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Obama’s New Oil Wars

<b>Washington Takes on ISIS, Iran, and Russia</b><p><i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>It was heinous. It was underhanded. It was beyond the bounds of international morality. It was an attack on the American way of life. It was what you might expect from unscrupulous Arabs. It was “the oil weapon” -- and back …

Is Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong in charge?

The mystery surrounding North Korea's erratic young leader, Kim Jong Un, only deepens by the day.<p>He has not been seen publicly in more than a month. Rumors are flying that Kim is ill with gout, diabetes, even possible problems with his ankles. Now, a group of defectors say they believe Kim's …

NASA Drone Could Help Detect Wildfires in Wildlife Refuge

A camera-equipped lightweight drone could soon be helping federal officials spot forest fires in the nearly 112,000-acre Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge along the Virginia-North Carolina border. NASA’s Langley Research Center and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have signed a one-year …

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Earthquake strikes south-west China injuring hundreds

At least one person dead in Yunnan province, where 600 people were killed by a quake in August<p>A strong earthquake that hit south-west China's mountainous Yunnan province has killed one person, and left more than 300 people injured as well as 50,000 displaced, state media said Wednesday.<p>The shallow …

Turkish president warns that Islamic State poised to capture Kobani

Islamic State fighters were poised to capture a strategic Syrian town on the Turkish border, Turkey's president warned Tuesday, even as Kurdish forces battled to expel the extremists from their footholds on the outskirts.<p>The outgunned Kurdish fighters struggling to defend Kobani got a small boost …

Protests Against ISIS Across Europe: Pictures

Is Kim Jong Un still in charge of North Korea?

Events in North Korea have left the world wondering: Where's leader Kim Jong Un and is he still running perhaps the most isolated country on Earth?<p>Some analysts speculate Kim may have been ousted by an old guard from the era of his late father, whose 2011 death put the son in power.<p>First, Kim Jong …

Hong Kong protests thin out as territory’s government agrees to talk with student leaders

The crowds of protesters who filled Hong Kong's streets thinned dramatically Tuesday after student leaders and the territory's government agreed the previous night to hold talks in coming days to discuss protesters' demands regarding electoral reforms.<p>Just a couple days after tens of thousands of …

Why America Is Losing The Online War With ISIS

<i>Jeff Bardin is the Chief Intelligence Officer of cyber intelligence service Treadstone 71</i><p>Every month, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, better known as ISIS, recruits up to 3,400 people via a well-organized and highly successful social media and online campaign. That's 3,400 potential fighters …

Vice President Joe Biden apologizes to Turkey, UAE

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has apologized to the United Arab Emirates and Turkey for comments he made last week that Middle Eastern allies are partly to blame for the strengthening of ISIS.<p>The latest apology came in phone call from Biden to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed Al …

ISIS Is Closing In On A Turkish Enclave Inside Of Syria — And Ankara Is Facing A Huge Dilemma

Ancient history has a way of barging into present-day events in the Middle East, and one such drama is currently unfolding along the Turkish-Syrian border, in the heart of the region's deadliest ongoing conflict.<p>ISIS is closing in on the border town of Ayn Al Arab, in Syrian Kurdistan. A mere 30 …

Enemy or Asset? FBI documents show radical cleric Awlaki communicated with federal agent in '03

Newly released documents further support the conclusion that the FBI was working with radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki after the 9/11 attacks – in the years before he became the first American targeted for death by a U.S. drone strike.<p>As part of an ongoing investigation of the cleric that began after …

Wall Street tumbles on Ebola fears; small caps drop

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks dropped more than 1 percent on Wednesday as the first diagnosis of Ebola in a patient in the United States spooked investors, economic data pointed to uneven growth, and the Russell 2000 index entered correction territory.<p>The Ebola news pressured shares of airlines …

Forrester analyst: If Oracle is serious about its marketing cloud, why didn’t it invite CMOs to OpenWorld?

Cory Munchbach is Forrester Research’s analyst covering marketing technology. She was in San Francisco for Oracle’s annual OpenWorld convention, which wraps up tomorrow. She spoke with VentureBeat’s Matt Marshall about Oracle’s positioning in marketing technology.<p>Munchbach is about two weeks away …

Hong Kong’s protests don’t impress mainland Chinese visitors

HONG KONG—Chinese tourists pouring into Hong Kong this week for a shopping holiday are getting an unexpected lesson in democracy from the city’s tens of thousands of protesters demanding free elections. So far, most of them are unimpressed.<p>“We’re just here to go shopping,” says a young woman from …

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