Politics

Tense France picks new president in landmark vote

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France went to the polls on May 7 to choose between centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen for president, in a watershed election both for the divided country and… PARIS – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The election follows a rollercoaster campaign marked by mudslinging, scandals and a… The run-off vote pits the… Tense France picks… Read More »

Syria’s Kurds march on to Raqqa and the sea

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Kurdish expansion plans putting the group on a collision course with neighbouring Turkey Mark Townsend The Guardian Syria’s Kurds have revealed plans to redraw the northern part of the country by linking the Kurdish region of Rojava with the Mediterranean Sea, in a move that will infuriate neighbouring Turkey. In a further sign of growing Kurdish confidence in Syria’s north, officials say that… Syria’s Kurds march… Read More »

Carpio book on sea row challenges China

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Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has launched a book that says China’s claims to virtually the entire South China Sea are baseless and… Jeannette I. Andrade Inquirer Carpio said public opinion, including in China, could pressure Beijing to comply with last year’s arbitral ruling that invalidated China’s historic… With Carpio’s help, Manila filed a case challenging Beijing’s nine-dash-line… * Carpio book on… Read More »

Wikipedia Is Latest Victim of Turkey’s Frenzy Over ISIS Reporting

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Any report or hint that links Turkey to jihadi operatives in Syria is certainly bound to draw ire of Ankara. And the world’s biggest online encyclopedia Wikipedia is no exception. Abdullah Ayasun The Global Post It has become the latest victim of Turkey’s frenzy over the matter. When Turkey blocked access to interactive online encyclopedia Wikipedia last week, it… Wikipedia Is Latest… Read More »

Sudan seeks to take Egypt to “binding arbitration” over Halayeb: expert

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May 5, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – An international maritime border arbitrator has revealed that Sudan is planning to take Egypt to a binding arbitration before the… Sudan Tribune The Halayeb triangle, which is a 20,580 km area on the Red Sea, has been a contentious issue between Egypt and Sudan since 1958, shortly after Sudan gained its… The area has been under Cairo’s full… Sudan seeks to… (ST) Read More »

Jose Ramos-Horta warns gas dispute with Australia risks pushing East Timor closer to China

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East Timor’s former president Jose Ramos-Horta has issued a blunt warning to Australia that the gas dispute between the two countries risks pushing Timor closer to China. ABC Australia and East Timor have been locked in a messy dispute that has included allegations of Australia spying on its poorer neighbour during negotiations for an oil field in the Timor Sea, worth an estimated $40… Jose Ramos-Horta… Read More »

‘Keep at it, it’s great’: Turnbull praises Trump for major step in dismantling Obamacare

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‘ Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has praised President Donald Trump for winning a vote that marks a major step towards dismantling Obamacare. 9news © Nine Digital Pty Ltd 2017 Mr Turnbull began his remarks at a commemoration dinner marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea by congratulating the president on his bid to roll back Barack… “Well done, congratulations,” Mr Turnbull… ‘Keep at it… Read More »

Alex Salmond admits Tory vote ‘on rise’ in Scotland

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Alex Salmond has admitted the Conservative vote is “on the rise” as the Tories began to make inroads in the local election. Tom Peterkin The Scotsman The former SNP leader predicted that the SNP would gain control of Glasgow and Aberdeen, but added that the Conservative vote was showing well in Aberdeenshire. “Up here in the North East the SNP are running very strongly and we have got high hopes of taking control of the… Alex Salmond admits… Read More »

Report: Turkey Is Preparing To Arrest 215,000 More In Crackdown

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Turkey’s sweeping purge is set to further expand as the pro-government media is sending signals of a new, larger wave with a new list of 215,000 individuals sent to 81 provinces for police… Abdullah Ayasun The Global Post The media rumor mill has been on overdrive about the biggest purge campaign, which, reports said, has yet… Majority of them are believed to be members of the… Report: Turkey Is… Read More »

The PKK’s Fateful Choice in Northern Syria

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The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its Syrian affiliates face a stark choice: risk their gains in northern Syria through continued prioritisation of the PKK’s fight against Turkey, or pursue local self-rule in the area they have carved out of the… ICG After the PKK deployed cadres in Syria in July 2012, it cooperated with the West in fighting the… The PKK’s Fateful… Read More »

Why Buhari will not rid Nigeria of corruption

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Nigerian president’s war against corruption will yield a betwixt-and-between result: so much action, minimal solution. Fisayo Soyombo Al Jazeera There is renewed optimism in Nigeria over the success chances of President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against corruption. Perennially derided by the opposition as a one-way partisan campaign, Buhari’s war against… Why Buhari will… Read More »

‘A government without newspapers’: why everyone should care about the cuts at Fairfax

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The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. Johan Lidberg The Conversation This is an oft-used quote by one of the Founding Fathers and the third US president, Thomas Jefferson. He penned it… A government without… Read More »

Obamacare v Republican plan compared

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Republican politicians have campaigned on repealing President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms pretty much since they were enacted in 2010. Anthony Zurcher BBC Now, with a governing majority, they’ve had to come up with a replacement plan – a task that has proved much more challenging than they may have imagined. Here’s a look at some key differences between the existing law, informally known as Obamacare, and the… Obamacare v Republican… Read More »

A Brewing Crisis in the Aegean?

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Is a new Greek-Turkish crisis brewing in the Aegean? In a year of resurfacing tensions, the latest decision by a Greek court is unlikely to help matters. Reuters: The American Interest A Greek court on Wednesday blocked a second request by Turkey for the extradition of soldiers who fled to Greece in July after a… The ruling applied to three of eight soldiers who… A Brewing Crisis… Read More »

The supermarket that shook Croatia

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Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković’s coalition has fallen apart over a rescue plan for a food and retail giant. ZORAN RADOSAVLJEVIĆ Politico  It’s the supermarket group that’s too big to fail. But attempts to save it brought down Croatia’s ruling center-right coalition and may force an early parliamentary election. The story of Agrokor, a food and retail concern that employs around 60,000 people across southeastern Europe, has… The supermarket that… Read More »

Adults in the Room by Yanis Varoufakis review – one of the greatest political memoirs ever?

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The leftwing Greek economist and former minister of finance tells a startling story about his encounter with Europe’s ‘deep establishment’ Paul Mason The Guardian Yanis Varoufakis once bought me a gin and tonic. His wife once gave me a cup of tea. While dodging my questions, as finance ministers are obliged to, he never once told me an outright lie. And I’ve hosted him at two all… Adults in the… Read More »