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ISIS claims gains, takes control of Iraq's largest hydroelectric dam

Fighters with the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria reached the triangle border between Iraq, Syria and Turkey, it said in a message posted on Twitter on Sunday.<p>ISIS took control of Iraq's largest hydroelectric dam on Iraq's Tigris River, which provides power to the city of Mosul …

Russia Conducts Military Exercises With More Than 100 Aircraft Near Ukraine

MOSCOW, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Russia is conducting new military exercises with more than 100 aircraft in the country's central and western districts, an air force spokesman was quoted as saying on Monday, a show of strength near the border with Ukraine.<p>Igor Klimov was quoted by Interfax news agency as …

UN warns of 'tragedy' as militants take over Iraq towns

<b>The UN has warned that up to 200,000 people have been forced to flee their homes after militants took over more towns in northern Iraq.</b><p>Islamic State (formerly known as Isis) militants are reported to have taken over the town of Sinjar near Syria.<p>It follows the IS takeover of the town of Zumar and …

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The end of China's soft power? | US & Canada

"Will China invade its neighbors?" This is a question I tend to be bombarded with whenever I present lectures or attend talks on East Asian affairs. From Tehran to Tokyo, one can sense the growing anxiety towards China's international influence. People are beginning to pay more attention to China's …

What The HSBC Result Tells Us About Emerging Markets

Today’s HSBC result showed a 12% decline in first half profit, year on year, and that’s what all the headlines are focusing on. A closer look at the data shows that emerging markets, and in particular Asia, are in worse shape still.<p>If you go to the HSBC investor relations section and download the …

Japan protests Russian military drills on disputed islands

Japan's Foreign Ministry lodged a "strong protest" Wednesday over Russian military exercises on two islands seized by the Soviet Union after World War II and claimed by both countries.<p>Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the war games on Etorofu and Kunashiri islands "totally unacceptable," …

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