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Turkey urges US to remove YPG from Washington’s military coalition in Syria

The Turkish defense minister says he has urged his American counterpart to stop supporting the People's Protection Units (YPG) militant group and to remove the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Syria. Nurettin Canikli made the remarks during a televised

Is Europe bold enough to counter US ambivalence?

The Munich Security Conference is expected to be dominated by US President Donald Trump's ambivalence toward traditional alliances, leaving Europe no choice but to step up its defense initiatives.   So much for basing scholarly foreign-policy debate on the international order. "The world is becoming less international and less orderly," Ambassador Wolfgang

China’s military reach goes global, leaving rivals behind

By William Holland An annual assessment of global military capabilities and defense economics has been released by the UK-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. Titled “The Military Balance,” it provides government leaders with sound analysis regarding contemporary spending trends on military capabilities. This year’s report startled many in the US defense establishment, for

Like Zuma, Ethiopian prime minister resigns amid political turmoil

Hailemariam Desalegn's resignation comes amid political crisis and lingering unrest in the Horn of Africa country. Hailemariam Desalegn says he has submitted his resignation as both Ethiopia's prime minister and chairman of the country's ruling coalition. Hailemariam's announcement comes amid a political crisis and lingering unrest in the Horn of Africa country, which

Meet Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s New President and a Mandela Favorite

By Norimitsu Onishi Cyril Ramaphosa, who was sworn in Thursday as South Africa’s president, recently did what many politicians do at pivotal points in their careers. He released a book. The book told of one of his passions — his love for a Ugandan breed of royal cattle that he imported to South

The UN Just Released the Most Comprehensive Report on Gender Equality Around the World

By Joanne Lu Gender equality is a catalyst for social progress. Thanks to a new report from the UN, we now have the data to prove it. The rubric for the release of this report by is the Sustainable Development Goals, which is the UN’s guiding global development blueprint. The SDGs, as they are

Mayotte: the French migration frontline you’ve never heard of

•Thousands of people have died trying to make the hazardous Indian Ocean crossing By Edward Carver Last month, Ousseni Souffiani’s life was turned upside down. He had lived in a hillside shantytown on the island of Mayotte, but a torrential downpour swept his flimsy home away, killing his wife and four of