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Australia asylum: UN criticises ‘cruel’ conditions on Nauru

BY KALAHAN DENG Australia’s offshore detention policy for asylum seekers has been criticised by a top-ranking UN official. Australia sends asylum seekers who arrive by boat to centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island. Francois Crepeau, the UN special rapporteur on migrant human rights, has just finished an 18-day stint examining Australia’s immigration laws. He said in Canberra ...

Vladimir Putin successfully launches nuclear test missile that can reach America in 12 minutes

Vladimir Putin has successfully test-launched a new supersonic missile that could breach NATO’s missile defense systems — and reach the United States in twelve minutes. The missile, known as the Object 4202 rocket, managed to fly from Yasny Launch Base to the peninsula of Kamchatka, a distance spanning thousands of miles. Because its speed reaches 4000 mph, it would be ...

California Today: Did Trump Really Have a Shot at California?

Good morning. (Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.) It’s no secret that Donald J. Trump lost badly in California on Election Day. But not everywhere. By territory alone, the state’s blue and red sides ended up fairly even, as voters delivered wins for Mr. Trump across the rural Central Valley and northern counties.On Tuesday, Mr. Trump ...

Rodrigo Duterte’s Most Contentious Quotations

KALAHAN DENG President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has a reputation for frank – and frankly offensive – speech-making that electrifies his constituents as often as it angers other countries. He has made the extrajudicial killing of drug dealers and users the cornerstone of his domestic policy. Behind the bluster, analysts are alarmed that Mr. Duterte’s comments mark a shift ...

US ‘admits Somalia air strike killed allies, not al-Shabab’

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG An airstrike in Somalia that the US said had targeted al-Shabab actually killed 10 members of an allied local militia, US media report, quoting an unpublished Pentagon investigation. The US says it carried out the September strike to protect Puntland forces who came under fire during an operation against al-Shabab militants. The strike sparked anti-American protests ...

What a surprise move,Trump likes main Obamacare provisions ‘very much’

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG This is entirely strange to those who followed Mr. Trump’s campaign speeches about what is known as Obamacare in America. But Trump seemed to change his mind about the issue. US President-elect Donald Trump has said in an interview he is open to leaving intact key parts of President Barack Obama’s healthcare bill. Mr Trump, who ...

“The world needs a close relationship between the United States and the European continent”

Drowned out by the noise of this week’s remarkable US election was a telling speech by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker given hours after Donald Trump claimed victory. Speaking in Berlin about what Europe will look like in 2050, Juncker, who is a former prime minister of Luxembourg and one of the more outspoken EU officials you are likely to meet, admitted his prepared ...

About Donald Trump’s religion

There are only a few constitutional requirements for someone to be elected president — that they be 35 or over and a “natural-born” citizen of the United States, as well a resident in the country for at least 14 years — but there are a number of unwritten traditions that have historically shaped the office of the presidency. One of these ...

What will Donald Trump’s victory mean for the economy, businesses, and financial markets?

Healing The Divide Christos Makridis, PhD candidate in labor and public economics, Stanford University In the past few months, economic policy uncertainty has been higher than it has been in the country’s history, marginally surpassing the uncertainty associated with the Great Recession, September 11, 2001, and even the Great Depression. The United States faces a number of fundamental challenges: entitlement ...

‘Berlin needs to step up’

Some of Germany’s leading foreign policy experts said that, after Donald Trump becomes US President, Berlin will be more exposed in an increasingly unstable world. Reacting to Trump’s election victory on Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel was swift to offer an olive branch to the man her foreign minister described as a “hate preacher.” Citing shared values of democracy, freedom and ...

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