The president's hit-'em-where-it-hurts approach to foreign policy is in danger of backfiring as rivals unite against the USSome US presidents use military force to impose America's will on other countries. Most prefer traditional diplomacy and negotiation, or else they ask allies to help them get their way. Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama stressed the importance of moral example in projecting global leadership.Donald Trump does things differently. Since taking office last year, he has repeatedly resorted [...]
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America's Waterways Have a Huge Problem With Contact Lenses
All those tiny discs add up. [...]
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Indian prime minister Narendra Modi flew over the worst floods in a century to hit Kerala, surveying the damage that has killed 164 people and forced 200,000 into relief camps. The Indian Air Force dropped aid packets for flood-hit victims in the southern state. Further heavy rainfall has been forecast and authorities plan to implement controlled releases of water from dams to manage flows and minimise damage.Kerala floods: many thousands await rescue as downpour continues [...]
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Father, son drive through flames to escape forest fire
Justin Bilton and his 70-year-old father barely escaped as the Howe Ridge Fire closed in on them in West Glacier, Montana. [...]
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Rain abates in India's flood-hit Kerala, fears of disease in camps
The beaches and backwaters of Kerala are top destinations for domestic and international tourists, but far fewer visit during the monsoon season. The India Meteorological Department forecast heavy rainfall only at one or two places of Kerala on Sunday and withdrew a red alert in several districts. [...]
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Europe must 'pay price' to save nuclear deal: Iran FM
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday that Europe had not yet shown it was willing to "pay the price" of defying Washington in order to save the nuclear deal. Zarif said European governments had put forward proposals to maintain oil and banking ties with Iran after the second phase of US sanctions return in November. "Although they have moved forward, we believe that Europe is not yet ready to pay the [...]
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A farmers' leader shot in the back is one of 18 activists killed this year, targeted for opposing evictions, logging and miningAt 9am on 9 May, Luis Arturo Marroquín walked out of a shop in the main square of the small town of San Luis Jilotepéque in central Guatemala. Eyewitnesses say a black Toyota Hilux pick-up then drove up and, in full view of passersby, two men wearing hoods shot Marroquín repeatedly in the back.The [...]
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A multimedia show from the Russian punk activists still being persecuted for anti-Putin protest is as funny as it is nerve-shreddingPussy Riot might put the punk rock in modern protest, but their musical chops have always been a little less clear. You will likely know that two of the Russian feminist disrupters were arrested and sentenced to nearly two years in a labour camp for performing their “punk prayer” performance in an orthodox cathedral in [...]
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New Zealand's restrictions on ownership are worth considering here if the housing market is to be reformedLast week, New Zealand banned non-resident buyers from purchasing existing homes, to make housing more affordable for its citizens. It joins Switzerland, which has also banned non-residents from outside the EU from buying property. Several other jurisdictions around the world, including Hong Kong, Singapore and British Columbia in Canada impose restrictions or surcharges. Political interest is growing in these [...]
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Fabled 'Little Red' prototype Shelby Mustang discovered!
One of two pivotal Experimental cars built by Shelby has been found in a Texas field, 50 years after it disappeared – and the owner had no idea what he owned... [...]
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