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Introspection: UK probes wisdom of offering safe haven to Muslim Brotherhood

UK Prime Minister David Cameron.  /AFP/Carl Court

Special to LONDON — Britain has launched an investigation of the Muslim Brotherhood. Officials said the government of Prime Minister David Cameron has sought to determine whether the Brotherhood, with headquarters in Egypt, was contributing to Muslim extremism in Britain. They said the investigation would also include links between Islamists in Britain and Brotherhood [...]

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Virgin Galactic bans Chinese nationals from its space flight

More than 500 travelers have signed up to experience a short trip in space aboard Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo at a price of $200,000 per person.

Special to The British company Virgin Galactic’s space flight, scheduled for launch later this year, will not allow Chinese nationals on board. The reason apparently involves the risk of losing rocket technology to Chinese government agents, according to a Jan. 25 report in the London Daily Mail. The Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo will be [...]

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GREATEST HITS 2013: While Obamcare stuns the U.S., ‘leading from behind’ unravels world peace


Sol W. Sanders   Originally published Oct. 28, 2013 The U.S. is transfixed by the Obama administration’s massively bungled attempt to nationalize one sixth of the economy, the health welfare system. But the rest of the world watches the slow motion unfolding of another debacle: the loss of post-World War II American leadership of the [...]

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Obama’s Munich: Diplomacy paving the road to war


Jeffrey T. Kuhner History is repeating itself. The recent interim nuclear deal signed by the United States and other major powers with Iran in Geneva paves the way for war. President Obama is the new Neville Chamberlain, the British prime minister who boasted of creating “peace in our time” after signing an agreement with Nazi [...]

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Europeans joining Israel’s military by the hundreds

Members of the Israel Defense Forces band on their annual tour of Europe in mid-November. / Cnaan Liphshiz / JTA

Special to LONDON — Europeans have been volunteering for Israel’s military.   A report said that hundreds of Europeans joined the Israeli military. The report by the Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights said dozens of of the Europeans were also involved in missions against the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. “A [...]

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Some refreshing, politically incorrect clarity from Tony Blair on Islamic extremism


John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a world where politicians and potentates clog the media with pre-packaged sound bites, yammer with a staccato of political chatter, or drone on with endless explanations of subjects even they forgot, it’s heartening to see a former British Prime Minister act the role of statesman and sage. Thus, [...]

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Murder of British woman spotlights security woes in Qatar’s huge expatriate community

Lauren Patterson.

Special to ABU DHABI — The huge expatriate community has been alarmed by the rape and killing of a British woman in Qatar. Western diplomats said the killing in Doha on Oct. 12 has prompted concern within Qatar’s community of Western nationals. “There has been a slow but steady decline in security in Doha, [...]

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Influx of African migrants by sea spurs EU to expand maritime security

An Italian Coast Guard boat carry rescued migrants as they arrive in the port of Lampedusa on  Oct. 3.  /AP/Nino Randazzo, Health Care Service, HO

Special to LONDON — The European Union wants to increase maritime security patrols to stop the flow of migrants from the Middle East. The EU has been mulling plans to expand maritime operations that would prevent migrant ships from reaching Europe. Officials said the operations would also respond to the sinking of migrant vessels, [...]

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Brits fear Gulf backlash over refusal to join strike on Syria

Britain is concerned Saudi Arabia could suspend its planned purchase of additional Eurofighter Typhoons.  /

Special to LONDON — Britain appears anxious over the prospect that Gulf Arab allies would retaliate for parliament’s decision not to join any attack on Syria. The London government has denied concerns that Saudi Arabia and the other five Gulf Cooperation Council states could retaliate for Britain’s refusal to join in any U.S.-led strike [...]

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NATO pilots learning ‘desert techniques’ in Jordan for Afghan ops

Part of Britain's Commando helicopter force in training.

Special to LONDON — Jordan has been serving as a training ground for militaries operating in Afghanistan. Officials said Jordan has hosted NATO training for desert operations. The officials said eastern and southern Jordan were used to help Western air forces that operate in Afghanistan. “Clearly the main aim is to train and refresh [...]

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