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South Sudan admitted to Olympics, will send athletes to Rio in 2016

Wilson Deng Kuoirot, who heads South Sudan's national olympic committee, vowed to arm the country’s children with sports instead of guns.

Special to The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has accepted South Sudan as the 206th member of the modern Olympic movement and the world’s newest country will send a team of athletes to the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. […]

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Report: U.S. could get better Iran deal, if Congress votes no, French official said

Jacques Audibert

Special to A senior adviser to French President Francois Hollande reportedly said the rejection of the Iran nuclear agreement by the U.S. Congress could ultimately result in a better deal. Jacques Audibert, the senior diplomatic adviser to French President […]

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The battle is joined: Obama warns Democrats not to go ‘squishy’ on Iran deal


Special to By Patrice Hill, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty U.S. President Barack Obama told supporters on July 30 that Democratic support in Congress for the Iran nuclear deal is “squishy” and they must work hard to counter […]

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Russia says ‘nyet’ at UN to MH-17 downing tribunal


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a callous but not unexpected move to block an international inquiry on the fate of Malaysian flight #17 which was shot down over Ukraine just a year ago, Russia […]

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Slaughter in Tunisia spurs British to prioritize counter-terrorism


Special to by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct Stung by the death last month of 30 Britons among 38 murdered while on holiday at a beach resort in Sousse, Tunisia at the hands of Islamic extremists, British Prime Minister David […]

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Chechen women posing as jihadist brides conned ISIL

Chechen women.

Special to A group of Chechen women has turned the tables on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), using social media to pose as caliphate brides and scamming the terrorists out of thousands of dollars. The women allegedly […]

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Turkey wins U.S. re-engagement against Syria in potentially fatal blow to Iran rapproachement

Incirlik Air Base.

Special to By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs By whatever name, the unilaterally-imposed no-fly zone over an area of Syria, proposed by the U.S. and Turkey on July 27, is not an element of a supposed […]

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China, Russia to build 2 new nuclear reactors each in Iran

Ali Akbar Salehi

Special to The head of Iran’s nuclear energy agency said China will likely build two new nuclear power plants in Iran and that construction on two additional plants by Russia is set to start this year. “We are in […]

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Middle East-North Africa now ‘most walled region in the world’

A portion of Saudi Arabia's "Great Wall" security barrier.

Special to As threats from jihadist groups such as Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) rise, nations in the Middle East and North Africa are increasingly fortifying their borders with fences and walls. “The Middle East and North […]

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Spyware that targeted Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi deployed against Kim Jong-Un?

Silvio Berlusconi

Special to By Donald Kirk, SEOUL — Cyber espionage is the cutting edge of modern warfare. Think of all the great stuff intelligence agents learn from monitoring the conversations of just about everyone. The only problem is how […]

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