Imprisoned Kurdish journalist in Iran awarded human rights prize
2014-12-17 06:26:01 UTC
Toronto, Canada—Mohammad Seddigh Kaboudwand, an imprisoned Kurdish journalist in Iran has been awarded the 2014 Prize by the International Center for Human Rights (ICHR) for his contribution to human rights in his country.
Ardeshir Zarezadeh, c...
Kobane: Kurdish forces started a major assault on ISIS
2014-12-15 02:54:05 UTC
Kobane (Kurdistan) – Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Kobane captured seven important locations from the Islamic State (IS) in a joint major assault, a Peshmerga official told Rudaw.
Meanwhile, YPG forces kil...
U.S. is not the leading economic power anymore
2014-12-10 19:33:20 UTC
The Chinese economy just overtook the United States economy to become the largest in the world. For the first time since Ulysses S. Grant was president, America is not the leading economic power on the planet. There’s no easy way to say this: USA ...
NY mayor refuses to endorse a U.S. grand jury decision
2014-12-08 07:09:15 UTC
New York mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday refused to endorse a grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer over the choking death of a man in the city last summer. De Blasio also doubled down on controversial comments he made about the risk...
Washington Post reporter charged by Iran court
2014-12-07 08:18:52 UTC
A Washington Post reporter detained in Iran for months was formally charged on Saturday after a day-long proceeding in a Tehran courtroom, the newspaper reported.
Jason Rezaian, the newspaper’s bureau chief in Tehran since 2012, appeared in cou...
Powerful typhoon struck the eastern Philippines
2014-12-07 08:25:41 UTC
More than half a million people have fled coastal villages in the area, which was still recovering from Typhoon Haiyan last year.
In Tacloban, where thousands were killed by Haiyan, roofs have been blown away and streets are flooded.
Kurdish forces stop ISIS attack on three fronts in Kobane
2014-12-07 08:25:02 UTC
KOBANE — Islamist militants attacked the Kurdish forces in Kobane on three fronts Friday morning, a commander told Rudaw - a Kurdish media network-, and the Kurds responded with heavy fire, stopping the attack and killing several militants.
US grand jury system 'broken'
2014-12-04 21:45:34 UTC
Civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton: We need to centralise and make clear that we want the justice department and the federal government to deal with the fact that the grand jury systems on a state level are broken and seem to lack the capaci...
EU parliament is poised to call for a break-up of Google
2014-11-26 18:42:00 UTC
MEPs are set to clash with the European commission over whether Google’s dominant search engine should be separated from the rest of the company.
The parliament is poised to call for a break-up of Google in an attempt to drastically escalate Eu...
European parliament set to call for break-up of Google
2014-11-22 06:04:39 UTC
The European parliament is poised to call for a break-up of Google, in one of the most brazen assaults so far on the technology group's power.
A draft motion seen by the Financial Times says that "unbundling of search engines from other commerc...
Obama New Steps to Fix the US Immigration System
2014-11-21 02:25:35 UTC
President Obama: "To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill."
WASHINGTON — In an address ...
U.S. announced $3 Billion on World Climate Change Fund
2014-11-14 21:57:30 UTC
WASHINGTON — The White House announced the $3bn pledge on Friday, putting climate change firmly on the agenda of the G20 summit in Brisbane and injecting momentum into United Nations talks ahead of a key meeting in Lima this month.
The $3bn is ...
Obama 'close to immigration action'
2014-11-14 06:20:00 UTC
WASHINGTON — In a letter to Obama released on Thursday, 116 House Democrats said it was clear Republican leaders would not pass legislation to enact comprehensive immigration reform. “By failing to do their job – and repeatedly interfering with y...
US Airstrikes Target Gathering of Islamic State Leaders
2014-11-09 06:19:24 UTC
BAGHDAD — US Fighter jets carried out an airstrikes on Saturday and destroyed 10 armed Islamic State trucks around the Mosul in northern Iraq. An Iraqi security official and a military commander said that the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ...
Gorbachev accused the US of “triumphalism” after USSR collapse in 1991
2014-11-08 19:38:53 UTC
Mikhail Gorbachev, as leader of the USSR in the late 1980s, is credited with rapprochement with the West and creating a more liberal atmosphere which led to the collapse of communist regimes in Eastern Europe in 1989. Now he has warned that tensi...
Obama will send up to 1,500 more troops to Iraq
2014-11-07 22:05:36 UTC
WASHINGTON — U.S. troop levels in Iraq will soon stand at about 3,000. President Barack Obama ordered an additional 1,500 troops to Iraq on Friday to bolster the performance of Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting Isis in ground combat. Those troops,...
Obama Wrote a Letter to Khamenei
2014-11-07 16:28:42 UTC
During his regularly scheduled press briefing, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked about the report that President Obama wrote a letter to Iran's supreme religious leader Khamenei this past October. He responded that he was "not in ...
Hillary Clinton won the 2014 midterms
2014-11-05 20:21:04 UTC
Many of the candidates that the Clintons backed in this cycle went down to defeat. While former Newsweek reporter Andrew Romano isn’t denying 2014 was a good year for Republicans, he could not wait to start shaking the pom-poms for how Hillary’s p...
U.S. 2014 Midterms: A slap in Obama's face
2014-11-05 07:03:27 UTC
Republicans swept to power in the US Senate after a rout for Democrats in midterm elections that were dominated by criticism of Barack Obama’s presidency and are likely to hobble his last two years in Washington.
A stronger-than-expected Republ...
South African prosecutors appeal against Oscar Pistorius verdict and sentence
2014-11-04 18:29:45 UTC
Oscar Pistorius’s five-year prison term for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was “shockingly light, inappropriate and would not have been imposed by any reasonable court”, according to prosecutors who have filed for leave to appeal against...
Can Obama reboot if Democrats crash in midterms?
2014-11-04 07:57:54 UTC
The White House has scotched rumours it will conduct a purge of top advisers if Democrats do badly in Tuesday’s midterm elections, despite concerns that voters see local races increasingly as a referendum on Barack Obama’s second-term performance....
Peshmerga fighters to deploy to Kobane with heavy weapons
2014-10-29 22:11:28 UTC
Turkey (AFP) - Crowds of flag-waving Kurds greeted Iraqi peshmerga forces travelling through Turkey Wednesday to join rebel fighters reinforcing the Syrian town of Kobane against an attack by the Islamic State group.
Flashing victory signs, the...
Not Friends At All: The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations
2014-10-29 22:12:22 UTC
By JEFFREY GOLDBERG -
The other day I was talking to a senior Obama administration official about the foreign leader who seems to frustrate the White House and the State Department the most. “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this o...
Dilma Rousseff has been re-elected president of Brazil
2014-10-27 01:42:16 UTC
An official count showed her rival, centrist candidate Aecio Neves, taking just over 48% of the vote.
In her victory speech, Ms Rousseff said she wanted to be "a much better president than I have been until now".
She faced protests last year...
Gunman kills soldier at National War Memorial in Ottawa
2014-10-23 15:46:22 UTC
Canadian police have confirmed there was only a single gunman involved in a brazen gun attack on the national parliament on Wednesday that left a soldier dead.
Ottawa police said that they are satisfied there was one attacker, and police chief ...