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Regrets: Only 25 countries to join Putin’s WWII victory gala on Red Square

Vladimir Putin. / Vida Press nuotr

The U.S.-led boycott threatens to rain on Vladimir Putin’s military parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. The Kremlin is concerned that too few party-goers will attend its major celebration. The military parade […]

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India’s Modi continues his year-one diplomatic whirlwind with a week in Europe

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius in Paris on April 10. / I. Langsdon / Reuters

Special to Dhruva Jaishankar WASHINGTON — Diplomatically speaking, it has been a busy first year in power for India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi. In addition to hosting the leaders of the United States, China, and Russia, he has embarked […]

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With new arrests, Morocco continues aggressive security response to ISIL threat

Tunisians living in Morocco demonstrate on behalf of victims of the attack by on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, on March 20. The signs pictured carry the messages "With my blood I fight for my country", left, and "Viva Tunisia", right.  Stringer / Reuters

Special to Moroccan police have arrested a French woman of Moroccan origin and her male companion in the southern city of Safi for suspected links to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The statement on April 16 said the […]

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Play it again Sam . . . : Flashback on Russian plans to send Iran its S-300 missile system

Russia conducted a test of its S-300 missile system in 2013.

Iran in hurry for S-300 missile system but Moscow hints at delay April 14, 2015: An Iranian official says that Tehran believes Russia will deliver S-300 missile systems to the Middle East state this year, but a top ally of […]

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Hello: Iran — with North Korea — already has nukes and missiles, and is on the move

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, center, and North Korea's Kim Yong Nam, right, in Iran last August. / AP

Special to GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The Iran “nuclear” deal does not stop Iran gaining nuclear weapons. But it does have unintended consequences of global significance. Much hand-wringing by international commentators accompanied the revelation that a deal had been […]

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Israel blames Iran ‘framework’ deal for Putin’s missile decision

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.

Special to Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on April 14 that the recent nuclear “framework” agreement with Iran led to a Russian decision to provide the Tehran regime with its advanced S-300 air defense missiles. “The S-300 deal […]

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Iran in hurry for S-300 missile system but Moscow hints at delay

Russia conducted a test of its S-300 missile system in 2013.

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty An Iranian official says that Tehran believes Russia will deliver S-300 missile systems to the Middle East state this year, but a top ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested it […]

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Putin tell spooks Russia arrested nearly 300 Western spies in 2014


Special to By Miles Yu, On the even of the 15th anniversary of his rise to the Russian presidency, Vladimir Putin presided over a national security and intelligence conference in Moscow on March 26 and issued a dire […]

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Moscow essentially annexes South Ossetia one year after taking Crimea

Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Konstantinov, Sergei Menyailo, Alexei Chalyi

Special to By Miles Yu, Seven years after Russia instigated and conducted a separatist war that was ostensibly for the independence of South Ossetia, Moscow has just virtually annexed the former Georgia territory. A comprehensive new agreement with […]

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New Nigerian leader faces Boko Haram threat backed by Sudan, Turkey and Qatar

Nigeria President Elect Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. / Ben Curtis / AP

Special to By GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs, Abuja. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (People’s Democratic Party: PDP) on March 31, conceded defeat in the March 28-29, presidential election, paving the way for Maj.-Gen. (Ret.) Muhammadu Buhari, 72, to be sworn-in […]

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