African migrants turn to deadly ocean route as options narrow

DAKAR (Reuters) – Assane Diallo is making final preparations for a journey he knows could cost him his life: one thousand miles across open ocean from Senegal to the Canary Islands in a 50-foot wooden boat held together with rusty nails. The 35-year-old fisherman hopes to push off this week from a beach in the capital Dakar with water, dried […]

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Europe is ‘saving’ the Iran deal by ignoring the violations

Iran on Saturday launched a ballistic missile that can deliver nukes — and the near-complete silence of the media aside, it’s a big deal. The latest test revealed, once more, the flaws in the Iranian nuclear deal and the confusion of our European allies, who are alarmed by the mullahs’ behavior but fear losing the deal that enables it. “The […]

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‘Dark day for freedom’: Soros-affiliated university quits Hungary

Central European University has announced it will leave Budapest for Vienna next year after a protracted legal and rhetorical battle with the Hungarian government, in what is the first case of a major university being pushed out of an EU country. The university, which teaches in English and is regarded as one of the best in the region, has been […]

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Brexit regret: Welsh voters having second thoughts

Local business groups say they have been offered no design, no blueprint about how Brexit will benefit them. As British Prime Minister Theresa May struggles to sell her Brexit plan, there’s growing evidence that those who voted to leave the European Union are changing their minds. That is leading to a growing support for another referendum. Al Jazeera’s Laurence Lee […]

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Global panel grills Zuckerberg for failing to appear at hearing

Lawmakers from around the world on Tuesday excoriated “frat-boy billionaire” Mark Zuckerberg for refusing to testify at their hearing in London — leaving his minions to take a brutal grilling next to an empty chair reserved for the CEO. Politicians from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Ireland, Latvia and Singapore converged at the British Parliament to press Facebook policy head […]

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Migrant flows slow to trickle in Libyan former smuggling hub

SABRATHA, Libya (Reuters) – Departures of migrant-laden boats to Italy from Sabratha, formerly Libya’s biggest people-smuggling hub, have slowed to a trickle thanks to a security crackdown triggered by European pressure that ejected the city’s top smuggler. But the local branch of Libya’s coastguard feels neglected. It says it is still starved for resources, unable to run its own patrols […]

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Protests in Balkans to stop dams and protect rivers

Environmentalists say building a hydroelectric dam is comparable to cutting down a tropical rainforest. An environmental battle in the Balkans is heating up, with a group of women determined to stop a network of rivers from running dry. Nearly 2,700 hydroelectric dams are planned in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ecologists are terming it a tsunami of dams that will profoundly alter […]

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French officials mark third anniversary of Bataclan attack

PARIS (Reuters) – French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo led commemorations on Tuesday to mark the third anniversary of the co-ordinated Islamic State attacks on Paris in November 2015 that killed 130 people. Outside the Bataclan theater, where 90 people were gunned down during a rock concert, the names of those who died were solemnly read […]

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Foiled Iranian plots in Europe raise concern in US, spotlight Israeli intelligence sharing

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressing the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) On the heels of explosive revelations that Iranian operatives – allegedly under direct orders from Tehran – plotted to carry out deadly attacks on dissidents across Europe, U.S. intelligence is on heightened alert of similar […]

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