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New York-Washington Maglev Train Gets First Federal Funds

The Federal Railroad Administration approved $27.8 million for the project—a fraction of the overall cost<p>The U.S. government has approved the first federal funds for an ambitious plan to tap Japanese technology for a high-speed train project that could carry passengers between New York and …

Russia Moving Ahead With Deal to Supply Iran With Surface-to-Air Missiles

U.S. and its allies fear defense system would blunt their military edge in the Middle East<p>MOSCOW—Russia is moving ahead with a deal to deliver advanced surface-to-air missiles to Iran, the head of the country’s state-run industrial holding company said Monday, according to Russian news …

Catalonia Lawmakers Approve Resolution for Secession Process From Spain

Vote sets up likely test of wills between wealthy region and Spanish institutions<p>By<p>Matt Moffett<p>Matt Moffett<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>Matthew.Moffett@wsj.com<p>MADRID—Regional lawmakers in Catalonia approved a resolution to move toward independence from Spain, saying they would no longer be bound …

Catalonia

Eurozone Finance Ministers Press Greece to Move Forward With Overhauls

About $2.15 billion in financial aid contingent on new foreclosure, bank-governance rules, among others<p>BRUSSELS—Eurozone finance ministers on Monday said Greece needs to deliver on new foreclosure rules and other promised overhauls within a week to get a delayed slice of financial aid valued at €2 …

Paying Ransoms to Hackers Stirs Debate

One FBI official says the simplest solution for firms and individuals hit by ‘ransomware’ is often to pay to retrieve data<p>WASHINGTON—The Federal Bureau of Investigation is wrestling with an increasingly common type of computer hacking, one that requires victims to pay ransom to get their personal …

Brazil’s Economic Crisis Beats the Emerging Middle Class Back Down

Rising inflation, taxes and unemployment threaten to derail progress in reducing country’s income gap<p>RIO DE JANEIRO—When proper electricity arrived in Santa Marta, a small favela in the shadow of Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue, longtime resident Cândida Oliveira Silva was happy to get the …

Brazil

Ukraine: Cyberwar’s Hottest Front

Ukraine gives glimpse of future conflicts where attackers combine computer and traditional assaults<p>KIEV, Ukraine—Three days before Ukraine’s presidential vote last year, employees at the national election commission arrived at work to find their dowdy Soviet-era headquarters transformed into the …

Employment

EU Criticizes Turkey for Backsliding on Judicial Independence, Media Freedoms

But it praised the country’s economic reforms and handling of Syrian refugees in a report on accession candidates<p>The European Union on Tuesday criticized Turkey’s record on human rights and media freedom but signaled the prospect of significant progress in talks on EU membership despite what it …

Human Rights

Myanmar Election Monitors Warn Over Rigid Army Power

Foreign observers endorse election but raise concerns over military’s institutional levers of control<p>YANGON, Myanmar—International election observers endorsed Myanmar’s landmark election as credible, but warned that a transition of power would be limited despite what is shaping up to be a historic …

Aung San Suu Kyi

Obama Immigration Initiative Takes Another Hit

Court upholds injunction blocking administration’s plan to protect millions from deportation<p>A federal appeals court Monday upheld a lower court’s ruling blocking the Obama administration’s plans to defer deportations for more than four million undocumented immigrants.<p>The 2-1 decision by a …

Immigration

Russian plane crash: Who are terror group Al Wilayat Sinai?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Governments and intelligence experts increasingly believe what brought down Metrojet Flight 9268 over Egypt was no accident.<p>ISIS affiliate Al Wilayat Sinai has claimed responsibility for the crash, which killed 224 people.<p>What do we know about Al Wilayat Sinai?<p>ISIS in Sinai is very …

Osama Bin Laden

There’s a new splinter Taliban group that claims to support women’s rights

The Taliban has a brutal reputation when it comes to women’s rights: The group made its name in part by banning Afghan women from going to school or work, or even leaving the house without a male chaperone. But a new faction of Taliban militants claimed on Sunday it would permit women to work and …

Russia Agrees To Deliver S-300 Missile Systems to Iran

MOSCOW — Russia announced Monday it has agreed to push on with a deal to deliver S-300 missile systems to Iran after Moscow halted an earlier …

UN Security Council

The new US cybersecurity bill will invade your privacy, but it won’t keep you safe

Earlier this week, the White House sought to ease privacy concerns related to the Senate’s recent passage of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). An official said the bill has a ”number of very key privacy provisions and use of limitations on how that cybersecurity information can be …

The dangers of Obama's incrementalism

<b>(CNN) —</b> It is difficult to find anyone in the Obama administration who believes that putting up to 50 Special Operations soldiers on the ground in Syria will make much of a difference in the raging civil war there. And yet, the president has authorized this expansion of America's military …

Russian soldiers geolocated by photos in multiple Syria locations, bloggers say

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Three serving or former Russian soldiers have been geolocated by photographs in Syria, including locations near Hama, Aleppo and Homs, Russian bloggers said on Sunday, suggesting the Kremlin’s operation stretches well beyond its air campaign.<p>Russian ground staff members load a …

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A proxy war in the Middle East: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia vs. Islamic Republic of Iran. Source and full article

The world as 100 people over the last 200 years.<p>Europeans are divided along ideological lines in their views of the EU, but this division is not a …

Russia develops 7-ton universal armored robotic platform

A Russian crawling traction robotic system due to be trialed by the end of 2015 will be capable of being used in human-unfriendly environments, such …

Drunken Russian Soldiers Detained For Driving Armored Troop Carrier Without Licence [VIDEO]

Police in Russia Tuesday detained two soldiers in the eastern Siberian city of Chita for riding an armored personnel carrier (APC) in a drunken …

Armed Forces

Russia is reviving old Soviet-era armored trains for its $400 billion military plan

"Russian intentions indicate that in addition to introducing a number of revolutionary new technologies, now comes something of a 'Renaissance' of some (supposedly) obsolete categories of military equipment," the Czech website Echo24.cz wrote.<p>The four trains — the Baikal, Terek, Amur, and Don — …

Russia to receive stealth armored vehicles following tests

The military is carrying out testing on special anti-radar paint<p>The Russian military is carrying out testing on special paint that reduces the radar visibility of armored vehicles.<p>According to the spokesman of the Russian Ministry of Defense, the new coating was applied to a T-72 tank and a BMP-2 …

Russian Military

‘RPG magnet’: US gives Kurdish allies vehicles with no side armor

Dozens of MRAPs provided by the U.S. government to its Kurdish allies in Iraq have arrived without protective side armor, Fox News has learned, with one security contractor who works with the Kurds saying the missing armor makes riding in them tantamount to "committing suicide."<p>The U.S. government …

PzH 2000 Armored Howitzers For Iron Wolves

Germany will transfer 21 Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 155 mm armored howitzers and support vehicles to Lithuania under a contract signed between the two …

Military

Australia Just Ordered 1,100 High-Powered Armored Vehicles For its Military | VICE News

Australia's army is set to acquire a fleet of more than 1,000 Hawkei armored vehicles as part of a $1.3 billion deal with French defense contractor Thales, the country's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced Monday.<p>Hawkei vehicles are highly versatile, and can support a wide range of military …

Turkey Designs New Armored Scout For Chemical Warfare

A mobile lab cleverly disguised as a mini tank<p>No one wants to be the first to discover the use of a chemical weapon on a battlefield, but if anyone must have that job, the new Par Chemical Biological Radioactive Nuclear (CBRN) Reconnaissance Vehicle is the car to do it in. Developed by Turkish …

Military

Australia Strikes Deal to Buy Thales Light-Armored Vehicles for $916.4 Million

Australia’s military will receive 1,100 vehicles and more than 1,000 trailers from the French defense contractor<p>MELBOURNE, Australia—Australia will buy a fleet of Hawkei light-armored vehicles for its army from French aerospace and defense contractor Thales SA in a 1.3 billion Australian dollar …

Russia is putting world peace at risk, says Pentagon chief Ash Carter

The Kremlin’s ‘challenging activities’ and nuclear sabre-rattling are ‘disturbing’, the defense secretary says, adding a warning about the rise of China<p>The US defense secretary, Ash Carter, has accused Russia of endangering world order and said the Pentagon was searching for creative ways to deter …

Self-driving cars may already be obsolete before they get here

In 10 years, there's no question that driverless systems will be ubiquitous, but self-driving cars will not be, Ian Pearson, a futurologist, told …

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