Protesters in Niger blocked a French military convoy on Saturday shortly after it crossed the border from Burkina Faso, where it had been stuck for a week due to demonstrations against the former colonial ruler there, France's army said. ... "Protesters tried to pillage and seize the trucks," Ianni said ... .
What are the armed forces for? This is the question that hangs over every defence review, and one that recent governments have been averse to answering. The problem is this. since the end of the Cold War, defence has gradually slipped further and further down the political priority list ... But we might not like the answer ... .
China’s foreign ministry has publicly supported of Russia in condemning the US-backed so called ‘Summit for Democracy’ due to take place next month, criticizing it as a distortion of the values Washington claims to champion ... Read more America is attempting to ‘privatize democracy,’ claims Kremlin ... .
MADRID (AP) — Tens of thousands of Spanish police officers and their supporters marched in Madrid on Saturday to protest against government plans to reform a controversial security law known by critics as the “gag law.” ... Powerful police unions, however, say that the proposed changes to the law will make their job more difficult ... ___ ... .
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Scientists recently added a whopping 301 newly validated exoplanets to the total exoplanet tally. The throng of planets is the latest to join the 4,569 already validated planets orbiting a multitude of distant stars ...Deep neural networks are machine learning methods that automatically learn a task when provided with enough data ... See more here ... ....
World powers and Iran return to Vienna on Monday for a last ditch effort to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal, but few expect a breakthrough as Tehran’s atomic activities rumble on in an apparent bid to gain leverage against the West. Diplomats say time is running low to resurrect the pact, which then-U.S ... and European diplomats consider unrealistic.
Australian officials are racing to carry out further tests on passengers arriving from southern Africa who tested positive for Covid-19 to determine if they are carrying the Omicron variant, as nations around the world tightened controls against the worrying new strain ... The Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa (DenisFarrell/AP) ... / ... / ... .
Jamil Barakat says it was never easy to sustain a living in Syria’s northwestern Idlib town. But the Turkish lira crisis next door and skyrocketing inflation have made running his small business a nightmare. “Produce prices change every day, and customers are in disbelief,” Barakat tells Al Jazeera... “Do we have any orchards or groves here?” ... .
Kyrgyzstan is voting in parliamentary polls as tensions simmer after claims of a plot to unseat populist President Sadyr Japarov, who rose to power in post-vote unrest last year ... But Zamirbekov worried that low turnout would benefit rich parties “without any vision” for the mountainous, land-locked country of 6.5 million ... .
The long-awaited trial of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s confidant Ghislaine Maxwell, getting underway Monday, can be likened to an iceberg — many of the unanswered questions about their alleged enterprise will remain hidden, for now ... He has denied the allegations. Instead, U.S ... Ghislaine Maxwell ... .