Free But In Ruins, Uphill Struggle To Rebuild Syria’s Raqa

Beirut, Lebanon:  The ISIS group’s former Syrian stronghold Raqa has been captured, but it lies ruined, littered with explosives, and lacking electricity or running water for residents desperate to return. Aid groups and the United Nations say clearing and rebuilding what was once the ISIS’ group’s de facto Syrian capital will be a massive, expensive …

Tech Firms To Lobby For Immigrant ‘Dreamers’ To Remain In US

People protest in defence of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in New York (Reuters) SAN FRANCISCO:  Nearly two dozen major U.S. companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency, according to documents seen by Reuters. …

Anti-European Union ‘Czech Trump’ Poised To Win Vote That Risks Chaos

Despite being indicted for fraud, Andrej Babis has captured 25-30 per cent voter support (AFP) Prague, Czech Republic:  A billionaire populist dubbed the “Czech Trump” looked poised to win the country’s two-day general election which starts Friday, as polls suggest anti-EU parties could make gains that analysts warn could plunge the country into chaos. ANO …

George W Bush Slams Trump-Era Politics

George W Bush gave an implicit rebuke of the current administration (AFP) New York:  George W. Bush issued a sharp denunciation of bigotry, white supremacy and falsehoods on Thursday, in what was seen as a clear rebuke of politics in the age of President Donald Trump.In a New York speech, the two-term former president warned …

Central Intelligence Agency CIA Chief Mike Pompeo Says US-Canadian Couple Held For Five Years In Pakistan

Caitlan Coleman, Joshua Boyle and their children were rescued shortly after entering Pakistan Washington:  The head of the CIA said on Thursday a U.S.-Canadian couple kidnapped by Islamist militants in Afghanistan were held inside neighboring Pakistan for five years before being freed. “We had a great outcome last week when we were able to get …

3 Million Americans Carry A Handgun Daily: Study

The study is the first in 20 years to look at gun-carrying habits in the US Miami, United States:  As many as three million people in the United States carry a loaded handgun daily, while nine million do so at least once a month, according to a US study Thursday. Most of these gun-toting Americans …