November 10, 2018

US to halt midair refuels for Saudi coalition in Yemen with peace push on track for November meeting

Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. military will no longer provide midair refueling for the Saudi-led coalition's warplanes fighting in Yemen, Saudi state media and the Pentagon confirmed Friday. The change came after growing pressure from Congress to end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen's government in their battle with rebels, known as the Houthis, that has stretched for nearly four years, killing at least 16,200 civilians and bringing..
November 9, 2018

US, aid groups warn against forced return of Rohingya refugees

Christian Ender/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The United Nations, the United States, and 42 humanitarian and civil society groups are warning about a plan to begin repatriating Rohingya refugees that may be without their consent and send them back into dangerous conditions. Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a deal last week to start returning some of the more than 723,000 Rohingya who fled state-sponsored violence against their communities in August 2017. That campaign, which the U.N. has said should..
November 9, 2018

Japanese TV show abruptly cancels appearance by K-pop group BTS over singer’s T-shirt

Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A Japanese television show called off an upcoming appearance by BTS, a popular K-pop group, over one band member's T-shirt. TV Asahi had invited BTS to perform on its live music show on Friday. But TV Asahi revoked the invite after it had received complaints about BTS member Jimin. Viewers had complained over a T-shirt Jimin was spotted wearing in Los Angeles in March of 2017. The T-shirt showed an atomic bombing cloud with an image of Korean peopl..
November 9, 2018

Taliban, Afghan leaders meet for talks in Moscow

Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- A Taliban delegation and envoys backed by the Afghan government attended multinational peace talks in Moscow on Friday, the first time such a meeting has taken place publicly. The Moscow talks also abruptly highlighted Russia’s increased role in Afghanistan, 30 years after Soviet troops left the country following a disastrous war there. Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov opened the meeting in a gilded conference room at Moscow’s President-..