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Oil slicks are washing ashore in Japan after an Iranian tanker sunk in the East China Sea last month, local coastguards have confirmed.

byBen Kew22 Feb 2018, 9:29 PM PST0

North Korea's chief delegate Kim Yong-Chol (C) walks by South Korean soldiers after the inter-Korean general talks at the south side of the truce village of Panmunjom, in the Demilitarized Zone, 14 December 2007. High-level military talks between North and South Korea ended without agreement on a proposed joint fishing area to avert clashes. AFP PHOTO/POOL/JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea’s Olympic “charm offensive” came to an end on Thursday as officials announced Pyongyang’s delegation to the closing ceremony would include Kim Yong-chol, who is currently vice chairman of the Workers’ Party Central Committee but formerly chief of the North Korean military intelligence agency blamed for the 2010 torpedo attack on the South Korean corvette Cheonan.

byJohn Hayward22 Feb 2018, 8:17 PM PST0

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the group photo session during the BRICS Summit at the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center in Xiamen, southeastern China's Fujian Province on September 4, 2017. Xi opened the annual summit of BRICS leaders that already has been upstaged by North Korea's latest nuclear weapons provocation. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Kenzaburo FUKUHARA (Photo credit should read KENZABURO FUKUHARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese state media accused India of potentially triggering another showdown with Beijing along their mutual border, citing recent provocative comments by New Delhi officials and visits to the disputed border regions.

byEdwin Mora22 Feb 2018, 7:52 PM PST0

A still image taken from an AFPTV footage shows opposition leader Alexei Navalny attending a rally calling for a boycott of March 18 presidential elections, Moscow, January 28, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Alexandra Dalsbaek (Photo credit should read ALEXANDRA DALSBAEK/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny recently launched a campaign to boycott Russia’s upcoming elections from which he has been banned. The police declared his protest illegal and arrested him, as they have done many times in the past, along with his campaign chief Leonid Volkov.

byJohn Hayward22 Feb 2018, 7:31 PM PST0

Turkish artillery fires toward Syrian Kurdish positions in Afrin area, Syria, from Turkish side of the border in Hatay, Turkey, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Turkish jets have resumed airstrikes in the Syrian Kurdish-run enclave of Afrin after a brief lull killing and wounding several people, the military and media reports said Friday.(AP Photo)

The Syrian government’s SANA news outlet reports that unspecified “popular forces” supporting dictator Bashar al-Assad have arrived in the northern province of Afrin, currently under invasion by the Turkish military.

byFrances Martel22 Feb 2018, 6:54 PM PST0

CEMENTERIO DEL ESTE, CARACAS, MIRANDA, VENEZUELA - 2018/02/12: A venezuelan flag with SOS printed on it seen at the cemetery. Remembrance service held in Caracas in honor of those killed during the protests in Venezuela. Group of people marched to the eastern cemetery with relatives of the victims who have died protesting since 2014. (Photo by Román Camacho/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The human rights crisis in Venezuela has further deteriorated as socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro seeks to destroy all opposition and turn the country into a one-party state.

byBen Kew22 Feb 2018, 5:47 PM PST0

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau pauses while speaking during a press availability at the Canadian Embassy, October 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Trudeau met with U.S. President Donald Trump, where their talks were expected to focus on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Just when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seemed to have smoothed out the rough patches in his relationship with India, he ignited another firestorm by inviting a convicted terrorist from the Sikh separatist movement to dinner.

byJohn Hayward22 Feb 2018, 4:57 PM PST0

Hunger in Venezuela has worsened, non-governmental organizations and the Catholic Church have held food aid days to help people and children living on the streets or in extreme poverty in Caracas, Venezuela on 30 November 2017. (Photo by Roman Camacho/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Flooded with an influx of impoverished Venezuelan refugees fleeing the socialist failed state, Brazil has begun to implement a plan to relocate and assimilate hundreds of them throughout the nation.

byFrances Martel22 Feb 2018, 3:44 PM PST0

Cuban dissident Daniel Llorente Miranda, an anti-communist, pro-American protester, has been placed in one of the nation’s most notorious mental institutions following his interruption of the annual May Day parade, where he ran down the parade route waving an American flag.

Cuban officials prevented dissident Daniel Llorente, trapped in a psychiatric ward despite no official diagnosis or legal charges against him, from seeing his son this weekend after he made a sign reading “down with Raul Castro’s dictatorship” and held it up within the facility.

byFrances Martel22 Feb 2018, 3:08 PM PST0

HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 07: Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and President of the United States of America Donald Trump (right) shake hands during the meeting at G20 Summit on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Dmitry Azarov/Kommersant via Getty Images)

Not only is the Trump administration tough on Russia, but its toughness is also a function of a hard-headed strategy to diminish Russian power in Syria and throughout the Middle East.

byCaroline Glick22 Feb 2018, 2:34 PM PST0

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro debuted a logo for his upcoming presidential campaign that violates the nation's electoral laws, and he illegally used public television to promote himself this weekend in anticipation of a presidential election few believe will yield legitimate results.

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro has proposed holding a mega-election in order to provide a sense of “democratic renewal” as he continues to govern the country by decree.

byBen Kew22 Feb 2018, 2:20 PM PST0

A police officer guards the U.S. embassy in Montenegro's capital Podgorica, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. Police in Montenegro said Thursday they are

The U.S. Embassy in Montenegro was attacked with an explosive device around midnight local time on Wednesday. The attacker, who has been identified as a 43-year-old former Serbian soldier named Dalibor Jaukovic, was the only casualty.

byJohn Hayward22 Feb 2018, 1:57 PM PST0

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Turkey is already involved in a military incursion into Syria and might be on the verge of a full-scale conflict with the Syrian government, or even a confrontation with U.S. forces, but the Turkish ruling party is also surprisingly enthusiastic about invading Greece. Even some Turkish politicians are hot for a war with Greece they believe they would easily win.

byJohn Hayward22 Feb 2018, 1:18 PM PST0

This photo taken on December 23, 2016 shows Chinese J-15 fighter jets being launched from the deck of the Liaoning aircraft carrier during military drills in the Yellow Sea, off China's east coast. Taiwan's defence minister warned on December 27 that enemy threats were growing daily after China's aircraft carrier and a flotilla of other warships passed south of the island in an exercise as tensions rise. / AFP / STR / China OUT (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

China is “upgrading” its military theater command that covers operations at or near its border with India as it prepares to confront and repel “any threat” from the south, a Chinese armed forces specialist told the communist nation’s propaganda newspaper the Global Times.

byEdwin Mora22 Feb 2018, 12:38 PM PST0

Under the pretrial agreement, the detainee, Ahmed Muhammed Haza al-Darbi, 39, will spend at least three and a half more years at Guantánamo before he is sentenced, and then would most likely be transferred to Saudi Arabia to serve out the remainder of that term.

A Saudi native jihadist held at the U.S. Guantánamo military prison in Cuba will keep enjoying the perks granted to him for becoming a witness for the prosecution now that authorities can no longer repatriate him until the U.S. and the Sunni kingdom finalize the agreement for his release.

byEdwin Mora22 Feb 2018, 10:44 AM PST0

Attendees applaud Vice President Mike Pence as he speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

OXON HILL, Maryland — CPAC attendees raucously cheered Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday when he harshly rebuked positive media coverage of North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un’s sister at the Olympics.

byMichelle Moons22 Feb 2018, 10:06 AM PST0

PALESTINIAN-POLITICS Palestinian Authority President and head of the Fatah movement, Mahmud Abbas attends a Fatah 'Revolutionary Council' meeting in the Palestinian West Bank city of Ramallah on September 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

TEL AVIV — Fatah criticized the Hamas terrorist group on Wednesday after spokespeople for Gaza’s Hamas rulers said that Palestinians should be preparing for life after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and that the PA has finished its historic role.

byAli Waked22 Feb 2018, 6:34 AM PST0

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a conference at the foreign ministry in Jerusalem, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. Netanyahu said President Donald Trump

TEL AVIV – Despite the developments over the past two days regarding the Bezeq corruption case, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party would remain in power and even gain an additional four seats if elections were held today, a new poll released this week shows.

byDeborah Danan22 Feb 2018, 6:33 AM PST0

A military truck carrying Shalamcheh missiles drives past the presidential rostrum during the annual Army Day military parade on April 18, 2014 in Tehran. On the right is a portrait of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

TEL AVIV – The nuclear deal gives Iran “a highway to a nuclear arsenal” and has only served to bolster the Islamic Republic’s aggression across the region, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday to U.S. Jewish leaders in Israel.

byDeborah Danan22 Feb 2018, 6:30 AM PST0

Contents: DR Congo’s corrupt leader, Joseph Kabila, seeks to cash in on rise in cobalt prices; Tanganyika province in DR Congo faces a humanitarian disaster of ‘extraordinary proportions’; Thousands of children work as cobalt miners in DR Congo

byJohn J. Xenakis22 Feb 2018, 6:07 AM PST0

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Police in Brussels have sealed parts of Brussels near a primary school in an operation against a possible gunman, according to reports.

byJack Montgomery22 Feb 2018, 5:28 AM PST0

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Police in Edinburgh have revealed that a suspicious package initially thought to be a hoax bomb was real. The device was discovered in a public shelter in Princes Street Gardens, a public park lying between the historic Royal Mile and shopping

byJack Montgomery22 Feb 2018, 5:01 AM PST0

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A 30-year-old Syrian medical student living in Germany and currently on trial for a plot targetting a Berlin synagogue has been accused of trying to train his girlfriend’s seven-year-old son as a jihadi soldier.

byChris Tomlinson22 Feb 2018, 4:16 AM PST0

A fragment of the former Warsaw Ghetto wall in Sienna 53 street that regional official for preservation of historical sites wants put on a list of protected historical monuments, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. The wall was built in 1940, when the Nazi Germans closed the area of Warsaw they called the “Jewish district.” (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

WARSAW, Poland — Two sections of the wall that isolated the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II should be added to a list of historical monuments, a regional conservation official in Poland said Tuesday.

byBreitbart Jerusalem22 Feb 2018, 3:51 AM PST0

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: A flag flys outside the U.S. Supreme Court after it was announced that the court will allow a limited version of President Donald Trump's travel ban to take effect June 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court will consider the case of the president's power on immigration in the fall but in the meantime agreed to allow a limited ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries to take effect. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court is preventing survivors of a 1997 terrorist attack in Israel from seizing Persian artifacts at a Chicago museum to help pay a $71.5 million default judgment against Iran.

byBreitbart Jerusalem22 Feb 2018, 3:30 AM PST0

© AFP/File | Israel hopes its gas reserves will enable it to forge strategic ties within the region and become a supplier for Europe

CAIRO — The Egyptian president declared on Wednesday that his country “scored a goal” by signing a $15 billion deal with an Israeli company to supply natural gas that will help turn Egypt into a regional energy hub.

byBreitbart Jerusalem22 Feb 2018, 2:23 AM PST0

n this Sunday, May 4, 2014 photo, an Etihad Airways plane prepares to land in Abu Dhabi Airport, United Arab Emirates. Fast-growing Gulf carrier Etihad Airways says it and Alitalia have reached a deal in principle for the United Arab Emirates-based airline to buy a 49 percent stake in the struggling Italian airline. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Israeli intelligence services provided critical information that foiled a plot by the Islamic State terrorist group to blow up a plane mid-flight, Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said.

bySimon Kent22 Feb 2018, 12:51 AM PST0

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In a Nov. 25, 2017 article marking the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, published in the London-based daily Al-Hayat, Lebanese journalist Karam Al-Hilu compared the meager accomplishments of the Arab world in the past century with those of the rest of the countries, particularly Israel.

byBreitbart Jerusalem22 Feb 2018, 12:09 AM PST0

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (C) pays his respects at the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar on February 21, 2018. Trudeau and his family are on a week-long official trip to India. / AFP PHOTO / NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose trip to India has been fraught with tension over the issue of Sikh separatists in Punjab, met with one of his chief antagonists on Wednesday and gave assurances that Canada does not support the separatist movement.

byJohn Hayward21 Feb 2018, 8:26 PM PST0

A Syrian civil defence member carries an injured child rescued from between the rubble of buildings following government bombing in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Heavy Syrian bombardment killed 44 civilians in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, as regime forces appeared to prepare for an imminent ground assault. / AFP PHOTO / ABDULMONAM EASSA (Photo credit should read ABDULMONAM EASSA/AFP/Getty Images)

Thirty-eight more people were reportedly killed in the Assad regime’s bombing campaign against the Eastern Ghouta district near Damascus, bringing the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights’ estimate to 310 killed and over 1,550 injured since Sunday.

byJohn Hayward21 Feb 2018, 6:45 PM PST0

NEW DELHI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 13: Students along with the Swati Maliwal, chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) protest against the increasing number of rape and other crimes against women at Delhi University, North Campus on February 13, 2018 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Sushil Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

A woman in India is fighting for her life at a hospital after she was brutally raped by a gang who used iron poles until they gouged out her intestines, marking the latest sex attack increasingly targeting women in India.

byEdwin Mora21 Feb 2018, 6:06 PM PST0

Hundreds of Syrian pro-regime fighters arrived in Afrin on Tuesday

“Hundreds” of Iranian-allied Shiite troops loyal to the Russian-backed dictator Bashar al-Assad joined the U.S.-allied Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin to defend the territorial unity of Syria and its borders, the Kurds in the region reportedly confirmed.

byEdwin Mora21 Feb 2018, 5:11 PM PST0

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told reporters that he would go to the Summit of the Americas in Lima

An increasingly isolated Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro urged President Donald Trump to engage in a “dialogue” with him as soon as possible, shortly before the opening of the Summit of the Americas, which Maduro has threatened to attend despite not being invited.

byFrances Martel21 Feb 2018, 2:58 PM PST0

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The sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is reportedly pregnant with her second child.

byBen Kew21 Feb 2018, 2:47 PM PST0

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's warning came just a month after foreign and local IS supporters ravaged Mindanao's main Muslim city of Marawi

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s appearance at the Chinese-Filipino Business Club on Monday is proving to be a bottomless well of provocative comments. Not only did Duterte suggest, in a fit of bizarre black humor, that Beijing should consider annexing his country and turning it into a province of China, but he also proposed sending his troops to China for training instead of the United States.

byJohn Hayward21 Feb 2018, 2:36 PM PST0

At least 20,000 people have been killed and more than 2.6 million others made homeless in Boko Haram's insurgency since 2009.

Nigeria’s Justice Ministry announced on Monday that it had convicted 205 defendants accused of being members of the Islamic State affiliate Boko Haram. Abuja freed over 500 such suspects this week, however, indicating that less than half of those processed by the Nigerian court system are being convicted.

byFrances Martel21 Feb 2018, 12:58 PM PST0

US Vice President Mike Pence (R) and North Korea's Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 9, 2018

The White House and State Department revealed on Tuesday that North Korean officials offered to meet with Vice President Mike Pence during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but retracted their offer at the last minute after Pence condemned North Korea’s human rights violations.

byJohn Hayward21 Feb 2018, 12:04 PM PST0

US Secretary of Defence James Mattis tells reporters NATO has struck and understanding with the EU on defence ties

On his way home after the Munich Security Conference last week, Secretary of Defense James Mattis speculated that artificial intelligence could change the “fundamental nature of war.” The impression given by the security conference is that no one is truly prepared for that change.

byJohn Hayward21 Feb 2018, 11:50 AM PST0

The communist party of new Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli (L) has merged with former Maoist rebels to form a new alliance

Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, the recently elected Communist prime minister of Nepal, said in his first official interview on Monday that he wants to restart a Chinese-led hydroelectric project valued at $2.5 billion as part of a strategy to realign his country away from India and toward China.

byJohn Hayward21 Feb 2018, 11:33 AM PST0

El Shafee Elsheikh, left, and Alexanda Kotey were stripped of their British citizenship after joining Isis

Some parents who lost their children to fatal torture tactics at the hands the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) are demanding justice for their loved ones, urging the Syrian Kurdish fighters who apprehended the two “hateful” terrorists behind the death of their sons and daughters to hand them over to the American justice system.

byEdwin Mora21 Feb 2018, 11:11 AM PST0

Fourteen missing 'Chibok girls' were seen in a video released on January 15 by their abductors

A Boko Haram attack on a secondary school in Nigeria’s Yobe state may have resulted in the kidnapping of 94 girls, recalling the mass abduction of nearly 300 by the Islamic State-affiliated terrorists in 2014.

byFrances Martel21 Feb 2018, 10:14 AM PST0

This picture taken on February 22, 2017 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on February 23 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) visiting the People's Theatre to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State Merited Chorus in Pyongyang. / AFP / KCNA VIA KNS / STR / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PHOTO IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY AFP. / (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Contents: 38North reports that North Korea continues nuclear weapons development; American politicians debate a ‘bloody nose attack’ on North Korea

byJohn J. Xenakis21 Feb 2018, 5:52 AM PST0

Jared Kushner

The White House said Jared Kushner will not be affected by any policy changes made regarding security clearances, even though he still has an interim security clearance 13 months into the job.

byKristina Wong21 Feb 2018, 4:50 AM PST0

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After trouncing the incumbent Lampedusa mayor in elections this past summer, Salvatore Martello immediately began fulfilling campaign promises to get a grip on uncontrolled immigration and has now brought the population of the island’s welcome center down to a manageable 100.

byThomas D. Williams, Ph.D.21 Feb 2018, 4:22 AM PST0

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TEL AVIV – Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon on Tuesday slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for “running away” from negotiations after the Palestinian leader abruptly left the room following his Security Council speech.

byDeborah Danan21 Feb 2018, 3:56 AM PST0

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