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MI5 chief: Threat to British security is now the highest since 9/11

An armed police officer stands outside the Houses of Parliament, central London November 26 , 2014. Britain's terrorism watchdog has criticised the government's proposed new security laws, describing some of the measures as an "announcement waiting for a policy".  A bill introduced by Home Secretary Theresa May on Wednesday is designed to crack down on Britons wanting to travel to Syria and Iraq to fight, and to prevent veterans of those conflicts from returning unless they agree to comply with the authorities under Temporary Exclusion Orders. 

Special to by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct The head of Great Britain’s equivalent of the FBI says the threat from radicalized Islamist recruits is posing the highest threat in over a decade to British security. Andrew Parker, head of […]

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Khamenei spooked by potential U.S. cultural influence on Iran’s youth

A woman passes by a mural on the wall of the former U.S. embassy in Teheran.

Special to Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has forbidden future negotiations with the United States not only as a warning to Iran’s moderates, but in an effort to keep the nation’s disenchanted youth in line. Khamenei, who issued the […]

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Putinmania: Popularity of ‘Putin the Shi’ite’ skyrockets in Iraq

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Special to Vladimir Putin’s cult of personality has reached Iraq. Some of the nation’s Facebook users have even replaced their own profile photos with portraits of “Putin the Shi’ite.” “We should give Putin Iraqi and Syrian citizenship because he […]

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Saudi King Salman hospitalized after erratic behavior

Saudi King Salman.  /Getty Images

Special to Saudi King Salman, said to suffer from dementia, was hospitalized after “he went crazy” and attempted to injure himself, sources said. Arabic-language al-Ahd news agency reported on Oct. 8 that the 79-year-old Salman was admitted to the […]

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Pentagon set to send U.S. warships to China’s artificial islands

Before and after satellite images taken in August 2014 and January 2015 show the emergence of a large island at Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea.  /CNES 2014/Distribution Airbus DS/IHS

Special to Pentagon officials are planning to send U.S. warships near artificial islands built by China in the South China Sea if the White House approves, officials told the Navy Times. A U.S. defense official said that the U.S. […]

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Civilization vs China and Russia: TPP is more than just a trade deal

South Korean President Geun-Hye Park and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Special to By Donald Kirk, SEOUL — The Trans-Pacific Partnership carries implications far beyond the commercial benefits that President Obama and others claim would result from it. Arguments pro and con in terms of the advantages and disadvantages […]

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Iraqi official: Baghdad may request Russian air strikes on ISIL

Hakim al-Zamili. / CBS

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty An Iraqi lawmaker says Baghdad may soon request Russian air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) group in Iraq. Hakim al-Zamili, the head of the Iraqi parliament’s […]

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Israel is still strongest military in region and can handle Russia’s incursion

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu meets Russia's Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Sept. 21. / Ria Novost i/ AFP / Getty

Special to By Norman Bailey Russia is exploiting Western weakness to strengthen its position in the Mediterranean, but Israeli interests are not necessarily threatened. Russia is back in the Middle East in a wholesale fashion, signing huge aircraft sales […]

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Putin humiliates Obama’s America: From post-surge Iraq, ‘it’s come to this’

16 more months: Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin.  /AP/RIA Novosti

Special to With a year and a half left in the Obama presidency, Vladimir Putin is taking his humiliation of the American leader to the next level, writes columnist Charles Krauthammer. “Wouldn’t you take advantage of these last 16 […]

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Russia launches first strikes in Syria from warships

A Russian warship in the Caspian Sea launches a cruise missile.  /AP

Special to Russia escalated its military operations in Syria in a big way on Oct. 7 as it launched missiles from its warships in the Caspian Sea to support a ground offensive aimed at foes of Syrian President Bashar […]

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