Around the Globe

Around the Globe

May Heads to Brussels Amid Moves to Block No-Deal Brexit

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May travels to Brussels on Monday to personally intervene in deadlocked exit negotiations with the European Union, a day after details emerged of cross-party talks to prevent her from leaving the bloc without an agreement.

China’s precedent-breaking Xi Jinping gets set to bolster his power

Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to amass even greater power at a Communist Party Congress this week, promoting close allies, having his guiding thought enshrined in the party constitution and possibly assuming a title to put him on par with Mao Zedong.

That is the view of multiple sources with ties to the Chinese leadership, including senior party officials, former officials and foreign diplomats. Much of it has also been signalled in the state media.

Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

Pope Francis marked UN World Food Day today with a call for world governments to act together to fight the hunger, conflicts and climate change driving mass migration from the developing to the industrialised world.

In a speech to the global body's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome, Francis said love rather than pity should be placed at the heart of international development efforts, and threw his weight behind efforts in the UN to negotiate a global accord on managed, safe migration.

War By Next Summer: US General shocks TV viewers with chilling warning

US General Barry McCaffrey’s, a respected retired general claims US President Donald Trump is “overloading” his military, undermining the world’s trust in the United States and pushing Australia towards an imminent war with North Korea,

Caffrey’s comments come as fears mount that the US and North Korea are headed towards an imminent war and as Kim Jong-un escalates his threats against the United States and its allies — including Australia.

Spy’s eye: Moment of reckoning

After long years of civilian-army asymmetry in Pakistan, Pak army’s game of cornering the large funding provided by the US in the ‘war on terror’ - without seriously countering the rise of Islamic extremism on its own territory - and that country’s clumsy pretence of helping the return of peace to Afghanistan, Pakistan has finally landed in a situation where the world community has squarely condemned it for providing ‘safe havens’ to terrorists.

Odisha SLFC cleared 98 projects since 2015: Minister

The Odisha government today said its State Level Facilitation Cell (SLFC) has cleared a total of 98 projects worth Rs 1,73,270 crore since its inception in August 2015.

The cell reviews investment proposals received by the state, as well as assists companies in actualising investments on the ground.

Democrats rising? Early statehouse wins test new faces

Democrats desperate to rebuild after losing the White House last year have scored a string of election victories for statehouse seats, testing a new generation of candidates and activists eager to resist President Donald Trump’s conservative agenda.

From New Hampshire to Oklahoma, Democrats have flipped eight Republican-held seats in special legislative elections, having spent millions of dollars on low-turnout contests mostly being fought over local issues. The wins showcase how Democrats want to fight back after losing to Trump and hitting historic lows in statehouses.

Proxy War Over Iran Nuclear Agreement Divides US, Europe at UN

As President Donald Trump prepares to announce whether he’ll certify Iran’s compliance with the deal to curb its nuclear program, US and European negotiators at the United Nations are on another collision course – this time over the Islamic Republic’s human rights record.

The US is pushing for tougher language condemning Iran for human rights violations in the draft of a UN resolution that’s typically taken up every year, but allies – including some in Europe – are pushing back, just as they are in defending the nuclear accord that Trump has called “the worst deal ever.”

Sharif to be indicted in graft cases tomorrow

Ousted Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif is set to be indicted tomorrow by an anti- corruption court in the Panama Papers scandal that could land him in jail.

The Supreme Court had disqualified Sharif, 67, as prime minister on July 28.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) then filed cases of corruption and money laundering against Sharif, his family members and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the Accountability Court in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.