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Iran is creating an 'arc of power' across the Middle East

Then, 47 Republican senators wrote to the Iranian leadership to tell them that Congress will need to approve any deal Obama may make with Tehran over its nuclear program.<p>Finally, we had a senior advisor to the Iranian president saying that Iran has become a Middle Eastern empire whose capital is …

Middle East

The Afghanistan You Think You Know

Frame By Frame, a documentary premiering at SXSW is a thought-provoking film set in a post-Taliban, modern Afghanistan bursting with color. PLUS see …

7 Surprising Tips For Breaking Out Of Procrastination Prison

Okay, let’s be honest here. There’s probably something else you should be doing right now.<p>You should fix that leaky tap, or kick off your Spanish …

Procrastination

US, Iran race to fill out contours of a nuclear agreement

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — With less than a week to the deadline for an Iran nuclear deal, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry worked with top Iranian and European officials Wednesday to try to close gaps blocking agreement.<p>Racing to fill out a framework for rolling back Iran's nuclear program and …

South Asia

Chinese government continues dropping foreign tech in favor of local products

China's government continues to turn away foreign tech companies in favor of buying from firms right at home. According to Reuters, the government has entirely removed Cisco, Citrix, and McAfee products from its list of approved tech purchases. That follows an earlier <i>Bloomberg</i> report noting that …

China
South Asia

Russia promises manned flight to the Moon

Space agency approves cooperation with Nasa at International Space Station and announces moonshot by 2030<p>Russia has said it will continue using the International Space Station together with Nasa for nine more years, while announcing plans to begin manned flights to the Moon by 2030.<p>Despite …

Space Exploration

Tough men for hire: Ex-special forces in demand for war on terror

The 21 Afghan soldiers had been kidnapped in the remote Badakhshan Province by the Taliban, which, days later, returned their bullet-riddled bodies through tribal leaders.<p>Within hours, Tony Schiena, a real-life Rambo who has been called “one of the most highly trained covert operatives in the …

War

Hard Feelings: Science’s Struggle to Define Emotions

While it's possible for researchers to study facial expressions, brain patterns, behavior, and more, each of these is only part of a more elusive whole.<p>When Paul Ekman was a grad student in the 1950s, psychologists were mostly ignoring emotions. Most psychology research at the time was focused on …

Consciousness

North Korea may have 100 atomic arms by 2020

US researchers say country could increase its nuclear arsenal from at least 10 weapons today to between 20 and 100 weapons in five years.<p>Pyongyang's scientists have succeeded in miniaturising nuclear warheads to enable them to be fitted to ballistic missiles and the regime is likely to have a …

France says Russia would face more sanctions if Mariupol attacked | Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - Moscow would face more EU sanctions if pro-Russia separatists attack the Ukrainian port of Mariupol, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Wednesday, potentially opening a corridor to the south, including the annexed Crimean peninsula.<p>Burnt-out vehicles are seen at a …

Russia

From Russia to Africa: Why Sanctions Are Ineffective Against Toxic Leadership

For several months, economic sanctions have been stepped up against Russia and its Nomenklatura by western countries, in an attempt to pressure Moscow into loosening its grip on eastern Ukraine.<p>Until now, this strategy has mainly proven ineffective at turning around the military situation in the …

Russia

Why the Beltway showdown over Homeland Security is a nothingburger

Just when we needed some excitement, there’s another great fiscal showdown in Washington.<p>Try not to hyperventilate.<p>It’s not a fiscal cliff this time. More of a fiscal speed bump.<p>The media consensus is that if Congress fails to fund the Homeland Security Department, Republicans will be blamed.<p>It …

Homeland Security

Russia threatens to cut off gas supplies to Europe by Friday

On Tuesday, Alexey Miller, CEO of Russia's own state-owned gas behemoth Gazprom, told journalists that Naftogaz had failed to pay for its March gas deliveries and threatened to terminate the contract with his Ukrainian counterparts — potentially cutting off supplies to Europe through Ukraine as …

Russia

US and British army parade 300 yards from Russia border

American armoured vehicles and British soldiers parade through Estonian border city of Narva, as tensions between Russia and the West continue to escalate<p>US army vehicles and British soldiers paraded through the streets of an Estonian city just 300 yards from the Russian border yesterday, in a …

Netanyahu Invites Arab Diplomats to His Big Speech—and Gets Rejected

In other news, the Israeli national security advisor tells his American interlocutors that he wishes the prime minister's address to Congress weren't taking place.<p><i>Updated on February 25, 2015, 8:45 a.m. EST</i><p>Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is refusing to meet with a group of ardently …

Israel

100,000 North Koreans sent abroad as ‘slaves’

Wages of thousands of “state-sponsored slaves” are used to buy luxury goods and bankroll Pyongyang’s construction boom, activists say<p>Tens of thousands of impoverished North Koreans have been sent abroad to work as “state-sponsored slaves” whose wages are confiscated and used to buy luxury goods for …

Police release image of three U.K. girls they fear are headed to Syria

A Higher Form of Killing: Six Weeks in World War One That Forever Changed the Nature of Warfare by Diana Preston, review: 'authoritative'

Nigel Jones applauds a lucid study of a pivotal moment in the history of warfare: spring 1915<p>On April 22 1915, French soldiers north of Ypres saw a strange green-yellow cloud form above the German trenches and roll menacingly across no man’s land. As the cloud engulfed them, they experienced a …

UN Security Council calls for Ukraine fighting to stop

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a Russian-drafted resolution that endorses the new ceasefire agreement on Ukraine as battle rages between pro-Moscow rebels and Ukrainian forces for the control of a key town.<p>The vote on Tuesday came as Russian President Vladimir Putin told Kiev to …

Russia

How an Uncommon Mineral Can Reduce the Climate Impact of an Eruption

Volcanic eruptions can be some of the most significant agents for affecting the Earth's climate. Eruptions send ash, sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, …

Forget Hacking - CIA Accuses Russia Of "Manipulating The World's Weather"

America appears to have found something else to blame the Russians (or North Koreans) for... The Weather. As The Daily Mail reports, <b>CIA chiefs fear</b> …

U.S., Turkey soon to sign Syrian opposition train-and-equip deal | Reuters

ANKARA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Turkey have reached a tentative agreement to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition fighters and expect to sign the pact soon, U.S. and Turkish officials said on Tuesday with Ankara predicting a signing in days.<p>The U.S. military has said it is …

Middle East
Economics

Islamic State 'planning to use Libya as gateway to Europe'

Exclusive: Jihadists hoping to use Libya as a "gateway" to wage war across the whole of southern Europe, plans by Isil supporters reveal<p>Islamic State militants are planning a takeover of Libya as a "gateway" to wage war across the whole of southern Europe, letters written by the group's supporters …

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Escape from Boko Haram: what the survivors witnessed

On the shores of Lake Chad, families who have fled the clutches of Nigeria's Islamist fanatics tell David Blair of the methods and madness of the group's massacres<p>Women and children, limp with exhaustion, were the first to disembark from the ancient wooden barge. Then came the men, splashing their …

Japan joins hunt for 'Jihadi John'

Tokyo seeks assistance of Britain and US to catch British national who apparently murdered two Japanese hostages<p>Japan is joining the international campaign to identify, locate and bring to justice the member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) known as "Jihadi John".<p>A police …

10 Best Apps to Train Your Brain

Shares 2.7K<p>Photo: Pond5<p>Whether it’s to focus at work, do better at school, or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost …

Obama Has Lost His Nerve in the Battle Against a Nuclear Iran | Op-Ed | US News

Enough, Mr. Nice Guy.The Associated Press<p>Iran is the gravest threat to world peace. It is tricky enough dealing with Vladimir Putin’s land grabs, and …

South Asia