Matthew A Flure

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Islamic State will be forced out of Tikrit, says top US general

The combined force of Iranian-backed militias and Iraqi government troops is likely to prevail against Islamic State forces in the unfolding battle for Tikrit, America’s top general has said.<p>General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, told reporters on an aircraft on his way to …

Putin gets tough, slashes own salary as economy tanks

It's belt-tightening time in the Kremlin.<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin cut his salary by 10% Friday as his country faces the worst economic crisis in years. The move will cost him around 900,000 rubles ($14,000) a year.<p>The Russian economy is struggling because of low oil prices and economic …

9 Sensational Sides That Will Dress Up Any Dish

Side dishes are often an afterthought, but they can be just as memorable as the main course. These sensational sides will have people scrambling for seconds.<p><b>1. Roasted Broccoli with Chipotle Butter</b><p>Build a meal around this flavorful broccoli. The florets are tossed in a sweet, spicy, and smoky …

Recipes

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

5 Ukrainian security forces killed despite ceasefire, army official says

<b>Mariupol, Ukraine (CNN) —</b> Less than two days into a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, deadly violence erupted once again between the military and pro-Russian separatists, casting further doubt about whether the peace plan will hold.<p>Five Ukrainian security forces were killed and 25 were wounded in …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

9 Fast Recipes to Rescue Your Valentine's Day

If you haven't planned for Valentine's Day, don’t worry. From beautiful French toast to rich, chocolatey molten cake, here are nine fast recipes to …

Jordan Tells ISIS That Revenge Airstrikes Are Just 'The Beginning'

A wave of airstrikes against ISIS was just “the beginning” of Jordan’s retaliation for the burning death of a fighter pilot, its military declared while promising to attack the Islamist militants “until they are destroyed.”<p>Up to 20 Jordanian F-16 fighter jets carried out airstrikes against ISIS in …

23 Low-Carb Lunches That Will Actually Fill You Up

Sandwiches are going to be so jealous.

What U.S. Intelligence Predicted the World Would Look Like in 2015

Shortly before 9/11, officials foresaw a fundamental shift in the nature of power.<p>Nine months before the September 11 attacks—and just days after the Supreme Court halted the Florida recount, handing the presidency to George W. Bush—U.S. intelligence officials published an 85-page prediction for …

31 Holiday Gift Ideas For The Lumbersexual In Your Life

As told to me by the lumbersexual in mine.

Ulysses Tier 1 Disaster Relief Kit: The ultimate disaster kit

Hidden within a building in Hollywood, Paola Russo's destination boutique Just One Eye is full of contemporary fashion, art and objects. Valentino feather stilettos can be found next to Murakami sculptures and cases full of jewelry. But when Russo wants to really surprise her customers, she thinks …

London Bridge

Seven recent blasts in Ukraine city stir fear of new Russian menace

At least seven bomb blasts in little more than a month in Ukraine's second-largest city, Kharkiv, have stirred fears among residents and the government in Kiev that Russia-backed rebels are trying to destabilize the militarily strategic region.<p>International monitors from the Organization for …

Iraq's Sadr readies militia to fight for Samarra

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq’s powerful Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has put his militia on alert to battle Islamic State militants for the city of Samarra, home to a Shi’ite mosque whose destruction eight years ago plunged the country into sectarian war.<p>A demonstrator holds a picture of Shi'ite …

Ex-British soldier fighting Isis in Syria ‘motivated by Alan Henning murder’

A former British soldier who travelled to Syria to fight Islamic State (Isis) militants has said he was prompted by the murder of the aid volunteer Alan Henning.<p>Last month, the Observer revealed that Jamie Read was among a growing cohort of Britons fighting against Isis. He had gone to the war-torn …

It’s Not Just Ukraine

The real problem is that Putin has the whole region cornered. And no one seems to notice.<p>PRAGUE—Sergei, my ethnic Russian acquaintance in Tallinn, insists Russians are a mistreated minority in Estonia. But he laughs when I ask whether he’d like to live in Russia; he clearly has no longing to set …

'Come out of the shadows'

Obama, at last, unveils sweeping action on immigration.<p>President Barack Obama unveiled sweeping actions Thursday aimed at shielding as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and granting work permits to some, setting off a firestorm of Republican vows to stop the president in …

Christiane Amanpour: This Might Be 'The End of Iraq as We Know It' | The Takeaway | WNYC

The world is facing a nightmare scenario in Iraq and across the Middle East, according to veteran journalist Christiane Amanpour, chief international …

Middle East

Understanding Iraq's sectarian divide - CNN Video

The Secret Life of ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

World<p>The biggest threat to Middle East security is as much a mystery as a menace — a 42-year-old Iraqi who went from a U.S. detention camp to the top of the jihadist universe with a whisper of a backstory and a $10 million bounty on his head.<p>He's known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, head of the ruthless …

Obama Deploys Troops to Protect Embassy in Iraq, as American and Iranian Officials Meet

President Barack Obama ordered the deployment of up to 275 military personnel “equipped for combat” into Iraq to protect the U.S. embassy in Baghdad …

Iraq conflict: US deploys 275 'military personnel'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1085000/1085193_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534903599_f7542ed8acffcdf64ed967de64250bd2<p><b>Up to 275 US "military personnel" are being sent to Iraq to provide security for the US embassy in Baghdad and other personnel, the White House …

Middle East

Obama ordering 275 military personnel to Iraq; may send special ops

In a sign of the growing danger in Iraq, President Obama notified Congress on Monday that he was sending up to 275 U.S. military personnel "to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad."<p>Obama also is considering sending 100 or fewer special operations troops to …

John Hancock and Samuel Adams’ fascinating alliance: Family, economics and the road to the American Revolution

<b>John Hancock, Samuel Adams (Wikimedia/Salon)</b><p>The American revolution wasn’t automatic, but emerged from colorful heroes, ragtag militias — and personal drama<p>Walter Borneman<p>May 31, 2014 3:15pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “American Spring: Lexington, Concord and the Road to Revolution”<p>In the spring of 1775, …

Hagel: Russia aggressive actions galvanized NATO

SINGAPORE (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says Russia's aggressive action in Ukraine was -- quote -- "a jarring gong of reality" that galvanized …

VA chief and White House spokesman resign, fueling unease

President Obama sought to stem a growing political furor Friday by accepting the resignation of Eric K. Shinseki, the beleaguered secretary of Veterans Affairs, the second Cabinet-level official to resign under fire this year.<p>Two hours later, Obama abruptly returned to the White House briefing …

California Cuts Water to Some Farms and Cities

Severe drought drives new restrictions on use of the Sacramento River.<p>Facing severe drought, California's state water board told hundreds of users of the Sacramento River, including farms and some small cities, that they must stop taking water from the river.<p>The notices are the first such mandatory …

How do we do journalism differently in the digital age?

There are new ways of doing journalism as the digital revolution moves on. But what are these innovations? How do they work? How are they changing journalism, and with what effects?<p>City University London is hosting a panel discussion on 28 January to explore these developments and the challenges …