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. since the end of the Cold War, defence has gradually slipped further and further down the political priority list ... But we might not like the answer ... .
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. “Produce prices change every day, and customers are in disbelief,” Barakat tells Al Jazeera... “Do we have any orchards or groves 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 ... .
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Scientists recently added a whopping 301 newly validated exoplanets to the total exoplanet tally. The throng of planets is the latest to join the 4,569 already validated planets orbiting a multitude of distant stars ...Deep neural networks are machine learning methods that automatically learn a task when provided with enough data ... See more here ... ....
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 ... .
Ukrainian PresidentVladimirZelensky said that there is a possibility of war with Russia amid media speculation of when the war could be. "There is really a lot of intimidation coming from some media that there will be a war tomorrow. Ukraine is in full control of its borders and is fully prepared for any escalation ... .
Written by Mark Landler. At times, the quarrels between Britain and France can seem trivial and more than a little petulant. But the latest round of recrimination, following the tragic deaths of at least 27 migrants in a flimsy inflatable boat off the French coast, puts the two countries at odds on one of the thorniest issues they face ... Tags ... Nov 27 ... .