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Tit-for-tat diplomat expulsions by Russia and West recalls Cold War


Special to By Miles Yu, A diplomatic war between Moscow and the West has flared up, the old fashioned Cold War way. The exchange occurred on the eve of the European Union’s meeting in Brussels to discuss further […]

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ISIL receives planeloads of arms at northern Iraq airport

Tal Afar in northern Iraq.

Special to BAGHDAD — Iraq has detected air shipments of weapons to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. A leading parliamentarian said ISIL was receiving planeloads of weapons from unspecified foreign suppliers. Hakim Zalmi, chairman of parliament’s Defense and […]

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Ukraine appeals to Israel, U.S. for assistance on unconventional warfare

Oleh Mahnitskiy in London. / Andrew Winning / Reuters

Special to WASHINGTON — Ukraine has reached out to Israel military for discussions on military training as it faces an unremitting challenge from Moscow-backed rebels. Officials said Kiev has invited Israel to provide training for Ukraine’s military and security […]

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The path to happiness for new EU Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini


Special to New age religion: The road to universal happiness passes through the creation of the Palestinian State. By Alexander Maistrovoy Right after taking office, Federica Mogherini, the new EU foreign minister, said she “would be happy if by […]

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Turkey orders anti-riot vehicles from pro-Erdogan defense contractor

The Toma platform produced by Katmerciler.

Special to ANKARA — Turkey, beset by civil and ethnic unrest, has ordered riot control vehicles from a company close to President Recep Erdogan. Katmerciler Ekipman said it was awarded a contract to supply 65 anti-riot platforms to the […]

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Gorbachev blames West for post-Cold War monopoly leadership


Special to By Miles Yu, On the joyous occasion of the 25th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev made a highly-charged speech at the Brandenburg Gate on Nov. 8, which […]

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Moroccans said ripe for ISIL recruitment as 2nd Al Qaida cell captured in Marrakesh

The most recent Al Qaida cell was captured in Marrakesh, the tourist capital.

Special to CAIRO — Morocco has reported the capture of another Al Qaida cell. The Interior Ministry said five suspected insurgents were arrested in Marrakesh on suspicion of being linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The […]

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War Council: U.S. plots an expansion of the war on ISIL at ‘historic’ gathering


Special to WASHINGTON — The United States is working to expand coalition operations against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The military’s Central Command has launched a military planning conference to determine doctrine and methods to defeat ISIL in […]

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Azerbaijan’s location enhances value of its growing strategic ties with Israel

... With an eye on Iran. Iran President Hassan Rouhani with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. /  IRNA

Special to Dossier at TEL AVIV — Israel and Azerbaijan have become leading partners in defense and energy, a report said. The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies said that relations between Azerbaijan and Israel have improved dramatically. In […]

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Polisario threatens war with Morocco after speech by King

Polisario fighters base camps near Tindouf in the Sahara. / AFP

Special to CAIRO — Algeria-backed Polisario has again threatened war against Morocco. Polisario said it was preparing to renew hostilities against Morocco amid the stalemate over the disputed region of Western Sahara. The movement cited a pledge by Morocco’s […]

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