Jigar Khatri

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UN sources say Moscow’s use of weapons similar to those used by Syrian regime could be attempt to mask involvement in airstrikes<p>The Russian air force has used unguided “dumb” bombs in Syria, in what UN sources say could be an effort to shift responsibility for possible war crimes and civilian …

Middle East

Germans say Russia is more reliable than the United States

A new survey published by German public broadcaster ARD shows Germans trust Russia more than the US. America's brand appears to have suffered …

Exports

How Christian Reform Schools Get Away with Brutal Child Abuse

Thanks to the legacy of a Texas pastor named Lester Roloff—and a glaring lack of oversight from state and local authorities—religious "schools" for troubled teens often operate with impunity.<p>Kimi Cook was 15 years old when she arrived at Lester Roloff’s Rebekah Home for Girls in Corpus Christi, …

Republicans hammer Mueller, FBI as Russia investigation intensifies

Republican activists and lawmakers are engaged in a multi-front attack on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's probe of possible connections between associates of President Trump and Russian agents, trying to stop or curtail the investigation as it moves further into Trump's inner circle.<p>For …

Donald Trump

North Korea Missile Launch Photos Tampered With, Scientist Says

Pictures of North Korea’s missile test launch that were released by the country last week may have been tampered with by the regime, a scientist …

Trump's eldest son faces questions in Congress about Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., declined to discuss with lawmakers on Wednesday a conversation he had with his father about emails related to a June 2016 meeting he attended with Trump associates and Russians, a congressional panel member said.<p>FILE …

Whistleblower: Flynn told colleague Russia sanctions would be 'ripped up'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> As President Donald Trump delivered his inaugural address, incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn texted his former business colleague about a plan to join Russia and build nuclear reactors in the Middle East: The project was "good to go," he told them, according to a …

In Crimea, Russian Land Grab Feeds Cries of ‘Carpetbaggers!’

SEVASTOPOL, Crimea — More than three years after Russia snatched Crimea from Ukraine, the peninsula is suffering through an extended season of discontent.<p>Shady, Kremlin-appointed bureaucrats are proving to be just as corrupt and inept as their Ukrainian predecessors. International sanctions, …

The U.S. Military's Greatest Advantage Is Dying A Slow Death

The U.S. has the biggest military on planet Earth—several times over—and its advanced arsenal exceeds even the wildest dreams of many foreign armies. …

The Army Gets Back in the Ship-Killing Business

Since 1996, the Chinese military has steadily expanded its umbrella of land-based missiles, strike aircraft, and submarines designed to overwhelm …

Military

The Trump presidency ushers in a new age of militarism

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p>There's a facile contention that President Trump — hostile to free trade pacts and skeptical of grand …

Marco Rubio

The Yemen raid is looking more and more like a complete disaster

The botched covert U.S. military raid in Yemen last month, which resulted in the deaths of one American soldier and more than a dozen civilians, including nine children, did not yield any useful intelligence, according to anonymous senior U.S. officials who spoke to NBC News.<p>NBC News’ report is the …

UN panel alleges Aleppo war crimes; Syria talks inch forward

GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. panel said Wednesday the evacuation of eastern Aleppo, after months of siege and aerial bombing by Russian and Syrian forces, …

Syria air force bombed convoy, U.N. says in Aleppo probe | Reuters

GENEVA(Reuters) - Syrian government aircraft deliberately bombed and strafed a humanitarian convoy, killing 14 aid workers and halting relief operations, U.N. investigators said on Wednesday in a report identifying war crimes committed by both sides in Syria’s war.<p>Members of the civil defense …

Russia deploys troops westward as standoff with NATO deepens | News Home | Reuters

KLINTSY, Russia (Reuters) - Russia is building an army base near its border with Ukraine, the latest in a chain of new military sites along what the Kremlin sees as its frontline in a growing confrontation with NATO.<p>Russian servicemen walk near a military build-up in the town of Klintsy in Bryansk …

Trump Is a Bellicose Fool Who'll Make War, Not Love

Is it possible that the reverse would happen with Donald Trump if he gets elected? Would he bring peace when the world expects him to make war?<p>Some …

The Economic Case for Admitting Refugees Is (Again) Strengthened

Three new studies confirm what economists already knew: refugees do not ultimately burden the nations that accept them. On the contrary, investing in refugee resettlement can actually improve economic performance in the long run. While the humanitarian case for refugee resettlement receives the …

Isis nuclear attack in Europe is a real threat, say experts

The threat of a terrorist attack using nuclear material is the highest since the end of the Cold War, with Isis actively trying to acquire weapons of …

National Security

Syrian Soldiers Torture Prisoner into Calling Assad 'God'

In book extracted in the Guardian, source codenamed Caesar tells of witnessing atrocities and says security services felt invulnerable<p>A Syrian army photographer who catalogued thousands of cases of torture and murder in Bashar al-Assad’s prisons has spoken out for the first time about witnessing …

Middle East

Syria's Assad Regime Tortured And Executed Thousands Of Prisoners, Report Says

A new report by Human Rights Watch has detailed the mass deaths and torture of detainees by the Assad regime since the country's 2011 uprising.<p>Syria's regime subjected some 7,000 prisoners — all of whom died in custody — to torture, starvation, and execution since the country's 2011 uprising, a new …

At the peace talks in Munich and on the ground in Aleppo, two things became clear last week: Moscow was running the show and Assad’s opponents felt abandoned by Washington<p>Russia’s economy may be stumbling as oil prices fall, but in a week of extraordinary military and diplomatic turmoil over the …

Middle East

Iraqis running out of food and medicine in besieged Falluja | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of trapped Iraqi civilians are running out of food and medicine in the western city of Falluja, an Islamic State stronghold under siege by security forces, according to local officials and residents.<p>Members of Iraq's Shi'ite paramilitaries launch a rocket …

IS threatens Libyan oil infrastructure

US Secretary of State John Kerry confirms Islamic State (IS) attacked Libya’s oil infrastructure and gained a foothold in Sirte.<p>ROME: An …

IS pay cuts forcing fighters to join rival groups: report

The recent defeats of the Islamic State (IS) signify its worsening money problems, desertions and a dwindling pool of fighters with many of them …

Middle East

Syria: Assad regime kills so many detainees it amounts to 'extermination' of civilian population, UN says

The Assad regime is killing so many detainees in Syria that it now amounts to the crime against humanity of "extermination", a UN report has found.<p>In …

Middle East

IEA Raises Estimate of Surplus Oil Supply on Higher OPEC Output

The global oil surplus will be bigger than previously estimated in the first half, increasing the risk of further price losses, as OPEC members Iran …