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Russia’s Syria Strategy: An Opportunistic Pursuit of National Interests

In its return the Middle East, Moscow hopes to revive its own economy and challenge U.S. influence in the region<p>Russia’s return to the Middle East, with its lightning military deployment to Syria, has rekindled memories of the Cold War when Moscow and Washington confronted each other across the …

Middle East

Syria Analysis: Getting A Story Right - Free Syrian Army, "Jihadist Militants", & Capture of Menagh Airbase

The most important story this week so far has been the insurgency’s capture of the Menagh Airbase near Aleppo after a 10-month siege.<p>That capture of …

Russia just put the finishing touches on 6 Arctic military bases

The six military bases are located throughout Russia and are placed on both the country's northern shore and on outlying Arctic islands. The locations are now fully equipped with the materials and amenities necessary for long-term deployments of soldiers to the region.<p>"According to the General …

Russia appears to have 'gone ballistic' in Syria — and it may be helping ISIS

Moscow has chosen to retaliate for the incident asymmetrically, hitting Turkish economic and military interests instead of engaging in a direct conflict with Ankara that might lead to a military confrontation with NATO.<p>But the Russians appear to have "gone ballistic" in their determination to wipe …

Turkey summons Russian envoy over missile flaunting in Bosphorus

Turkey has summoned Russia's ambassador to Ankara after images of a Russian serviceman brandishing a rocket launcher on a warship navigating through …

Once a fixture, climate skeptics say they are being stifled in Paris | Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - To be a climate change skeptic in Paris this week means facing heavy odds.<p>Arrayed against them are thousands of environmentalists, scientists and even big business leaders, who have come to U.N.-sponsored climate talks to pledge their commitment to cutting the manmade emissions …

Canada, Mexico win $1B in sanctions against US over meat labeling

The World Trade Organization ruled Monday that Canada and Mexico can slap more than $1 billion in tariffs on U.S. goods in retaliation for meat labeling rules it says discriminated against Mexican and Canadian livestock.<p>At issue were U.S. labels on packaged steaks and other cuts of meat that say …

Prime minister’s office says the deployment of an armoured regiment ‘is considered a serious violation of Iraqi sovereignty’<p>Iraq has told Turkey to “immediately” withdraw forces, including tanks and artillery, it has deployed in the country’s north without Baghdad’s consent, the office of the prime …

Middle East

Iraqi government says it will take matter to UN after Ankara deploys large and heavily armed contingent near frontline in fight against Isis<p>Turkey has said it will not withdraw hundreds of soldiers who arrived last week at a base in northern Iraq, despite being ordered by Baghdad to do so within 48 …

Middle East

Leaked documents show how ISIS is building its state

The 24-page document, obtained by the Guardian, sets out a blueprint for establishing foreign relations, a fully fledged propaganda operation, and centralised control over oil, gas and the other vital parts of the economy.<p>The manual, written last year and entitled Principles in the administration …