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Australia may send more troops to Afghanistan

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with Australian troops serving at Camp Qargha near Kabul to celebrate Anzac Day. Almost 16 years since Australia first sent forces to Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks, the Turnbull Government is weighing up sending more troops to the conflict. The West Australian understands Australia has received a request from NATO for a “small number” ...

I’m not picking a fight with the banks: Australia Treasurer tells CNBC

Australia’s Treasurer Scott Morrison insists he’s not expecting a fight from Australia’s big banks despite announcing a surprise levy on Tuesday night’s annual budget. Australia’s budget will impose a levy of 6 basis points on banks with liabilities in excess of $100 billion Australian dollars ($74 billion) in an attempt to raise more than A$6 billion over the next four ...

Hamas’ new policy document brings the group closer to Egypt

mas’ founding charter, which was published in 1988, defines Hamas “as a universal Islamic movement and one of the branches of the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine.” Consequently, Hamas has been tied to the Brotherhood for the past 29 years In its new Document of General Principles and Policies announced May 1 from Doha, Qatar, many articles that were included initially ...

Egypt and Syria have been “disappearing” their citizens. This is why countries do it.

Human rights organizations recently reported that activists in Egypt have disappeared after they were stopped at government checkpoints. In Syria, the regime has disappeared thousands in the midst of its brutal civil war. Repressive states in the Middle East have increasingly added the “disappearing” of regime opponents to their means of violence. Enforced disappearance is the state’s refusal to acknowledge ...

Trump fires FBI director James Comey

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey, sweeping away the man who is responsible for the bureau’s investigation into whether members of his campaign team colluded with Russia in its interference in last year’s election. The bombshell announcement that sent shock and surprise ricocheting through Washington ends the career of the man who ...

Australia wants to avoid a Korean war at all costs – and with good reason

Australia may indeed be “blindly and zealously toeing the US line” with regards to North Korea – at least openly – but in truth, Canberra wants to avoid conflict with Pyongyang. There is much at stake for Australia should war resume on the Korean peninsula, after more than 63 years of tense calm. While Julie Bishop stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Mike ...

Pope Francis in Egypt: ‘No to every form of violence’

An Egyptian army vehicle is stationed outside of St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in central Cairo. The Pope’s visit comes nearly three weeks after the Palm Sunday bombing of two Coptic churches, brazen strikes that left at least 45 people dead. Hide Caption 5 of 9 Photos: Pope Francis visits Egypt Pope Francis greets Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam ...

US Special Forces reach Anbar province in Iraq to support ISIS fight

US Special Forces units reached Ain al-Assad Airbase, the western Anbar province in Iraq, on Tuesday to help Iraqi forces recapture cities still held by ISIS. “A large number of US Special Forces units reached the Ain al-Assad Airbase in Anbar’s Al-Baghdadi district some 90 kilometers west of Ramadi,” the Turkish Anadolu Agency reported, quoting an Iraqi army brigadier-general. The ...

Syria and North Korea are bit players. Iran is the bigger threat.

President Trump and his advisers are rightly concerned about Syria and North Korea. These rogue states, guilty of human rights atrocities, pose the risk of wider violence and destabilization. Syria’s civil war has already created millions of refugees, has rekindled diseases (e.g. polio) that were once thought to be extinct and has allowed the country to become a haven for ...

Iran Sticks To Nuclear Deal, But U.S. Says It Will Review Sanctions

As President Trump wages a rhetorical battle with North Korea over its nuclear program, his secretary of state says the nuclear deal with Iran will now be placed under review. In a letter to Congress, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Iran is meeting the terms of the 2015 deal worked out with the Obama administration and five other ...