(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) John A. Tures, Lagrange College(THE CONVERSATION) The famous Christmas Market in Strasbourg, France, became the latest place to be struck by terrorists. On Dec. 12, 2018, a gunman on a terror watch list named Cherif Chekatt yelled “Allahu Akbar” and opened fire on shoppers, killing five people and wounding 11, according to media reports. The attack was labeled terrorism by a Paris
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Elizabeth C. Tippett, University of Oregon(THE CONVERSATION) Corporate America is notorious for letting disgraced CEOswalk away with millions. Yet somehow Les Moonves, who was fired from CBS “for cause” on Dec. 17 after a monthslong investigation into his alleged misdeeds, lost US$120 million in promised severance benefits – and that’s despite the fact that his contract terms with
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Frank J. Cilluffo, Auburn University and Sharon L. Cardash, Auburn University(THE CONVERSATION) The Chinese telecommunications company Huawei is under scrutiny around the globe over concerns that its close ties with the Chinese government present national security threats to the U.S., Europe and allied countries. Huawei, which denies all the allegations against it, is “the world’s
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Amy Burdette, Florida State University and Dawn Carr, Florida State University(THE CONVERSATION) November and December are defined by parties and social events. And in the U.S., alcohol is synonymous with socializing, with Americans particularly likely to overindulge during the holidays.Older people as a group have not historically imbibed during social events, particularly women.
The Taliban say their latest talks with the U.S. envoy focused on the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan, the release of prisoners and halting attacks on civilians by pro-government forces
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Arun Agrawal, University of Michigan(THE CONVERSATION) The international climate change conference that concluded in Katowice, Poland on Dec. 15 had limited ambitions and expectations – especially compared to the 2015 meeting that produced the Paris climate agreement. It will be remembered mainly for its delegates agreeing on a common “rulebook” to implement existing country
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Jamie Lynn Goodwin, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis(THE CONVERSATION) When a woman I’ll call Elisa and her 15-year-old daughter, Ana, journeyed from their home in Honduras to Tijuana, Mexico, they survived due to the generosity of a friend who gave them bus tickets, strangers they met aboard the bus headed north and a temporary Mexican humanitarian visa. Once they
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned from the Olympics for life because of the country's doping scandals, has resigned as president of the Russian Football Union
A South African group representing a model who was allegedly assaulted by Grace Mugabe says authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the wife of Zimbabwe's former leader
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of an auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, Monsignor Alexander Salazar, following allegations of misconduct with a minor in the 1990s
South Sudan security forces strip, kick, rob peace deal monitors, says regional group
Japan's top diplomat has urged South Korea's government to make a political decision to bring an end to their recent legal dispute stemming from that country's court rulings on former Korean forced laborers
China and the United States have traded barbs again at the World Trade Organization, with the U.S. ambassador accusing China of theft of technology and an envoy from Beijing retorting that the U.S. was "finger-pointing."
Pope accepts resignation of Los Angeles auxiliary bishop Alexander Salazar, accused of misconduct with a minor in 1990s
Germany's Cabinet has approved a plan to expand a system of visas allowing people from outside the European Union to seek jobs as it tries to tackle a shortfall of skilled workers
Philippine military officials say communist guerrillas abducted two soldiers and several militiamen and seized several rifles in an attack on an army base in the country's south in the latest flare-up of a nearly half-century-long insurgency
A criminal justice bill passed by the Senate would give judges more discretion when sentencing some drug offenders and would boost prisoner rehabilitation efforts and has been hailed by scores of conservative and liberal advocacy groups
European Union officials have agreed to ban some single-use plastics, such as disposable cutlery, plates and straws, in an effort to cut marine pollution
Facebook has announced its third and biggest purge of military-linked accounts in Myanmar, where critics have charged the social network did too little to block inflammatory material that fueled hatred, particularly against the Muslim Rohingya minority
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Greece violated a prohibition on discrimination by applying Islamic religious law to an inheritance dispute among members of the country's Muslim minority
An international aid group says more than half a million displaced people in war-torn Yemen face the "double threat" of famine and freezing temperatures as winter sets in
The British government is publishing long-awaited plans for a post-Brexit immigration system that will end free movement of European Union citizens to the U.K.
Critic of Chechen ruler faces deportation from Poland as European nations become increasingly wary of sheltering refugees from Chechnya
German prosecutors say customs officials have arrested a 68-year-old Russian man on suspicion of exporting goods suitable for missile construction to 'military recipients' in his home country
The Trump administration's special envoy for North Korea says Washington is reviewing easing its strict travel restrictions to North Korea to facilitate humanitarian shipments to the North as part of efforts to resolve an impasse in nuclear diplomacy
Matts Olsson holds a slim lead after the opening run of men's World Cup giant slalom
Official figures show that consumer prices rose in November by their weakest rate in 21 months, a development that's likely to cheer consumers as they get ready for some last-minute Christmas shopping.
Pakistani officials say the government has approved fresh measures to avoid being blacklisted by an international group that monitors money laundering and terror financing