Escalating trade dispute looms: What do Trump and Xi want?

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are set to meet on Saturday for some dinner diplomacy on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Argentina. The US-China trade war tops their agenda, but the two leaders also have other topics they hope to tackle, including Taiwan, the South China Sea…

Young tech-savvy Afghans switch to online shopping

Kabul, Afghanistan - It is a bright and chilly Sunday morning with barely any traffic in the Afghan capital, Kabul, and Abdul Waheed is already busy at work. Two years ago, 30-year-old Waheed and 11 of his friends founded one of the first online shops in Afghanistan, Entekhab Man. With most Afghans preferring to shop at…

World Aids Day: Eradicating the stigma of HIV in Uzbekistan

Tashkent, Uzbekistan - Azima stood in front of a wooden board at a charity fair in Tashkent, Uzbekistan's capital, tellingly named the Time of Miracles. The 16-year-old, dark-haired girl with azure blue eyes looked lost and uneasy. She knew that the event would change her life forever. Amid dozens of passers-by, Azima anxiously awaited reactions…

French police fire tear gas at ‘yellow vest’ protesters in Paris

French police have fired tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon to disperse "yellow-vest" protesters trying to breach security cordons on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris. The clashes on Saturday broke out soon after hundreds of protesters wearing the high-visibility yellow vests began gathering near the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the…

Nigeria’s Buhari rattled by Boko Haram attacks as polls loom

Abuja, Nigeria – As Nigeria prepares for general elections in February, a series of attacks by Boko Haram has focused attention on the security situation in the country. The armed group appears to have regained ground in the country's northeast in 2018, pushing into towns and villages it had previously lost to the Nigerian military.…

Iran unveils new domestically made warship

Iran's navy launched a domestically made destroyer, which state media said has radar-evading stealth properties, amid rising tensions with the United States. In a ceremony carried live on state television on Saturday, the Sahand destroyer - which can sustain voyages lasting five months without resupply - joined Iran's navy at a base in Bandar Abbas…

Egypt arrests British student over military helicopter video

Egyptian authorities have arrested a 19-year-old British tourist over a cellphone video that showed a military helicopter in the background, according to his family. Muhammed Fathi Abulkasem's arrest took place shortly after he arrived in Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria on November 21, his cousin Shareen Nawaz told the Associated Press news agency on Friday.…

Blue economies: Growth through humanity’s relationship with water

All life on Earth is dependent on water. Together with carbon, it is one of the most important building blocks of all living organisms, from the smallest animal to the largest tree. However, as humanity's impact on the global environment has increased in the last hundred years, issues such as pollution, coral bleaching and overfishing…

Ex-US Justice official pleads guilty in 1MDB lobbying scandal

A former US Justice Department official has pleaded guilty to banking violations as part of an attempt to lobby Washington to drop an investigation into a money laundering and bribery scheme that pilfered billions from Malaysia's 1MDB investment fund. George Higginbotham, 46, admitted on Friday to lying to US banks while transferring tens of millions…

Former US President George HW Bush dead at 94

Former US President George HW Bush has died at the age of 94, a family spokesperson has announced. Bush Senior died on Friday, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. "Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died," his…

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