US Criticizes Turkish Shelling of Kurdish-Held Syria Region

US Criticizes Turkish Shelling of Kurdish-Held Syria Region

Jan/19 By

While the United States supports Turkey’s concern about a safe and secure Turkish-Syrian border, military operations by Turkey into northeast Syria will not advance regional stability, the State Department said Friday. Turkey was reportedly intensifying the shelling into Syria’s Kurdish-controlled Afrin region.  “We do not believe that a military operation, …

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After Brexit, Johnson Says, Why Not a Channel Bridge?

After Brexit, Johnson Says, Why Not a Channel Bridge?

Jan/19 By

Britain’s most prominent campaigner for leaving the European Union, Boris Johnson, has suggested building a giant bridge across the English Channel to France after Brexit, The Daily Telegraph reported. Foreign Secretary Johnson, who led the campaign to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum, told French President Emmanuel Macron that …

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Time After Time: Luxury Watchmaker to Sell Pre-owned Pieces

Time After Time: Luxury Watchmaker to Sell Pre-owned Pieces

Jan/19 By

Swiss luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet said it would launch a second-hand business this year, becoming the first big brand to announce plans to tap into a fast-growing market for pre-owned premium watches. The company told Reuters it would launch the business at its outlets in Switzerland this year. If this proved successful, it …

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Peru’s Indigenous People Look for an Ally in Pope Francis

Peru’s Indigenous People Look for an Ally in Pope Francis

Jan/19 By

After lengthy treks through the muddy Amazon, indigenous men, women and children will greet Pope Francis on Friday in a visit to the world’s largest rainforest that native leaders hope will mark a turning point for the increasingly threatened ecosystem. Francis is expected to meet with several thousand indigenous people …

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Turkey Business Lobby Calls for end to Emergency Rule

Turkey Business Lobby Calls for end to Emergency Rule

Jan/18 By

Turkey’s main business lobby on Thursday called on the government to end the state of emergency as parliament extended it for a sixth time since it was imposed after an attempted coup in 2016. Emergency rule allows President Tayyip Erdogan and the government to bypass parliament in passing new laws …

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Italy Breaks up Chinese Crime Ring Involved in Drugs, Prostitution

Italy Breaks up Chinese Crime Ring Involved in Drugs, Prostitution

Jan/18 By

Italy ordered the arrest of 33 people on Thursday on suspicion of running a Chinese mafia group involved in gambling, prostitution, and drugs and which dominated the transport of Chinese goods across Europe. The group’s base was in Prato, near Florence, a hub for the textile industry where many factories …

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Turkey Votes to Extend State of Emergency

Turkey Votes to Extend State of Emergency

Jan/18 By

Turkey’s parliament voted Thursday in favor of extending a state of emergency in place since a failed coup in the summer 2016, Turkish media reported. The sixth extension will become effective from Friday at 1.00 a.m., Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported. According to Turkey’s constitution, a state of emergency can …

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Britain Appoints Minister of Loneliness

Britain Appoints Minister of Loneliness

Jan/18 By

Britain has appointed a minister of loneliness to combat social isolation experienced by one in 10 Britons.  Sports Minister Tracey Crouch will add the job to her existing portfolio to advance the work of slain lawmaker Jo Cox, who set up the Commission on Loneliness in 2016. “For far too …

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Syrian Kurds Appeal to UN as Turkey Prepares to Attack

Syrian Kurds Appeal to UN as Turkey Prepares to Attack

Jan/18 By

Syria’s dominant Kurdish party on Wednesday called on the U.N. Security Council to act quickly to ensure the safety of Kurdish-controlled territories in the country’s north, including an enclave that Turkey has threatened to attack. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will launch a military offensive in the …

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Women March in Polish Cities to Demand Abortion Rights

Women March in Polish Cities to Demand Abortion Rights

Jan/18 By

Polish abortion rights proponents, most of them women, marched Wednesday in Warsaw and elsewhere in Poland to express their opposition to a proposal in parliament to further tighten the country’s already restrictive abortion law. Hundreds took part in a march in Warsaw. The turnout appeared far smaller than similar marches …

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