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  • Iraqi and Kurdish forces exchange fire at border 

    Iraqi and Kurdish forces exchange fire at border 

    Iraqi federal and Kurdish forces exchanged fire at their shared border on Friday, capping a dramatic week of maneuvers that saw the Kurds hand over territory across north and east Iraq. Iraq's anti-terrorism and federal police forces shelled Kurdish military positions north and south of Altun Kupri,...

  • It looks like the glass ceiling in Japanese politics will hold firm again

    It looks like the glass ceiling in Japanese politics will hold firm again

    Three months ago, Yuriko Koike’s star appeared to be on an inexorable upward trajectory. A year after becoming the first female governor of Tokyo, her new Tokyoites First party had just drubbed the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in local assembly elections. A shell-shocked...

  • Independence crisis intensifies as Spain prepares to strip Catalonia of local powers

    Independence crisis intensifies as Spain prepares to strip Catalonia of local powers

    Fear, anger and anxiety heightened on both sides of a secession divide as the Spanish government vowed Thursday to take the unprecedented step of stripping autonomous powers from the northeastern region of Catalonia. The region’s president, Carles Puigdemont, did not renounce independence despite...

  • Using a grim new tactic — the Humvee bomb — Taliban kill 43 in attack on Afghan army camp

    Using a grim new tactic — the Humvee bomb — Taliban kill 43 in attack on Afghan army camp

    The Taliban has a new tactic in the Afghan war, and the group has used it to devastating effect twice in three days. Taliban insurgents packed two Humvees stolen from Afghan security forces with explosives, detonated the vehicles outside an army base in the south and then stormed the base in an...

  • Two Italy regions to hold autonomy votes

    Two Italy regions to hold autonomy votes

    It is greater autonomy -- not independence -- that two of Italy's wealthiest regions are seeking in a pair of referendums Sunday, yet Catalonia's secessionist ambitions in nearby Spain loom large over the debate. The presidents of Lombardy and Veneto in northern Italy are campaigning on the economic...

  • Brutal crackdown has gay and transgender Egyptians asking: Is it time to leave?

    Brutal crackdown has gay and transgender Egyptians asking: Is it time to leave?

    For Mostafa, a gay Egyptian man in his mid-20s, seeing rainbow flags flying at an open-air rock concert in the Arab world’s most populous nation was thrilling. But he had a feeling it wouldn’t end well. Dozens of people have been arrested and put on trial in Egypt in the ensuing crackdown. Some...

  • Nelson Mandela's legacy: As a leader, he was willing to use violence

    Nelson Mandela's legacy: As a leader, he was willing to use violence

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, is a giant in the world of liberation heroes, up there with Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. But unlike Gandhi, who said that nonviolence and truth were inseparable, and King, who famously declared that...

  • Solution to the world's problems: Choose humanity

    Solution to the world's problems: Choose humanity

    These are desperate times. We are witnessing the highest level of humanitarian needs since World War II. The numbers are staggering, with 125 million in dire need of assistance. Over 60 million people have been forcibly displaced, and in the last two decades 218 million people were affected by...

  • Mexico expels North Korean ambassador over nuclear tests

    Mexico expels North Korean ambassador over nuclear tests

    Mexico on Thursday ordered North Korea’s ambassador to leave the country as punishment for Pyongyang’s recent nuclear tests. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto declared Ambassador Kim Hyong Gil persona non grata, granting him 72 hours to leave the country. A statement from Mexico’s Foreign Ministry...

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