Russia beefs up Baltic Fleet amid NATO tensions: reports

By Andrew Osborn and Simon Johnson | MOSCOW/STOCKHOLM Russia is sharply upgrading the firepower of its Baltic Fleet by adding warships armed with long-range cruise missiles to counter NATO’s build-up in the region, Russian media reported on Wednesday. There was no official confirmation from Moscow, but the reports will raise tensions in the Baltic, already […]

Maduro opponents march after Venezuela referendum sunk

Led by women dressed in white, several thousand Venezuelans marched through Caracas on Saturday in the first of what the opposition hopes will be growing protests against the quashing of a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro. The opposition coalition, seeking to end 17 years of socialism in the South American OPEC nation, says this […]

‘Pre-Hillary’ gun sale advertised in Nevada

“Don’t wait! Prices will skyrocket after Crooked Hillary gets in,” reads an ad for a sale on semi-automatic rifles published in a Nevada newspaper. “Crooked Hillary”, of course, is what Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump regularly calls his opponent Hillary Clinton. This “Pre-Hillary sale” refers to a common fear among Trump supporters, namely that if […]

Iran is blocking the election of a Lebanese president

Future Movement MP Jamal al-Jarrah said during an interview on Sunday that former Lebanese PM and Future Movement leader MP Saad Hariri worked on several initiatives to end the presidential void including the nomination of Marada Movement leader Suleiman but there’s a clear Iranian decision to block the election of a president. “Hariri made several […]

Obama still looking for peace opening in final meeting with Netanyahu

President Barack Obama confronts one of his most strained foreign partnerships Wednesday during a final meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the pair making a last attempt at patching up their stormy bond before Obama leaves office. The President is intent on conferring solid ties to Israel upon his successor, despite the personal animus […]

Egypt suspends eight TV presenters for being overweight

Egypt’s state-run television has taken several anchorwomen off the air until they lose weight, the broadcaster’s chief told AFP, drawing criticism from rights groups but also praise from some commentators. Egyptian public television, commonly viewed as a staid government mouthpiece, has been struggling to compete with private satellite channels with slicker programming. Safaa Hegazy, the […]

Venezuela: Polls indicate Maduro will lose a referendum later this year

Venezuelans will likely be able hold a signature drive in late October for a recall referendum against the rule of President Nicolas Maduro, the head of the country’s elections council said on Tuesday. Triggering the recall would require Maduro’s adversaries to collect signatures from 20 percent of registered voters. That would follow a similar effort […]

Fighting intensifies as Syrian rebels break through Aleppo siege

Syrian rebels broke through to besieged opposition-held areas in eastern Aleppo on Saturday in an assault on a major government military complex meant to end a month-long siege, insurgents and a monitoring group said. Pro-government media outlets denied the siege had been broken. The heavy fighting and air strikes reported from the area seemed to […]