5 things to know about threatened US-Russia nuclear weapons deal

5 things to know about threatened US-Russia nuclear weapons deal

US President Donald Trump has said Washington will withdraw from a 31-year-old nuclear weapons agreement with Moscow, accusing Russia of violating the treaty and demanding the inclusion of China. Here are five things to know about the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (also known as the INF treaty: 1. How did the agreement come about? The INF…
Iran unveils new domestic fighter jet

Iran unveils new domestic fighter jet

Iran unveiled a new domestic fighter jet with President Hassan Rouhani saying Tehran's military strength was only designed to deter enemies and aimed at creating "lasting peace". Images broadcast on state television on Tuesday showed Rouhani sitting in the cockpit of the new Kowsar fourth-generation fighter at the National Defence Industry exhibition in Tehran. State media…
Afghan Taliban officials: ‘US agrees to discuss troops pullout’

Afghan Taliban officials: ‘US agrees to discuss troops pullout’

Doha, Qatar - The United States has agreed to discuss the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan in a direct meeting with Taliban representatives in Qatar, officials from the armed group say. In a preliminary meeting in Doha on Friday, Taliban representatives and US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad discussed the Taliban's conditions to end the 17-year…
Shia blocs in Iraq remain divided months after vote

Shia blocs in Iraq remain divided months after vote

Baghdad, Iraq - Nearly three months since Iraqis went to the polls to cast their ballots in a parliamentary election, a new government is yet to be announced - and the wait might be long. With no party or bloc able to secure an outright majority in the May 12 vote, political leaders in the country…
Business hopes and refugee woes after Eritrea-Ethiopia peace deal

Business hopes and refugee woes after Eritrea-Ethiopia peace deal

Adi Quala, Eritrea and Rama, Ethiopia - Teklehaimanot Tesfazigi is 103 years old and has witnessed Eritrea's many stages, from the Italian colonial period to the British administration, which ended in 1951, when Eritrea joined Ethiopia in a federation. Then there was the Eritrean War of Independence that ended in May 1991, followed by a bloody…
US, EU, China ‘entrench’ authoritarianism with spying tech export

US, EU, China ‘entrench’ authoritarianism with spying tech export

The United States, the European Union and China are equipping, training and funding countries around the world, including autocratic governments, with surveillance capabilities, a new report has said, warning that this leads to entrenchment of authoritarianism and abuse against citizens. The Teach 'em how to phish study was released on Tuesday by Privacy International, a UK-based…
Inside the Yemeni school where childhood doesn’t exist

Inside the Yemeni school where childhood doesn’t exist

Nine-year-old Ahmad spends most of his time on his own, kicking away at bits of dirt and trying to get a deflated football to rebound off an old brick wall just metres away from a classroom where he sleeps. For the last six months, this has been Ahmad's daily routine. It helps the long days…
Heron Gate: Testing Canada’s rights-based approach to housing

Heron Gate: Testing Canada’s rights-based approach to housing

Ottawa, Canada - Margaret Alluker's backyard is overrun by tall blades of grass. The landlord used to mow the lawn, but she says that since she was handed an eviction notice, the maintenance work has all but stopped. Alluker is among more than 100 families in Heron Gate, a neighbourhood in the Canadian capital, Ottawa,…
Baghdad’s Green Zone opens its gates to public after 15 years

Baghdad’s Green Zone opens its gates to public after 15 years

For 15 years, most Iraqis have been unable to access the heart of Baghdad. But the tall concrete walls and barbed wire that have closed off the Green Zone for years are finally coming down. The Green Zone, a 10 square kilometre area in central Baghdad, has been partially open to the public since December…
Russia and Syria vow to ‘wipe out terrorists’ in Idlib

Russia and Syria vow to ‘wipe out terrorists’ in Idlib

The Syrian government and its major ally Russia have signalled that an all-out offensive to retake the last rebel-held province in Syria is only a matter of time, raising fears over a major humanitarian crisis. Speaking at a press conference in Moscow with his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Muallem following a closed-door meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey…

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