Category Archives: Middle East

Greta Thunberg Is the Climate Heroine We Need

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Lionel Bonaventure/GettyThis story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 220 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. ROME–When Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg was 11 years old, her body had started to shut down due to severe self-starvation tied to debilitating depression. She spoke to almost no one but her immediate family. She was afraid of crowds. She was lost in her own world, and the world very nearly lost her.But thanks to the formal diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome coupled with high-functioning autism and obsessive compulsive disorder, the now-16-year-old Swede has …read more

Bolton's White House exit signals new hope for US-North Korea talks despite summer of missile tests

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The apparent firing of US National Security Adviser John Bolton has boosted the chances of fresh nuclear talks with North Korea, despite its summer of missile tests. The departure of Mr Bolton, who has long been furiously criticised by Pyongyang for his hawkish views, comes amid months of stalled diplomacy over the dismantlement of Kim Jong-un’s nuclear and missiles programmes. It also follows a series of North Korean tests of short-range ballistic missiles and a multiple rocket launcher system that has stymied Mr Trump’s ongoing attempts to revive working-level negotiations since May. On Wednesday, the president …read more

Egypt's el-Sissi dismisses corruption allegations

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In viral social media videos posted over the past week, the entrepreneur alleged large-scale misuse of public funds in the building of luxurious hotels, presidential palaces and a tomb for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s mother, who died in 2014. El-Sissi was responding to claims by contractor Mohammed Ali, who said he had worked for the military for 15 years. “The military is a patriotic, honest and firm military.

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‘He had lovely parents, I don’t know what went wrong with him’: Trump’s distant Scottish cousin blasts president as selfish man who stole pancakes

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A distant cousin of Donald Trump has described him as a selfish man who stole pancakes and “wouldn’t give a penny” back to his mother’s native community in Scotland.The US president last visited his late mother’s former home of Tong on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides for around three hours in 2008.

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Israel to decide Netanyahu's fate in election rerun

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Israel to decide Netanyahu's fate in election rerun

Israel holds its second election in five months on Tuesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu battles for political survival and the question of how religious the country should become emerges as a surprise issue. Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, suffered one of the biggest defeats of his career after April elections, when he failed to form a coalition despite his right-wing Likud and its allies winning a majority of seats. Rather than risk having Israeli President Reuven Rivlin choose someone else to form a government, Netanyahu, who could be indicted on corruption charges in the coming weeks, opted …read more

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