June 2, 2018

A political stalemate ends, giving birth to a populist government in Italy

ustino73/iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- After months of political turmoil, Italy has a new populist government. Sworn in Friday, the next step for the new government is confidence votes in Parliament, which will be called early next week. The government is expected to win. Giuseppe Conte, a 53-year-old law professor with no political experience whom Italian media has dubbed the "unknown professor," leads the newly-formed cabinet of 18 ministers, including five women and three non-political appointee..
June 2, 2018

Kim Jong Un’s extra-large letter to Trump sparks reaction

Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Kim Jong Un’s letter to President Donald Trump was a big deal -- it was also huge. North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol met with President Trump at the White House on Friday, and photos show him handing the U.S. leader an unusually large envelope containing a letter from Kim Jong Un. The internet took notice. After Trump's meeting with Kim Yong Chol, he told reporters that once he reads the missive "I may be in for a bi..
June 2, 2018

What you need to know about Tiananmen Square on the 29th anniversary of the crackdown

iStock/Thinkstock(BEIJING) -- This year marks the 29th anniversary of China’s violent suppression of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. More than a generation later, this pivotal event in modern Chinese history still remains one of the most taboo subjects in China and one the Chinese Communist Party wishes could be forgotten to the pages of history. Every year as June 4 approaches -- the date the military retook the square from pro-democracy protesters -- security is stepped up, journalist..
June 2, 2018

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II 65 years on

Stefan Wermuth - WPA Pool /Getty Images(LONDON) -- On June 2, 1953, the 27-year-old Queen Elizabeth II and her husband The Duke of Edinburgh were driven in the Gold State Coach from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey, the setting for every Coronation in England since 1066. The queen ascended to the throne immediately following the death of her father King George VI in February the previous year. A traditional period of mourning accounted for the year between the king’s death and the crowni..