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Report: Obama’ Iran nuclear deal may violate law he signed

President Barack Obama

Special to In implementing the Iran nuclear framework, President Barack Obama may be the law, according to a report on Oct. 9. A provision in the Iran deal that allows foreign subsidiaries of U.S. individuals or companies to conduct […]

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Son of Iranian hostage-takers enjoys life in the ‘Great Satan’

American hostages in Tehran after the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in 1979.

Special to By Golnaz Esfandiari, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The face of the Iran hostage crisis probably never envisioned the day her child would enroll at a university in the “Great Satan.” Yet the oldest son of […]

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Egypt slams New York Times for article sympathetic to Gaza smugglers

Palestinians rebuild a destroyed smuggling tunnel.  /AP

Special to Egypt’s foreign ministry blasted The New York Times for an article the ministry says is “audaciously intended” to make Gaza smugglers appear sympathetic to readers. Ahmed Abu Zeid, a spokesperson for Egypt’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, said the […]

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U.S. warned not ‘to violate territorial waters’ China now claims

Satellite photo shows airstrip construction at Fiery Cross Reef.  /CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

Special to China warned against any “provocative actions” in what it claims as its territorial waters a day after the Pentagon said it was considering sending warships close to China’s man-made islands in the South China Sea. A U.S. […]

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‘Unprofessional’ Russia denies report of errant cruise missiles landing in Iran

Russian warships in the Caspian Sea began firing cruise missiles at targets in Syria on Oct. 7.

Special to After being slighted by U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter as “unprofessional,” Russia’s military jabbed at CNN professionalism after a report citing U.S. intelligence officials said that four Russian cruise missiles fired at Syria from warships in […]

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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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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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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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