July 31, 2019

US, Taliban set to finalize ‘agreement’ ahead of intra-Afghan peace talks

hanohiki/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The chief U.S. negotiator for Taliban talks said he is heading to Doha, Qatar, for his eighth round of negotiations with the militant group, and it could be the final one before a deal is reached. "If the Taliban do their part, we will do ours, and conclude the agreement we have been working on," tweeted U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad from Kabul, Afghanistan. Finalizing a deal could mean the beginning of the end for the United States&#..
July 31, 2019

Mike Pompeo arrives in Asia amid North Korea missile tests, denuclearization doubts

Oleksii Liskonih/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- Less than a day after North Korea test fired a new barrage of ballistic missiles, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Asia for a major summit. While he says he remains "very hopeful" about the future of U.S.-North Korean nuclear talks, there are growing doubts about whether or not the two sides will ever meet to hammer out the details of "denuclearization." One month ago, during President Donald Trump's historic visit to the Demilitarized Zon..
July 31, 2019

2nd Ebola case confirmed in Congolese city of Goma, home to over 2 million

Cesare Ferrari/iStock(LONDON) — A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in the Congolese city of Goma, a major transit hub along the Rwandan border that's home to more than two million people. It's the second confirmed case to be identified in Goma since the last outbreak of the deadly virus erupted in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo one year ago. Jean-Jacques Muyembe, the new head of the country's Ebola response team, told reporters on Tuesday night that the latest pa..
July 31, 2019

Dubai’s Princess Haya applies for order in London to protect child from forced marriage

Michał Chodyra/iStock(DUBAI, United Arab Emirates) -- Princess Haya, the sixth wife of the ruler of Dubai, was seen outside the High Court in London on the first day of a secretive court case as she applied for a protective order to prevent one of her children from being forced into marriage. The dispute between Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, and his wife, Princess Haya, has been the subject of intense media speculation in recent weeks, after it was reported she was i..