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Russia is sending its sole aircraft carrier to Syria to mimic US naval power

A successful deployment of a full-blown aircraft carrier represents the kind of sophisticated military task only a first-rate world power can pull off, and that seems to be exactly what Russia hopes for.<p>Much like their 2015 salvo of cruise missiles fired from the Caspian sea into Syria, the event …

Putin's paranoia: fear and loathing inside the Kremlin

New book by journalist who spent years interviewing dozens of sources reveals a regime where disloyalty is the biggest crime<p>For many people in the west, Russian politics has become synonymous with the country’s secretive president, Vladimir Putin, who has been known to disappear for weeks without …

Turkey pushes west in offensive against Islamic State in Syria

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey renewed air strikes on Islamic State sites in Syria on Friday, extending operations along a 90-km (56-mile) corridor near the Turkish border which Ankara says it is clearing of jihadists and protecting from Kurdish militia expansion.<p>A member of Turkish-backed Free Syrian …

Middle East

Stocks Near Session Lows Despite Large Build in Oil Reserves

By Ellie Ismailidou and Sara Sjolin, MarketWatch<p>Weak U.S. services data fuel stock rout; financials, energy tumble as oil slumps<p>U.S. stocks pared earlier losses as crude prices came off their lows Wednesday morning, but equities were still deep in the red.<p>A flurry of weak U.S. economic data didn't …

In Nevada caucuses, Trump gets a third straight win

By Philip Rucker<p>, Reporter<p>David Weigel<p>, Reporter<p>LAS VEGAS — Donald Trump swept to a convincing victory in the Nevada presidential caucuses here Tuesday evening, building a broad coalition that left his top two rivals trailing far behind and accelerating his march to the Republican nomination.<p>An …

Government

'Shocked and alarmed': New York Times reporter back from Libya describes the ISIS surge there

A New York Times reporter who recently returned from covering ISIS — aka the Islamic State and ISIL — in Sirte, a coastal city in northern Libya, told radio host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday that he was "shocked and alarmed" at how much ISIS has grown there.<p>"I have to say I was personally shocked and …

The situation in Greece is a lot worse than it looks

Yet the visitor's first impression is not of a country in deep depression in the eighth year of a recession that has shriveled economic output by more than 25 percent and put one in four people out of work.<p>For sure, there are more beggars in the streets, public health is declining and many Greeks …

Europe

‘Too dumb’: Ex-US intelligence chief blames Iraq War, poor strategy for rise of ISIS

The former commander of US Special Forces in Afghanistan and Iraq said that without the Iraq war, the Islamic State wouldn’t exist today, according …

Try It Now

How ISIS brought Russia and the West together

Last year, Russia's President Vladimir Putin found himself shunned by fellow world leaders at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, and he ducked …

'Surgery of war': Paris hospital doctors reflect on 12 hours of mayhem

City’s medics tell how they dealt with an emergency on a scale France has not seen since 1945 as 221 patients are still in hospital following Paris attacks<p>Fifty-seven of those injured in the Paris attacks remain in intensive care on Thursday, three of them in a critical state, following an …

Paris Attacks

How French intelligence agencies failed before the Paris attacks

Authorities knew of at least three of the Paris attackers but did not act – and ignored a warning about a potential attack<p>Do the arithmetic and it is hard not to feel sympathy for the French intelligence agencies. Every day they face a dilemma created by the gap between available staff and the huge …

5 Ways Movies Get Bomb Defusing Wrong (An Inside Look)

Thanks to <i>The Hurt Locker</i> and two recent wars where the leading cause of death was "bombs buried by the side of the road," military explosive ordnance …

Vladimir Putin cancels meeting to discuss doping allegations against Russia

• Spokesman says heavy rain has restricted flights in and out of Sochi<br>• Putin to be briefed after sports leaders meet in Mineralnye Vody<p>The Russian president Vladimir Putin has cancelled a meeting with sports leaders, scheduled to be held in Sochi on Wednesday in the wake of the country’s doping …

Russia widens net in hunt for 'foreign agents'

Late last month Russia's justice ministry included the photography club Rumyantsev runs in the Siberian city of Omsk on a black list of so-called "foreign agents" -- making it one of the latest victims of a controversial law critics say is aimed at muzzling independent civil society.<p>"We organised a …

Russia

Russia may be planning to develop a nuclear submarine drone aimed at 'inflicting unacceptable damage'

Putin's come up with a possible countermeasure, boasting that the Kremlin would develop "strike systems capable of penetrating any missile defenses." Footage of the meeting includes a clear view of a document that defense officials were looking over.<p>The document looks at one type of "strike system" …

Military

Here's what Russian intervention in Syria means for oil

Notably, many of the geopolitical players directly and indirectly involved in the Syria conflict also happen to be the world's leading oil producers.<p>Accordingly, it's worth considering what Russia's intervention in the Syrian civil war means for energy producers and for global oil prices.<p>In a …

Middle East

Putin faces blowback from Syria intervention

Signs are growing that Islamic militants may stage attacks inside Russia, U.S. intelligence officials say.<p>U.S. intelligence officials warn that Russia's military intervention in Syria has stirred the wrath of Islamic radicals who may retaliate by staging terrorist attacks inside Russia.<p>Terrorism …

Russia

Samsung says customer payment data not affected by hack attack

Customers who use the Samsung Pay mobile payments system weren't hurt by a hack attack on LoopPay, a company Samsung acquired to help power the service, the company said on Thursday.<p>LoopPay, which Samsung acquired in February to set up its payment system, was hit by a hacking incident in March, The …

A new sign that we're in a market bubble -- and could be heading for a bust

This may seem to be an odd thing to worry about when the stock market is faltering (the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down more than 250 points on the day as I write), but evidence has been mounting for months that an economic bubble is building in the U.S.<p>That's not a happy prospect. In the …

Finance

Key Afghan city falls to Taliban in major government setback

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban captured the strategic northern Afghan city of Kunduz on Monday in a multi-pronged attack involving hundreds of …

Afghanistan

How Vladimir Putin Set the Stage for His Talks With Obama on Syria

There is no precise match in the Russian language for the English expression, “I hate to say, ‘I told you so.’” But something similar will likely be …

Stocks Lose Steam on Biotech Selloff

Shares had surged after Yellen laid out case for raising interest rates<p>By<p>Dan Strumpf and<p>Dan Strumpf<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@DanStrumpf<p>Dan.Strumpf@wsj.com<p>Tommy Stubbington<p>Tommy Stubbington<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@TomStub<p>tommy.stubbington@wsj.com<p>The Dow industrials rose Friday, …

Federal Reserve

Putin says he'll conduct unilateral airstrikes in Syria if the US won't work with him and the Assad regime

Russia has increased its military presence inside Syria and its arms supplies to the Syrian army as it steps up support of longtime ally President Bashar Assad, drawing warnings of further destabilization from Western countries that oppose Assad.<p>A Russian diplomatic source told Reuters on Wednesday …

Middle East

5 reasons Assad is holding on

1. Good friends<p>Assad currently controls 25% of Syrian territory, and he'll hold on to it as if his life depends on it — because it probably does. The territory he still commands is confined to large population centers on the coast, but that's enough as long as he continues to receive support from …

Middle East

More Islamic State defectors speaking out - report

<b>A growing number of defectors from so-called Islamic State are speaking publicly about their decision to leave, according to a new report.</b><p>The defectors risk reprisals by members of the militant group and imprisonment by their home nations, the report says, leading most to go into hiding.<p>But …

Islam