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UK Parliament rejects no-deal Brexit

The U.K. is on course to delay Brexit and open the door to a radical re-write of the terms of its divorce from the European Union after recoiling from an economically disastrous no-deal split. On…

US ends Yemen war involvement

The Republican-controlled Senate has passed a resolution that would end US involvement in the Saudi-led coalition’s brutal war in Yemen, countering President Donald Trump’s support for the…

Turkey EU-entry deal suspended

The European Parliament urged the EU to suspend membership negotiations with Turkey as a result of democratic backsliding in the country. Turkey is a transcontinental country located mainly in…

Global Internet Outage

Facebook, its family of apps and Google services have been affected by global outage triggering disruption to the online business. Outage duration is the period of time that a system fails to provide…

ISIL on the brink, challenges await in Syria

ISIL’s few remaining enclaves are primed to be run over. However, the defeat of ISIL brings with it a number of considerations in regard to the Syrian Civil War. The Islamic State of Iraq and the…

India grounds the 737 MAX

India will not allow U.S. planemaker Boeing Co’s 737 MAX aircraft to enter or transit its airspace after 1030 GMT, the ministry of civil aviation said, following the fatal crash of a plane of the…

South Korea steps up fight against pollution

South Korea’s parliament passed bills aimed at reining in air pollution. Seoul increasingly embraces emergency measures targeting sources from coal plants to cars. According to the Environmental…

Preparations for EU-China Summit Begins

The European Commission will present a series of action points to stop unfair trade practices by China ahead of a crucial EU-China summit in April 2019. The European Union (EU) is a political and…

May defeated yet again

The UK parliament has again rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal after she secured legally binding assurances from Brussels on the controversial Irish 'backstop' – but the changes weren'…

Macron’s East-Africa charm tour

President Emmanuel Macron visited former French colony Djibouti with promises of a “respectful” partnership in the face of growing African indebtedness to China, which is fast expanding its foothold…

UK secures Ireland border deal

British PM Theresa May has agreed to a “legally binding” deal with the EU around the Northern Ireland ‘backstop’ to secure Brexit and will put that to a vote in the Parliament on Tuesday. Talks with…

UN envoy raises concerns over Bangladesh’s Rohingya relocation plans

Bangladesh's planned relocation of 23,000 Rohingya from Cox's Bazar imperils their lives. The proposed relocation site sits in a geographically precarious position that is frequently subject to…

Finland’s government resigns

The coalition government in Finland resigned because it could not deliver on a healthcare reform package that is widely seen as crucial to securing long-term government finances. Finland is a…

US to become largest oil exporter

The US could overtake Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil exporter by 2024, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has predicted. The International Energy Agency is a Paris-based autonomous…

Berners-Lee urges data controls

World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee on Monday slammed the increasing commodification of personal information and appealed for internet users to strive to maintain “complete control” of their data…

Afghanistan’s Peace Progress

As ongoing direct talks between the United States and the Taliban further open the door for peace in Afghanistan, the country is facing ‘daunting challenges’ ahead of the presidential vote. A series…

Australia’s Pacific ‘Step-up’ Policy

Australia turns to Pacific Island States to shore up its defenses against what is its most pertinent geopolitical threat; China. In China’s quest to secure its borders and project its power beyond…

NZ plans to curb Foreign Influence in Politics

New Zealand is considering introducing laws aimed at curbing foreign influence in domestic politics, ahead of a general election next year. New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the…

App to monitor freshwater ecosystem

Google, UN Environment & European Commission’s Joint Research Centre have unveiled a web-based platform to monitor global freshwater ecosystem. Freshwater ecosystems are a subset of Earth's…

Big tech to break up : Elisabeth Warren

A prominent Democrat senator, Elizabeth Warren has promised that she would break up the country’s biggest technology companies if she is elected president in 2020. The Big Four technology companies…