Myanmar forces may be guilty of genocide against Rohingya, U.N. says

GENEVA – Myanmar’s security forces may be guilty of genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority and more of them are fleeing despite a deal between Myanmar and Bangladesh to send them home, the top U.N. human rights official said on Tuesday. The United Nations defines genocide as acts meant to destroy a national, ethnic, racial […]

China’s policy towards Zimbabwe will not change: FM

BEIJING — China’s policy towards Zimbabwe will not change and China expects to enhance cooperation with Zimbabwe under the principles of equality and mutual benefit, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said Wednesday. Lu made the remarks at a daily press briefing in response to a request for comment on the resignation of Zimbabwean President Robert […]

Iran declares end of IS group

TEHERAN – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared the end of the Islamic State group on Tuesday while a senior military commander thanked the “thousands of martyrs” killed in operations organized by Iran to defeat the militants in Syria and Iraq. “Today with God’s guidance and the resistance of people in the region we can say […]

Zimbabwe’s army holds talks with Mugabe on plan that may leave him in office

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe’s defense forces appeared to open the door Monday to the possibility that 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe could stay in power, after both sides offered “several guarantees” nearly a week after the military detained him, according to a top army commander. Although Mugabe’s fate remained murky, the prospect that he might have survived […]

Zimbabwe: Mugabe and military talks continue amid political limbo

Senior church leaders and South African envoys also involved in mediation efforts, with Mugabe under house arrest after military takeover. Zimbabwe remained in political limbo on Thursday morning, a day-and-a-half after the military takeover that appears to have put an end to Robert Mugabe’s 37-year grip on power. As talks between Mugabe – who has been confined […]

At U.N., North Korea says U.S. to blame for ‘worst ever situation’

UNITED NATIONS – North Korea complained to the United Nations on Monday about joint military exercises by the United State and South Korea, describing it as “the worst ever situation” because U.S. nuclear war equipment had been deployed ready to strike. In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, seen by Reuters, North Korean U.N. […]

EU readies sanctions on Venezuela, approves arms embargo

BRUSSELS – European Union foreign ministers approved economic sanctions including an arms embargo on Venezuela on Monday, saying regional elections last month marred by reported irregularities had deepened the country’s crisis. Anxious not to push Caracas any closer to economic and political collapse as debt restructuring talks begin, EU governments held back from targeting any […]

Trump says Japan would shoot North Korean missiles ‘out of sky’ if it bought U.S. weaponry

TOKYO – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that Japan would shoot North Korean missiles “out of the sky” if it bought the U.S. weaponry needed for doing so, suggesting Tokyo take a stance it has avoided until now. North Korea is pursuing nuclear weapons and missile programs in defiance of U.N. Security Council […]

Réchauffement climatique : la bataille des 2 °C est presque perdue

Les Nations unies sonnent l’alerte sur les efforts très insuffisants des Etats pour contenir le réchauffement. Après 2030, il sera trop tard. La bataille du climat n’est pas encore perdue, mais elle est très mal engagée. A ce stade, il existe un « écart catastrophique » entre les engagements pris par les Etats pour réduire leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre […]

Asia & Pacific Xi laid down his cards, now it’s Trump’s turn to play his hand in Asia

BEIJING — In China, the foreign policy mantra had long been to hide your strength, and bide your time. Cards, in other words, would be played close to the vest, and bets would be modest. No longer. At the 19th Communist Party Congress, President Xi Jinping declared that a “new era” had begun. It was time for China […]

Rohingya crisis may be driving Aung San Suu Kyi closer to generals

Criticism of the Nobel laureate in the west is angering – and mobilising – her supporters at home. On the top floor of the Myanmar Traditional Artists and Artisans Association in Yangon, the organisation’s vice-president stands behind his latest creation. It is a towering portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi, robed in pink and white, a concerned expression […]

Spain: thousands join Barcelona rally against Catalan independence

Pro-unity demonstration held in city centre two days after Catalan parliament voted for independence and Madrid took hold of region. Hundreds of thousands have gathered in central Barcelona to call for Spanish unity two days after the Catalan parliament voted for independence and the Spanish government took control of the region. Sunday’s demonstration, which began at […]

Catalonia’s leader rules out snap election, crisis deepens

MADRID/BARCELONA – Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont on Thursday said he would not hold a new regional election to break the deadlock between Madrid and separatists wanting to split from Spain, sharpening a political crisis that could turn into direct confrontation. Puigdemont had been expected to announce an election to head off moves by Madrid to […]

Xi Jinping becomes most powerful leader since Mao with China’s change to constitution

Rare accolade puts Xi’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics into Communist charter and sets him on course for indefinite spell in power Xi Jinping has been consecrated as China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong after a new body of political thought carrying his name was added to the Communist party’s constitution. The symbolic move […]

Syria: shocking images of starving baby reveal impact of food crisis

After death of one-month-old Sahar Dofdaa, aid officials warn of catastrophe and say many more children are at risk The continuing suffering of civilians living under siege in Syria has been brought into sharp focus by new images of a malnourished baby who later died of starvation in a suburb of Damascus controlled by the opposition. The […]

Spain prepares to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy amid independence disagreement

Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont has missed the deadline to offer a final answer on whether the region is declaring independence. Now, Spain is deciding whether it will enact a rule that would allow it to directly control the currently autonomous Catalonia. Mariano Rajoy, the prime minister of Spain, gave Puigdemont until 10 a.m. local time […]

World Bank chief says China’s poverty reduction effort is historic

WASHINGTON – World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said on Thursday that China’s effort to help 800 million people out of poverty is historic. “This is one of the great stories in human history, frankly,” said Kim in a press conference marking the start of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meetings, when […]

Danger of war, Germany warns after Trump’s move on Iran nuclear deal

BERLIN- If the United States terminates the Iran nuclear deal or reimposes sanctions on Tehran it could result in Iran developing nuclear weapons and raise the danger of war close to Europe, Germany’s foreign minister said on Saturday. U.S. President Donald Trump refused on Friday to formally certify that Tehran was complying with the 2015 […]

Syria war: ‘Final assault’ launched to recapture Raqqa

US-backed forces have launched their final assault on the remaining Islamic State (IS) militants in Raqqa. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) says it began the offensive on Sunday, after a convoy of IS fighters and their families left the city, along with hundreds of civilians. No foreign fighters were allowed to join them, and now […]

Xi propaganda kicks into overdrive ahead of China Communist Party congress

BEIJING- Inside the packed exhibition hall in central Beijing is a showcase of China’s recent achievements: the country’s first operational aircraft carrier; a gleaming fleet of high-speed trains; happy villagers lifted from poverty. While the display officially celebrates the accomplishments of the Chinese people over the past five years, it is made clear that President […]

Vai começar a reunião política mais importante do planeta

Há dias, a revista “The Economist” chamou ao Presidente chinês o homem mais poderoso do mundo e alertou para os riscos. Em vésperas do congresso do Partido Comunista, a posição de Xi Jinping, como a do seu país, parece ter mais força do que nunca. Começa esta quarta-feira o Congresso do Partido Comunista da China […]

Indian court rules sex with minor wife is rape

The Indian Supreme Court has ruled that sexual intercourse with a wife between the age of 15 and 18 years is a crime. In a landmark ruling on Wednesday, India’s top court amended the country’s rape law and declared that sex with an underage wife illegal under India’s Penal Code (IPC). The wife must file […]

Crise catalane : Madrid lance un ultimatum à Barcelone

Le gouvernement espagnol donne jusqu’à lundi aux autorités catalanes pour dire si elles déclarent l’indépendance. Si la réponse positive, elles auront jusqu’à jeudi pour y renoncer. Les temps s’accélèrent dans la crise catalane. Mercredi 11 octobre, Madrid a posé un ultimatum au président de la Généralité, Carles Puigdemont, pour qu’il clarifie sa position sur sa déclaration d’indépendance […]

Venezolanos participan con calma en elecciones regionales este domingo

Casi 20 millones de venezolanos están convocados a votar por vez número 22 en un nuevo duelo electoral entre el Gobierno y la oposición venezolana. Más del 95 por ciento de los centros de votación ya están abiertas en toda Venezuela para los comicios regionales que se celebran este domingo, informó la presidenta del Consejo Nacional […]

EPA chief to sign rule on Clean Power Plan exit on Tuesday

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK – The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Monday he would sign a proposed rule on Tuesday to begin withdrawing from the Clean Power Plan, former President Barack Obama’s centerpiece regulation to fight climate change. “Here’s the president’s message: The war on coal is over,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told […]

Portugal ainda é um elo fraco na coesão europeia

O Sétimo relatório sobre a coesão económica, social e territorial da Europa foi apresentado nesta segunda-feira. As regiões portuguesas, a par das de leste e de algumas do sul da Europa, ainda aparecem com cores destoantes, nos gráficos do 7.º Relatório sobre a coesão económica, social e territorial da Europa, que foi apresentado nesta segunda-feira […]

Rise of far-right AfD party worries refugees

Berlin and Hamburg, Germany – “Why are you here? Go back to your own country,” a man on the street once yelled at Hussam Al Zaher and his sister Samer, who was donning a hijab. The two Syrian siblings had been exploring Hussam’s new hometown, Hamburg. Since moving to Germany in October 2015, rebuilding his life from […]

Brexit MPs angry as Theresa May accepts continuing rule of EU court

PM says European court of justice may continue to have jurisdiction over UK during ‘implementation period’ Theresa May has angered pro-Brexit MPs by conceding that the European court of justice would continue to have jurisdiction over the UK during the “implementation period” when Britain leaves the European Union. The prime minister also underlined the fact that […]

Catalonia baulks at formal independence declaration to allow talks

BARCELONA – Catalonia’s leader balked at making a formal declaration of independence from Spain on Tuesday, calling for talks with Madrid over the region’s future in a gesture that eased fears of immediate unrest in the heart of the euro zone. In a much-anticipated speech to the Catalan parliament, ringed by thousands of protesters and […]

ONU garante financiamento total das missões de manutenção de paz

As Nações Unidas garantiram que todas as missões de manutenção de paz da ONU serão inteiramente financiadas, apesar do importante corte orçamental conhecido há já vários meses. As Nações Unidas garantiram esta terça-feira que todas as missões de manutenção de paz serão inteiramente financiadas, apesar do importante corte orçamental conhecido há já vários meses. A […]

U.S. and Turkey announce tit-for-tat travel restrictions, a sign of deteriorating alliance

ISTANBUL — The increasingly strained alliance between Turkey and the United States took a sharp downward turn Sunday when both governments abruptly announced they were canceling most visitor visas between the countries, sowing confusion among travelers and exposing a widening rift between the NATO partners. The crisis began when the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the Turkish […]

UK’s May fights for future after election woes, Brexit rift

Britain’s governing Conservatives are holding their first conference since being re-elected in June, but they’re not in a celebratory mood. The party’s grip on power is tenuous, its support base is aging, and its government is deeply divided over Brexit. For Prime Minister Theresa May, the annual gathering is a make-or-break chance to bring her fractious party […]

Iran foreign minister visits Qatar amid diplomatic standoff

Iran’s foreign minister on Tuesday met with Qatar’s ruling emir as a quartet of Arab states continues its boycott of the energy-rich nation, in part over relations that Doha maintains with Tehran. Mohammad Javad Zarif’s visit is likely to further inflame officials in Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which began their boycott nearly four […]

Catalonia referendum: How Barcelona and Madrid viewed the vote

As the Catalan independence referendum was held on Sunday, the mood in Spain’s two biggest cities could not have been more different. In Barcelona, people turned out defiantly to vote in a referendum deemed illegal by the constitutional court and by the central government in the capital, Madrid. As Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy spoke to […]

With U.S. scholar’s conviction, power struggle escalates between Iran’s president and hard-liners

[…]“Using the institutions of the state that they control — primarily the judiciary — they are sending a message to Rouhani and his supporters that they are in control of the political system,” Hashemi said. “And that they will oppose his attempts to engage with the Western world and promote more freedoms at home.” […]

Mosul’s residents tell of hopes and fears after Isis flees Iraqi city

[…]The UN’s International Organisation for Migration estimated last week that more than a million people had been displaced from east and west Mosul and that there were more than 800,000 people living in camps. […]

“Pistol plan” shows why peace celebrations in Colombia premature

“Pistol plan” shows why peace celebrations in Colombia premature

A Itália ameaça fechar os seus portos a navios estrangeiros com mais migrantes

As migrações não são uma questão de emergência, mas um problema estrutural.[…]

Hong Kong. O abraço do regime

[…]À medida que a economia da península perde importância quanto ao poderoso motor continental, o princípio de «um país, dois sistemas» mostra-se cada vez mais frágil.[…]

Mali attack: Gunmen kill five at tourist resort

French troops and a 10,000-strong force of UN peacekeepers have been battling to stabilise the former French colony. […]

Donald Trump’s hands-off approach gives US military free rein

President has delegated direction of overseas conflicts to his generals, raising fears of unchecked escalation.

Beijing says ‘Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory’

Panama has switched diplomatic relations from Taiwan to China, handing a huge victory to Beijing in its drive to isolate the self-governing island it claims as its own territory.

UK – “Deport first, appeal later”

Ruling likely to ‘very heavily limit, if not entirely curtail’ use of ‘deport first, appeal later’ power. 

Maduro wants to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution. That’s rocket fuel on the fire.

When your house is burning and smack in the path of a Category 5 hurricane, it’s probably not the best time to tear down the frame and jackhammer the foundation.

Chad’s ex-leader gets life in prison for atrocities

Former Chad president Hissene Habre, an ally of the West during the Cold War, was convicted on Monday of war crimes and crimes against humanity for ordering the killing and torture of thousands of political opponents during his eight-year rule. The verdict capped a 16-year battle by victims and rights campaigners to bring the former […]

Poland gets official warning from EU

The EU executive has given Poland an official warning that changes to its constitutional court endanger the rule of law, in an unprecedented decision that could lead to sanctions against the country. Frans Timmermans, the vice-president of the European commission, said he had written to the Polish government warning that recent alterations to the workings […]

EU puts brake on visa liberalization for now

European Union states held off agreeing to ease travel rules for Georgia on Wednesday, and Turkey, Ukraine and Kosovo should also expect more delays in visa waiving as the bloc turns more cautious amid immigration fears, EU delegation sources said, Reuters reports. The EU is already making it easier to suspend visa-free travel before it […]

German MPs recognise Armenian “genocide”

The German parliament has approved a resolution declaring that the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War One was a “genocide”. Armenians say up to 1.5 million of their people died in the atrocities of 1915. Turkey says the toll was much lower and rejects the term “genocide”. The vote heightened German-Turkish […]

OSCE: Joint protocol signed on Transdniestria

The participants in the “five plus two” meeting on the Transdniestrian issue held in the German capital have adopted a joint protocol on further action to find ways out of the conflict, Special Representative for the Transdniestrian Settlement Process of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Cord Meier-Klodt said on Friday. “The […]

Swiss reject free income plan

Swiss voters rejected by a wide margin on Sunday a proposal to introduce a guaranteed basic income for everyone living in the wealthy country after an uneasy debate about the future of work at a time of increasing automation. Supporters had said introducing a monthly income of 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,563) per adult and 625 […]