Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Corruption Is The New Communism - by Brian Whitmore

Corruption Is The New Communism

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In many ways, Russian corruption is the new Soviet Communism. Kremlin-sponsored graft is the new Red Menace.

Iran Signs Cooperation Agreements With Italian Prime Minister

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Iran and Italy have signed a series of bilateral agreements during a visit by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to Tehran.

Oil Prices Surge After Report Of Russia-Saudi Deal To Freeze Production

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Oil prices surged to their highest level of 2016 on April 12 after a Russian state news agency report was issued about an agreement between Saudi Arabia and Russia on freezing their production.

VIDEO: Russia marks Gagarin anniversary

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Russia has been celebrating 55 years since Yuri Gagarin became the world's first man to enter space.

U.S. and Philippines, United by China, Ramp Up Military Alliance 

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A new agreement will allow the United States to spread more American troops, planes and ships across the island nation than have been here in decades.

Op-Ed Contributor: Haider al-Abadi’s Dangerous Gamble

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Iraq’s prime minister is taking his country to the brink of political crisis. Now it’s up to the United States and Iran to save him.
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E.U. Delays Decision on Requiring Visas of Americans and Canadians 

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Passengers checking in at a Brussels airport in Zaventem last week. Americans and Canadians can generally travel to Europe without a visa, but that may change.

U.S. and India, With Eye on China, Agree to Strengthen Military Ties 

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Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, left, and his Indian counterpart, Manohar Parrikar, at a news conference announcing stronger military ties between the two nations in New Delhi on Tuesday.

As Islamic State is pushed back in Iraq, worries about what's next

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As U.S.-led offensives drive back Islamic State in Iraq, concern is growing among U.S. and U.N. officials that efforts to stabilize liberated areas are lagging, creating conditions that could help the militants endure as an underground network.
  

Taliban announces start of spring offensive in Afghanistan

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KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban announced the start of their spring offensive on Tuesday, pledging to launch large-scale offensives against government strongholds backed by suicide and guerrilla attacks to drive Afghanistan's Western-backed government from power.









  

Cross-border fire from Syria hits Turkish border town, agency says

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Shelling from Syria hit a Turkish border town on Tuesday for the second day in a row, Dogan News Agency said.









  

Russia says one of its attack helicopters crashes in Syria: agencies

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(Reuters) - A Russian Mi-28 attack helicopter crashed in Syria in the early hours of Tuesday morning, killing two pilots, Russian news agencies quoted Russia's Defence Ministry as saying. 









 
  
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Israel signals no opposition to Egypt's return of islands to Saudi Arabia

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel signaled on Tuesday it did not oppose the return of two Red Sea islands in a strategic strait to Saudi Arabia by Egypt, with one senior lawmaker seeing a chance to get closer to Riyadh, with which Israel has no formal peace agreement.









  

People's resilience helps Russia dodge deeper crisis

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MIASS, Russia (Reuters) - In Russia's industrial heartland, people are finding ways to cope with an economic crisis that has stretched household budgets to breaking point.
  

NATO, Russia council to meet on April 20 in Brussels

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO envoys will hold their first formal meeting with Russia in almost two years on April 20, the Western alliance said on Tuesday, with the crisis in Ukraine, reducing military risks and Afghanistan on the agenda.
  

Controller in German train crash admits to playing game on phone -prosecutors

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BERLIN (Reuters) - A signal controller at the center of an investigation into a German train crash that killed 11 people admitted on Tuesday to playing a game on his mobile phone while in charge on the day, the public prosecutor's office said.
  

U.S. military says using cyber capabilities against Islamic State

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BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (Reuters) - The U.S. military is dropping "cyber bombs" on Islamic State for the first time as part of a stepped-up coordinated effort that has put increasing pressure on the militant group, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said on Tuesday.
  

FARC rebels involved in drug trade despite peace talks: police

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BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels are still involved in drug trafficking and are stoking resistance to eradication of illicit crops, the head of the anti-narcotics police said on Tuesday, despite the group's ongoing peace talks with the government.









  
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Brazil president denounces 'coup'

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Brazil's President Rouseff denounces "coup" against her, suggesting her vice-president is one of the "plotters"

US Presidential Race Down to Battle for Delegates

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The U.S. contests for the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations have turned into contentious fights for delegates to the parties' national conventions, where the candidates for November's national election will be picked. Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump is the Republican front-runner, but he complained Monday that party officials have created a "crooked, crooked system" to keep him from winning a first-ballot victory at the party's July...

10:39 AM 4/12/2016 - Headlines: Russian Helicopter Crashes in Syria, Two Pilots Dead | News | The Moscow Times Why the Russian Economy Is Tumbling - The New York Times New poll finds young Arabs are less swayed by the Islamic State - The Washington Post Trump’s delay in building a delegate operation may cost him the nomination | US news | The Guardian

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С руководителем Федерального космического агентства Игорем Комаровым.

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Mike Nova's Shared NewsLinks Review

From The Major News Sources

» EU Gives Greece Two Weeks to Form Border Plan
12/04/16 09:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. The European Commission has given Greece a two-week deadline to come up with concrete plans on how to improve the protection of the bloc’s external border.
» How China Upstaged U.S. With 'Great Wall of Sand'
12/04/16 09:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. On the eve of a verdict in the Philippines’ challenge of China’s sea claims, Chinese dredgers have achieved a new geography in the South China Sea.
» Taliban Declares Spring Offensive in Afghanistan
12/04/16 09:57 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. The Islamist movement vows to take control of more territory and to launch large-scale attacks against the Kabul government and its foreign allies, including the U.S.
» The Latest: Russian helicopter crashes in Syria, 2 dead - Washington Post
12/04/16 09:57 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. NDTV The Latest: Russian helicopter crashes in Syria, 2 dead Washington Post BEIRUT — The Latest on the Syrian civil war (all times local): 11:30 a.m.. Russia says one of its helicopte...
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EU Gives Greece Two Weeks to Form Border Plan

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The European Commission has given Greece a two-week deadline to come up with concrete plans on how to improve the protection of the bloc’s external border.

How China Upstaged U.S. With 'Great Wall of Sand'

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On the eve of a verdict in the Philippines’ challenge of China’s sea claims, Chinese dredgers have achieved a new geography in the South China Sea.

Taliban Declares Spring Offensive in Afghanistan

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The Islamist movement vows to take control of more territory and to launch large-scale attacks against the Kabul government and its foreign allies, including the U.S.

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The Latest: Russian helicopter crashes in Syria, 2 dead - Washington Post

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NDTV

The Latest: Russian helicopter crashes in Syria, 2 dead
Washington Post
BEIRUT — The Latest on the Syrian civil war (all times local): 11:30 a.m.. Russia says one of its helicopters crashed in Syria, killing the two pilots. The Defense Ministry says the Mi-28N helicopter gunship crashed early Tuesday near Homs after ...
Russia says one of its attack helicopters crashes in Syria - agenciesReuters
Two Russian military pilots killed in Syria helicopter crash – MoscowVanguard
Russia says one of its attack helicopters crashes in SyriaThomson Reuters Foundation
BBC News -Russia and India Report -RT -The Straits Times
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Two soldiers killed, nearly 50 wounded in PKK attack in Turkey's southeast: sources - Reuters

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TODAYonline

Two soldiers killed, nearly 50 wounded in PKK attack in Turkey's southeast: sources
Reuters
DIYARBAKIR Two soldiers were killed and nearly 50 people wounded in a car bomb attack on a Turkish gendarmerie base in the southeastern town of Hani overnight, security sources said on Tuesday. A large vehicle laden with explosives rammed into the ...
Turkey's Military Raises Number of Wounded in Attack to 47New York Times 
Media reports: 1 killed in car bomb attack in TurkeyWashington Post
April showers bring … growing violence in southeast Turkey?Al-Monitor
The Straits Times-Daily Sabah-euronews-NRT
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The Early Edition: April 12, 2016 

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