Significant Drop in Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in Europe

Significant Drop in Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in Europe

Apr/21 By

The U.N. migration agency has measured an impressive drop in the number of migrants and refugees entering Europe by sea this year, compared to the same period the two previous years. Through mid-April of this year, data shows 18,575 migrants and refugees arrived in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain by …

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Red Carpet and Tough Issues Await Macron in Washington

Red Carpet and Tough Issues Await Macron in Washington

Apr/21 By

After laying out a dazzling Bastille Day parade and an Eiffel Tower dinner complete with stunning Paris vistas, French President Emmanuel Macron can expect return treatment when he heads to Washington Monday, for the first official state visit of Donald Trump’s presidency. But along with dining at the historic landmark …

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Are Illiberal Democracies on the March in Europe?

Are Illiberal Democracies on the March in Europe?

Apr/21 By

Among the issues pressing on the mind of French President Emmanuel Macron as he prepares for a state visit to Washington on Monday is what he describes as a “civil war” between the forces of democracy and authoritarianism in Europe.  In a recent speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Macron …

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Report: Sanctions-Hit Russian Firms Seek $1.6B in Liquidity

Report: Sanctions-Hit Russian Firms Seek $1.6B in Liquidity

Apr/20 By

Russian companies hit by U.S. sanctions, including aluminum giant Rusal, have asked for 100 billion rubles ($1.6 billion) in liquidity support from the government, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying Friday. The United States on April 6 imposed sanctions against several Russian entities and individuals, including …

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US Says China, Iran, Russia Are ‘Forces for Instability’

US Says China, Iran, Russia Are ‘Forces for Instability’

Apr/20 By

The United States has labeled China and Russia “forces of instability” because of their human rights records, along with North Korea and Iran. In its annual global human rights report released Friday, the State Department singled out those four countries for violating basic human rights, including freedom of expression and …

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Commonwealth Leaders Ponder Future as Britain Prepares to Exit Europe

Commonwealth Leaders Ponder Future as Britain Prepares to Exit Europe

Apr/20 By

Heads of state from across the world are gathered in London this week for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. The organization emerged from the breakdown of the British Empire in the last century, and critics say it has failed to shake off its colonial legacy. But as Henry Ridgwell …

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US Tells Russia to Address Election Concerns, Chemical Weapons

US Tells Russia to Address Election Concerns, Chemical Weapons

Apr/20 By

White House national security adviser John Bolton told Russia’s ambassador on Thursday that better relations between the two countries required addressing U.S. concerns on election meddling, a chemical attack in Britain, and the situations in Ukraine and Syria, the White House said. It was the first meeting between Bolton, who …

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Switzerland or Swaziland? Be Confused No More

Switzerland or Swaziland? Be Confused No More

Apr/20 By

Breathe easy, Switzerland: The tiny African kingdom of Swaziland is changing its name. King Mswati III announced it during celebrations of the 50th anniversary of independence and his 50th birthday. It appears to be as easy as that, as the king is an absolute monarch. Many African countries upon independence …

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Fears Grow at Malaria’s Resurgence; London Summit Urges Global Action

Fears Grow at Malaria’s Resurgence; London Summit Urges Global Action

Apr/19 By

After 16 years of steady decline, malaria cases are on the rise again globally, and experts warn that unless efforts to tackle the disease are stepped up, the gains could be lost. Henry Ridgwell reports from a malaria summit Wednesday in London, where delegates called for a boost in funding …

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Macedonia ‘Back on Track’ Toward EU Membership  

Macedonia ‘Back on Track’ Toward EU Membership  

Apr/19 By

Macedonia is “back on track” toward European Union membership, the EU foreign policy chief says, urging Macedonia to keep carrying out recommended EU reforms. The EU’s Federica Mogherini congratulated Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev during a visit to Skopje Wednesday. “You’ve gone a long way and, yes, the good news …

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