Thai protesters challenge monarchy as huge rally escalates
Thousands of protesters have marched in Bangkok to give police a letter of demands that openly challenges the monarchy and calls for reforms to curb the powers of the Thai king, Maha Vajiralongkorn. Protest leaders declared the handing over of…
India’s former president Pranab Mukherjee dies at 84 after testing positive for coronavirus
India’s former president Pranab Mukherjee has died aged 84 after testing positive for coronavirus. The senior leader of India’s Congress Party was admitted to hospital on 10 August after suffering a fall and had emergency surgery for a blood clot…
Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah dies at age 91
Kuwait’s emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, who ruled over his oil-rich country since 2006 and had been its foreign minister for 40 years, including during Saddam Hussein’s invasion, has died. He was 91. He is expected…
Trump has ‘not been such an honest broker’ on Palestinian statehood, Saudi prince says
Former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal has questioned President Donald Trump’s role in recent peace talks between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. Speaking to CNBC on Tuesday, Prince Turki said Trump had not been honest on the issue…
High-level U.S. visits to Taiwan annoy China – but did not cross the red line, says analyst
SINGAPORE — Tensions are escalating in the Taiwan Strait and Beijing has been flexing its military might. While a high-level U.S. State Department official visit to Taiwan last week angered China, it probably didn’t cross any “red line,” said Kelsey…
Trump administration sanctions Iranian Defense Ministry, Venezuela’s Maduro for aiding Iran’s weapons programs
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday announced a slew of fresh sanctions and additional measures in support of Washington’s maximum pressure campaign against Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, flanked by Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin…
UAE minister says ‘the whole region’ benefits from his country’s deal with Israel
SINGAPORE — The Middle East will benefit from the bilateral deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, the Emirati minister of economy said this week. “Both nations will bring different mindsets to the table, different advantages, and I think…
Angela Merkel’s CDU Is Still Not Sure How It Feels About Muslims
In a 2018 government declaration, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacted to growing voices within her party who questioned her policies during the refugee crisis by stating that “There is no question that the historical character of our country is Christian…
Belarus: Is There a Way Out of the Crisis?
Belarus is politically deadlocked. The peaceful movement protesting against veteran ruler Alexander Lukashenko and the manipulation of the presidential election on August 9 is too strong for the state to simply suppress it by force. As long as the political…
As Europe Weakens, Turkey Is on the Rise
The horrific experience of World War II compelled European leaders to establish a supranational organization that is now the European Union, which, if successful, would create among its members, especially between Germany and France, an unbreakable bond, preventing the otherwise…