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    Pope prays for an end to ‘vile’ attacks in Syria in his Easter address
    Apr16

    Pope prays for an end to ‘vile’ attacks in Syria in his Easter address

    VATICAN CITY // On the holiest day in Christendom, Pope Francis lamented the horrors generated by war and hatred, delivering an Easter Sunday message that also decried the “latest vile” attack on civilians in Syria.In his balcony address, Francis prayed that God would sustain those working to comfort and help the civilian population...

    G7 states reach no deal on UK call for further Syria and Russia sanctions
    Apr11

    G7 states reach no deal on UK call for further Syria and Russia sanctions

    LUCCA, ITALY // Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) major industrialised nations reached no agreement on a British suggestion that sanctions be tightened against Syria and Russia.Before the two-day meeting, British foreign secretary Boris Johnson had said he wanted to discuss imposing fresh sanctions over last week’s chemical...

    Companies face conflict between ethics and profit in war zones
    Mar12

    Companies face conflict between ethics and profit in war zones

    Paris // Some multinationals working in conflict zones are turning to ethically dubious practices to keep their factories operating, employees working and goods flowing.French-Swiss cement manufacturer LafargeHolcim admitted this month that it resorted to “unacceptable” practices in 2013 and 2014 to keep its Jalabiya plant in Syria...

    Book review: The Despot’s Accomplice challenges the West’s commitment to democracy
    Mar09

    Book review: The Despot’s Accomplice challenges the West’s commitment to democracy

    The new millennium has been unkind to democracy, but never has the brand suffered greater damage than it did in 2016. The populist winds that have been roiling the world finally reached the Atlantic, marking Britain and the United States’s retreat into nativism. Through the hallowed means of the ballot, Britain voted itself out of the...

    Trump picks Putin critic as adviser on Russia
    Mar03

    Trump picks Putin critic as adviser on Russia

    NEW YORK // The White House is preparing to appoint a respected academic and critic of Vladimir Putin as its chief Russia expert, in a sign that Donald Trump’s “bromance” with the Russian leader is cooling amid a growing scandal about ties between their administrations.Fiona Hill, a British-born analyst and writer, has advocated...

    Russia seeks ‘post-West’ order as US vows loyalty to allies
    Feb18

    Russia seeks ‘post-West’ order as US vows loyalty to allies

    Munich // Russia on Saturday called for an end to what it said was an outdated world order dominated by the West after US vice president Mike Pence pledged Washington’s “unwavering” commitment to transatlantic allies in Nato.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov offered a diametrically opposed global vision, just hours after Mr...

    Rex Tillerson reassures allies over US policy
    Feb17

    Rex Tillerson reassures allies over US policy

    BONN // America’s European allies said they had won assurances on Friday from new secretary of state Rex Tillerson regarding Washington’s commitment to a political solution to the Syria conflict.The G20 summit was the first chance for the new US administration to give a fuller picture of American foreign policy and Mr Tillerson used...

    Europe hits back at Trump over ‘obsolete’ Nato
    Jan16

    Europe hits back at Trump over ‘obsolete’ Nato

    BRUSSELS // Angela Merkel led a sharp European response to Donald Trump on Monday after he branded the Nato alliance “obsolete” and criticised the German chancellor’s open-door refugee policy.In a hard-hitting interview with two European newspapers, the US president-elect unleashed a volley of verbal attacks on the European...

    Swedish institute accuses Russia of spreading ‘fake news’
    Jan13

    Swedish institute accuses Russia of spreading ‘fake news’

    DUBLIN // A leading foreign affairs institute in Stockholm has accused Russia of spreading fake news, propaganda and disinformation in an effort to shrink Nato’s influence in the region. In a paper published in the Journal of Strategic Studies, researchers from the Swedish Institute of International Affairs said a “wide array of...

    Moscow says no ‘tit-for-tat’ retaliation after US expels 35 Russian diplomats
    Dec30

    Moscow says no ‘tit-for-tat’ retaliation after US expels 35 Russian diplomats

    Vladimir Putin on Friday announced Russia would not expel any American diplomats after the United States kicked out 35 Russian embassy and consulate staff in retaliation for the hacking of US political groups during the 2016 election, in a move that appears designed to sow confusion ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration. Analysts had...

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