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    How arms made in Bosnia helped fuel Syria’s civil war

    How arms made in Bosnia helped fuel Syria’s civil war


    NOVI TRAVNIK, Bosnia: In the basement of a bombed-out Al Qaeda arms storage building in eastern Aleppo last year, I found a weapons log book from a mortar factory in Bosnia — with the handwritten name of one of their senior officials, Ifet Krnjic, on...

    NOVI TRAVNIK, Bosnia: In the basement of a bombed-out Al Qaeda arms storage building in eastern Aleppo last year, I found a weapons log book from a mortar factory in Bosnia — with the handwritten name of one of their senior officials, Ifet Krnjic, on each page. It was dispatched from the Balkans with a cargo of 500 120mm mortars in January 2016. But now, in the forested heart of central Bosnia, I have found Mr Krnjic, who says his company sent the arms to Saudi Arabia. Sitting on the lawn of his home south of the weapons-manufacturing town of Novi Travnik, he brings his finger down onto the first page of the log book which I showed him. “This is my signature! Yes, that’s me!” Krnjic exclaims...
    Japan Legalizes Casino Gambling

    Japan Legalizes Casino Gambling


    The National Diet enacted a bill which authorized the opening of casino resorts in Japan on Friday, even though opposition parties and the public who voiced concerns about the dangers of gambling addiction, according to The Japan Times. The bill was...

    The National Diet enacted a bill which authorized the opening of casino resorts in Japan on Friday, even though opposition parties and the public who voiced concerns about the dangers of gambling addiction, according to The Japan Times. The bill was passed in the House of Councilors after opposition leader Yukio Edano, the leader of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, staged a filibuster for more than two hours. The new law legalizes the establishment of casinos for up to three locations inside of integrated resorts which also run hotels, conference spaces, and shopping centers. The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the legislation will help Japan attract more foreign...
    Poland's PiS Party Pushes To Replace Supreme Court Judge Who Defied Judicial Overhaul

    Poland's PiS Party Pushes To Replace Supreme Court Judge Who Defied Judicial Overhaul


    Poland's parliament adopted new rules on Friday which aimed to expedite naming a new Supreme Court chief after a judicial overhaul was adopted earlier this month that critics argue is undemocratic, according to Reuters. Chief Judge Malgorzata Gersdorf...

    Poland's parliament adopted new rules on Friday which aimed to expedite naming a new Supreme Court chief after a judicial overhaul was adopted earlier this month that critics argue is undemocratic, according to Reuters. Chief Judge Malgorzata Gersdorf has refused to resign though, even though 22 Supreme Court judges were forced into retirement by the new legislation earlier this month. Gersdorf said she will remain in her position until her constitutional term expires in 2020 and has become a new symbol of growing resistance to the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party. Gersdorf said she was returning to work earlier this week in order to maintain an eye on the Polish parliament. “I am not...
    Senate Republicans Drop Bid To Block Trump From Helping Chinese Telecom Giant ZTE

    Senate Republicans Drop Bid To Block Trump From Helping Chinese Telecom Giant ZTE


    Bowing to White House demands, Senate Republicans have backed off their attempt to reimpose U.S. sanctions on the Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE, a congressional source said Friday, the Washington Post reported. The retreat means that ZTE — a...

    Bowing to White House demands, Senate Republicans have backed off their attempt to reimpose U.S. sanctions on the Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE, a congressional source said Friday, the Washington Post reported. The retreat means that ZTE — a company found guilty of selling U.S. goods to Iran in violation of sanctions — will get to duck tough Commerce Department penalties that bar U.S. companies from doing business with it. Chinese officials said those penalties would effectively put ZTE out of business.President Donald Trump had ordered his own Commerce Department to lift the penalties, but senators wanted to reimpose them as part of a sweeping defense policy bill set to be unveiled...
    [UPDATE] Death Toll 17 In Missouri Duck Boat Sinking, All Bodies Recovered

    [UPDATE] Death Toll 17 In Missouri Duck Boat Sinking, All Bodies Recovered


    Seventeen people, including at least one child, are dead after an amphibious duck boat capsized Thursday evening on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri, the Springfield, Missouri, News-Leader reported. At least seven other passengers were injured,...

    Seventeen people, including at least one child, are dead after an amphibious duck boat capsized Thursday evening on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri, the Springfield, Missouri, News-Leader reported. At least seven other passengers were injured, including two in serious condition. On Friday morning, the Missouri State Highway Patrol found the last four bodies that had been unaccounted for, according to Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader. Rader reported 11 were dead just after 11 p.m. Thursday. Two more bodies were discovered later in the night before the final search on Friday. The Ride the Ducks tourist boat sank near the Showboat Branson Belle with a reported 31 people on board. During a...
    Ortega Blames 'Coup-Mongering Satanic Sect' For More Than 300 Dead in Nicaraguan Unrest

    Ortega Blames 'Coup-Mongering Satanic Sect' For More Than 300 Dead in Nicaraguan Unrest


    Embattled Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega spoke at a rally in Managua to commemorate the 39th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution but ended up attacking the protesters that have been calling for his resignation as belonging to a "murderous,...

    Embattled Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega spoke at a rally in Managua to commemorate the 39th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution but ended up attacking the protesters that have been calling for his resignation as belonging to a "murderous, coup-mongering satanic sect," according to The Guardian. After a number of international figures and organizations condemned Ortega's own forces and paramilitary forces loyal to the president as being responsible for a large majority of the deadly violence that has plagued Nicaragua since protests first began in mid-April. Ortega claimed it was a "diabolical force" leading the protesters which were responsible for the bloodshed, claiming the...
    Michael Cohen Secretly Recorded Trump Talking About Payments To Former Playboy Model

    Michael Cohen Secretly Recorded Trump Talking About Payments To Former Playboy Model


    The New York Times reported on Friday Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer, had secretly recorded a conversation with then-candidate Trump in 2016 which discussed making payments to a former Playboy model who said she had an affair...

    The New York Times reported on Friday Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer, had secretly recorded a conversation with then-candidate Trump in 2016 which discussed making payments to a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Trump. The FBI seized that recording along with numerous other filed after raiding Cohen's office and residences earlier this year. The Justice Department is investigating Cohen's involvement in paying women to remain quiet about a potentially embarrassing news story concerning Trump before the 2016 presidential election. Prosecutors are also probing if Cohen and the Trump campaign violated federal campaign finance laws and the...
    Tornadoes Cause Severe Damage Across Iowa, Injuring 17

    Tornadoes Cause Severe Damage Across Iowa, Injuring 17


    Several sudden tornadoes tore through central Iowa on Thursday, flattening a number of buildings and injuring at least 17 people across three cities, according to NBC News. Local residents were taken by surprise by the sudden intense storms on Thursday...

    Several sudden tornadoes tore through central Iowa on Thursday, flattening a number of buildings and injuring at least 17 people across three cities, according to NBC News. Local residents were taken by surprise by the sudden intense storms on Thursday as tornadoes touched down in Marshalltown, Pella, and Bondurant. Seven people were injured at a factory near Pella that was celebrating its 70th anniversary and another ten were injured in Marshalltown, but no deaths have been reported. “We’re very blessed that everyone’s OK,” Marshalltown police Captain Brian Batterson said. Alex Krull, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines, IA, said the forecasting models only...
    Brexit: EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier takes apart Theresa May’s Chequers white paper plan

    Brexit: EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier takes apart Theresa May’s Chequers white paper plan


    The EU's chief Brexit negotiator has taken apart Theresa May's new Chequers Brexit plan, warning that the bloc is stepping up preparations for a "no deal" exit. Speaking in Brussels after a meeting with EU national ministers Michel Barnier raised a wide...

    The EU's chief Brexit negotiator has taken apart Theresa May's new Chequers Brexit plan, warning that the bloc is stepping up preparations for a "no deal" exit. Speaking in Brussels after a meeting with EU national ministers Michel Barnier raised a wide variety of serious concerns...
    The 21st Century Won’t Be The American Century – And It’s About To Get Worse

    The 21st Century Won’t Be The American Century – And It’s About To Get Worse


    Article by WN.Com Correspondent Dallas Darling Since the shock of the Sept. 11 terror attacks and slide into the military haze of Afghanistan and Iraq, including Libya, Syria and Yemen, there’s been a growing sense of anxiety among military and...

    Article by WN.Com Correspondent Dallas Darling Since the shock of the Sept. 11 terror attacks and slide into the military haze of Afghanistan and Iraq, including Libya, Syria and Yemen, there’s been a growing sense of anxiety among military and political leaders the 21st century won’t be the American Century. In a detailed 2012 report, the National Intelligence Council (NIC), which is Washington’s supreme analytic body, moreover warned: “By 2030, no country…will be a hegemonic power…largely reversing the historic rise of the West since 1750.”1 But then even the universal laws of nature reflect how empires, like the U.S., experience the blessings of rising only to be followed by the curses of...
    Russia, China Delay US Bid To Cut Off Oil To North Korea

    Russia, China Delay US Bid To Cut Off Oil To North Korea


    Russia and China on Thursday put a six-month hold on a request from the United States to the UN Security Council to halt all deliveries of refined oil products to North Korea, diplomats said....

    Russia and China on Thursday put a six-month hold on a request from the United States to the UN Security Council to halt all deliveries of refined oil products to North Korea, diplomats said. ......
    Malaysia launches crackdown on Isis after threats to kill the king and prime minister

    Malaysia launches crackdown on Isis after threats to kill the king and prime minister


    Police in Malaysia have arrested seven suspected Isis militants, including one man who allegedly made threats against the king and the prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, and another who planned to carry out bomb attacks across the...

    Police in Malaysia have arrested seven suspected Isis militants, including one man who allegedly made threats against the king and the prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, and another who planned to carry out bomb attacks across the region....
    North Korean economy sees sharpest decline in 20 years as sanctions bite

    North Korean economy sees sharpest decline in 20 years as sanctions bite


    North Korea’s economy contracted at the sharpest rate in two decades in 2017, according to estimates from South Korea’s central bank, in a clear sign international sanctions imposed to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes have hit growth...

    North Korea’s economy contracted at the sharpest rate in two decades in 2017, according to estimates from South Korea’s central bank, in a clear sign international sanctions imposed to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes have hit growth hard....
    Former Hong Kong leader jailed again for misconduct

    Former Hong Kong leader jailed again for misconduct


    Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was sent back to prison Friday after a failed appeal bid against a misconduct conviction in one of the city's most high-profile corruption cases. Tsang was jailed last year after being found guilty of failing to...

    Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was sent back to prison Friday after a failed appeal bid against a misconduct conviction in one of the city's most high-profile corruption cases. Tsang was jailed last year after being found guilty of failing to disclose his plans to lease a luxury flat from a major investor in a...
    N. Korea puts reunion of war separated families in doubt

    N. Korea puts reunion of war separated families in doubt


    North Korea said that an August reunion of Korean families separated by war may not happen if South Korea doesn't immediately return some of its citizens who arrived in the South in recent years....

    North Korea said that an August reunion of Korean families separated by war may not happen if South Korea doesn't immediately return some of its citizens who arrived in the South in recent years. ......
    Terrorism not a clash between Christian West and Islam: David Cameron

    Terrorism not a clash between Christian West and Islam: David Cameron


    KOLKATA: Former British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday said terrorism should not be seen as a battle between the Christian countries of the West and the Islamic countries in the Middle East. It is all about identifying and wiping out a small...

    KOLKATA: Former British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday said terrorism should not be seen as a battle between the Christian countries of the West and the Islamic countries in the Middle East. It is all about identifying and wiping out a small section that believes in extremism. Criticizing US President Donald Trump’s view on terrorism, he said it is more of an intellectual battle against those...
    Boat carrying 160 African migrants reportedly capsizes off Yemen

    Boat carrying 160 African migrants reportedly capsizes off Yemen


    Yemeni security officials and tribal leaders say a boat carrying more than 160 African migrants has capsized off the...

    Yemeni security officials and tribal leaders say a boat carrying more than 160 African migrants has capsized off the southern...
    Peruvians Protest To Demand Anti-Corruption Measures After Head of Judiciary Resigns

    Peruvians Protest To Demand Anti-Corruption Measures After Head of Judiciary Resigns


    Thousands filled the Peruvian capital city of Lima to protest newly uncovered corruption inside the country's institutions after the head of the judiciary resigned earlier this week, according to Reuter. The protesters were dressed as rats or vultures...

    Thousands filled the Peruvian capital city of Lima to protest newly uncovered corruption inside the country's institutions after the head of the judiciary resigned earlier this week, according to Reuter. The protesters were dressed as rats or vultures and carried signs that called for removing all the political officials along with chants of "Shame!" and "Stop Corruption!" Similar protests took place in Cusco, Arequipa, Tacna, Iquitos, and more on Thursday, according to local media reports. Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra fired his justice minister last Friday after a TV station released audio showing Salvador Heresi having a phone conversation with a judge who was under investigation for...
    Trump Administration's Proposal Could Remove Key Components of Endangered Species Act

    Trump Administration's Proposal Could Remove Key Components of Endangered Species Act


    The Trump administration unveiled a proposal that would remove several key provisions from the Endangered Species Act even though conservationists protested the move and said it would roll back 45 years of protection for some plant and animal species on...

    The Trump administration unveiled a proposal that would remove several key provisions from the Endangered Species Act even though conservationists protested the move and said it would roll back 45 years of protection for some plant and animal species on Thursday, according to The Los Angeles Times. The Department of the Interior proposal could cut habitat protections in a move which aims to reduce safeguards that landowners, industry, and governments must abide by. The plan would roll back several core provisions of the landmark conservation act, including rescinding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service policies which automatically give habitat protections to endangered and threatened species....
    Sweden Faces Raging Wildfires As Far North As The Arctic Circle During Intense Heat Wave

    Sweden Faces Raging Wildfires As Far North As The Arctic Circle During Intense Heat Wave


    Nearly 50 separate wildfires were burning across northern Sweden on Thursday but The Local Sweden reported a large number of locals have volunteered to help firefighters fighting against the quickly spreading blazes along with assistance from a number of...

    Nearly 50 separate wildfires were burning across northern Sweden on Thursday but The Local Sweden reported a large number of locals have volunteered to help firefighters fighting against the quickly spreading blazes along with assistance from a number of European neighbors. In the Ragunda municipality, more than 100 have already become involved, according to spokesperson Karina Landin. "There are also other volunteers helping with providing food and such things," Landin said. "We couldn't be doing this without them." The forest fires were rampant across Sweden and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) warned the risk for more fires was still "extremely high." Swedish officials asked...
    Venezuela Says It Will Refine Gold In Turkey To Avoid International Sanctions

    Venezuela Says It Will Refine Gold In Turkey To Avoid International Sanctions


    Venezuela's central bank started refining gold in Turkey after a new wave of international sanctions were placed on the Latin American government for the questionable re-election of President Nicolas Maduro and human rights violations, according to The...

    Venezuela's central bank started refining gold in Turkey after a new wave of international sanctions were placed on the Latin American government for the questionable re-election of President Nicolas Maduro and human rights violations, according to The Hurriyet Daily News. The country's mining minister announced the policy on Wednesday after Caracas could no longer carry out such operations in Switzerland so they have been buying gold from small miners in southern Turkey. Venezuela then uses it as monetary gold to increase its international reserves which have fallen as the country's economy continues to tumble amid hyperinflation. “This is an agreement established with Turkey and the...
    British Poisoning Victim Mistook Nerve Agent For Perfume, Investigators Say

    British Poisoning Victim Mistook Nerve Agent For Perfume, Investigators Say


    Dawn Sturgess dabbed on what she believed to be perfume from a small bottle, but the 44-year-old British woman was actually applying a Soviet-era nerve agent that had previously sickened a former Russian spy and his daughter, three sources briefed on the...

    Dawn Sturgess dabbed on what she believed to be perfume from a small bottle, but the 44-year-old British woman was actually applying a Soviet-era nerve agent that had previously sickened a former Russian spy and his daughter, three sources briefed on the UK poisoning investigation told CNN on Thursday. The bottle was the source of Sturgess' fatal dose, according to investigators. Sturgess and her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, both residents of Amesbury, a town eight miles north of Salisbury, were hospitalized on June 30. Rowley remains in the hospital. On Thursday – 10 days after UK authorities launched a murder investigation into Sturgess’ death – police identified two suspects in the...
    Watchdog Says EPA Needs To Increase Oversight After Flint Water Crisis

    Watchdog Says EPA Needs To Increase Oversight After Flint Water Crisis


    The Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General said the government agency needed to enhance its oversight of state drinking water programs in order to avoid another crisis like Flint, Michigan, according to The Washington Post. The report was...

    The Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General said the government agency needed to enhance its oversight of state drinking water programs in order to avoid another crisis like Flint, Michigan, according to The Washington Post. The report was released on Thursday and said slow federal reactions meant residents had prolonged exposure to lead-tainted water. “While oversight authority is vital, its absence can contribute to a catastrophic situation,” EPA Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins Jr. said in releasing the findings, which stated that “while Flint residents were being exposed to lead in drinking water, the federal response was delayed, in part, because the EPA did not establish...
    White House Withdraws Judicial Nomination After GOP Finds It Lacks Votes For Confirmation

    White House Withdraws Judicial Nomination After GOP Finds It Lacks Votes For Confirmation


    Republicans’ bid to transform the federal bench with conservative judges hit its first significant snag Thursday as the White House withdrew the nomination of Ryan Bounds to serve on the powerful and famously liberal 9th Circuit appeals court, The...

    Republicans’ bid to transform the federal bench with conservative judges hit its first significant snag Thursday as the White House withdrew the nomination of Ryan Bounds to serve on the powerful and famously liberal 9th Circuit appeals court, The Washington Post reported. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced he would withdraw Bounds’ nomination after a scheduled vote to confirm him was delayed for nearly an hour while Republicans came to the realization they did not have the votes needed to carry Bounds’ nomination. The nomination drew widespread criticism over articles Bounds wrote in the Stanford Review as an undergraduate that ridiculed multiculturalism and groups...
    Trump Opposes Putin Interview Request For Current, Former American Officials

    Trump Opposes Putin Interview Request For Current, Former American Officials


    U.S. President Donald Trump opposes a proposal by Russian President Vladimir Putin allowing Russia to interview American officials in exchange for permitting Russian authorities indicted in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe to be made available...

    U.S. President Donald Trump opposes a proposal by Russian President Vladimir Putin allowing Russia to interview American officials in exchange for permitting Russian authorities indicted in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe to be made available for questioning, The Washington Post reported Thursday. In a statement released by Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House said ““It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it.” Sanders continued: “Hopefully President Putin will have the 12 identified Russians come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt,” the report said. Sanders announced the president’s...
    Trump: ‘I Told You So!’ After Europe Fines Google $5 Billion

    Trump: ‘I Told You So!’ After Europe Fines Google $5 Billion


    U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday expanded his verbal assault on the European Union and offered broad support for his controversial tariffs after its decision to fine Google $5 billion for harming its competitors, tweeting the incident was proof...

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday expanded his verbal assault on the European Union and offered broad support for his controversial tariffs after its decision to fine Google $5 billion for harming its competitors, tweeting the incident was proof the regional bloc has “taken advantage of the U.S., but not for long!,” The Washington Post reported. Trump believes the record fine is proof of Europe’s exploitation of the U.S. in a variety of matter, including trade and other nations’ contributions to defense spending, the report said. The Tweet, the Post reported, was launched one day after Trump threatened “tremendous retribution,” particularly on European-made cars if the EU doesn’t...
    New Global Slavery Report Says North Korea Has More Than 2.6 Million 'Modern Slaves'

    New Global Slavery Report Says North Korea Has More Than 2.6 Million 'Modern Slaves'


    One out of 10 North Koreans is considered a victim of modern slavery according to estimates in a new report released on Thursday. The Washington Post reported that 2.6 million people are living under modern slavery in the repressive regime, most of which...

    One out of 10 North Koreans is considered a victim of modern slavery according to estimates in a new report released on Thursday. The Washington Post reported that 2.6 million people are living under modern slavery in the repressive regime, most of which are forced to work by the state according to the 2018 Global Slavery Index. The report also said the North Korean government had the weakest response to slavery out of all surveyed countries since it is involved in forced labor both inside and outside the country by sending North Koreans to work abroad and send all earnings back to North Korea. The Global Slavery Index defines modern slavery to include forced labor, debt bondage, human...
    Massive Steam Pipe Explodes in New York City

    Massive Steam Pipe Explodes in New York City


    A high-pressure steam pipe exploded underneath a street in Manhattan's Flatiron district on Thursday, prompting the evacuation of more than two dozen nearby buildings after a massive plume of scalding hot steam and debris into the air, according to The...

    A high-pressure steam pipe exploded underneath a street in Manhattan's Flatiron district on Thursday, prompting the evacuation of more than two dozen nearby buildings after a massive plume of scalding hot steam and debris into the air, according to The New York Times. Officials also warned the debris from was likely contaminated with asbestos. Miraculously no one was seriously injured from the blast which happened around 6:40 a.m. local time but the explosion did disrupt the morning commute for thousands and reminded many of the risks involving Con Edison's steam distribution system. New York has one of the largest steam systems in the world with 100 miles of steam piped underneath the city...
    EU Confronts Hungary Over 'Stop Soros' Law

    EU Confronts Hungary Over 'Stop Soros' Law


    The European Commission said Hungary was in breach of the European Union's charter of fundamental rights on Thursday over their recent 'Stop Soros' law which criminalizes those who help asylum seekers, according to The Guardian. The guardian of EU law...

    The European Commission said Hungary was in breach of the European Union's charter of fundamental rights on Thursday over their recent 'Stop Soros' law which criminalizes those who help asylum seekers, according to The Guardian. The guardian of EU law announced it sent the Hungarian government a formal notice over the law which is the first step in a legal process which could see Budapest being taken to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and told to change the law. The Commission chided Hungary over the law which it said curtailed asylum applicants' rights to turn to national, international, and non-governmental organizations for help. "The Commission considers that the indefinite detention...
    FBI Director Wray Confirms US Intelligence That Russia's Cyberattacks Are 'Very Active'

    FBI Director Wray Confirms US Intelligence That Russia's Cyberattacks Are 'Very Active'


    Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray said he stands by the U.S. intelligence agencies' assessment that found Russia interfered in the 2016 election and also said Moscow had not stopped trying to undermine American democracy,...

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray said he stands by the U.S. intelligence agencies' assessment that found Russia interfered in the 2016 election and also said Moscow had not stopped trying to undermine American democracy, according to National Public Radio. "My view has not changed, which is that Russia attempted to interfere with the last election and that it continues to engage in malign influence operations to this day," Wray said. "It's a threat that we need to take extremely seriously and respond to with fierce determination and focus."The FBI Director was speaking at a national security forum in Aspen, Colorado, and said the FBI had not seen evidence Moscow was...
    Myanmar authorities planned genocide against Rohingya, rights group claims

    Myanmar authorities planned genocide against Rohingya, rights group claims


    Authorities in Myanmar made preparations for attacks against the Rohingya with “genocidal intent” in the weeks before last year’s purge, a rights watchdog has...

    Authorities in Myanmar made preparations for attacks against the Rohingya with “genocidal intent” in the weeks before last year’s purge, a rights watchdog has claimed....
    Macedonian PM reveals question for referendum on name change

    Macedonian PM reveals question for referendum on name change


    Macedonia's prime minister has announced the question his country's citizens will face in a referendum this fall on a recent deal with Greece changing the country's name to "North Macedonia"...

    Macedonia's prime minister has announced the question his country's citizens will face in a referendum this fall on a recent deal with Greece changing the country's name to "North Macedonia" ......
    A Pakistan court issues startling order to powerful army, influential spy agency ISI

    A Pakistan court issues startling order to powerful army, influential spy agency ISI


    NEW DELHI: A court in Pakistan on Wednesday ordered the all-powerful army and the country's influential spy agency ISI to not meddle in the affairs of other departments, reported The Express Tribune. The Islamabad high court (HC) made this explicit...

    NEW DELHI: A court in Pakistan on Wednesday ordered the all-powerful army and the country's influential spy agency ISI to not meddle in the affairs of other departments, reported The Express Tribune. The Islamabad high court (HC) made this explicit declaration worried over the perception of a state within a state, something...
    Didi, SoftBank set up taxi-hailing joint venture in Japan

    Didi, SoftBank set up taxi-hailing joint venture in Japan


    TOKYO (AP) — Chinese mobile service giant Didi Chuxing and Tokyo-based SoftBank Corp. have set up a joint venture for taxi-hailing in Japan. The companies announced the plan Thursday for a service that will use artificial intelligence and data analysis...

    TOKYO (AP) — Chinese mobile service giant Didi Chuxing and Tokyo-based SoftBank Corp. have set up a joint venture for taxi-hailing in Japan. The companies announced the plan Thursday for a service that will use artificial intelligence and data analysis on a technology platform available for free to all taxi companies in Japan. The service will roll out later...
    Skripal Novichok poisoning suspects 'identified'

    Skripal Novichok poisoning suspects 'identified'


    Police are believed to have identified the suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack on Russian former spy Sergei Skripal. Officers think several Russians were involved in the attempted murder of the former double agent and daughter Yulia in...

    Police are believed to have identified the suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack on Russian former spy Sergei Skripal. Officers think several Russians were involved in the attempted murder of the former double agent and daughter Yulia in Salisbury and are looking for more than one suspect. A source with knowledge of the investigation told the Press Association: "Investigators believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack through CCTV and have cross-checked this...
    Australian prime minister calls on pope to fire archbishop

    Australian prime minister calls on pope to fire archbishop


    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister has called on Pope Francis to fire an Australian archbishop who is...

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister has called on Pope Francis to fire an Australian archbishop who is the...
    Tongue-lashings from North Korea's Kim underscore shift in focus to economy

    Tongue-lashings from North Korea's Kim underscore shift in focus to economy


    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's strident rebukes of officials during recent trips to industrial sites were aimed at rallying support at home for his economic drive and convincing outsiders about his willingness to denuclearize....

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's strident rebukes of officials during recent trips to industrial sites were aimed at rallying support at home for his economic drive and convincing outsiders about his willingness to denuclearize. ......
    Austrian Far-Right Politician Suggests Registry For Jews To Buy Kosher Meat

    Austrian Far-Right Politician Suggests Registry For Jews To Buy Kosher Meat


    A right-wing state-level cabinet minister in Austria defended his plan to create a registry for Jewish residents who want to buy kosher meat over "animal welfare" concerns about the practice, according to a Tuesday report from Haaretz. Gottfried...

    A right-wing state-level cabinet minister in Austria defended his plan to create a registry for Jewish residents who want to buy kosher meat over "animal welfare" concerns about the practice, according to a Tuesday report from Haaretz. Gottfried Waldhäusl, the state level Cabinet member from Austria's populist Freedom Party which was founded by a former Nazi and is opposed to Muslim immigration, had his plan come up against immediate criticism from Jewish advocate groups. The groups said the list had dangerous echoes of the list of Jews made by the Nazis which were implemented in Austria in the late 1930s. The regional leader of the Austrian People's Party said the law would not take effect,...
    More People in the United States Are Dying Of Alcohol-Related Cirrhosis and Liver Cancer

    More People in the United States Are Dying Of Alcohol-Related Cirrhosis and Liver Cancer


    A study published in the British Medical Journal uncovered how deaths from liver disease had a sharp increase in recent years in the United States primary due to alcohol-induced disease, according to National Public Radio. The analysis revealed how...

    A study published in the British Medical Journal uncovered how deaths from liver disease had a sharp increase in recent years in the United States primary due to alcohol-induced disease, according to National Public Radio. The analysis revealed how cirrhosis-related deaths increased by 65 percent from 1999 to 2016, and deaths from liver cancer doubled and mortality in young people rose the fastest. The illnesses can also be caused by obesity and hepatitis C infection, but the rise in young Americans was from alcohol consumption, such as how 25-34-year-olds who died from alcohol-related liver disease almost tripled between 1999 and 2016, nearly an average annual increase of around 10 percent....
    Spain Updates Sexual Consent Legislation After Wolf Pack Case Outrage

    Spain Updates Sexual Consent Legislation After Wolf Pack Case Outrage


    The Spanish government introduced new legislation on Wednesday which states consent must be explicitly given during sexual interaction after massive protests rocked the country earlier this summer over a controversial court case, according to The...

    The Spanish government introduced new legislation on Wednesday which states consent must be explicitly given during sexual interaction after massive protests rocked the country earlier this summer over a controversial court case, according to The Guardian. The consent law focused on how "yes means yes" which means consent is only granted when all partners specifically say it out loud and anything aside from vocal consent, including silence, would constitute sexual assault under Spain's criminal code. The legislation was first announced last week by Spain's deputy prime minister and equality minister Carmen Calvo Poyato but received support from Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez expressed...
    Former British Foreign Secretary Attacks Prime Minister's 'Dithering' Over Brexit

    Former British Foreign Secretary Attacks Prime Minister's 'Dithering' Over Brexit


    Boris Johnson, the former British foreign secretary, attacked Prime Minister Theresa May’s “dithering” over Brexit negotiations, dismissing her plan as “enforced vassalage” as the United Kingdom remains under some European Union rules,...

    Boris Johnson, the former British foreign secretary, attacked Prime Minister Theresa May’s “dithering” over Brexit negotiations, dismissing her plan as “enforced vassalage” as the United Kingdom remains under some European Union rules, Bloomberg News reports. Johnson, a thorn in May’s side when he was in office, used a parliamentary convention to explain his decision to resign from government 10 days after quitting. While praising May’s “courage and resilience,” he tore apart her Brexit strategy while not quite planting in the knife.“We burned through negotiating capital. We agreed to hand over a 40 billion-pound exit fee, with no discussion of our future economic relationship.” – Boris...
    Wildfire Outside Yosemite Fed By Hot, Dry Weather Causes Hazardous Air Quality

    Wildfire Outside Yosemite Fed By Hot, Dry Weather Causes Hazardous Air Quality


    Hot, dry weather combined with a lingering high-pressure system have kept 1,400 firefighters busy fighting the 26-square-mile blaze outside of Yosemite National Park in California, according to NBC News. The fire is threatening more than 100 homes and...

    Hot, dry weather combined with a lingering high-pressure system have kept 1,400 firefighters busy fighting the 26-square-mile blaze outside of Yosemite National Park in California, according to NBC News. The fire is threatening more than 100 homes and businesses and has been sending a giant plume of smoke so dense firefighters have only had limited use of aircraft and has been endangering anyone nearby with health conditions. “Use common sense. If it looks smoky outside, it’s probably not a good time to go for a run. And it’s probably not a good time for your children to play outdoors,” said a statement on the Mariposa County website. The Ferguson Fire has already killed a California...
    Judge Denies Manafort Request To Supress Seized Evidence

    Judge Denies Manafort Request To Supress Seized Evidence


    A request by President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort to suppress evidence seized by the FBI from his home as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing probe into whether Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign colluded with...

    A request by President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort to suppress evidence seized by the FBI from his home as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing probe into whether Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russia was denied by a federal judge Wednesday, Reuters reported. Claiming the search warrant was overly broad and unconstitutional, Manafort’s lawyers sought to limit the scope of evidence prosecutors may use in his September trial in Washington, D.C., the report said. “Given the nature of the investigation, the warrant was not too broad in scope.” – Written decision by Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of...
    Trump Could Pursue Separate Trade Deal WIth Mexico Amid Stalled NAFTA Talks

    Trump Could Pursue Separate Trade Deal WIth Mexico Amid Stalled NAFTA Talks


    President Donald Trump said he would consider the United States making a trade deal with Mexico and then doing a separate one with Canada at a later time on Wednesday, according to Reuters. The comments may cast some doubts about the potential success of...

    President Donald Trump said he would consider the United States making a trade deal with Mexico and then doing a separate one with Canada at a later time on Wednesday, according to Reuters. The comments may cast some doubts about the potential success of the ongoing talks at renewing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “We have had very good sessions with Mexico and with the new president of Mexico, who won overwhelmingly, and we’re doing very well on our trade agreement,” Trump said while meeting with reporters before a meeting of his cabinet at the White House.“So we’ll see what happens. We may do a deal separately with Mexico and we’ll negotiate with Canada at a later time....
    Thai Boys Share Details Of Their Ordeal In Cave During First Public Appearance

    Thai Boys Share Details Of Their Ordeal In Cave During First Public Appearance


    The 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach who were rescued from a cave last week have been released from the hospital, and they addressed the public during a Wednesday press conference, Vox reports. Smiling and dressed in matching soccer uniforms, the...

    The 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach who were rescued from a cave last week have been released from the hospital, and they addressed the public during a Wednesday press conference, Vox reports. Smiling and dressed in matching soccer uniforms, the boys, all between 11 and 16 years old, reported details of their time in the cave. They described that they tried to keep their minds off food and licked the water dripping from the side of the cave walls for sustenance.“I had no strength at all. I didn’t think about food because it only made me hungrier.” – Chanin Wibulroongreung, 11 They also revealed some details about their ordeal that had not been previously reported. For example, they said...
    Pro-Ortega Forces Retake Protest City of Masaya During Civil Unrest in Nicaragua

    Pro-Ortega Forces Retake Protest City of Masaya During Civil Unrest in Nicaragua


    The city of Masaya had been at the center of the anti-government protests against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega but the forces loyal to the embattled leader said it was back under state control on Wednesday, according to BBC News. Police and...

    The city of Masaya had been at the center of the anti-government protests against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega but the forces loyal to the embattled leader said it was back under state control on Wednesday, according to BBC News. Police and paramilitary groups fighting for Ortega violently clashed with the remaining activists in the Monimbó neighborhood on Tuesday, with residents describing the experience as being "under siege" from the paramilitaries and police. Masaya had become a pivotal point for the anti-government demonstrations since they first began in mid-April. The city is 30 km (19 miles) south of the capital of Managua and was once a stronghold for Ortega's Sandinista party...
    Trump Contradicts US Intelligence Again By Claiming Russia Is No Longer Targeting US

    Trump Contradicts US Intelligence Again By Claiming Russia Is No Longer Targeting US


    President Donald Trump claimed Russia was no longer targeting the United States during a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, contradicting the U.S. intelligence agencies top official who said the opposite was true earlier this week, according to CNBC. The...

    President Donald Trump claimed Russia was no longer targeting the United States during a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, contradicting the U.S. intelligence agencies top official who said the opposite was true earlier this week, according to CNBC. The statement comes after Trump was already under scrutiny for his remarks alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin concerning election meddling on Monday in Helsinki, Finland. Trump attempted to walk back those comments on Tuesday by claiming he meant to say there was no way it was not Russia, but on Wednesday he went even further to claim no president has been as tough as Moscow as his administration. A reporter asked Trump if Russia was still...
    Study Warns Many Arctic Glaciers in Canada At Risk of Disappearing Completely

    Study Warns Many Arctic Glaciers in Canada At Risk of Disappearing Completely


    A new study is warning how hundreds of glaciers in Canada's Arctic are shrinking and many are at risk of disappearing completely, according to The Guardian. The study used satellite imagery to conduct an unprecedented inventory of 1,700 glaciers in...

    A new study is warning how hundreds of glaciers in Canada's Arctic are shrinking and many are at risk of disappearing completely, according to The Guardian. The study used satellite imagery to conduct an unprecedented inventory of 1,700 glaciers in northern Ellesmere Island and traced how the shifted between 1999 and 2015. The results displayed how warming temperatures could be affecting ice across the region, including sprawling glaciers to the 200-meter thick ice shelves, according to Adrienne White, a glaciologist at the University of Ottawa. “It’s an area that’s very difficult to study,” said White. “Logistically it’s very hard to get to and even with satellite imagery – for the longest...
    Prosecutor Says Gun Rights Advocate Maria Butina Had Ties To Russian Intelligence Agency

    Prosecutor Says Gun Rights Advocate Maria Butina Had Ties To Russian Intelligence Agency


    Maria Butina, the Russian woman who was arrested earlier this week on charges of being a foreign agent, had ties and was in contact with Russian intelligence operatives while in the United States, according to federal prosecutors in a new court filing on...

    Maria Butina, the Russian woman who was arrested earlier this week on charges of being a foreign agent, had ties and was in contact with Russian intelligence operatives while in the United States, according to federal prosecutors in a new court filing on Wednesday. The Washington Post detailed how prosecutors said Butina had links to wealthy businessmen close to the administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin and had plans to flee the U.S. Butina, 29, was arrested on Sunday before federal authorities indicted her on Tuesday on charges of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government and failing to register as an agent of a foreign government. The alleged Russian agent is...