German Intelligence Report Highlights AfD Extremism

January 23, 2019  11:54 AM When Andreas Kalbitz was elected to represent the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in Brandenburg state parliament, he immediately signed a membership application for the “German Parliamentary Society.” The venerable club, founded in 1951, is located right next to the Reichstag building in Berlin and is open to […]

China demands US drop Huawei extradition request with Canada

FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo, Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou arrives at a parole office with a security guard in Vancouver, British Columbia. China on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, demanded the U.S. drop a request that Canada extradite the top executive of the tech giant Huawei, shifting blame to Washington […]

Can the Commonwealth Fill the Gap?

I recently attended a conference at Clare College, Cambridge, organised by The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, considering the role of the Commonwealth in 2019 – its challenges and opportunities. The Commonwealth still struggles to an extent to articulate its role and significance in international relations. One session, which included myself as […]

Opposition leader pushes for parliament vote on new Brexit referendum

LONDON (Reuters) – British opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn moved a step closer to paving the way for another referendum on European Union membership by trying to use parliament to grab control of Brexit from Prime Minister Theresa May. FILE PHOTO: Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, pauses as he gives a speech […]

Israeli military strikes Iranian targets in Syria

BEIRUT/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s military said on Monday it struck Iranian Quds targets inside Syria and warned Syrian forces not to attack Israeli territory or forces. Syrian state media cited a Syrian military source as saying Israel launched an “intense attack through consecutive waves of guided missiles”, but that Syrian air defenses destroyed most of […]

Fire at French ski resort of Courchevel kills two | World news

Two people have died and 22 others have been injured after fire swept through a building in the French ski resort of Courchevel. The fire spread rapidly after breaking out on an upper floor of the building, housing nearly 60 resort workers – many of them foreigners – some time after 4.30am on Sunday, forcing […]

Bangladesh PM Hasina seeks people’s support at victory rally

Supporters wave Awami League political party flags during a rally celebrating the party’s overwhelming victory in last month’s election in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (Associated Press) DHAKA, Bangladesh — Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who won a third straight term with an overwhelming majority in last month’s election, sought the people’s support at […]

Trump, North Korea’s Kim to hold second summit in late February

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in late February but will maintain economic sanctions on Pyongyang, the White House said on Friday after Trump met Pyongyang’s top nuclear negotiator. The announcement came amid a diplomatic flurry in Washington surrounding the visit of […]

Brexit: It’s Time to Let the UK Go

January 18, 2019  06:23 PM European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker repeatedly said that he didn’t want to devote more than five minutes a day to Brexit. The message was clear: Even if the British were leaving, it was going to be business as usual for the European Union. That plan, as has become clear, […]