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Kerry urges global strategy to save the world’s oceans

US Secretary of State John Kerry Monday called for a global strategy to save the world's oceans, saying everyone had a "shared responsibility" to protect the seas covering 75 percent of the planet. "Let's develop a plan" to combat over-fishing, climate… Read More »

Thai army invokes martial law to quell unrest

Thai army invokes martial law to quell unrest (via AFP) Thailand’s army on Tuesday declared martial law across the crisis-gripped kingdom to restore order following months of anti-government protests that have left 28 people dead and hundreds wounded. An announcement on military-run television said martial… Read More »

Next Trendlines: What’s the impact of Ukraine crisis on Middle East?

Rapid developments in Ukraine, including protests that pushed out Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Russia’s subsequent moves in the Crimea, have drawn international attention to the region. And, some fear, suctioned any chances of making… Read More »

5.5 million children impacted by Syria conflict: UN

5.5 million children impacted by Syria conflict: UN (via AFP) The UN said Tuesday the number of children impacted by Syria’s war has doubled in the past year to 5.5 million, many of them trapped in besieged areas and beyond reach. In a report entitled “Under Siege — the devastating impact on children of three… Read More »

Britain and Ukraine: Fisking “Stop the War”

Britain and Ukraine: Fisking “Stop the War” (via The Economist) “STOP the War” is a coalition of British left-wing groups established in 2001 to campaign against the Iraq War. The organisation has often been accused of being sympathetic towards (or at least, conspicuously quiet about) despotic foreign leaders… Read More »

Govt to unveil new measures to tackle child poverty

Govt to unveil new measures to tackle child poverty (via AFP) The coalition government will on Thursday unveil new measures to address child poverty after scrapping controversial plans to rewrite the official definition which focuses on household income. The Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and Schools… Read More »

South Korean MP sentenced to 12 years for treason (via AFP)

South Korean MP sentenced to 12 years for treason (via AFP) A South Korean court on Monday sentenced an opposition legislator to 12 years in prison after a rare treason trial saw him convicted of plotting an armed revolt in support of North Korea. Prosecutors had demanded 20 years for Lee Seok-Ki, 52, who was… Read More »

New Iran sanctions bill stalls in US Senate (via AFP)

New Iran sanctions bill stalls in US Senate (via AFP) Two top US senators agreed with the White House Thursday that Washington should not introduce new sanctions against Iran, warning they could “rupture” international unity against Tehran’s nuclear program. The comments by the top Democrat and Republican… Read More »

Budget deal breaks through partisan gridlock (via PBS News Hour)

Budget deal breaks through partisan gridlock (via PBS News Hour) By: Terence Burlij and Christina Bellantoni Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray walk to their joint news conference at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan and Washington State… Read More »

Detroit bankruptcy case can go forward: US judge

Detroit bankruptcy case can go forward: US judge (via AFP) The city of Detroit won approval to move forward with its bankruptcy filing from a federal judge Tuesday despite objections from city workers fearful of losing their pensions and other creditors, local media reports. Saddled with more than $18 billion… Read More »

Iran nuke deal launches six-month diplomatic battle

Iran nuke deal launches six-month diplomatic battle (via AFP) Western leaders hailed their hard-won nuclear agreement with Iran, but were quickly confronted by the scale of the six-month struggle ahead to reach a final settlement. The accord the United States and its allies welcomed will put Iran’s nuclear enrichment… Read More »

Michigan Association of Counties Names New Director of Governmental Affairs and Welcomes New Governmental Affairs Associate

Michigan Association of Counties Names New Director of Governmental Affairs and Welcomes New Governmental Affairs Associate (via PR Newswire) Download image Deena Bosworth, Director of Governmental Affairs and Dana Gill, Governmental Affairs Associate. (PRNewsFoto/Michigan Association of Counties) LANSING, Mich., Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Michigan Association of Counties… Read More »

Call the medic

Call the medic (via The Economist) IN OBAMACARE’S long list of problems, the most damaging—politically, at least—has nothing to do with the health exchanges. Thousands of Americans (the numbers are imprecise) on the individual market are receiving cancellation notices from their… Read More »

Iran nuclear talks enter third day as diplomats grapple for deal

Iran nuclear talks enter third day as diplomats grapple for deal (via AFP) World powers and Iran held a third day of crunch talks on Tehran’s nuclear programme Saturday with top diplomats saying progress was being made but there was no certainty of a deal. Adding diplomatic weight to the negotiations, Russian Foreign Minister… Read More »

Obama to Congress: end ‘manufactured crises’

Obama to Congress: end ‘manufactured crises’ (via AFP) President Barack Obama on Saturday called for an end to “manufactured crises and self-inflicted wounds” as he urged Republicans and Democrats in Congress to approve a new federal budget. Obama, speaking in his weekly radio address, said that what most… Read More »

Spy claims send allies complaining to Obama

Spy claims send allies complaining to Obama (via AFP) President Barack Obama must be used to the drill by now — picking up the phone to get an earful from another foreign leader venting at rampant US spies. On Monday, it was France. On Wednesday, Germany. No one knows which ally will be next with gripes… Read More »

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