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French Military Minister Expresses Concern About Long-term US Commitment to NATO

French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said on Monday that Europe was concerned about the United States' long-term commitment to NATO and implicitly criticized President Donald Trump's approach towards the military alliance. Trump, as the alliance's de facto leader, has made defense spending a priority after years of defense cuts following the 1945-90 Cold War. He has questioned NATO's value to Washington. "What Europeans are worried about is this: will the U.S. commitment be perennial… Read Full Article

Nebraska Floods Inundate Military Bases, Cut Off Nuclear Plant

Flooding that killed three people in Nebraska and Iowa has cut roads to a nuclear power plant and inundated a significantportion of a major U.S. Air Force base, while more of region's residents faced the possibility of evacuation on Monday. The floods, which prompted each state's governor to declare a state of emergency, are the result of last week's "bomb cyclone" winter storm, which blew in from the western Rocky Mountains. At least one person was missing after hundreds of weekend rescues… Read Full Article

Cyclone Idai: Mozambique president says 1,000 may have died

Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi says he has seen bodies floating in flooded areas near Beira port.

Brazil's Bolsonaro Stops at CIA on High-stakes Washington Visit

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro visited the CIA on Monday as he sought support from the Trump administration for his security agenda on his first official trip to Washington. The three-day visit underscored Bolsonaro's embrace of U.S. influence in Latin America to confront what he calls a communist threat against democracy — a theme he remarked on at a dinner on Sunday evening with his ministers and right-wing thinkers. President Donald Trump will receive Bolsonaro at the White House on… Read Full Article

UN Hosting Western Sahara Talks in Switzerland This Week

The U.N. envoy for the contested Western Sahara will convene talks in Switzerland later this week, seeking compromise after a first round in December that marked a return to the negotiating table for the first time in six years, a statement said. United Nations efforts have repeatedly failed to broker a settlement over the desert territory, contested between Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario since Spain left in 1974. U.N. envoy Horst Koehler said after talks in December that all… Read Full Article

Cookstown hotel disco 'crush': Three teens dead

The girl and two boys died after an incident outside a hotel hosting a St Patrick's Day event in Tyrone.

Israel Supporters Protest UN Rights Meeting

Hundreds of people from across Europe gathered in Geneva Monday to protest as the U.N. Human Rights Council met to discuss allegations of Israeli violations in the Palestinian territories.  While the debate over Palestinian rights was going on inside the United Nations, a rally opposing alleged anti-Israeli prejudice by the 47-member Human Rights Council was taking place outside the premises. Hillel Neuer is Executive Director of the non-governmental organization, U.N. Watch. He told the… Read Full Article

Over 1,000 Feared Dead After Cyclone Slams Into Mozambique

More than 1,000 people were feared dead in Mozambique four days after a cyclone slammed into the country, submerging entire villages and leaving bodies floating in the floodwaters, the nation’s president said. “It is a real disaster of great proportions,” President Filipe Nyusi said. Cyclone Idai could prove to be the deadliest storm in generations to hit the impoverished southeast African country of 30 million people. It struck Beira, an Indian Ocean port city of a half-million people… Read Full Article

Russia human rights: Chechnya court jails Memorial activist

Oyub Titiev gets four years in prison for possessing illegal drugs - a charge he says was trumped up.

Third Brexit vote must be different - Speaker

Ministers warn of a crisis after John Bercow says MPs cannot vote again on motion they rejected last week.