Victor Serban

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China Is Winning the 21st Century Space Race

At a cost of more than $150 billion, the International Space Station (ISS) is the most expensive object ever built. This price tag is more than …

These are the 5 biggest risks to a breakup of the European Union

It is simply not possible to maintain economic unity and a single monetary policy among a collection of states, each of which sets its own fiscal policies.<p>Europe's sovereign-debt crisis was the first sign that something was structurally wrong. Germany spent years loaning euros to poorer eurozone …

Mounting Political Risks Threaten Russia's New European Gas Pipeline

It was revealed last week that eight European leaders – representing Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania – sent a letter of protest to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker expressing opposition to Russia’s planned Nord Stream-2 gas …

Poland won't take refugees after Brussels attacks

Poland's government says it is not prepared to accept any refugees following the deadly attacks in Brussels.<p>The ruling party, Law and Justice, is staunchly anti-migrant, but had previously indicated it would respect a commitment by the previous government to resettle around 7,000 refugees.<p>But …

It’s Time To Stop Pretending All Religions Are Equal

I walked into the living room this morning and my wife was watching the news. She said “another terrorist attack” with all the shock and surprise of a person observing that the sun had risen in the east or water had turned to ice in the freezer. It’s not that she didn’t care, or that I don’t, but …

Finland and Russia Temporarily Close Border to Migrants

Finland and Russia agreed Tuesday to tighter restrictions at two Arctic border crossings as an increasing number of asylum seekers try entering the …

Border Crossings

After invading Iraq 13 years ago the US is still making the same mistakes | Trevor Timm

The lead-up to war in 2003 was filled with spin and misinformation. But today, we aren’t even having the semblance of a debate about military intervention<p>We invaded Iraq 13 years ago on Sunday, but you would barely know from watching the news. Perhaps because there are so many war anniversaries …

Youngsters and refugees, or how exile changes eastern Europe

Polish youth on the far-right Independence Day march, November 2015.Wikicommons/ lithium1989. Some rights reserved.Refugees are now kingmakers in …

Kiwi Anna McPhee detained in Macedonia helping refugees in river crossing

How a Kiwi woman survived being stuck in the heat of the US desert for three days, unable to move.<p>The music industry isn't just tough – it's a …

Israel reportedly to raise Egypt border fence to block African migrants

The fence between Israel and Egypt, Jan. 2, 2012. (Moshe Milner/GPO/Flash 90)<p>(JTA) — Israel reportedly plans to increase the height of its fence on …

Israel

Results Show How Donald Trump Can Win Majority of Delegates

Donald Trump’s near sweep of states on Tuesday — with the notable exception of Ohio — set up a true three-way race for the second half of the primary season.<p>The results Tuesday night showed why it’s a race he could win.<p>Despite his loss in Ohio, Mr. Trump is positioned to make a serious run at …

How a monstrous Putin beat the U.S. in Syria

The entire world was surprised when, at the end of September 2015, Vladimir Putin suddenly started moving Russian aircraft, tanks and troops into Syria.<p>At the time, President Obama predicted the Russian intervention would fail.<p>"An attempt by Russia and Iran to prop up [Syrian President Bashar] …

Middle East

Europe's migration deal faces hurdle in Turkish foe Cyprus

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — European Union leaders seek a mutually binding deal with Turkey to stem the flow of migrants by sea to Greece. But several nations stand in the way of such a pact — and tiny Cyprus could pose the greatest diplomatic challenge of all.<p>Leaders of the EU's 28 divided nations plan …

Angela Merkel

POLL: The key reason Brexit will win

The key reason for Leave's lead over Remain is voter motivation.<p>At first glance the information seems surprising because most EU referendum polls have shown support for both sides of the debate to be pretty evenly split. And sure enough, when ORB asked people how they would vote if the referendum …

Angela Merkel Just Got a Huge 'Wake-Up Call' on Immigration

Critics of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s liberal refugee policies called on her to change course after voters in three regional elections punished her …

Mars as New Frontier Unites Europe Coping With Refugees

While countries in Europe have been slashing budgets, one area has not just escaped the ax but chalked up a stellar jump: space exploration.<p>The …

From ‘welcome’ to ‘enough’ — Europe’s migrant view shifts

PARIS (AP) — Last fall, soccer fans celebrated refugee children at a legendary Munich stadium; today, European voters are boosting anti-immigrant …

Liftoff! European Mission to Mars Launches to Seek Signs of Life

Next stop, Mars!<p>Two robotic spacecraft began a seven-month journey to the Red Planet today, blasting off together atop a Russian Proton-M rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:31 a.m. EDT (3:31 p.m. local Kazakhstan time).<p>The spacecraft — the Trace Gas Orbiter and a lander called …

Military 'invisibility cloaks' could breach Geneva conventions

Leading military lawyer says refinements of technology already used on stealth bombers could breach international laws<p>“Invisibility cloaks” and other future advances in military camouflage techniques could violate the Geneva conventions, a top military lawyer has warned.<p>Refinements of technologies …

Bloodied but unbowed, Merkel sticks to high-stakes migrant policy

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Monday to press on with her migrant policy despite seeing her Christian Democrats (CDU) party punished by voters who flocked to the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Sunday’s three regional polls.<p>The electoral setbacks came just …

Angela Merkel

Russia and the US now have the power to impose peace in Syria | Charles Glass

The previous two rounds of Geneva talks failed. But today, with President Assad’s position no longer in question, they can bear fruit<p>It was scheduled to start over a week ago. Then last Wednesday. Now tomorrow . When round three of the Geneva peace talks on Syria begins, it could be Groundhog Day …

Angela Merkel's party suffers in German state votes as she faces most serious challenge to her power

The Christian Democrats lost two out of three regional states in the elections, according to exit polls<p>Angela Merkel was reeling from a series of election losses on Sunday that could be the most serious challenge she has faced to her power in Germany.<p>The vote, on what the German press called “Super …

Polish minister says foul play behind president's jet crash

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland’s defense minister appeared to suggest the death of president Lech Kaczynski in a 2010 plane crash in western Russia was the result of foul play, an allegation that is likely to test already troubled relations with Moscow.<p>The wreckage of the Polish Tupolev Tu-154M …

Russia

Piano in the mud of Idomeni shames EU over refugee haggling

Austria and France have objected to the EU's refugee trading deal with Turkey. At the closed Greek-Macedonian border, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has …

Angela Merkel

Greece: Stranded migrants head for dangerous route north

HAMILO, Greece (AP) — Hundreds of migrants and refugees walked out of an overcrowded camp on the Greek-Macedonian border Monday, determined to use a …

600+ tractors in downtown Helsinki as Finnish farmers decry anti-Russian sanctions

Hundreds of tractors disrupted traffic in the Finnish capital on Friday, when thousands of farmers arrived in Helsinki to protest the catastrophic …

Sweden challenges Germany on refugees

Sweden threatened legal action Friday against Germany’s refugee policy, alleging that Berlin is not fulfilling its obligations under EU rules.<p>At …

Angela Merkel

Belgium Spooked by Migrant Influx as Europe's Refugees Crisis Spirals

ZEEBRUGGE, Belgium — Don't feed the refugees, and calls for a "camp like Guantanamo."<p>This is just some of the rhetoric coming out of Belgium, where a new front line in the European migrant crisis has opened up.<p>While the influx in the tiny nation has yet to reach the crisis levels of its neighbors, …

On Israel trip, Romanian president calls compatriot hurt in Jaffa attack

Romanian President Klaus Werner Iohannis on Tuesday spoke on the phone to a compatriot who was wounded in a stabbing attack in Tel …