Belgium struggles to manage its burgeoning Islamic scene

As Donald Trump stormed through Brussels this week, alternatively dishing out anti-European tirades and paeans of fawning praise, he had little time to mingle with the city’s residents or take in its cultural and architectural landscape. If the president had attempted any of that, he might have been quite confused. The city, like Belgium as a whole, has long been split between French-speakers and Dutch-speaking Flemings. These days, a still more obvious social gap divides people of loosely Catholic heritage

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Competing marches peaceful in Nicaraguan capital

MANAGUA, Nicaragua –  Simultaneous marches of supporters and opponents of President Daniel Ortega’s government passed through the streets of Nicaragua’s capital Saturday without incident. The larger of the two marches was in support of the Roman Catholic Church and its bishops who are trying to mediate a conflict that has carried on for more than three months and left at least 448 dead, according to a human rights organization. Marchers chanted on Saturday that the bishops had their support and

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Julian Assange looks for deal to end ‘diplomatic isolation’

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Gunmen attack midwife training facility in eastern Afghanistan

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Afghan security forces surrounded gunmen who stormed a facility for trainee midwives in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Saturday following an attack that began with multiple explosions. Smoke rises from an area where explosions and gunshots were heard, in Jalalabad city, Afghanistan July 28, 2018. REUTERS/Parwiz After a battle lasting several hours, which sent clouds of black smoke spiraling into the sky, all the attackers were killed by security forces, according to a statement by

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North Korea presents nuclear disarmament’s biggest challenge yet

SIEGFRIED HECKER, a professor who used to run America’s nuclear laboratory at Los Alamos, recalls the most recent of the seven trips he has made to North Korea, in 2010. His hosts were showing off their sprawling Yongbyon atomic-energy complex. With a blend of shyness and defiance, they displayed an astonishing spectacle: a hall with 2,000 brand-new centrifuges, machines that enrich uranium, either for electricity or nuclear bombs. Apparently assembled in another, unsuspected site, they had appeared in Yongbyon since

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Taliban official says group spoke with US official

ISLAMABAD –  The Taliban held their first direct contact with a U.S. official in a preliminary discussion about future peace talks on Afghanistan, a senior official with the insurgent group said Saturday. It marked one of the most significant developments amid efforts to find a negotiated end to the country’s protracted war. The official described as “useful” a meeting with Alice Wells, the U.S.’s top diplomat for South Asia, earlier this week. He said the meeting was held in the

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Pakistani elections: Imran Khan waits for confirmation of victory in polling tainted by rigging claims

According to early results, Khan’s center-right Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has been swept to power, gaining an unexpectedly strong mandate, but failing to win a majority in the National Assembly. In the latest official count, Khan’s party had won 115 seats out of a potential 270 seats, with 267 having been declared. Analysts said Khan had sufficient numbers to form a government with independent national assembly members and small regional numbers, without needing to team up with extremist religious parties as

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Cambodia sets up polling stations; government critics call for election boycott

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – At the Toul Kork Primary School in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh volunteers swept classrooms and laid out wooden desks on Saturday, transforming rooms into polling booths ahead a general election Prime Minister Hun Sen is expected to easily win. Election officials examine voter lists at polling station located at a school in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, July 28, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside “I believe voters will come out to vote,” Yos Vanthan, head of the school’s election

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