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Russia proposes joint airstrikes with U.S.-led coalition in Syria

MOSCOW — Russia on Friday proposed conducting joint airstrikes with the U.S.-led coalition in Syria against an al-Qaeda-linked group and other factions, an escalation in an ongoing strategy by Moscow to seek more coordination with the West and its allies in the Syrian conflict.<p>Speaking at a …

The US has been trying to buy peace in Afghanistan — and it's running out of cash

And now an international effort designed to reduce violence by disarming and de-radicalizing Taliban militants is about to run out of cash.<p><i>The Washington Post</i> reports that the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program, a six-year-old effort that the U.S. and other countries have funded with about …

These 4 Major Paradigm Shifts Will Transform The Future Of Technology

For the past fifty years or so, technology has followed a fairly predictable path. We squeeze more transistors onto silicon wafers, which makes chips more powerful and devices smaller. Manual processes become automated, productivity increases and life gets better. Rinse and repeat.<p>Today, we’re at …

Innovation

Too Soon to Lift the Arms Ban on Vietnam

The United States and Vietnam moved more quickly than most adversaries to rebuild a relationship after a devastating war. It took only two decades for the two countries to re-establish diplomatic ties after the Americans withdrew from Vietnam in 1973. President Obama plans to visit the country …

Syria civil war: 150 US soldiers enter Kurdish region

At least 150 US soldiers have entered Kurdish-controlled territory in northeastern Syria, the government's official news agency has reported.<p>The state news outlet SANA on Thursday said officials at the country's foreign ministry rejected the presence of the soldiers at the Rmelan area calling it …

Stunning Bridal Shoot Offers Refreshing Perspective of People with Down Syndrome

18-year-old Madeline Stuart is successfully eliminating the modeling industry's restrictive, unspoken rules. When we last admired her, Madeline was working to change society's view of Down syndrome and, since then, she's made a lot of progress. At Virginia's Rixey Manor, the young woman recently …

Brides

US Army aims to arm soldiers with lasers in 2023

Service says it is "very close" to developing the technology while the Air Force pushes ahead with further trials<p>The prospect of developing laser weapons for soldiers on the battlefield is "very close", according to the US Army, which aims to deploy the weapons in 2023.<p>Addressing a House …

3D-Printed Sundial Engineered to Display Time like a Digital Clock

Long before there were digital watches, there was the sundial–a device that tells the time of day by the position of the sun in the sky. They're harder to read than our modern means of time telling, until now. Etsy shop Mojoptix has created a 3D-printed version of the sundial that displays the …

British air strikes in Syria have killed just seven Islamic State fighters

Ministry of Defence figures show by the end of last month just four attacks had resulted in the jihadist group suffering casualties<p>British air strikes in Syria have killed or injured just seven Isil fighters, according to estimates released by the Ministry of Defence.<p>David Cameron won the support …

Dreamy Portraits Of Nudes By Hannes Caspar

Berlin-based fine art photographer Hannes Caspar captures dreamy portraits of women in subtle light.Read more

Security chiefs block release of report on 1983 Soviet nuclear scare

US has released several documents relating to Able Archer crisis but Cabinet Office has released just the title page of joint intelligence committee report<p>Security chiefs are trying to block the release of documents that would shed fresh light on how Britain and the US came close to provoking a …

Climate change negotiations begin in Paris; Obama calls the talks an 'act of defiance'

Declaring that the future of the planet is at stake, more than 150 world leaders assembled outside Paris on Monday to launch an ambitious attempt to confront climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.<p>After decades of difficult negotiations and an unsuccessful attempt to strike a deal six …

On Ukraine’s front lines, U.S.-supplied equipment is falling apart

The United States has delivered more than $260 million in nonlethal military equipment to help the government of Ukraine in its fight against a Russian-backed insurgency, but some of the U.S.-supplied gear meant to protect and transport Ukrainian military forces is little more than junk.<p>On the …

Decision to force out Marine who sent warning ahead of insider attack upheld

A senior Navy Department official decided Monday to force a Marine Corps officer out of the service for his handling of classified information, three years after he was first investigated after sending a warning to deployed colleagues about an Afghan police chief whose servant later killed three …

Blair and Bush went to war in Iraq despite South Africa's WMD assurances, book states

Iraq,World news,Middle East and North Africa,South Africa,Tony Blair,George Bush,US news,US foreign policy,Foreign policy<p>New book God, Spies and Lies details Mbeki’s attempts to stop invasion<br>• SA experts worked with Saddam in 1980s; Mandela also tried to warn Bush<p>Tony Blair went to war in Iraq …

Scientists offer new perspective on Russian jet downing

Physicists from Belgium have used mathematics to show that neither Russia's nor Turkey's version of the downing of a military jet adds up. Turkey's …

Military Aircraft

Slovakian Shop Is Eyed as Source of Guns in Prior Terror Attacks

Security officials say jihadists exploited loopholes to obtain weapons used in Paris killings in January and train attack in August<p>PARTIZANSKE, Slovakia—For more than two decades, a store in the basement of a Soviet-style building here has sold deactivated weapons and replica Nazi uniforms to …

Guns

If Turkey And Russia Continue Fighting, It May Threaten NATO's Existence

We all knew it would happen, whether off the coast of Alaska, over the Baltic Sea, or in the Middle East. Russian President Vladimir Putin has been routinely challenging the NATO airspace for months, well before entering the Syrian conflict. Military experts warned that Russian aircraft flying in …

U.S. working to keep up with surging weapons demand: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is working hard to ensure quicker processing of U.S. foreign arms sales, which surged 36 percent to $46.6 billion in fiscal 2015 and look set to remain strong in coming years, a top Pentagon official said.<p>U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters (top) are …

Military

Paris Attacks’ Alleged Ringleader, Now Dead, Had Slipped Into Europe Unchecked

Abaaoud’s ability to re-enter Europe raises concerns about vulnerable borders<p>PARIS—The suspected architect of the Paris attacks who was killed in a hail of bullets here Wednesday had traveled through Greece recently, authorities said, raising fresh concerns about Europe’s ability to protect its …

Paris Attacks

Paris Attacks Suspect Was Monitored by Western Allies Seeking to Kill Him

Islamic State operative couldn’t be located in the weeks before plot was carried out<p>An Islamic State operative suspected of helping plan the Paris attacks had been monitored in Syria by Western allies seeking to kill him in an airstrike, but they couldn’t locate him in the weeks before the plot was …

Terrorism

Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad denounce Paris attacks

Leaders of Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and dozens of Syrian rebel groups have denounced the Paris assaults as "against human values," expressing …

Extremism

A few fireworks as mystery object falls to Earth

<b>(CNN) —</b> The long-anticipated arrival of that mysterious object from outer space came and went Friday without alien invasion or planetary destruction.<p>But scientists who orchestrated a rapid response to the recently discovered object declared their effort to be a smashing success.<p>The International …

United Arab Emirates

Investigators Locate Bridge of Sunken El Faro

Ship’s voyage data recorder not attached to bridge as expected<p>By<p>Robbie Whelan<p>Robbie Whelan<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@RWhelanWSJ<p>robbie.whelan@wsj.com<p>The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that searchers had found the cargo ship El Faro’s bridge, but that its voyage data …