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11 Mar

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

English Online International Newspapers

For a change from the same old news stories from the same old news networks, here are links to English-edition online newspapers from other parts of the world. Nearly all of these are English-edition daily newspapers, with an emphasis on the Middle East and Asia. These sites have interesting editorials and essays, and many have links to other good news sources. We try to limit this list to those sites which are regularly updated, reliable, with a high percentage of “up” time.

Some of the available newspapers:

Asia & CIS

www.newscentralasia.com/

China

english.peopledaily.com.cn/home.html

China & Hong Kong

www.scmp.com/news

France

www.france24.com/en/france/

Israel

www.haaretz.com/

Norway

www.newsinenglish.no/category/news/

Palestine

english.pnn.ps/

Russia

english.pravda.ru/

Ukraine

www.ukrainianjournal.com/

 

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US president criticises Europe over failure to prevent ‘mess’ after Gaddafi and warns special relationship comes with conditions

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, former US State Department official Alec Ross discusses President Barack Obama’s frustration with European efforts in Libya. The US president told the Atlantic that prime minister David Cameron was distracted during the Libya crisis, and criticises European efforts to prevent ‘a mess’ after the fall of Gaddafi

David Cameron was distracted by domestic priorities as Libya descended into a “mess”, Barack Obama has suggested.

In frank comments about foreign relations, the US president also revealed he warned his British counterpart that the “special relationship” would be at risk if the UK did not commit to spending 2% of its national income on defence, in line with Nato targets.

The remarks were made in a lengthy interview with the Atlantic. Obama expressed aggravation with “free riders” among world leaders who call for international action if there is a war or other humanitarian crisis but do not commit enough military resources. “You have to pay your fair share,” he said.

He made critical comments about both the UK and France for participating in military action in Libya in 2011 that removed its dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, but subsequently failing to stop it becoming a “mess”.

Downing Street has refused to comment but MPs from Britain and France have hit back, criticising Obama’s lack of leadership in north Africa and the Middle East…………….

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US-Canadian initiative brightens chances of success for Paris climate agreement and casts Justin Trudeau as Obama’s heir in terms of global climate action

US president Barack Obama welcomes prime minister of Canada Justin Trudeau at the White House, 10 March

Barack Obama welcomes the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, outside the White House on Thursday. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

A joint US-Canadian declaration to help spur the transition to a low carbon economy passed the baton of global climate action from Barack Obama to Justin Trudeau on Thursday – and brightened prospects for the Paris agreement.

The initiative, which roams from Arctic protection to plugging methane emissions from oil wells and pipelines to decarbonisation of the US and Canadian economies in the second half of this century, cements a new climate change partnership between neighbours after 15 years of pulling in opposite directions.

It signals once again that Obama intends to keep pushing hard on climate change in what was supposed to be the lame duck phase of his presidency.

And it improves the prospects of rallying countries to ratify the Paris climate agreement when it opens for signing on 22 April. The agreement needs to be signed by 55 countries responsible for 55% of global emissions to come into force……………..

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Photographer Valery Sharifulin documents the everyday life of people who remain in Aleppo, five years after the country’s civil war began

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