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Guinea's President Alpha Conde has enacted a new constitution following a referendum last month on changes that critics fear are aimed at extending his time in office.

Taliban claims that US is violating terms of recent peace deal

The Afghan Taliban have issued an announcement warning that the US-Taliban peace deal is now close to the breaking point after weeks of violations by the US. In particular, they noted that the Afghan government had not met the terms of the prisoner swap.

US warns China not to 'exploit' virus for sea disputes

The United States on Monday warned China not to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to exert itself in the South China Sea after Vietnam said Beijing sank a trawler.

Op-Ed: History will not speak well of government's COVID-19 response

It is obvious to everyone seeking to understand the United States’ response to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, that there were massive governmental failures of judgment and inaction in January, February, and even March of this year.

Without additional funding, the USPS may shut down by June

During the COVID-19 crisis, postal workers have been considered "essential workers" who must continue to do their jobs as usual while others stay home. However, lawmakers say that without additional funding, the USPS could shut down by June.

Why the Strategic National Stockpile doesn't belong to the states

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, most Americans had no idea the U.S. had a national stockpile of life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency. On Friday, we found out these supplies don't belong to us.

Keir Starmer elected new UK Labour leader: party

Pro-European centrist Keir Starmer was on Saturday unveiled as new Labour party leader, heralding a shift in Britain's main opposition party after a crushing election defeat under veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn and years of ideological infighting.

Keir Starmer elected new UK Labour leader: party

Britain's main opposition Labour party on Saturday announced that Keir Starmer had been elected as its new leader, replacing Jeremy Corbyn who resigned after its crushing December election defeat.

3M balks at Trump order to stop exporting N95 masks to Canada

Manufacturing giant 3M pushed backed against President Trump in a statement on Friday that suggested it would not comply with a White House order to stop exporting N95 facemasks to Canada and Latin America.

Bolsonaro's disapproval rating rises amid virus havoc

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's disapproval rating has surged as the far-right leader has taken a vocal stance against coronavirus containment measures, two polls out Friday found.

Canada FM slams state-sponsored coronavirus disinformation

Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne after a NATO meeting on Thursday slammed coronavirus disinformation campaigns spread by state actors, of which Russia has been accused.

Taliban and Afghan government reportedly agree on prisoner swap

After weeks of disagreement as to how the Afghan government would swap prisoners with the Taliban reports are now suggesting that there will be a first release of 100 Taliiban prisoners along with 20 pro-government troops.

Biden says will talk soon with Trump on coronavirus response

Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden said Thursday he was finalizing plans to speak by telephone with President Donald Trump about the coronavirus crisis and how to stem the deadly pandemic.

Venezuela opposition denounces arrests of Guaido allies

Venezuela's opposition claimed Thursday that two members of leader Juan Guaido's team were arrested on the same day that he was due to appear before prosecutors investigating an alleged "attempted coup d'etat" and "magnicide.

Op-Ed: Georgia governor displays lack of knowledge about health issues

Brian Kemp, the Republican governor of Georgia, admitted on Wednesday that he had only just learned that asymptomatic individuals can still spread coronavirus — even though health experts had warned about the possibility as early as January.

Social Security recipients to automatically receive stimulus pay

The Internal Revenue Service reversed a decision that would have required Social Security recipients and many senior citizens to file a tax return this year, even if they’re not required to do so, in order to get the $1,200 stimulus check.

Guinea president's party wins majority in disputed polls

Guinean President Alpha Conde's party won more than two-thirds of the seats in legislative elections held last month that were boycotted by the main opposition, the country's electoral commission said.

Serbia sets the stage for Beijing's mask diplomacy

When six Chinese doctors landed in Belgrade two weeks ago, Serbia's president greeted them with elbow-bumps before laying a kiss on their country's flag, a gesture of gratitude that sent Chinese social media aflutter.

U.S. Intelligence — China faked coronavirus numbers

China has intentionally misrepresented its coronavirus numbers - under-reporting both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease, the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House.

Bill Gates says 'tougher action' needed to combat COVID-19

Billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates has ramped up his calls for tougher U.S. action to beat COVID-19 and urged a “consistent” nationwide shutdown in an op-ed published in the Washington Post.

Trump, Erdogan stress need for Syria, Libya ceasefires: W.House

US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan underlined Tuesday the need for ceasefires in Syria and Libya during the coronavirus pandemic, the White House said.

Ukraine parliament adopts 'historic' land reform bill

Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday lifted a long-standing ban on the sale of farmland, a crucial and controversial piece of legislation needed to unlock support from the International Monetary Fund.

Op-Ed: Taliban rejects Afghan government choice of negotiators

On Friday March 27 the Afghan government of Afran Ghani announced that they had appointed a negotiating team for talks with the Taliban,. There was domestic criticism of the group as all were allies of the president Ghani.

Op-Ed: Social distancing and the political divide in the U.S.

There is evidence that not even a global pandemic can bridge the gaping political divisions of the Trump era. A fierce tribalism has taken hold - especially after Trump walked back his guidance on social distancing.

Trump, Putin discuss oil price plunge, coronavirus

President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed plunging oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic Monday, as Trump said Moscow is pressing for an end to US sanctions.

North Korea slams Pompeo and says will 'walk our way'

North Korea on Monday warned it could cut off dialogue with the United States and slammed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for urging the international community to maintain sanctions on its regime.

NRA stokes COVID-19 fears in lawsuit against California

The National Rifle Association (NRA) and other pro-gun groups filed a lawsuit against California on Friday after the state forced gun stores to close under Gov. Gavin Newsom's shelter-in-place order amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Israel's Netanyahu, Gantz see 'significant progress' toward unity govt

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his erstwhile rival Benny Gantz on Sunday announced "significant progress" in talks towards forming an emergency unity government amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

'Merkel is back': virus crisis boosts Germany's centre-right

Angela Merkel's long-struggling conservatives have rebounded in the polls thanks to the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis and widespread faith in the outgoing German chancellor's ability to manage the upheaval.

Israel's Netanyahu, Gantz see 'significant progress' toward unity govt

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his erstwhile rival Benny Gantz on Sunday announced "significant progress" in talks towards forming an emergency unity government amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Op-Ed: Pentagon plans massive attacks on Iraqi pro-Iranian militias

Last week in the US, the Pentagon issued a secret directive that asked US military commanders in Iraq to plan a huge campaign against Iraqi Shi'ite militias with the plan of wiping out some at least.

Epidemic infects Europe with 'germ of division'

The European Union has faced and survived a series of existential threats over the years but the coronavirus epidemic has exposed old wounds that could yet prove fatal.

Taiwan says US media expelled from China are welcome

American journalists expelled by China are welcome to set up shop in Taiwan, foreign minister Joseph Wu said Saturday, as the democratic island burnishes its credentials as a regional free speech haven.

Dour Moscow mayor сomes to fore as 'PM for coronavirus'

At a televised meeting with Vladimir Putin, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin flatly told the President that official figures on COVID-19 cases were far from the reality.

Yemen warring parties agree to UN call for a ceasefire

Five years after the Saudi-led invasion and bombing of Yemen, a ceasefire appears likely as the major warring parties have offered their support for a UN call for an immediate ceasefire which is being called because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Q&A: How private search can curb retargeted political ads Special

For many people, political advertising is a huge privacy concern: candidates are buying data about you that’s culled not only from social media sites but also from your search history, says Robert Beens, CEO of Startpage.

Op-Ed: Afghan government and Taliban hold talks on prisoner swap

Taliban and Afghan officials have met once again but this time by video conference due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, they are to schedule a face-to-face meeting with the next couple of days.

Op-Ed: Canada attacks U.S. plan to deploy troops along Canadian border

American government officials inside Donald Trump’s White House are actively discussing putting troops near the Canadian borders in light of U.S. border security concerns around the coronavirus pandemic, according to sources.

Canada objects to US plan to post troops at border

Canada opposes a plan by the United States to send troops to its northern frontier to catch border jumpers who may be carrying COVID-19, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday.

Israel's Gantz elected speaker, to seek unity govt with Netanyahu

Israel's Benny Gantz called for an emergency unity government after being elected parliament speaker Thursday, surprise developments that point towards an interim alliance with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to tackle coronavirus.

Op-Ed: Trump — 'LameStream Media' to blame for keeping country closed

As Americans stay indoors for another week, President Donald Trump is getting antsy - wanting life to return to normal -- not just for the nation, but for himself. Trump wants the country open for business by April 12 - come hell or high water.
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