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How Australia bungled climate policy to create a decade of disappointment

in the lead-up to the 2015 general election in the United Kingdom, the leaders of the three major parties sat down together and signed a statement on climate change policy that would seem unimaginable to Australians. They agreed that “climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the world today” and undertook to “to work together across party ...

After Backing Trump, Christians Who Fled Iraq Fall Into His Dragnet

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. — A few Sundays ago, federal immigration agents walked through the doors of handsome houses here in the Detroit suburbs, brushing past tearful children, stunned wives and statuettes of the Virgin Mary in search of men whose time was up. If the Trump administration prevails, more than 100 of these men may soon be deported, like the ...

For Iran, Qatar Crisis Is a Welcome Distraction

TEHRAN — Iran’s leaders have been noticeably restrained in their response to the Qatar crisis, and for good reason, analysts say. Not only have they welcomed it, they would be happy to see it quietly drag on. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Qatar last month for what they said was its financing of ...

Egypt extends state of emergency; bomb kills three

CAIRO/ISMAILIA: Egypt’s Parliament Tuesday approved an extension of a nationwide state of emergency until the end of September as a police officer and two conscripts were killed by a roadside bomb in the Sinai where Egypt faces an Islamist insurgency. Parliament unanimously approved a three-month state of emergency in April, giving the authorities greater powers to crack down on what ...

Australia census: Five takeaways from a changing country

Modern Australia has been built on immigration, and the latest census confirms this, finding that almost half (49%) of all Australians were born overseas or had at least one parent born abroad. But fewer of those arriving in Australia are coming from Europe – once the dominant source of migrants for a country that restricted immigration until the 1970s under ...

U.N. goes stealth to help rebuild ISIS-ravaged Iraq

WASHINGTON — U.S.-backed Iraqi forces are close to tearing the city of Mosul out of ISIS’ stranglehold. Once they do, the sprawling city will join dozens of other towns and villages that need to be rebuilt virtually from the ground up. A vast swath of northern Iraq is reeling from violence and destruction that has forced almost 900,000 people to flee their ...

IRAN SAYS WILL ACT ON US COURT RULING ON TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN

TEHRAN – Iran said on Wednesday it would take “reciprocal action” in response to the US Supreme Court allowing a partial implementation of President Donald Trump’s travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries. Lower US courts had completely blocked Trump’s executive order issued on 6 March, which includes a blanket 90-day ban on people from countries including Iran and Libya and a 120-day ...

Iran accuses US of ‘brazen’ plan to change its government

Iran is accusing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of “a brazen interventionist plan” to change the current government that violates international law and the U.N. Charter. Iran’s U.N. Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo said in a letter to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres circulated Tuesday that Tillerson’s comments are also “a flagrant violation” of the 1981 Algiers Accords in which the United States pledged “not ...

EGYPT: PRESIDENT ABDEL-FATTAH EL-SISSI IS BULLYING RIVALS SUCH AS KHALED ALI AHEAD OF HIS RE-ELECTION BID

If Khaled Ali is worried, he isn’t showing it. Sitting behind a wooden desk in his office in downtown Cairo, the prominent human rights attorney is discussing his case with the calm remove of a lawyer defending his client. Only this time, Ali is the one on trial. In May, Egyptian authorities arrested Ali, a possible presidential candidate in the ...

Australia’s Bulwark Against the Far Right

SYDNEY, Australia — Is Australia ripe for a populist, nationalist political movement that could overthrow the established parties? After the right-wing One Nation Party’s slump in the Western Australian elections in March, it seems less likely than ever. Australia’s electoral system allows little room for minor parties and virtually none for outsider candidates. Pauline Hanson, the leader of One Nation, ...

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