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Pablo Escobar and 'El Chapo' Guzman: How 2 of the world's most powerful and dangerous drug lords compare

Since the late 1970s, two men have emerged as the most powerful and most dangerous drug lords in the world.<p>Pablo Escobar, a farmer's son from rural Colombia, and Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a product of Mexico's rugged Sierra Madre mountains, delivered immeasurable amounts of cocaine and other drugs …

Mexico

The Normal Person’s Guide To The Qatari Cold War

That escalated quickly. In a region where inter-Arab politics is frequently described as a zero-sum game, Qatar suddenly finds itself on the outside …

Middle East

The rise of Iran as a regional power: Shia empowerment and its limits

Protesters around Shahyad Tower (later Azadi Tower) in Tehran, during the Iranian Revolution in 1979.<p>Following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the …

Rouhani to visit Putin in Moscow as Iran and Russia move closer

ISTANBUL — As U.S. influence wanes across the Middle East, Iran and Russia have joined forces to expand their power in the region, strengthening political and diplomatic ties and stepping up joint military operations in Syria.<p>In a sign of the closer relations, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is …

Middle East

After considering reversal, Trump says he will keep federal LGBTQ protections intact

That said, the administration could still add provisions that hinder the rule to bar discrimination.<p><i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Calling Peter Thiel.<p>Well, maybe not, as it turns out, since the influence of the Silicon Valley investor — a “proud” gay man — on the Trump administration seems almost nil …

Mike Pence

Placing Russia first among threats, Defense nominee warns of Kremlin attempts to ‘break’ NATO

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, Donald Trump’s pick to be the next U.S. defense secretary, placed Russia first among principal threats facing the United States, arguing for greater American support for European allies to counter what he said were Moscow’s attempts to shatter the North Atlantic …

National Security

Donald Trump dossier: intelligence sources vouch for author's credibility

Ex-MI6 officer Christopher Steele, named as writer of Donald Trump memo, is ‘highly regarded professional’<p>His denials – at least some of them – were emphatic, even by the standards that Donald Trump has come to be judged by. The dossier, he said, was a confection of lies; he compared it to Nazi …

Russia

The Fall episode 6: the pace suddenly picked up for a brutal finale

Season three of The Fall concluded with a sickening thud as serial killing smoothie Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) inflicted upon himself the horrible fate he had previously reserved for his victims. Coolly informed by his nemesis, DSI Stella Gibson (Gillan Anderson), that he was nothing more than a …

TV

The Hidden Costs of America's Addiction to Mercenaries

<b>A decade ago</b>, I found myself in a precarious position. I was in Burundi, sipping a Coke with Domitien Ndayizeye, the country’s then-president, U.S. …

War

The 80 Hottest Pirelli Calendar Girls73. Frankie Rayder

<b>Country</b>: United States<b><br>Year Featured</b>: 2004<b><br>Nsfw Link</b>: 2004<b><br>Photographer</b>: Nick Knight<b><br>Complex Says</b>: You know you've hit the big time when you're able to …

The strange story behind the ‘Khorasan’ group’s name

What's in a name? When you're an Islamist extremist group believed to pose an existential threat to the Western world, everything. In the past few months, we've seen the strange and somewhat revealing saga of what to call the group alternatively referred to as ISIS, ISIL, the Islamic State and …

‘Massive tragedy’ in the making in the opposition-held areas of Aleppo

BEIRUT — Rebel-held neighborhoods in the Syrian city of Aleppo have endured food shortages and devastating attacks throughout the civil war. Now pro-government forces have cut off the only road into those areas, leaving an estimated 300,000 people at risk of starvation.<p>U.N. officials and aid …

Middle East

Is al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria no longer a ‘sideshow’?

The Obama administration has begun to see Jabhat al-Nusra, ­al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, as a global threat that could eventually ­rival the Islamic State, echoing a Russian argument that it has long resisted.<p>A new U.S. proposal to coordinate counterterrorism operations in Syria with Russia, …

Middle East

A new jihadist threat may be on the horizon in Syria

As the U.S.-led coalition has begun to gain ground against the Islamic State in Syria, officials have begun focusing attention on another jihadist group they fear may pose a more dangerous long-run threat there, the al-Qaeda affiliate known as Jabhat al-Nusra.<p>Jabhat al-Nusra has played a clever …

Middle East