and one-time members went to prison for a string of murderous …

Regular Christians Are No Longer Welcome in American Culture

One of the most elaborate national celebrations of liberty leading up to Independence Day is the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ new annual “fortnight for …

Nigel Farage says Donald Trump would be 'better for Britain' than Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

Nigel Farage has backed Donald Trump to be president of the United States, saying he would be "better for the UK" than Barack Obama.<p>The UK Independence Party leader also lambasted Hillary Clinton, saying she represented the "political elite" and "nothing on Earth" could ever compel him to support …

Brexit is almost certain to push Hong Kong into recession in 2016

The collateral damage from Brexit will affect economies around the globe, and Asia is no exception. Expect “waves of contagion” in Asia after the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, analysts from Japanese brokerage firm Nomura warned today (June 28).<p>Because of Brexit, Nomura lowered its …

Hong Kong

Degree of scepticism required: China warns students over fake universities

School leavers lured by sophisticated fraudsters into enrolling at phoney institutions, with some graduating years later to find qualifications worthless<p>China has named and shamed 30 “fake universities”, warning millions of students to steer clear of the bogus institutions as they prepare to enter …

With eye on China, Indonesian parliament approves higher defense spending

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian lawmakers on Tuesday approved higher defense spending this year to fund, among other things, major upgrades to military facilities in the Natuna Islands, whose nearby waters Beijing says are subject to “over-lapping claims”.<p>Indonesian President Joko Widodo stands on …

How China’s yuan could be the currency whipping boy of Brexit

Given its limited exposure to Europe, China should have been well-positioned to weather the upheaval after British voters dramatically decided to …

Stock Markets

Brexit Leader Nigel Farage: Putin ‘Behaved in a More Statesmanlike Manner Than’ Obama Following EU Vote

Nigel Farage, leader of the U.K.’s Independence Party and Brexit figurehead, blasted President Barack Obama Monday, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin was more “statesmanlike” than the U.S. leader following the EU referendum.<p>Fox News host Trish Regan asked Farage how the U.K., which voted to …

Nigerian In China: Why Are People Here So Racist Towards Black People?

"There are so many more Chinese people who live in my country and yet they don’t get hassled anywhere near as much as we do in China! Why?"<p><i>Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden are the duo behind the China Africa Project and hosts of the popular China in Africa Podcast. We're here to answer your most</i> …

Brexit: The UK got out of the EU in just the right time says Hong Kong financial columnist

Jake van der Kamp lambasts the ECB and says the European project has not followed its own rules.<p>The UK has done the right thing in walking out of the …

U.K.’s Nigel Farage: Obama behaved ‘disgracefully’ by campaigning against Brexit

British Independence Party leader and longtime Brexit supporter Nigel Farage blasted President Barack Obama for weighing in on the British referendum to leave the European Union, negatively contrasting him with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.<p>“Vladimir Putin behaved in a more statesmanlike manner …

What tensions? Chinese ships join US Navy in massive Pacific exercise

Despite the tensions between the US and China over islands in the South China Sea, a five-ship Chinese flotilla will take part in RIMPAC 2016, …

Russia's Plan To Spin Off a New Space Station From the ISS

The end of the International Space Station may not be the end after all.<p>The potential breakup of an international alliance is now brewing, and no, we're not talking about Brexit. This one is happening above our heads.<p>Russia's main contractor in human space flight just detailed its plans to separate …

Beijing And Moscow Fed Up With Washington, Time For A New Order

This may come as a surprise to most Americans, given the trillions of dollars in debt added to the country’s balance sheet and the sacrifices made by the country’s armed forces fighting terrorism and radical Islam since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, but according to the Beijing-based Global Times …

Iran’s Trying to Rebuild Its Air Force

Iran used to have one of the best equipped air forces in the world. Now it’s a joke.<p>After decades of financial and technological strangulation, the …

Gibraltar might become Scottish

Spain is licking its lips over the idea.<p>"The Spanish flag on the Rock is much closer than before," Spain's acting Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said. The Spanish government wants joint sovereignty of the British island, which it believes is Spanish. The residents of Gibraltar are …

There's a deep divide in how blacks and whites see race. New numbers prove it.

A report that asked thousands of people about their views of racism has found the nation to still be deeply divided, with majorities of black and white Americans holding nearly opposite views of the impact of skin color.<p>About 4 in 10 black Americans doubt the the country will ever reach the point …

What Brexit Means for China: More Power, Less Economic Security

Beijing may be 5,000 miles away from London, but China cannot escape the shock waves of Brexit.<p>Prior to the June 23 referendum in the United Kingdom, …

Russia Will Tell the World Where U.S. Military Satellites Are

The move would expose the Pentagon's most secret sats.<p>In a space tit-for-tat, Russian government is planning to publish a database of all known satellites—including secret American ones. The move would shed light on classified satellite programs, potentially allowing America's enemies to evade …

Putin Walks Back Trump Praise, Says U.S. Is the Only Superpower

Russian President Vladimir Putin walked back some of his previous praise for U.S. presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump on Friday at a forum, …