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-Analysis- BEIJING — The "invisible poor" has become a new online — and ironic — moniker in China. It describes young people who earn more than …

Beijing

Iran says US will suffer if Syria is attacked

Allegations that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons last month are a "pretext" by the West to attack the country, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.<p>Iran is Syria's main regional ally and has warned Western powers against intervening in the country's civil war, as the United …

Kuwait court dissolves parliament

Kuwait’s top court has dissolved parliament and called for new elections after an opposition challenge to the voting system was thrown out.<p>Head judge Youssef al-Mutawa said the Constitutional Court made its decision after examining and rejecting the challenge.<p>Kuwait's emir made a televised plea for …

Pew: Americans Agree U.S. Should Stay Out Of Syrian Conflict

Americans are polarized about many things, it seems, but according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & Press, they agree that the United States should stay out of the Syrian conflict.<p>Seventy percent of those polled said they oppose the U.S. and its allies sending arms to …

Russia Says No to a No-Fly Zone over Syria

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Even before Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin could meet to discuss what to do about Syria, the …

China's Latest Discount Product: Drones

A new market has emerged for inexpensive Chinese weapons, changing the regulatory calculus.<p>Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP<p>Want to buy a military-grade drone? That won't be easy, unless you've got a good relationship with Beijing.<p>This week's Paris air show highlighted the trouble with the burgeoning drone …

Drone technology used for pilotless fighter aircraft

<b>Under a huge semi-opaque dome and with heavy security in attendance, visitors to the Paris Air Show peer at a strange looking shape.</b><p>DronesAircraft without pilots are known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or dronesIn military situations, drones are used for intelligence, surveillance and …

Syrian rebels claim delivery of new weapons

Syrian rebels say they have received a shipment of weapons from their allies, the latest since the US said it would give military support to opponents of President Bashar al-Assad.<p>Free Syrian Army spokesman Louay Muqdad claimed the weapons could "change the course of the battle" against the Syrian …

The U.S. Has Been Secretly Training Syrian Rebels for Months

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>President Obama has ignited a debate about if and how the U.S. should get involved in the Syria …

North Korea: Anti-US imperialism rally in Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang - Telegraph

North Korea

Study: US drone strikes more likely to kill civilians than US jet fire

Drone strikes — billed by President Barack Obama as tactically surgical and less deadly to civilians than conventional air power — are 10 times more likely to cause innocent casualties than bombs or missiles unleashed from U.S. jets, according to a new study based on classified military …

Associated Press News

France 'runs vast electronic spying operation using NSA-style methods'

France runs a vast electronic surveillance operation, intercepting and stocking data from citizens' phone and internet activity, using similar methods to the US National Security Agency's Prism programme exposed by Edward Snowden, Le Monde has reported.<p>An investigation by the French daily found …

Egypt army opens fire on pro-Morsi protesters

At least three supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi were killed by gunfire as a crowd of several hundred tried to march towards the military barracks in Cairo where he is believed to be held.<p>Al Jazeera's Matthew Cassel, reporting from near the military barracks, said several dozen …

Global threat to food supply as water wells dry up, warns top environment expert

Wells are drying up and underwater tables falling so fast in the Middle East and parts of India, China and the US that food supplies are seriously threatened, one of the world's leading resource analysts has warned.<p>In a major new essay Lester Brown, head of the Earth Policy Institute in Washington, …

Asiana Airlines Crash: Pilot Had 43 Hours Flying Boeing 777

The pilot in charge of the Asiana Airlines jet that crashed on landing at San Francisco International Airport had just 43 hours on the Boeing 777, …

Ultra-Orthodox Jews To Serve In Israeli Military; Law Approved By Israeli Cabinet

By Jeffrey Heller<p>JERUSALEM, July 7 (Reuters) - Israel's cabinet approved a draft law on Sunday to abolish wholesale exemptions from military duty granted to Jewish seminary students, stoking ultra-Orthodox anger over the break with tradition.<p>Many Israelis have long bridled over state priveleges …

Bin Laden killing: official report criticises Pakistan and US

Pakistan failed to detect Osama bin Laden during the six years he hid in Abbottabad because of the "collective incompetence and negligence" of the country's intelligence and security forces, the official report into the killing of the al-Qaida chief in 2011 has concluded.<p>The much anticipated …

Surviving a Plane Crash: Where You Sit Could Be The Difference Between Life and Death

The harrowing Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport may incite fear in the minds of the millions of Americans who take to the …

Seven UN peacekeepers killed in Sudan ambush

Gunmen ambushed a United Nations peacekeeping team on Saturday in Sudan's western region of Darfur, killing seven and wounding another 17 in the deadliest ever single attack on the international force in the country.<p>The assault included sustained heavy fire from machine guns and possibly …

PRI

The unrest and military takeover in Egypt is being followed especially closely by next door neighbor, Israel. Anchor Marco Werman finds out how Israel views the ongoing Egyptian crisis from reporter Daniel Estrin in Tel Aviv.