Jordan Lawrence Kortis

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Putin may have passed point of no-return over Ukraine | News Home | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin risks becoming an international pariah over the Ukraine crisis but the Russian president is battening down the hatches for the gathering economic and political storm.<p>Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to reporters during a meeting in Brasilia July 16, 2014. …

Japan's security fears grow as neighbours build up arms | News Home | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan finds itself surrounded by a worsening security environment as North Korea pushes forward with missile development and China and Russia step up military activity in the region, Japan’s Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.<p>Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe smiles during a news …

Israel withdraws troops, 72-hour Gaza truce begins | News Home | Reuters

GAZA/CAIRO/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel withdrew ground forces from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and started a 72-hour ceasefire with Hamas mediated by Egypt as a first step towards negotiations on a more enduring end to the month-old war.<p>Palestinians look at destroyed houses after returning to the …

China says investigating two Canadians in espionage case | News Home | Reuters

DANDONG China (Reuters) - China is investigating a Canadian couple who ran a coffee shop on the Chinese border with North Korea for suspected theft of military and intelligence information and for threatening national security, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.<p>A boy looks up as he walks …

Activist investor chased out of Russia explains how to really hurt Putin

Bill Browder used to get treated like a crank when he asked governments to put economic sanctions on Russian officials. Now they ask his advice.<p>The CEO of Hermitage Capital was an activist investor chased out of Russia for disturbing the country's billionaire oligarchs. He mounted a campaign for …

North Korea labels Obama a ‘pimp’ and Park Geun-hye a ‘dirty prostitute’

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Canadian jets Europe-bound on Tuesday amid Ukraine tensions

Canadian fighter jets are leaving for Europe Tuesday morning to join NATO patrols as tensions rise over Russia's efforts to destabilize neighbouring Ukraine, sources say.<p>The warplanes depart as Group of Seven countries including Canada announce they are imposing new sanctions on Russia because of …

Canada expands list of Russian individuals, banks facing sanctions

Hours after the United States and the European Union (EU) imposed further sanctions on Russia, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Monday that …

North Korea conducts firing drills near disputed border with South | News Home | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea conducted live fire drills on Tuesday in two areas near a disputed sea border with South Korea that have been the scene of deadly clashes and where they fired hundreds of artillery rounds only weeks ago.<p>A North Korean soldier observes activities in the south of the …