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Face of evil resurfaces in Paris: ISIL jubilant as EU, U.S. confront intel and info war failures

The wounded are evacuated from the Bataclan concert hall on Friday, Nov. 13. / Yoan Valat / EPA

Special to by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct The French capital was under siege again as a brazen, coordinated attack on six popular Parisian locations was carried out on Nov. 13 by what is almost certainly an Islamic terrorist group, […]

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Rouhani: For U.S.-Iran ties to be restored, U.S. must apologize

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.  /AP/Ebrahim Noroozi

Special to If relations between Iran and the United States are to be restored, the U.S. must apologize for its past behavior, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Nov. 12. Rouhani, who earlier had said the nuclear deal with […]

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Convicted terrorist arrested among migrants on boat bound for Europe

Ben Nasr Mehdi

Special to Italian police last month detained a convicted terrorist who was hiding among asylum seekers on a boat from Libya. Police in Sicily confirmed that they detained Ben Nasr Mehdi, a Tunisian who was first arrested in Italy […]

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100,000 Palestinians have fled Syria for Europe, more than 2,000 drowned at sea

Palestinian refugees at Yarmouk camp in Syria.  /EPA

Special to Some 100,000 Palestinians have fled refugee camps in Syria for Europe, the head of the Palestinian Forum in Europe said on Sept. 6. Ziad al-Aloul said 2,300 Palestinians drowned as they tried to reach Greece and about […]

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Europe hit by migrant flood of biblical proportions

Officials in Hungary and Austria say Germany triggered the crisis when it said last week that it would ease entry requirements for Syrian refugees.

Special to Europe has been flooded by over 350,000 Middle East migrants in 2015. “Since the beginning of the year 2,342 migrants have died in the Mediterranean, 2,326 in the Channel of Sicily,” said Federico Soda, director of the […]

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Italian foreign minister: Libya could become next Somalia

ISIL jihadists in Sirte, Libya.

Special to Libya could become “another Somalia” if the country’s two rival governments fail to reach a peace agreement, Italy’s foreign minister said in a joint statement with the U.S. and European allies. Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said time […]

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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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Reporters vs editors: Paul Morton’s story is finally told

Toronto Star correspondent Paul Morton.

Special to By Donald Kirk, Fights between reporters and editors are classic. Reporters don’t trust editors, and editors don’t trust reporters. That little observation is by way of commenting on what has to be about the worst reporter-editor […]

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Italian police raids target Pakistani, Afghan suspects in plot against Vatican

The Vatican.

Special to Raids throughout Italy targeted 18 suspects in plot to attack the Vatican, a prosecutor said on April 24. Mauro Mura said the counter-terrorism investigation of planned attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan had found evidence of plans involving […]

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Boat with hundreds fleeing Libya sinks in Mediterranean

An Italian coast guard vessel and helicopter search for survivors on April 19. / Reuters

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Italian media reports say as many as 700 people are feared dead after a boat packed with migrants capsized overnight off the Libyan coast. As news of the tragedy spread, French […]

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