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Clinton warns of 'cowboy diplomacy' if Republicans retake White House

Hillary Rodham Clintonwarned Friday in her first major foreign policy speech of the 2016 presidential campaign that her potentialRepublicanopponents would return to “cowboy diplomacy and reckless warmongering,” while she embraced PresidentObama’s policy of engagement and vowed to advance …

Turkey is 'playing a dangerous game' with ISIS — and what comes next could make it worse

And what happens next will determine just how messy Ankara's Syria policy has become.<p>This week's dramatic reversal came after a suicide bomber killed 32 activists in the southeastern town of Suruc, just across the border from the embattled city of Kobani, Syria. The bombing was tied to the Islamic …

Middle East

Map: ISIS has lost 9.4 percent of its territory this year

ISIS has lost almost 10 percent of its territory so far in 2015, yet another indication that the group, for all the terror it has sown in Syria and Iraq, is losing the war.<p>Defense analysis group IHS Jane's 360 detailed the territorial loss in a report, which includes this map below estimating the …

Pentagon Directly Supports the “Islamic State”: US Air Force Provides Air Transport for ISIS Leaders in Iraq. “US Weapons and Foodstuff for the Terrorists” | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

Image: A US chopper landed in areas under the control of the ISIL terrorist group in Western Iraq and flew away to an unknown destination with …

ISIS Report Reveals Terror Group's Plans for Armageddon-like "End of the World" War on Humanity

ISIS Report Reveals Terror Group’s Plans for Armageddon-like “End of the World” War on Humanity<p>by Jim Hoft July 28, 2015<p>A 32-page document obtained …

China's stock market is falling again: Here's why that's a good thing.

After a few weeks of relative peace and quiet, China’s stock market is careening downhill again, and the government is trying to stop the landslide. …

Stock Markets

Here's the event that triggered World War I

On July 28th, 1914, a month after 19-year-old Gavrilo Princip killed Ferdinand, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia and invaded, igniting a conflict that would last five years and kill an estimated 17 million people.<p>Historians still debate whether the European powers would have fought a …

World History

There are 2 secret side deals on top of the Iran nuclear agreement

Now it turns out Obama's verification regime is based on trust after all — trust in two secret side agreements negotiated exclusively between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that apparently no one (including the Obama administration) has seen.<p>Worse, Obama didn't even reveal …

South Asia

Obama's BFF Erdogan uses ISIL to start bombing Kurds.....Again.

<b>Obama's BFF Erdogan uses ISIL to start bombing Kurds.....Again.</b> (Rudaw).<p>DUHOK, Kurdistan Region -- Two injured citizens carried to hospital in the …

In Syria, Chlorine Attacks Continue To Take A Toll

Syrian medical student Hazem Halabi has become an expert on chlorine as a weapon of war. He made his first investigation in April 2014, after an alleged attack on the village of Kafr Zeta in northern Syria.<p>Villagers reported waking up before dawn to the buzz of helicopters and an overpowering smell …

Obama's impact on Kenyatta's imprimatur | Africa

The last time Barack Obama visited Kenya, he was a freshman Democratic Party senator from Illinois and putative global superstar - considering a stab at the United States presidency.<p>On that occasion, he simultaneously enraged Kenya's political authorities and endeared himself to many ordinary …

24-year-old Yik Yak CEO: Running a fast-growing startup is 'crazy stuff'

Yik Yak started with colleges, but CEO Tyler Droll has his sights set on creating a product every bit as compelling as Facebook.<p>The anonymous …

Africa discovers the power of crowdfunding

<b>Budding South African film producer Meg Rickards was struggling to raise the money for her new feature film, Whiplash, when she came across the idea of crowdfunding.</b><p>"We had about 70% of the budget and were battling to raise the rest," she remembers.<p>Meg decided to try local South African …

Crowd Funding

Western aid donors should take note of Africa's changing priorities

<b>The fact Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir could snub an arrest warrant on his trip to South Africa is a symptom of the changing political priorities</b> …

Sudden Fuel Cuts in Northern Syria Threaten Millions With Humanitarian Catastrophe

REYHANLI, Turkey -- Northern Syria is on the brink of disaster as widespread fuel cuts threaten mass power outages, water shortages and hospital closures.<p>"If this goes on for a few more days, there will be a humanitarian catastrophe on all fronts," Hossam Ali, a doctor at a hospital in Aleppo, …

Why calling the Charleston shooting terrorism is important to so many people

Dylann Roof, who is suspected of killing nine members of a Charleston black church on Wednesday, is officially under federal investigation for domestic terrorism. But commentators across the political spectrum aren't waiting for the official results of the investigation. They're already making a …

Energy Storage Is The Real Target Of Spain's New Tax On The Sun

The Spanish government wants to impose new fees on consumers that use batteries to store electric power produced by their own solar panels.<p>In early June, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism released a draft of proposed legislation designed to discourage the use of solar charged batteries …

UN reports 60 million refugees displaced worldwide

More than half the almost 60 million displaced from crises including Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia were children, UNHCR said in its annual Global Trends Report. Syria overtook Afghanistan to become the world’s biggest source of refugees last year, while the number of people forced from their homes …

Kenya to unban Somalia-linked money transfer firms

<b>Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that money transfer firms will be unbanned, once the central bank unveils new guidelines for their activities.</b><p>He made the pledge in a Ramadan message to Muslims, who have been worst affected by the ban.<p>The government shut 13 Somalia-linked firms in April, …

Africa

How to Give the Most Motivating Pep Talk

‘I want to be here for you. What can I do?’; stay away from cliches like ‘Time heals’<p>I recently told a friend I needed a pep talk. “What kind?” he asked.<p>He had a very good point. Everyone wants to be the type of person who gives the pivotal talk that turns around a friend’s outlook or makes a …

Motivation

Historic photographs transformed into surreal animated GIFs by Nicolas Monterrat

The GIF works of Nicolas Monterrat, who uses vintage photographs as a base for his unsettling, trippy, subtle little animations.<p>[thisiscollosal via …

An Iraqi General’s ‘Plan’ To Retake Mosul Is A Fantasy

The desire may be there, but the troops are not. Baghdad’s nowhere near ready to liberate ISIS’s de facto capital in the north.<p>Make no sudden moves …

Snowden may have some clarifying to do after bombshell reports that Russia and China accessed NSA files

"Western intelligence agencies say they have been forced into the rescue operations after Moscow gained access to more than [1 million] classified files," the London paper, citing senior UK officials, reports.<p>A senior UK government source told the BBC that China and Russia "have information" that …

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Pope Francis urges Putin to make 'sincere effort' to end Ukraine's war

Pope Francis urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to make a "sincere effort to achieve peace" in Ukraine when the two leaders met privately Wednesday at the Vatican.<p>During the 50-minute meeting, the pope stressed the importance of adhering to a cease-fire agreement reached in February and also …

Kenya: Education crisis looms near border with Somalia as 2,000 teachers flee due to al-Shabaab attacks

Dozens of people are expected to join a 1,000 km peace march in northern Kenya to highlight problems, such as terror attacks, which blight the …