Israeli PM sheds statesmanlike persona as scandals mount

With a slew of corruption scandals closing in on him, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is dropping what remains of his statesmanlike persona in favor of an angry nationalism that’s popular with his base. Casting himself as an innocent outsider, the long-serving prime minister blames Israel’s old guard “elites” for the array of inquiries into his financial conduct. He has […]

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International community condemns North Korea nuclear test

Countries around the world swiftly condemned North Korea’s announcement that it had tested a hydrogen bomb Sunday, with South Korea calling for the “strongest punishment” against Pyongyang while key ally China strongly condemned it. Tensions on the Korean peninsula have spiralled in recent weeks, with North Korea testing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and threatening to fire missiles towards the […]

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France’s Macron: Fighting terrorism abroad is top priority

French President Emmanuel Macron has made the fight against “Islamic terrorism” in Syria and Iraq the top priority in his foreign policy agenda. Speaking Tuesday to French diplomats gathered at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Macron called the Islamic State group “our enemy.” “Restoring peace and stability — Iraq then Syria — is vital priority for France,” he said. He […]

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Truce with IS on Syria-Lebanon border

A ceasefire has been declared in offensives against so-called Islamic State on the Syria-Lebanon border. The militants have been fighting the Lebanese army on one front, and Hezbollah with the Syrian army on the other. Lebanon’s army said the pause in operations would enable talks over the fate of kidnapped soldiers. Nine troops were taken hostage when IS overran the […]

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Russia condemns US visa restrictions

Russia has condemned a US decision to make Russians go to Moscow if they want a visa for the United States. A US embassy statement said non-immigrant visas would no longer be issued at the three US consulates in Russia – only at the Moscow embassy. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said it was an attempt to provoke discontent among Russians towards […]

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Deadly Kenya protests as opposition alleges vote hacking

Kenya’s election took an ominous turn on Wednesday as violent protests erupted in the capital and elsewhere after opposition leader Raila Odinga alleged fraud, saying hackers used the identity of a murdered official to infiltrate the database of the country’s election commission and manipulate results. With results from almost all of the polling stations counted, President Uhuru Kenyatta was shown […]

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