Indonesia appeals for help amid race to reach quake survivors as death toll rises

Volunteers dug mass graves for more than 1,000 bodies on Monday after a quake and tsunami devastated swathes of Sulawesi as Indonesian authorities struggling to deal with the sheer scale of the disaster appealed for international help. The confirmed toll of 832 dead looked certain to rise as rescuers slowly reached devastated outlying communities hit […]

U.S., Canada reach deal to save NAFTA

The United States and Canada reached a deal on Sunday to salvage NAFTA as a trilateral pact with Mexico, beating a midnight deadline with agreements to substantially boost American access to Canada’s dairy market and protect Canada from possible U.S. auto tariffs, sources with direct knowledge of the talks said. President Donald Trump had threatened […]

Israel / Russia: New missile defense for Syria, changes the rules of the game

Despite working closely with Israel’s traditional enemies, Syria and Iran, during Syria’s civil war, Russia has managed to maintain a good relationship with Israel. But it could be about to sour. By Fred Weir and Joshua Mitnick Russia has just taken a huge gamble in Syria. It will greatly strengthen Moscow’s hand in determining the endgame […]

The moments that defined the Ford- Kavanaugh hearing

Thirty-three minutes after the hearing into her accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh began, Christine Blasey Ford stood, took an oath and started to tell her story. Hours later, after Ford delivered a detailed and dramatic testimony, Kavanaugh sat in the same chair and angrily denied her allegations, claiming he was […]

Venezuela’s Maduro and Trump willing to meet

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday he is willing to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump and to speak about anything the U.S. government wants to discuss. Similarly Trump said on Wednesday he was open to meeting  Maduro if it would help the people of Venezuela, but warned that “all options were still on […]

Israel accuses Iran of concealing nuclear material for weapons program

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday accused Iran of hiding nuclear-related material at a warehouse in Tehran, which he said proved it had not abandoned its nuclear weapons program. In a speech at the U.N. General Assembly, Netanyahu used pictures and diagrams to show where some 15 kilograms (33 pounds) of radioactive material had […]