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The curious case of Israel, al-Nusra and 'Facebook Spy'

Israel has arrested a Syrian Druze man who documented contact between Israel and al-Nusra Front.

Opposition Scores 2% in Kazakhstan Election

Election officials in Kazakhstan say preliminary results of yesterday's nationwide polls show the long-ruling president confirming his incumbency with 97.7% of the vote. A crushing victory for 74-year-old Nursultan Nazarbayev was widely expected from the moment Sunday's snap elections were announced. Nazarbayev faced only two nominal rivals, and state...

Sri Lanka's former leader Rajapaksa remains defiant

Rajapaksa says his election defeat was a conspiracy as parliament prepares to debate bill limiting presidential powers.

Willy Hutton is starting to parody himself

Will Hutton’s managed to argue himself into a most interesting little corner. He’s been shouting for years that we need companies to be managed for the long term, not just for the short term interests of share traders. OK, not an argument we share (for the price of a share is the net present value […]

Turkish Cypriots elect leftist moderate as new leader

Mustafa Akinci, who promised to press for peace deal in ethnically split nation, wins presidential election run-off.

Kazakhstan's Nazarbayev declared election winner

Central Asian country's president has secured new five-year term, poll body says, in absence of any real opposition.

Anger Translation: Why Obama was Ranting against GOP Climate Policy at Press Dinner

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) – The Comedy Central show, Key and Peele, made famous a bit by Keegan-Michael Key on Obama called the “Luther, the anger translator,” which plays on…

Gaza Strip 101: World’s Largest outdoor Prison

Middle East Eye | – “The Gaza Strip, a coastal enclave wedged between Israel and Egypt, has been under blockade since 2007, shortly after elections brought the group Hamas to power. After…

Beyond the Headlines: The New Arabs (Juan Cole Interview)

Jack Segal | International Affairs Forum (Traverse City) | – “For three decades, Juan Cole, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Michigan has sought to put the relationship of the…

Danger: GOP House’s “Cybersecurity Bills” are Surveillance Bills in Disguise

By Mark Jaycox | (Electronic Frontier Foundation) | – The House passed two cybersecurity “information sharing” bills today: the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s Protecting Cyber Networks Act, and the House…

Nepal shows its vulnerability after devastating earthquake

By Simon Redfern | (The Conversation) | – For some time scientists have realised that the Kathmandu valley is one of the most dangerous places in the world, in terms of earthquake…

G.W. Bush Bashes Obama on Middle East

By Josh Rogin In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naïve about Iran and the pending nuclear deal and losing the war against the Islamic State. One attendee […]

Nepal death toll soars

UPDATE: At least 3,218 people have been confirmed dead from massive quake that hit #Nepal over the weekend — Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) April 27, 2015

Footage shows avalanche flattening Everest base camp

Dramatic footage emerges showing wall of snow hitting camp, as toll from Nepal's worst earthquake in decades hits 2,500.

Nepal earthquake death toll continues to rise

Two days after the massive quake shook cities and villages across the Himalayan country, at least 2700 were among the dead

Men in Russia may not collect pension under a proposed new plan

Faced with a shrinking economy, an oil price that is half of what it was a year ago and a weak ruble, Russia may be forced to raise the retirement age to 65 for both men and women (currently it is 60 fro men and 55 for women). Russian women now have a life […]

Israel hits Syrian border in airstrike

The Israeli military struck after it said troops saw terrorists approaching the border with weapons intended to target Israel's troops

Obama's Trade Deals: A Test for Hillary Clinton

Opposition to the Administration's proposed major trade deals is getting firmer among Democrats in Congress. Both chambers must approve trade promotion authority, better known as fast-track, in order for the deals to move forward. One Democrat who has avoided taking a position is Hillary Clinton. Show More Summary

Airstrike on Syrian border targeted militants, Israel says

Israel’s military said Sunday it launched an airstrike on its border with Syria after spotting militants carrying a bomb in the Israeli-held Golan Heights. The military said it carried out the strike after troops saw “a group of armed terrorists” approach the border with an explosive intended to target Israeli troops. It said that Israeli […]

Japan Prime Minister comes to U.S. for nationwide tour

Shinzo Abe, in the United States promoting ties between the two countries is one of several leaders from Asia who will visit this year

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