Trump cancels Putin meeting over Ukraine crisis

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday abruptly canceled a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Argentina, registering his disapproval of Russia’s treatment of Ukraine and casting new uncertainty over U.S.-Russian ties. Trump said he pulled out due to tensions over Russian forces opening fire on Ukrainian navy boats and then seizing them and […]

Saudi crown prince arrives in Argentina for G20 amid Khashoggi killing uproar

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Buenos Aires on Wednesday to join a G20 summit, aiming to shrug off the lingering stigma of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. The prince was received at the airport by Argentina‘s foreign minister Jorge Faurie, according to Argentine press. The Saudi foreign ministry tweeted video footage of the […]

In a blow to Trump and UAW, GM to cut thousands of jobs in massive restructuring

US auto giant General Motors announced Monday it will cut 15 percent of its workforce and shutter five factories in North America to save $6 billion and adapt to “changing market conditions”. The moves include shuttering a further two plants outside North America as the company responds to changing customer preferences and focuses on popular […]

Scholars call for sanctions against China over the mass detention of Uighurs in Xinjiang

must hit China with sanctions over the mass detention of ethnic Uighurs in its western Xinjiang region, hundreds of scholars said on Monday, warning that a failure to act would signal acceptance of “psychological torture of innocent civilians.” Beijing has in recent months faced an outcry from activists, academics and foreign governments over mass detentions […]

NASA spacecraft InSight lands successfully on Mars

NASA’s $993 million Mars InSight lander has successfully touched down on the Red Planet to listen for quakes and study how rocky planets formed, the US space agency said Monday. “Touchdown confirmed,” a mission control operator said as cheers erupted and scientists leapt from their seats to hug each other at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. […]

Ukraine introduces martial law citing threat of Russian invasion

MOSCOW/KIEV – Ukraine on Monday imposed martial law for 30 days in parts of the country most vulnerable to an attack from Russia after President Petro Poroshenko warned of the “extremely serious” threat of a land invasion. Poroshenko said martial law was necessary to bolster Ukraine’s defenses after Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships and […]

France praises courage of slain Syrian radio activist Raed al-Fares

PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday praised the courage of Raed al-Fares, a prominent activist who was gunned down along with his friend Hamoud al-Juneid in Syria on Friday. Fares was a pro-democracy activist who ran a radio station in Idlib, northwestern Syria, that provided independent news and satirized both President Bashar al-Assad […]

Brexit summit in Brussels finalises UK, EU divorce calling it “the only deal possible”

European Union leaders on Sunday approved a historic Brexit deal, handing the baton to British Prime Minister Theresa May who must now convince her sceptical party and country to support it. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Brexit was a “tragedy”, but he and other leaders meeting in Brussels warned the withdrawal terms were now […]

Russia launches air strikes on rebels in Syria’s Aleppo

Russian warplanes carried out air strikes against militants for firing shells filled with chlorine gas in the Syrian city of Aleppo. But rebel officials denied using chemical weapons and accused the Damascus regime  of trying to frame them. The Russian Defence Ministry said on Sunday its warplanes had carried out air strikes against militants it says are […]

France: Riot police fire tear gas as 30,000 protestors furious at Macron over fuel prices

TEAR gas and water cannons have been fired by riot police in France amid a desperate struggle to control violent protests of more than 30,000 residents angry at President Emmanuel Macron over rising fuel prices. French police locked horns with thousands of angry protesters who stormed the streets with placards wearing yellow vests before hurling […]