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France's top court overturns burkini ban after worldwide attention

Women in France are now free to wear so-called "burkinis" -- full-body swimwear worn by Muslim women. After a town banned them, France's top administrative court stepped in to overturn the prohibition. Charlie D'Agata reports.

The Colombia Accord: When Negotiations and Concessions are Necessary

Paul R. Pillar Colombia Terrorism, Latin America The peace accord between the Colombian government and the guerrilla group known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC deserves our applause and our support. It makes possible the end of one of the longest-running wars in the Western hemisphere. Show More Summary

Syrian rebels backed by Turkey, US retake border town from IS. Move angers Syrian regime

Syrian rebel militias – backed by Turkish tanks and US air strikes – retook control of the Syrian town of Jarabulus on the Turkish border on Wednesday, rebel groups and an NGO said. The town had been held by the Islamic State group since 2014. “Jarabulus is completely liberated,” Ahmad Othman, commander of the Sultan […]

Did Hope Solo's punishment fit her crime?

For her unsportsmanlike comments, U.S. Soccer has suspended Hope Solo for six months; the same amount of time Michael Phelps was suspended for his 2014 DUI. Do you think it was fair?

French court suspends burkini ban, controversy goes on

A French court on Friday suspended a ban on full-body “burkini” swimsuits imposed by a Mediterranean resort that has angered Muslims, feminists and civil liberties campaigners. The Council of State’s ruling against Villeneuve-Loubet is expected to set a precedent for the dozens of other French towns that have also laid down such bans. But it […]

Oscar Pistorius: Judge Dismisses Appeal Against 'Lenient' Six-Year Sentence

A South African judge said on Friday she would not grant permission to state prosecutors to appeal Oscar Pistorius’s six-year murder sentence, saying their petition had no reasonable prospects of success. Judge Thokozile Masipa Masipa...Show More Summary

Nigeria: Christian Group Rails Against John Kerry for ‘Divisive’ Visit

A prominent Christian group in Nigeria has accused U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry of being “discriminatory...and divisive” during a recent trip to the West African country. Kerry was in Nigeria on Monday and Tuesday and was hosted by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, the most senior Islamic cleric in the country. Show More Summary

Hope of survivors in Italy earthquake fades, as death toll rises

A new, powerful aftershock rocked central Italy on Friday. The death toll from Wednesday's devastating earthquake stands at 267. More than 200 people have been pulled alive from collapsed buildings, but hope of finding more survivors is fading. Seth Doane reports from outside Pescara del Tronto, one of the villages destroyed by the quake.

After Quake, Nun Texted 'Adieu' to Family

The AP has tracked down the nun seen in an iconic photo of this week's devastating earthquake in central Italy. Marjana Lleshi, 35, says she thought she would die when the Amatrice convent she was sleeping in collapsed early Wednesday, killing three other nuns and four of the elderly women...

Bomb Explodes Outside Criminology Institute

Belgian media say an explosion has rocked the nation's criminology institute in the capital Brussels. State broadcaster RTBF reported Monday that a car forced its way into the site "before exploding a bomb" about 2am. RTBF says no one was injured but that damage at the site is significant. Police...

Iraq asks Saudi Arabia to replace ambassador

Diplomat Thamer al-Sabhan had called for the exclusion of Shia paramilitary units from Iraq's campaign against ISIL.

Erdogan is in Syria With a Green Light from the US and Iran

The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, did another about-face following the failed coup against him. He has since re-defined Turkey's role in Syria with a nationalist-authoritarian priority, while reneging on some previous accords with the Gulf countries and the US-led coalition in Syria. Show More Summary

Bomb rocks Belgian crime institute

State broadcaster says vehicle forced its way into Brussels Institute of Criminology "before exploding a bomb"

Jackson Hole truth telling: Monetary policy can't save the day alone

Last week I noted that the IMF has lost any hope of monetary policy alone lifting Japan out of its deflationary torpor, but Japan is not the only country where monetary policy has disappointed. The US recovery has been uncharacteristically lethargic, despite adventurous monetary policy initiatives. Show More Summary

Some laws we don't have we shouldn't have

Good news from the House of Lords. We don't have certain laws that we shouldn't have: Baroness Neville-Rolfe, the minister for business, energy and industrial strategy, said the Government had no such powers, and that it was up for the respective companies to decide on them. Show More Summary

In Boon for EVs, Solar Panels, California will roll back CO2 Emissions to 40% Below 1990

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – The California legislature worked on a carbon dioxide emissions reduction bill for a year, and is finally sending it to the governor for…

Colombia ceasefire to end half-century-long war

Ceasefire ends long war between state and FARC fighters with full peace agreement expected in late September.

Sorry, Folks. There Is No Rules-Based World Order.

Patrick Porter Global Governance, Americas There isn't one, there won't be, and it's dangerous to pretend there could be. If there is one concept, endlessly recalled, that rings through debate about foreign affairs, it is the “rules-based” international order. Show More Summary

Why Washington Is Addicted to Perpetual War

Doug Bandow Security, Americas America just can't solve every problem in the world. The last two administrations have followed a bipartisan policy of constant war. Unfortunately, the consequences have been ugly: every intervention has...Show More Summary

The Refugees Who Helped Survivors Of Italy's Earthquake Know What It Means To Suffer

Solidarity knows no social roles. Suffering knows no colors. These statements are not clichés, but realities confirmed by an incident that every Italian should be proud of: Thousands of volunteers, including refugees, have gathered at...Show More Summary

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