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Sweden searches its waters for a mysterious Russian submarine in an operation not seen since the Cold War

Hundreds of Swedish sailors, pilots and divers were engaged in a massive search operation for a mysterious Russian submarine thought to be stricken …

Canadian Forces already headed to Middle East

Members of the Canadian Forces are already headed to the Middle East to prepare for the deployment of 600 military personnel as part of the government's newly announced combat mission against Islamic State extremists in Iraq, sources say.<p>The full deployment will be the subject of a debate in the …

Harper facing pressure to explain decision to send soldiers to Iraq

The Conservative government will defend ordering special forces soldiers to Iraq on both moral and pragmatic grounds, arguing that Canadians are obliged to help stop a savage militant group whose self-proclaimed caliphate risks becoming a training ground for terrorists who could attack Canada and …

In Myanmar, China's Scramble for Energy Threatens Livelihoods of Villagers

In western Myanmar a Chinese-backed energy and trading hub is taking shape on a remote island.<p>OIL MOUNTAIN, Myanmar—The mood at a ramshackle bar in this village on Ramree Island, in western Myanmar's Rakhine State, is one of fatalism punctuated by the occasional comic trope.<p>As dusk falls, Nyint …

NATO to prepare operating bases, fast response for hot spots

NATO is set to reinvent itself for the 21st century, making the military alliance more prepared to respond quickly to threats posed by Russia and by the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.<p>This "readiness action plan" will feature a spearhead reaction force of 4,000 to 5,000 troops, …

Indian states on alert after al Qaeda announces local wing

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India put several provinces on heightened alert on Thursday after al Qaeda announced the formation of a wing of the militant group in India and its neighborhood, a senior government official said.<p>Al Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri speaks from an unknown location, in …

Al-Qaeda

Ukraine defiant on national day, rebels parade captives

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine marked its independence day on Sunday with a military march-past in Kiev intended to send a message of defiance to Russia, but pro-Moscow rebels countered by parading captured Ukrainian troops through the streets of their main stronghold.<p>Soldiers salute as …

Russia

American journalist Peter Theo Curtis, kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria, was released Sunday, less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants. http://cbc.sh/C1mzZjW

Is the Gaza conflict stoking anti-Semitism in Europe?

Parts of central London have been plugged with pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel rallies since the start of the Israel-Gaza war. Most have been almost entirely peaceful, through a disturbing trend seems to be in place. At one mass rally, a vile placard declared "Hitler you were right!" At another, …

Earthquake in southern China kills at least 381, injures more than 1,800

BEIJING -- Rescuers dug through shattered homes Monday looking for survivors of a strong earthquake in southern China's Yunnan province that killed …

Natural Disasters

Why Don't Palestinians Just Leave Gaza? They Can't.

As airstrikes have rained down on Gaza in recent weeks, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been forced to flee their homes. Some received leaflets and phone calls from the Israeli army, urging them to evacuate ahead of fighting. Others simply feared that the airstrikes, tank shells and …

Islamic State grabs Iraqi dam and oilfield in victory over Kurds

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters seized control of Iraq’s biggest dam, an oilfield and three more towns on Sunday after inflicting their first major defeat on Kurdish forces since sweeping across much of northern Iraq in June.<p>Capture of the electricity-generating Mosul Dam, after an …

Middle East