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Victory for Assad looks increasingly likely as world loses interest in Syria

States that were until recently committed to toppling the Syrian leader are now resigned to him staying<p>In recent months, as supplies of aid, money and weapons to Syria’s opposition have dwindled, it had clung to the hope that ongoing international political support would prevent an outright victory …

Potential Carbon Capture Game Changer Nears Completion - MIT Technology Review

On a small lot between Houston and the Gulf Coast, in an industrial zone packed with petrochemical factories and gas pipelines, a little-known …

Fossil Fuels

Coalition Airstrikes Block ISIS Convoy From Traveling Through Syria

WASHINGTON — Coalition airstrikes stopped hundreds of ISIS militants and civilians Wednesday from moving from one threatened ISIS enclave in Syria to another hundreds of miles east.<p>ISIS had negotiated a ceasefire with Hezbollah, the Lebanese government and the Russian-backed Assad regime that …

Trump’s Biggest North Korea Mistake Is Coming

The author of "The Art of the Deal" may think he can talk to Kim Jong Un. He’d be crazy to try.<p>Just days after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was demonstrating “some level of restraint” by refraining from firing his missiles, Pyongyang on Tuesday …

China Can’t Carry Global Economy if U.S. Stumbles

Suddenly it’s a world upside down—investors are deserting U.S. growth plays as skepticism about Donald Trump’s agenda rises, while overcapacity-ridden China and aging Japan are looking unexpectedly strong.<p>Better growth in the world’s second- and third-largest economies, which both posted …

Stranger than fiction: How forbidden book was smuggled out of N. Korea

<b>Seoul (CNN) —</b> They say fact is stranger than fiction. One book smuggled out of North Korea encapsulates both.<p>Written by a dissident writer still living inside the country, "The Accusation; Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea" is a collection of short stories about the lives of regular people, …

North Korea

Russian aircraft carrier is more a show of force than ‘start of world war’

The fleet led by the Admiral Kuznetsov on its way to Syria is not a strategic game-changer but could strengthen Russia’s hand<p>Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, is widely seen as being eager to establish some military facts on the ground before Barack Obama leaves the White House and is …

Hillary Clinton

Nice Attack: Has a Bisexual Muslim Hustler Put France on the Path to Civil War?

After Charlie Hebdo, the French took to the streets to preach unity. Now an ‘instant jihadi’ with an address book full of johns may push the country …

Vladimir Putin just did the US a huge favor

Geopolitical expert George Friedman disagrees.<p>Speaking in a Mauldin Economics video, Friedman says the Russian deployment was part of an elaborate US-Russia negotiation. The real issue is further north.<p><b>Syria-Ukraine connection</b><p>According to Friedman, the US is in a quandary. It needs a stable Syrian …

Russia

FlyDubai crash: Aerials show devastation of plane crash in Russia

Footage shows an aerial view of the FlyDubai crash in Russia's southern city of Rostov-on-Don<p>Investigators in Russia's southern city of Rostov-on-Don worked into the evening on Saturday at the site where a FlyDubai plane carrying 62 people nosedived and exploded in a giant fireball while trying to …

Gulf states seek nukes against Iran, had secret contacts with Tel Aviv – Israeli defense chief

Persian Gulf states are seeking nuclear weapons to counter “bad guy” Iran and have held clandestine meetings with Israel despite not having official …

Central bankers 'don't have a clue' - Jim Rogers

Famed investor Jim Rogers is warning that financial Armageddon is just around the corner, and it's being fueled by moronic central bankers.<p>"We're all going to pay a horrible price for the incompetence of these central bankers," he said Monday in a TV interview with CNNMoney's Nina dos Santos. "We …

Stock Markets

The Syrian war enters a dangerous phase

The civil war in Syria has been a brutal and tragic episode for its people and a massively disruptive one for its neighbours, who have had to absorb millions of refugees. But the conflict is now threatening to move into an even more dangerous phase as the big powers sucked into its vortex confront …

Super Tucanos Provide Major Boost to Afghanistan Air Force

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan leaders and US military commanders are hailing the arrival of the Afghan air force's first four light-attack aircraft as …

Israel’s Military Intel. Chief Reveals Why Israel Delivers ‘Huge Trucks’ of Goods to Gaza Daily — Even Though Hamas Uses Some to Build Weapons and Tunnels

The Israel Defense Forces’ head of military intelligence, Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi, said Sunday that Israel is working to help rebuild Gaza by delivering hundreds of trucks of goods there every day so that Palestinians “should have something to lose.”<p>A Palestinian worker adjusts bags of cement loaded …

Nearly 50 people killed in strikes on hospitals and schools in Syria

BAGHDAD — Nearly 50 civilians were killed in missile strikes on hospitals and two schools in northern Syria on Monday, the United Nations said, deepening the country’s humanitarian crisis despite plans for a temporary cease-fire later this week.<p>Doctors Without Borders said that at least seven …

Middle East

As U.S. pressure mounts, China talks up prospect of N. Korea sanctions that ‘bite’

BEIJING — The threat of an American missile defense system being stationed in South Korea appears to have concentrated minds in Beijing on how to punish Pyongyang.<p>China now seems ready to support limited United Nations sanctions against North Korea over a recent nuclear test and rocket launches, …

Deadly airstrikes hit hospitals, school in northern Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes blamed on Russia hit at least two hospitals and a school in northern Syria on Monday, killing and wounding dozens of …

Middle East

Tatars step up resistance to Russian rule over Crimea

UROZHAYNE, Crimea (AP) — Elnara Asanova lives alone with her four small children because her husband, an ethnic Tatar, is in jail. Last April, when …

Russia

New issue of ISIS magazine Dabiq calls for war on . . . Muslims

The latest issue of Islamic State's online magazine targets the terror group's fellow Muslims even more than the West.<p>Dabiq, as the English-language publication is called, devotes a majority of the 56 pages in the latest issue to justifying the killing of Shia Muslims. In numerous articles, the …

ISIS may have saved the A-10

<b>(CNN) —</b> ISIS seems determined to destroy much of what's in its path as it tries to conquer more territory in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, but it may have inadvertently saved a fleet of U.S. Air Force jets.<p>Gen. David Goldfein, the Air Force's vice chief of staff, tells Defense News the rise of the …

Vietnam protests after China lands plane on disputed Spratly islands

Foriegn minister says airstrip on islands constructed by China was ‘built illegally’ in territory belonging to Vietnam, a claim Beijing denies<p>Vietnam has formally accused China of violating its sovereignty by landing a plane on an airstrip Beijing has built on an artificial island in a contested …

Russia and Ukraine's full-blown economic war just got worse

The latest step taken was by Russia, which confirmed in a statement on its Ministry of Finance website, that it is suing Ukraine for allegedly not paying back $3 billion (£2 billion) worth of debt.<p>This is the latest in a line of tit-for-tat disputes, bans, and lawsuits since the Ukrainian peninsula …

Russia

State: Hundreds of old Clinton emails newly classified

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Thursday that portions of 275 emails released on New Year's Eve from Hillary Clinton's time as secretary …

Government

Hack to the Future: Experts Make 2016 Cybersecurity Predictions

Hackers had a busy 2015, breaking into everything from the Ashley Madison database to CIA Director John Brennan's AOL account.<p>This year, more than 178 million records on Americans were exposed in cyberattacks, according to the Identity Theft Research Center. The worst of them included the breach of …

Indian Capital Starts Limiting Cars for 2 Weeks to Clear Air

The Indian capital on Friday kicked off a sweeping plan to reduce its record-high air pollution by limiting the numbers of cars on the streets for two weeks.<p>New Delhi is testing a formula where private cars will be allowed on the roads only on alternate days from Jan. 1-15, depending on whether …

The unseemly energy deal between Germany and Russia

<i>The writer is a contributing editor to The Post. His email is jim.hoagland@washpost.com.</i><p>Germany’s citizens and leaders have earned the world’s respect over the decades since World War II by repeatedly taking the moral and political high ground. From Willy Brandt’s imaginative Ostpolitik approach to …

Foreign firms dash to get in on Iran 'gold rush' – but US companies left out in cold

With Washington’s economic sanctions against Tehran set to continue even after implementation of the nuclear deal, investment in what many believe is the world’s last great emerging economy may prove too risky for US firms<p>American companies risk missing out on a “gold rush” in Iran if sanctions are …

Exiled Palestinian leader calls Abbas reign ‘a failure’

ABU DHABI, United Arab ­Emirates — The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, will turn 81 in a couple of months. His critics say he is clinging to power. His supporters see an indispensable man. Abbas tells foreign visitors he is weary.<p>The Palestinian leader’s elected term in …

British Iraq War veterans may be prosecuted for war crimes

That's according to Mark Warwick, a former police detective in charge of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), in an interview with the Independent newspaper in which he said there are "lots of significant cases" that would warrant a discussion over whether they fell into the war-crimes …