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Arab League agrees to create joint military force

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BBC – The heads of Arab League countries meeting in Egypt have agreed to create a joint Arab military force. The League has been meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh amid a crisis in Yemen and the threat of jihadists who have made major gains in Iraq, Syria and Libya. However, establishing the make-up and remit of the force could take months, ... Read More »

Eamonn McCann: Union protests pushed Sinn Féin to pull out of agreement

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The unions’ main concern is that the agreement involves the loss of 20,000 public sector jobs The Irish Times – Eamonn McCann One of the factors behind Sinn Féin’s decision on Monday to pull out of the Stormont House Agreement was a series of trade union demonstrations tomorrow calling for rejection of the agreement. All major public sector unions in the ... Read More »

When thieves shout to tterrorize the owners

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Why the silence by our leadership? By Haris Kyriakides Our supposed to be friends and strategic Western allies are outraged by the Cyprus Government’s  “mistake” to proceed with bilateral agreements with Russia. The Lords are going to discuss the matter in the House of Lords of the Old Albion.   At the same time, Nicosia officially  mumbles like a cry-baby complaining ... Read More »

Yanis Varoufakis: No Time for Games in Europe

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ATHENS — I am writing this piece on the margins of a crucial negotiation with my country’s creditors — a negotiation the result of which may mark a generation, and even prove a turning point for Europe’s unfolding experiment with monetary union. The New York Times – Yanis Varoufakis Game theorists analyze negotiations as if they were split-a-pie games involving selfish players. ... Read More »

Armenia halts ratification of agreement with Turkey

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The Armenian president has said he has asked the country’s parliamentary speaker to withdraw his signature from a groundbreaking 2009 agreement with Turkey meant to restore ties between the two nations. YEREVAN – The Associated Press – Hurriyet  President Serzh Sargsyan said in a statement yesterday that Armenia would not ratify the agreement because of the “preconditions” that Turkey is ... Read More »

The greatest mistranslations ever

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After Google Translate’s latest update, BBC Culture finds history’s biggest language mistakes – including a US president stating ‘I desire the Poles carnally’. Fiona Macdonald BBC Google Translate’s latest update – turning the app into a real-time interpreter – has been heralded as bringing us closer to ‘a world where language is no longer a barrier’. Despite glitches, it offers ... Read More »

Read the Full Text of President Obama’s Speech on Immigration

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In a primetime address to the nation Thursday night, President Obama announced sweeping executive action to change U.S. immigration policy. His plan — the largest overhaul of the immigration system in five decades — will protect nearly 5 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation. Eligible immigrants can begin applying for protections in the spring. Here are the president’s remarks as prepared ... Read More »

US, Japan, Australia Agree to Deepen Security Ties

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BRISBANE, Australia — Eyeing Chinese aggression, President Barack Obama and the prime ministers of Japan and Australia committed Sunday to deepen their military cooperation and work together on strengthening maritime security in the Asia Pacific. The meeting, the first since 2007 among leaders of the three allies, risked antagonizing Beijing after a week when Obama reached a surprising level of ... Read More »

Alexander the Great claimed by both sides in battle over name of Macedonia

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Alexander waxwork given pride of place in Macedonian museum in latest example of symbolic point-scoring by Skopje Nikola Gruevski’s love affair with statues began with Alexander the Great. In 2011, much to the consternation of Greece, the Macedonian prime minister had the world’s largest sculpture of the warrior king installed in Skopje’s central square. Now, after peppering the capital with ... Read More »

Australia is Selling Uranium to India Without Safety Nets

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On May 18, 1974, India detonated an eight kiloton nuclear bomb named Smiling Buddha. The international reaction was swift, abject condemnation. This was the first bomb to be built from uranium sold as nuclear fuel, and it was the first bomb detonated by a country other than the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, England, ... Read More »