Will the EU cost people more than a daily coffee?

By Laurence Peter BBC News The EU is gearing up for its first major budget battle of the post-Brexit period. Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger will unveil EU plans for the 2021-2027 budget on Wednesday. Tensions between Europe's...

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: All unquiet outside the...

Wounded by shrapnel on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque later wrote this fictionalised account of his time in a military hospital in Germany Erich Maria Remarque Sometimes there are red-cross voluntary aid sisters. They are...

Doping Irregularities-Ramos, Ronaldo and the Controllers

Do anti-doping rules apply equally to all players and teams? After Real Madrid won the Champions League in 2017, Sergio Ramos was tested for a substance prohibited in competition and caught the eye of...

Russia-Trump: Who’s who in the drama to end all dramas?

It's more gripping than any box set we can get our hands on right now. The investigations into Russian interference in the US election, and whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin, continue to...

The Easiest Fix for Dark Money: Disclose Less Often

By Lindsay Mark Lewis "Politics has got so expensive that it takes lots of money to even get beat with nowadays." —Will Rogers Super PACs are unquestionably a scandal: The lightly regulated committees mean wealthy donors...

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The soldier and the...

May Bradford provided a priceless service, writing letters to loved ones on behalf of injured soldiers Cahal Milmo For several days early in 1917, May Bradford sat beside Corporal George Pendlebury in a British field hospital...

Trump strategy document: Israel not the cause of Middle East problems

American president poised to outline new national security strategy that envisions nations in a perpetual state of competition, reverses Obama-era warnings on climate change and de-emphasizes multinational agreements that have dominated US foreign policy...

The Beginning of WiRED’s Work in Iraq

BY WIRED DIRECTOR GARY SELNOW, PH.D. May 2003, soon after the U.S. invasion of Iraq — Some people are blessed and can sleep through anything. As luck would have it, I’m not one of...

Is the White House Scared Yet?

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD – The New York Times You know it’s a bad day for the White House when the president’s former campaign chairman is charged with money laundering, tax fraud, making false statements...

Jean-Claude Juncker’s Unexpected Deal-How the European Commission President Won Over Trump

By Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann This week, Washington and Brussels struck an unexpected agreement to lift levies in the tariff conflict between the U.S. and the EU. The move represents a victory for all...

Middle East: Saudi Arabia weakened as Iran plans to consolidate gains

Yemen war and killing of Jamal Khashoggi have put pressure on the kingdom that shows no sign of letting up in 2019 Martin Chulov in Beirut - The Guardian If 2018 was the time of Mohammed...

Qatar’s modernising royal in the driving seat

By Sean Coughlan- BBC News education correspondent If the personal is political, then Sheikha Hind, a senior member of Qatar's ruling royal family, gives a very direct answer to her views on the end of...

Seven Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Christmas

For starters, it’s unclear why we celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25. Antonia Blumberg Associate Religion Editor, The Huffington Post It’s easy to get lost in the presents and eggnog and endless mind-numbing Christmas carols. But...

Egypt’s $18 Billion Debt Inflows Seen Peaking as Rate Cut Looms

By Ahmed Feteha and Mirette Magdy Foreign investors may be finally curbing their enthusiasm for Egyptian local-currency debt. After almost a year and $18 billion of purchases, some investors have allocated all they can to...

What the Russia-Turkey Idlib agreement reveals about the Syrian conflict

Iran was not a party to the agreement, which might signal to Washington, Israel and others that Iran’s role in Syria has been sidelined. By Seth J. Frantzman Russia and Turkey signed an agreement to...

How War Propaganda Keeps on Killing

 Exclusive: The “fake news” hysteria has become the cover for the U.S. government and mainstream media to crack down on fact-based journalism that challenges Official Washington’s “group thinks,” writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry A key reason...

In John Kerry’s Mideast Speech, a Clash of Policies and Personalities

By PETER BAKER- The New  York Times JERUSALEM — Even before Secretary of State John Kerry issued his scathing critique of Israeli policies on Wednesday, President-elect Donald J. Trump essentially told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

Opinion: Who should lose against Merkel in 2017?

It's a head-scratcher: Who on earth stands a chance against Angela Merkel in 2017? The Social Democrats seem reluctant to find an answer thus far. As a result, speculation is running rampant, writes DW's...

How department stores changed the way we shop

By Tim Harford -BBC World Service, 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy "No, I'm just looking." Words most of us have said when approached politely by a sales assistant while browsing in a...

Pakistan school massacre: Who are the dead?

Among the 141 people who were killed when Taliban gunmen attacked a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar were the school principal, who is being hailed as a hero, and teenagers at school...