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Israel targets Iranian ground assets

Israel says it has hit Iranian targets around the Syrian capital, Damascus. The Israel Defense Forces say the overnight operation targeted the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, as…

Greece protests against Macedonia deal

Protesters have clashed with police in the Greek capital Athens at a big rally to oppose the government's deal with Macedonia on changing its name. The deal, which is yet to be approved, designates…

Good Friday deal to be amended?

British Prime Minister Theresa May is considering solving the Brexit deadlock by amending the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) after abandoning attempts to negotiate a cross-party deal. The Good Friday…

GDPR strikes Google

France fines the tech giant 50 billion Euros under the EU’s new privacy regulations, the General Data Protection Regulation, which was implemented in May 2018. Google is the first major tech company…

Brexit in a stalemate

Talks to end the U.K.’s Brexit stalemate appeared deadlocked, with neither Prime Minister Theresa May nor the main opposition leader shifting from their entrenched positions. On June 23rd, 2016,…

France will stay ‘military engaged’ in Middle East

French President Emmanuel Macron stated that France would continue to remain ‘militarily engaged’ in the Middle East region through 2019. This comes at a time when the US is preparing to withdraw its…

North Korea envoy in US

A North Korean envoy arrived in Washington on January 17 for expected talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a possible encounter with President Donald Trump aimed a laying the groundwork for…

UK in Chaos

Britain’s last-minute scramble to shape an EU exit, its biggest policy upheaval in half a century, was stalled again as Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn actively…

African Union urges DRC

The African Union (AU) says there are "serious doubts" about the outcome of elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) and has called for final results to be suspended. The DRC has seen…

US Senate’s new sanctions on China

U.S. lawmakers revived a bill Thursday that could pave the way for sanctions against China over its mass internment of Muslim ethnic minorities in the western region of Xinjiang.
China has been…

Former Fed chairs advocate carbon tax

Four former chairs of the Federal Reserve have joined with leading economists from both major political parties to issue an unprecedented call for a carbon tax in the US. The Federal Reserve System (…

BJP’s new election push

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party is in favour of an expansionary economic policy and does not consider the government’s plan to keep the fiscal deficit to 3.3 percent of GDP. The previous…

Dwindling Japanese workforce

According to a government study report, it is projected that the country's workforce would decline by 20 per cent by 2040. On an average, the country’s workforce would shrink by almost 13m people in…

UN establishes new Yemen Mission

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved Wednesday the deployment in Yemen of up to 75 monitors in a new mission to shore up a fragile cease-fire and oversee a pullback of forces from the…

1/3 of UN workers sexually harassed: Survey

Based on a recent report published by the United Nations, one-third of U.N. staff and contractors have experienced sexual harassment in the past two years. The United Nations is an international…

Nancy Pelosi: “Reschedule the SOTU”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Donald Trump to forgo his Jan. 29 State of the Union (SOTU) speech, expressing doubts that the hobbled government can provide adequate security. Republicans…

Etihad raises stake in Jet Airways

Etihad Airways PJSC has agreed to lead a rescue of cash-strapped Jet Airways India Ltd. in a move that will see the Abu Dhabi-based carrier double its stake to 49 per cent. Jet Airways founder Naresh…

India’s E-Commerce crackdown

Amazon and Flipkart have been given until the end of January 2019 to comply with new restrictions, announced in late December, that sharply restrict the use of their hefty balance sheets to boost…

Turkey to set up ‘security zone’ in Syria

In accordance with President Trump’s suggestion, Turkey will set up a 32km safe zone in northeastern Syria amid a row over Turkey’s threat to attack the US-backed Kurdish militia when US troops…

India’s e-Scooter revolution

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has set a target of electric vehicles making up 30 per cent of new sales of cars and two-wheelers by 2030 from less than 1 per cent today. Despite incentives…