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Fears for safety of Britain's flagship aircraft carrier as Russian sea activity increases

Britain's new aircraft carrier needs protection from the 'frightening Russian threat' as it crosses the Atlantic for sea trials, the captain has said.<p>Speaking ahead of the deployment to New York and the east coast of America, Commodore Andrew Betton, commander of the UK Carrier Strike Group, said …

Military

Botched CIA Communications System Helped Blow Cover of Chinese Agents

It was considered one of the CIA’s worst failures in decades: Over a two-year period starting in late 2010, Chinese authorities systematically …

Foreign Policy

The Great Chinese Art Heist

Strange how it keeps happening, how the greatest works of Chinese art keep getting brazenly stolen from museums around the world. Is it a conspiracy? Vengeance for treasures plundered years ago? We sent Alex W. Palmer to investigate the trail of theft and the stunning rumor: Is the Chinese …

Museums

The Billionaires and The Guru: How a Family Burned Through $2 Billion

Along the river Beas in North India sits a sprawling spiritual commune that’s somewhere between a traditional ashram and a Florida gated community. …

India

Sir Patrick Stewart quits Labour Party and reveals 'awkward' encounter with Jeremy Corbyn

Sir Patrick Stewart, one of Labour’s most high-profile members, has abandoned the party he has supported for 73 years after saying he no longer knows “what it stands for”.<p>The Star Trek actor, who attended his first Labour event when he was five, said: “It doesn’t feel like my party any more” as he …

Labour Party

New Zealand bans foreigners from buying property

Buying a home in New Zealand just got a lot tougher for most people.<p>The country's parliament on Wednesday passed a law banning foreigners from buying into most parts of its residential property market as the government seeks to cool red-hot house prices.<p>The Overseas Investment Amendment Bill will …

New Zealand

A Suicide Net Is Quietly Being Added to the Golden Gate Bridge. Here's Why It's So Controversial

Every year, San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge draws millions of tourists and millions more Bay Area commuters. And since it was erected in …

San Francisco

Spaghetti injunction: Pastafarianism is not a religion, Dutch court rules

The Dutch council of state has ruled that Pastafarianism is not a religion, denying a follower of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster the right to wear a colander on her head in her passport and driving licence photo.<p>Mienke de Wilde is now considering taking her case to the European court of …

Religion

U.S. F-22 stealth jets simulate dogfights with Norway's F-35 warplanes

ORLAND AIR BASE, Norway (Reuters) - Two U.S. F-22 stealth fighter jets squared off in simulated dogfights with two of Norway's expanding fleet of F-35 aircraft on Wednesday as part of an exercise aimed at strengthening the NATO alliance and increasing its deterrent power.<p>The two U.S. F-22s are …

Aviation

China Uighurs: One million held in political camps, UN told

<b>A UN human rights committee has heard there are credible reports that China is holding a million Uighurs in "counter-extremism centres".</b><p>Gay McDougall, a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, raised the claims at a two-day UN meeting on China.<p>She said she was …

China

19 new sites added to UNESCO World Heritage List

UNESCO has added 19 new sites to its World Heritage List for 2018, ranging from a cathedral in Germany to volcanoes in France to Art Deco buildings in India. See the gallery above for photos of all the sites that achieved World Heritage status this year, and learn more about them at</b> …

National Parks

Jordan says four people killed in police raid on house sheltering militants

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan said on Saturday four people were killed during a police raid on a house sheltering militants suspected of being behind a bomb attack on a police van a day earlier.<p>Security forces stormed a building in the city of Salt where suspects behind the planting of the home-made …

Extremism

Now with power to long rule China, Xi beset by challenges

BEIJING (AP) — As China's leaders gather for their annual Yellow Sea retreat, the country's political waters are looking choppy.<p>Chinese President and ruling Communist Party leader Xi Jinping is beset by economic, foreign policy and domestic political challenges just months after clearing his way to …

China

Islamic State may still have 30,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria, even after setbacks

BEIRUT — The Islamic State may still have in excess of 30,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq and appears to have rebounded from some of its worst setbacks, according to two new reports that call into question whether the militants are as close to defeat as the U.S. military has suggested.<p>The figures, …

Middle East

More U.S. Marines to train in Norway, closer to Russia

OSLO (Reuters) - The United States will more than double the number of Marines stationed in Norway, in line with plans first outlined in June, the Norwegian defense ministry said on Wednesday.<p>Plans to increase the number of Marines in Norway to 700 from 330 and moving some of them closer to the …

Russia

Libyan court sentences 45 to death over 2011 killings

<b>A Libyan criminal court has sentenced 45 militiamen to death by firing squad for killing demonstrators in Tripoli in 2011, the justice ministry says.</b><p>They are accused of opening fire on dozens as rebel forces closed in on the capital during the uprising against former leader Colonel Muammar …

Africa

MoviePass posts huge quarterly loss, shareholders sue

The company’s quarterly losses jumped from less than $3 million to $126.6 million in a year<p>MoviePass parent Helios and Matheson has quietly posted its quarterly earnings report, revealing that operating losses have ballooned from less than $3 million this quarter last year to $126.6 million in the …

MoviePass

US Air Force fighters and Army helicopter gunships killed more than 220 Taliban fighters in Ghazni battle

U.S. Air Force fighters and Army helicopter gunships have attacked and killed more than 220 Taliban forces in Ghazni over the past several days after militants launched a massive attack on the Afghan city less than 100 miles from Kabul.<p>"Ghazni City remains under Afghan government control," Lt. Col. …

Afghanistan

Mexico’s new president has a radical plan to end the drug war

Leftist President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) wants to end Mexico’s militarized drug war.<p>MEXICO CITY <i>—</i> Juan Carlos Trujillo last saw his brothers, Jesús Salvador, 24, and Raúl, 19, a decade ago.<p>The two men and five of their co-workers from the Trujillo family’s scrap metal business were …

Mexico

The Syrian War Is Over, and America Lost

<i>This article first appeared here on ForeignPolicy.com July 23, 2018.</i><p>More From Our Experts<p>Richard N. Haass<p>The West Must Face Reality in Turkey<p>Jon Finer<p>…

Middle East

Surfer's Monster, 80-Foot Wave Came from a Hidden, Underwater Canyon

An astonishing video that circulated on Twitter yesterday (Aug. 13) shows a surreal and stomach-dropping scene: An azure wave, streaked with vertical …

Aquatic Sports

This Two Billion Year-Old Natural Reactor May Hold The Key To Safe Nuclear Waste Disposal

The Oklo-reactor in Gabon, Africa is one of the most intriguing geological formations found on planet Earth. Here, naturally occurring fissile materials in two billion year-old rocks have sustained a slow nuclear fission reaction like that found in a modern nuclear reactor.<p>Uranium-235 is a …

Energy

Russia’s Admiral Gorshkov frigate: commissioned at last

After decades of delays, Russia’s latest frigate has finally arrived. But the Russian Navy may be changing its course into the future.

Military

See How Soldiers Sleep in the Field

Science & InnovationPicture Stories<p>While embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan, photographer Tim Hetherington created images showing rare and precious moments of calm.<p><i>In 2007, photographer Tim Hetherington and writer Sebastian Junger were embedded with U.S. troops fighting the Taliban in eastern</i> …

Afghanistan

Egypt raid kills six suspected militants, interior ministry says

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian security forces killed six suspected militants in a raid on a house on the outskirts of Cairo, an interior ministry statement said on Monday.<p>The men were planning to attack "vital installations and Christian places of worship and the armed forces and police during the …

Extremism

China rejects allegations of detaining million Uighurs in camps in Xinjiang

GENEVA (Reuters) - China rejected on Monday allegations raised by a U.N. panel that 1 million Uighurs may be held in internment camps in the restive Xinjiang region, but said that some people underwent re-education after being deceived by extremists.<p>Hu Lianhe, a senior Communist Party official, …

China

U.S. downplays "failed" Taliban siege as 100 Afghan forces killed

<b>KABUL, Afghanistan</b> -- Afghan forces battled the Taliban in a key provincial capital for the fourth straight day on Monday, following a massive …

Afghanistan

'We don't know what to do': The Taliban is overrunning Afghan security forces in multiple cities, leaving more than 200 dead in 3 days

The Taliban have killed more than 200 Afghan soldiers and police officers in four provincial districts in the last three days, with the heaviest losses occurring in the key city of Ghazni just south of Kabul, according to The New York Times.<p>More than 100 Afghan security forces have been killed in …

Afghanistan

Trump’s diplomatic learning curve: Time zones, ‘Nambia’ and ‘Nipple’

The president has often perplexed foreign officials and his own aides as he learns how to deal with the world beyond America's borders.<p>Several times in the first year of his administration, President Donald Trump wanted to call Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the middle of the afternoon. But …

Donald Trump

Aristocrat Sues France for Millions Over Monaco Throne

A French aristocrat is suing the French government for €351 million (almost $400 million), saying the French state tricked his family out of the …

France