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There Are A Few Problems With China's Plan To Fight Military Corruption

The efforts would be comprehensive, with President Xi Jinping reportedly said he would take on the "tigers" as well as the smaller "flies."<p>But from the start, there are obvious problems. From Times of India:<p>Roderic Broadhurst, a professor of criminology at Australian National University who studies …

China

Syria Rebel Chief: Extremists, Some Created By Assad, Are 'Stealing Revolution'

He made the comments in an address in New York to representatives from the Friends of Syria -- international backers of the rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.<p>"The Syrian people support peace and moderation, tolerance and coexistence," Jarba said.<p>"The phenomenon of extremism …

Middle East

Here's How The Historic Phone Call Between Obama And Hassan Rouhani Happened

At 3:35 p.m. ET, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sent out a tweet that marked the most significant progress in U.S.-Iranian relations in more than three decades:<p>The tweet was quickly deleted — perhaps because Rouhani had inadvertently scooped what would be a huge announcement from U.S. President …

South Asia

The Argument For Why Vladimir Putin Will Not Finish Out His Term In Russia

Russian political activist (and grand chessmaster) Garry Kasparov doesn't think it's a sure bet that Russian President Vladimir Putin finishes out his current term in Russia.<p>Why? He told Business Insider in a recent interview that he expects the Russian people to revolt against Putin before he is …

Russia

Kenya angry at US travel alert

Joseph Ole Lenku, Kenya's interior minister, described the travel alert - which calls for US citizens to "evaluate their personal security situation in light of continuing and recently heightened threats from terrorism" - as "unnecessary and unfriendly".<p>"There have been numerous terror attacks …

Africa

Top political insults and 'open mic moments'

As Pakistan's prime minister Nawaz Sharif has had to deny reports he called his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh a "village hag", here is a collection of some of the best political insults – intentional or otherwise.<p>Robert Mugabe: Nelson Mandela is <b>"too much of a saint"</b>.<p>In the run up to this year's …

Opinion

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Al Qaeda-linked group blamed in Nigerian college attack

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Gunmen in northern Nigeria burst into a college dormitory early Sunday morning, spraying bullets and killing students indiscriminately, in an attack that carried an echo of the terror eight days earlier at a shopping mall in Kenya.<p>At least 40 people were killed, …

Oft-repeated mantra in Damascus: 'We're tired of this'

DAMASCUS, Syria — At a makeshift bus stop across from an expanse of bullet-riddled buildings, three elderly women stepped onto a packed van destined for the Syrian capital's northeastern suburbs, neighborhoods largely under the sway of anti-government insurgents.<p>The trio faced hours of delays at …

Iran foreign minister talks conciliation, calls for end to sanctions

WASHINGTON — Iran's foreign minister said Sunday that his country was willing to negotiate with the United States over its<p>nuclear programbut that Washington needed to reciprocate by stopping the sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy.<p>Taking a tone that was conciliatory at times but mainly …

God is everywhere in Egypt

The social and cultural mix is highly complex, but among Islamists, progressives and conservatives, the many faces of piety are rarely absent from discourse.<p>September 30, 2013|By Laura King<p>Egyptians tour the charred Rabaa al Adawiya mosque in August, after the… (Khalil Hamra / Associated…)<p>CAIRO — …

How far could stocks fall if government shuts down?

NEW YORK -- Congress' latest stalemate has predictably rattled markets, sending stocks lower nearly 1% in early trading Monday on Wall Street.<p>The Dow Jones industrial average was off 124.33 points, or 0.81%, to 15,133.91, as Congress barreled toward the first U.S. government shutdown in nearly two …

Californians want water issues fixed but not enough to pay for it

USC DORNSIFE / TIMES POLL<p>Californians want water issues fixed but not enough to pay for it<p>Voters acknowledge serious water supply problems but balk when told the multibillion-dollar price tags to address them, poll finds.<p>September 30, 2013|By Bettina Boxall<p>The lights of Walnut Grove illuminate the …

Medical device tax needs to stay

The chief drawback of a law as complex as the Affordable Care Act, the health insurance reform measure passed in 2010, is that it provides self-interested opponents a multitude of places to stick a wedge in and hammer away.<p>But you'd be hard-pressed to find a campaign against the ACA as …

NSA stores metadata of millions of web users for up to a year, secret files show

The National Security Agency is storing the online metadata of millions of internet users for up to a year, regardless of whether or not they are persons of interest to the agency, top secret documents reveal.<p>Metadata provides a record of almost anything a user does online, from browsing history – …

Africa desert helps breed radicals, from Al Shabab to Boko Haram to Mr. Marlboro

'Sahelistan' is what the French foreign minister calls the sub-Saharan zone of Sahel. Al Qaeda-linked groups from places like Mail and Nigeria have …