NPR
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The global fight against government corruption has often been led by the U.S., but those in the movement's trenches worry that signals being sent by the Trump administration could undercut the effort. (Image credit: Frank Augstein/AP)
Beijing Bulletin
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PanARMENIAN.Net - The term "frozen conflict", which is often used about conflicts in Europe, is misleading. Until peace agreements are signed and implemented, the risk of renewed violence remains - as
Voice Of America
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Wanyeki says the fragility of some African states is especially worrisome, as some leaders try to hold on to power. “Not too long ago, we were celebrating the end of many conflicts within Africa. We’re now at the 10-year period, the transition period, so the two constitutional terms of five years, and what are we seeing? No transition. We’re seeing attempts to change things, etcetera, and is 10 years really enough to deal with all the grievances, all the feelings of exclusion, that brought that conflict about?” Steve Cockburn, Amnesty International’s deputy regional director for West and Central Africa, said that in every country where his team conducted research, there were banned protests, demonstrators who had been arrested, and even eight or nine who were killed. “So I think we’re seeing a growing crackdown on free protests,” said Cockburn.
Politico
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TIME - Top Stories
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Stephen Colbert is continuing his streak of opening The Late Show with a monologue aimed at President Donald Trump . The host began Tuesday's episode with a discussion of Trump's tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture a visit that had been postponed on Martin Luther King Day due to scheduling conflicts. It was an exciting day for President Trump because he went on a field trip, he joked in a singsongy voice. He was so worried Steve Bannon wouldn't sign his permission slip. Colbert then moved on to Trump's comments on his Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson. Yes, Trump really started something by hiring Ben Carson, he said, echoing a statement made by the president during his speech. It is the greatest achievement for African Americans since about four weeks ago when we had a black president. Watch the full clip below.
TIME - News
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Stephen Colbert is continuing his streak of opening The Late Show with a monologue aimed at President Donald Trump . The host began Tuesday's episode with a discussion of Trump's tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture a visit that had been postponed on Martin Luther King Day due to scheduling conflicts. It was an exciting day for President Trump because he went on a field trip, he joked in a singsongy voice. He was so worried Steve Bannon wouldn't sign his permission slip. Colbert then moved on to Trump's comments on his Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson. Yes, Trump really started something by hiring Ben Carson, he said, echoing a statement made by the president during his speech. It is the greatest achievement for African Americans since about four weeks ago when we had a black president. Watch the full clip below.
Voice Of America
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Somalia's new leader was inaugurated Wednesday while promising to restore dignity to the troubled Horn of Africa nation but warning it will take another two decades to "fix" the country. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, who also holds U.S. citizenship, was elected earlier this month in a step toward Somalia's first fully functioning central government in a quarter-century. "Multiple challenges are ahead of our government. Therefore, I am telling people that because of the limited resources we have, our achievements will be limited," said Mohamed, also known as Farmajo. "For the past 26 years, there have conflicts and droughts, so it will take other 20 years to fix this country." He said Somalia's main obstacles are insecurity and humanitarian crises, including a drought that the U.N. has said affects millions of people. The immediate priority is to "avert famine," the U.
Global Research
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The Iran Project
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MNAIran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Wed. Tehran-Beirut close cooperation and coordination can prove highly effective in resolving regional issues.Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made the remarks in his meeting with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 6th International Conference on Palestinian Intifada that is currently underway in Tehran with representatives of 80 countries in attendance. “To settle the various regional issues, there is no other way but consultations and joint cooperation amon involved countries,” the President stressed. He went on to add, “Iran and Lebanon took the Syrian people’s sides in the fight against terrorism and if it were not for this cooperation, Damascus would have now turned into ISIL capital in the region.” “Currently, within the framework of such close cooperation the regional situation is far better than how it was a year ago, and thus we need to continue our interactions in this regard,” he said.
Bloomberg
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euronews
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KyivPost
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Prosecutors in Ukraine are investigating whether a member of Parliament committed treason by working with two associates of President Trump’s to promote a plan for settling Ukraine’s conflicts with Russia. Read more here. The post New York Times: Ukraine lawmaker faces treason inquiry over back-channel peace plan appeared first on KyivPost .
KyivPost
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Prosecutors in Ukraine are investigating whether a member of Parliament committed treason by working with two associates of President Trump’s to promote a plan for settling Ukraine’s conflicts with Russia. Read more here. The post New York Times: Ukraine lawmaker who worked with Trump associates faces treason inquiry appeared first on KyivPost .
The Iran Project
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To illustrate his point, the Iranian analyst referred to the brilliant victory won by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian and Iranian military forces, in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Naturally enough, when two countries become strategic allies in the military field, this cooperation could be expanded into other spheres, he noted. Moghaddasi drew attention to the fact that many countries keep trying to drive a wedge between Tehran and Moscow. He stressed that a lot of petrodollars have already been spent by Arab monarchies to undermine the Russo-Iranian alliance. However, their attempts have proved futile, the Iranian analyst stressed. I think that Russia realizes that it plays a positive role in resolving Middle Eastern conflicts and continues to move forward, Moghaddasi said.
The Iran Project
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BBC News 24
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They then invaded Iraq and Afghanistan. What the Americans are doing this region is a repetition of what they did in the 1980s in Afghanistan, but on a greater scale. We have that message. That you think that this is not fuelling conflicts, you are not fuelling conflict.
BBC News 24
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21stCenturyWire
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This has led to the current reality of perpetual, unwinnableconflicts” that are prosecuted without even the pretense of Congress officially declaring war as the Constitution requires. And pesky facts — such as the reality that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein never possessed the kind or quantity of “weapons of mass destruction” to excuse the U.S.-led coalition’s March 2003shock and aweintervention in Iraq — have never been allowed to obstruct the Timessupport for Iraq and subsequent wars. The role of the Times , along with its staff reporter Judith Miller, in presenting the false case for that war is well documented. In addition to this, a tertiary story that Saddam Hussein was hosting al Qaeda terrorists and he have been involved in the 9/11 attacks of 2001, was concocted by members of the Bush Administration and then injected into both the US and British mainstream media .
South China Morning Post
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BBC News 24
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NEWSREADER: Here are the people. We must build and plan for people. Homes fit for heroes. And their families. It was a recurring rhetorical trope after the great conflicts of the last century. Nothing is too good for people.
Washington Free Beacon
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Despite the pressure of events, he appeared to revel in the attention of the Western correspondents who mobbed him at briefings, and was happy to respond to them at length in fluent English. He went on to serve as deputy Russian foreign minister and ambassador to Belgium and then to Canada, eventually moving to the United Nations in 2006. In his last interview, given to the state-funded Russia Today earlier this month, Churkin argued that the United Nations was ever more essential for resolving conflicts around the world. "I think the U.N. continues to be an indispensable mechanism," he said. "Without the U.N., we would be acting all on our own." The post Russia's U.N. Envoy Churkin Dies Suddenly in New York appeared first on Washington Free Beacon .
21stCenturyWire
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According to this latest report from 2012-16, there has been the highest arms transfer volume over a 5-year stretch since the end of the Cold War. Here's a passage from the SPIRI armament findings that have dovetailed the ongoing Western-backed regime change campaign in Syria as well as Yemen: Saudi Arabia was the world’s second largest arms importer in 2012-16, with an increase of 212 per cent compared with 200711. Arms imports by Qatar went up by 245 per cent. Although at lower rates, the majority of other states in the region also increased arms imports. ‘Over the past five years, most states in the Middle East have turned primarily to the USA and Europe in their accelerated pursuit of advanced military capabilities’, said Pieter Wezeman, Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme. ‘Despite low oil prices, countries in the region continued to order more weapons in 2016, perceiving them as crucial tools for dealing with conflicts and regional tensions.
Voice Of America
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WHO's spokesman on polio eradication, Sona Bari, said both Syria and Iraq saw polio outbreaks a few years ago. "This is why the [Yemen] campaign at this time is extremely important," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Geneva. "We have been very lucky that polio hasn't shown up in Yemen, but it is a virus that travels very easily and is very good at finding unprotected children." The immunization drive, which began on Monday, had been scheduled for last September, but insecurity has hampered access. The vaccination teams will also target high-risk groups including families uprooted from their homes by fighting and refugees who have fled to Yemen from conflicts in Africa. Around 2 million people are displaced in Yemen where nearly two years of civil war has pitted the Iran-allied Houthi group against a Western-backed Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia.
Voice Of America
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Trump said the two were only discussing details of what to say at a press conference on the missile test, but critics say they should have retreated to a secure room out of sight. So far, however, Chaffetz has rebuffed calls by Democrats for a wholesale investigation of Trump's vast business links across the globe and the potential for conflicts with his presidential actions. Even as he has retained ownership of hotels, resorts, golf courses and consumer product ventures, the new president has turned over control of the businesses to his adult sons, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. Trump International Hotel Chaffetz has asked the government's building management agency for an explanation of Trump's lease of the Old Post Office Building in Washington, just blocks from the White House, which he turned into a luxury hotel. U.S. regulations prohibit elected officials from holding leases on government property.