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Mediterranean sea crossings were three times deadlier this year than last. Why?

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There are 66 days left to go in 2016, but on Oct. 25 the number of people who died this year trying to reach European shores via smuggling routes across the Mediterranean Sea matched last year's grim total. Shockingly, only about a third as many have made the attempt this year. That means that something about migration dynamics has […]

Heathrow Airport looks to grow. Opponents fear London will become “a city of planes”.

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LONDON — Will the British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson be lying down in front of bulldozers anytime soon? The question was a real talking point Tuesday after the British government gave a provisional thumbs' up for a $22 billion expansion of London’s Heathrow airport, including a third new runway that would become London's first full-length airstrip since World […]

A Palestinian paper interviewed an Israeli minister, and now it could be banned in Gaza

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JERUSALEM — The article was wide-ranging. It covered opinions about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and talk about what Israel might do the next time it comes up against the Islamist militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip. But it was not the contents of the rare interview that Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman gave to the […]

The incredible rise of China and India, in two GIFs

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You won't be able to tell the story of the 21st century without India and China as its main protagonists. Just look at the numbers. The world's two most populous nations are poised to get even larger, but while their economies were in the doldrums for much of the 20th century, they are soaring now. These […]

Forget Duterte. The Philippines loves the United States.

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In the few months he has been in power in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte has seemingly convulsed relations between his country and the United States, a longtime ally and former colonial ruler. He has repeatedly made vulgar comments about America's president and envoy in Manila and, without much warning, threatened to throw out U.S. […]

Russia sends warships toward Syria via the English Channel — and with them, a message

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LONDON — In scenes that haven’t been common since the end of the Cold War, Russian warships sailed through the English Channel early Friday in a theatrical display of Russian military might. Britain dispatched two of its own warships to carefully monitor the Russian flotilla, which included the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, as it sailed […]

Philippines’ Duterte called for a ‘separation’ from U.S. He is now backtracking.

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That was quick. On Thursday night in Beijing, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called for a military and economic "separation" from the United States. From now on, he told a crowd, it’s the Philippines, Russia and China "against the world." Or not. On Friday, he was already giving his message a makeover. He said he was talking […]

A tuk-tuk driver’s viral video said what many Egyptians can’t. Then his video disappeared.

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I hope this brave #tuk-tuk driver remains safe in #Sisi's #Egypt. #Bouazizi moment? via @MiddleEastEye — Celeste Akkad (@akkadfish) October 14, 2016 CAIRO — The anger of the tuk-tuk driver struck a chord. Eloquently,...Show More Summary

Trump’s absurd response on Mosul shows how little he knows

6 days agoNews : BlogPost

Donald Trump's performance in the final presidential debate will be remembered for a lot of reasons, but probably not for his particular attempts at foreign policy commentary, which were less conspicuous than his grumbling interruptions of his adversary Hillary Clinton and his apparent rejection of the norms of the American democratic process. But consider his […]

After harrowing ordeal living under Islamic State, family returns home to Israel to face charges

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JERUSALEM – After one and a half years living in dire conditions under the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, including near-starvation, zero medical care and no access to education, an Israeli Arab family returned home to Israel last month, Israel's security agency Shin Bet said Thursday. According to information released by the Shin Bet, […]

Ecuador cut off Julian Assange’s Internet, so this guy shouted the news into his window

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  I'm outside the Ecuadorian Embassy about to read the Internet to @wikileaks Julian Assange — Bobby Mair (@BobbyMair) October 19, 2016 Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks and a thorn in the side of Western governments and the cleaning staff of the Ecuadoran Embassy in London alike, had his access to the Internet “temporarily […]

Iran’s latest strategy to mock U.S. politics? Broadcast presidential debates and ‘House of Cards.’

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Watching Iranian television these days has a bit of a Washington flavor. There's the presidential debates, for instance, as well as the popular political series "House of Cards." The reason for the spotlight on politics, real and imagined? It's Tehran's latest swipe to point out corruption in the United States even as American culture continues to […]

‘If anything happens to me, investigate,’ UFO hunter texted mother. Days later, he was dead.

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To Max Spiers — British conspiracy theorist and UFO theoretician — the world was a fantastical place ruled by nefarious alien forces controlling the unthinking masses. For some, Spiers's YouTube videos were luminous, compelling and incisive, shining a bright light into crevices that wouldn't otherwise exist — and revealing the diabolical inner-workings of global power. […]

Bernie Sanders’s brother wants to replace David Cameron as a member of Britain’s Parliament

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LONDON — After the defeat of Bernie Sanders at the hands of Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries, his brother wants to prove that the Sanders family can still win. Larry Sanders is currently running for Parliament in Britain after being selected as the candidate for the West Oxfordshire Green Party in September. Most likely, though, he will lose. The […]

You can now compete to spend one terrifying night in Dracula’s Castle

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As Airbnb horror stories go, this one may take the coffin: Enjoy two days and one terrifying, possibly abbreviated night in Dracula's castle. Leave the silver jewelry at home, and the garlic. Don't even think of bringing anything in the shape of a cross to Transylvania. Towels are included, though. The great grandnephew of Bram Stoker, […]

Photos and videos emerge from freed Chibok girls’ emotional reunion with their parents

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After securing the release of 21 of the kidnapped “Chibok girls” last week, Nigeria's government brought them to the nation's capital, Abuja, for a major photo opportunity: a reunion with their parents. The government has been heavily criticized for its failure to secure the release of all the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in the small […]

In photos: On the ground near Mosul with Iraqi and Kurdish forces

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The battle for Mosul began late Sunday with an announcement by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. A wide-ranging, uneasy coalition of forces is pushing forward to reclaim Iraq's third-largest city from the Islamic State, an effort complicated by more than 1 million civilians thought to be trapped in the city. Iraqi forces, backed by a […]

Incredible video shows Syrian boy dangling from wrecked building after airstrike in Aleppo

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BEIRUT – The video captures what would be an extraordinary moment anywhere else in the world. But the footage purportedly comes from a rebel-held district of war-torn Aleppo, Syria, where almost unimaginable suffering and miraculous survival have become daily occurrences. A boy is shown dangling from the upper level of an apartment building that apparently […]

Pro-Russia media star ‘Motorola’ killed by ‘Ukrainian Nazis,’ rebels claim

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MOSCOW — He bragged about being a cold-blooded killer, and videotaped battles with his helmet cam. And along the way, this former car wash worker became an unlikely, pro-Kremlin media star in rebel-held Ukraine – where he met his end late Sunday in a mysterious explosion that roared up the elevator shaft in his apartment […]

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