North Korea using Berlin embassy to acquire nuclear tech

North Korea has been acquiring technology for its nuclear weapons program through its Berlin embassy, according to Germany’s intelligence chief. “We determined that from there (the North Korean embassy in Berlin) weapons procurement took place, in our view, with an eye toward the missile program and in part also the nuclear program,” the head of Germany’s Security Agency (BfV), Hans-Georg […]

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Israel begins telling African migrants to leave

Israel began warning thousands of African migrants Sunday that they must leave by the end of March, officials said, under a plan that could see them jailed if they refuse. On January 3, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced implementation of a plan to deport about 38,000 migrants who had entered the country illegally, mainly Eritreans and Sudanese. The controversial plan […]

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How fall of Berlin Wall paved way for populists

In a quiet and somewhat-dated restaurant in the eastern German countryside, an animated Daniel Roi is trying to explain an earthquake. With his imposing frame, trimmed beard and blue blazer, the 30-year-old is part of a far-right, populist uprising that has left his country’s political elite in disarray and wounded its once all-powerful leader, Angela Merkel. Many of Roi’s concerns echo those of […]

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UK lawmakers agree to leave Parliament for years of repairs

This is not a metaphor: Britain’s Parliament is a mess. The 19th-century building is crumbling, leaky, infested with vermin and riddled with asbestos. After years of dithering, lawmakers voted Wednesday to move out of the building to allow several years of major repairs. The plan will cost billions, but experts say the alternative could be catastrophic. “This debate arguably should […]

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Syria fighting displaces 270,000 in winter

More than 270,000 Syrians have fled fighting in the northwest provinces of Idlib and Hama between government forces and rebels since mid-December, a senior UN aid official said Tuesday. Camps for the displaced are overstretched, forcing many to seek shelter in some 160 makeshift settlements in Idlib, assistant-secretary general for humanitarian affairs Ursula Mueller told the Security Council. “During these […]

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Philippines’ Duterte sanctions corruption prober after bank records ‘leak’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday punished an anti-graft prosecutor suspected of leaking his bank records after an opposition politician had accused Duterte of corruption. When he was still a presidential candidate Duterte was accused of unlawfully failing to disclose 211 million pesos ($4.1 million) in secret bank accounts. The 2016 complaint was lodged with the Ombudsman, an anti-graft prosecutor. […]

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Ireland Prime Minister Says He Will Campaign to Repeal Abortion Ban

The Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar said Saturday that he will campaign to end his country’s constitutional ban on abortion, the subject of a referendum later this year, ending weeks of uncertainty about his position. Mr. Varadkar’s announcement was another significant boost for the effort to repeal the Eighth Amendment of Ireland’s Constitution, which gives an unborn fetus a right […]

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Syria’s Aleppo still wrecked by war

Aleppo’s largest square was packed with people of all ages: young men performing a folk dance, children playing, others buying ice cream, popcorn, peanuts and salted pumpkin seeds. A giant sign spells out in colorful English letters, “I love Aleppo.” The scene in Saadallah al-Jabiri Square on a recent day was a complete turnaround from what it was during nearly […]

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