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Saturday, July 14, 2018
Jin TV — which means Women TV in the Kurdish language — is the first television station in Syria run entirely by women. The station began officially broadcasting late last month and aims to provide a platform for women to raise their voices. "This TV was established to shed light on the role of women in all walks of life because women are always marginalized and confined to limited roles, even though women are the foundation of the society," Dalsha Othman, chief of the Arabic... (Full Story)
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Cuba revealed new details Saturday about plans to reshape its government, courts and economy with constitutional reform set to be approved by the national assembly this month. The reform of the 1976 constitution would create the position of prime minister alongside the president, splitting the roles of head of government and head of state. The constitution keeps the Communist Party as the sole political force in the country and says the communist state will remain the dominant... (Full Story)
Saturday, July 14, 2018
A U.S. lobbying firm sought to recruit the ambassadors of France, Germany and several other countries to demonstrate international support for severing Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska's control of Rusal, the aluminum manufacturing giant sanctioned by Washington. Documents made public by the Justice Department show that Mercury LLC drafted messages for at least six envoys to send to senior U.S. government officials that expressed support for a plan to eliminate Deripaska's majority... (Full Story)
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Iraq's National Security Council deployed security forces and cut internet services Saturday as protests that began in Basra spread to several other cities. The council held an emergency meeting Saturday in Baghdad after protests over high unemployment, poor government services and corruption spread from Basra to Baghdad, Najaf, Amara and Nasiriyah. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued a statement saying "infiltrators" had used "peaceful protests to attack... (Full Story)
Saturday, July 14, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump said he intends to run for re-election in 2020 because “everybody wants me to” and there are no Democratic candidates who could defeat him, the Mail on Sunday newspaper reported. Asked by British journalist Piers Morgan in an interview Friday whether he was going to run in 2020, Trump was quoted by the Mail on Sunday as saying: “Well I fully intend to. It seems like everybody wants me to.” Trump said he did not see any Democrat who could beat him: “I don’t... (Full Story)
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Angelique Kerber was so steady, so patient, so accurate throughout the Wimbledon final, she never really gave Serena Williams much of a chance. Kerber won her first championship at the All England Club and third major overall by playing cleanly and picking her spots for big shots, beating Williams 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday. "I knew that I had to play my best tennis against a champion like Serena,'' said Kerber, the first German woman to win Wimbledon since Steffi Graff in... (Full Story)
Saturday, July 14, 2018
A summit between the leaders of the United States and Russia, scheduled Monday for this Baltic port city, appears to have no firm goals. But it is expected that U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss a wide range of issues, from nuclear arms reduction to the war in Syria, in which Washington and Moscow back opposing forces. "That would be a tremendous achievement if we could do something on nuclear proliferation," Trump told reporters... (Full Story)
Saturday, July 14, 2018
At least one person is dead and several others wounded in the wake of a siege on a Nicaraguan church where about 150 students, priests and journalists had taken shelter from an attack by paramilitary forces. Church officials negotiated a release of the captives, who spent Friday night trapped under gunfire in Managua's Divine Mercy Catholic Church.  The students were then taken out of the church and transported to Managua Cathedral. Supporters lining the streets... (Full Story)
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Israel and Gaza militant groups agreed to a cease-fire Saturday, a Palestinian official said, after Israel launched dozens of airstrikes against the Palestinian enclave's ruling Hamas group and gunmen fired more than 100 rockets across the border. Palestinian health officials said two teenagers had been killed by one airstrike in what was one of the worst flare-ups since the 2014 Israel-Gaza war. A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu... (Full Story)
Saturday, July 14, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday he would "firmly" ask Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin about his country's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election that has triggered a U.S. federal investigation Trump claims is a "rigged witch hunt." "I think it really hurts our country," Trump said at a news conference in Britain after meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May. "It really hurts our relationship with Russia. I think that we would have... (Full Story)
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