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Generals threaten outspoken Chinese scholar at forum on Hong Kong crisis


Special to By Willy Lam, [Willy Lam is traveling.] A Chinese professor enraged three Chinese senior officers at an official newspaper’s end-of-year panel by suggesting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest was genuine. On Dec. 16, the communist newspaper the […]

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British to establish permanent base near U.S. Fifth Fleet’s in Bahrain

Special to By Miles Yu, Great Britain recently announced that it would re-establish a permanent military base in the Middle East. The site will be Port Mina Salman in Bahrain where the U.S. Fifth Fleet has its headquarters. […]

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Algeria-Morocco conflict escalates to salvos of leaked intel documents


Special to CAIRO — Algeria and Morocco have entered into a new fray — marked by leaking classified documents against each other. Morocco has accused Algeria of leaking classified data obtained by an anonymous hacker. The documents were said […]

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Little sister plays big role in Kim’s regime


Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s younger sister Kim Yo-Jong has surged to the top of the country’s hierarchy and is expected to serve as the No. 2 leader, the position held […]

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U.S. claims air strikes succeeded in reducing ISIL revenue: ‘Wild West days are over’


Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has claimed success in reducing oil revenue by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. A senior official said the U.S.-led air strikes have blocked ISIL efforts to pump and export oil from […]

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Beijing spins Taiwan’s election results which were disastrous for pro-China KMT


Special to By Willy Lam, [Willy Lam is traveling.] The Chinese state media launched a major propaganda campaign to explain the landslide defeat of the ruling KMT party in the recent Taiwan election. The outcome had nothing to […]

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Report: U.S. holds Al Qaida chief said to have played role in Benghazi attack

Abel Basset Azouz. / Milliyet

Special to ANKARA — The United States has reportedly gained custody of Al Qaida’s chief in Libya. A prominent Turkish newspaper reported that Abel Basset Azouz was arrested in northwestern Turkey in November 2014 as he tried to enter […]

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Administration delays called factor in latest of failed rescue ops

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel with Gen. John F. Campbell, right, on Dec. 6, in Kabul, Afghanistan. / Mark Wilson / AP

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has failed in consecutive hostage rescue operations in Yemen. The administration of President Barack Obama acknowledged that the target of at least two U.S. hostage rescue operations was killed during a commando […]

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FBI confirms warning on ISIL social media threat to military in U.S.


Special to WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has been warned of attacks by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant on American soil. Officials said the American intelligence community has determined that ISIL was targeting soldiers in the United States. […]

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Ugly Chinese syndrome looms large as Xi Jinping launches series of global initiatives


Special to By Willy Lam, The year 2014 will go down in Chinese history for the way in which the Chinese Communist Party leadership throws it weight around the world in an effort to reshape the global order. […]

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