UK pulls spies as Russia and China crack Snowden files
China and Russia have decoded intelligence secrets contained in the cache of documents held by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, leading to British spies being recalled from dangerous postings, according to government officials. Whitehall aides said operatives have had to be moved after Moscow gained access to more than 1m... Read more
One US dollar = Z$35 Quadrillion as Zimbabwe phases out old currency
Americans traveling in Zimbabwe using U.S. dollars in the next few months can consider themselves quadrillionaires in that country, as it phases out its hyper-inflated currency to embrace a multi-currency system. Zimbabwe’s central bank says bank notes from its old currency, which collapsed and was discarded years ago because... Read more
Turkish growth beats forecast, political turmoil clouds outlook
Turkey’s economy grew a greater-than-expected 2.3 percent in the first quarter, data showed on Wednesday, in a speck of good news for the country as it faces the possibility of weeks of fractious talks on forming a coalition government. President Tayyip Erdogan and members of the ruling AK Party... Read more
American veterans of Iraq war join Kurds battling ISIL
Veterans of the US occupation of Iraq have been joining Kurdish units fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in northern Iraq. Al Jazeera spoke to a number of the men, who had crossed into Iraq a few months ago, and had since taken part... Read more
Scottish Labour agrees reform plan
Jim Murphy has stood down as Scottish Labour leader as the party agreed to his plan for “dramatic” change. Mr Murphy announced his intention to resign last month despite narrowly winning a confidence vote in the wake of Labour’s general election defeat. He had since been drawing up plans... Read more