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The 'Final Offensive' In Syria by Putin and Assad Suddenly Looks Like It's On Hold

The 'Final Offensive' In Syria by Putin and Assad Suddenly Looks Like It's On Hold

This story was reported in collaboration with Frontline . ISTANBUL – Just a week after Syria’s northern Idlib province seemed on the brink of a massive military assault by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad backed by Russian air power, tens of thousands of defiant residents took to the streets of Idlib province and […]

Philippines evacuates thousands ahead of Super Typhoon Mangkhut

Philippines evacuates thousands ahead of Super Typhoon Mangkhut

The massive storm, the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, has prompted alerts across east and southeast Asia as both Mangkhut and a second storm, Typhoon Barijat hit the region. Mangkhut, which is stronger than Hurricane Florence which is currently lashing the US East Coast, is expected to make landfall on the Philippines island of […]

Don't Be Fooled By Russia's Latest War Games

Don't Be Fooled By Russia's Latest War Games

This exercise is part of what I have called “heavy-metal diplomacy”: Russia’s use of its military to overawe and misdirect the West. We’ve seen this kind of undiplomatic diplomacy at work in Europe, where Moscow has responded to debates in Sweden and Finland about joining NATO with war games simulating Russian invasions. We also see […]

Trump Calls Storm Response in Puerto Rico, Where 3000 Died, 'One of the Best'

Trump Calls Storm Response in Puerto Rico, Where 3000 Died, 'One of the Best'

President Trump patted himself on the back Tuesday for an “incredibly successful” job done in Puerto Rico, where the government estimates that nearly 3,000 people died as a result of Hurricane Maria last year. Speaking from the White House, Mr. Trump sought to assure the public that the Federal Emergency Management Agency was ready for […]

First two US troops from North Korean remains will be identified soon: officials

First two US troops from North Korean remains will be identified soon: officials

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (Reuters) – The U.S. military is close to identifying the first two American troops from the 55 boxes of human remains from the 1950-53 Korean War that were handed over by North Korea in July, U.S. officials leading the forensic analysis said on Monday. Jennie Jin, a forensic anthropologist who leads […]

The biggest story of Sweden's election is a familiar one: Political fragmentation

The biggest story of Sweden's election is a familiar one: Political fragmentation

(The Washington Post) Sweden’s general election on Sunday was not the colossal victory for Sweden Democrats, a political party with neo-Nazi origins, that many had feared. Indeed, though the far-right party did gain a considerable amount of votes, it failed to live up to its surge in the last election in 2014, and it remained […]

Iran's Zarif sends Jewish New Year greetings on Twitter

Iran's Zarif sends Jewish New Year greetings on Twitter

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted Jewish New Year greetings to Jews in Iran and around the world on Sunday, as tensions mount between the Islamic Republic and Israel over Tehran’s regional role. FILE PHOTO: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks to the media in Tbilisi, Georgia, April 18, 2017. […]

Anti-immigration party set for election gains as Sweden swings right

Anti-immigration party set for election gains as Sweden swings right

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Swedes vote on Sunday in a tight election dominated by fears over asylum and welfare, with the populist, anti-immigration Sweden Democrats vying to become the biggest party in a country long seen as a bastion of economic stability and liberal values. Ulf Kristersson, leader of the Moderate Party and Stefan Lofven, leader […]

30 are dead or presumed dead in Japan earthquake as rescue effort continues

30 are dead or presumed dead in Japan earthquake as rescue effort continues

30 are dead or presumed dead in Japan earthquake as rescue effort continues  Los Angeles Times Japan toll rises to 30 after powerful quake  Yahoo News Death toll rises, flights resume, power back in Japan quake  Washington Post Full coverage Source link

Japan's summer of deadly disasters: Earthquakes, floods, typhoons and heat

Japan's summer of deadly disasters: Earthquakes, floods, typhoons and heat

As many as 40,000 rescue workers, including 22,000 troops from Japan’s Self Defense Forces, worked through the night in Atsuma Thursday to search for residents feared buried in the rubble. Families of those missing stood around anxiously as the teams dug deep into the displaced earth. One resident, Tenma Takimoto, 17, was waiting for his […]