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Changing captains in Germany’s Left Party

The Left Party is the only opposition force with any real clout in Germany, so a gathering with representatives of its 60,000 members was important enough.


A hot weekend and a chilly G7 summit

Top leaders of seven nations at the G7 Summit discuss "the global economy as well as... foreign, security and development policy."


Enforcement not the answer to Europe’s immigration problems

International law guarantees the right to seek asylum; seizing boats and mass detentions are violations of this right.


TPP’s evil twin advances in European Parliament

The legislative arm of the European Union approved a position statement backing, with modifications, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.


Ireland: gay marriage approved with a landslide yes

"The decision makes every citizen equal and will strengthen the institution of marriage for all existing and future marriages."


Vietnam alarmed by conflict in South China Sea

The United States has never ratified the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which provides the peaceful means to settle disputes.


Today in history: Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty is signed in 1972

The U.S. and USSR agreed not to build defensive missile systems and thus to limit escalation of the nuclear arms race.


Tomorrow in history: Beatification day for El Salvador’s Archbishop Oscar Romero

He was an outspoken advocate for the poor who was martyred in 1980.


Today in history: Forward-looking Uruguayan President José Mujica turns 80

On this date in 1935, José Alberto Mujica Cordano was born in Montevideo, Uruguay.


Bolivarian Latin America promises help in worldwide refugee crisis

As the Rohingyas have fled Burma in often unseaworthy boats, they have found themselves barred from landing in other countries.

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