US charges Canadian who narrated Islamic State videos

A US Justice Department statement said Mohammed Khalifa, who narrated violent IS videos, was recently handed over to US authorities and charged Washington (AFP) – A Canadian jihadist who fought for the Islamic State group and narrated violent propaganda videos has been taken into custody by the United States and charged, the Justice Department said […]

Japan’s Princess Mako to marry after delay and controversy

After years of controversy, Japan’s Princess Mako will marry this month, but she will forego traditional rites and will not take a usual payment given to royal women marrying commoners. “Princess Mako will marry on October 26,” an Imperial Household Agency official told AFP, adding that “wedding ceremony, reception banquet and other rituals won’t be […]

‘We made it’: Haitians learn from experience to reach Mexico’s Tijuana

By Lizbeth Diaz TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) – While thousands of Haitians were detained, deported or expelled from a camp on Mexico’s frontier with Texas last week, many others traveled west to the border city of Tijuana, hoping to avoid a crackdown aimed at stemming the rising tide of migrants. Evading detection, paying thousands of dollars, […]

Pentagon officials say Afghan govt’s collapse was rooted in 2020 US deal with Taliban

Senior Pentagon officials said Wednesday the collapse of the Afghan government and its security forces in August could be traced to the 2020 US agreement with the Taliban signed in Doha that promised a complete troop withdrawal. Joe Biden has faced the biggest crisis of his presidency over the withdrawal in Afghanistan, drawing criticism from […]

Social media campaign highlights colorful Afghan clothing to protest Taliban dress code

After seeing photos of black-clad Afghan women in full face veils at a pro-Taliban rally in Kabul, Bahar Jalali, an Afghan-American historian, launched a campaign highlighting the vibrant colors of traditional Afghan dresses. “I was very concerned that the world would think that those clothing worn by those women in Kabul was traditional Afghan clothing, […]

Trump’s CIA considered kidnapping or assassinating Julian Assange: report

Under the leadership of then-Director Mike Pompeo, the CIA in 2017 reportedly plotted to kidnap—and discussed plans to assassinate—WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange, who is currently imprisoned in London as he fights the Biden administration’s efforts to extradite him to the United States. Citing conversations with more than 30 former U.S. officials, Yahoo News […]

US returns ancient Gilgamesh tablet to Iraq

A 3,500-year-old tablet recounting the epic of Gilgamesh was returned to Iraq Thursday after being stolen three decades ago and illegally imported to the United States. Iraqi Cultural Minister Hassan Nazim accepted the tablet during a ceremony in Washington. “To me, it means restituting self-esteem and the confidence in Iraqi society,” he said. Despite its […]

Brazil’s health minister tests positive for COVID-19 at UN gathering

Brazil’s Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga tested positive for Covid-19 Tuesday after attending the UN General Assembly in New York that was inaugurated by his president, Jair Bolsonaro, according to an official statement. “The other members of the delegation have been tested and are negative,” said the official Brazilian government press release. Queiroga, who had received […]

Australia made ‘huge mistake’ in cancelling submarine deal, says French envoy

By Lidia Kelly and Gus Trompiz MELBOURNE/PARIS (Reuters) -Australia has made a “huge” diplomatic error by ditching a multi-billion-dollar order for French submarines in favour of an alternative deal with the United States and Britain, France’s envoy to Canberra said on Saturday. Canberra announced on Thursday it would scrap its 2016 deal with France’s Naval […]

Hungry in overwhelmed Texas town, migrants slip back into Mexico for food

By Alexandra Ulmer CIUDAD ACUÑA, MEXICO (Reuters) – Ernesto, a 31-year-old Haitian migrant, waded knee-deep through the Rio Grande river that separates the United States and Mexico. He wasn’t heading to the United States, though. He was leaving a migrant encampment in Del Rio, Texas, on Thursday to slip back into Mexico’s Ciudad Acuña to […]

Australian nuclear subs will be banned from New Zealand waters: Ardern

New Zealand will not lift a decades-long ban on nuclear-powered vessels entering its waters in the wake of key ally Australia’s decision to develop a nuclear submarine fleet, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Thursday. Ardern said her Australian counterpart Scott Morrison had briefed her on Canberra’s plan to develop nuclear-powered submarines with the help of […]

Foreign forces must leave Syria, Putin tells al-Assad in Moscow

A picture provided by the Kremlin on 14 September 2021 shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Kremlin. -/Kremlin/dpa The presence of foreign troops in Syria – the ones not invited by Damascus – are hindering Syria’s revival, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Bashar al-Assad during a surprise […]

American hacker mercenaries face U.S. charges for work in UAE

By Christopher Bing and Joel Schectman WASHINGTON, DC – (Reuters) – Three former U.S. intelligence operatives, who went to work as mercenary hackers for the United Arab Emirates, face federal charges of conspiring to violate hacking laws, according to Justice Department court documents filed on Tuesday. The three men, Marc Baier, Ryan Adams, and Daniel […]

Republicans either can’t figure out the message on Afghanistan — or can’t stop themselves from lying: conservative

After years of lying to the American people, conservative columnist Max Boot said Wednesday that Republicans simply can’t stop themselves from continuing to do it. In his column for the Washington Post, Boot argued that Republican officials can’t decide where they stand on President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. Some wanted him to exit faster. […]

America must admit admit the Afghanistan war ‘was a failure’ and has been for years: CNN’s Zakaria

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria delivered a reality check on Monday to people who think that the United States could have prevailed in Afghanistan despite 20 years of failures and setbacks. While appearing with Anderson Cooper, Zakaria explained that the United States was never able to build a state in Afghanistan that was seen as legitimate by […]

American military announces US has left Afghanistan after 20 years of war

The war in Afghanistan ended on Monday after 2,461 U.S. service members were killed and over 20,000 injured. “I’m here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan and the end of the military mission to evacuate American citizens, third country nationals, and vulnerable Afghans,” Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said on Monday. “The last C-17 […]

Stephen Miller screams at ‘clinically insane’ Joe Biden in Fox News interview about Afghan refugees

Former Trump adviser Stephen Miller on Sunday called President Joe Biden “clinically insane” for allowing Afghan refugees to live in the United States. Miller yelled at the current commander-in-chief throughout a Fox News interview after host Maria Bartiromo asked him about “refugees” that are being brought to the United States from Afghanistan. “Your thoughts on […]

Biden official fires back at CNN’s Tapper over accusation Taliban was handed a ‘kill list’

On Sunday morning, President Joe Biden’s nationals security advisor engaged in a contentious back and forth with CNN’s Jake Tapper over a report in Politico that the administration had given the Taliban alist of Americans and Afghan allies that was being used as a “kill list.” Pressed by Tapper, Jake Sullivan explained how the administration […]

WATCH: CNN host pulled up short by ex-Navy SEAL for casting suspicion on rescued Afghan refugees

A former Navy SEAL who participated in a daring rescue of Afghan refugees earlier in the week under the name “Pineapple Express”, cut off CNN host Michael Smerconish for questioning the loyalties of refugees who were extricated along with their families because they were U.S. allies during the occupation. According to ABC, “Moving after nightfall […]