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Babiš looks to bolster image with Trump meeting

Babiš visited the White House seeking to bolster his domestic image. Trump and Babiš share a number of similarities and are likely to find common ground. The Czech Republic is a landlocked country…

ISIS in Philippines

The threat of Islamic State is mounting in the Philippines along with the growing momentum among local pro-Islamic State militant groups. In Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State’s territory has…

India goes to the polls in April-May

The Election commission has announced the dates for the seven phases of India’s quinquennial General Elections, starting on April 11 and ending on May 21, 2019. India is a federation with a…

Guadio seeks to galvanize domestic and international support

Opposition leader, Juan Guaido remains free following his drive to secure support from Venezuela’s neighbours. Guaido increases pressure on Nicholas Maduro by calling for a civic strike among public…

Boeing’s 737 nightmare

After the second crash of its latest passenger aircraft model, China has ordered all domestic operators to ground the Boeing 737 MAX fleet pending an inquiry into the safety of the planes. The Boeing…

Kramp-Karrenbauer warns on ‘European centralism’

The leader of Germany’s ruling Christian Democrats has warned against “European centralism”, in the first substantive German response to French president Emmanuel Macron proposals for a “European…

WTO and WHO seek to ensure food security

Food security threatens the lives of millions around the world, especially those in underprivileged countries. Organizations such as the WTO and WHO embody the most effective tool to secure the…

EU urges tariff cuts

The European Union's chief trade negotiator urged President Donald Trump to stop imposing tariffs on the bloc if he wants the EU to help the United States pressure China to abide by rules governing…

ECB’s new stimulus package

The European Central Bank said it will offer more cheap loans to banks and keep interest rates at a record low for a longer period as a weakening economy derails its plan to withdraw stimulus. The…

Is Japan in a recession?

The Japanese government downgraded its assessment of a key indicator of economic trends, suggesting Japan may have already entered a recession rather than marking its longest growth phase since the…

Hungary against EU’s Immigration Policies

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said that a break-up of the European Union would be inevitable due to the imposition of pro-immigration policies. Since the 1950s, many nations in Africa…

Phillip Morris circumvents investment ban

Phillip Morris International Inc. (PMI) has been paying for the manufacturing costs of Marlboro cigarettes in India circumventing a nine-year-old ban on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the tobacco…

Erdogan confirms S-400 deal

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan broke his silence over a U.S. threat to punish Turkey with sanctions should it buy an advanced Russian S-400 missile-defence system, saying the purchase is a “done deal…

EU declares end of migration crisis

The European Commission has declared the migration crisis over, as it sharpened its attack on “fake news” and “misinformation” about the issue. Frans Timmermans, the European commission’s first vice-…

May’s plan to avoid “Hard border”

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s government outlined steps to develop technology to keep the Irish border open after Brexit even if Britain is unable to negotiate a trade deal with the European…

Microplastic scourge spreads

According to new studies by the University of Exeter, microplastic pollution spans the world, showing contamination in UK’s lake and rivers, in groundwater in the US, along the Yangtze river in China…

Zuckerberg changes Facebook?

Mark Zuckerberg has pinned the future of Facebook on a shift from its historic mission to make the world more “open and connected”, saying that “privacy-focused” communications were becoming more…

Radicals surge in Thai election preparations

The emergence of the Pandin Dharma Party to contest the March 24 election points to the rise of a fringe of Thai society that is at odds with the royalist-military establishment over religion and…

Pyongyang rebuilds rocket launch facility?

North Korea has begun rebuilding work on a satellite rocket launchpad and engine test site, in an ominous sign about its attitude toward negotiations on denuclearization. The relationship between…

Burundi closes human rights office

Burundi has forced the United Nations to shut its local human rights office after 23 years, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said. Burundi is a landlocked country amid the…