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Russia warns of 'consequences' for US-led strike on Syria

Russia responded angrily to a U.S.-led strike against Syria, warning of unspecified "consequences" that stoked fears the conflict could …

Middle East

U.S., Britain and France Strike Syria Over Suspected Chemical Weapons Attack

WASHINGTON — The United States and European allies launched airstrikes on Friday night against Syrian research, storage and military targets as President Trump sought to punish President Bashar al-Assad for a suspected chemical attack near Damascus last weekend that killed more than 40 …

Middle East

China's Xi tells Zimbabwe president they should write "new chapter"...

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday told President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe that they should work towards a new chapter in ties, during the African leader’s first state visit to China since he seized power last year.<p>Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with …

China

When does Russian propaganda work — and when does it backfire? Here’s what we found.

When does propaganda work — and when does it backfire? Many politicians, pundits and scholars have been asking that question recently, given Russia’s attempts to influence elections in the United States and Europe through paid online activists, bots and state-sponsored foreign-language television …

Russia

Will China turn Taiwan into the next Crimea?

US support for Taiwan may prove red rag to bullish China given trade war and military rivalry<p>China could do to Taiwan what Russia did to Crimea if Beijing’s relations with Washington, strained by an expanding trade war and military rivalry in the East and South China seas, deteriorate further.<p>The …

China

Whether or not Russia's elections were fully fair, the world needs to face up to what Putin's victory really means

Official reports of a 100 per cent turnout in a supposedly free and fair election are usually the most blatant indication that it is anything but. So …

China threatens to respond with 'military pressure' after Trump supports official visits to Taiwan

China's could respond to a law that encourages relations between the US and Taiwan with "military pressure", the country's state-run media said on Sunday.<p>On Friday President Donald Trump signed the Taiwan Travel Act, which went into effect the following day, encouraging visits between the United …

China

Putin tightens grip on power with overwhelming Russian election win

<b>Moscow (CNN) —</b> Vladimir Putin has extended his grip on Russia for another six years after an overwhelming victory in Sunday's presidential election, a result that was never in doubt.<p>With 99.8% of the votes counted, Putin won with 76.7%, according to Central Election Commission data. It means Putin …

Russia

The myth of a neo-imperial China

From Asia Times<p>- Advertisement -<p><b>New Silk Road infrastructure projects could bring back a peaceful and prosperous Eurasia</b><p>Chinese President Xi …

Russia Is Now a Rogue State. We Must Treat It Like One

On Monday, British Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed what many already suspected: A Russian-made nerve agent was used to try to kill Sergei …

Russia

A shadowy and controversial secret club meets in the California woods every year — and at least 5 US presidents were members

<b>• Bohemian Grove is the Sonoma County, California campground where the Bohemian Club meets annually.</b><p><b>• The Bohemian Club, a San Francisco-based private club that has counted a number of US presidents among its members, is a controversial group.</b><p><b>• The club's reported rituals and secretive status have</b> …

Ronald Reagan

What you didn't know about Russian President Putin

Vladimir Putin, Russia's longest serving leader since Josef Stalin, seeks a fourth term as president in this Sunday's election.<p>Putin is a former KGB spy who earned a Ph.D. in economics and has a judo blackbelt. His tough-guy image is well known because he invited government photographers to tag …

Russia

Putin: The New Tsar review – a portrait of a lonely, lying narcissist

Stuffed with insight and bizarre anecdotes, this documentary about the Russian president could almost be funny if it weren’t so scary<p>It was 2006, not long since Vladimir Putin had passed a new law allowing the KGB to kill traitors outside Russia, and soon after Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned …

Russia

Treat Russia Like the Terrorist It Is

Whether the Skripal poisoning can be conclusively pinned on Moscow is beside the point.<p>It's too soon to conclude whether the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are Moscow's latest overseas victims. U.K. authorities have just begun their investigation into the …

Russia

China’s Communist Party sets up stage for Xi Jinping to stay indefinitely

China’s Communist Party wants to end the two-term president limit, which would allow the current president Xi Jinping to stay in power indefinitely.<p>Xi began his second term as head of Communist Party last year and would be required to step-up down after two-year terms under the current constitution.<p>…

Communist government vows to bring stability to Nepal

Khadga Prasad Oli [Center], Prime Minister of Nepal [File photo]<p>Amidst India's efforts to cajole the victorious Left alliance, its leader Khadga …

7 Most Important Dynasties of China

7. Qing Dynasty and the Opium War<p>The Qing dynasty (1644-1912) was the last imperial dynasty in the history of China. China was a prosperous and …

OBOR row: Now, German Chancellor Merkel raises doubts on China's investments in Europe

China has invested heavily in crisis-hit Greece with an aim to purchase the Piraeus port

Could the US grow as fast as China? Of course it could.

The US still has what founding father Alexander Hamilton called “the adventurous spirit, which distinguishes the commercial character of America.” Hamilton knew that British monopolists feared that spirit 250 years ago and China ought to be fearful of it today. Yet in 2017 we have a president who …

Can Japan compete with China over development aid?

Japan is rethinking the ways in which its official development assistance is provided to developing nations in order to promote its vision for a …

World’s largest solar park under development in Egypt

The Benban Solar Park aims to reach somewhere between 1.6-2.0GW of solar power by the middle of 2019.<p>The projects will receive no incentives, however, it will be given a 25 year contract to sell its electricity at 7.8¢/kWh to the the state-owned Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) and …

Russia Declares Victory in War Over Natural Gas Pipeline to Germany

Russia says that the days when it was possible to stop the construction of its new natural gas pipeline to Germany are over: Nord Stream 2 will be …

As China Puts Pressure on Taiwan, Signs of a U.S. Pushback

BEIJING — As China ratchets up pressure on Taiwan, the self-governing island it claims as its territory, the United States is cautiously starting to push back.<p>In recent months, Chinese strategic bombers have been conducting “island encirclement” flights, escorted by fighter jets. The Chinese …

China

Blue-sky thinking: how China's crackdown on pollution is paying off

Clear skies above Beijing again – but some fear the problem is just being pushed elsewhere<p>The photographs on display at Wu Di’s Beijing studio imagine China and Beijing at their dystopian worst.<p>Naked, expectant mothers stare out from the walls, their bellies exposed but their faces hidden behind …

Pollution

Europe is facing a potential crisis in the Balkans. It has to act soon

The promise of EU membership for states in the region is welcome, but Russia, China and Turkey could create instability<p>‘The second world war is over but the first world war is not yet finished.” Those were the words of a senior Turkish official I met recently in Ankara. He was speaking of the …

Europe

6 things you (probably) didn’t know about the Ottoman Empire

Jem Duducu presents six lesser known facts about one of the largest empires in history<p>The Ottoman Empire is one of the largest empires in history. In …

Tech companies should stop pretending AI won’t destroy jobs - MIT Technology Review

I took an Uber to an artificial-­intelligence conference at MIT one recent morning, and the driver asked me how long it would take for autonomous …

Artificial Intelligence

Bigger, faster, stronger: China’s ever-evolving military tech

Just ahead of the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, Chinese president Xi Jinping visited a satellite launch site in the southwest Sichuan province, where he cheered the modernization and technological advances of China’s military. The setting was appropriate: Beidou 3 satellites were about to be …

Ethereum founder warns cryptocurrencies 'could drop to near zero at any time'

The founder of Ethereum, the second most valuable cryptocurrency in the world, has warned that cryptocurrencies "could drop to near zero at any time."<p>To those interested in investing, 24-year-old Russian-Canadian programmer and writer Vitalik Buterin also suggested: "Don't put in more money than …

Cryptocurrency

Russia's clash with the west isn't about ideology — it's about geography

At his dacha, standing before a map of the newly expanded Soviet Union shortly after Germany's surrender in May 1945, Josef Stalin nodded with approval.<p>The vast buffer he'd carved out of Soviet-occupied Eastern Europe would now protect his empire against future Napoleons and Hitlers. Stalin then …

Geopolitics