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Turkey, Russia and an Assassination: The Swirling Crises, Explained

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Turkey and Russia, whose up-and-down relationship has helped shape the Syrian war and its related crises, shared a new trauma on Monday after an off-duty Turkish police officer assassinated Russia’s ambassador. The New York Times Max Fisher The killing of Andrey G. Karlov in Ankara caused global alarm and raised questions about the larger consequences. On social media, many drew… Turkey, Russia and an… Read More »

‘Our worst fear has now been tragically realised’: Police Union

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The WA Police Union says its worst fears have been realised after the stabbing death of a woman at Joondalup court on Tuesday. WA Today Phil Hickey The union has been pushing for its officers to be fully armed in WA courts for some time and has previously raised security issues at court buildings in the past. “We have been warning the… ‘Our worst fear has now been… Read More »

Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov shot dead in Ankara

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Andrey Karlov was speaking at a photo exhibition event in the capital when he was shot by a Turkish off-duty policeman. Al Jazeera News Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was shot dead in front of a crowd at a posh art gallery in the capital Ankara as the angry gunmen screamed “don’t forget Aleppo”. Police later killed the assailant on… Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov shot… Read More »

Apple’s rotten appeal

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03:  The Apple logo is displayed on the back of an iPhone on August 3, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Rather than addressing the merits of the case, the tech giant is playing the pity card. Politico Richard A. Epstein On Monday, an angry Apple appealed against an August ruling by the European Commission ordering the company to pay Ireland some €13 billion in back taxes, plus interest. Disappointingly, the Silicon Valley tech giant failed to… Apple’s rotten… Read More »

Turkey blames usual suspects for murder of Russian ambassador

Flag-wrapped coffin of late Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov is carried to a plane during a ceremony at Esenboga airport in Ankara, Turkey, December 20, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas - RTX2VV41

Off-duty police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas assassinated Andrei Gennadyevich Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in the Turkish capital Ankara on Dec. 19. Al Monitor Barın Kayaoğlu Police forces subsequently killed Altintas in a gunfight. What we know so far about… Turkey blames usual… Read More »

Farms to focus on more dairy, hogs; less corn planting in 2017

Farming - Asia Times

The most important and market-moving stories from the Chinese-language media Asia Times Poo Yee Kai and Liu Hsiu Wen China will reduce inefficient planting of corn on 10 million mu (1.65 million acres) of land in 2017 while expanding and improving the dairy and hog industries, the Ministry of Agricultural said in a report by the Shanghai Securities… Farms to focus on more dairy… Read More »

Japan civic groups help refugees, despite official reluctance

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Japan is known for its negative attitude to immigration. Asia Times Satoko Horii Japan is known for its negative attitude to immigration. While the door has been… Japan civic groups help… Read More »

More Africans at risk of chronic illness: WHO

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NAIROBI Daily Nation City life and its modern trappings have brought bad habits to developing African nations that will see more die of chronic illness than infectious diseases by 2030, a study showed Tuesday. A World Health Organization (WHO) survey of… More Africans at risk of chronic… Read More »

Power Unconstrained

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The federal government attacks its watchers Arena Magasine Spencer Zifcak In recent years the federal government has made an art form of undermining the autonomy of independent statutory offices established to hold it to account. One by one, statutory offices have… Power… Read More »

Hacks show N. Korea not quite the digital backwater reported

N Korea - Asia Times

Pyongyang’s “intranet” is vanishingly small, although larger than recently intimated. Asia Times David Volodzko Its cyberwarfare capacity, though, should not be taken lightly Araid last week by South Korean… Hacks show N. Korea not quite… Read More »

Europe’s changing energy markets: Forging a new direction

AUGSBURG, GERMANY - OCTOBER 27:  Workers paint a hight-voltage pylon on October 27, 2009 in Augsburg, Germany. The new German government wants to reduce power costs by roll-back incentives for consumers to invest in solar equipment made by German companies. The new coalition also wants to reduce the sales tax on energy.  (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Getty Images)

The EU has set itself an ambitious goal: It wants an electricity market that allows power to flow across national borders to where it’s needed, better integrates growing renewable energy as the bloc works to cut carbon emissions to net zero by the end of the century and encourages consumers to manage their own energy needs at all times. Politico To that end, the European Commission came out with a jumbo policy package November 30 that included proposals on how to ... Read More »

Why Kuwait’s Elections Matter

Kuwait - The National interest

Kuwait illustrates the oft-ignored tension between liberty and democracy. The National Interest Doug Bandow It doesn’t take a lot of votes to get elected to Kuwait’s National Assembly. In the smaller districts a couple… Why Kuwait’s Elections… Read More »

How Italy Became Populism’s Latest Domino

Italy - The National Interest

It’s a shame that old-fashioned politics is the only alternative to rising antidemocratic populism. The National Interest Alvaro Vargas Llosa First it was Brexit, then Donald Trump, followed by French president François Hollande announcing he would not run for reelection (an admission of defeat), and now Italy’s Matteo Renzi resigning as prime minister in the wake of… How Italy Became Populism’s… Read More »

CNN Uses Germany Attack To Bash The Right

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CNN’s online coverage of Monday’s deadly terror attack on a German Christmas market focused on the attack’s potential to stoke far-right anger, rather than the threats of Islamic radicalism. The Daily Caller Blake Neff The attack in Berlin killed at least 12 people and injured dozens more, but on CNN’s website, the network’s top story warned about “the fallout of fear” and said that “attacks fuel [the] far right’s assault on democracy.” The headline leads to an article by… CNN ... Read More »