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Russian incursion could succeed where West failed: Uniting Syrian rebels

Rebel fighters fire a heavy machine gun during clashes with Assad regime forces in Idlib province.  /AFP

Special to Russia’s air strikes against anti-Assad regime rebels may have united Syrian rebel factions in a way the hesitant Obama administration never could. A group of 41 Syrian rebel factions, in a joint statement, condemned Moscow’s attacks on […]

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Kim Jong-Un propaganda said to fall flat with North Korean youth

Male university students in North Korea were required to have the same haircut as Kim Jong-Un.

Special to North Korea’s young leader appears to have a popularity problem with the country’s young residents. According to a report in the Daily NK, North Korean students “do not even consider Kim Jong-Un to be a real leader.” […]

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Report: Iraq would welcome Russian air strikes on ISIL targets

Russian SU-25.

Special to Baghdad has not formally requested Russian air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) targets in Iraqi territory but would welcome any such assistance, according to a report. A senior Iraqi diplomat told Air Force […]

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Turkey calls out Russia on Syria incursion, violations of air space

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.  /AP

Special to Turkey has warned Russia about violations of its air space after two incidents over the weekend. On Oct. 3, Turkey’s foreign ministry said Ankara scrambled two of its F-16s after a Russian jet crossed into Turkish air […]

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French, British tell Russia to focus its fire on ISIL

Russian defence ministry website footage of an airstrike in Syria.

Special to France and the UK are calling on Russia to focus its air strikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) instead of moderate rebels opposed to the Assad regime. Britain’s defense ministry said on Oct. 4 […]

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Saudi Aramco selling crude oil at discounted prices to Asia, U.S.

Saudi Aramco's top customers will enjoy a significant discount in November.

Special to As demand continues to slide, Saudi Aramco is slashing crude oil prices to Asia and the United States. Saudi Aramco is offering a $3.20 per barrel (below the regional benchmark) discount to Asia, the main market for […]

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At stake in Syria: Replacing the U.S.-Israel axis with that of Russia and Iran

Syrian President Bashar Assad in an interview with the Iranian Khabar TV on Oct. 5.

Special to The fate of the Middle East is riding on the success of Russia’s intervention after the failure of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), Syrian President Bashar Assad said. “The alliance […]

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House bill would block lifting of Iran sanctions until U.S. terror victims paid

U.S. capitol

Special to The U.S. House of Representatives on Oct. 1 passed a bill that would block President Barack Obama from ending sanctions on Iran until American victims of Iranian-backed terrorism are compensated. An aide to Rep. Patrick Meehan, Pennsylvania […]

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Chinese president snubs Mark Zuckerberg’s request to name his unborn child

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan.  /Bloomberg

Special to Facebook has been blocked in China since 2009. And now Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s request for an honorary Chinese name for his unborn daughter has been blocked by China’s president. At an exclusive White House soiree on […]

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A rough September: Shemitah, blood moons and the U.S. economy

Blood moon.

Special to The world goes on after Shemitah 2015 and a rare four blood moons. But global warnings of economic stress intensified in September. “I believe a great shaking is coming to America and the world. I believe a […]

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