Will Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ policy lead to isolation?

US President Donald Trump's speech at the United Nations was at sharp odds with other world leaders. From Iran to Palestine, from trade wars to the price of oil, Trump's campaign-style address on Tuesday pitched for an independent rather than inclusive approach to the challenges facing the world. But will his "America first" policy disrupt Washington's global…

Syria: The endgame

It looks like President Bashar al Assad has won the war in Syria. But who will win the peace? In the debut episode of The Take, a new podcast by Al Jazeera's Jetty Studios, we explore the final play in Syria: The country's diehard rebels are locked in a corner, the Syrian government is opening borders,…

Canada strips Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi of honorary citizenship

Canada's parliament has unanimously voted to strip Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary citizenship over her handling of the Rohingya crisis.  Thursday's vote came a week after Canadian lawmakers approved a motion recognising the crimes committed against Rohingya Muslims as genocide. Aung San Suu Kyi received the honour from Ottawa in 2007,…

Osaka cuts ties with San Francisco over ‘comfort women’ statue

The Japanese city of Osaka has ended its sister city agreement with the US city of San Francisco due to a dispute regarding a statue that memorialises women made sex slaves by Japanese forces in the 20th century. The statue in San Francisco features depictions of women from China, Korea and the Philippines, symbolising "comfort…

Syria’s war: Iran’s Zarif calls for Idlib to be ‘cleaned out’

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that armed groups must be "cleaned out" of Idlib province in northwestern Syria, Iranian media reports. Zarif made the remarks while visiting Damascus on Monday, where he arrived for talks with Syrian government officials. The top Iranian diplomat was scheduled to hold meetings with President Bashar al-Assad and…

Spain halts major missile sale to Saudi Arabia over Yemen fears

Spain put the brakes on a sale of hundreds of missiles to Saudi Arabia amid concerns about their use against civilians in the war in Yemen. The defence ministry has launched a process to cancel the contract between Spain and Saudi Arabia signed in 2015 for 400 laser-guided munitions and will pay back the $10m already paid for…

Senate panel backs Trump’s Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh

A Republican-led committee approved President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court on Friday, but moderate Republican Senator Jeff Flake called for an FBI investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against the judge before a final Senate vote. Flake's dramatic intervention means a final Senate vote on the nomination could be delayed…

Defence firms see only hundreds of new US jobs from Saudi deal

Every time US President Donald Trump mentions the $110bn arms deal he negotiated with Saudi Arabia last year, he quickly follows up, saying "It's 500,000 jobs." But if he means new US defence jobs, an internal document seen by Reuters news agency from Lockheed Martin forecasts fewer than 1,000 positions would be created by the defence…

Erdogan: US sanctions on Iran wrong, aimed to unbalance world

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed the new US economic sanctions on Iran, saying that Turkey will not abide as they are aimed at unbalancing the world. "US sanctions on Iran are wrong. For us, they are steps aimed at unbalancing the world; we don't want to live in an imperialist world," Erdogan told…

Bangladesh: Officials restrict internet amid student protests

Violent clashes continued in Bangladesh as authorities fired tear gas and shut down mobile internet connections after a week of student protests that brought tens of thousands to the streets. By 1pm (07:00 GMT) on Sunday, thousands of students from various schools and colleges started controlling traffic in the capital, Dhaka, for the eighth consecutive day. Bangladeshi…

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