New Zealanders give up weapons after mosque killings

Dozens of New Zealanders handed in their firearms Saturday as a gun buyback scheme went into operation aimed at ridding the country of semi-automatic weapons in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks. The first of more than 250 collections to be held nationwide was held in Christchurch where 51 Muslim worshippers were gunned down […]

China was already in trouble. Trump just made it worse

Managing China’s $13.6 trillion economy was a less than enviable task before the trade war. Now it’s downright daunting.  U.S. tariffs are an obvious challenge. They’ve eroded American demand for Chinese exports and left many of the factories that produce those goods in danger of shutting. And while there’s a truce and negotiators are talking again, a quick […]

Brazil’s Bolsonaro offers his the position of ambassador to US

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday he had invited his son Eduardo to become ambassador to the United States, underscoring his family’s influential role in the Brazil‘s diplomacy and domestic politics. Eduardo Bolsonaro, currently a federal congressman, told reporters separately he would accept the role if nominated. His father said earlier that the appointment […]

UK ambassador to Washington quits after labeling Trump’ inept ‘, ‘stupid’ and ‘wacky’

Britain’s ambassador to Washington resigned Wednesday after Donald Trump labelled him “stupid” and “wacky” following a leak of confidential diplomatic memos in which the envoy said the US president’s administration was inept. The shock resignation of British Ambassador to the US, Kim Darroch, a day after a Conservative Party leadership debate sparked accusations that frontrunner […]

UK’s leadership candidates clash over Brexit

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, rivals to become Britain’s next prime minister, clashed over who could be most trusted on Brexit on Tuesday in a sometimes bad-natured television debate just two weeks before one will be crowned. With Johnson way out in front of the race to replace Prime Minister Theresa May, both were asked […]

Greece: Conservatives on track for decisive election win

Greece’s opposition conservatives were on track to return to power by a landslide on Sunday, early results showed, unseating incumbent leftists blamed for foisting a bailout on the country which critics say was unnecessary. The win appeared driven by fatigue with years of European Union-enforced belt-tightening, combined with high unemployment, after the country almost crashed […]

Omani foreign minister makes rare visit to Syria

BEIRUT , Lebanon-  Oman’s foreign minister has made a rare visit to Damascus to discuss with President Bashar Assad ways of restoring stability and security in the region. Oman is one of few Arab countries that kept normal relations with Damascus after Syria was suspended from the Arab League in 2011 months after the country’s […]