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Isis' attempt to topple US economy with own currency 'failing' as reliance on American dollars increases

Isis’ attempt to end “America's capitalist financial system of enslavery” with its own currency appears to have failed as the terrorist group relies …

Afghanistan

Iraqi PM visits Ramadi after declaring Isis will be 'terminated' in 2016

Haider al-Abadi arrives in city a day after it was recaptured from Islamic State amid reports jihadis still control 30% of Ramadi<p>The Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, has arrived in Ramadi a day after his government declared the city liberated from Islamic State.<p>Abadi kicked off his tour with …

Battle for Sangin: US comes to Afghan army's aid with air strikes as Taliban seizes territory

Afghan forces scramble to beat back the Taliban from Sangin as insurgents claimed to have captured nearly the entire opium-rich district, following the first British deployment to the volatile region in 14 months<p>The US launched air strikes to bolster Afghan forces scrambling Thursday to beat back …

Afghanistan

Vladimir Putin: 'We don't want the USSR back but no one believes us'

West is 'working to prevent the recreation of the USSR', Russian president says in documentary - but claims that is not what Moscow doing<p>Russia is not trying to bring back the USSR, but "nobody wants to believe it", Vladimir Putin has said.<p>The Russian president accused European leaders of confusing …

Russia
Middle East

There’s Nothing Radical About Republicans’ Foreign Policy

Tuesday night’s fifth Republican primary debate condensed into two hours what the candidates have spent the past month forging into partisan …

U.S. Embassy releases statement on Nigerian Army clash with Shiites

"The United States is deeply concerned by reports of violent clashes between members of the Nigerian Army and the Shiite group Islamic Movement of …

Microsoft's on-again-off-again relationship with the Chinese government is on again

In Beijing, Microsoft and the Chinese government sign a deal that could bring Windows 10 to government-owned computers.<p>At a press conference today in …

Economics
Cuba

As Russia’s economy shrinks, Vladimir Putin softens his tone

RUSSIA’S political system is often called a “power vertical”, with authority concentrated in the man at the top. So Vladimir Putin’s yearly …

In Fighting Terror, We Need More Mr. President

<i>Who lived here He must have been a gardener that cared a lot Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop And now it all looks strange It's funny how one insect can damage so much grain</i>-- "Empty Garden" by Elton John/Bernie Taupin<p><b>A Beautiful Community Hit With Terror</b><p>As our community mourns the 14 …

Russia ratchets up war rhetoric - and not just in Syria

A rock band sings about taking Berlin; politicians and the media threaten a nuclear attack. The war rhetoric in Russia is impossible to ignore. But …

US can't access NSA phone records in California terror case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government's ability to review and analyze five years' worth of telephone records for the married couple blamed in the deadly shootings in California lapsed just four days earlier when the National Security Agency's controversial mass surveillance program was formally …

Surveillance

Daesh executes Ansarullah fighters in grisly video

<b>The Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has released a new video purportedly showing the gruesome execution of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah fighters in</b> …

“Strikes on ISIS are a trap”: Journalist held hostage by ISIS warns bombing is helping it

“We are just fueling our enemies” warns a French reporter who was held captive by the extremist group for 10 months<p>"At the moment, with the bombings, we are more like pushing people into the hands of ISIS," rather than weakening it, warned French journalist Nicolas Hénin in a recent interview with …

George W. Bush's Competition for Worst President

Statistician Nate Silver of <i>Five Thirty Eight</i> and <i>The New York Times</i> created a composite list in January 2013 of previous presidential rankings by scholars. This is as definitive a ranking as we have at this time. George W. Bush is 38th of 43. The surveys Silver used were conducted between 2008 and …

Russia
War

How to charge your mobile phone using mud

How do you charge your mobile phone if you don’t have electricity at home and cannot afford solar panels?<p>In Malawi, they have come up with an …

Three Questions About the Downed Russian Jet

On Tuesday, a Turkish F-16 fighter jet, flying near Turkey’s border with Syria, shot down a Russian Su-24 military jet. It is not clear whether the Russian plane, which was presumably deployed as part of Russia’s operations in support of the Assad regime, had entered Turkish territory. Turkey said …

Associated Press News

The War in Syria and the Russian Jet

In case you were wondering how that grand alliance to destroy <i>ISIS</i> was shaping up, look no further than the Russian fighter jet that fell from the sky on Tuesday.<p>A Turkish Air Force pilot, flying an American-made F-16, shot down a Russian fighter jet, because, Turkey said, it had strayed from Syrian …

Putin Accuses Turkey Of Backing ISIS After It Downs Russian Warplane In Syria

ISTANBUL -- Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Turkey on Tuesday of directly supporting the so-called Islamic State after Turkish forces shot down one of Russia's fighter jets near Syria's border.<p>"Our military men are fighting terrorism, sacrificing their own lives, but today’s loss is a stab …

Putin calls downing of Russian jet a 'stab in the back'

The shooting down of Russian fighter plane will have "serious consequences" for ties between Ankara and Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin has …

Putin Gives Khamenei Rare Copy Of Ancient Muslim Tome

It may not be the original version of the first handwritten edition of the Koran, dating back 1,500 years, but it’s still quite a book.<p>In a meeting …

Delivery of S-300 air defence systems to Tehran begins – ambassador

The delivery of Russian S-300 anti-missile rocket systems to Iran has started, Iran’s ambassador to Moscow said in an interview. Iran is getting one …

Russia