One year after Daesh defeat, Syria’s Raqqa still in fear

AFP While the nightmare of militant rule may be gone, most of the city still lies in ruins ‘The war has worn us out. Us and our children. It has destroyed our future’ RAQQA, Syria:...

Opinion: What happened to Brexit architect David Cameron?

As Brexit unravels before our eyes, it's worth reminding ourselves who got the UK and the EU into this mess in the first place. DW's Rob Mudge tries to shed light on how the...

Will the Brexit transition period be extended?

The Week Theresa May appears willing to take more time as negotiations stall over the Irish border Theresa May has signalled a willingness to extend the Brexit deadline after negotiations failed Theresa May has signalled that the...

The good, the bad and the ugly for Theresa May

Laura Kuenssberg Political editor @bbclaurak on Twitter The good, the bad and the ugly - the story of this summit so far. Theresa May can claim something already. EU leaders have agreed that the negotiations can...

Taiwan sees opportunity in US-China trade war but don’t expect a windfall, economists warn

Lawrence Chung – South China Morning Post With economic reliance on the mainland for the island for 30 years, any gains amid the trade war are unlikely to bring long-term relief for Taiwan As the trade...

China may seek to boost ties with Saudi Arabia but it ‘can’t fill US...

Sarah Zheng- South China Morning Post Beijing could try to expand relations with Riyadh if Washington imposes sanctions over disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi China may continue to engage more with Saudi Arabia if Washington...

Xinjiang camps: China takes its defence of ‘re-education centres’ overseas with Pakistan meeting

South China Morning Post Explanation at embassy in Islamabad continues shift in how China approaches the topic of camps, after Xinjiang governor’s first detailed revelations of ‘training’ for Muslim minorities China has taken its defence of...

Russia’s spies red-faced after multiple plots uncovered

Moscow’s spooks left footprints everywhere, resulting in exposure not only by Western spy agencies, but by investigative websites and domestic media By Giovanni Pigni –Asia Times “More Johnny English than James Bond,” was how British...

UN must declare Cambodia’s authoritarianism Illegal

By Sawathey Ek –Asia Times Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has been met recently with a wave of protests by Cambodia’s diaspora communities living abroad, urging the international community to condemn his government as fake...

The return to 19th century rivalry

By William Holland Arguably, the greatest benefit of the US led international order has been the reduction and near elimination of secret covenants between nation-states, which dominated international politics for centuries. Two world wars upended the...

The US-Saudi relationship after Khashoggi

By Barak Barfi The alleged killing of the Saudi Arabian dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a permanent resident of the United States, in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul has unleashed a tidal wave of criticism. In...

Khashoggi affair won’t stop Trump’s drive for war with Iran

By Jefferson Morley –Asia Times The disappearance and apparent assassination of Jamal Khashoggi have disrupted the Saudi government’s charm offensive in the United States. Think-tanks are returning Saudi money. Defense contractors are worried about the...

Debt Conflict-European Commission Threatens to Reject Draft Italian Budget

By Markus Becker  in Brussels The conflict between Rome and Brussels is escalating, with the European Commission considering whether to reject Italy's draft budget for 2019. If it does, the Italian government would have to...

Why is Saudi Arabia under fire over Jamal Khashoggi, but not Yemen?

Lloyd Russell-Moyle –The Guardian The alleged killing of a dissident journalist has had more global impact than unchecked Saudi aggression in Yemen The alleged killing of the royal court insider turned journalist Jamal Khashoggi has rightly...

In the Wake of Khashoggi’s Disappearance, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Is Pushed to the...

By Dexter Filkins – The New Yorker Mohammed bin Salman has been celebrated in Hollywood, on Wall Street, and in the Trump White House, even though his violent, impulsive character was visible early on. It seems...

Daily Beast: Danske Bank Scandal Whistleblower Allegedly Killed

Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project In 2006, the first deputy chairman of the Russian Central Bank, Andrei Kozlov, attempted to tell authorities in Estonia about a money-laundering scheme that had been created in...

Azeri Woman is First Target of UK’s New Anti-Corruption Law

Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project The UK’s first target under the new anti-corruption law is Zamira Hajiyeva, 55, who owns a US$15 million home in London and spent $20 million on shopping at...

The Passport King who Markets Citizenship for Cash

Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project by Juliette Garside and Hilary Osborne It was supposed to be a lunch, but the Swiss businessman was not eating. As his companions tucked into their pasta, Christian Kalin sipped...

Malta, A Modern Smugglers’ Hideout

Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project by Cecilia Anesi, Lorenzo Bagnoli, and Giulio Rubino A few hours by ferry across the Mediterranean Sea from Sicily lies a harbor where modern buccaneers thrive. Here on the island nation...

Save the Children: Afghanistan is not safe for children

Recruitment attempts by extremists, violence, a lack of support — the Save the Children aid organization reports about the plight of people returned to Afghanistan as minors. Programs must be reassessed, the group found. DW:...