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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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Obama’s American breaks silence: Russia ‘unprofessional’, U.S. strategy being ‘refocused’

Rebel fighters run across the street as they hold a position in al-Mayasat, a rebel-controlled area of the northern Syrian.  /AFP

Special to The Obama administration on Oct. 9 responded to Russia’s week-long incursion into Syria which highlighted the failure of U.S. efforts to end the civil war in Syria and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Speaking […]

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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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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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Putinmania: Popularity of ‘Putin the Shi’ite’ skyrockets in Iraq

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Special to Vladimir Putin’s cult of personality has reached Iraq. Some of the nation’s Facebook users have even replaced their own profile photos with portraits of “Putin the Shi’ite.” “We should give Putin Iraqi and Syrian citizenship because he […]

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Saudi King Salman hospitalized after erratic behavior

Saudi King Salman.  /Getty Images

Special to Saudi King Salman, said to suffer from dementia, was hospitalized after “he went crazy” and attempted to injure himself, sources said. Arabic-language al-Ahd news agency reported on Oct. 8 that the 79-year-old Salman was admitted to 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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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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Russia launches first strikes in Syria from warships

A Russian warship in the Caspian Sea launches a cruise missile.  /AP

Special to Russia escalated its military operations in Syria in a big way on Oct. 7 as it launched missiles from its warships in the Caspian Sea to support a ground offensive aimed at foes of Syrian President Bashar […]

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Iran’s Khamenei counters Rouhani, bans further talks with U.S.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Special to The supreme leader has the final say in Iranian geopolitics. And Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has just made it clear – no more talks with the United States. Khamenei’s declaration was seen not only as a shot at […]

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