Russian subway bombing reveals terror vulnerability

The St. Petersburg subway bombing demonstrated the terror risks facing subway stations because of their open access and large crowds, but experts said Monday that Russian transportation security has been less stringent than in the U.S. A bomb with about 2.2 pounds of explosives detonated in a subway car at the Tekhnologichesky Institut station, killing 11 people and injuring dozens, according […]

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Human Right Watch says Israel blocking access to Gaza

An international human rights group on Monday accused Israel of barring foreign researchers from entering the Gaza Strip to document abuses, saying the restrictions call into question Israel’s stated commitment to investigating possible rights violations. In a 47-page report, Human Rights Watch accused Israel of “systematically” preventing its researchers from visiting Gaza since 2008, only granting them one exceptional permit […]

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Gibraltar’s leader furious over EU Brexit proposal

Gibraltar’s leader Fabian Picardo on Friday hit out at an EU proposal to give Spain a say in the future of the British overseas territory post-Brexit, branding it “unnecessary” and “discriminatory.” In guidelines unveiling the EU’s position in upcoming negotiations for Britain to exit the bloc, a clause stipulates that Spain must have a say over whether any post-Brexit deal […]

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S Korea’s Park questioned at court hearing on arrest request

South Korea’s disgraced ex-President Park Geun-hye was being questioned Thursday by a court that will decide if she should be arrested over corruption allegations that have already toppled her from power. Live TV footage earlier showed a stern-looking Park entering the Seoul Central District Court building amid a barrage of camera flashes. She did not comment to reporters. The court […]

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Activists: Hong Kong to arrest democracy protest leaders

A day after Hong Kong picked a new pro-Beijing leader, police are planning to arrest student leaders and other prominent figures involved with the huge 2014 “Umbrella Movement” pro-democracy protests, activists said Monday. Police have informed nine people that they will be charged with committing a public nuisance, according to the Demosisto political party, which sent a list of those […]

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Beijing’s Pick Lam Chosen as Hong Kong Leader

A Hong Kong committee has chosen the government’s former No. 2 official Carrie Lam to be the semiautonomous Chinese city’s next leader. The 1,194-member election committee picked Lam to be Hong Kong’s new chief executive on Sunday. She will be the first female leader for the city and its fourth since British colonial control ended. Her victory was no surprise […]

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Brexit could hamper European counterterrorism efforts

The man who brought terror to the heart of London on Wednesday was British-born, and authorities have given no indication his planning unfolded transnationally. But the attack at the Palace of Westminster had instant ramifications for Europe and for the globe, not least because of the international profile of those killed or injured, among them Brits, Americans, Romanians and Italians. […]

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