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September 25, 2017 1:20 PM After the election, Germany’s democracy faces its hardest test since 1949

Germany, my country: It is a somber day for you, for me and for democrats across the West. In Germany’s earthquake national elections, a radical right-wing party entered the federal legislature for the first time in more than half a century. Founded in 2013, Alternative for Germany (AfD) failed to pass the 5 percent threshold in that year’s elections 4

September 23, 2017 4:37 AM Russia wants Trump and Kim Jong Un to calm down

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia urged "hot heads" to calm down on Friday as the United States admitted it felt "challenged" by North Korea's warning that it could test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific and President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un traded more insults. Trump called the North Korean leader a "madman" on Friday, a day after Kim dubbed him a "mentally 6

September 22, 2017 6:18 PM U.S. and Russia Battle Last of ISIS Amid Reports of Fires and Floods in Syria

The U.S. and Russia are backing separate campaigns to wipe out the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in its final stronghold of Deir ez-Zor, in eastern Syria. As the rival powers and their allies close in on jihadists, however, an international rivalry escalates, and seemingly natural obstacles grow increasingly suspect. With support from Russia and Iran, the Syrian 3

September 22, 2017 1:59 PM Facebook Ads Aren't a Threat to Democracy

Political pressure is gradually forcing Facebook executives to take responsibility for the content that appears on the social network, at this point mainly for the advertising. So far, they are doing a good job of avoiding the real subject. On Wednesday, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg addressed the recent discovery that ads on Facebook could 3

September 22, 2017 1:35 PM Trump dismisses Facebook ads controversy as part of 'Russia hoax'

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday questioned Facebook Inc's decision to overhaul how it handles paid political advertisements amid investigations into alleged Russian interference in U.S. elections. "The Russia hoax continues, now it's ads on Facebook," Trump wrote on Twitter. "What about the totally biased and dishonest Media coverage 3

September 22, 2017 2:04 AM North Korea's Kim says will make 'deranged' Trump pay dearly for UN speech

SEOUL/NEW YORK: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un blasted US President Donald Trump as "mentally deranged" on Friday (Sep 22) and vowed to make him pay dearly for threatening to destroy his country, hours after Trump ordered fresh sanctions over Pyongyang's weapons programmes. Tensions have risen as North Korea has resisted intense international pressure 3

September 21, 2017 5:26 PM US-backed force ‘mopping up’ last ISIS holdouts in Raqqa

BEIRUT (AFP) – Syrian fighters backed by US special forces battled on Thursday (Sept 21) to clear the last remaining Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group militants holed up in their crumbling stronghold of Raqqa. Across the border in Iraq, security forces were attacking all remaining territory held by the extremists, who are fighting to prevent 3

September 21, 2017 4:44 PM Donald Trump orders new sanctions to tighten screws on North Korea nuclear programme

NEW YORK (REUTERS) – US President Donald Trump announced sanctions on Thursday (Sept 21) that open the door wider to blacklisting people and entities doing business with North Korea, including its shipping and trade networks, further tightening the screws on Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programme. Trump stopped short of going after North Korea’s biggest 3

September 20, 2017 9:49 PM Emir meets state leaders, top officials at UN

His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani met yesterday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his accompanying delegation at the headquarters of Qatar’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. The meeting reviewed the bilateral relations between the two friendly countries. The two sides also exchanged views on the most important 4

September 20, 2017 10:24 AM Tennis: Muguruza crushes Puig in Tokyo, Pliskova also advances

TOKYO: New world number one Garbine Muguruza overwhelmed Olympic champion Monica Puig in straight sets to ease into the quarter-finals of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Wednesday. Playing her first match since taking over the top ranking, the Wimbledon champion broke her Puerto Rican opponent twice in the first set and was even more dominant in the second 3