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7 times when Iran's strategic mastermind reshaped the Middle East

As the commander of Iran's Quds Force — the foreign branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards best described as a cross between the CIA and Special Forces — Suleimani has emerged as Iran's leading foreign strategist. Suleimani has fomented unrest in Iraq, lead, supplied, and trained Bashar …

Middle East

USA TODAY's Travel blog

The death of Queen Elizabeth will be the most disruptive event in Britain in the last 70 years

UPDATE: A new, revised, and expanded version of this story was published on December 27, 2016. Click here to read it »<p>Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of this Realm and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, is not going to live …

Queen Elizabeth II

Man finds himself alone on Delta flight | CNN Travel

What are the world's safest airlines?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Aviation website AirlineRatings.com has just released its annual list of the world's 10 safest airlines.<p>Once again, Australian airline Qantas grabs the top spot.<p>"Qantas continues to lead the industry with safety innovations and its fleet is now the youngest -- 7.9 years -- it has been since …


The 10 Most Incredible Weapon Systems Used By The Russian Army

Though the country is perhaps not considered the superpower it once was, Russia's armed forces have gone through a significant transformation since President Vladimir Putin's re-election in 2012. The army is being split into smaller, more dynamic brigades. The focus is on new technologies rather …


Here Comes The Saudi Dynasty Succession Crisis ...

The Saudi dynasty is facing its biggest dynastic challenge in 50 years, and Game of Thrones-style cracks are showing in the imminent transition from King Abdullah's rule.<p>Abdullah, 90, is currently battling pneumonia and temporarily needed help from a breathing tube last week.<p>The king assumed the …

House of Saud

Short break in Bangkok: 3 tailored itineraries

Bangkok has a reputation as an intimidating city. So much so that many travellers decide to give it a miss – or at least short shrift – en route to the islands or up north. But if you've got a day or two to spare, we strongly recommend stopping by to get a taste of Thailand's cosmopolitan capital. …

Putin's Extraordinary Path From Soviet Slums To The World's Stage

The Russian President's ascension to power is filled with spies, armed conflicts, oligarchs, oil and (of course) judo.<p>So here's how a onetime "nobody" climbed up the ranks to become the "World's Most Powerful Person."

Man gives woman with ex-girlfriend's name a world trip - CNN.com