Russian troops withdraw from Afrin ahead of Turkish invasion

By Leith Aboufadel BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The Russian military has withdrawn from the Afrin Canton in northwestern Aleppo, government sources reported this afternoon. The Russian troops left their posts near More »

Do Not Let Afrin Become Another Kobane: Urgent Statement by academics and activists

We, the undersigned academics and human rights activists, insist that the leaders of Russia, Iran, and the U.S. ensure that the sovereignty of Syrian borders is not breached by Turkey and that More »

Turkey begins assault on Kurdish-held enclave in Syria

The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia has said Turkish forces have fired about 70 shells at Kurdish villages in the Afrin region of north-western Syria, as Ankara said its threatened military assault was More »

Tunisia: January, the month of logical revolts

by Fausto Giudice It was predictable, it was foreseen and it happened: Tunisia exploded from below on Monday, the 8th of January. In all parts of the country, marginalised youths attacked police More »

Weapons for Egypt from Germany

Last year, the German government authorized a record number of arms exports to Egypt. As the government confirmed, permits, valued at around €428 million, were issued in 2017. Among the goods Cairo More »

 

China | China to move millions of people from homes in anti-poverty drive

Mass relocation from remote rural villages is part of Xi Jinping’s goal of eradicating extreme poverty by 2020

by Tom Phillips

Xiao Ercha lives in a tumbledown shanty beside a pigsty, thousands of kilometres and a world away from the awe-inspiring skyscrapers of Beijing and Shanghai.

China | DPRK: UN official stresses urgency of reducing tensions

In this Dec 9, 2017 photo, UN Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, center, arrives at an airport in Beijing, China. Feltman met Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho and had two sessions of talks with Vice-Foreign Minister Pak Myong-guk during his four-day visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and left Pyongyang on Dec 9, 2017. (MINORU IWASAKI/KYODO NEWS VIA AP)

China | Que cherche la Chine en investissant autant en Afrique ?

Par David Pilling

Jamais Pékin n’avait investi à ce point sur le continent africain, devenu un véritable laboratoire de ses ambitions internationales. Et l’Afrique apprécie ce partenaire non interventionniste qui lui apporte financements et infrastructures. Système gagnant-gagnant ? Le débat est lancé.

China | DPRK missile launch provokes new military tensions at Korean peninsula

The Republic of Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement Tuesday that the DPRK fired off a ballistic missile into its eastern waters from an area near Banghyeon, North Pyongan Province in the DPRK’s northwest at around 9:40 a.m. local time (0040 GMT).

China | Downpours, floods wreak havoc in Chinese provinces

BEIJING – Heavy rains and ensuing floods since June 22 have affected more than 2 million people and left 13 people dead or missing in Zhejiang and Guizhou provinces, civil authorities said Tuesday.

China National Commission for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of Civil Affairs have jointly issued grade-IV emergency responses and have sent teams to assist in disaster-hit areas.

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