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Bombs believed Russian kill at least 43 people in busy Syrian marketplace

They said at least six strikes had hit a busy market place in the heart of the city, several government buildings and residential areas.<p>Rescue workers said they had confirmed 43 dead but that at least 30 more bodies had been retrieved that had still to be identified.<p>"There are a lot of corpses …

Middle East

Wernher von Braun’s bold plan for space exploration

The man who designed the V2 rocket also helped America reach the Moon. And he had a plan for deeper space exploration that was ahead of its time, it appears.<p>On 9 March 1955, 42 million Americans – around a quarter of the total US population at the time – tuned in to watch a new Disney TV series. It …

Space Exploration

Rand Paul Didn't Win, But He Raised the Most Important Questions of the Debate

Namely,<p>if we're willing to start World War III to look "strong."<p>"It's time we punch Russia in the nose."<p>That was noted Republican moderate John Kasich.<p>Almost entirely by accident, and only because CNN gamed their own rules to allow Rand Paul into the main event, an actual foreign policy debate …

Middle East

Russian warship fires warning shots at Turkish vessel amid Syria tensions

Moscow summoned Turkish military attache over incident in Aegean, likely to deepen spat between two countries after Turkey downed Russian military plane on Syria mission<p>Russia said on Sunday that one of its warships had fired warning shots at a Turkish vessel in the Aegean Sea to avoid a collision, …

Turkey to Russia: Patience has its limits

Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday that Turkey wants to overcome tensions with Russia but that Moscow is using "every opportunity" to hit at Turkey.<p>The downing of the jet has brought previously warm ties between Turkey and Russia to a post-Cold War low. Russia slapped economic sanctions on Turkey and …

Russia

Russia is now supporting Assad's enemies in Syria

His statement appeared to be the first time Moscow said it was actually supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's opponents in the fight against Islamic State forces. Putin said last month the Russian air force had hit several "terrorist" targets provided by the Free Syrian Army.<p>Western and …

Middle East

Europe may be witness to a new political era

<b>The success of Marine Le Pen and the National Front (FN) in France underlines the shifting plates of European politics.</b><p>She is far right, anti-Europe and anti-immigration, but many of those who voted for her once voted for the Communists and the Socialists.<p>She has attempted to reinvent the FN as the …

Europe

Syrian refugee families arrive in Texas and Indiana despite governors' protests

Greg Abbott and Mike Pence among more than two dozen Republican governors who said they would refuse new refugees after Paris attacks in November<p>Syrian refugee families have arrived in Texas and Indiana, defying efforts by the governors of those conservative US states to stop their arrival.<p>A Syrian …

Mike Pence

Why Hope Is A Loser In This Election

WASHINGTON -- "Voters pick the guy with the sun in his face." That's how American pundit and talk show host Chris Matthews puts it.<p>It's a truism of politics in a democracy that inclusive optimism usually wins. But it's especially on point in the United States, a country that defines itself as the …

Political Science

Turkey furious as Russian with rocket launcher spotted on warship

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Sunday blasted as “provocation” images of a Russian serviceman armed with a rocket …

War
France

Iceland's fastest-growing "religion" courts atheists by promising to rebate religious tax

In Iceland, tax-authorities collect "parish fees" from all residents and remit them to churches based on the stated religious affinities of those …

Religion

German vice-chancellor accuses Saudi Arabia of funding Islamic extremism in the West

In a highly unusual moment of a Western politician attacking a critical Arab ally, Sigmar Gabriel says the time has come to make it clear to Riyadh the time of looking away is over<p>The German vice-chancellor has publicly accused Saudi Arabia of financing Islamic extremism in the West and warned that …

Saudi Arabia

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

Greece is back at the heart of EU's existential crisis with threatened expulsion from Schengen

The parallels between Europe's economic and migrant crises are ever more obvious<p>Europe’s economic and migrant crises may seem to be entirely separate issues, but parallels between the two are becoming ever more impossible to ignore. I touched on this subject in a column this morning, but since …

Europe

Russia just successfully tested an anti-satellite missile

The flight test of Russia's direct ascent anti-satellite missile, known as Nudol, took place Nov. 18, according to defense officials familiar with reports of the test.<p>It was the first successful test in three attempts, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.<p>With the successful …

Russia

At NATO, Turkey remains defiant over Russian jet | Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Turkey’s prime minister dismissed on Monday any suggestion Ankara should apologize for downing a Russian warplane in its airspace last week, after winning strong NATO support for the right to defend itself.<p>Six days after NATO member Turkey shot down the Russian bomber in the …

Middle East

Putin's latest message to Turkey could 'spin any future incident beyond control'

The move comes one week after a Russian Su-24 fighter bomber was shot down by Turkish F-16 jets — an incident that has heightened tensions between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan.<p>The missiles, reportedly capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to …

Russia
Russia

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Sued For Blocking Syrian Refugees

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is being sued over his decision to suspend the resettlement of Syrian refugees in his state.<p>Pence is accused of violating the …

Mike Pence

A brief history of online trolling between Western and Russian diplomats

<b>As tensions persist between Russia and the West, governments have resorted to posting sarcastic digs at each other on social media - with the US Embassy in Russia making a particularly bold jibe this week.</b><p>On Wednesday, the US embassy in Russia offered proofreading services to a leading pro-Kremlin …

Russia
Republicans
Europe

Rand Paul Is Right on Defense

The most refreshing aspect of this week's Republican presidential debate was the clash between Rand Paul and Marco Rubio over the appropriate level of Pentagon spending.<p>As my colleague Miriam Pemberton of the Institute for Policy Studies has noted in her analysis of the debate, the United States …

Rand Paul

Nuclear power must be a part of greener future

Climate scientists want the world to use more nuclear energy to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions, yet America's nuclear sector is withering. Unless Congress acts to encourage next-generation nuclear technology, the United States will be relegated to second-tier status when it comes to the …

Catalonia to go ahead with secession

In direct violation of a ruling by Spain's highest court, the Catalan parliament will continue independence proceedings, it has announced. The …

Europe
Government
Government

The world nearly ended in 1983, a secret American document has revealed

In 1983, the world nearly ended, a recently declassified American report has revealed.<p>The Soviets became convinced that a NATO nuclear training …