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Former U.S. drone pilots speak out against the program

Washington - According to human rights attorney, Jesselyn Radack, the US government has tried to silence four former drone pilots who are now critics of the drone program.

Op-Ed: China — Losing in the South China Sea, winning in Africa?

With the world still reeling after the bloody Paris attacks of November 13, it’s no surprise that the flurry of international talk shops that convened in their wake went barely noticed in Western media.

Op-Ed: UN and others act as if Libyan unity government is a certainty

Tripoli - The Libyan Government of National Accord(GNA) is the unity government proposed in the Libyan Political Agreement(LPA). The final draft of the LPA was presented to the two rival governments some time ago by Bernardino Leon, then UN Special Envoy to Libya.

Will Trump's newest verbal attack push away disabled voters?

Donald Trump is the current front runner in the 2016 U.S. presidential race. He is no stranger to controversy but current allegations of verbal abuse have created a media frenzy. Has he pushed himself into a corner by what some call flagrant verbal abuse?

Op-Ed: Did Donald Trump hit new low by mocking reporter with disability?

Donald Trump's scraped the bottom of the pool before, likely his entire life though we've been more privy to it of late. But mocking a physical disability, with loopy gestures and crude voice? What does it say about those who continue to support him?

Britain's Labour in disarray over Syria air strikes vote

London - Top figures in Britain's main opposition Labour Party heaped criticism on their leader Jeremy Corbyn on Friday after he ruled out voting for the Royal Air Force to join air strikes in Syria.

France's Fabius sees Syrian regime participating in anti-IS fight

Paris - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday he could envisage Syrian regime troops taking part in the fight to crush the Islamic State jihadists that claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks.

Op-Ed: Investigation of U.S. attack on Afghan hospital hard to believe

Kunduz - A U.S. military fact-finding investigation into an October 3 attack by an AC-130 gunship that killed 30 people found the pilot aimed at the hospital by mistake, intending to hit a compound nearby from which Taliban were firing.

South Korea vows zero tolerance ahead of fresh anti-govt rally

Seoul - South Korea's justice minister issued a fresh warning on Friday of zero tolerance towards violence during street protests, ahead of a planned anti-government demonstration in Seoul next week.

Op-Ed: Internationally-recognized Libyan regime suspends meeting on LPA

Tobruk - Both the internationally-recognized House of Representatives(HoR) in Tobruk and the rival General National Congress(GNC) have yet to vote on the latest draft of the UN-sponsored Libyan Political Agreement(LPA).

Op-Ed: New UN Libya envoy Martin Krober flogging a dead horse

Tripoli - The new UN Special Envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, is continuing to try to persuade the two rival Libyan governments to sign on to the final draft of the Libyan Political Agreement(LPA) presented by former envoy Bernardino Leon.

New Portugal PM forms government in delicate balancing act

Lisbon - Portugal's new prime minister, Antonio Costa, on Wednesday formed a new government that will have to pull off a tricky balancing act, satisfying both Brussels and his allies on the radical left.

U.S.-trained bankers pack new Argentine cabinet: Press

Buenos Aires - Argentina's president-elect Mauricio Macri has named US-educated bankers and big business executives to key posts in a cabinet he vows will revive the economy, officials and media reports said Wednesday.

Ukraine halts Russian gas purchases, closes its airspace

Kiev - Tensions between Moscow and Kiev ratched up further Wednesday as Ukraine decided to stop buying gas from Russia and closed its airspace to its giant eastern neighbour's airlines.

Tuareg and Tebu tribes in south of Libya agree to ceasefire

Doha - After a conflict that has lasted over a year, the Tebu and Tuareg tribes that control territory in the south of Libya have signed a ceasefire. Much of the conflict has been in the southern city of Obari.

Under junta rule, Thailand pivots towards China

Bangkok - Chinese fighter jets thunder through blue skies above an air force base in northeast Thailand, a symbol of the blossoming military and political ties between the junta-run country and its authoritarian northern neighbour.

Vanuatu president calls snap election: Report

Wellington - Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale has dissolved parliament and called a snap election after a corruption scandal destabilised the government, local media reported Wednesday.

Portugal's Costa: an affable Socialist ready to 'walk the talk'

Lisbon - Affable former Lisbon mayor and now Portuguese prime minister Antonio Costa is a political veteran who is far more popular than his Socialist Party, which recently toppled the conservative government in a dramatic vote.

Op-Ed: John Kerry visits UAE and promises joint action on Libya

Abu Dhabi - United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, met on November 23 with United Arab Emirates(UAE) Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Kerry will visit Israel and Palestine as well.
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