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|Friday 27 January to Friday 03 February 2017|



 








SOUTH ASIA

1. PAKISTAN. PAKISTAN ordered the detention of HAFIZ SAEED, a cleric who led the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group linked to the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks for which he denies on 31 January, probably under US pressure. SAEED heads Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), a Pakistani charity group which INDIA and the US say is a front for the LeT. It is listed as a terror outfit by the UN and was put on a Pakistani terror watch list in 2015. Along with Saeed four other Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) members have also been placed in "preventative detention". The Islamist leader's free movement in PAKISTAN has been a source of tension between PAKISTAN and INDIA for years.

2. THE MALDIVES. President ABDULLA YAMEEN, on 30 January, rejected the ruling given by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) that the incarceration of the former Defence Minister MOHAMED NAZIM is illegal and he be released with damages paid. Most of YAMEEN’s rivals and even former Ministers like NAZIM have been jailed or gone into exile since his winning of the controversial November 2013 election. Former President MOHAMED NASHEED too is in exile in the UK as the simmering Political unrest has already threatened the reputation of the country.

3. BANGLADESH. BANGLADESH will push ahead with a controversial plan to relocate tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees from MYANMAR to a remote Island despite warnings it is uninhabitable and prone to flooding. Some 232,000 Rohingya Muslims both registered and unregistered were living in BANGLADESH before over 65,000 stateless Rohingya fleeing violence in MYANMAR's Western state of RAKHINE began entering the country last October. BANGLADESH asked its officials in the border districts to identify the MYANMAR nationals who "illegally infiltrated" the country. The Island push came as members of MYANMAR's State appointed body headed by KOFI ANNAN, tasked with finding long-term solutions for RAKHINE State, visited refugee camps in BANGLADESH.

SOUTH EAST ASIA

4. CHINA. Chinese Foreign Ministry responding to media queries on the protests in HAMBANTOTA against a Chinese-invested project earlier this month said that CHINA never requested SRI LANKA to allow only Chinese enterprises to operate within the HAMBANTOTA Industrial Zone. He said that CHINA considers the HAMBANTOTA Port project with SRI LANKA on a voluntary basis, in the spirit of equality and mutual benefit and following market rules. CHINA said it is satisfied with the official clarification provided by the Government of SRI LANKA.

5. MYANMAR. A veteran Muslim legal advisor to MYANMAR’s ruling party, National League for Democracy, KO NI was shot dead on 28 January outside YANGON airport. The top Muslim lawyer was a key aide to de-facto leader AUNG SAN SUU KYI and a rare voice advocating religious tolerance and pluralism had also been a critic of the powerful Military’s political influence. The Government describes the assassination as a terrorist act against its policies.

6. PHILIPPINES. The geopolitical landscape in Asia has been shaken up by President RODRIGO DUTERTE’s, split with the US, his overtures towards erstwhile adversary CHINA and the election of U.S. President DONALD TRUMP, who has indicated it may take a tough line on CHINA's activities in the South China Sea. THE PHILIPPINES says that it wants no part in anything confrontational in the strategic waterway and will not jeopardise promise of extensive Chinese trade and investment, and offers of Chinese Military aids. The Pentagon has now commenced to upgrade and build facilities in Philippine Military bases this year as part of an Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), a 2014 pact that DUTERTE has threatened to scrap. EDCA allows the expansion of rotational deployment of US Ships, Aircraft and Troops at five bases in the PHILIPPINES as well as the storage of equipment for Humanitarian and Maritime Security Operations.

EUROPE

7. NATO. The US Military deployed thousands of soldiers and heavy weaponry to POLAND, the Baltic States and South Eastern Europe, on 30 January marking its biggest build-up since the Cold War. Meanwhile GERMANY began sending tanks and other equipment to LITHUANIA on 31 January as part of a NATO mission to build up the Defence of Eastern Europe. The movements are reported to be part of a strategy agreed by NATO leaders last July to reassure member states that were once part of the Soviet bloc which have been alarmed by RUSSIA's seizure of the Crimean peninsula from UKRAINE in 2014. The deployments focused on POLAND and the Baltic states of ESTONIA, LATVIA and LITHUANIA, which fear RUSSIA could try to destabilise them by cyber-attacks, territorial incursions or other means.

MIDDLE EAST

8. ISRAEL. The UN condemned Israeli plans to build more settlements in the occupied West Bank saying unilateral actions are obstacles to Peace based on a two-state solution. The UN was responding to Prime Minister BENJAMIN NETANYAHU’s claim on 24 January to build 2,500 more Jewish settlements at a time US President DONALD TRUMP has appointed a staunch settlement supporter as the Ambassador to ISRAEL. TRUMP criticised OBAMA last month for declining to veto a UN Security Council resolution which demanded ISRAEL to cease all settlement activities immediately. About 500,000 Jewish settlers are reported to live in about 140 settlements built since ISRAEL's occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967, though the settlements are considered illegal under International Law.

NORTH AMERICA

9. US. An year after a report warned that AMERICA has been falling behind in the development of critical electromagnetic weapons, the Pentagon called for non-explosive electromagnetic pulse Artillery Shells capable of wiping out a wide range of electronic, critical infrastructure, and computer-based systems. The US Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments says the technology is one of the most critical operational domains in modern warfare and will become as revolutionary as smartphones.

10. Drawing heavy criticism from both Domestic and International fronts, US President DONALD TRUMP suspended the arrival of all refugees to the US at least for 120 days and barred entry for 90 days to citizens of IRAQ, SYRIA, IRAN, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SUDAN and YEMEN on 27 January. This was one of the controversial executive directives submitted in a single day. Those directives include, the building a wall along the border with MEXICO, curbing financing for international organisation, abrogating multinational treaties and stiffening the treatment of terrorism detainees. Reportedly none of the agencies with expertise in the respective areas has reviewed the draft directives, before their finalisation.

OCEANIA

11. AUSTRALIA. Academics at the University of Melbourne contradicted the views expressed by Prime Minister MALCOLM TURNBULL on CHINA and AMERICA’s exit from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Some experts in the West point to the collapse of the TPP, as opening up the threat of Chinese dominance but the University think tank led by Dr. ALLAN PATIENCE said that such thinking is naive and there is a lack of understanding in AUSTRALIA and the US about Asia, its Languages, History, Culture and Politics. It is quite natural that CHINA as a great power is trying to exert its influence and TURNBULL’s suggestion that CHINA could replace the US in the TPP, is an act of enormous ignorance of Chinese interests since CHINA is already AUSTRALIA’s number one trading partner and the TPP was meant to give AMERICA, a trade advantage and also to encircle and contain CHINA.

|Friday 20 to Friday 27 January 2017|



 








SOUTH ASIA

1. INDIA. Cyber Security experts in INDIA, claim that INDIA needs to upscale its use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) which is behind CHINA, SOUTH KOREA and the US, which has long relied in AI to gather Intelligence. They observe that INDIA has been addicted to paperwork, gathering reams of data over the years. The threat from cyber-attacks is growing and its vulnerability was exposed after some 22,000 pages of data related to submarines, that a French Government company was building were leaked to the media a few months ago. The only Indian company known to specialise in national security ‘Innefu’ is working with the Government and its newest offering ‘Prophecy’ reportedly has the capability of pulling data from multiple places enabling experts to look for past patterns to predict future behaviour.

2. PAKISTAN. The former US Ambassador in PAKISTAN, CAMERON MUNTER, currently the President of the East West Institute (EWI), a leading think tank, in an interview with the Express Tribune refers to the state of the current US - PAKISTAN relations as ‘Pakistan fatigue’. He praised the views expressed by the former Army Chief General RAHEEL SHARIFF on forging good relations with all neighbours and also maintain a fine balance in relations with all global powers. It was also emphasised that considering the achievements of the PAKISTAN Army against terrorism, the only way to reconstruct the relations is to have success on the ground and work on people-to-people contacts, putting behind the Government assistance.

3. AFGHANISTAN. The resurgent Afghan Taliban warned the new US Government of a shameful defeat. Around 8400 US troops remain in AFGHANISTAN as part of the NATO-led coalition’s training mission as well as a separate US counterterrorism force. Two of TRUMP’s top security appointments, Secretary of Defense Generals (retired) JAMES MATTIS and National Security Advisor, MICHAEL FLYNN are both Afghan veterans. So far more than US $ 100 billion has been spent by the US Government on its longest Military intervention, since VIETNAM.

SOUTH EAST ASIA

4. CHINA. CHINA is reported to have asked RUSSIA to join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which could give a boost to Sino-Russian cooperation and be a demonstration project of One Belt, One Road (OBOR) that would enhance future multinational cooperation. CHINA also expects RUSSIA to influence INDIA to give up its opposition to the US $ 50 billion CPEC project. The CPEC passes through Pakistan Occupied Azad Kashmir (PoK) which is also claimed by INDIA. As a consequence there are fears in the Indian circles of the possibility of CHINA becoming a third party to the JAMMU and KASHMIR issue. RUSSIA is working on similar Eurasian Economic Union projects with the possibility of merging it with the CPEC but has so far not shown any interest in joining the CPEC considering especially its historic ties with INDIA.

EUROPE

5. EU. Most of the EU countries have begun to respond to US President DONALD TRUMP’s assertive ‘America First’ policy declared during his inaugural speech with no mention of EUROPE. GERMANY dismissed TRUMP’s speech as reminiscent of the political rhetoric of the conservatives and reactionaries in Europe during the 1920s, responsible for what followed thereafter. Meanwhile, leaders of EUROPE’s far-right populist parties MARINE LE PEN of FRANCE’s National Front, FRAUKE PETRY of the Anti-immigration Alternative for Germany, GEERT WILDERS of the Dutch anti-Islam Party for Freedom, HARALD VILIMSKY, of the Freedom party of Austria and MATTEO SALVINI of ITALY’s anti-EU, Northern League who had gathered at the ‘Koblenz Congress’ in GERMANY praised TRUMP and hoped that TRUMP’s election will help them at elections this year. US Intelligence says that RUSSIA has helped fund the rise of nationalist parties in Western Europe and benefited from the resulting weakening of the EU. The EU is strengthening its East Stractom Task Force set up in 2015 to collate and counter Russian attempts to influence votes through misinformation and propaganda during those Election.

NORTH AMERICA

6. US. Intelligence analysts in the US admit that the US Government is still to map out the wiring diagrams of the Russian cyber infrastructure designed to conduct hacking or propaganda operations in the West .They say that most visible aspect of the espionage operation was the theft and publication of emails from HILLARY CLINTON’s campaign and Congressional Campaign Committees, released through WikiLeaks that had links to Russian Military Intelligence. US Counter Intelligence agents continue to probe TRUMP’s entire inner circle including the new National Security Advisor, General MICHAEL FLYNN’s communication with Russian officials.

MIDDLE EAST

7. IRAQ. After capturing the Eastern part of MOSUL on 24 January the battle for IRAQ's second largest city is continuing and the presence of more than one million people in MOSUL has hampered the Iraqi offensive which began 3 months ago. ISIS needed civilians in MOSUL to maintain at least the veneer of a functioning state to justify its declaration of the Caliphate in 2014. Iraqi Forces however still use heavy weapons in MOSUL, assisted by the air cover provided by the US coalition despite mounting civilian casualties.

8. SYRIA. For the first time since 2011, Syrian rebel groups began peace talks with President ASSAD’s regime on 9 January in KAZAKHASTAN’s capital ASTANA. However, the rebels refused to enter the first round of talks as the Syrian Air Force continued to attack rebel strongholds in DAMASCUS. Apparently both groups have divergent objectives and the December 30 ceasefire brokered by TURKEY and RUSSIA is still in a fragile state. In the meantime the ISIS demolished monuments in the recaptured PALMYRA, which UNESCO called a ‘war crime” and “cultural cleansing’.

AFRICA

9. THE GAMBIA. The Military force assembled by the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) with the backing of the UN and African Union entered GAMBIA on 15 January as former President YAHYA JAMMEH ended his 22 year rule and left for exile in EQUATORIAL GUINEA. President elect ADAMA BARROW who had been in neighboring SENEGAL returned and asked the ECOWAS force to remain, as he needs assurances of loyalty from the Gambian Security Forces. EQUATORIAL GUINEA is not a signatory to the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court, and JAMMEH cannot be extradited in the event he finds himself charged with crimes against humanity.


|Friday 13 January 2017 to Friday 20 January 2017|



 








SOUTH ASIA

1. INDIA. INDIA’s new Army Chief General BIPIN RAWAT told the press on 14 January that challenges of proxy war, insurgency and terrorism to INDIA’s secular credentials would keep INDIA embroiled for a much longer period. Further that, if PAKISTAN reciprocates to INDIA’s offer of peace in the same manner the need to conduct surgical strikes will not arise at all. Pakistani Defence Minister KHAWAJA ASIF reiterated on 16 January that PAKISTAN would respond with full force if INDIA tried to carry out any surgical strikes inside PAKISTAN.

2. PAKISTAN. PAKISTAN disclosed on 16 January that it has reported to the UN Observers Group, 330 ceasefire violations up to December 2016 along the Line of Control (LoC) in JAMMU & KASHMIR by the Indian Military and says that it would continue extending Political, Diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiri struggle for self-determination. Meanwhile, the US has been increasingly worrying over the rising range and variety of PAKISTAN’s Missile capability and has imposed trade restrictions on 7 Pakistani entities linked to Pakistani’s Missile programme.

SOUTH EAST ASIA

3. CHINA. The Chinese State-run media, ‘China Daily’ and ‘Global Times, criticised the statement made by REX TILLERSON, President-elect DONALD TRUMP’s Secretary of State nominee, that, the US should deny CHINA access to new Islands it has built in contested waters in the South China Sea and warned that such an experiment would lead to a confrontation. Meanwhile, CHINA handed over two ships to PAKISTAN Navy for Joint Security along the sea route of the China - Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at the GWADAR Port on 14 January. PAKISTAN has already raised a new division of the Army to ensure security along the CPEC route and around the GWADAR Port.

4. HONG KONG. HONG KONG’s Court of Appeal rejected the appeal bid by anti-China lawmakers BAGGIO LEUNG and YAU WAICHING against their disqualification from HONG KONG’s Parliament on 16 January. The Court acted on a special interpretation of the City’s Constitution by CHINA in November 2016, which is binding on the Courts in HONG KONG with the local and national systems being within one country. The HONG KONG Government has taken legal action against four more elected lawmakers advocating either independence or self- determination.

MIDDLE EAST

5. YEMEN. A large percentage of the Yemeni population, are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. With over 10,000 dead and 40,000 wounded, the UN ranks the Yemeni situation as ‘one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises’. ISMAIL OULD CHEIKH AHMED, UN Special Envoy to YEMEN held talks with MANSOUR HADI, President of YEMEN, in the Southern city of ADEN on 16 January hoping to revive peace prospects in YEMEN. The new peace plan provides for a new unity Government in YEMEN and a rebel withdrawal from the capital and other cities.

6. SYRIA. Syrian rebel groups on 16 January, confirmed their participation in peace talks beginning on 23 January in the KAZAKH capital of ASTANA jointly facilitated by TURKEY and RUSSIA. If the ASTANA talks are successful, the rebels and ASSAD regime could move on to UN hosted negotiation in GENEVA in February. Several rounds of peace talks held by the UN have failed to produce a political solution to the Syrian conflict. However, the Fateh al-Sham Front (formerly, Al-Nusra Front) would not attend ASTANA.

EUROPE

7. UK. Amnesty International in its report titled ‘Dangerously disproportionate, the ever-expanding national security state in Europe,’ alleged that BRITAIN has introduced the most draconian counter-terror laws in Europe that seriously threaten Human Rights. The report refers to regulations on mass surveillance, use of diplomatic assurance to deport people where there is a risk of torture, stripping people of their nationality, controlling their movement and detaining without charge or sufficient legal process and follows the Investigatory Powers Act-nicknamed the snooper’s charter-voted into law by the UK Parliament.

NORTH AMERICA

8. USA. The outgoing CIA Chief JOHN BRENNAN on 15 January warned the President elect DONALD TRUMP to be disciplined in what he says publicly and said that spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests. This is while the row between TRUMP and the US Intelligence Agencies over the alleged Russian interference in US Elections is continuing. Meanwhile, an influential and investigative Israeli newspaper (Yedioth Ahronoth) claimed that US undercover agents have warned Israeli intelligence not to share any sensitive information with TRUMP’s aides until the incoming President’s relationship with RUSSIA has been fully investigated.

9. OPEC. OPEC has taken a decision to cut oil production to help support prices. RUSSIA too has followed suit. There is a possibility of IRAQ becoming an exception because it is not really in the control of its own production due to contractual commitment to international oil companies in the South. Though there is an uncertainty whether the oil prices will settle, the general sentiment is that prices would be higher than last year and would inflate import bills of countries.

10. ECOWAS. Over 30 heads of state belong to ECOWAS (Economic Community of West Africa States) gathered at a Bamako Summit on 14/15 January to discuss Jihad on the continent and AFRICA’s impact on the European migrant crisis but instead GAMBIA’s political impasse dominated the conference. The 15-nation ECOWAS bloc has repeatedly called on President YAHYA JAMMEH to respect the 1 December election result and step down after 22 years in power. Since he has failed to do so a possibility of a military intervention by ECOWAS and the UN has arisen.

|Friday 06 January 2017 to Friday 13 January 2017|



 








SOUTH ASIA

1. INDIA. Bi-lateral Military relations between VIETNAM and INDIA are steadily on the rise. INDIA is openly fast tracking its Strategic and Military partnerships keeping a confrontational CHINA as the core issue. INDIA considers VIETNAM as a close ally and has offered the Akash Area Defence Missile, Brahmos Supersonic Cruise Missile, Varunastra Anti-Submarine Torpedo to the country and has provided training for Naval and Air Force personnel. VIETNAM, has been strengthening its Military capabilities by inducting Kilo-class Submarines and Russian SUKHOI fighters, both of which have been operated by the Indian Armed Forces for several years.

2. PAKISTAN. PAKISTAN has joined the newly established RIYADH-based Saudi Military Alliance and the recently retired Army Chief of PAKISTAN, General RAHEEL SHARIF has been appointed to lead the Military bloc. Deputy Crown Prince MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN said that the new coalition has over 35 member countries including EGYPT, QATAR, UAE, TURKEY, MALAYSIA and several African nations. This new Military Alliance could be easily classified as a potential Sunni Military bloc for influence across the Arab world against the Shiite Muslim front led by IRAN.

3. The first ever submarine launched, Nuclear capable Babur-3 Cruise Missile of the Pakistani Armed Forces was test fired on 9 January from an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean, heightening tensions between INDIA and PAKISTAN. INDIA test fired such a Missile in 2013 and on 15 May 2016 tested an Anti-Ballistic Missile system which could intercept a Nuclear carrying Ballistic Missiles.

4. AFGHANISTAN. The deadliest attack in KABUL since July 2016 took place on 10 January killing scores of people including civilians and Military personnel. On 10 January two explosions took place inside the heavily guarded Governor’s compound in the Southern city of KANDAHAR killing at least 7 and wounding 18 others including the UAE Ambassador. The bombs were hidden inside a sofa and the prime target could have been KANDAHAR Police Chief General ABDUL RAZIQ, one of the most feared, anti-Taliban commander, who was unharmed in the attack.

SOUTH EAST ASIA

5. MYANMAR. The UN human Rights envoy for MYANMAR, YANGHEE LEE began a 12-day visit to MYANMAR to probe alleged violence committed by the MYANMAR Security Forces in the Northern RAKHINE State. As of 5 January an estimated 65,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees are in Southern BANGLADESH. The MYANMAR Government last week presented a report denying accusations of genocide and religious persecution by its Armed Forces.

MIDDLE EAST

6. ISRAEL/PALESTINE. President elect DONALD TRUMP’s proposed new Ambassador to ISRAEL, DAVID FRIEDMAN has made it clear that he is looking forward to operate from JERUSALEM which means the relocation of the American Embassy from TEL AVIV. This will be a unilateral recognition of JERUSALEM as ISRAEL’s capital by the US Government. The chief Palestinian negotiator SAEB EREKAT has already floated the idea of revoking the recognition of ISRAEL, the proposal of which has gained momentum ahead of the Middle East peace conference scheduled for 15 January in PARIS. He further stated that the two-state solution would not survive in such a situation and will be a breach of the US commitment under the 1995 OSLO Peace Agreement. Meanwhile, 4 Israeli soldiers were killed in JERUSALEM on 8 January, when a Palestinian drove a truck in a deliberate attack.

7. IRAN. The Iranian Parliament approved plans to expand Military spending to 5% of the budget on 9 January. It is considered as a boost to IRAN’s Military establishment, consisting of the regular Army, the elite Islamic Revolutionary Corps (IRGC) and Defence Ministry. This is a move that would certainly attract heavy criticism from other Western states, especially the world powers involved in the 2016 Nuclear Agreement. IRAN has test fired several ballistic missiles since the signing of the agreement and the US has imposed new sanctions against IRAN. Meanwhile, the US Navy destroyer USS MAHAN on 8 January fired warning shots at an Iranian vessel in the Strait of Hormus.

NORTH AMERICA

8. USA. The elements of a US Army Battle Group began arriving in GERMANY on 6 January 2017 for deployment in 7 NATO countries of ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, POLAND, SLOVAKIA, ROMANIA and BULGARIA near RUSSIA, as a part of ‘Operation Atlantic Resolve’, the biggest induction of additional troops since 1991. Fighting formations from other NATO countries are due to join this new force in Eastern Europe with Headquarters in GERMANY. This latest deployment is a result of a policy decision taken by the OBAMA Administration in response to RUSSIA’s Military action in UKRAINE, annexation of CRIMEA and continuing conflict in Eastern Ukraine, all of which are more than 3 years old. It is also expected to serve as a deterrent to any future Russian move against any NATO member. Military and Political analysts have begun to question the real motive behind this deployment just two weeks before the inauguration of a new US president, who has shown friendly overtures towards RUSSIA.



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Can South Asia Make Nice in 2016? (301)

Turkeys foreign policy prospects for 2016 not so promising (240)

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Congress wants NASA to build a deep space habitat for astronauts, and finish it by 2018 (298)

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US-Russia-relations in 2015: From confrontation to limited cooperation (2157)

In Russia, Indian PM Looks to Close Major Defense Deals (271)

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WTO trade ministers move to eliminate agriculture export subsidies, but differences remain on other measures (2091)

Peace Talks Between the Afghan Government and the Taliban Could Be Back in Early 2016 (313)

EU extends sanctions against defiant Russia (293)

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The unintended casualty of climate change debate global food security (319)

Understanding Pakistans Role in the Saudi-Led Anti-Terror Coalition (293)

Russia Is Better Ally For US Than Turkey: American Analyst (267)

US says bombers didn't intend to fly over China-held island (270)

Chile and the Southeast Pacific (267)

Better Tech, Not More Food, Will Keep the Worlds Poor Fed (289)

The Regional Dimensions Of Security Closer To The Heart Of Asia (296)

U.S. delivers new ammunition to Syrian rebels (269)

China, Russia Try to Brave Economic Headwinds (296)

Russias Military Weakness Is Illusion (240)

Do US Presidential Candidates Care About South Asia? (306)

America surrenders on Assad, and Putin wins again (298)

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Saudi Arabia forms Muslim 'anti-terrorism' coalition (232)

Is this the REAL face of Jesus? Forensic experts use ancient Semite skulls to reveal what Christ may have looked like (423)

Australia, Japan, US drop food, toys on Pacific islands (316)

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China Pushes Afghanistan, Pakistan Back Toward Peace Process (313)

Friendship of tiger and goat tugs at Russia's heartstrings (317)

Chinas Military Reforms and Risk Escalation (307)

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Abe's Upcoming India Visit: Breaking New Ground in Japan-India Relations (317)

Is a Chinese National Fighting Against Islamic State in Syria? (263)

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Russia gave warning of Syria cruise missile strikes, US says (310)

Should NATO Consider Bringing Russia In? (282)

Is Food Security Breaking Through in Paris Climate Talks? (351)

Poland Fuels NATO vs. Russia Nuclear War (330)

US, Singapore Agree Spy Plane Deployment Amid South China Sea Tensions (307)

US, Singapore Agree Spy Plane Deployment Amid South China Sea Tensions (2088)

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Malaysia Wants Expanded Naval Protocol Amid South China Sea Disputes (323)

China and the Curious Case of the OPM Hack (293)

The New China-Africa Relations: 4 Trends to Watch (315)

Israels covert involvement in Syria conflict to escalate (289)

Pentagon chief to military: Open all combat jobs to women (853)

ISIS Plans Terror Attacks In UK For Airstrikes (395)

China, Bangladesh Pledge Deeper Military Cooperation (346)

Climate talks: 4C rise will have dire effect on world hunger, UN warns (295)

Suu Kyi meets Myanmar president, army chief for power shift talks (349)

Sino-Indian Border Talks Not Enough to Defuse Tensions (362)

Russia Picks Nuclear Allies For Imminent War With NATO (318)

South Asian Leaders Meet on Sidelines of Paris Climate Talks (298)

US Special Operations Forces Expanding in Iraq to Battle ISIS (317)

Amid South China Sea Tensions, Japan Strengthens Ties With Philippines, Vietnam (326)

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5 Ways Russian Sanctions Can Hurt Turkeys Economy (262)

U.S. tightens visa waiver program in wake of Paris attacks (327)

Why the Paris Attacks May Signal the European Union's Final Fracture (343)

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Russia Deploys Ground Troops In Syria (323)

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Range of Frustrations Reached Boil as Turkey Shot Down Russian Jet (315)

Chinese State Firm Takes Control of Strategically Vital Gwadar Port (349)

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What is the U.S. Strategy to Fight ISIS? (309)

US Cyber Commands Veiled Threat: China Vulnerable in Cyberspace (292)

India and Russia: A Course Correction (301)

I saw thousands and thousands of people in New Jersey cheer the 9/11 attacks says Donald Trump (318)

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China is on High Alert for Japans Intervention in South China Sea (390)

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$1.4tn a year needed to reach global goals for world's poorest (304)

Can China Rebuild Its Special Relationship With Malaysia? (281)

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El Nio: food shortages, floods, disease and droughts set to put millions at risk (287)

China and US Hold Joint Naval Exercise (360)

Bangladesh: Dangerous Resurgence (2152)

The Hypocrisy of US Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea (389)

Paris attacks deepen GOP opposition to Syrian refugee influx (324)

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How Will Myanmar's Elections Affect Relations With China? (322)

Obama and Putin's power huddle: The two most powerful men in the world hold 30-minute meeting hunched over a coffee table at G20 after the president vowed to 'redouble' fight against ISIS (390)

Slow death in oceans from millions of tons of plastic waste (298)

Radical panelists at 'Quiz a Muslim' event demanded establishment of an Islamic State in Britain as jihadists went on bloody rampage through Paris (350)

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The Road to a US-Pakistan Nuclear Deal Begins in Islamabad (291)

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