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Iran Stalls With West As Its Nuclear Program Develops
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani told the visiting head of the UN nuclear watchdog said Tehran's long-range missile program will not be discussed as part of talks aimed at resolving a decade-long nuclear dispute. Meanwhile, Iran's foreign minister did not believe a final-status agreement would be made with the West by the time the next deadline comes in four months.
Islamic State Continues to Massacre Scores in Iraq and Syria, Loses Control of Mosul Dam
The Islamic State continued to massacre scores of 'infidels' in its 'caliphate' over the weekend as U.S. lawmakers called on President Obama to expand military operations against the jihadist organization. Over the weekend, President Obama informed Congress that he authorized U.S. airstrikes in Iraq to help retake control of the Mosul Dam. On Sunday Kurdish forces, with the aid of over two dozen U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes, were able to retake control of Iraq's largest dam from IS jihadists, who captured the dam less than two weeks ago.
Ukraine Crisis: Separatists Trained in Russia
One of the top rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine claims that his forces have recently received 1,200 fighters who had undergone training in Russia. The claim came during a speech to leading rebels, apparently recorded on Friday and posted to YouTube by a pro-separatist media outlet. His language suggested the men had already crossed the border.
Ebola Threatens West Africa, Airlines Halt Flights
As Ebola continues to threaten West Africa, officials claim it will take up to six months to contain the outbreak. Liberian authorities have now quarantined entire villages it claims is the 'epicenter' of the virus and expanded its Ebola treatment centers throughout its capital of Monrovia. Meanwhile, two more airlines halted flights to the capitals of Liberia and Sierra Leone. The World Health Organization admitted the official death toll of 1,145 in the region "vastly underestimates the magnitude of the outbreak."
Islamic State Changes Tactics, Closing in on Aleppo
The Islamic State continues to capture towns on its way to Aleppo, Syria's largest city, which now stands less than 50 kilometers away. Meanwhile, limited U.S. airstrikes have caused jihadists of the Islamic State to change their military tactics, instead of operating as an army with conventional formations, they are now acting like insurgents and mixing in with civilians to disguise their maneuvers making it harder to strike them.
N. Korea Fires Short Range Missiles as Pope Visits S. Korea
Pope Francis became the first pontiff in 25 years to visit South Korea on Thursday, bringing a message of peace and reconciliation to the war-divided peninsula. Seoul's never-timid rival, North Korea, made its presence felt by firing three short-range projectiles less than an hour before he arrived and two more a short time later.
Obama Blames Bush for Iraq Troop Withdraw
President Barack Obama who spent years touting his success of withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq, but now facing the jihadist threats of the Islamic State in the Middle East is now blaming former President Bush for the absence of American troops in Iraq.
Oil Prices Hit Nine-Month Low
Oil prices have fallen to a nine-month low as surging supply from OPEC and the U.S. floods the market and fresh demand withers.
Power Struggle in Baghdad As Maliki Replaced But Refuses to Step Down
Iraq's president named a new prime minister to end Nuri al-Maliki's eight-year rule on Monday, but the veteran leader refused to go after deploying militias and special forces on the streets, creating a dangerous political showdown in Baghdad.
Islamic State Beheads, Crucifies As It Expands into Syria (Video)
Islamic State has crushed a pocket of resistance to its control in eastern Syria, crucifying two people and executing 23 others in the past five days.
Full Coverage: U.S. Begins Bombardment of 'Islamic State'
As the Islamic State continues to spread across Syria, Iraq and Lebanon seizing a Syrian base over the weekend, President Barack Obama authorized strikes against the jihadist organization throughout the region. U.S. spy agencies have begun to see militants abandoning al-Qaeda affiliate groups in Yemen and Africa to join the Islamic State, as the terrorist organization promised to raise the "flag of Allah in the White House'.
Ukraine demands that rebels in Donetsk surrender
Fighting raged in the city of Donetsk on Sunday, as government forces continued to close in on the rebel stronghold and pro-Russian insurgents backed away from an unconditional cease-fire offer that they announced just the day before.
Egypt court bans Muslim Brotherhood's political wing
An Egyptian court on Saturday dissolved the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political wing of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, dealing a crippling blow in the campaign to crush Egypt's oldest Islamist movement.
Typhoon Halong Slams Japan; 1 Dead
More than one million people have been told to evacuate their homes as a powerful typhoon hit south-west Japan.
Russia Forces US Submarine Out of Boundary Waters
Russia's Northern Fleet's anti-submarine forces have detected and forced out a US submarine from Russian boundary waters, a high-ranking source in Russia's Navy told RIA Novosti Saturday.
Russia, China Bypassing Dollar With Currency Agreement
The Russian and Chinese central banks have agreed on a draft currency swap agreement, which will allow them to increase trade in domestic currencies and cut the dependence on the US dollar in bilateral payments.
Full Coverage: Islamic State Advances in Iraq; Obama Issues Drone Strikes
Thousands of Christians fled as the 'Islamic State' (IS) seized Qaraqosh, Iraq's largest Christian city, on Thursday. U.S. Thousands of Christians fled as the 'Islamic State' (IS) seized Qaraqosh, Iraq's largest Christian city, on Thursday. U.S. President Barack Obama authorized airstrikes against the jihadists and approved a humanitarian mission to deliver food and other supplies to Iraq. Meanwhile , the U.S. suspended delivery of F-16's and Apache gunships as IS continues to lay seige to Iraq's largest air force base at Balad, formerly known as Camp Anaconda.
Russia Responds to Sanctions: Bans All U.S. Food, EU Fruit and Vegs
Russia will ban all imports of food from the United States and all fruit and vegetables from Europe, Reuters reported.
Russia Bombers At Least 16 Incursions of U.S. Air Defense Zones
Russian strategic nuclear bombers conducted at least 16 incursions into northwestern U.S. air defense identification zones over the past 10 days, an unusually sharp increase in aerial penetrations.
75 Percent of Syria's Chemical Weapons Destroyed
Nearly 75 percent of Syria's entire chemical weapons stockpile, 190 tons of agents, has been destroyed in Britian, according to the world's chemical weapons watchdog group.
Russia Signs Historic $20 Billion Deal with Iran to Bypass Sanctions
Russia has agreed a five-year, $20 billion, trade deal with Iran that will help the Islamic republic to sidestep Western sanctions on its energy sector.
U.S. to Spend up to $550 Million on African Peacekeeping Forces
President Barack Obama unveiled a plan to spend $110 million a year over the next three to five years to help African nations develop peacekeeping forces that can be rapidly deployed to crises across the continent.
NATO Says Russia Massing Troops Along Ukrainian Border
NATO is concerned that Russia has massed 20,000 combat-ready troops along Ukraine's eastern border and could use the pretext of a humanitarian or peace-keeping mission to invade.
New Cold War? Russia To Retaliate Against West With Troops on the Ground and Sanctions
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a two-pronged attack against the U.S., Ukraine, and any European ally who chooses to become involved by mustering troops and munitions on the Ukrainian border, and issuing economic sanctions of their own that will be much stronger and more consequential to the U.S. than what President Obama has implemented so far.
Russian Hackers Gather Over a Billion Internet Passwords
A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses.
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