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6 national security questions we should be asking our presidential candidates

How many nuclear weapons does America actually need? And why are we still fighting a fruitless War on Terror?<p>To judge by the early returns, the presidential race of 2016 is shaping up as the most disheartening in recent memory. Other than as a form of low entertainment, the speeches, debates, …

ASEAN From Battlefield To Marketplace: An Asian Role Model?

Asean has led the way in showing the rest of Asia how to achieve relative stability.<p>The term “Asia” – coined by the 5th century BCE Greek historian Herodotus to describe what lay east of Anatolia – can be used only in referring to the continent, the world’s largest and most diverse by far, but not …

Asia

Ukraine’s wild and crazy rich kids

Deadly car accidents aren’t usually big news in Ukraine, so it might seem strange that local media here have closely followed the saga of a 22-year-old who killed a woman after his car ran off a Kyiv road last week.<p>Stanislav Tolstosheyev, the son of a local tycoon, claims he had fainted — not been …

Indonesia says attack underlines emergence of Islamic State threat

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police killed one suspected militant and arrested two more in raids across the country on Friday, a day after an attack by Islamic State suicide bombers and gunmen in the heart of the Southeast Asian nation’s capital.<p>Just seven people were killed in Thursday’s …

How to use search like a pro: 10 tips and tricks for Google and beyond

Search engines are pretty good at finding what you’re looking for these days, but sometimes they still come up short. For those occasions there are a few little known tricks which come in handy.<p>So here are some tips for better googling (as it’s the most popular search engine) but many will work on …

AdWords

Oil price briefly falls below $30 a barrel

<b>Oil prices have briefly fallen below $30 a barrel on international markets for the first time since April 2004, before recovering again.</b><p>Brent crude, used as an international benchmark, fell as low as $29.96, but bounced back to trade at $30.22.<p>Oil prices have fallen by 70% in the past 15 …

Serbian official to Russian: Mind own business over EU bid

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's deputy prime minister denounced her Russian counterpart on Wednesday for suggesting Serbia should be careful about …

Russian whistleblower may have spoken to MI6 before his death, court hears

A Russian whistleblower may have “talked to Britain’s spy agencies” before his mysterious death in November 2012, when he was possibly poisoned by a lethal fern, a coroner’s court has been told.<p>Alexander Perepilichnyy collapsed and died outside his luxury home in Weybridge, Surrey, after he had …

Money Laundering

Putin critic found dead in apartment

Vladimir Pribylovsky, a prolific author and for many years one of the country’s leading political commentators, was found by his son on Tuesday night<p>Russian opposition figures and journalists have paid tribute to a critic of Vladimir Putin, who also campaigned to turn Russia into a tropical …

Russia

Crimea faces months without power rather than be defined as part of Ukraine

Vladimir Putin asked Crimeans to choose between months of blackouts and signing an electricity contract that says the region is still part of Ukraine.<p>Residents of Crimea are facing several more months of blackouts after being asked to choose between energy shortages or signing an electricity supply …

Russia

Twitter sucks at fighting ISIS

Governments and Silicon Valley leaders are going crazy about fighting ISIS online, and the panic has even recently led people who are usually pretty smart to give up on free speech. Twitter proved today there's even collateral damage on the web's fight against radicalism, when it suspended the …

Russia security paper designates Nato as threat

<b>Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an updated national security paper describing Nato's expansion as a threat to the country.</b><p>The paper says Russia's "independent domestic and foreign policy" has triggered a "counter-action" from the US and its allies.<p>It accuses these countries of striving …

Europe in winter is a great deal for many reasons

Why go to Europe in winter?<p>For one thing, <b>it's cheap</b>! My round-trip Boston-to-Paris airfare on Iceland's discount carrier WOW Air was $550. That's less than half of the summer-season cost. My econo rental car was $12 a day, or about half the holiday rate. The cottage I rented in Holland was …

Northern Europe

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Launched International Online Campaign #MyUkraineIs

To develop public diplomacy, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry is launching an international online campaign #MyUkraineIs aimed at promoting our country …

Who runs Russia with Putin?

<b>When Vladimir Putin first came to power, he was asked in an interview which of his colleagues he trusted most.</b><p>He named five people:<p>Fifteen years later, these men still form President Putin's core group and dominate the strategic heights of Russian government and big business:<p><b>Mr Patrushev</b> was …

Spielberg's Shoah Foundation documents Guatemala genocide

RABINAL, Guatemala (AP) — Juan Chen Chen lit up as he recalled a childhood spent romping in the Guatemalan countryside, playing soccer and spinning tops while his parents harvested maize and squash.<p>But his voice turned somber and his eyes wandered blankly to focus on a nonexistent horizon as he …

Army sign up 'Monument Men' to save treasures from warzones

Expert team to travel to warzones to advise on locating and saving cultural treasures in echoes of George Clooney film<p>The Army aims to recruit a ‘<b>Monuments Men</b>’ team of art and archaeology experts to help protect priceless cultural treasures in war zones and choke off terrorist funding from …

Middle East

Some military discharges mean no benefits after service ends

ST. LOUIS (AP) — No medical or mental health care. No subsidized college or work training. For many who leave the U.S. military with less-than-honorable discharges, including thousands who suffered injuries and anguish in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, standard veterans benefits are off …

Pig’s funeral: Coffin brought to Ukraine parliament as hundreds protest new budget (VIDEO)

Activists who think that Ukraine’s 2016 budget screams death to the agricultural sector have brought a dead pig in a coffin to the Verkhovna Rada …

China Is Buying Giant Attack Hovercraft From Russia

The "Bison" is as big and fast as it sounds.<p>China has received its second Zubr ("Bison") class hovercraft from Russia. Fast, armed and capable of carrying an invasion force, thesed hovercraft give China the ability to land troops on nearby islands and islets, including those in the East China Sea, …

Military

How to Get Started With Voluntourism

<b>Updated February 2017</b> — While monetary contributions to charitable organizations are always welcome and effective, oftentimes people want to invest …

Russian police raid offices of Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Armed Russian police have raided the offices of a pro-democracy movement founded by outspoken Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a move they said was part of a criminal investigation into the former tycoon and his associates.<p>Khodorkovsky, whom police accused this month of organising a contract …

Russia

Ukraine government pledges Russian language rights | Reuters

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine’s acting president and prime minister offered some of their strongest pledges yet on Friday to strengthen constitutional rights to use the Russian language in an effort to defuse separatist protests.<p>In a joint televised address, acting President Oleksander Turchinov and …

Moldova's Drama on the Dniester

The Houthis have suffered significant defeats on key battlefronts. Are they seeking a permanent political settlement?<p>Trump’s approach to the …

Taiwan arms deal enough to give China bloody nose, but no more | News Home | Reuters

TAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) - A new U.S. arms package for Taiwan will help boost the self-ruled island’s ability to inflict a bloody nose on China in the attempt of an attack, enough to make Beijing think twice before any military adventure.<p>Soldiers fire M115 203mm howitzers during the annual Han …

Secret US mission in Libya revealed after air force posted pictures

A secret US commando mission to Libya has been revealed after photographs of a special forces unit were posted on the Facebook page of the country’s air force.<p>Libya’s air force said 20 US soldiers arrived at Libya’s Wattiya airbase on Monday, but left soon after local commanders asked them to go …

Middle East

Veterans Say 'Burn Pits' Created Toxic Clouds That Made Them Sick

In 2008, Army Reserve Capt. LeRoy Torres returned home to Robstown, Texas, after a tour in Iraq. He went back to work as a state trooper with the Texas Highway Patrol.<p>Torres was a longtime runner. So when a suspect took off on foot one morning, Torres sprinted after him. But something was wrong. A …

Vladimir Putin admits: Russian troops 'were in Ukraine'

After two years of resolute denials, the Russian president admits that he sent soldiers into eastern Ukraine after all

Russia

A nation bordering Russia is building a fence along a third of its border

According to Eugenia Pozniak, of the Border Guard Service, the new fence will cover almost a third of the total border between Russia and its Baltic neighbor.<p>"Over the last year we detained 144 persons, and this year their number is approaching 500. There we are talking about a threefold increase. …