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EU needs new trade chief at critical, uncertain moment

The European Union lost its highly rated trade commissioner Phil Hogan due to an Irish domestic scandal over pandemic regulations. It needs a new one fast given the volume of critical issues mounting up. The resignation of Phil Hogan as…

Alexei Navalny shows signs of improvement, still in induced coma

Navalny has been receiving treatment at Berlin’s Charite university hospital following a suspected poisoning. Doctors warned that it was still too soon “to gauge potential long-term effects.” The Berlin hospital where Russian activist Alexei Navalny is being treated for a suspected poisoning…

Uruguay wages successful fight against COVID-19

Uruguay is warding off the coronavirus pandemic better than other Latin American nations. The country’s low population density and a robust health care system are big factors in its success. Latin America has been in the grip of the COVID-19…

A dangerous time to be a journalist

Courtney Radsch, advocacy director of the NYC-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), explains how leaders are violating media freedom, not only in the United States but also around the world. Since the outbreak of the protests sparked by the death…

Belarus protests: Women line the streets of Minsk to protest Lukashenko’s crackdown

Brutal police crackdowns in Belarus prompted hundreds of women to protest in Minsk. France’s Emmanuel Macron raised the issue of “violence” with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. The UN has joined the chorus of disapproval. Hundreds of women took to the streets…

Argentina’s debt restructuring deal explained

The Argentine government has struck a substantial debt deal with some major creditors, saving it billions. What exactly is the deal about and could it save the ailing economy? Argentina owes a fortune — $323 billion (€274 billion) as of…

Journalists under threat: August’s 10 most urgent cases

Every month, the One Free Press Coalition draws attention to unresolved cases of crimes against journalists. This month, the list includes the cases of Omar Radi, Solafa Magdy and Maria Ressa. 1. Austin Tice (Syria) This month marks eight years…

Coronavirus: Germany puts Spain’s Catalonia, Navarre and Aragon on high-risk list

Holidaymakers returning from Catalonia, home to Barcelona, will have to present a negative coronavirus test or go into quarantine upon arriving in Germany. It’s one of three Spanish regions newly designated high risk. Germany’s disease control agency on Friday added…

Turkey: Hagia Sophia’s first Muslim Friday prayers draw thousands

Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia has opened for Muslim Friday prayers for the first time since the museum was changed back to a mosque. High profile guests joined the crowds of worshippers at the ancient site. Thousands of worshippers flocked to Turkey’s…

EU leaders struggle to break deadlock over coronavirus package

EU talks on a shared coronavirus stimulus package have broken up temporarily, with the bloc’s leaders still at an impasse. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said progress had been made, but failure was still possible. EU leaders wrangled over the…

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