29 French media groups denounce Le Pen party’s obstruction on campaign trail

Representatives of 29 French media organisations, including FRANCE 24, signed a petition Thursday denouncing Marine Le Pen’s National Front party for obstructing their access to events and ability to inform the public. The petition was released days before the May 7 final round of the 2017 French presidential election following a series of incidents when […]

Russian intelligence ship sinks off Turkey’s Black Sea coast

A Russian naval intelligence ship sank off Turkey’s Black Sea coast on Thursday after colliding with a vessel carrying livestock and all 78 personnel on board the navy ship were evacuated, Turkish officials said. The rescued crew members of the Russian ship Liman were in good health after the collision with the Togo-flagged Youzarsif H, […]

Plea by son of Venezuelan official Tarek Saab to “end the injustice “stirs nation !

The son of Venezuela’s pro-government human rights ombudsman has surprised the crisis-struck nation by publicly calling on his father to end “injustice” amid major protests against the leftist administration. The opposition accuses ombudsman Tarek Saab of turning a blind eye to human rights abuses and a lurch into dictatorship by Venezuela’s unpopular President Nicolas Maduro. […]

Trump is undermining his own treasury secretary: Summers

By Lawrence H. Summers President Trump’s tax proposals were rolled out yesterday by Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and NEC Director Cohn. For reasons of long run budget health, fairness and economic impact, I think they are extraordinarily ill-advised. I am certain that the substantive concerns I have will be extensively addressed in the debates to come. […]

‘Israeli strike’ hits Hezbollah arms depot near Damascus, Syria airport- Report

An Israeli missile strike has caused a large explosion and fire at a military site near Damascus international airport, Syrian state media report. A fuel tank and warehouses were damaged, the Sana news agency said. But Syrian rebel sources said an arms depot run by Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, which is fighting in Syria as an […]

Trump team softens war talk, vows other pressure on NKorea

The Trump administration told lawmakers Wednesday it will apply economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, as an extraordinary White House briefing served to tamp down talk of military action against an unpredictable and increasingly dangerous U.S. adversary. President Donald Trump welcomed Republican and Democratic senators before his secretary […]

Turkey detains 1,000 ‘secret imams’, linked to cleric Fethullah Gulen in police purge

Turkish authorities said they had arrested more than a thousand “secret Imams” who had infiltrated police forces on behalf of a U.S.-based cleric accused by President Tayyip Erdogan of trying to topple him last July. The nationwide sweep was one of the largest operations in months against suspected supporters of the cleric, Fethullah Gulen, a […]

Venezuela to quit the Organization of American States

Faced with growing criticism from its neighbors over a slide toward authoritarian rule, Venezuela announced Wednesday it will quit the Organization of American States, the hemisphere’s oldest regional alliance. The move comes after OAS member states voted Wednesday to convene an emergency meeting of their top diplomats to discuss the worsening humanitarian crisis and deadly […]