Reuters News

  • 0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
prev
next

A Permanent War Zone

News image

War against the Taliban in Afghanistan has now raged for 16 years and despite yet more US back-up troops; there is little promise of any change. This seemingly endless conflict is now accepted by the Afghans as a permanent feature of their existence. In Syria, President Assad holds onto power with the assistance of Russia.Syrian Christians are driven to the edge and their future position is doubtful as is that of Assad’s opponents. Unlike the western powers Russia maintains its hold in Syria for strategic reasons and unlike the Western powers keeps

Features | Guy Arnold | 19 November 2017 | Hits: 3

Read more

Saudi crown prince pledges ‘moderate Islam’

News image

Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia has said that he will lead his country back to “moderate Islam” but will he be able to push through economic, social and political reforms, queries Franklin Adesegha The crown prince told investors in Riyadh as he announced plans for a vast new $500bn economic development zone that his economic modernisation plans would go hand-in-hand with political reforms to guide the conservative kingdom away from severe Wahhabi Islam.“We are returning to what we were before - a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world,” the 32-year-old prince said. “We will not spend the next 30 years of our lives dealing with destructive ideas. We will destroy them today,” he added.“We will end extremism

Features | Franklin Adesegha | 19 November 2017 | Hits: 3

Read more

Angola’s new President showing his hand

News image

Angola’s new President Joao Lourenco was sworn in on 26 September replacing thus Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who ruled the oil-rich country with an iron grip for 38 years. The new President ran on the ticket of the MPLA and is considered to be a loyal party soldier who has always been ready to take on greater responsibility in the governing People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). H e served as governor in several provinces of Angola, and between 1992 and 1997 he was responsible for propaganda in the MPLA’s Politburo.Later, he served

Features | Ali Bahaijoub | 19 November 2017 | Hits: 3

Read more

Smugglers holding refugees and migrants in deplorable conditions

News image

After weeks of conflict in western Libya, United Nations agencies have been working around the clock to meet the urgent needs of the more than 14,000 refugees and migrants who had been held captive in numerous locations in the coastal city of Sabratha – approximately 80 kilometres west of Tripoli.“The refugees and migrants were taken to a hangar in the Dahman area in Sabratha that has been serving as an assembly point since the onset of the crisis,” Andrej Mahecic, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNH CR) told

Features | Alan Brown | 19 November 2017 | Hits: 3

Read more

Colombia’s armed groups’ battle for the spoils of peace

News image

Colombia’s 2016 peace accord has brought 12,500 FARC fighters to civilian life, but in their wake rival armed groups are battling for control of vacated territory and lucrative coca crops. In order to roll back booming drug production and expanding non-state groups, the Colombian government should provide local farmers with alternative livelihoods while developing grassroots security and local governance, Write Crisis Group The peace process with Colombia’s largest and longest standing guerrilla group has defied its detractors and brought 11,200 excombatants to the cusp of civilian life, but the aftermath of war has not been safe for all. Since the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) withdrew from their rural heartlands to gather in cantonments in early 2017, rival armed actors have taken their place, waging a battle for spoils: control of isolated communities and territories, many rich in illicit business.In the Pacific cocaine hub of Tumaco, in hamlets

Features | Crisis Group | 19 November 2017 | Hits: 3

Read more

African protests over the CFA ‘colonial currency’

News image

A controversial Franco-Beninese activist who was charged over burning a 5,000 CFA note has been acquitted by a court in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, writes Lamine Konkobo Kemi Seba was arrested last week following a complaint by the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO). The CFA is a colonial-era currency that is still used in several former French colonies in Africa. Mr Seba is among many activists calling for the CFA to be abandoned, saying it is a relic of French colonialism.On Friday 25 August police officers descended on a residence in Dakar with an arrest warrant for probably one of the most controversial black activists in the Francophone world. A week earlier, at a demonstration, Kemi Seba, whose real

Features | NorthSouth | 19 November 2017 | Hits: 3

Read more

China’s Xi lays out vision for ‘new era’

News image

19/10/17- Chinese President Xi Jinping last month laid out a confident vision for a more prosperous nation and its role in the world, stressing the importance of wiping out corruption and curbing industrial overcapacity, income inequality and pollution. At the opening of the Communist Party Congress in Beijing, Xi pledged to build a “modern socialist country” for a “new era” that will be proudly Chinese and steadfastly ruled by the communist party but open to the world.In a speech that ran nearly 3-1/2 hours, he said China’s development had entered

Features | Ali Bahaijoub | 19 November 2017 | Hits: 3

Read more

Ukraine’s diplomatic battlefronts: US weapons and UN peacekeepers

News image

The front lines between the Ukrainian army and Moscow-backed forces in eastern Ukraine may be static but see frequent and violent firefights while diplomatic manoeuvering over new U.S. lethal weapons for Kyiv risks aggravating the conflict and Russia’s UN peacekeeping proposal could prove a distraction from a genuine solution, writes Magdalena Grono of Crisis Group Washington is considering providing Kyiv with lethal weapons, worrying many residents of eastern Ukraine – and not just separatist rebels or pro-Russian sympathisers. “Most people here don’t think about what these weapons would mean in practice – but of course I am scared”, an outspoken city council member generally loyal to Kyiv told me in Severodonetsk.The town has been Kyiv’s administrative centre for the Luhansk oblast since 2014 when its main city and former administrative centre, Luhansk, fell into Russia-backed rebel hands. Another new dimension

Features | Crisis Group | 19 November 2017 | Hits: 3

Read more

Will Hamas Fatah truce survive

News image

The Hamas-Fatah reconciliation following a meeting in Cairo, Egypt, on 12 October in Cairo came as a surprise to many political analysts, who understandably expected another failure after a dozen or so unsuccessful efforts in the decade-long rift between the two main Palestinian factions.Many of the details of the latest Cairo deal have not yet emerged as further talks are scheduled to take place on 21 November. However, bearing in mind the chaotic situation in the Middle East in the last decade, optimism appears to be the order of the day as no

Features | Ali Bahaijoub | 19 November 2017 | Hits: 3

Read more

Time to reset African Union-EU relations

News image

The fifth AU-EU summit in November presents a chance to reinvigorate the partnership if both sides can deal openly with disagreements, address deep-seated mutual frustration and agree to tackle the root causes driving migrants toward Europe. Both organizations are in transition, undergoing internal reforms that will have serious implications for their future peace and security partnership.After significant disagreements in 2016 over European Union (EU) payments to troops in the African Union (AU) mission in Somalia, there is now considerable political

Features | Crisis Group | 19 November 2017 | Hits: 3

Read more

Trump’s risky Iran nuclear deal

News image

On 13 October 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to forgo the certification of Iran’s nuclear deal with the West, just two days before the deadline, and to slap a new round of sanctions on a portion of the government in Tehran. Now that the deal is being threatened by Trump, it is hard to tell if getting rid of the deal will accomplish what those against it want to see. His objectives are at best unclear and likely unrealistic.US Congress will not likely reimpose all sanctions but will try to rewrite it, bringing ire from

Features | Ali Bahaijoub | 19 November 2017 | Hits: 3

Read more

The twists and turns along china’s belt and road

News image

China’s trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative could potentially transform relations with over 60 countries across Eurasia, Africa and beyond. But to bring the concept to fruition, Beijing must overcome mammoth logistical obstacles, navigate fragile political situations and placate growing regional apprehension surrounding its ambitions, writes Michael Kovrig “The project of the century” is how Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi touted the Belt and Road Initiative to the world when addressing the UN General Assembly on 21 September. It was only the latest in a series of pronouncements and events, including a Belt and Road Forum in Beijing in May and the ninth BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in Xiamen in early September, choreographed to position China at the vanguard of a new stage of globalisation.Step by step, China is demonstrating that the Belt and Road is now the guiding

Features | NorthSouth | 19 November 2017 | Hits: 3

Read more

Kenya election re-run incomplete and uncertainty looms

News image

Kenyans who boycotted a repeat presidential election voiced relief last month after authorities indefinitely delayed further attempts to hold the vote in some opposition areas due to the risk of violence. But while the election board’s decision stemmed the prospect of more clashes, it also pushed to the fore a new question: can President uhuru Kenyatta be declared winner of a vote in which ballots were not cast in more than 20 of Kenya’s 290 constituencies? Kenyatta has won more than 97 percent of votes counted so far, according to a local media

Features | Alan Brown | 19 November 2017 | Hits: 3

Read more

Trump’s war against the media

News image

When President Trump tweeted that the broadcast licenses of NBC “must be challenged, and if appropriate, revoked” because he does not like the network’s reporting and only that of Fox News which belongs to his pal Rupert Murdoch who stokes his ego in a big way and reports on Trump’s activities in the most blatant and sycophant manner.The most surprising fact is that the Trump-appointed Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), as well as two Republican commissioners, were totally silent for two days. This is a dangerous precedent

Features | Ali Bahaijoub | 19 November 2017 | Hits: 3

Read more

Active separatist movements in Asia

Afghanistan Ethnic group: Pamiri Proposed state: United Badakhshan Peoples Republic Political parties: Lail Badakhshan Bangladesh Ethnic group: Jumma people Political party: Parbotto Chottogram Jonshonghoti Shomiti Armed wing: Shanti Bahini Bangabhumi Ethnic group: Bengali Hindus Region: South-western Bangladesh Organisation: Banga Sena Leader: Kalidas Baidya Armed wing: Bir Banga Burma/Myanmar Ethnic group: Rakhine Proposed state: Arakan Federation Advocacy group: Arakan Independence Alliance Ethnic group: Chin Proposed state: Republic of Zo Asia

Cover Stories | NorthSouth | 18 November 2017 | Hits: 3

Read more

Separatist movements in Europe

Albania People: Greeks in Albania Political parties: Omonoia, Unity for Human Rights Party (seeks autonomous status or union with Greece) Azerbaijan Breakaway state: Artsakh Ethnic group: Armenians De facto state: Republic of Artsakh Government-in-exile: Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno-Karabakh Belgium Flanders or Flemish Community People: Flemish Proposed state: Flanders Political parties: N-VA logo.svg New Flemish Alliance (member of the European Free Alliance), Libertair, Direct, Democratisch, and Vlaams Belang member of the Identity, Tradition,

Cover Stories | NorthSouth | 18 November 2017 | Hits: 3

Read more

Independence movements in Western Europe

News image

Beyond Catalonia, Western Europe is being challenged by a series of independence movements reminiscent of the fall of the Soviet Union and the break up of Yugoslavia in which several new countries were created, Franklin Adesegha writes Catalonia Nowhere in Western Europe is the call for independence louder than in Catalonia. In the years of General Franco, the regional language was oppressed, but Catalonia has since achieved a considerable amount of cultural and political autonomy, including its own regional parliament, not enough for many of Catalonia’s 7.5 million residents.They want their own country, largely for economic reasons. They believe that the central state is sucking their wealth. The region that includes Barcelona accounts for 20 percent of Spain’s GDP. Spain’s

Cover Stories | Franklin Adesegha | 18 November 2017 | Hits: 3

Read more

Catalonia in numbers

News image

Castells are symbolic of Catalan culture 7.5 million: The population of Catalonia makes up 16.1pc of Spain’s 46.6 million 95 per cent: Proportion of the population that understand Catalan, the region’s primary language. An estimated 10 million speak Catalan worldwide - primarily in Catalonia, the Valencian Community, the Balearic Islands and France 9th: Catalan’s ranking on the list of the most widely spoken languages in Europe.It is not, however, on the EU’s list of 24 official languages €209 billion: Catalonia’s GDP in 2014. Spain’s was €1 trillion

Cover Stories | NorthSouth | 18 November 2017 | Hits: 3

Read more

Catalan elections on December 21

News image

Following Friday 27 October Catalonian parliament decision to declare independence of the region, Catalonia woke up the next day under the direct control of Madrid as the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy took drastic measures to quash secession, deposing the region’s leaders and dissolving its parliament.In a dramatic escalation of a political crisis that has stoked alarm in Europe and sent shockwaves throughout Spain, the Prime Minister also decided to call snap Catalan elections on December 21 to “restore normality” to a region in turmoil.

Cover Stories | Ali Bahaijoub | 18 November 2017 | Hits: 3

Read more

What led up to Catalonia’s independence vote?

News image

Catalonia, which is Spain’s richest region, has a distinct cultural heritage and language. The push for independence crystallized during the fallout of the global financial crisis in 2008. Some Catalans believe the country’s rising unemployment levels and languishing economy was pulling the region down, and they began to seek greater autonomy from Madrid.The independence vote by Catalonia’s parliament came after weeks of brinksmanship between Catalonia President Carles Puigdemont and the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. The situation first

Cover Stories | Ali Bahaijoub | 18 November 2017 | Hits: 3

Read more
News Feeds

Stock Info

Any data to show