Risk of Afghan civilian casualties could damp support for U.S. strikes on militants

By Mirwais Harooni and Josh Smith KABUL, Sept 15 : U.S. President Donald Trump’s plans to step up air strikes on Islamist militants in Afghanistan risk increasing civilian casualties and stirring resentment, despite an initial welcome by Afghan officials and international allies. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has avoided vocal criticisms of errant air strikes, but […]

Top Senate Republican on taxes says ‘Big Six’ won’t dictate reform

By David Morgan WASHINGTON, Sept 14 : The US Senate’s top Republican tax law writer warned on Thursday that the “Big Six” negotiators from the White House, Senate and House of Representatives would not dictate to his committee the direction of expected tax reform legislation. In a defiant statement coming as Republican leaders from the […]

Turkey begins trial of hunger striking teachers amid protests

By Ece Toksabay ANKARA, Sept 14 : Turkish police used tear gas to disperse protesters outside a courthouse in Ankara on Thursday at the start of the trial of two teachers who have been on hunger strike since losing their jobs in a crackdown following last year’s failed coup. Literature professor Nuriye Gulmen and primary […]

Democrats say Trump agrees to work on immigration bill, wall in dispute

By Richard Cowan and Steve Holland WASHINGTON, Sept 14 : President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders in the US Congress have agreed to work together on legislation to protect “Dreamers,” the illegal immigrants who were children when they entered the United States, the lawmakers said on Wednesday, although a dispute erupted over exactly what had […]

China’s big money trumps US influence in Cambodia

By Prak Chan Thul and Matthew Tostevin PHNOM PENH, Sept 14 : Accused of plotting treason with Cambodia’s detained opposition leader, the US embassy posted a picture of a red herring on its Facebook page. The cryptic suggestion that the accusations were false – a mystifying reference for many Cambodians – was followed by further […]

Marc Jacobs closes New York Fashion Week echoing Arabian Nights

By Yahaira Jacquez UNDATED Sept 14 : Outfitting models in knotted turbans, veteran designer Marc Jacobs showcased a bold Spring 2018 collection with an Arabian flair. His show, one of the most anticipated during New York Fashion Week, was held on Wednesday in a muted Park Avenue Armory, where models strutted down the minimalist runway […]