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Chinese, other students flee Hong Kong as violence worsens

Chinese, other students flee Hong Kong as violence worsens

Associated Press

November 13, 2019

HONG KONG (AP) — University students from mainland China and Taiwan are fleeing Hong Kong, while those from three Scandinavian countries have been moved or urged to leave as college campuses become the latest battleground in the city’s 5-month-long anti-government unrest. Marine police used a...

Who was mysterious Islamic State group leader al-Baghdadi?

Who was mysterious Islamic State group leader al-Baghdadi?

Veronica Schoonover, Contributing Writer

November 11, 2019

Before he declared himself caliph of the Islamic State militant group’s territory across much of Iraq and parts of Syria on June 29, 2014, and before he reportedly detonated a suicide vest — killing himself and several children as U.S. Special Forces raided a compound in the village of Barisha in Syria...

Argentina Elections: Peronist Party looks to regain power

Argentina Elections: Peronist Party looks to regain power

Alec Farley, Contributing Writer

October 27, 2019

Presidential candidate Alberto Fernández and running mate Cristina Fernández de Kirchner headed into the general election Sunday with polls suggesting a landslide victory over incumbent Mauricio Macri, who has faced scrutiny and decreasing popularity amid the economic crisis. Macri lost by an astound...

Over 100 civilians killed since start of Turkish offensive

Over 100 civilians killed since start of Turkish offensive

Brian Pearlman, Nation & World Editor

October 21, 2019

The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced Sunday that 120 civilians had been killed since the start of the Turkish offensive in northern Syria. The group also said 300,000 civilians had been displaced since the start of “Operation Peace Spring” on Wednesday, Oct. 9. The offe...

Turkish offensive launched in northern Syria

Turkish offensive launched in northern Syria

Brian Pearlman, Nation & World Editor

October 14, 2019

A Turkish assault on northern Syria entered its fifth day Sunday in the wake of the U.S.’s drawdown of operations in the region. Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan announced Saturday, Oct. 5 that military operations against the predominantly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) would begin, a day before President Donald Trump announced that U.S. forces...

Turkey begins offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria

Turkey begins offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria

Lefteris Pitarakis and Sarah El Deeb

October 9, 2019

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Turkey launched airstrikes, fired artillery and began a ground offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria on Wednesday after U.S. troops pulled back from the area, paving the way for an assault on forces that have long been allied with the United States. Turkish...

Protests, clashes as bid to block Hong Kong mask ban fails

Protests, clashes as bid to block Hong Kong mask ban fails

Eileen Ng and John Leicester

October 6, 2019

HONG KONG (AP) — Furiously yelling "Wearing a mask is not a crime," tens of thousands of masked protesters hit Hong Kong's rain-drenched streets Sunday in defiance of a new ban on facial coverings. Riot police later swept in with volleys of tear gas and muscular arrests as peaceful rallies again degenerated...

‘You are failing us’: Plans, frustration at UN climate talks

‘You are failing us’: Plans, frustration at UN climate talks

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

September 23, 2019

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Scolded for doing little, leader after leader promised the United Nations on Monday to do more to prevent a warming world from reaching even more dangerous levels. As they made their pledges at the Climate Action Summit, though, they and others conceded it was not enough. And...

Israel’s political future uncertain amid election deadlock

Israel’s political future uncertain amid election deadlock

Brian Pearlman, Nation & World Editor

September 23, 2019

Israel’s second round of elections in six months appeared Sunday to leave the country’s political future in doubt, even as Israeli President Reuven Rivlin began talks with representatives of the elected parties to make his recommendation for prime minister. Under Israel’s parliamentary system, Rivli...

Trudeau facing brownface scandal

Trudeau facing brownface scandal

Brian Pearlman, Nation & World Editor

September 23, 2019

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau is once again at the center of political controversy after images of him wearing blackface and brownface years ago surfaced over the past week. The controversy comes over a month after a parliamentary ethics watchdog found that he broke the law when he tried to influence his former justice minister’s handling of corruption investigation into mining giant SNC-Lavalin. The initial phot...

Big challenges ahead for new Ukrainian president

Big challenges ahead for new Ukrainian president

Cam Rodriguez, Contributing Writer

May 28, 2019

As he was ushered in as the sixth president of Ukraine on May 20, comedian and TV actor-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelensky spoke of a “new era” of the country’s history — one that sees “people in power who will serve the people.” His rise to power is an atypical one in a country operated by ol...

Ukrainian presidential elections, round two: Volodymyr Zelenskiy vs. Petro Poroshenko

Ukrainian presidential elections, round two: Volodymyr Zelenskiy vs. Petro Poroshenko

Angelina Korniyenko and Brian Pearlman

April 20, 2019

Ukrainians are set to elect a new president in second-round elections Sunday, in what will be a battle between billionaire incumbent Petro Poroshenko and comedian-actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Zelenskiy is best known for his satirical television series “Servant of the People,” in which he plays an ordinary c...

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