More than 100 million at risk of starvation

An internally displaced man looks at the carcasses of his goats and sheep in the outskirts of Dahar town of Puntland state in northeastern Somalia, December 15, 2016. REUTERS/Feisal Omar By Umberto Bacchi March, 2017 ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The number

Renewed Scottish campaign to leave post-Brexit UK

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs March 4, 2017   In these times of seething rage, it is increasingly likely that Britain’s divorce from the European Union will lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom itself. As the parliament in Westminster completes the

Canada-EU Pact Touted as Model Trade Deal

By Philip Blenkinsop February, 2017 STRASBOURG (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised the European Union as an unprecedented model for peaceful cooperation, in a speech to EU lawmakers that contrasted sharply with the critical stance of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Russia’s Military Buildup Focuses on Arctic

By Andrew Osborn  February, 2017 MURMANSK, Russia (Reuters) – The nuclear icebreaker Lenin, the pride and joy of the Soviet Union’s Arctic great game, lies at perpetual anchor in the frigid water here. A relic of the Cold War, it is now

Pins are out for the Trump balloon

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs January 20, 2017 Even as the inaugural party hangovers still throb in Washington, leaders in other capitals are dreaming up ways to discover what kind of blow-hard Donald Trump is. He has given them plenty to work with

Thailand’s Game of Thrones enters new era

A woman walks past a portrait of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun at a department store in central Bangkok, Thailand January 13, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs January 14, 2017 While people in the United States grapple with having done

Human Rights: There’s an App for that

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs January 7, 2017 At the heart of one of the most effective and simple human rights campaigns of recent years is a box on a roof in Beijing. In its quiet way, that box has confirmed for the

After looking into Trump’s soul, Japan’s Abe seeks new allies

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs December 31, 2016 It is now pretty clear that when Shinzo Abe rushed to meet Donald Trump, even while the votes were being counted in November, the Japanese Prime Minister didn’t have a Margaret Thatcher or George W

Britain’s tortuous road to “hard” Brexit

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs December 17, 2016 Day by day it is becoming clearer just how wrenching a process it will be for Britain to leave the European Union (EU). It is now beyond doubt that Britain is headed for a “hard”

Battle Ends, Bloody Syrian War Grinds On

By Laila Bassam, Angus McDowall and Stephanie Nebehay  Rebel resistance in the Syrian city of Aleppo ended on Tuesday after years of fighting and months of bitter siege and bombardment that culminated in a bloody retreat, as insurgents agreed to withdraw in