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Who runs Russia with Putin?

<b>When Vladimir Putin first came to power, he was asked in an interview which of his colleagues he trusted most.</b><p>He named five people:<p>Fifteen years later, these men still form President Putin's core group and dominate the strategic heights of Russian government and big business:<p><b>Mr Patrushev</b> was …

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The road less pedalled: cycling in the USA

The USA is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, from sun-kissed coastlines and deserts to vast wetlands and mountain ranges. One of the best ways to see the great American outdoors is by bike. Why? Travelling on two wheels is not only immersive – it can take you totally off …

Cycling

10 common misconceptions about the Constitution

• Home<br>• Daily News<br>• 10 common misconceptions about the Constitution<p>Constitutional Law<p>Image from Shutterstock.<p>On this date 228 years ago, the delegates to …

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Interview with former nun Karen Armstrong: archive, 12 September 1983

With shorn head, and a body that hadn’t seen the light of day for seven years, she was hurtled into a Marks and Spencer mini skirt and cardigan. She was appalled at her nakedness<p>Her life story ought to read as a tragedy, a tale of how the world conspired to destroy and drive insane a clever and …

By the numbers

While Europe grapples with its influx of refugees and migrants, the numbers flooding through the Balkans and across the Aegean and Mediterranean account for fewer than 10 per cent of Syrian refugees. The bulk of those fleeing war and persecution have spilled into neighbouring countries, reports …

Former CIA director under Obama: 'Someone needs to lose their job' if reports about ISIS intelligence are true

According to a report from The Daily Beast, more than 50 intelligence analysts at Centcom have formally complained that reports on the Islamic State and the Nusra Front— Al Qaeda's Syria branch — have been repeatedly altered by senior intelligence officials to fit with the Obama administration's …

National Security

Al Qaeda in Syria just scored a huge victory

Insurgents led by Al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria captured a northwestern army air base Wednesday after a two-year siege, leaving the entire province of Idlib free of government forces, state media and an activist group said.<p>A state television report said government forces at the Abu Zuhour air base …

Middle East

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Body Language

BREMMER: Putin is serious about entering Syria — and not to go after ISIS

The regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad is weakening, and one of Assad's primary backers — Russian President Vladimir Putin — is upping the ante.<p>"Assad has lost significant territory over the past months; Putin is not about to tolerate his ouster," geopolitical expert Ian Bremmer, the president …

ISIL captures last government oilfield in Syria

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters have captured the last major oilfield under Syrian government control during deadly clashes over a vast central desert zone, a monitoring group said.<p>The Jazal field was shut down and clashes were ongoing east of Homs, with casualties reported …

Putin is being coy and fueling suspicions about what he plans to do in Syria

President Vladimir Putin has been coy on the subject, saying Russia is weighing various options, a statement that has fueled suspicions about the Kremlin's intentions.<p>Observers in Moscow say the Russian maneuvering could be part of a plan to send troops to Syria to fight the Islamic State group in …

Syria: Ceasefire breaks down in three strategic towns

Fighting is said to have resumed in three key Syrian towns at the end of a 48-hour ceasefire.<p>Reports of the breakdown, from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, shatter hopes of extending the truce, to allow food and medical supplies in.<p>An earlier ceasefire this month in the …

IS cracks down on western Iraqi town after rare protest

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State militants moved on Saturday to stamp out dissent in a remote western Iraqi town, detaining at least 70 and tying dozens …

Restoring Russian Influence in the Middle East

Among the things both Russia and the high-level Arab leaders visiting Moscow want is developing Arab-Russian relations to overcome the barriers erected by Russian-Iranian relations and the doubts and mistrust they caused; and second, filling the void left behind by US President Barack Obama's …

Will Lebanon Fall to ISIS Next?

It is hard to say what is going to happen, but there is reason for concern and our domestic media is not addressing this increasingly deteriorating situation.<p><b>Sectarianism</b><p>In the Taif Agreement that helped bring an end to the civil war that lasted from the mid 1970s until 1990, the National Pact was …

Middle East

10 experts give their opinions on the war on ISIS

The massacre and enslavement of the Yazidi population in the Sinjar district of Iraq's Ninewa province prompted Washington to cobble together an international coalition and start air strikes on IS positions in Iraq and Syria.<p>That was one year ago. That has given plenty of time for people to form …

Middle East

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Turkey is paying a high price for its double standards over ISIS

First, the good news. After months of dithering, the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has given his approval for America to use the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey to mount air strikes against Islamic State (Isil) positions across the border in Syria.<p>Nearly a year after coalition planes …

Middle East

The Coming of the Islamic State was Foretold 10 Years Ago. And No One Listened.

Although the birth of the Islamic State and the herald of the caliphate are often regarded as some of 2014’s “big shockers,” they were foretold in striking detail and with an accurate timeline by an Al Qaeda insider nearly one decade ago.<p>On August 12, 2005, Spiegel Online International published an …

Why the Best Arguments Against an Iran Deal Are All Wrong

The West's leaders must not forget why they came to the negotiating table in the first place.<p><b>Diplomats are extending Iran nuclear negotiations into</b> …

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Terrorism, Ukraine and the American threat: the view from Russia

Former Russian spy chief Nikolai Patrushev, now head of the powerful security council that advises the president, believes his country is under threat – from terrorists, from colour revolutions and, particularly, from America. Ahead of a recent conference to discuss global instability, Patrushev …

Armata unveiled: First ever full high-def photos of Russia's newest hardware

The Russian Defense Ministry has for the first time fully revealed the new Armata tank in a series of photographs published on its website in the …

Military Daily News

Most Popular Military News<p>A bank restored funds to America's oldest living veteran's bank account after a mystery thief stole all of his savings.<p>A …

Putin accuses US of supporting North Caucasus separatists | DW | 26.04.2015

In a new documentary celebrating 15 years of his rule as President, Russia's Vladimir Putin claimed the US helped separatists in Russia's North …

Swedish Officials Think They Know Where This ‘Foreign Vessel’ Came From: Report

The search is on for a possible Russian submarine off the coast of Stockholm, Sweden, and officials there think they might know who sent it.<p>As the search 44 miles into the open Baltic Sea continues, Russia is denying responsibility and instead passing blame along to the Netherlands. However, Russia …

Sweden promises to use force over "Russian sub" as Baltic hide and seek goes on

Supreme commander says craft must be brought to surface while Swedish ships comb archipelago outside Stockholm<p>Sweden’s armed forces chief said on Tuesday that the military would attempt to force a suspected Russian submarine that has intruded into its waters to come to the surface.<p>Marking an …