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Australian nurse jailed for illegal Cambodian surrogacy

An Australian nurse has been jailed for 18 months in Cambodia for providing commercial surrogacy services. Tammy Davis-Charles was arrested in Phnom Penh in November last year, shortly after the Cambodian government had banned commercial surrogacy. During her trial the 49-year-old denied the charges and said she only provided medical care to the surrogates. Commercial surrogacy has grown in South ... Read More »

Venezuela vote: Authorities reject inflation claim

Venezuela’s electoral authorities have dismissed a claim that turnout in Sunday’s controversial vote for a new constituent assembly was inflated. The firm behind the voting system said turnout was at least one million fewer than the government figure. But the head of the election council hit back, calling it an “irresponsible claim, with unfounded estimations”. President Nicolás Maduro has said ... Read More »

US sanctions are ‘trade war’ on Russia, says PM Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said new sanctions imposed by the US are tantamount to declaring a “full-scale trade war” against Moscow. He said the measures, signed by Donald Trump, demonstrated the complete impotence of the US president, who he said had been humiliated by Congress. The law aims to punish Russia for its alleged meddling in the 2016 ... Read More »

Whose Message to Believe on Russia?

Far from the chaos and cacophony of Washington’s unending debate over Russia policy, Vice President Mike Pence has been delivering a remarkably consistent message on a trip to Eastern Europe this week — praising old alliances and reaffirming America’s commitment to defend democratic nations against those countries that would undermine them. Too bad these sentiments aren’t as eagerly embraced and ... Read More »

Dunkirk, the War and the Amnesia of the Empire

OXFORD, England — Two and a half million soldiers drawn from Britain’s empire in South Asia fought in World War II. But they are missing from many British commemorations and accounts of the war — an absence reinforced by Christopher Nolan’s new film “Dunkirk,” which does not feature any of the Indian soldiers who were present at the battle. The ... Read More »

Trump ‘weighed in’ on son’s statement about Russian meeting

The White House has confirmed reports that President Donald Trump helped draft a statement on his son’s meeting last year with a Russian lawyer. Mr Trump “weighed in” on his son’s response to media last month but did not dictate it, the White House said. Donald Trump Jr initially said the meeting was about Russian adoption before acknowledging he was ... Read More »

North Korea: US not seeking regime change, says Rex Tillerson

The US government is not seeking a regime change in North Korea, the secretary of state says, amid tensions over Pyongyang’s weapons programme. “We’re not your enemy,” Rex Tillerson said, adding that the US wanted a dialogue at some point. But a Republican senator said President Donald Trump had told him there would be a war with North Korea if ... Read More »

Iraq loses $ 200 billion from the halt of investment projects

The financial crisis experienced by Iraq reflected on all aspects of life, especially the sector of economic investment projects, as the investment projects were revoked from the paragraphs of Iraq’s budget for the year 2017, which amounted to $ 85 billion. The state adapted an operational and austerity budget because of the dire financial situation that the country is going ... Read More »

Anthony Scaramucci, John Kelly, Venezuela: Your Tuesday Briefing

• American Embassy workers in Moscow are bracing for a “shock to the system” after Russia ordered the dismissal of 755 employees in retaliation for U.S. sanctions. Though most are likely to be Russian nationals, it’s the harshest such move since 1986, and one that our analyst said underlined President Vladimir Putin’s bad bet on warmer relations with a Trump administration. Vice President Mike Pence, ... Read More »

John Kelly, Asserting Authority, Fires Anthony Scaramucci

WASHINGTON — John F. Kelly, President Trump’s new chief of staff, firmly asserted his authority on his first day in the White House on Monday, telling aides he will impose military discipline on a free-for-all West Wing, and he underscored his intent by firing Anthony Scaramucci, the bombastic communications director, 10 days after he was hired. Mr. Scaramucci was forced ... Read More »