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For Kurds in Southeast Turkey, the urban conflict continues

In July 2015 a new phase of the decades-old conflict between the Turkish government and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants erupted after a …

Middle East

Pussy Riot jail sentence for church protest 'exceptionally severe', European court says

The European Court of Human Rights has condemned Russia for its reaction to 2012 protests by the Pussy Riot punk band in a Moscow cathedral, saying …

Judiciary

Leak at Porton Down lab may be behind UK nerve-agent poisonings – Russian embassy

A leak at the Porton Down secret laboratory may explain the nerve agent poisonings in Britain, as both cases happened in nearby Salisbury and Amesbury, the Russian embassy in the UK has said.<p>The embassy was asked by the media to comment on Friday’s announcement by the UK police that a small bottle …

Fintan O’Toole: Trial runs for fascism are in full flow

Babies in cages were no ‘mistake’ by Trump but test-marketing for barbarism<p>Tue, Jun 26, 2018, 05:00<p>Video<br>• Images<p>Coverage of the detention centre …

Reality TV

Rescue Effort Still Underway to Save Boys Trapped in America

The boys trapped in a cave in Thailand were reunited with their families. For boys in ICE detention facilities, no such luck.

United States

Japan search efforts continue as flood toll crosses 200

Tens of thousands left without drinking water and electricity, while thousands sleep in school gymnasiums.<p><b>Tokyo, Japan</b> - Volunteers and rescue workers in Japan have shoveled through mud and debris hoping to rescue people still missing in the wake of devastating floods that killed at least 200 …

Dialysis

Trump stuns NATO with demand to double defence spending

US President Donald Trump wants NATO allies to raise their military spending to four per cent of their GDP, double the current target.

Geopolitics

Trump request for long-term detention of migrant children denied

Ruling comes as government says it will reunite only half of migrant children under five by Tuesday deadline.<p>A US federal judge has rejected the government's request to allow long-term detention of migrant and refugee children, a setback for President Donald Trump's executive order that ends his …

Immigration

Turkey sacks 18,500 state employees over alleged 'terror' links

More than 8,998 police officers and 3,077 army soldiers among public employees dismissed by emergency decree.<p>Turkish authorities have ordered the dismissal of more than 18,500 state employees over alleged links to "terrorist" organisations, according to an emergency decree published in the …

Employment

How a Turkish translator landed in court on terror charges

A Turkish translator risks a jail sentence on charges of spreading terrorist propaganda simply for translating news reports on Twitter.

Turkish Military

9 Turkish soldiers, rebels killed in Afrin: YPG

China says forced to react after US launches 'largest trade war in history'

China has responded to punishing tariffs imposed by the Trump administration amid heightened fears across the globe.

Economy

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Cartoons

US third offset has profound implications for Indo-Pacific (part 1)

America’s military-technological advantage, an aspect of its strategic power since the end of the Cold War, is eroding. In response, the Pentagon …

Military

Reflections on the US Navy

The US Navy had a horror year in 2017 with tragic accidents and a major corruption scandal. While the cause may have been mainly budgetary, with …

Military

Prince William meets Palestinian President

Prince William has paid the first official British royal visit to the Palestinian Territories, touring a refugee camp and telling Palestinians “you …

Israel

The guillotine blade that beheaded Queen Marie-Antoinette in 1793 https://t.co/im1909ae43

The U.S. Has Conducted 550 Drone Strikes in Libya Since 2011 — More Than in Somalia, Yemen, or Pakistan

Tracking drone strikes can be confusing, so much so that even the U.S. military has difficulty accurately tallying them. Since last fall, the Trump …

War

Was glad to join #Europeanspring initiative in #Milan to salute their utopian ideas and an attempt to democratize #Europe . I was there to remind that European Spring won’t be possible without #WomensSpring . Thank you for the invitation 💪🏽 https://t.co/cJADcZhcpX

EU to impose duties on U.S. imports Friday after Trump tariffs

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will begin charging import duties of 25 percent on a range of U.S. products on Friday, in response to U.S tariffs imposed on EU steel and aluminum early this month, the European Commission said on Wednesday.<p>The move confirms a tit-for-tat dispute that could …

Economy

Will China go nuclear on patent and copyrights?

from Dean Baker Since Donald Trump has apparently discovered that the US imports more than it exports from China, we can put tariffs on more goods …

China

It’s Time To Start Getting Enraged At What Western Imperialists Have Done To Syria

Rumors are again swirling of an impending false flag chemical weapons attack in Syria, just as they did shortly before the highly suspicious Douma …

England built an empire out of coal. Now it’s giving it up. Why can’t the US?

<i>Audio Part One: A divisive national strike in the 1980s stripped the once-dominant UK coal industry of its</i> <i>economic</i> <i>and</i> <i>political</i> <i>influence</i><i>.</i><p>2018061803.mp3<p>UK ditching coal<p>PRI's The World<p>The UK built an empire out of coal. Now it's giving it up. It's pledged to stop burning coal for electricity by 2025. …

Mining

Israel's use of lethal force 'could amount to war crimes'

HRW accusation comes ahead of UN General Assembly meeting to discuss Israel's excessive use of force in Gaza.<p>Israel's use of lethal force against Palestinian protesters along the Gaza Strip border in recent weeks could amount to war crimes, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday.<p>The rights …

Erdogan claims he will invade Qandil, this is why he will fail

Republic of Northern Macedonia: Decision finally made on new name after decades of debate

The prime ministers of Greece and Macedonia say they have agreed on "Republic of Northern Macedonia" as the new name for the Balkan country, ending a …

North Korea's agreement with Donald Trump presents a host of challenges and opportunities

US President Donald Trump called the declaration signed at end of the summit with Kim Jong-un "comprehensive" but it only contained four generalised …

“Fifty percent of those who were wounded will never walk naturally again. Not after a year or two or three or 10 years.”

Hundreds in months-long Gaza protests crippled for life by Israeli gunfireBy Ben Wedeman, CNNUpdated 1706 GMT (0106 HKT) June 8, 2018Hundreds in …

US power to rule a digital world ebbs away | Evgeny Morozov

Digital platforms were supposed to be the apex of US techno-hegemony. The plan worked, but only initially<p>As Donald Trump’s America gears up for a full-blown trade war with the resurgent China, Washington seems to have forgotten the very mechanisms that assured its dominance in the post-cold war …

Geopolitics