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Eurovision song contest held in Lisbon, Portugal; bookies favor Cyprus for winner

Eurovision song contest held in Lisbon, Portugal; bookies favor Cyprus for winner

LISBON, Portugal — Lights, music, action! The annual celebration of country and song known as the Eurovision Song Contest got underway in Portugal’s capital Saturday night with a paean to the country’s traditional fado music. As the contest headed toward the final contestents, bookies favored Eleni Foureira, from Cyprus, BBC News reports. BBC News suggests […]

Faith and diplomacy

Faith and diplomacy

When he visited India for the Agra Summit in 2001, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf added religious stops to the trip — perhaps with a domestic constituency in mind and perhaps hoping for some luck too. His itinerary included a visit to the Nizamuddin dargah on his first day in Delhi and to the Ajmer dargah […]

Iran condemns Israeli strikes in Syria with no mention of attacks on Israel

Iran condemns Israeli strikes in Syria with no mention of attacks on Israel

“The Zionist regime’s multiple strikes on the Syrian soil and the blatant violation of the country’s sovereignty, especially in recent days, was a clear act of aggression and a potent example of the crisis-seeking, lie-oriented and domineering nature of this regime, which wouldn’t like to see stability, security, and tranquillity in the region,” read a […]

Hanoi demands Beijing withdraw missiles from disputed islands

Hanoi demands Beijing withdraw missiles from disputed islands

Hanoi has demanded Beijing remove military equipment from contested islands in the South China Sea, saying reported missile installations are a “serious violation” of Vietnam’s sovereignty. The warning follows a report from US network CNBC last week that China had installed anti-ship and surface-to-air missiles on the Spratly Islands, an archipelago in the resource-rich waterway […]

US releases Puerto Rico debt crisis report, offers solutions

US releases Puerto Rico debt crisis report, offers solutions

A U.S. government report Wednesday detailed how Puerto Rico accumulated some $70 billion in public debt and suggested ways federal officials could help avoid a repeat of the crisis, such as removing a triple-tax exemption on the island’s bonds and requiring local investment companies to disclose risks associated with those bonds. The report comes nearly […]

Five Politicians Are Gone From The Parliament Today Over Dual Citizenship

Five Politicians Are Gone From The Parliament Today Over Dual Citizenship

Four politicians have announced they will resign from parliament and re-contest their seats following a High Court decision on citizenship on Tuesday morning that saw Labor senator Katy Gallagher ejected from the parliament. The highly anticipated ruling on Tuesday has prompted four lower house MPs – Labor’s Justine Keay, Josh Wilson and Susan Lamb, and […]

Trump wants to wring a 'better deal' from Iran. Here's why that's so unlikely.

Trump wants to wring a 'better deal' from Iran. Here's why that's so unlikely.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks in Sabzevar on Sunday. Rouhani is warning President Trump that pulling America out of the nuclear deal with world powers would be a “historic regret.” (Iranian Presidency Office via AP) Within the next few days, the Trump administration will decide whether to continue to waive nuclear sanctions on Iran, which […]

Hillary Clinton Thought About Moving to New Zealand After Losing Election to Trump

Hillary Clinton Thought About Moving to New Zealand After Losing Election to Trump

Former Secretary of State and Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visited New Zealand over the weekend, confessing she considered moving there after losing the 2016 election to Donald Trump. Clinton recalled how her Kiwi friends suggested she moved to New Zealand at a talk on Monday. “And I appreciated the offers. Gave them some thought,” she […]

Bombing at mosque in Afghanistan kills at least 14

Bombing at mosque in Afghanistan kills at least 14

KABUL, Afghanistan — A bomb blast inside a mosque in eastern Afghanistan that was being used as a voter registration center killed at least 14 people and wounded 33, officials said on Sunday. Talib Mangal, spokesman for the provincial governor in Khost, said that there was one female among those killed in the attack.  “The blast […]

US firms, debt could be China's targets if US plays hardball

US firms, debt could be China's targets if US plays hardball

In this May 4, 2018 photo, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, center left, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, center right, leave their hotel in Beijing for trade negotiations with Chinese officials. In a looming trade war between the world’s two largest economies, American companies in China may have a bull’s-eye on their backs. (Mark Schiefelbein/Associated […]