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Washington Republican under fire for setting out ‘Biblical Basis for War’

he Washington state Republican Matt Shea was this week abandoned by donors, over a document he distributed which condemned abortion and same-sex marriage while outlining a “Biblical Basis for War”. Donald Trump’s rhetoric has stoked antisemitism and hatred, experts warn Read more Regarding opponents, the minority caucus chair in the Washington state house wrote: “If they do not yield – ...

Three ways the US midterm elections will affect world politics

  The reasons are clear enough: what impact they’ll have on the competitive attractiveness of US democracy around the world, what clues they will provide about the durability of the Trump administration and its foreign policies and – hardest to calculate –the impact they will have on populist and nationalist momentum globally. On the first issue regarding US democracy, allies ...

Iran’s Khamenei says world opposes Trump’s ‘every decision’

Iran’s top leader said on Saturday that U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies face opposition across the world as Washington prepares to reimpose sanctions on Iran’s vital oil-exporting and financial sectors, state television reported. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also said Iran’s arch-adversary the United States had failed to reassert its domination over Iran since the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed Shah. “The world opposes every decision ...

Brazil, Turkey, Slovakia… tyranny’s contagion spreads around the world

istory will record that when states murdered journalists or used the conspiracy theories of terrorists to fool their subject populations, they could expect reprisals from something called “the west”, an alliance that lasted from 1945 to 2016. The west’s great weakness was that it depended on American power. It died when Donald Trump became the US president, freeing illiberal democracies and actual ...

How the world is grappling with China’s rising power

Countries around the world are pushing back against China’s revival as a major global power. China’s sheer size and population make it a heavyweight, and a clear strategic rival to the United States. It is the world’s most populous country and among its largest. Its influence has boomed – along with its economy – in recent years, as the US and Europe ...

Theresa May faces frantic 48 hours to save Brexit plan as talks stall

Theresa May faces a frantic 48 hours to try to save her Brexit negotiating strategy after she admitted talks had ground to a halt because of the EU’sinsistence upon a Northern Ireland-only backstop. The prime minister is expected to plead with EU leaders to drop their Irish backstop proposal at a make-or-break summit dinner on Wednesday night after seeking the ...

Fatalities in Indonesia could reach thousands, officials say

The confirmed death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has risen to 832, and the vice-president, Jusuf Kalla, has warned it could reach into the thousands. More than 150 aftershocks followed the 7.5-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Sulawesi on Friday, causing thousands of homes, hotels, shopping malls and several mosques to ...

Councils condemned for ‘shameful’ rebranding of Black History Month

For more than 30 years, Black History Month has been a fixture in Britain’s cultural calendar, celebrated every October in schools and at tens of thousands of events across the country. But this year the event, which starts on Monday, is at the centre of an appropriation row as campaigners complain that a number of councils have scrapped the name, describing it ...

Russia and Turkey Announce Demilitarized Zone in Last Rebel-Held Part of Syria

MOSCOW — Russia’s defense minister said on Monday that Syria would refrain from launching an offensive on Idlib Province, the last major rebel stronghold, after the presidents of Russia and Turkey agreed to establish a “demilitarized zone” there to avert a potentially catastrophic military confrontation. The announcement by the two presidents, who support opposite sides in Syria’s civil war, appeared ...

‘Sexist, unsafe’ world experienced by young girls

An “alarmingly high” number of girls and young women feel unsafe outside their home, according to annual research for Girlguiding UK. The survey of 1,903 13 to 21-year-olds in the UK found nearly two-thirds either felt unsafe, or knew someone who was fearful walking home alone. More than half had suffered harassment, or knew someone who had, it said. But ...