New Czech government wins confidence vote in Parliament

Czech President Milos Zeman attends a parliamentary session during a confidence vote for the newly appointed government led by Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, in Prague, Czech Republic (REUTERS) The new Czech government won a mandatory confidence vote in the lower house of Parliament early Thursday, ending months of political instability following October’s general elections and giving the far-left Communists […]

Nobel winner Malala Yousafzai slams Trump’s child separation policy

Yousafzai, known widely by her first name, was visiting Rio de Janeiro to kick off the expansion of her education charity, the Malala Fund, into Latin America, starting with Brazil. (Source: Reuters) Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai described as “cruel” a policy launched by US President Donald Trump to separate children of illegal immigrants from their families, during her […]

UK welcomes Trump-Putin meeting, says it must address Russian ‘malign activity’

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed US President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian premier Vladimir Putin. (Source: Reuters) British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Wednesday welcome a summit between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, but say that it must be used to cut the risk of confrontation and address Russian “malign activity”. Trump is […]

US warns of sanctions risk for firms invested in Russian pipeline

US President Donald Trump. (REUTERS photo) Washington repeated a warning on Wednesday to Western firms invested in Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany that they were at risk of sanctions, and said Moscow was using the project to divide Europe. “We have been clear that firms working in the Russian energy export pipeline sector are engaging in a line […]

Failure to educate girls could cost world $30 trillion a year: World Bank report

About 132 million girls worldwide aged 6 to 17 do not attend school, while fewer than two-thirds of those in low-income nations finish primary school, and only a third finish lower secondary school, the World Bank said. (Source: Reuters) Failing to let girls finish their education could cost the world as much as $30 trillion in lost earnings and productivity […]

Battle over family separations flares anew in US Congress

But in a tacit admission that Trump’s actions have left them politically vulnerable, the Republican-controlled committee accepted others. Congress’ fight over President Donald Trump’s now abandoned policy of separating migrant families stirred anew Wednesday, drawing fresh attention to an issue that has divided Republicans and that Democrats hope will propel voters their way in the midterm elections. The battling at […]

For Vladimir Putin, Helsinki talks with Donald Trump a win before he even sits down

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, US President Donald Trump, right. (Photo: AP) Related News For US President Donald Trump, a summit with Vladimir Putin risks a political backlash at home and abroad. For the Russian president, however, the fact the summit is even happening is already a big geopolitical win. Despite Russia’s semi-pariah status among some Americans and US allies, the […]