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In blow to allies, Kerry walks back Gen. Dunford’s Libya statement

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, left, and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Special to by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct In another example of the Obama administration’s unwillingness to delegate authority and its inability to form a cohesive policy on fighting ISIL, Secretary of State John Kerry has publicly contradicted the chairman […]

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Evidence of gravitational waves detected 100 years after prediction by Einstein’s theory of relativity

Hebrew University’s Roni Gross holds the original historical documents related to Albert Einstein’s prediction of the existence of gravitational waves at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem on Feb. 11.  /AP/Sebastian Scheiner

Special to Nice going, Einstein. A century after predicting the existence of gravitational waves in his theory of relativity, scientists proved Albert Einstein right again as on Feb. 11 they announced the detection of the waves. Einstein theorized that […]

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Saudi companies fail to make payrolls, Gulf states weigh taxes as oil prices strain economies

Some Saudi Arabian construction companies are struggling to pay their staff on time.  /Reuters

Special to Sinking oil prices are weighing heavily on Mideast economies. In Saudi Arabia, the construction sector has been hit hard by low oil prices as several firms with government contracts are failing to make payroll. The Riyadh government […]

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Egypt’s Sisi hosts key American Jewish leaders

Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations meet with Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi in Cairo on Feb. 11.

Special to A delegation of American Jewish leaders met with Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi on Feb. 11 to discuss Cairo’s security cooperation with Israel and U.S.-Egypt relations. The meetings between Sisi as well as other Egyptian officials, and […]

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War of words erupts between Russia, U.S. over air strikes in Aleppo, Syria

A Syrian girl whose home was destroyed by Russian airstrikes on Aleppo watches as workers attempt to clear away the rubble to look for survivors.   /Getty Images

Special to The U.S. and Russia have traded accusations over recent airstrikes in Aleppo, Syria. After the U.S. said Russian warplanes destroyed two hospitals in the besieged city, Moscow responded by claiming U.S. warplanes bombed Aleppo on Feb. 10, […]

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Kurdish forces capture strategic air base in northern Syria

A female Kurdish YPG fighter gestures during fighting with ISIL in Syria.  /Reuters/File

Special to Kurdish forces have seized a key strategic airbase in Syria’s Aleppo province. Backed by Arab rebel allies, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) drove Islamists and other rebel fighters from the Minnigh air base and the adjacent […]

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UAE’s new ‘Minister of Happiness’ one of 8 women in cabinet

UAE Minister of Happiness Ohood Al Roumi

Special to The United Arab Emirates has named an official “Minister of Happiness” who will be tasked with creating “social good and satisfaction.” UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid appointed Ohood Al Roumi to the post as he […]

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Iran blocks app that alerted youth to ‘morality police’

screengrab of the Teheran city map where Gershad app users could add the locations of the "morality police."  /Twitter

Special to Iranian authorities have blocked a smartphone app that tracked the positions of the “morality police” in Teheran. The Gershad app was launched to give young Iranians a heads up on the whereabouts of the country’s Gast-e-Ershad (“morality […]

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One in ten Syrians has been killed or wounded in conflict

Injured Syrian children being treated at a makeshift hospital after a bomb blast in Damascus.  /AFP

Special to Recently released statistics detail the grim toll of Syria’s civil war: more than 10 percent of the country’s population has either been killed or injured in the past five years. Life expectancy has dropped from 70 to […]

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The western pillars that have supported Israel are crumbling

U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump holds up a signed pledge during a press availability at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York

Special to By Norman Bailey The U.S. and Europe — the traditional pillars of Israeli foreign diplomatic and economic relations — are crumbling. Since Israel’s independence, its most important economic and financial partners have been in Europe and the […]

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