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Revealed: The US Army's Lethal M4A1 Rifle Is Ready for War

Kris Osborn Security, The US Army has now produced at least 117,000 battle-tested, upgraded M4A1 rifles engineered to more quickly identify, attack and destroy enemy targets with full auto-capability, consistent trigger-pull and a slightly...Show More Summary

Testing confirms mysterious, rarely seen species of whale in Pacific Ocean

Genetic tests confirm unnamed species of beaked whale only rarely seen alive by Japanese fishermen roams the northern Pacific Ocean

7/28: Hillary Clinton's big moment on final night of DNC; Chelsea Clinton through the years

Hillary Clinton makes history at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday; Chelsea Clinton is one of the most valuable assets of her mother's campaign.

Rock-Throwing Elephant Kills Young Zoogoer

A 7-year-old girl is dead after an elephant threw a rock at her Tuesday at a Moroccan zoo, the Telegraph reports. The unnamed girl was posing for a photo when she was struck in the head with a large rock. She suffered severe injuries and died at the hospital. According...

Refusing a New Cold War

Olga Oliker Russia, Eurasia Russia’s narrative reflects a nostalgia for the Cold War, appropriate, perhaps in a year that marks a quarter century since the USSR’s collapse.  The Russians are messing with the United States. Not only did...Show More Summary

Why do terrorists do it?

The philosopher John Gray is always worth reading. Two highlights from his latest book review, first on the rationality of terrorism: The practice of suicide bombing has very often been analysed in cost-benefit terms and found to be highly efficient. Show More Summary

Same horse, different jihadi: JAN rebrands

[youtube:XOJpzGws4mY] Any marketer will tell you that when you think you've got a good product but it's not selling, then it's time to change the marketing. With that in mind, we should lend little weight to yesterday's announcementShow More Summary

On Rights and Justice: Some Perspective from Colombo

Ruki Fernando is a human rights activist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In this interview, Mr. Fernando shares his thoughts on a range of salient issues. Sri Lanka's former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, took the country in an ever more authoritarian direction. Show More Summary

Everything You Need To Know About the New Nusra Front

Its leader announced a split from al-Qaeda and a new name, Jabhat Fateh Al Sham

Can Shia militias be integrated into the Iraqi army?

Prime Minister Abadi says Shia forces will be subjected to military law if they are integrated into Iraq's armed forces.

Yemen: Houthi, Saleh council formation criticised by UN

UN says groups establishing 10-member council to run the country is a "clear violation of the Yemeni constitution".

Locking in Obama's Global Leadership Legacy

It is the rarest of celestial conjunctions in earthly politics. Within the same ten-day period, under a blazing spotlight, the choices for leadership of the most influential country on the planet have been officially winnowed to two....Show More Summary

In These Troubling Times, Let's Reflect On The Legacy Of Jesse Owens

I really like leap years. Leap years coincide with Olympic years -- which means we get a never-ending supply of aesthetics, suspense, and emotions on TV during the month of August. The Games always take place within a wider context. In 2016, our planet is in a state of turmoil in the face of extreme terrorism. Show More Summary

Rescued refugees detail abuse in Libya

Rescued at sea, refugees are subject to kidnapping, torture and rape in Libya, according to Doctors Without Borders.

Turkey: Army chief stays in post after coup attempt

General Hulusi Akar, who was held hostage during failed coup attempt, retains post as Turkish army shake-up continues.

Democrats big tent shrinking as Clinton ties up nomination

Wilson Dizard reports from Philadelphia on day three of the Democratic National Convention: "The Academy Awards of Democratic Party politics continued into its fourth day on Thursday after Hillary Clinton clinched the nomination from the party of the people on Tuesday. Show More Summary

The agonizing afterlife of Mahmoud Darwish

The broadcast of Mahmoud Darwish’s famous poem, ‘ID Card’, by the Israel Army Radio made the country’s far-right defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman equate the poem to Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee writes "Israel would do well to ignore its propagandists and allow that contrary voice of the Palestinian poet to be heard. Show More Summary

Meet Ali Kurnaz, young Democratic leader who lifted Palestinian flag on convention floor

Ali Kurnaz of Orlando electrified Palestinian human rights community by unfurling a Palestinian flag on the Democratic convention floor Monday. Millennials have thanked him for his act, and he says he is the future of the Democratic Party.

Rio braces itself as terror threat hangs over Olympics

Brazil, which has long prided itself on its enemy-free foreign policy, has almost no experience fighting terrorism

Mexico drug lord convicted in killing of U.S. DEA agent leaves prison

Drug lord Ernesto "Don Neto" Fonseca Carrillo was convicted in the 1985 killing of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent

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