White House veterans helped UAE build secret surveillance unit

White House veterans helped UAE build secret surveillance unit

In the years after 9/11, former United States counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke warned Congress that the country needed more expansive spying powers to prevent another catastrophe. Five years after leaving government, he shopped the same idea to an enthusiastic partner: an Arab monarchy with deep pockets. In 2008, Clarke went to work as a consultant…
GCC summit calls for unity amid hopes of easing Gulf crisis

GCC summit calls for unity amid hopes of easing Gulf crisis

A summit of Gulf states has quickly concluded in Saudi Arabia's capital amid signs of a thaw in relations between a host of blockading countries and Qatar - even though there was no concrete progress in solving the two-year diplomatic crisis. Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani did not attend the 40th edition of…
Trump impeachment: Democrats introduce two formal charges

Trump impeachment: Democrats introduce two formal charges

US House Democratic leaders on Tuesday unveiled two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, charging the president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, flanked by the chairmen of the impeachment inquiry committees, stood at the Capitol in what she called a "solemn act".  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler told…
Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed receives Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo

Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed receives Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has received the Nobel Peace Prize and hailed the role played by former foe Eritrea in resolving the long-running conflict between the two countries. "I accept this award on behalf of Ethiopians and Eritreans, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of peace," Abiy said on Tuesday after…
Democrats poised to unveil 2 impeachment articles against Trump

Democrats poised to unveil 2 impeachment articles against Trump

US House Democrats are poised to unveil two articles of impeachment on Tuesday against President Donald Trump - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Trump, meanwhile, insisted he did "NOTHING" wrong and that impeaching a president with a record like his would be "sheer Political Madness!" Democratic leaders say Trump put United States elections…
Chile plane en route to Antarctica goes missing with 38 on board

Chile plane en route to Antarctica goes missing with 38 on board

The C-130 Hercules took off at 16:55 local time (19:55 GMT) from the cty of Punta Arenas [File: Getty Images] A Chilean military plane with 38 people on board "lost radio communication", after taking off from the south of the country for a base in Antarctica, Chile's Air Force said on Tuesday. The C-130 Hercules…
Four killed in shooting at Czech hospital, police hunt for gunman

Four killed in shooting at Czech hospital, police hunt for gunman

Police officers stand guard near the site of a shooting in front of a hospital in Ostrava, Czech Republic [Lukas Kabon/Reuters] An attacker shot and killed at least four people and seriously injured two at a hospital in the northeast Czech city of Ostrava on Tuesday, police said. Police said on Twitter they were searching…
‘Unfathomable grief’: 13 feared dead at New Zealand volcano

‘Unfathomable grief’: 13 feared dead at New Zealand volcano

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expressed "unfathomable grief" on Tuesday after a volcanic eruption at a popular tourist island, as the police announced that it is launching a criminal investigation into the circumstances of the deadly incident. Ardern confirmed five fatalities and said eight people were still missing after Monday's eruption at Whakaari, also…
Putin, Zelinskyy agree Russia Ukraine prisoner exchange in summit

Putin, Zelinskyy agree Russia Ukraine prisoner exchange in summit

The leaders of Russia and Ukraine agreed on Tuesday to exchange all remaining prisoners from the conflict in east Ukraine by the end of the year, but left thorny questions about the region's status unresolved in their first face-to-face meeting. Russia's Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spent nine hours in discussions in Paris…
Aung San Suu Kyi to appear at ICJ as Myanmar faces genocide case

Aung San Suu Kyi to appear at ICJ as Myanmar faces genocide case

Aung San Suu Kyi will appear at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague on Tuesday for a highly anticipated genocide case against Myanmar. The country's civilian leader, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle against Myanmar's military dictatorship, arrived at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on Sunday alongside Wouter Jurgens, the Dutch ambassador to Myanmar, and was greeted…