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U.S. bans flights to 6 countries that pose threats to passenger jets

American Airlines Boeing 777.

Special to By Miles Yu, The U.S. government has issued a sweeping ban on international passenger jets in the skies of 6 countries that pose danger to the safety of the flights. The six countries are Ukraine, Ethiopia, Iraq, Libya, […]

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Hizbullah leader traveling as businessman said killed in Air Algerie crash

An Air Algerie plane crash in Mali on July 24 killed 118 people.

Special to CAIRO — A leading member of the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah was said to have been killed in an Algerian airline crash. An Algerian daily reported that a senior Hizbullah operative was killed in the crash of an Air […]

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Tunisia to get 12 U.S. Black Hawk helicopters in counter-terror deal

UH-60 Black Hawk

Special to WASHINGTON — The administration of President Barack Obama has approved a Tunisian request for U.S. military helicopters. Under the request, expected to be approved by Congress, Tunisia would receive 12 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in a sale […]

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On a surreal and tragic day, POTUS was in N.Y. but only the UN Security Council was engaged

Members of the security council unanimously adopt a resolution at United Nations headquarters on July 21.  /Seth Wenig/AP

UNITED NATIONS — Truth is often stranger than fiction. The horrific events over eastern Ukraine, that of a civilian airliner being shot out of the skies by a high altitude Sam 11 missile, seem almost the improbable grist of a […]

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The great Africa switcheroo: U.S. policy is now ideological, while China’s is pragmatic

First Lady Michelle Obama greets French President Francois Hollande to a state dinner in his honor at White House in February.  /AP

Special to Gregory R. Copley, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The global strategic framework has changed beyond recognition in the past decade, even if the majority of the world’s population cannot grasp it. The face of Africa, however, is changing […]

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Putin kicks off Latin tour in Havana, recalling the Cold War chill

Special to By Miles Yu, Russian President Vladimir Putin is making a big statement aimed at the United States by choosing Cuba as his first stop on a 6-day visit to Latin America. However, Putin’s Cuba trip is not just […]

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Getting the band back together: Putin’s victory march through Latin America

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Nicaragua’s First Lady Rosario Murillo, right, in Managua, on July 11.  /AFP/Presidencia de Nicaragua/César Pérez

UNITED NATIONS — It’s been a momentous week for Russian President Vladimir Putin. While the major media focused on his trip to Brazil to accept the handover for the next FIFA World Cup football tournament in Russia as well as […]

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14 Tunisian soldiers killed in Al Qaida attack near Algerian border

Tunisian soldiers gather near the border with Algeria around Mount Chaambi, western Tunisi.  /AP

Special to CAIRO — Tunisia has sustained heavy losses by Al Qaida. At least 14 Tunisian Army soldiers were killed and 20 others were injured in attacks by Al Qaida-aligned units along the border with Algeria. Officials said the […]

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Bomb kills seven soldiers in rare Al Qaida attack inside Algeria

Three soldiers and four auxiliaries were killed after a roadside bomb exploded in western Algeria.  /Reuters

Special to CAIRO — The Algerian Army has been rocked by an apparent Al Qaida bombing. At least seven soldiers were said to have been killed by an improvised explosive device on July 12 in western Algeria. Officials said […]

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Americans in Algeria warned of Independence Day attack


Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has warned of an attack on hotels in Algeria. The State Department has urged employees of the U.S. embassy in Algiers to avoid American-owned or -operated hotels over July 4-5. The department […]

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