Chicago establishes crime fighting unit

The feds are stepping into Chicago's seemingly intractable gun violence problem.
 

Can democracy tame plutocracy?

We are headed into a national reckoning. To paraphrase the unlamented Donald Rumsfeld, there are the known knowns and the known unknowns.
 

Emirati authors to be celebrated at ABIDF

Dedicated Pavilion for Emirati Books, Emirates Writers Union Cultural Programme will be unveiled at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.
 

PM Erdogan to tour Europe for expat presidency votes

 

UKIP campaign posters branded ‘racist’

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) has come under fire after unveiling a series of “racists” anti-immigration posters ahead of the European elections next month.
 

‘Baku recognizes Iran nuclear rights’

Azeri Ambassador to Iran Javanshir Akhundov says his country has recognized the Islamic Republic’s right to have nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
 

‘Iran commitment to Geneva deal proved’

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has underlined that a recent report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about Iran’s nuclear energy program proves Tehran’s commitment to its interim agreement with the P5+1 group.
 

600 US troops head to Eastern Europe

The United States will send hundreds of troops to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia over the coming days for joint war games, the US Department of Defense says.
 

Obama heads to Asia to revive ‘pivot’

US President Barack Obama is leaving for the Asia-Pacific region on Tuesday in an effort to revive the “pivot” of US military towards the region.
 

Erdogan to May Day protesters: Give up on your hopes of Taksim!

Turkey Prime Minister suggests venues other than Taksim Square, and offers free transport on May 1, but leftist unions vow to ignore ban.
 

Israel settlers uproot Palestine trees

A group of Israeli settlers have uprooted more than 100 olive trees in the occupied West Bank, Press TV reports.
 

‘US cannot stop China’s rising power’

The United States is worried over the rising power of China in the world but Washington’s “scare tactics” cannot stop China’s rising role in world affairs, says an American anti-war activist.
 

Poland premier urges EU energy union

Poland has urged the European Union to create an energy union to end the “excessive” EU dependence on supplies of natural gas from Russia.
 

Palestine plays down threat to dismantle PA

Israel's actionsannul all legal, political, security, economic, operational aspects of prerogatives of Palestinian Authority.
 

​Firefighters v arsonists: US confirms $5bn spent on 'Ukraine democracy'

This piece of infallible logic came from the US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, as she refused to equate the situation in Ukrainian capital, Kiev, in February with the present one in eastern Ukraine.
 

Turkey stresses friendly Iran ties

The Turkish ambassador to Iran says his country will not miss any opportunity to further strengthen the “friendly” relations between Ankara and Tehran in different areas.
 

4.7 earthquake in Slovenia, Italy, nr nuclear plant

A 4.7-magnitude earthquake has struck Slovenia southwest of the country’s capital, Ljubljana, at a depth of 2 kilometers.
 

4.4 earthquake in Slovenia, Italy, nr nuclear plant

A 4.4-magnitude earthquake has struck Slovenia southwest of the country’s capital, Ljubljana, at a depth of 12.4 kilometers.
 

Japan MPs at controversial shrine

A Japanese cabinet minister and nearly 150 lawmakers have visited the controversial Yasukuni war shrine seen by critics as a symbol of the country’s past militarism.
 

US govt. = Protection racket for the 1%

The evidence of income inequality just keeps mounting. According to “Working for the Few,” a recent briefing paper from Oxfam, “In the US, the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-financial crisis growth since 2009, while the bottom 90 percent became poorer.”