February 24, 2020

US embassy in Syria commemorates killed journalist as humanitarian disaster worsens

omersukrugoksu/iStock(NEW YORK) -- As the humanitarian crisis in the last rebel-held province in Syria deteriorates, the U.S. embassy in Syria has commemorated the journalist Marie Colvin, killed by government forces while reporting in the war-torn country, on the eighth anniversary of her death. Colvin was killed in Homs in February 2012 by a Syrian airstrike while reporting from there in the early months of the now eight-year long civil war at the age of 56. Colvin, a native of Oyster Bay, Ne..
February 24, 2020

With passage to India, Trump following in footsteps of his predecessors

MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump's "America First" worldview has, at times, shaken the foundation of some of the United States' traditional alliances and earned the 45th president the reputation as a disrupter on the world stage. What makes his approach to India unique is how consistent he has been in advancing the same core goals of his predecessors in looking to deepen the strategic and symbolic alliance, despite simmering tensions over trade. As..
February 23, 2020

South Korea raises coronavirus alert level to ‘highest’

iStock(SEOUL, South Korea) -- South Korea has raised the alert level for the novel coronavirus to “highest” on Sunday as confirmed cases continue to rise at an alarming rate. "The COVID-19 incident has been confronted by a grave watershed," President Moon Jae-in said announcing the heightened response. "A few days from now is a very important moment," he said at a government meeting held to deal with the crisis. This is the first time in 11 years that the country has raised virus alert levels to..
February 22, 2020

Egypt’s wave of censorship takes aim at street music

iStock/akinbostanci(CAIRO) -- Egypt's restrictions on what it deems inappropriate forms of art have reached a new height with a ban on a popular genre of street music, striking a chord with conservatives and drawing sharp rebuke from intellectuals and young music enthusiasts. Singers of mahraganat, which literally translates to "festivals" in English, were earlier this week banned from performing by the Musicians Syndicate -- a union that is responsible for issuing permits to performers. It..