Monday, October 12, 2015

Today's Headlines: Oil futures slump to largest single-day drop since Sept. 1 | '60 Minutes' interviews President Obama | Russian air strikes put spring in step of Assad's army - BBC News | Syria Troops Advance Under Russian Air Cover - ABC News - AP

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                                                                        Current Topics Review 
                                                                        Supply of US-Made Missiles Picks Up, Syrian Insurgents Say - New York Times
                                                                        Mon, 12 Oct 2015 18:18:45 -0400

                                                                        New York Times


                                                                        Supply of US-Made Missiles Picks Up, Syrian Insurgents Say
                                                                        New York Times
                                                                        BEIRUT, Lebanon Insurgent commanders say that since Russia began air attacks in support of the Syrian government, they have for the first time received bountiful supplies of powerful American-made antitank missiles. With the enhanced insurgent ...

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                                                                        US airdrops ammunition to Syria rebels - Reuters
                                                                        Mon, 12 Oct 2015 16:35:02 -0400

                                                                        Reuters


                                                                        US airdrops ammunition to Syria rebels
                                                                        Reuters
                                                                        The U.S. military confirmed dropping supplies to opposition fighters vetted by the United States but would say no more about the groups that received the supplies or the type of equipment in the airdrop. The Russian intervention in the four-year-old ...

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                                                                        Russia's Move in Syria Threatens Energy Deals With Turkey - TIME
                                                                        Mon, 12 Oct 2015 16:06:39 -0400

                                                                        TIME


                                                                        Russia's Move in Syria Threatens Energy Deals With Turkey
                                                                        TIME
                                                                        As we approach the juicy middle of President Vladimir Putin's third term,Russia is extending, and fighting for, its interests in nearly every corner of the globe. Somewhat lost amid the bombing in Syria though hardly unaffected is Russia's Turkish ...

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                                                                        Obama on Putin in Syria: My definition of leadership would be leading on ... - Hot Air
                                                                        Mon, 12 Oct 2015 15:28:15 -0400


                                                                        Obama on Putin in Syria: My definition of leadership would be leading on ...
                                                                        Hot Air
                                                                        Obama notes that Putin's only involved now because his previous strategy, of supplying Assad and his Iranian patrons and hoping they'd succeed on the battlefield, didn't work. But our strategy, to the extent that we've ever had anything one might ...

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                                                                        Calling Obama a 'Weakling,' Chris Christie Says He Would Shoot Down Russian ... - New York Times
                                                                        Mon, 12 Oct 2015 14:43:00 -0400


                                                                        Calling Obama a 'Weakling,' Chris Christie Says He Would Shoot Down Russian ...
                                                                        New York Times
                                                                        Languishing at the bottom in polls of the Republican presidential field, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey ramped up his tough talk on foreign policy on Monday, calling President Obama a weakling and saying that the United States should threaten to ...

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                                                                        Activists: Syria troops advance under Russian air cover - Business Insider
                                                                        Mon, 12 Oct 2015 14:38:09 -0400

                                                                        Business Insider


                                                                        Activists: Syria troops advance under Russian air cover
                                                                        Business Insider
                                                                        In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, Syrian soldiers waving eapcontent.ap.orgIn this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, Syriansoldiers waving Syrian flags celebrate the ?apture of Achan, Hama province, Syria. Russian jets intensified their ...

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                                                                        EU Demands Russia 'Immediately' End Some Syria Airstrikes - Voice of America
                                                                        Mon, 12 Oct 2015 13:57:04 -0400

                                                                        Voice of America


                                                                        EU Demands Russia 'Immediately' End Some Syria Airstrikes
                                                                        Voice of America
                                                                        Nearly two weeks into Russia's controversial military campaign in coordination with the Syrian government, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday he supported stabilizing Bashar al-Assad's government to "create the right conditions for reaching ...

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                                                                        EU Demands Russia End Some Syria Airstrikes - Voice of America
                                                                        Mon, 12 Oct 2015 13:57:04 -0400

                                                                        Voice of America


                                                                        EU Demands Russia End Some Syria Airstrikes
                                                                        Voice of America
                                                                        Nearly two weeks into Russia's controversial military campaign in coordination with the Syrian government, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday he supported stabilizing Bashar al-Assad's government to "create the right conditions for reaching ...

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                                                                        US air drops ammunition to Syria rebels - Reuters
                                                                        Mon, 12 Oct 2015 13:50:00 -0400

                                                                        Reuters


                                                                        US air drops ammunition to Syria rebels
                                                                        Reuters
                                                                        A U.S. military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Monday the air drop of supplies to the opposition fighters on Sunday was part of a revamped U.S. strategy announced last week to help rebels inSyria battling Islamic State militants ...

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                                                                        Obama: Hillary's Email Server Is a 'Legitimate' Issue, But It's Getting ... - Town Hall
                                                                        Mon, 12 Oct 2015 13:49:20 -0400

                                                                        Town Hall


                                                                        Obama: Hillary's Email Server Is a 'Legitimate' Issue, But It's Getting ...
                                                                        Town Hall
                                                                        President Obama sat down with CBS News' Steve Kroft, where the issue of Hillary's email was brought up. The president walked a somewhat waffled line in the interview, where he said it was a legitimate issue, but also said that it's being politicized ...

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                                                                        Syria conflict: US air drop for anti-IS forces in Hassakeh - BBC News
                                                                        Mon, 12 Oct 2015 13:28:54 -0400

                                                                        BBC News


                                                                        Syria conflict: US air drop for anti-IS forces in Hassakeh
                                                                        BBC News
                                                                        The US military has delivered more than 45 tonnes of ammunition to rebels fighting the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) in north-easternSyria. C-17 transport aircraft, accompanied by fighter escorts, dropped pallets of supplies overnight in Hassakeh ...

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                                                                        EU calls on Russia to halt airstrikes in Syria - The Guardian
                                                                        Mon, 12 Oct 2015 13:17:54 -0400

                                                                        The Guardian


                                                                        EU calls on Russia to halt airstrikes in Syria
                                                                        The Guardian
                                                                        President Bashar al-Assad bore the greatest responsibility for the 250,000 dead, they said, linking the systematic targeting of civilians by the regime to mass displacements and recruitment to and the flourishing of terrorist groups in Syria.

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                                                                        Current Topics Review

                                                                                                                                              Headlines: Obama’s Doctrine of Restraint - The New York Times | Obama tells ’60 Minutes’ he’s going to stay the course on Syria - The Washington Post

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                                                                                                                                              Israeli Police Kill Palestinian Man in Jerusalem's Old City

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                                                                                                                                              Israeli police shot and killed a Palestinian man who allegedly attempted to stab an officer in Jerusalem’s Old City on Monday, the latest such incident that has raised international concern over a widening armed conflict.

                                                                                                                                              Egyptian court releases two Mubarak sons from prison

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                                                                                                                                              CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Monday ruled that former president Hosni Mubarak's two sons could be released from prison while awaiting an appeal for a case involving the theft of state funds, judicial sources said.










                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                              Heeding Boom-Bust Lessons

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                                                                                                                                              The plunge in commodity prices is thumping oil exporters around the globe. The scale of the beating rests largely on whether governments heeded the lessons from prior boom-bust cycles.

                                                                                                                                              Central Bankers Urge Fed to Get On With It

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                                                                                                                                              Officials who gathered in Lima, Peru, for the IMF’s annual meeting delivered a message to their American counterparts: Please stop dithering and raise rates.

                                                                                                                                              British Figures Root for EU Membership

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                                                                                                                                              A group of figures from British business, political and cultural life said they would lead a campaign to support the nation’s continued membership in the European Union, as battle lines over a possible exit from the continental bloc begin to be drawn.

                                                                                                                                              Iran Test-Fires New Missile

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                                                                                                                                              Iran test-fired a new generation of surface-to-surface ballistic missiles on Sunday, a move that could complicate the implementation of the country’s July nuclear deal.

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                                                                                                                                              Cyberwar Ignites New Arms Race

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                                                                                                                                              Successful computer-espionage attacks have kicked off a frantic and destabilizing digital arms race, with dozens of countries amassing cyberweapons and reconfiguring their militaries to meet the threat.

                                                                                                                                              U.S. Patrols to Test China's Pledge on Islands

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                                                                                                                                              U.S. patrols near Chinese-built islands in the South China Sea, which could start within days, will challenge Xi Jinping’s surprise pledge not to “militarize” the islands.

                                                                                                                                              Russia says it arrested group plotting Moscow attack

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                                                                                                                                              Russia’s counterterrorism agency says it has raided a Moscow apartment and arrested a group of people who were preparing to carry out an attack in the capital.









                                                                                                                                              Did U.S. weapons supplied to Syrian rebels draw Russia into the conflict? 

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                                                                                                                                              TOW missiles delivered to aid those fighting Assad are now being used in what is tantamount to a proxy war.















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                                                                                                                                              RAF Helicopter 'Crashed Into Security Balloon'

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                                                                                                                                              Footage has emerged of a balloon falling after the deadly crash, which killed five people including two members of the RAF.

                                                                                                                                              Israelis buy guns after recent violence in Israel and West Bank – video 

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                                                                                                                                              After waves of violence across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories in recent weeks, some Israelis are buying guns for self-defence. According to the owner of one gun shop at the shooting range in the Israeli settlement of Givat Ze’ev, near the Palestinian city of Ramallah, the increase in demand for weapon licences has been dramatic
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