US-China tensions soar as ‘new cold war’ heats up

October 17, 2018

Rivalry escalates amid concerns over trade, as warships nearly collide and an FBI trap angers Beijing The US and China have shrugged off rules and constraints that have kept their 21st-century global rivalry in check, opening the way for an escalating conflict on many fronts that neither side appears willing or able to stop. Chinese officials have accused Washington of starting a new cold war, but the jostling between the…

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Deadly Yemen famine could strike at any time, warns UN boss

October 16, 2018

Humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock horror a huge loss of life as fighting continues A famine inflicting” big loss of life” could strike at any time in Yemen, as meat costs surge and the duel rages over the country’s main port, the UN humanitarian bos, Mark Lowcock, has warned. Lowcock said that by the time an imminent famine is proven, it would be too late to stop it. Accelerating economic breakdown…

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‘Stop this disaster’: Brazilian women mobilise against ‘misogynist’ far-right Bolsonaro

October 16, 2018

Jair Bolsonaro, who has called women idiots and issued taunts about rape, could be the next president. For the 2.5m women who joined a new Facebook group, something had to be done He has mocked women as tramps, as let alone equal pay. Within weeks he could be crowned president of a country that is home to 108 million of them. But with Brazils highly polarized 7 October election looming,…

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Ryder Cup: how golf is new focus of soft power diplomacy

October 11, 2018

With Donald Trump a keen musician, tournament presents opportunity for Europe to show united front As the owns numerous courses. The tournament that pits top US golfers against top Europeans is the world’s most-watched sporting event after the Olympics and the football World Cup- one of the last big athletics competitions still limited to western nations from each rim of the Atlantic. At a time when European its relationship with…

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The cost of Kavanaugh’s victory? The legitimacy of the US supreme court | Andrew Gawthorpe

October 11, 2018

Republicans might have won a majority in the highest court but it has lost legitimacy, says the academic Andrew Gawthorpe The saga of judge Brett Kavanaughs a seat for Neil Gorsuch by refusing to confirm Barack Obamas pick for a vacant seat on the court in 2016. Play Video 3:24 invoked protect Trump or his associates from law enforcement. The court may soon face cases on fraught constitutional matters such…

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Revealed: Russias secret plan to help Julian Assange escape from UK

October 10, 2018

Tentative plot to whisk fugitive from London embassy on Christmas Eve was considered too risky Russian diplomats held secret talks in London last year with people close to Julian Assange to assess whether they could help him flee the UK, the Guardian has learned. A tentative plan was devised that would have seen the WikiLeaks founder smuggled out of Ecuadors London embassy in a diplomatic vehicle and transported to another…

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Thousands at risk from rightwing push to purge eligible voters from US rolls

October 8, 2018

Conservative groups such as Pilf publish voters details online in what experts say amounts to insidious modern-day intimidation In June last year, Luis, a resident of Virginia, was astonished to discover that his name and personal details, including home address, had been posted on the internet by a group known as the Public Interest Legal Foundation (Pilf). Luiss data had been released by the group, along with hundreds of other…

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‘Things are getting worse’: economic collapse looms again in Zimbabwe

October 7, 2018

Locals say conditions have deteriorated since Julys contentious election, as world powers keep their distance Zimbabwe faces a deepening economic crisis as hopes fade of a new wave of international investment and aid following historic elections in July. The poll, the first after the military takeover that led to the won by the ageing autocrats former rightshooting by soldiers of six unarmed civilians in Harare during opposition protests has made…

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A picnic helped unite Europe in 1989. Time for another one | Eric Jozsef

October 7, 2018

A pan-European picnic was a key instant in the collapse of communism, says French writer Eric Jozsef On 19 August 1989, just outside the small Hungarian city of Sopron, in a meadow simply metres from the barbed wire and armed pickets at their own borders with Austria, civil society groups representation from eastern and west comprised a” picnic“, a period in the two countries that aimed to put an end,…

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Italy’s Matteo Salvini joins Bannon’s European populist group

October 3, 2018

Interior minister pledges support to the Movement after meeting in Rome Matteo Salvini, Italys interior minister and populist leader, has met Steve Bannon and joined the anti-European establishment group, the Movement, founded by Donald Trumps former chief strategist. He is in! Mischal Modrikamen (@modrikamen) Meeting this morning with Steve Bannon and Matteo Salvini. The Movement : He is in! September 7, 2018 According to Italian media, Bannon has suggested the…

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Ten years on from the crash, we need to get ready for another one | Robert Skidelsky

October 2, 2018

The lessons of 2008 have not been fully learned: stop risky lending by banks, address fiscal policy and reduce inequality, says economist Robert Skidelsky The Great Depression of 1929. And it was almost entirely unanticipated. Ten years on is a good time to ask what governments, policymakers, and economists might learn from this catastrophe how to prevent future ones, and how to overcome them if they happen. Of these two,…

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Trump to chair UN security council meeting on Iran

September 24, 2018

President will highlight Irans violations of international law during assembling this month, US ambassador Nikki Haley said Donald Trump will chair a UN security council meeting on Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ world-wide/ 2018/ sep/ 04/ trump-iran-un-security-council-meeting-law-violations

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Nicols Maduro’s plan for Venezuela adds bewilderment to despair

September 20, 2018

Many Venezuelans fleeing abroad are adamant peaceful solution is no longer possible Day after period the crowds flock to the Expresos Flamingo bus terminal in Caracas to begin checking out of their disintegrate nation. Some carry their earthly possessions in suitcases or backpacks, others plastic bags including ocean and snacks for the long journey ahead. All share a dogged determination to flee. ” Food became so expensive that for months…

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Putin makes appeal to Russians to accept pension changes

September 18, 2018

President offers concessions but says retirement age must rise to avoid economic ruin Vladimir Putin has made a direct appeal to Russians to ask for their assistance in conjuring the retirement age, warns that without urgent action, the two countries especially for men, for whom the average age of fatality is 66. The European average for men is 79. Putin, nonetheless, was asked to depict the unpopular changes as a…

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Jair Bolsonaro: tropical Trump who hankers for days of dictatorship

September 16, 2018

The far-right Brazilian presidential candidate injured in a knife onslaught is an ex-paratrooper knows we flogging out at females, black, lesbian and indigenous people and foreigners Jair Bolsonaro, who has been zil’s next chairman is a polarising figure in an unpredictable election campaign. He has praised Pinochet, expressed support for torturers and called for political opponents to be shot, deserving him labelof” the most misogynistic, hateful elected official in the…

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@sweden signs off after seven years as Twitter voice of nation

September 16, 2018

Curators of Sweden project will fall silent at intention of month after 200,000 tweets by 365 citizens The fought with Denmark and why some people don’t like Jews, and declared they’d rather be having sex. After almost seven years of disarray, dispute and slapstick, organisers have said. Launched in 2011 to” increase those who are interested in Sweden … and show in practice it is an open and democratic country”,…

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Russian police arrest hundreds protesting against Putin pension plan

September 15, 2018

Unrest breaks out as Google pulls YouTube ads by Putin critic Alexei Navalny Police detained more than 800 people across Russia during protests against government plans to raise the national retirement age that have resulted in President Vladimir Putins approval ratings slumping to a four-year low. Thousands of protesters took to the streets on Sunday in dozens of towns and cities after Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin critic, called for nationwide…

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Fleeing Venezuelans face suspicion and hostility as migration crisis worsens

September 14, 2018

Ecuadorian border town struggling to cope with exodus driven by economic collapse and political turmoil Nicolas Maduro has belittled the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans fleeing in the different regions of the Andes as gullible” slaves and beggars” duped into scrubbing foreign toilets by enemies of the Bolivarian revolution. The United Nations said 2.3 million people, more than 7% of Venezuela’spopulation, have left the country since 2015, with most heading…

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Are polls broken? Democrats’ unforeseen wins pose urgent question

September 14, 2018

Polling underestimated the strengths of certain Democratic nominees in a number of primaries this year inaccuracies that could affect the midterm elections held in November In the Florida Atlantic University poll, he was tied for third. In the pollsters for neighbourhood WBUR. Ben Jealous and Stacey Abrams , non-white gubernatorial nominees in Maryland and Georgia, likewise beat the numbers. If comparable blind spots persevere through the general elections this November,…

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Jeremy Hunt calls for fresh EU sanctions against Russia

September 9, 2018

UK foreign secretary will advise US president to tighten rules on online election advertising Jeremy Hunt has urged the EU to stand shoulder to shoulder with flight MH1 7 was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. After the Salisbury attempts, the EU recollected its envoy to Moscow and issued a common declaration that it was ” highly likely” Russia was responsible. one-to-one summit with Putin in…

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