Poroshenko: Over 80,000 Russian troops in and around Ukraine

Kiev, Ukraine - More than 80,000 Russian soldiers are present at Ukraine's borders and the Russian-annexed Crimean Peninsula, as well as the rebel-held regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, according to the Ukrainian president. Petro Poroshenko's remarks on Saturday came six days after a four-year-old conflict between Kiev and Moscow deepened when Russia seized three Ukrainian military vessels…

Deadline ends for Hungary to reach deal with Soros on university

Budapest, Hungary - A self-imposed deadline by a university founded by US billionaire George Soros to settle a legal dispute with the Hungarian government has passed, raising serious questions on academic freedom in the country. Saturday marked the end of the embattled Central European University's (CEU) deadline to remain in Budapest, with the university now…

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…

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