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Europe and USA take the fight against Jihadism to Niger

Niger has been increasingly playing a pivotal role in the global struggle against jihadism since the terrorist threat has been quickly shifting from the middle-east to Africa.<p>The special forces of the Sahel country are being trained and supported by Western military personnel. The doctrine consists …

Africa

Did Armenia just dance its way to revolution?

Ousting your prime minister can be seriously hard work. But it should be fun, too.<p>That is the impression Armenia gave in recent weeks, where hundreds of thousands staged anti-government rallies, part of a bloodless revolution in the small country that managed to throw off -- at least, so far -- …

Asia

Afghanistan’s new national ID card has finally debuted, and it’s already plagued by problems

KABUL — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the long-delayed distribution of electronic national ID cards Thursday, hailing it as an important step toward securing national elections, but his governing partner warned that the move could instead trigger a political and ethnic crisis.<p>While …

Afghanistan

Venezuela takes charge of big bank, arrests 11 executives

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela arrested 11 top officials from the country's largest private bank and announced that the state would intervene in the institution's activities at least temporarily to clean up purported illicit activity, officials said Thursday.<p>It was not clear whether the 90-day …

Venezuela

Saudi women on motorcycles signal new road ahead for the kingdom

As night falls on a deserted motor-sports circuit on the outskirts of the Saudi capital, Hanan Abdulrahman weaves through traffic cones on her black Suzuki motorcycle.<p>The 31-year-old in a yellow learner’s jacket has one word for what this feels like: “Freedom.”<p>The scene is new for conservative …

Saudi Arabia

Pentagon accuses Chinese of blinding Djibouti-based U.S. pilots with lasers

Two U.S. pilots tagged by Chinese lasers while flying over Djibouti needed medical treatment.<p>U.S. forces fighting terror in the Horn of Africa are facing a new threat — lasers fired from the new Chinese military base in Djibouti.<p>Two American fliers have already been injured, prompting the State …

Military

Many countries suffer from shrinking working-age populations

MANY developed countries have anti-immigration political parties, which terrify the incumbents and sometimes break into government. Lithuania is …

Demographics

Mexico finds 113 fake police in raid on local force

Prosecutors and soldiers raided a local police force in central Mexico and found a strange thing: 113 of the 185 officers weren't policemen at all.<p>The Public Safety Department in the central state of Puebla said late Wednesday that the 113 are facing charges equivalent to impersonating an officer. …

Mexico

Which nationalities get rejected the most for US asylum?

<b>(CNN) —</b> When a caravan of Central American migrants recently showed up at the US border, many wondered what their odds of getting asylum would be.<p>The answer: Slim, if history repeats itself.<p>A look at asylum denial rates show extreme variances between the nationalities of people applying.<p>And …

Immigration

Alarm Grows In France Over Anti-Semitic Violence

In late March, thousands of people took to the streets of Paris to protest the murder of an elderly woman whose killers may have been motivated by anti-Semitism. The silent march started at Place de la Nation and ended at 85-year-old Mireille Knoll's apartment in a working-class neighborhood in the …

Religion

ETA formally ends armed fight, but Spain vows to prosecute

MADRID (AP) — Basque separatist group ETA publicly declared its dissolution Thursday, bringing an end to a campaign against Spain that saw more than 850 people killed over more than four decades of bombings and shootings.<p>In an open letter to the Basque people, ETA said it has "completely dismantled …

Europe

Anger erupts on Yemen's Socotra as UAE deploys over 100 troops

Emirati aircraft arrive illegally on famed island, prompting angry protests demanding their immediate withdrawal.<p>Angry protests have erupted on the Yemeni island of Socotra after the United Arab Emirates deployed four military aircraft and more than 100 troops to the famed UNESCO World Heritage …

Arabian Sea

White House warns China on growing militarization in South China Sea

<b>(CNN) —</b> The White House warned Beijing on Thursday that there will be consequences for its growing militarization in the South China Sea, following reports of missiles being deployed to three of the country's outposts in the disputed region.<p>US intelligence assessed that there is a high probability …

China

Pirates 'massacre' Guyana fishermen off Suriname coast

<b>Guyana's President David Granger has described as a "massacre" a pirate attack last week that is feared to have killed at least a dozen fishermen.</b><p>"It is a great massacre, a great tragedy," Mr Granger said on Thursday.<p>Four boats carrying some 20 people were attacked off the coast of neighbouring …

South America

Theresa May's Conservatives beat expectations in England elections

An anti-Semitism row plaguing the opposition Labour Party has dented its hopes for widespread gains. Meanwhile, the pro-Brexit UKIP has all but …

United Kingdom

Malaysian opposition leader investigated for 'fake news' after claiming plane was sabotaged

Malaysian opposition leader Mahathir Mohamad is under investigation for allegedly spreading "fake news" after claiming his plane was sabotaged, police said Thursday, just days before a closely-fought election.<p>Veteran ex-premier Mr Mahathir, 92, is seeking to oust his former protege, Prime Minister …

Fake News

6 dead in Kenya overnight flooding with 11 others missing

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Six people have drowned in Kenya in overnight flooding and 11 others are missing, local authorities said Friday, the latest of dozens of deaths caused by heavy seasonal rains in recent weeks.<p>"We are at the scene looking for bodies," Kajiado County police chief Kipkemboi Rop …

Africa

Syria rebels lay down arms under Homs withdrawal deal

Opposition fighters have surrendered government institutions and a strategic highway. The Syrian regime's latest offensives in Homs and Eastern …

Middle East

U.S. and China swap hard-line lists of demands at trade talks in Beijing

BEIJING — Two days of inconclusive U.S.-China talks ended here Friday amid signs that the Trump administration is demanding dramatic concessions that challenge core elements of China’s economic system and its ambitions for future development.<p>China said “big differences” remained as a high-level …

China

Hungary: Editor charged with altering prime minister's words

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Prosecutors in Hungary say they have filed charges against a newspaper editor accused of altering the words of Prime Minister Viktor Orban in an interview published in December 2016.<p>Prosecutors from the southwestern city of Veszprem said Friday in a statement that the …

North Africa

Trump assures Bangladesh of U.S. support amid Rohingya crisis 

DHAKA (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has assured Bangladesh of U.S. support in dealing with the Myanmar Rohingya refugee crisis, a Bangladeshi official said on Friday.<p>A letter from Trump was handed to Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a meeting with U.S. Ambassador Marcia …

North Africa

Turkey opposition names rival to Erdogan for June election

<b>Turkey's main opposition party, the Republican People's Party (CHP), has announced its candidate to challenge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in next month's snap presidential election.</b><p>Muharrem Ince is staunchly secular and a fiery critic of Mr Erdogan. He has been an MP since 2002.<p>The CHP plans to …

South Asia

Chinese lasers injure US military pilots in Africa, Pentagon says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Chinese personnel at the country's first overseas military base in Djibouti have been using lasers to interfere with US military aircraft at a nearby American base, activity that has resulted in injuries to US pilots and prompted the US to launch a formal diplomatic protest with Beijing, …

Military

Trump Orders Pentagon to Consider Reducing U.S. Forces in South Korea

WASHINGTON — President Trump has ordered the Pentagon to prepare options for drawing down American troops in South Korea, just weeks before he holds a landmark meeting with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, according to several people briefed on the deliberations.<p>Reduced troop levels are not …

North Korea

Pope to Chile abuse victims: I was part of the problem

ROME (AP) — The three whistleblowers in Chile's sex abuse scandal urged Pope Francis on Wednesday to transform his apology for having discredited them into concrete action to end what they called the "epidemic" of sex abuse and cover-up in the Catholic Church.<p>Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and …

Christianity

Luis García Meza, Bolivian Dictator Jailed for Genocide, Dies at 88

Gen. Luis García Meza, a former Bolivian dictator who was convicted of genocide after leading a brief but brutal rule that had been engineered by cocaine cartels and a Nazi war criminal, died on Sunday in La Paz. He was 88.<p>He died at the Cossmil military hospital, where he was serving the remainder …

Human Rights

‘Shocked’ by Attack on Mosque, Nigeria Tightens Security in Northeast

ABUJA, Nigeria — Twin suicide bombings at a mosque and at a market have left at least 27 people dead and scores wounded in northeastern Nigeria, leading the authorities on Wednesday to tighten security in the region, which has been targeted repeatedly in recent years by Boko Haram, the rebel …

Africa

U.S. Transfers First Guantánamo Detainee Under Trump, Who Vowed to Fill It

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has transferred a Guantánamo Bay prisoner to the custody of Saudi Arabia, a spokeswoman announced on Wednesday. The handoff is the first time a detainee has left the wartime prison under President Trump, who vowed to fill it back up but has now instead overseen a reduction …

George W. Bush

China quietly installed defensive missile systems on strategic Spratly Islands in hotly contested South China Sea

China has quietly installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three of its fortified outposts west of the Philippines …

China

Armenian Opposition Leader Pauses Protests, With New Hope For Prime Minister Bid

Just one day after rejecting an influential opposition leader's bid to become prime minister, Armenia's ruling party appears ready to relent.<p>At a rally in the capital city of Yerevan, Nikol Pashinyan told his supporters Wednesday that Republican Party lawmakers expressed willingness to back his …

Airports