Author: Tucker Kelsch

In Wake Of Beirut Blast, Lebanon’s Cabinet Steps Down

The week following a devastating explosion in the Lebanese capital of Beirut has been one marred by violence, disarray, and capitulation. With pressures to resign mounting in wake of the disaster, the country’s government, led by Prime Minister Hassan Diab, stepped down from power on Monday afternoon. Diab announced the resignation

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Russian Police Detain Hundreds Of Anti-Putin Protestors In Moscow

Russian police arrested dozens of people on Wednesday during a protest against constitutional reforms that gave President Vladimir Putin the option to remain in power for another 16 years, witnesses and a monitoring group reported.  Nearly 500 demonstrators gathered in Moscow calling for the President to resign following a dubious

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Polish President Proposes Constitutional Ban On LGBTQ Adoption Amid Close Election Race

On Monday, Polish President Andrzej Duda proposed an amendment to the Polish constitution that would bar same-sex couples from adopting children. The move comes as candidates for the upcoming presidential election are polling neck-and-neck. Rafał Trzaskowski, the candidate running against the Civic Platform (PO) party and incumbent President Duda, announced

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North Korea Withdraws From Added Military Pressure On The South

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, better known as North Korea, has decided to suspend its plans to increase military pressure on its southern neighbor, the Republic of Korea, as ties between the two countries have deteriorated since early June.  The decision comes after a meeting between Supreme Leader Kim

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Thousands Flee Western Myanmar As Army Plans “Clearing Operations”

Warnings from local administrators have prompted thousands of citizens in Myanmar’s Rakhine state to flee their homes in fear as the country’s army plans “clearance operations” against insurgents in the area.  A government spokesperson later said that the evacuation order had been revoked altogether. Border affairs officials acknowledged that the

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Kidnapping Of Thai Exile Ignites Protests For Justice

Demonstrations have broken out in Bangkok in response to the suspected kidnapping of a Thai activist who is recognized for sparking protests of the country’s constitutional monarchy. Activists have denounced laws that suppress opposition to the country’s ruling family, including restricting people’s abilities to organize and the freedom to criticize

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New Ebola Outbreak In The Congo Poses Elevated Threat

A new outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has claimed the lives of five people, the Ministry of Health announced Monday. The country was in the midst of recovering from its 11th Ebola incident, as well as contending with the effects of the global

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