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 […]

Russia deploys troops westward because of NATO

Russia is building an army base near its border with Ukraine, the latest in a chain of new military sites along what the Kremlin sees as its frontline in a growing confrontation with NATO. While there have been no clashes between the former Cold War rivals, Russia is building up forces on its western frontiers […]

Syria: Assad says the peace process has failed

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad signaled Tuesday that his government intends to escalate military efforts to crush the five-year-old uprising against his rule, saying the bloodshed will not end until he has regained control over all areas of Syria lost to the rebellion. His tough words came amid indications that Russia is preparing to reengage in […]

How Beijing turned Koreans into Chinese

Of the approximately two million Chinese Koreans living in China, about half reside in Jilin Province, one of the country’s three northeastern provinces. Jilin comprises most of China’s border with North Korea and includes the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture — one of 30 administrative districts within the People’s Republic of China that are ruled, to […]

Gambia: UN condemns threats against ethnic group

The United Nations Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide has condemned the inflammatory speech by the President of the Gambia, Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia at a political rally this past week, in which he reportedly threatened to eliminate the Mandinka ethnic group. In a note to correspondents, Adama Dieng, the […]