One US billionaire is suggesting that California be divided into a total of six individual states. "California needs a reboot. I think that with six Californias, it gives us a chance to make it our government. We can make it more local, better representation, closer to us," American billionaire Timothy Draper states in an official report.
As the 6th BRICS summit kicks off in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza, attending the two-day event the leaders of Russia, China, Brazil, India and South Africa are set to ink a deal on the establishment of a 100-billion-dollar joint development bank. Discussions will focus on the contribution from each member state and where to locate the bank's headquarters.
The Russian Foreign Ministry is urging Washington to release Russian State Duma MP Valery Seleznev's son Roman Seleznev, who was detained in the Maldives on a US warrant and relocated to a jail on Guam, TASS reports on Tuesday.
British Prime Minister David Cameron appointed Michael Fallon as Defense Secretary on Tuesday as part of a major reshuffle of his cabinet ahead of a national election in May next year.
Nine European Union member states will vote against imposing new sanctions on Russia at tomorrow's EU summit in a sign of a deepening split over the issue.
Defense Secretary Philip Hammond will become Britain's new foreign secretary after the surprise resignation of William Hague. The change is part of a major shakeup of Prime Minister David Cameron's Cabinet in advance of the general election next year.
Israel has accepted Egypt’s ceasefire initiative for the Gaza Strip, the Israeli government’s press service said in a statement on Monday, July 15.
French president Francois Hollande vigorously denied swaying the justice system in a corruption scandal Nicolas Sarkozy was implicated in after former leader announced he was the victim of a set-up.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is determined to resign ahead of term without waiting for an election or change of leadership in the Christian-Democratic Union (CDU), Der Spiegel reports, quoting government and CDU sources.
NATO, visibly shaken by the effectiveness of Russia's information campaign during the Ukrainian crisis, is now looking for ways to counter Russia's media campaign over Ukraine, the Financial Times newspaper reports with reference to UK Ambassador to NATO Adam Thompson.
There's recently come another twist in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a Palestinian boy was violently killed by Israelis, and it seems the relations are perhaps at one of the lowest points they've ever been at. Shortly afterwards, though, Israel arrested six Jewish suspects, with Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu pointing to the fact that the killers would face "the full weight of the law." The incident fueled tensions, however, and Israel commenced bombarding Gaza on Tuesday, which comes as the latest chapter of the two-nation never-ending conflict.
Al-Sisi’s reaction to journalists’ unfair sentence has mostly to do with Egypt’s image – Arab states expert
Iran and six world powers have managed to remove some of their differences during a fresh round of nuclear talks in Vienna, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told reporters on Sunday. It will be clear in the coming days whether the sides will be able to finalize the agreement by the 20 July deadline fixed in last year’s Geneva accords, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Sunday.
Iran's top diplomat, Mohammad Javad Zarif, says Tehran has no interest in building an atomic bomb, despite Western powers' claims to the contrary. Zarif's comments, in a television interview, due to be broadcast on Sunday, when Iran engages in talks with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, aimed at a grand bargain reducing in scope the Islamic republic's nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief.
Israeli navy commandos launched a ground operation overnight in the north of the Gaza Strip, the first since the anti-Hamas offensive began, Israeli public radio said early Sunday. The brief incursion targeted a rocket launcher site, it said. The armed branch of Hamas confirmed that Israeli commandos had exchanged gunfire with some Palestinian fighters. It was the first ground operation in Gaza by the Israeli military since the start of its offensive on Tuesday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday departed for a visit to four South American countries, including Brazil, to build ties in a resource-rich region traditionally considered the backyard of the United States.
The German government will protect the interests of the German business regarding the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline and expects that all problems associated with it will be successfully solved.
Three persons included in the list of the richest people of the world have united against the US Congress, which, in their opinion, had made a mess of the immigration reform, and published a joint column in The New York Times. "Americans deserve better than this," the billionaires, who believe that Congress is not able to reach compromises and endangers citizens, write.
During negotiations in Vienna, Iran and the Sextet of international mediators have coordinated more than half of the text of an agreement on the final settlement of the Iranian nuclear problem, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said on Saturday. "Some 60-70 percent of the agreement is currently ready, but the remaining parts touch upon issues causing the biggest controversy," Iranian media quote Araghchi.
The UN special envoy to Iraq said on Saturday the country could plunge into chaos if its divided parliament fails to move forward on forming a government in its next session set for Sunday. Nikolay Mladenov called on all lawmakers to attend the session. Lack of progress on choosing the top three government posts - president, prime minister, and speaker - "will only serve the interests of those who seek to divide the people of Iraq and destroy their chances for peace and prosperity," he said in a statement, Reuters reports.