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Venezuela‘s Maduro gets rare boost with visit by Bolivian president

Venezuela‘s Maduro gets rare boost with visit by Bolivian president

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Bolivia‘s President Evo Morales made a flying visit to Caracas for talks with embattled President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday (April 15), a month ahead of controversial polls set to give the socialist leader a second term. Mr Morales‘ visit provided a rare international show of support for […]

British PM May to face criticism in Parliament over bypassing lawmakers on Syria strike

British PM May to face criticism in Parliament over bypassing lawmakers on Syria strike

LONDON (REUTERS) – British Prime Minister Theresa May will face criticism on Monday (April 16) for , with some lawmakers calling for a potentially damaging vote on her future strategy. Mrs May, who has regained confidence after winning support for her tough stance on Syria and Russia, will make a […]

Chemical weapons inspectors heading to site of Syria‘s attack: How do they carry out their work?

Chemical weapons inspectors heading to site of Syria‘s attack: How do they carry out their work?

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (REUTERS) – International inspectors from the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Syria on Sunday (April 15) to start an investigation of the that killed dozens of people in the Damascus suburb of Douma on April 7 and prompted the on April 14. […]

While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, April 16

While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, April 16

Trump defends ‘Mission Accomplished‘ claim after US-led Syria strikes US President Donald Trump on Sunday (April 15) defended his use of the historically charged phrase “Mission Accomplished” to describe the recent US-led strike in Syria. The phrase immediately evoked former president George W. Bush‘s premature Iraq victory speech on board […]

Queen appoints Prince Harry as Commonwealth youth ambassador

Queen appoints Prince Harry as Commonwealth youth ambassador

LONDON (REUTERS) – Queen Elizabeth has appointed Prince Harry as a youth ambassador for the Commonwealth, a role that will see him encouraging young people to use the network of mostly former British colonies to address their challenges. The announcement of Prince Harry‘s new job coincides with the start of […]

Mission accomplished? Most Syrians wonder what‘s next after US-led strikes

Mission accomplished? Most Syrians wonder what‘s next after US-led strikes

BEIRUT (NYTIMES) – Two days after the United States and its allies , very little has changed for most Syrians, who have spent years suffering through their country‘s civil war. In Damascus, hundreds demonstrated in support of President Bashar al-Assad, whose grip remained unchallenged. In Raqqa, recently liberated from the […]

World Briefs: Israeli army destroys Hamas‘ Gazan tunnel

World Briefs: Israeli army destroys Hamas‘ Gazan tunnel

Israeli army destroys Hamas‘ Gazan tunnel JERUSALEM • Israel‘s army yesterday said it had destroyed a Hamas tunnel crossing from the Gaza Strip into its territory after more than two weeks of tension along the border of the Palestinian enclave. Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said it was the longest and […]

Mexico looks beyond Trump-led America

Mexico looks beyond Trump-led America

With President Donald Trump in the White House, Mexicans are once again fond of quoting an aphorism coined by their late writer Porfirio Diaz : “Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States.” Mexico City‘s Zocalo or main square is one of the most historic places […]

Asian govts slam use of chemical weapons

Asian govts slam use of chemical weapons

TOKYO/JAKARTA • Countries in Asia condemned the use of chemical weapons in the war in Syria, with some calling for restraint in response to the US-led strikes against Damascus. The United States, France and Britain on Saturday launched missile attacks that struck at the heart of Syria‘s chemical weapons programme […]

A warship ruse and new stealth missiles used in strikes

A warship ruse and new stealth missiles used in strikes

WASHINGTON • As images of sick or dying children flooded global media all week, the US guided-missile destroyer USS Winston Churchill churned towards the Mediterranean to join a flotilla of allied warships, including another US destroyer, the USS Donald Cook. It was a ruse. While both vessels carry as many […]