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St. Louis Rams Return To Los Angeles

It's 4th and long for St. Louis as Los Angeles wins the Rams. After many years of hopes and unconfirmed rumors, Angelinos score a NFL team. Inclusive is economic gain, newly created jobs, and another reason to make Los Angeles an exciting destination. Show More Summary

UAE tries ‘Hezbollah’, ‘Qaeda’ cell members: report

Separate trials have opened in the United Arab Emirates of three men accused of links to Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah movement and 23 others for ties to Al-Qaeda, newspapers reported Tuesday. The three Lebanese men charged with “forming and managing a group linked to Hezbollah without obtaining a permit” appeared Monday before Abu Dhabi’s state security, […]

MSF Doctor: Syrians Are Buried Beneath Bombs

As politicians gathered in London last week to discuss aid for Syria, the appalling suffering continued unabated. Syrians are living under bombardment, as hundreds of explosive devices are dropped on their cities and towns each day - predominantly by their own government. Show More Summary

Iraq army enters last ISIL stronghold in Ramadi

Iraqi forces raise flag in centre of Hussaibah village, following weeks of fighting with ISIL, security sources say.

Exodus and betrayal. How a Syrian Nakba was created

John Kerry, the US Secretary of State came close to revealing his true thoughts when he was accosted by two Syrian aid workers at a reception in London after the collapse of the Geneva talks last week. The Syrians accused him of doing nothing to protect civilians from the onslaught they were facing in Aleppo. Show More Summary

No Niqabs, No 'Hot Shorts', Egyptian Women Have a New Dress Code

Gaber Nassar sits in his ornate office, behind a huge oak desk covered with piles of papers as he explains why the university he leads recently banned women from teaching while wearing the niqab, a veil that covers the face but reveals the eyes. Show More Summary

Russia’s Radical Battlefield Plan: 3D Printing for Tanks

Dave Majumdar Security, Moscow's T-14 Armata main battle tank uses some of the most sophisticated manufacturing technology. The Russian defense industry has been using 3D printing technology to create prototype components for the T-14 main battle tank and the rest of the Armata family of combat vehicles. Show More Summary

Patriarch al-Rai: Lebanon needs “real statesmen” to end the presidential vacuum

Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rai said on Tuesday during a mass in Bkirki marking the occasion of Saint Maroun that Lebanon needs “real statesmen” to end the presidential vacuum. “We need real statesmen to be able to elect a president,” The Patriarch said and urged Maronites to “build bridges rather than walls” among different factions. […]

Is Putin a Cockroach?

January happened to be quite hot. At least 12 people in Russia lost their jobs during that month because they collaborated with me. One new theatre performance I took part in was withdrawn from the stage after the first run. They thoughtfully...Show More Summary

Biafra: Court Rejects Application for Nnamdi Kanu Trial to be Held in Secret

A Nigerian court has rejected an application by the country’s intelligence agency for the trial of Biafran activist Nnamdi Kanu to be held in secret. Kanu, 48, is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group, which campaigns for the independence of a region in southeast Nigeria. Show More Summary

U.S. intel chief offers warning about N. Korea nuclear threat

James Clapper also weighs in on ISIS and cyber threats while delivering annual assessment of the top dangers facing the country

N. Korea used a new cagey new trick in rocket launch

Analysts first thought weekend launch was a failure, but only because the North is getting better at covering its tracks

Explaining Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka

On January 29, I had the pleasure of attending a transitional justice workshop in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The event was organized by the National Peace Council (NPC), a Colombo-based organization. Jehan Perera, executive director of the NPC, participated. Show More Summary

How Russia Tried—and Failed—to Sell Iran Lethal T-90S Tanks

Dave Majumdar Security, The addition of the T-90 would greatly enhance Iran’s conventional forces. Russia’s Uralvagonzavod is willing to allow Iran to license-build the T-90S main battle tank domestically once restrictions are lifted on technical cooperation with Tehran. Show More Summary

UN urges Turkey to open border for Syrian refugees

UNHCR says Ankara obligated by international law to allow in tens of thousands of refugees stranded on border.

More than 400 refugees die on way to Europe in 2016

In less than two months, the number of refugee deaths has soared as arrivals spiked tenfold, the IOM says.

U.N.fears for hundreds of thousands if Russian-backed Syria troops encircle Aleppo

Hundreds of thousands of civilians could be cut off from food if Syrian government forces encircle rebel-held parts of Aleppo, the United Nations said on Tuesday, warning of a massive new flight of refugees from a Russian-backed assault. Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air strikes and Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, have launched a […]

Contested Air Superiority Returns to the Asia Pacific

Peter Layton Security, Asia-Pacific Air superiority in itself will not win a war, but it is essential to not losing one. In a previous century the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) did not always fly technologically advanced aircraft that gave it uncontested regional air superiority. Show More Summary

Spanish Socialists face uphill struggle in bid to form new government

The Spanish Socialist Party has put together a draft government programme in a bid to win enough support for its leader Pedro Sánchez to be voted in as new Prime Minister. What are the key hurdles ahead? Open Europe’s Vincenzo Scarpetta gives his assessment of the latest developments. Show More Summary

Bosnian Serb general convicted of genocide dies in jail

Zdravko Tolimir, convicted by UN judges of genocide in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, died in The Hague.

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