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 ... But we might not like the answer ... Only by adding in the reserves (the old territorial army) can the Ministry of Defence get the headcount back over 100,000 ... .
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 ... .
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 ... ___ ... .
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 ... .
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... Over the past year, the Turkish currency lost about 40 percent of its value, and inflation is approaching 20 percent ... “It’s just so difficult.” ... .
Scientists recently added a whopping 301 newly validated exoplanets to the total exoplanet tally ... For missions like Kepler, with thousands of stars in its field of view, each holding the possibility to host multiple potential exoplanets, it’s a hugely time-consuming task to pore over massive datasets. ExoMiner solves this dilemma ... See more here.
President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday called upon judges “to exercise utmost discretion in their utterances in the courtrooms” saying that “indiscreet remarks, even if made with good intention, give space for dubious interpretations to run down the judiciary” ... “Courts are not representative bodies ... This sometimes leads to big issues” ... Tags ... .
Police fired tear gas and birdshot while fighting protesters with batons on Friday in a central Iranian city that has seen days of demonstrations demanding government action over a drought, online videos show ... They also show similar unrest in nearby streets in Isfahan, which is 340 kilometres south of the capital Tehran ... Tags. Iran ... Advertisement ... .
NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Sondheim, the songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century with his intelligent, intricately rhymed lyrics, his use of evocative melodies and his willingness to tackle unusual subjects, has died. He was 91 ...Insight by Infor ... Sadly, there is now a giant in the sky ... Read more ... ___ ... .
PARIS. The head of the Women's TennisAssociation (WTA) "remains deeply concerned" about Chinese star Peng Shuai, following her accusations of sexual assault against a powerful politician, a spokeswoman told AFP on Saturday. WTA chairman Steve Simon "has reached out to Peng Shuai via various communication channels ... .