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Hamas engineer assassinated in Malaysia; victim's family blames Mossad

Israel

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, long a favorite in tech circles, is reportedly still under armed guard

Shares of Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holding, an international investment company controlled by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, soared in January when he was freed after two months of being held captive at a Ritz Carlton in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.<p>Turns out investors may have celebrated too soon.<p>As people …

Saudi Arabia

Corruption Perceptions Index 2017

This year’s Corruption Perceptions Index highlights that the majority of countries are making little or no progress in ending corruption, while …

Africa

Poland's government insists it wasn't denying the Holocaust when it blamed Jews, in part, for World War II

Poland's government said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki's comments saying Jews were perpetrators in World War II as well as Poles and others, which were condemned by Israel, were not intended to deny the Holocaust.<p>Poland sparked international criticism over its stance on the facts of the …

The world's biggest countries, as you've never seen them before

China and India may have similar populations today, but they have very different demographic destinies.<p>While China should see its population fall in …

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Peru's President to face impeachment proceedings

<b>(CNN) —</b> Peruvian lawmakers decided to move forward with proceedings to impeach President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski amid allegations of bribery in connection to one of the largest corruption scandals in Latin America.<p>On Friday, lawmakers voted 93 to 17 in a motion to initiate the process of impeachment …

Brazil

Brexit never? Britain can still change its mind, says Article 50 author | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May should stop misleading voters and admit that Brexit can be avoided if Britain decides unilaterally to scrap divorce talks, the man who drafted Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty said on Friday.<p>Former British ambassador to the EU, John Kerr, poses for a …

United Kingdom

German military study: EU collapse conceivable worst case

The German military considers the disintegration of the European Union and the West over the next few decades a possibility, according to an internal …

Armed Forces

What Is Che Guevara’s Legacy 50 Years After His Death?

MEXICO CITY — Ernesto Che Guevara died 50 years ago in the wilds of Bolivia, near Vallegrande. He was captured in Quebrada del Yuro, a barren ravine close to the town of La Higuera, where he spent his last night in a small schoolhouse, which is still there. The following morning, he was executed, …

Cuba

For Austria’s Muslims, country’s hard-right turn is an ominous sign

BERLIN — A little over a century ago, the ancestors of modern Austrians were at the vanguard of religious liberty in Europe, giving their small Muslim community the same rights as Christians or Jews.<p>Today, the much larger and rapidly growing Muslim population of Austria sees their country again …

Europe

Catalan parliament defies Madrid pressure, works on independence declaration | Reuters

BARCELONA/MADRID (Reuters) - Catalan secessionists were working on Friday toward a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain that could be adopted next week in defiance of a court order and increased economic pressure from Madrid.<p>After Spain’s Constitutional Court suspended a session of the …

Europe

A North Korean ship was seized off Egypt with a huge cache of weapons destined for a surprising buyer

Last August, a secret message was passed from Washington to Cairo warning about a mysterious vessel steaming toward the Suez Canal. The bulk freighter named <i>Jie Shun</i> was flying Cambodian colors but had sailed from North Korea, the warning said, with a North Korean crew and an unknown cargo shrouded …

North Korea

Why the Mossad failed to capture or kill so many fugitive Nazis

<i>Yossi Melman is the intelligence and security columnist for the Israeli newspaper Maariv. Dan Raviv is the Washington correspondent for i24News. They are the co-authors of “Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars.”</i><p>On Sept. 23, 1977, Menachem Begin, the feisty prime minister of Israel …

Israel

Myanmar’s Rohingya Refugee Crisis, Explained

Religious clashes in Myanmar, a Buddhist-majority country, have driven more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims out of the country, provoking the United …

Asia

‘A disaster in the making’: Pakistan’s population surges to 207.7 million

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — For years, Pakistan's soaring population growth has been evident in increasingly crowded schools, clinics and poor communities across this vast, Muslim-majority nation. But until two weeks ago, no one knew just how serious the problem was. Now they do.<p>Preliminary results from …

Geography

Everyone is taking sides in the Qatar crisis. Here's why these four North African states aren't.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt — the “Boycott Quartet” — have been trying to isolate Qatar since their embargo began in June. But in North Africa, their search for supporters failed remarkably. Despite the Gulf Cooperation Council’s significant investment there, most …

Africa

Let Us Now Praise Muslim Apostates

Standing up to political correctness and facing death threats, the Muslim apostate writers Ibn Warraq and Ayaan Hirsi Ali have honored our …

Two months into Saudi-led boycott, tiny Qatar goes on the offensive

CAIRO — The tiny nation of Qatar is defiantly weathering a boycott by four of its neighbors in a deepening crisis that has roiled the region and threatened U.S. interests.<p>Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severd ties and imposed an economic blockade on Qatar in early June, …

Middle East

Qatar's Support of The Worst of the Worst In Libya Must End

Libya’s eastern-based government joined Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt in cutting ties with Qatar in June, with Foreign …

Nazi Salute in Germany Lands Chinese Tourists a Fine and Arrest

German police on Saturday arrested two Chinese tourists for making illegal "Heil Hitler" salutes in front of the historic Reichstag building that …

The 5 Countries Preparing to Fill a Big Vacancy at the Top

For democracies, the peaceful transition of power is the hallmark of stability. For autocracies, it’s a never-ending source of anxiety. Here’s a …

South Africa

Blame Oil's Decline for the Middle East's Latest Conflict

The confrontation between Qatar and Saudi Arabia comes down to the competition between oil and natural gas.<p>Seven years ago, I attended an International Energy Forum (IEF) meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with some of the region's most senior diplomats.<p>There were several topics of conversation, but …

Natural Gas

Maltese PM: I'm starting to believe Brexit will not happen

Joseph Muscat, who has inside view of Brexit talks as his country holds EU presidency, sees signs that ‘tide is turning’<p>Brexit may not happen and a political leader in Britain should show courage and fight for a referendum on the terms of the country’s exit deal with the EU, the prime minister of …

United Kingdom

Qatar: Gulf states hint at possible expulsion from regional bloc

UAE foreign minister expected to claim blockade on Qatar is working but the Gulf group remains adamant Doha has to change political course<p>The Gulf states trying to force Qatar to change political course have given their strongest hint yet that they plan to expel Qatar from the Gulf Cooperation …

Middle East

The Islamic State is on its knees, but its legacy will long haunt the Middle East

After three years of violence, Islamic State has encountered a major defeat that could mean that its end is near. On July 10 2017, Iraqi Prime …

Middle East

Why the White House Is Reading Greek History

The Trump team is obsessing over Thucydides, the ancient historian who wrote a seminal tract on war.<p>The Trump White House isn’t known as a hot spot for Ivy League intellectuals. But last month, a Harvard academic slipped into the White House complex for an unusual meeting. Graham Allison, an …

Foreign Policy

Is the New Saudi Heir the Right Man for the Job?

Prince Mohammed bin Salman could be too inexperienced and too hotheaded for the fraught situation in the Middle East.<p>The abrupt change in Saudi Arabia's line of royal succession will probably help maintain the House of Saud's sway over its 31 million people, 70 percent of which are under 30. It is, …

Middle East