Erdogan: Turkey to set up ‘security zone’ in Syria

Erdogan: Turkey to set up ‘security zone’ in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country would set up a security zone in northern Syria as suggested by US President Donald Trump as both leaders sought to ease growing tensions. Addressing his deputies on Tuesday, Erdogan said he held a "quite positive" telephone conversation with Trump late on Monday where he reaffirmed "a 20-mile [32-km] security…
Gunmen storm Nairobi hotel complex

Gunmen storm Nairobi hotel complex

Gunmen have stormed an upscale hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital, setting off loud blasts and sending people fleeing for their lives following a coordinated assault claimed by the Somalia-based al-Shabab armed group. More than 12 hours after Tuesday's attack began at Nairobi's Dusit hotel complex, which also includes bars, restaurants, offices and…
Attacks and bodyguards: The price of being a Colombian journalist

Attacks and bodyguards: The price of being a Colombian journalist

Caucasia, Colombia - Leiderman Ortiz's mother, sister, brother and nephew were visiting him in Caucasia in May 2010 when a loud blast went off outside the house where they were asleep. "I jumped out of my bed and started shouting, 'Stay down, don't move'," Ortiz said. "My poor mother was screaming. She was terrified." Unlike…
‘We live in a crisis in Honduras’: New US-bound caravan forms

‘We live in a crisis in Honduras’: New US-bound caravan forms

San Pedro Sula, Honduras - It was still dark when hundreds of Hondurans set out for the border with Guatemala as part of new caravan of US-bound migrants and asylum seekers. "The economic crisis has been tremendous, with unemployment going up and corruption getting worse," Daniel Munoz, a 38-year-old from Honduran department of Cortes, said…

Can Macron’s open letter save his presidency?

Shaken by weekly protests on the streets of France, sparked by a rise in fuel prices, French President Emmanuel Macron says he wants to turn anger into solutions. Macron's answer is to build a new "contract" with the nation. He's launched a two-month national debate…and says he's open to ideas. The French will be encouraged to…
In the US South, anti-Confederate protesters face harassment

In the US South, anti-Confederate protesters face harassment

A pick-up truck crept past as Jeremy and Tracie Parzen waited for fellow protesters to show up for a rally against a new Confederate monument in Orange, Texas, on November 10. "F*** y'all," the truck's driver screamed before slamming on the gas pedal and rumbling away. Having been cursed at by motorists in the past,…

What’s the US plan for Iran?

Reassuring allies and talking tough on enemies. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been touring the Middle East to win support and put pressure on Iran. He is pushing for an Arab military alliance to counter threats from Tehran. The aim would be to curb Iran's influence in the region from Yemen to Syria,…
Oligarch ‘made threat’ after Trump inauguration

Oligarch ‘made threat’ after Trump inauguration

Pavel Fuchs, a Ukrainian oligarch who negotiated with Donald Trump and reportedly works with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, stands accused of making a threat of violence against a US-based businessman involved in selling him seats to the 45th US president's inauguration. The gas and real estate tycoon was furious that two tickets he purchased…
Brexit: Everything you need to know about the ‘meaningful vote’

Brexit: Everything you need to know about the ‘meaningful vote’

What is the 'meaningful vote' and why is it important? On Tuesday evening, between 19:00 and 21:00 GMT, UK MPs will vote on a deal reached by Prime Minister Theresa May with the European Union on the terms of Britain's exit from the bloc - "Brexit".  The widely anticipated vote has been dubbed "meaningful" because…
Scientists in Hong Kong claim antiviral breakthrough

Scientists in Hong Kong claim antiviral breakthrough

Scientists in Hong Kong say they have made a potential breakthrough discovery in the fight against infectious diseases - a chemical that could slow the spread of deadly viral illnesses. In a study published this month in the journal Nature Communications, a team from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) described the newly discovered chemical…

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