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How to hide a billion dollars | The Panama Papers – YouTube

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6:00 PM 4/3/2016 - Revealed: the $2bn offshore trail that leads to Vladimir Putin | News | The Guardian

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What influence does Russia have in the Nagorno-Karabakh clashes? - YouTube

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What influence does Russia have in the Nagorno-Karabakh clashes?

Al Jazeera's Mohammed Jamjoom explains.

How to hide a billion dollars | The Panama Papers - YouTube

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Iraqi forces free 1,500 prisoners from underground ISIS jail - YouTube

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Published on Apr 3, 2016
At least 1,500 prisoners have been liberated by Iraqi forces from an underground Islamic State prison, Iraqi officials said. The jail was found during an operation to retake the town of Heet from the extremists in Anbar province.

How to hide a billion dollars | The Panama Papers - YouTube

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A major leak of the secret offshore arrangements of some of Vladimir Putin’s closest friends reveals how hundreds of millions of dollars are hidden around the globe in complex financial structures.
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Two dead in Amtrak train derailment - YouTube

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Two people are dead and dozens more are injured after an Amtrak train became derailed outside of Philadelphia. CNN's Sara Ganim has the latest.

2:36 PM 4/3/2016 - Headlines: Azerbaijan declares cease-fire, but fighting continues in breakaway enclave - The Washington Post 

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Azerbaijan declares ceasefire but fighting continues in breakaway enclave 

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The weekend saw the largest eruption of violence over Nagorno-Karabakh since the 1990s war.















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Nasty NATO and resentful Russia | Europe | DW.COM | 03.04.2016

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Nasty NATO and resentful Russia

Russia says the West is spreading nasty stories about it and that its damaging relations between the two sides, but is there any basis to them? Fiona Clark takes a look.
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Russians have been speaking in a conciliatory tone recently. Take Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's article published a few weeks ago in the magazine "Russia and Global Affairs."
"We are not seeking confrontation with the United States, or the European Union, or NATO. On the contrary, Russia is open to the widest possible cooperation with its Western partners," he wrote.
He argued Russia was misunderstood and still viewed in the now obsolete pre-WWII view of a totalitarian aggressor.
"The notion of the 'clash of two totalitarianisms,' which is now actively inculcated in European minds, including at schools, is groundless and immoral. The Soviet Union, for all its evils, never aimed to destroy entire nations."
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Amtrak train derailment near Philadelphia kills two, injures 35 | Reuters

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Amtrak train derailment near Philadelphia kills two, injures 35

CHESTER, Pa. An Amtrak train locomotive partly derailed when it struck a backhoe south of Philadelphia on Sunday, killing two people and injuring 35, officials said.
Amtrak, the U.S. passenger train company, suspended service between Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware. It lifted a previous suspension of service between Philadelphia and New York.
Amtrak Train 89 bound for Savannah, Georgia, from New York with 341 passengers and seven crew aboard struck a vehicle on the tracks, Chester Fire Commissioner Travis Thomas said. Amtrak said the vehicle was a backhoe.

Amtrak service disrupted in Northeast after derailment; 2 reported dead - The Washington Post

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Amtrak service disrupted in Northeast after derailment; 2 reported dead

 April 3 at 11:30 AM
Two people were killed and 35 were taken to hospitals Sunday morning when an Amtrak passenger train struck a railroad backhoe that was doing maintenance work just south of Philadelphia.
Authorities said the two dead were not onboard the train. They declined to say whether they were Amtrak workers engaged in work on the tracks.
Amtrak Vice President Stephen Gardner said service between Philadelphia and Wilmington, Del., was suspended Sunday afternoon.
“We will be working to restore service as soon as possible,” Gardner said. He said that other than the injured, the 341 passengers on the train would be taken to Philadelphia. The train also had a crew of seven.
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Trump Does It His Way - The New York Times

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WASHINGTON — YOU could hear how hard it was for Donald Trump to say the words.
“Yeah, it was a mistake,” he said, sounding a bit chastened. “If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t have sent it.”
I was telling him he lost my sister’s vote when he retweeted a seriously unflattering photo of the pretty Heidi Cruz next to a glam shot of his wife, Melania.
He repeated his contention that he didn’t view the Heidi shot “necessarily as negative.” But I stopped him, saying it was clearly meant to be nasty.
Trump also got into his schoolyard excuse of “he did it first” and “that wasn’t nice,” insisting that Ted Cruz wrote the words on the digital ad put up by an anti-Trump group aimed at Utah Mormons; it showed Melania in a 2000 British GQ shot posing provocatively and suggested that it was not First Ladylike. Cruz denies any involvement.

Kremlin: 'No one under any illusion' that anti-terrorist alliance possible with U.S., West - RIA | Reuters

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Kremlin: 'No one under any illusion' that anti-terrorist alliance possible with U.S., West - RIA

MOSCOW The Kremlin said on Saturday that "no one is under any illusion" that it is possible to create an anti-terrorist alliance of Russia and the United States or with other Western nations, RIA news agency reported.
President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov made the statement, commenting on the results of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Moscow this week.
Apart from talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Kerry had a long meting with Putin in the Kremlin.
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Syrian forces seize Islamic State-held town near Palmyra | Reuters

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Syrian forces seize Islamic State-held town near Palmyra

BEIRUT Syrian and allied forces backed by Russian air strikes drove Islamic State militants out of the town of al-Qaryatain on Sunday after encircling it over the past few days, Syria's military command said.
Surrounded by hills, al-Qaryatain is 100 km (60 miles) west of the ancient city of Palmyra, which government forces recaptured from Islamic State last Sunday.
Al-Qaryatain had been held by the militant group since late August. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been trying to retake al-Qaryatain and other pockets of Islamic State control to reduce the jihadist group's ability to project military power into the heavily populated western region of Syria, where Damascus and other main cities are located.
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Fire engulfs Russian defense ministry’s building in Moscow - The Washington Post

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 April 3 at 10:58 AM
MOSCOW — A massive fire raged at a former headquarters of the Russian Defense Ministry in Moscow on Sunday before it was brought under control several hours later.
Hundreds of firefighters and several cranes were seen battling the blaze Sunday afternoon after the fire broke out hours earlier.
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Vladimir Putin’s Mysterious Moving Border

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TAMARASHENI, Georgia—The farmers awoke to find their wheat ripening inside another country.
South Ossetian troops and their Russian allies had worked through the night, sinking new border-marking poles across fields outside a hamlet called Tamarasheni in the golden hills of central Georgia. The Russians granted the local farmers 72 hours for an emergency harvest then ordered them to leave—forever. Piling out of a military truck the next day, the soldiers inspected their night’s handiwork: expanding Moscow’s perimeter of influence in the Caucasus.
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A small knot of Georgian border guards, overmatched as usual, watched the proceedings bleakly from 50 yards away. The Russians ignored them. It was a kabuki theater of power and powerlessness.
“They took 10 hectares this time,” said farmer Levan Kipshidze, tallying the latest chunk of Georgia—about 25 acres—swallowed last August along a shifting line of demarcation between his country and the Moscow-backed breakaway region of South Ossetia. “This can happen anywhere. It can happen anytime. No one can do anything to stop it.”
Over the late summer and fall, I made several visits to this new boundary that is, by political design, one of the least secure frontiers in the world. It’s been a strange time to document how imaginary lines and the structures that mark them alter lives as well as landscapes. Hardened borders are back in geopolitical fashion with a zeal unseen since the height of the Cold War. In the U.S. presidential race, Donald Trump has built his campaign on an Iron Age technology—a Great Wall of China—to deal with 21st century immigration problems along the Rio Grande. A fearful Europe, meanwhile, is busy erecting barricades to check historic flows of refugees and Islamic terrorists.
In the Caucasus, the Kremlin—a seasoned master of aggressive boundaries—is doing what some other politicians have only promised. In the process it has exposed the continuing weakness of a former republic that it steamrolled in 2008 in a week-long war over South Ossetia. And though the legal status of the tiny “Republic of South Ossetia” is unsettled—only Russia and few of its clients recognize the separatist region’s independence—a de-facto frontier already zigzags among the rumpled hills of Georgia, veering between tragedy and farce. Russian and Ossetian troops creep out after dark to move the unofficial line—usually only a few yards, but once by more than a mile—deeper into Georgia. Georgian cows and sheep get stranded on the Ossetian side. So do people. One elderly Georgian couple, refusing to evacuate their farmhouse, have been fenced inside South Ossetia. (The Ossetians cut the castaways’ electricity; Georgian neighbors have run an extension cord under the razor wire.) Over the past seven years of frozen war, Georgia says more than 800 of its citizens have been detained by Ossetian forces for “illegal entry” to their lost fields, pastures and wood lots.
Georgia calls this nibbling away of its territory by Russia a “creeping occupation.” Russia says it’s simply heeding the wishes of its backwater vassal, one of two former Georgian regions now effectively absorbed by Moscow. (The other is Abkhazia.) And the outside world, represented by a small and rather lonely European Union peace monitoring team, labels the land grabs “borderization.”
“Similar problems occur in places like Lebanon, Israel and Bosnia,” said John Durnin, a European Union monitor who watched from his white SUV as the Russians marched their boundary posts into the fields around Tamarasheni. “What’s unique here is that nobody knows where a line should go, even if it were recognized. The uncertainty creates hardship. It’s a denial of civil rights, of freedom of movement.”
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The erratic crack between Georgia and South Ossetia isn’t easy to spot at first.
Clues begin to appear about 50 miles north of Tbilisi, the Georgian capital. The rural roads simply cease to function as roads. Ribbons of asphalt devolve into parking lots for rusty tractors, kids’ soccer fields or drying yards for crops of beans. This means that somewhere ahead makeshift fences or concrete barriers block the way. From here, you must get out and walk. Old front lines snake vaguely through abandoned farms that have reverted to bush. Some of the trees hide security cameras installed by the Russians. And among the foliage, old torched houses gape rooflessly at the sky. Most of the unofficial boundary remains unfenced. The advancing Russian border posts often jut hundreds of yards apart. An air of stagnation hangs over villages nearby. South Ossetians usually occupy the heights and control water sources. Georgians cling to valleys. It’s a dead-end landscape. It doesn’t pay to wander off the roads.
“You might get kidnapped,” said Zakaria Mamagulashvili, an apple farmer from the village of Dvani. “I myself have taken a forced holiday twice.”
Mamagulashvili was referring to his capture by patrolling South Ossetian and Russian troops. Most recently, last March, he was pruning his orchard when two South Ossetian soldiers walked 60 yards into Georgia and marched the farmer across the murky new frontier at rifle point. He spent seven days in a ramshackle police cell. He heard another Georgian captive being beaten. Mamagulashvili paid a 5,000-ruble fine to be released. (About $90 dollars at the time.) This was a hardship because he’s getting poorer all the time: The new border has ingested half of Mamagulashvili’s harvest, or about 300 boxes of apples a year.
“Come back in five years,” he said bitterly, handing me one of his ripe Jonathans. “You’ll find all of us living on the South Ossetian side.”
A few miles away, Davit and Valia Vanishvili already are.
After refusing to budge from the path of an expanding border fence, the stubborn Georgian couple was sealed inside South Ossetia by Russian troops. The Vanishvilis lost access to their wheat fields. Today, they survive on charity passed through the razor wire by neighbors living in the amputated village of Khurvaleti. In exchange, the old couple places traditional Georgian offerings—boiled eggs, flowers—on the family graves of neighbors now cut off from the village cemetery.
We believe the Russians are using a 1984 Soviet general staff map to draw the new border,” Durnin, the EU monitor, told me. “But we really don’t know.”
“We didn’t want to leave our house to strangers,” explained Valia, a twig-limbed woman of 75. “Why did they do this to us? We never had fences here before. We always got along with the Ossetians.”
This is largely true.
Each side in the conflict still promotes its own narrative of grievance. Georgians blame Russia’s divide-and-conquer policies during the Soviet era for colonizing swathes of Georgian farmland with Ossetian loyalists from the North Caucasus. The Ossetians, in turn, complain that they were discriminated against under Tbilisi’s rule. Yet the two ethnic groups have lived in harmony for generations. Until 2008, mixed marriages were common. And Ossetian and Georgian villages were interspersed. That’s precisely why the borderline’s artificiality is so demoralizing.
“We believe the Russians are using a 1984 Soviet general staff map to draw the new border,” Durnin, the EU monitor, told me. “But we really don’t know.” Russia doesn’t allow foreign observers into South Ossetia. Durnin wakes up, like everyone else, to proliferating green signs that read, in English, Russian and Georgian, “ATTENTION: State Border. Passage is Forbidden.” He describes his job in a Beckettian koan: “Ninety-nine percent of the world doesn’t accept the new boundary’s existence. But we have to know where it is in order not to cross it.”
Whatever ghostly map is used—if any—it’s working.
Mikheil Saakashvili, the flamboyant Georgian president who took on the Russians over South Ossetia, is long gone. Georgia’s new government, led by a flailing coalition called Georgian Dream, is noticeably warmer to Moscow. Its credibility is mauled with each new report of a Georgian shepherd “kidnapped” along a phantom borderline with teeth.
“We feel abandoned,” said Lia Mekarishvili, 52, an elementary school teacher in the village of Dvani, whose classes, once numbering dozens of students, have shrunk to four. Mekarishvili started to cry but stopped herself. “We are tired. People are ready to give up. We are alone. Russia never gets tired. It will win because it waits.”
A mile or less down a village road that was no longer really a road, the new frontier bent like a tensed muscle through a dead zone of brushy gardens and neglected orchards. It already had shifted within the heart of fruit grower Merab Mekavishvili.
“On Easter, I used to go down and shake hands across the fence with my old Ossetian friends,” Mekavishvili, 53, said. “The Russians don’t like this. So my friends don’t do it anymore.” The burly, white-haired farmer said his Ossetian friends’ children didn’t remember the good old days of ethnic coexistence. The younger Ossetians didn’t know Georgians at all, he said. He said they hated him.
Paul Salopek is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. In 2013, he began a seven-year walk tracing one of the early human migrations out of Africa.
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Is Putin serious about peace in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict?

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Russia has called for restraint after a fresh wave of fighting erupted Saturday between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
The territory, which lies within Azerbaijan but is populated largely by Armenians, has been the focus of a frozen conflict ever since the conclusion of a six-year war in 1994 that left 30,000 dead.
The intractability of the situation led to the creation of the Minsk Group, co-chaired by Russia, France, and the United States, to seek a solution. But Russia, the country most heavily involved on the ground, has a complex array of interests at stake.
“Russia is the main security guarantor for Armenia, but it sells weapons to both countries,” says Jeffrey Mankoff, a former adviser on US-Russia relations at the US State Department, in a telephone interview with The Christian Science Monitor.
“Russia is not just looking for peace, but is rather looking for some arrangement that maximizes their regional influence over both countries.”
Nagorno-Karabakh dissolved into conflict in 1988, as the Soviet Union was disintegrating, with Azerbaijani troops and Armenian separatists clashing in a brutal war.
A Russian-brokered ceasefire has maintained an uneasy truce ever since 1994, with periodic bouts of violence breaking out, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) set up the Minsk Group that same year to seek a lasting solution.
In this latest outbreak of hostility, it is hard to know how it began or what has actually happened, with <a href="http://PanARMENIAN.net" rel="nofollow">PanARMENIAN.net</a> talking of Azerbaijani “saboteurs” being thrown “back to their positions”, and AzerNews stating “on the night of April 2, all the frontier positions of Azerbaijan were subjected to heavy fire.”
Perhaps more interesting than the details of the latest hostilities, says Dr. Mankoff, who is currently deputy director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Russia and Eurasia Program, is the fact that the presidents of both countries are in the United States for the nuclear security summit, giving them a far larger global audience than they would normally expect.
So, if this latest development does represent some kind of a cry for international attention, what hope is there of a peaceful resolution?
“If there’s going to be a settlement, it will have to be on Russia’s terms,” says Mankoff. “Yes, there’s the Minsk group, but Russia has 5,000 troops in Armenia, and I’ve heard they sent more.”
The Russian troops’ main role, as Mankoff explains, is to deter Turkish involvement, should there be a serious resumption of conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Turkey and Azerbaijan have a close relationship, and Turkey’s border with Armenia has remained closed for two decades because of this conflict.
The position of the United States is that Nagorno-Karabakh is a disputed region, but other surrounding tracts of land that Armenia has accumulated amount to occupied territory and should be returned.
Yet, while Azerbaijan is unlikely to take the risk of invading Nagorno-Karabakh, geography and a predominantly Armenian population making it a daunting challenge, many Azeris detect double-standards in the West’s approach.
“They wonder why the West punishes Russia for annexing Crimea, but not Armenia for similar behavior in Karabakh,” notes The Economist. “Many ask why the West approves of Ukraine using force to restore territorial integrity, but insists on Azerbaijan’s peaceful patience.”
Nobody has formally recognized Nagorno-Karabakh as a part of Armenia; even the Armenian government has made no effort to annex the territory.
And yet while full-scale military intervention - by any party - seems highly unlikely, there is also a question mark over how seriously Russia, the main power-broker, wants to pursue full-scale peace.
“Russia doesn’t want conflict because it’s trying to increase its influence over both countries,” says Mankoff. “If they can do that through resolving the conflict, then that’s an option, but failing that, the status quo benefits Russia fairly well.” 
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Mikhail Lesin’s Strange Death in U.S. Follows a Fall From Russia’s Elite

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He returned, though, after Mr. Putin assumed the presidency for a third term. In October 2013, he took over Gazprom Media, the subsidiary of the energy giant that through a complicated ownership structure is controlled by one of Mr. Putin’s confidants, Yuri V. Kovalchuk, the main shareholder of Bank Rossiya. Mr. Kovalchuk and Bank Rossiya each face sanctions by the United States for their ties to Mr. Putin.
Within two months, Mr. Lesin oversaw the acquisition of Prof-Media, a subsidiary of one of Russia’s richest industrialist, Vladimir O. Potanin. Prof-Media owned television networks like MTV Russia, as well as radio stations and magazines. The deal, reported to be worth $600 million at the time, was seen as the Kremlin’s effort to bring even more independent media outlets under state political and financial control.
“There is a danger that Lesin will use his administrative resources not only to serve the interests of his bosses, but also to settle old scores,” a columnist, Yulia Latynina, wrote in The Moscow Times in December 2013.
Mr. Lesin did clash with the remaining vestiges of independent news media. Aleksei A. Venediktov, the editor of the radio station Ekho Moskvy, which is partly owned by Gazprom Media but ostensibly independent, said Mr. Lesin had invited him to dinner at one of Moscow’s fanciest restaurants and pressed him to dismiss several journalists who appeared on the air or on the station’s website, including Ms. Latynina.
Mr. Venediktov successfully resisted. Many attributed his departure from Gazprom Media to the fight with Ekho Moskvy, but Mr. Venediktov said he believed that Mr. Lesin’s abrasive character and his handling of the acquisition of Prof-Media had brought him into conflict with Mr. Kovalchuk.
“Lesin made enemies of all the heads of the federal TV channels, all the heads of advertising agencies and all media owners with his policies,” Mr. Venediktov wrote in an email.

Acquisitions in Los Angeles

Mr. Lesin’s return to an influential position atop Gazprom Media renewed attention on his own wealth.
In July 2014, Aleksei A. Navalny, the opposition leader whose Foundation for the Fight Against Corruption has become one of the most potent opposition organizations, published records that showed Mr. Lesin’s acquisition of several expensive homes in and near Los Angeles to be seemingly beyond the means of a government minister for much of the previous 15 years.
Three years earlier, Mr. Lesin had incorporated a company in California, called Dastel, primarily to buy real estate. According to a deposition in a lawsuit involving his son, given by the corporation’s only officer, Ilya Tsipis, “various members of the extended Lesin family” lived in the properties the company bought. A second company, HFC Management, was incorporated the same year in the name of his daughter, Ekaterina, and another, called Dastel Holdings, was formed in 2013.
The three companies bought two homes in Beverly Hills, at a cost of $13.8 million and $5.6 million, and another in Brentwood for $9 million.
Mr. Lesin’s son, Anton, began to make his mark in Hollywood not long after. The son, who Anglicized his name to Lessine, and a partner, Sasha Shapiro, formed a film-financing company called Media Content Capital. And in 2012, they acquired a controlling stake in QED International, a film production and distribution company founded in 2002 by Bill Block, for $25 million. The company has since produced a series of major movies such as “Fading Gigolo,” with John Turturro and Woody Allen; “Fury,” with Brad Pitt; and, most recently, “Dirty Grandpa” with Robert De Niro and Zac Efron.
The revelations about Mr. Lesin’s investments in Los Angeles came at a time of heightened animosity toward the West as a result of the war in Ukraine. With senior Russian officials and businessmen facing sanctions by the United States and Europe, Mr. Putin intensified his warnings that businessmen should keep or return their fortunes to Russia.
Mr. Navalny’s disclosures also had an impact in Washington. Vladimir V. Kara-Murza, a prominent journalist and opposition activist in Russia, said he passed on documents about Mr. Lesin’s properties to members of Congress as part of a campaign to persuade the United States to impose sanctions against more officials.
Senator Roger Wicker, Republican of Mississippi, publicly called on the Justice Department to investigate what he said was suspicion of wrongdoing under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and questioned Mr. Lesin’s ties to Mr. Kovalchuk, whom the Department of Treasury identified as “the personal banker for senior officials,” including Mr. Putin.
More than four months later, an assistant attorney general, Peter J. Kadzik, replied that the matter had been referred to the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and the F.B.I. Then nothing happened.
A law enforcement official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said the referral was a formality, suggesting that no investigation followed.
Julie Davidson, the director of the Kleptocracy Initiative at the Hudson Institute in Washington, a research organization that works to expose the investment of ill-gotten gains by foreign officials, expressed puzzlement that the allegations against Mr. Lesin did not appear to have prompted an investigation.
“There is no question that the U.S. has become a relatively comfortable haven for questionable fortunes,” she said.
Although no evidence has surfaced that implicated Mr. Lesin in any wrongdoing, the scrutiny appeared to have an effect in Russia. Mr. Navalny publicized the Justice Department’s reply to Senator Wicker on his website on Dec. 14, 2014, mocking Mr. Lesin as a “patriot of California real estate.”
Within days, Mr. Lesin departed Gazprom Media, citing personal reasons.

Love and Litigation

In 2015, he retreated from public view. He regularly traveled to the United States on a tourist visa, visiting four times in the first 10 months of the year, usually to Los Angeles, according to a record of his travel disclosed by Mr. Navalny and confirmed by the United States Customs and Border Protection service. Mr. Lesin arrived one last time in Los Angeles on Oct. 21, only two weeks before his death.
Mr. Lesin, previously twice married, began a new relationship with a woman, Viktoria Rakhimbayeva, a model from Siberia, Mr. Aven said. “He really was in love,” he said. On Sept. 25, she gave birth to a daughter, Mr. Venediktov told his radio audience on Ekho Moskvy after Mr. Lesin’s death.
“When I learned of his death, my first thought was about the baby, actually,” Mr. Venediktov said. “This is a question of sympathy because, well, he’s dead and gone, but the girl with the baby — how is she?”
Even though he dropped from public view, his troubles at Gazprom Media followed him to the United States and were raised in 2015 in a lawsuit involving his son’s production company.
In late 2014, Mr. Block reached an agreement to depart QED International, leaving the entire company to Mr. Lessine and Mr. Shapiro. Last April, they sued Mr. Block for trademark infringement and unfair competition, accusing him of undercutting the company.
Mr. Block’s lawyer, Marty Singer, said in a statement at the time that Mr. Lesin was one of the company’s principals and said the lawsuit stemmed from a shortage of cash caused by Mr. Lesin’s departure from Gazprom Media and the reports of an investigation by the Justice Department.
The lawsuit was settled — with no terms disclosed — on the day Mr. Lesin’s body was found.

Final Days

Little is known about the last days of Mr. Lesin’s life. One of his friends and former business partners, Sergei A. Vasilyev, told the newspaper Kommersant that Mr. Lesin had met friends from Russia who lived in Washington and was drinking heavily on the night of Nov. 2, a Monday.
Mr. Vasilyev, as well as Mr. Aven and others who knew him, said Mr. Lesin was known as a heavy drinker who would sometimes behave recklessly when intoxicated.
“The only thing I can tell you is that when Misha has failures,” Mr. Vasilyev said, referring to Mr. Lesin familiarly by the diminutive form of Mikhail, “there were instances where he fell and caused involuntary injury to himself, including quite heavily.”
The autopsy did not name the cause of the blunt trauma, leaving an open question whether it was a beating, a fall or a vehicle accident.
According to Mr. Vasilyev’s account, which he said was based on information from the Foreign Ministry, Mr. Lesin went to a liquor store on the morning of Nov. 3 — the day of the dinner he was to attend — and returned with alcohol to the hotel where he was staying, the Dupont Circle Hotel. It was that day when, Mr. Aven said, he called and sent a text message, but received no response.
Mr. Lesin was visited in his room on the night of Nov. 4 by a security guard who, finding him drunk, tried to help him into bed, Mr. Vasilyev said, but Mr. Lesin resisted. The next morning he was found dead in his room by a cleaner.
“How it is possible he did not call a doctor, the police, anyone?” Mr. Vasilyev said of the security guard. “I do not understand.”
A sales representative at the hotel said no one there would comment on his death. The medical examiner tested for alcohol in his blood, as a matter of routine. A spokeswoman would not discuss the details of those tests, citing privacy, but alcohol was not listed as a contributing factor in his death, only the trauma.
The police here continue to treat Mr. Lesin’s as a natural death, though the criminal division is in charge of the investigation. Neither the F.B.I. nor the Justice Department has taken a role in the investigation, according to officials from both agencies, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an unresolved case, suggesting that it was being investigated as an untimely death but not a federal crime.
One of the officials said a security video showed Mr. Lesin returning to his hotel in a disheveled state, suggesting he had been in an accident or altercation the night of Nov. 4. In addition to the blunt trauma to the head, Mr. Lesin’s body had bruises on the neck, torso, arms and legs, but the cause of those was not clear.
The handling of the inquiry has raised questions in Russia. The medical examiner’s office completes most autopsies within 90 days, but Mr. Lesin’s took longer, as officials carried out a rigorous series of toxicological tests for poisons to be certain to rule out that sort of foul play. (The joint statement by the office and the Metropolitan Police also misstated Mr. Lesin’s age, which was 57, not 59.)
In March, Russia’s prosecutor general asked the Justice Department for more information about the case, according to an embassy spokesman, Yuri Y. Melnik, but according to him and a spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, neither the police nor federal officials have provided answers.
In the febrile, largely virtual world where opposition to Mr. Putin thrives, Mr. Lesin’s mere presence in the United States has provoked conspiracy theories. One version held by Mr. Putin’s critics claimed he was silenced before he could cooperate with federal authorities investigating corruption.
Another theory suggested, fantastically, that he might not be dead at all but in witness protection. Officials here dismiss these as ludicrous. (A final notation of his departure in December was a clerical record closing out his travel record, a spokesman for the customs service said, not evidence he had departed the country, as was reported widely in Russia.)
The uncertainties are partly why theories about Mr. Lesin’s death have not fully subsided.
Many still suspect a crime, carried out by enemies in Moscow, but Mr. Aven scoffed at that, saying they had met in Moscow only weeks before they were to meet in Washington. “If anything was done to him,” he said, “why would anybody do it here?”
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» What influence does Russia have in the Nagorno-Karabakh clashes? - YouTube
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mikenova shared this story . Published on Apr 3, 2016 What influence does Russia have in the Nagorno-Karabakh clashes? Al Jazeera's Mohammed Jamjoom explains.
» How to hide a billion dollars | The Panama Papers - YouTube
03/04/16 17:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NEWS: The World and Global Security Review. How to hide a billion dollars | The Panama Papers - YouTube Turkey prepared to take returned refugees? | DW News - YouTube Two dead in Amtrak train derailment - ...
» Iraqi forces free 1,500 prisoners from underground ISIS jail - YouTube
03/04/16 16:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Published on Apr 3, 2016 At least 1,500 prisoners have been liberated by Iraqi forces from an underground Islamic State prison, Iraqi officials said. The jail was found during an operation to retake the town ...
» Two dead in Amtrak train derailment - YouTube
03/04/16 16:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Published on Apr 3, 2016 Two people are dead and dozens more are injured after an Amtrak train became derailed outside of Philadelphia. CNN's Sara Ganim has the latest.
» 2:36 PM 4/3/2016 - Headlines: Azerbaijan declares cease-fire, but fighting continues in breakaway enclave - The Washington Post
03/04/16 14:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NEWS: The World and Global Security Review. Azerbaijan declares cease-fire, but fighting continues in breakaway enclave - The Washington Post Syrian forces seize Islamic State-held town near Palmyra | Reut...
» Azerbaijan declares ceasefire but fighting continues in breakaway enclave
03/04/16 13:40 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World. The weekend saw the largest eruption of violence over Nagorno-Karabakh since the 1990s war.
» Nasty NATO and resentful Russia | Europe | DW.COM | 03.04.2016
03/04/16 13:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Russia Nasty NATO and resentful Russia Russia says the West is spreading nasty stories about it and that its damaging relations between the two sides, but is there any basis to them? Fiona Clark takes a look....
» Amtrak train derailment near Philadelphia kills two, injures 35 | Reuters
03/04/16 13:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . &lt;a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/N4735792/jump/us.reuters/world/us/article;type=poe;sz=1x1;articleID=USKCN0X00K0;taga=aaaaaaaaa;ord=0876?" target="_blank"&gt; &lt;img src="http://ad.doublecli...
» Amtrak service disrupted in Northeast after derailment; 2 reported dead - The Washington Post
03/04/16 13:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Amtrak service disrupted in Northeast after derailment; 2 reported dead The inside track on Washington politics. Be the first to know about new stories from PowerPost. Sign up to follow, and we’ll e-mai...
» Trump Does It His Way - The New York Times
03/04/16 13:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . WASHINGTON — YOU could hear how hard it was for Donald Trump to say the words. “Yeah, it was a mistake,” he said, sounding a bit chastened. “If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t h...
» Kremlin: 'No one under any illusion' that anti-terrorist alliance possible with U.S., West - RIA | Reuters
03/04/16 13:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Kremlin: 'No one under any illusion' that anti-terrorist alliance possible with U.S., West - RIA Russian President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov (R-L) atte...
» Syrian forces seize Islamic State-held town near Palmyra | Reuters
03/04/16 12:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Syrian forces seize Islamic State-held town near Palmyra BEIRUT | By Lisa Barrington Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad take positions on a look-out point overlooking the historic city of Palmy...
» Fire engulfs Russian defense ministry’s building in Moscow - The Washington Post
03/04/16 12:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Firefighters work to put out a blaze at a building of Russian Defense Ministry in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, April 3, 2016. A building of the Russian Defense ministry is on fire in central Moscow with the fire b...
» Vladimir Putin’s Mysterious Moving Border
03/04/16 10:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . TAMARASHENI, Georgia—The farmers awoke to find their wheat ripening inside another country. South Ossetian troops and their Russian allies had worked through the night, sinking new border-marking poles ...
» Is Putin serious about peace in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict?
03/04/16 10:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Christian Science Monitor | World. Russia has called for restraint after a fresh wave of fighting erupted Saturday between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The territory, ...
» Mikhail Lesin’s Strange Death in U.S. Follows a Fall From Russia’s Elite
03/04/16 10:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . He returned, though, after Mr. Putin assumed the presidency for a third term. In October 2013, he took over Gazprom Media, the subsidiary of the energy giant that through a complicated ownership structure is ...
» US to transfer a dozen Guantanamo inmates to other countries soon
02/04/16 22:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news. Barack Obama wants to close military detention facility prison before he leaves office but faces stiff resistance
» US travel advice: if you're not a babe then beware special attention on holiday
02/04/16 22:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news. State Department forced to apologise for warning anyone who 'isn't a 10 at home' to avoid being taken for a ride when overseas
» 'Violent' passenger arrested after doing yoga, meditating on plane
02/04/16 22:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news. Japan-bound flight returns to Hawaii after Hyongtae Pae becomes angry when asked to return to his seat
» Electric shock treatment helps dyslexic children read faster, doctors say
02/04/16 22:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news. Medics in Rome say an experiment using mild electric shock threrapy helped dyslexic youngsters read 60 per cent faster
» Nusra Front, Syrian rebels attack government forces near Aleppo, gain ground | Reuters
02/04/16 22:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NEWS: The World and Global Security Review. Nusra Front, Syrian rebels attack government forces near Aleppo, gain ground | Reuters Trump predicts 'very massive recession' in U.S. | Reuters E.U. Suspects Ru...
» News Sites: Pages and Posts
02/04/16 20:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NEWS: The World and Global Security Review. Sites and Names Links – sitesandnames.net Sites and Names Review In Brief – Sites and Names Links Recent Posts – Sites and Names Review – Sites and Names Links s...
» Arrests Made After Right-Wing Protesters, Anti-Racists Clash in Brussels
02/04/16 18:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Belgian police made several arrests Saturday following a tense confrontation between right-wing protesters and anti-racist youth in Brussels. A far-right group had planned a demonstration...
» Trump 'catering' to GOP, wants broader coalition - Washington Post
02/04/16 18:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Washington Post Trump 'catering' to GOP, wants broader coalition Washington Post Sections. Sign In; Username; Subscribe · Reading List · Accessibility for screenrea...
» Pot activists protest in front of White House, without giant blow-up joint - USA TODAY
02/04/16 18:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. USA TODAY Pot activists protest in front of White House, without giant blow-up joint USA TODAY WASHINGTON — The annual marijuana protest known as 4/20 came early this year. A few...
» US-led strikes putting a financial squeeze on the Islamic State - Washington Post
02/04/16 18:53 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Washington Post US-led strikes putting a financial squeeze on the Islamic State Washington Post The Islamic State is facing an unprecedented cash crunch in its home territory, U....
» Syria cease-fire unravelling as fighting erupts near Aleppo
02/04/16 18:53 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World. Government airstrikes threaten to upset peace talks planned for Geneva.
» Troops killed in Turkey bombing
02/04/16 18:53 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from BBC News - World. Five soldiers and one special forces police officer have been killed in a bomb attack in south-eastern Turkey blamed on Kurdish rebels, reports say.
» For Migrants Into Europe, a Road Less Traveled
02/04/16 18:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. The flow of refugees and migrants on the Arctic route through Russia is tiny, compared with other routes. But it has added anxiety, not to mention intrigue, to a crisis that is tearing the ...
» ‘They Cannot Remove Me by Force’: A Strongman on Afghan Infighting
02/04/16 18:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. In a rare interview, Atta Muhammad Noor, the most powerful Tajik politician in northern Afghanistan, discussed his take on factional tensions.
» US Drone Strike Kills Top Al-Shabab Assassin in Somalia
02/04/16 16:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. An attack by an unmanned U.S. aircraft in Somalia has killed a senior member of the al-Shabab militant group, a U.S. official with knowledge of the operation said Friday. The victim of th...
» US Is Weighing More Special Forces Troops for Syria: Official
02/04/16 16:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense News - Home. US officials are weighing sending more special forces troops to Syria, where the contingent of American fighters currently numbers around 50, a senior military official told AFP on Sat...
» Порошенко оценил статью в New York Times как часть «гибридной войны» - РБК
02/04/16 16:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. РБК Порошенко оценил статью в New York Times как часть «гибридной войны» РБК Во время визита в США президент Украины Петр Порошенко заявил, что против его страны ведется «гибридная...
» Пальмира превратилась в город-призрак
02/04/16 16:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from SvobodaRadio's YouTube Videos. From: SvobodaRadio Duration: 00:45 Корреспондент агентства AFP Махер аль-Мунес был первым журналистом, который вошел в Пальмиру 27 марта. Въехав в город вместе с сирийско...
» Refugees Held on Greek Island Wonder About Their Future
02/04/16 16:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Men lounge on concrete slabs a few meters from the barbed-wire-topped chain-link fence that surrounds this center in Lesbos, Greece. It was once a refugee camp. But now the inhabitants ar...
» Sarkisian Calls For Military Cooperation With Nagorno-Karabakh
02/04/16 16:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian addressed the National Security Council in Yerevan on April 2 after fighting erupted in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh inside ...
» The Balance Of Power: How Do Azerbaijan And Armenia Stack Up?
02/04/16 16:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. None
» Concierto De Aranjuez - Chet Baker & Paul Desmond &Jim Hall & Ron Carter & Steve Gadd & Roland Hanna - YouTube
02/04/16 15:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Published on Aug 31, 2013 https://www.facebook.com/JBJazzBluesH... Photos by © Manuel Vagos Trumpet -- Chet Baker Alto Saxophone -- Paul Desmond Bass -- Ron Carter Drums -- Steve Gadd  Guitar -- Jim...
» President Obama scolds media for campaign coverage - YouTube
02/04/16 15:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NEWS: The World and Global Security Review. Summit Closes With World’s Vulnerable Nuclear Materials Still at Risk   by webdesk@voanews.com (Mary Alice Salinas) President Obama scolds media for campaig...
» Trump: Does Not Disagree With 'Abortion Is Murder'
02/04/16 15:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Donald Trump, the American billionaire Republican Party presidential front-runner, says he does not disagree with those who say abortion is "murder." In a interview with the CBS news prog...
» Navy SEALs Split Over Members’ Benefiting From Hard-Earned Brand
02/04/16 15:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from United States Defense and Military Forces. The SEALs face a widening rift over what many in the ranks describe as personal exploitation of a brotherhood that once prized discretion.
» Russian Dep. C-of-S due in Israel to discuss Iskander’s arrival in Syria
02/04/16 15:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from DEBKAFile. April 2, 2016, 9:10 PM (IDT) Russian Deputy Chief of Staff Col-Gen. Nikolai Bogdanovski heads a military delegation due in Israel Monday to discuss with his counterpart IDF Deputy C-of-S Maj. Ge...
» Moscow flies a special mine-sweeping unit to Palmyra
02/04/16 15:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from DEBKAFile. April 2, 2016, 9:57 PM (IDT) The Russian defense minister Friday put on a plane to Palmyra an army unit based at the Chkalovsky near Moscow that specializes in clearing mines. The unit is a...
» President Obama scolds media for campaign coverage
02/04/16 15:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from FoxNewsChannel's YouTube Videos. From: FoxNewsChannel Duration: 09:03 Are press or failed policies to blame?
» Raw: Renewed Fighting in Syria Near Aleppo
02/04/16 15:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from AssociatedPress's YouTube Videos. From: AssociatedPress Duration: 00:53 Syria's partial cease-fire appears to be unravelling as the government's state news agency has released footage of fighting betwe...
» Syrian Forces battle with Al-Nusra near Aleppo
02/04/16 15:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from RussiaToday's YouTube Videos. From: RussiaToday Duration: 01:15 The Nusra Front boasted of its offensive on social media, posting videos showing mortars and tanks firing on what is said to be governmen...
» A Nuclear Job Half Done – The New York Times
02/04/16 13:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The World Web News – Headlines Review. A Nuclear Job Half Done – The New York Times A Nuclear Job Half Done – The New York Times Obama Rebukes Donald Trump’s Comments on Nuclear Weapons –...
» Obama Hails Summit Accord, But Says Nuclear Terrorism Still a Risk
02/04/16 13:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. The leaders of more than 50 nations who met in Washington about nuclear security and terrorism agreed on the actions they will take together to reduce the risks facing the world, but Pres...
» Wounded Children Hospitalized After Nagorno-Karabakh Clashes
02/04/16 13:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. At least two children were hospitalized in Stepanakert, the main city of Nagorno-Karabakh, after clashes erupted on April 2. Both the Azerbaijani and Armenian militaries ...
» Hollande's 'Islamist terrorism' omitted from White House vid; 'technical issue' blamed
02/04/16 12:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . French President Francois Hollande’s comments this week in Washington about Islamic terrorism -- a term President Obama won’t use -- were omitted from an official White House video. Holland made t...
» Hollande's 'Islamist terrorism' omitted from White House vid; 'technical issue' blamed - Fox News
02/04/16 12:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Fox News Hollande's 'Islamist terrorism' omitted from White House vid; 'technical issue' blamed Fox News French President Francois Hollande's comments at a summit this week about...
» Azerbaijan says 12 of its soldiers killed in fighting
02/04/16 12:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from AP Top News at 11:32 a.m. EDT. BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- Heavy fighting erupted Saturday between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan said 12 of its sol...
» Russian President Vladimir Putin (R), accompanied by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, at the Kremlin in Moscow, on ... - Press TV
02/04/16 12:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. Press TV Russian President Vladimir Putin (R), accompanied by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, at the Kremlin in Moscow, on ... Press TV Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for...
» Russia SHUTS DOWN border with Europe amid fears over new migrant route through the ARCTIC - Express.co.uk
02/04/16 12:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. Express.co.uk Russia SHUTS DOWN border with Europe amid fears over new migrant route through the ARCTIC Express.co.uk Russia has closed down some of their borders as migrants desperat...
» Summit Closes With World’s Vulnerable Nuclear Materials Still at Risk
02/04/16 12:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. President Barack Obama is calling on the international community to work urgently to ensure that nuclear weapons do not get into the hands of terrorists or others who want to do harm. Oba...
» Suspect Arrested in Belgium, Linked to Foiled Terror Attack
02/04/16 12:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. A Belgian national was charged Saturday with terrorist activities in the investigation of a foiled attack plot. French and Belgian authorities apprehended the suspect Thursday and have id...
» Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 4 in F Minor, RV 297 "Winter" - YouTube
02/04/16 11:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Published on Apr 2, 2016 FOLLOW US ON SPOTIFY http://open.spotify.com/user/halidon PLAYLIST The Best of Classical Music http://open.spotify.com/user/halidon/ ... ▶ BUY FULL ALBUM Vivaldi: THE FOUR SEASO...
» Brussels Airport Remains Closed As Police Demand More Security Measures
02/04/16 11:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Brussels airport remained closed for passenger flights on April 1, as airport authorities and police could not agree on how to screen passengers arriving for flights foll...
» Poroshenko Predicts Win In Dutch Vote On Ukraine Pact With EU
02/04/16 11:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The United States has urged Dutch voters to approve Ukraine's cooperation agreement with the European Union in a referendum on April 4, even as Ukraine's president predic...
» Obama Says Will Address Some Iranian Concerns Over U.S. Sanctions
02/04/16 11:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. U.S. President Barack Obama said that his administration is preparing to address concerns that Iran is not getting the full benefit of sanctions relief under its nuclear ...
» Amnesty Says Turkey Illegally Sending Syrians Back To War Zone
02/04/16 11:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Amnesty International has accused Turkey of illegally returning thousands of Syrians to their war-torn homeland in recent months.
» A Nuclear Job Half Done – The New York Times – The World Web News – Headlines Review
02/04/16 11:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The World Web News – Today's Headlines. A Nuclear Job Half Done – The New York Times A Nuclear Job Half Done – The New York Times Obama Rebukes Donald Trump’s Comments on Nuclear Weap...
» A Nuclear Job Half Done - The New York Times
02/04/16 11:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NEWS: The World and Global Security Review. A Nuclear Job Half Done - The New York Times Obama Rebukes Donald Trump’s Comments on Nuclear Weapons - The New York Times Obama Warns of Nuclear Terrorism Threa...
» The World Web Times – worldwebtimes.com
02/04/16 10:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The World Web Times. Links News Sites – 10:14 AM 4/2/2016 The World Web Times – worldwebtimes.com The World Web Times – World News Review – wwtimes.com: News, Analysis, Opinions The...
» Mass Grave Found in Syria's Palmyra
02/04/16 09:40 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Officials in Syria say the army has found a mass grave in Palmyra. Authorities say the grave contained at least 40 bodies, including women and three children. Some of the bodies had been ...
» Obama Rebukes Donald Trump on Use of Nuclear Weapons - The New York Times - 7:16 PM 4/1/2016
02/04/16 09:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NEWS: The World and Global Security Review. News Sites - Front Pages The World Web Times – worldwebtimes.com The World Web Times – World News Review – wwtimes.com: News, Analysis, Opinions The World Web Ti...
» SADE : Sade Greatest Hits l The Best Of Sade (HD/HQ) - YouTube
02/04/16 09:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Published on Dec 28, 2015 SADE : Sade Greatest Hits l The Best Of Sade (HD/HQ) https://youtu.be/gE4H7dkGzDc 01. No Ordinary Love 02. Smooth Operator 03. By Your Side 04. The Sweetest Taboo 05. Soldier of Love...
» Links to News Sites
01/04/16 19:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NEWS: The World and Global Security Review. The World Web Times – worldwebtimes.com The World Web Times – World News Review – wwtimes.com: News, Analysis, Opinions The World Web Times – Markets and Busines...
» Watch Live: Obama Speaks at Nuclear Security Summit - YouTube
01/04/16 19:00 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Streamed live 1 hour ago President Obama holds news conference at the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.
» President Obama holds a Press Conference - YouTube
01/04/16 16:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova's YouTube Videos. Started streaming less than 1 hour ago Washington, DC
» US to Islamic State Leader: We Are Hunting You - YouTube
01/04/16 16:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova's YouTube Videos. Published on Apr 1, 2016 A US military spokesman told reporters Friday that he wants Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to know that the US and its allies are hunting him, saying that the...
» AP Top Stories - YouTube
01/04/16 16:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova's YouTube Videos. Published on Apr 1, 2016 Here's the latest for Friday, April 1st: World leaders wrap up nuclear summit; Syrian army experts clear ancient Palmyra of IS mines; Chicago teache...
» The New York Web Times – nywebtimes.com
01/04/16 14:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The New York Web Times. Links Russia in Review – Harvard – Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Russia’s Withdrawal from Syria – Google Search – Press This! ...
» Russia in Review - Harvard
01/04/16 14:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs - Latest Publications. Media Feature April 1, 2016 Belfer Center Programs or Projects : US-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism Russia in Revie...
» Russia in Review
01/04/16 14:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs - US-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism. April 1, 2016 Russia in Review: a digest of useful news from U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nucle...
» Russia's Withdrawal from Syria - Google Search
01/04/16 14:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . The Strategic Significance of Russia's Withdrawal from Syria Google (press release) - 9 hours ago His second surprise comes as the Russian military is reportedly withdrawing from Syria . Before delving deeper...
» Russia News Review – 1:47 PM 4/1/2016 – The World Web Times
01/04/16 13:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The World Web Times. Israel-Russia Brass Continue to Coordinate Over Crowded Skies in Syria Russia says it took ‘direct role’ in Palmyra battle – Al Arabiya English Is Russia leaning away...
» Russia Grievances Push North Caucasus Exiles to Join IS
01/04/16 13:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. The North Caucasus diaspora in Europe is a predominantly Muslim community of several hundred thousand people scattered across the continent. Hundreds of its members have gone to the Middl...
» Russian Economy Shrunk 3.7 Percent Last Year
01/04/16 13:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Russia's economy shrunk by 3.7 percent in 2015 compared with the previous year, the country's state statistics service said on April 1.
» Power Vertical Podcast: A Less Perfect Union - April 01, 2016
01/04/16 13:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The Power Vertical - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. None
» Russia Drops Out of EU'S Top Three Trading Partners
01/04/16 13:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The Moscow Times Top Stories. Russia's share in trade with the European Union dramatically reduced last year, pushing the country out of the top three main trading partners of the EU, the European statisti...
» The Daily Vertical: News Flash! The Truth Is Heard On Russian TV
01/04/16 13:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The Interpreter. The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical  or on the  Power Vertical Facebook  page...
» The worst of Russia's crash is over - Business Insider
01/04/16 13:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. Business Insider The worst of Russia's crash is over Business Insider "Putting all of this together, today's figures confirm that underlying conditions in the Russian economy imp...
» РФ представила в СБ ООН данные о поставках оружия Турцией боевикам ИГ - РИА Новости
01/04/16 13:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. РИА Новости Российская Газета РФ представила в СБ ООН данные о поставках оружия Турцией боевикам ИГ РИА Новости Работу по поставкам оружия боевикам ИГ курирует Национальная разведы...
» US to Provide Ukraine With Additional $335M in Security Aid
01/04/16 13:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. The White House says the United States will provide Ukraine with an additional $335 million in security assistance. The new aid was announced Thursday after a meeting between U.S. Vice Pr...
» Links
01/04/16 12:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The New York Web News. Links
» In new push, U.S. military trains dozens of Syrian fighters | Reuters – Headlines – 12:16 PM 4/1/2016 – Today's Headlines – by Mike Nova – World Web News
01/04/16 12:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Today's Headlines – by Mike Nova – World Web News. Links In new push, U.S. military trains dozens of Syrian fighters | Reuters A C.I.A. Grunt’s Tale of the Fog of Secret War – The New York ...
» Today's Headlines and Commentary
01/04/16 12:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Lawfare - Hard National Security Choices. President Obama hosted world leaders today in Washington for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit focused on stopping nuclear proliferation . The  Wall Street Journal ...
» Syrian Rebels Used Chechens as 'Cannon Fodder' – Kadyrov
01/04/16 11:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The Moscow Times Top Stories. The majority of Chechens fighting in Syria have been killed, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said in an interview with the RIA Novosti news agency, published Friday.
» Is a Trump presidency in Russia's interests? - Russia Beyond the Headlines
01/04/16 11:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. Is a Trump presidency in Russia's interests? Russia Beyond the Headlines Current affairs analyst Vladimir Mikheev is monitoring the election campaign in the U.S. with apprehension and...
» Does Russia Have A Free Press? Journalist Dmitry Tsilikin Found Stabbed In St. Petersburg Apartment - International Business Times
01/04/16 11:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. International Business Times Does Russia Have A Free Press? Journalist Dmitry Tsilikin Found Stabbed In St. Petersburg Apartment International Business Times A renowned culture writer...
» In Russia, The Oil Price Drop Hits Putin's Base Hard - NPR
01/04/16 11:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. NPR In Russia , The Oil Price Drop Hits Putin's Base Hard NPR The drop in world oil prices is still biting hard at Russia's economy. As oil prices have collapsed, so has the value of ...
» Military Surveillance of Civilian Politics
01/04/16 11:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Intelligence Analysis and Reporting. Title:                      Military Surveillance of Civilian Politics Author:                 Senate Committee on the Judiciary United States. Congress. Senate. Commit...
» Air Force Wants Smart Bomb Increase for ISIS Fight
01/04/16 11:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense News - Home. The US Air Force is working with Boeing to double production of the smart bombs used in the fight against the Islamic State group.             
» 'Nothing To See Here': Russia Shrugs At Latest Allegations Against Putin
01/04/16 11:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Reuters this week published allegations that several women reportedly tied to Russian President Vladimir Putin may have been given luxurious residences by a businessman a...
» The San Francisco Police Department's Bigotry Problem - The Atlantic
01/04/16 11:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. The Atlantic The San Francisco Police Department's Bigotry Problem The Atlantic How many police officers are bigots who patrol their beats, guns on their hips, with animus toward...
» Five Sentenced For Beating Azerbaijani Journalist To Death
01/04/16 11:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. A court in Baku sentenced five defendants to prison for beating to death a journalist last August after the victim had criticized a professional soccer player on social m...
» A C.I.A. Grunt’s Tale of the Fog of Secret War
01/04/16 11:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. The collective weight of all C.I.A. memoirs written since 9/11 could collapse a bookshelf, but Douglas Laux brings a raw perspective to the canon.
» 5 injured as huge gas explosion hits residential building in central Paris – Headlines – 10:26 AM 4/1/2016
01/04/16 11:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Today's Headlines – by Mike Nova – World Web News. Links 5 injured as huge gas explosion hits residential building in central Paris (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) — RT News Israel-Russia Brass Continue to Coordinate...
» 5 injured as huge gas explosion hits residential building in central Paris – Headlines – 10:26 AM 4/1/2016 – Today's Headlines – by Mike Nova – World Web News
01/04/16 10:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Today's Headlines – by Mike Nova – World Web News. Links 5 injured as huge gas explosion hits residential building in central Paris (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) — RT News Israel-Russia Brass Continue to Coor...
» The Early Edition: April 1, 2016
01/04/16 10:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Just Security. Before the start of business,  Just Security  provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news. EUROPEAN TERROR ...
» Russia Is Maintaining Most of Its Military Aircraft and Equipment in Syria – Today's Headlines – by Mike Nova – World Web News
01/04/16 10:01 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Today's Headlines – by Mike Nova. 3.31.16 Th Russia Is Maintaining Most of Its Military Aircraft and Equipment in Syria, US Officials Say – ABC News Obama: How we can make our vision of a world w...
» U.S. nonfarm payrolls increase solidly, wages rebound | Reuters - Headlines - 9:43 AM 4/1/2016
01/04/16 09:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NEWS: The World and Global Security Review. U.S. nonfarm payrolls increase solidly, wages rebound | Reuters A Week of Misconceptions - The New York Times To Unify Europe, Face the Mideast as One - The New ...
» GE wants Fed off its back
31/03/16 12:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ReutersVideo's YouTube Videos. From: ReutersVideo Duration: 01:09 GE asked the Federal Reserve to strip it of its designation as a "systemically important financial institution" that's seen as "too big...
» Mr. Trump’s Dangerous Babble on Foreign Policy – The New York Times
31/03/16 11:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Press This! – The New York Web Times. Donald Trump offers up disturbing, incoherent views on nuclear weapons and other national security issues. Source: Mr. Trump’s Dangerous Babble on Foreign Policy ̵...
» Kerry Calls For 'Ultimate Resolution' Of Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict
31/03/16 11:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has called for "an ultimate resolution" of the decades-old Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
» The Morning Vertical, March 31, 2016
31/03/16 11:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Your daily rundown.
» Serbian Firebrand Seselj Faces UN War Crimes Court Verdict March 31
31/03/16 11:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. A United Nations Court on March 31 will rule in the war crimes trial of Vojislav Seselj, a Serbian nationalist accused of inciting murderous ethnic cleansing during the 1...
» The Daily Vertical: Exposed On Two Fronts (Transcript)
31/03/16 11:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Two lies the Kremlin has been spouting about the Ukraine conflict have just been exposed.
» The Daily Vertical: Exposed On Two Fronts
31/03/16 11:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday.
» A Ukrainian Village Between Front Lines And Minefields
31/03/16 11:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Only 10 people remain in the village of Syze, about three kilometers from territory held by Russia-backed separatists near Luhansk. The locals have a nickname for a homet...
» The Early Edition: March 31, 2016
31/03/16 11:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Just Security. Nadia O'Mara Before the start of business,  Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news. EUROPEAN TERROR THREAT Fayçal C...
» Blogs Reviews
31/03/16 11:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The World Web Times. Blogs Reviews: Global Voices | Huffington Post |  Global Voices · Citizen media stories from around the world Global Voices Online – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia global voice...
» 10:58 AM 3/31/2016 - Today's Headlines Link: Russia Is Maintaining Most of Its Military Aircraft and Equipment in Syria...
31/03/16 11:00 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NEWS: The World and Global Security Review. Russia Is Maintaining Most of Its Military Aircraft and Equipment in Syria, US Officials Say - ABC News | » Rise of Isil raises nuclear terrorism threat, Harvard...
» Mr. Trump’s Dangerous Babble on Foreign Policy – The New York Times – Headlines – 3:49 PM 3/30/2016
31/03/16 11:00 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Today's Headlines – by Mike Nova. Links : News | Sites | Names | Blogs | Pages  __________________________ Mr. Trump’s Dangerous Babble on Foreign Policy – The New York Times U.S. to deploy armor...
» Rise of Isil raises nuclear terrorism threat, Harvard researchers warn
30/03/16 22:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news. Global nuclear security must be improved, report says, as developments in Belgium fuel fears of nightmare scenario
» Campaign Season’s Anti-China Tone Is Likely to Cloud Meeting With Obama
30/03/16 22:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Security agents walked alongside the car of China’s president, Xi Jinping, as he arrived Wednesday at Joint Base Andrews, near Washington, to attend the nuclear security summit meeting.
» AP Top Stories March 30 P
30/03/16 21:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from AssociatedPress's YouTube Videos. From: AssociatedPress Duration: 01:10 Here's the latest for Wednesday, March 30th: Minneapolis officers won't be charged for shooting death of a black man; Toronto mou...
» Iran once again derides Obama's legacy nuclear deal
30/03/16 21:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from FoxNewsChannel's YouTube Videos. From: FoxNewsChannel Duration: 02:35 Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei declared his country would not stop its drive toward a nuclear future; Kevin Corke explains on 'Special R...
» Fight for GOP nomination getting increasingly personal
30/03/16 21:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from FoxNewsChannel's YouTube Videos. From: FoxNewsChannel Duration: 12:16 GOP candidates back away from pledge to support eventually nominee
» Washington Summit to Tackle Keeping Nuclear Materials From Terrorists' Reach
30/03/16 21:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from VOAvideo's YouTube Videos. From: VOAvideo Duration: 02:25 The White House nuclear security summit this week will, for the first time, include a special session on how to ensure that terrorist groups li...
» The President and Vice President speak at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast
30/03/16 21:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from whitehouse's YouTube Videos. From: whitehouse Duration: 27:33 The President and the Vice President deliver remarks at the White House's annual Easter Prayer Breakfast in the State Dining Room, March 30...
» SoundCloud CEO: Premium Service Offers 'Radically Expanded' Catalog
30/03/16 21:53 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Bloomberg's YouTube Videos. From: Bloomberg Duration: 04:48 Mar 29 -- SoundCloud co-founder and CEO Alexander Ljung discusses the company’s new premium subscription service, SoundCloud Go, and how it's...
» PBS NewsHour full episode March 30, 2016
30/03/16 21:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from PBSNewsHour's YouTube Videos. From: PBSNewsHour Duration: 55:01 Wednesday on the NewsHour, the presidential candidates stump in Wisconsin and New York ahead of upcoming primaries. Also: A look at what’...
» U.S. Treasury Warns Sanctions 'Overreach' Will Lower Dollar's Status
30/03/16 21:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. A top U.S. official warned that overuse of economic sanctions risks hurting the U.S. economy and driving other nations away from relying on the dollar as the world's rese...
» Cleric's Role Reversal Upends Iraq's Political Order
30/03/16 21:50 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. The mercurial Shiite cleric, politician and militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr has commandeered a protest movement in Baghdad that is drawing resources from the fight against Islamic State...
» Zika Virus Mosquitoes May Spread Farther North Than Thought
30/03/16 21:50 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Mosquito species that carry the dangerous Zika virus may inhabit a wider range of North America than previously thought.
» Losing Count: U.S. Terror-Finance Rules Drive Money Underground
30/03/16 21:50 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Banks are closing the accounts of customers they fear may be up to no good, evicting from the financial system the innocent as well as those the government most wants to watch.
» French Terror Suspect Had Arsenal in Apartment
30/03/16 21:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World – TIME. The French national charged Wednesday with plotting a terrorist attack had an arsenal in his apartment. In the apartment Reda Kriket rented in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil, police found som...
» Global Summit To Discuss Nuclear Terror Threat
30/03/16 21:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. The summit in Washington hosted by Barack Obama comes amid fears Islamic State could try and create a dirty bomb.
» Obama Cuts Prison Sentences of 61 Drug Offenders
30/03/16 21:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. U.S. President Barack Obama is commuting the prison sentences of 61 people serving time for drug-related crimes. The White House says more than one-third of the inmates were serving life ...
» Fears Islamic State Will Use Guerrilla Tactics in Europe
30/03/16 21:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Security agencies racing to break the web of Islamic State (IS) terror cells that have spread across the European continent are also bracing for another worrisome possibility - that the g...
» A More Secure Nuclear World, But Summits Leave Work Undone
30/03/16 21:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Less than three months into his presidency, Barack Obama looked out at the thousands of people packed into Prague's Hradcany Square and told them that as the only nation to ever use a nuc...
» Threats Persist as Obama Hosts His Final Nuclear Security Summit
30/03/16 21:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. President Barack Obama will host his fourth and final nuclear security summit in Washington this week with tons of loose nuclear material still not sufficiently secured and still potentia...
» After Brussels, leaders tackling threat of nuclear terrorism - Washington Post
30/03/16 21:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Washington Post After Brussels, leaders tackling threat of nuclear terrorism Washington Post Sections. Sign In; Username; Subscribe · Reading List · Accessibility f...
» Obama could decide on greater troop presence in Iraq soon: general
30/03/16 21:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will have the chance to decide on whether to increase the number of U.S. forces in Iraq in the "coming weeks," the top U.S. general said o...
» Explainer: Why Nuclear Smuggling Looms Over Washington Summit
30/03/16 21:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. It's not loose nukes that worry experts but rather nuclear materials like plutonium that could be used in a terrorist dirty bomb.
» After Brussels, leaders tackling threat of nuclear terrorism
30/03/16 21:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from AP Top News at 9:11 p.m. EDT. WASHINGTON (AP) -- Still reeling from attacks in Brussels and Paris, world leaders are wrestling this week with the chilling prospect of the Islamic State group or other extre...
» New Momentum in the Russia-China Partnership
30/03/16 21:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Eurasia Daily Monitor - The Jamestown Foundation. Many observers of the Russo-Chinese relationship continue to believe that it is merely a marriage or axis of convenience, which will only last as long as i...
» US Army Plans 9-Month Deployments for Armored Brigades in Europe
30/03/16 21:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense News - Home. The U.S. Army in Europe will have a permanent footprint of three fully manned brigades on the continent by next February, defense officials announced Wednesday.       &#...
» Donald Trump: 'NATO is very obsolete'
30/03/16 21:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Monday that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is "very obsolete" and that the United States bea...
» Fidel Castro to Obama: We don't need your 'presents'
30/03/16 21:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro responded Monday to President Barack Obama's historic trip to Cuba with a long, bristling letter recounting the history of U.S. a...
» 2016 Nuclear Security Summit will affect DC traffic
30/03/16 21:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. WASHINGTON (AP) - The 2016 Nuclear Security Summit being held in Washington this week means potential traffic headaches for anyone trying to travel near the city'...
» Sensors help agents foil pot-smuggling attempt using horses
30/03/16 21:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Federal authorities say U.S. Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona used modern-day technology to foil a drug-smuggling attempt involving a...
» NYPD practicing how to respond to Brussels-style attack
30/03/16 21:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Police Department practiced how officials and officers would respond to a Brussels-style attack. The exercise took place Monday in a ...
» War on Christianity feared as radical Islamists warn of more attacks
30/03/16 21:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. The deadly Easter Sunday attack by a suicide bomber in Pakistan has sent fears soaring of an expanding war on Christianity globally, even as the radical Islamic g...
» The Latest: Obama meets anti-terror, homeland security team
30/03/16 21:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. BRUSSELS (AP) - The Latest on the March 22 attacks in Brussels at the airport and on the subway system (all times local): 1 a.m. The White House says there's no s...
» ISIS social media warning: More attacks will target U.S., Europe
30/03/16 21:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. Islamic State terrorists have taken to social media to tell the West that the March 22 attacks in Brussels are just the beginning of waves of violence that will s...
» Syria's Assad tries to polish image with Palmyra's recapture
30/03/16 21:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. BEIRUT (AP) - The recapture of Palmyra in central Syria from Islamic State militants puts government forces at the heart of the fight against the jihadist group -...
» US says Russia missing opportunity by skipping nuke summit
30/03/16 21:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is criticizing Russia for skipping a global nuclear security summit in Washington. More than 50 countries and international orga...
» Putin's Russian air force bombing Islamic State effectively, Pentagon concedes
30/03/16 21:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. After months of condemning Russia's military incursion into Syria as merely propping up a brutal regime, the Pentagon conceded on Tuesday that President Vladimir ...
» U.S. to beef up military presence in Eastern Europe
30/03/16 21:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. WASHINGTON (AP) — WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say the Pentagon will be deploying an armored brigade combat team to Eastern Europe next February as part of th...
» Editorials from around New York
30/03/16 21:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: The Journal News on the Lower Hudson Valley's response to North Carolina's anti-g...
» White House faults decorated U.S. general's handling of ISIS as he departs
30/03/16 21:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. Army Gen. Lloyd Austin relinquished command in Tampa, Fla.,  on Wednesday  of the U.S. forces fighting the Islamic State –– as a bit of a so...
» Protesters interrupt former NSA, CIA head's Duquesne lecture
30/03/16 21:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. PITTSBURGH (AP) - The former director of the National Security Agency and the CIA says he wasn't surprised when four protesters interrupted his lecture at Duquesn...
» The CIA naked photos scandal is a wake-up call | Trevor Timm
30/03/16 21:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from US national security | The Guardian. Guardian revelations about the degrading treatment of prisoners should matter to all Americans. They’re doing this in our name CIA photographed detainees naked before s...
» Military leaders visit Tampa for command changes at CENTCOM, SOCOM
30/03/16 21:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Stars and Stripes. The Pentagon’s top leaders flew in to Tampa Wednesday see Army Gen. Raymond “Tony” Thomas III assume command of U.S. Special Operations Command during a ceremony at MacDill Air Force Base.
» Defeating Islamic State is not as simple as GOP candidates say
30/03/16 21:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Stars and Stripes. Donald Trump vows to “knock the hell out of” the Islamic State and has talked about bringing back waterboarding. His chief rival for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz...
» Undemocratic behavior diminishes Turkish leader’s standing in US, analysts say
30/03/16 21:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Stars and Stripes. Diplomats say Erdogan’s increasingly aggressive and undemocratic behavior in Turkey, plus what they describe as his mercurial role in the conflict in neighboring Syria, have diminished h...
» Headlines - 3:49 PM 3/30/2016
30/03/16 16:40 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NEWS: The World and Global Security Review. Mr. Trump’s Dangerous Babble on Foreign Policy - The New York Times U.S. to deploy armored brigade combat teams to Europe | Reuters America Needs Frank Talk on I...
» The Early Edition: March 28, 2016
30/03/16 16:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Just Security. Megan Graham Before the start of business,  Just Security  provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news. PAKISTAN At least 72 people we...
» The Early Edition: March 29, 2016
30/03/16 16:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Just Security. Nadia O'Mara Before the start of business,  Just Security  provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news. PAKISTAN A number of arrests h...
» The Early Edition: March 30, 2016
30/03/16 16:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Just Security. Nadia O'Mara Before the start of business,  Just Security  provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news. CYBERSECURITY, PRIVACY and TEC...
» Who lives, dies in attacks can give clues about terror cells
30/03/16 16:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from In Homeland Security. The bomb maker, the transporter, the landlord and the cipher. The four men slipped away after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, and all but one helped in Brussels.
» The Latest: Russia says it will help demine Syria's Palmyra
30/03/16 16:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from In Homeland Security. Russian President Vladimir Putin has told the head of UNESCO that Russia will make strong efforts to help remove mines from Palmyra.
» 4 Ways to Start an Intelligence Career
30/03/16 16:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from In Homeland Security. While intelligence careers remain pretty exclusive, there are a growing number of ways to enter the field. An expert provides his tips.
» US Capitol On Lockdown After Multiple Shots Fired
30/03/16 16:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from In Homeland Security. BREAKING NEWS By Glynn Cosker Managing Editor, In Homeland Security 3.00 p.m. EST U.S. Capitol Police are informing all staff in the Capitol complex to seek shelter and stay in place ...
» US to beef up military presence in Eastern Europe
30/03/16 16:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from In Homeland Security. Military: U.S. officials say the Pentagon will be deploying an armored brigade combat team to Eastern Europe next February.
» US Diplomacy Feeds Putin’s Sense of Self-Righteousness
30/03/16 16:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Eurasia Daily Monitor - The Jamestown Foundation. President Vladimir Putin may have every reason to be satisfied with the visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Moscow last Thursday (March 24). Their...
» Russia’s Asymmetric Military Power in Recapturing Palmyra
30/03/16 16:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Eurasia Daily Monitor - The Jamestown Foundation. On March 27, following months of preparation and Russian-led coalition military action, Damascus finally announced the recapture of Palmyra by government f...
» Implications of Azerbaijan Moving Closer to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
30/03/16 16:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Eurasia Daily Monitor - The Jamestown Foundation. On March 14, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadiarov signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) granting it the status of a dialogue partner in the...
» Russian Military Orders 10,000 Medals for Troops in Syria
30/03/16 16:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense News - Home. Russia’s defence ministry on Monday opened bidding on a contract to deliver over 10,000 medals to soldiers involved in Moscow’s operation in Syria, suggesting the scope of its involvem...
» The Next President Must Start National Security Planning Now, a Top Expert Warns
30/03/16 16:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense News - Home. The next commander in chief won’t have time to slowly ease into the foreign policy turmoil facing America right now, one prominent defense expert is warning.        ...
» Dozens of ISIS fighters, senior operatives deserting in Mosul
30/03/16 16:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from DEBKAFile. March 30, 2016, 7:31 PM (IDT) The allied bombing of ISIS in the Iraqi city of Mosul is starting to have an effect as dozens of fighters, including senior operatives of the terrorist organization...
» Russian nuclear-capable Iskander missiles deployed in Syria
30/03/16 16:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from DEBKAFile. March 30, 2016, 2:55 PM (IDT) Russia has deployed its most advanced tactical missile system, the Iskander-M, in Syria in the last few days, debka file reports exclusively. Capable of carrying a ...
» No official meeting between Obama, Erdogan in Washington this week
30/03/16 16:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from DEBKAFile. March 30, 2016, 3:22 PM (IDT) Following reports that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was "humilated" by US President Obama's refusal to hold an official meeting with him during this w...
» Former Spy Chief On Britain's 'Libya Mistake'
30/03/16 16:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. A former Israeli spy chief tells Sky News the actions of the UK and France in 2011 are to blame for the country's current turmoil.
» Apple seeks answers to how FBI managed to hack iPhone
30/03/16 16:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news. Tech company remains in dark on how FBI hacked iPhone without help
» Trump: Punish women for illegal abortions
30/03/16 16:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from BBC News - World. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump calls for "some form of punishment" for women who have abortions, if it becomes illegal.
» За сколько Россия восстановит Пальмиру?
30/03/16 16:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from SvobodaRadio's YouTube Videos. From: SvobodaRadio Duration: 54:00 Генеральный секретарь ООН Пан Ги Мун призвал все страны мира принять участие в решении проблемы массового исхода мигрантов . Выступая в...
» International Edition 1305 EDT - March 30, 2016
30/03/16 16:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from International Edition - Voice of America. A first in trying to stop the spread of nuclear capability to terrorists. Steps to prevent getting the Zika virus. Ariana Grande has a new song, “Dangerous Woman”....
» RAW: Russian sappers depart for Palmyra demining mission
30/03/16 16:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from RussiaToday's YouTube Videos. From: RussiaToday Duration: 01:16 Russian bomb disposal experts prepared to fly from Chkalovsky Airport, Moscow Region, to Syria to take part in in the mine clearance of P...
» ERIC HOLDER'S LAST DAY AS ATTORNEY GENERAL
30/03/16 16:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from CNN's YouTube Videos. From: CNN Duration: 00:53 Eric Holder marks last day as Attorney General as his replacement prepares to be sworn in on Monday. To License This Clip, Click Here: http://collection....
» EXCLUSIVE: OBAMA-IRAN FIGHTING ISIS
30/03/16 16:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from CNN's YouTube Videos. From: CNN Duration: 06:06 CNN"s Fareed Zakaria interviews President Obama. To License This Clip, Click Here: http://collection.cnn.com/content/clip/370267921_001.do
» EXCLUSIVE: OBAMA-NETANYAHU/IRAN/AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
30/03/16 16:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from CNN's YouTube Videos. From: CNN Duration: 03:46 To License This Clip, Click Here: http://collection.cnn.com/content/clip/370267564_001.do
» US-MEXICO BORDER: CAN A 1,954-MILE WALL BE BUILT?
30/03/16 16:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from CNN's YouTube Videos. From: CNN Duration: 02:15 CNN"s Gary Tuchman explores the massive scope of Trump"s proposed border fence. To License This Clip, Click Here: http://collection.cnn.com/content/clip/...
» The Strategic Importance of Palmyra
30/03/16 15:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from In Homeland Security. The capture of Palmyra pushed the IS further east and threatened the group’s reach into Iraq, but it's not the group's death knell that many hoped for.
» UK's Hammond: Russia 'going backwards' on sanctions relief
30/03/16 15:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. TBILISI (Reuters) - Russia is moving further away from having Western sanctions lifted over its role in the Ukraine crisis, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told Reuters on Wed...
» Pakistan's Sharif cancels visit to Washington in wake of attack
30/03/16 15:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has canceled plans to visit the United States after a bombing on Sunday killed 70 people in Lahore, the White House said o...
» Al-Qaeda's analysis of the U.S. election is actually pretty accurate
30/03/16 15:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World. The article appeared in a publication linked to al-Qaeda's Yemeni branch.
» Russia Receives Record $56 Billion in Weapons Orders After ‘Arms Expo
30/03/16 15:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The Interpreter. Russia Receives Record $56 Billion in Weapons Orders After ‘Arms Expo’ in Syria Campaign LIVE UPDATES: Russia sold $14.5 billion in armaments last year, many to the world’s conflict zones ...
» Web Cams Take You Where You Can't Go
30/03/16 15:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Two bald eagles recently hatched out of their shells and into the hearts of millions of people who watched their arrival in real time via the Internet, thanks to a pair of high-definition...
» В США все больше людей злоупотребляет обезболивающими
30/03/16 15:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from golosamerikius's YouTube Videos. From: golosamerikius Duration: 01:46 Производителей обязали размещать на упаковках предупреждение о серьезном риске для здоровья в случае передозировки и нецелевого исп...
» IS 'Cyrillic Jihadists' Create Their Own Community in Syria
30/03/16 15:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Over 5,000 jihadists from the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan are fighting in the ranks of the so-called Islamic State militant...
» Грани Времени. За сколько Россия восстановит Пальмиру? - 30 марта, 2016
30/03/16 15:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Радиопрограммы и подкасты - Радио Свобода. В результате 5-летнего вооруженного конфликта в Сирии погибли не менее четверти миллиона человек, почти 5 миллионов стали беженцами. Каковы итоги военно-политичес...
» США направят в Европу новую бригаду для сдерживания «российской агрессии» - РБК
30/03/16 15:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. РБК США направят в Европу новую бригаду для сдерживания «российской агрессии» РБК Пентагон разместит в Восточной Европе дополнительную, третью бронетанковую бригаду, насчитывающую ...
» March 30, 2016
30/03/16 15:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. A look at the best news photos from around the world.
» Turkish Government Targeting Foreign Media, Journalists Say
30/03/16 15:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Foreign journalists working in Turkey complain the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has started to target them in an expansion of a media clampdown that until recently appeare...
» 'Loyal Mama' Liz Hurley Dons Dress Said Designed By Ramzan Kadyrov' s Wife
30/03/16 15:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Actress Liz Hurley posted a photograph of herself ' playing Catherine of Aragon' -- an English Tudor queen. But the jade-green dress she is wearing looks like a tradition...
» Islamic State Praises Brussels Suicide Bombers
30/03/16 15:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Today's Headlines – by Mike Nova. I slamic State Praises Brussels Suicide Bombers WSJ.Com: World News 1 Share Islamic State praised the Brussels suicide bombers and urged jihadists in the West to stage...
» 30/03/16 14:43 from Mike Nova’s Shared Newslinks
30/03/16 15:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Today's Headlines – by Mike Nova. » U.S. Commander: Increased Rotation of U.S. Combat Units To Europe Beginning Next Year 30/03/16 14:43 from Mike Nova’s Shared Newslinks Mike Nova’s Shared...
» Israel investigating 2 senior lawmakers
30/03/16 14:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World. Israeli authorities are investigating two senior lawmakers in what local media say are separate corruption cases.
» Assad, buoyed by a win over the Islamic State, dismisses opposition’s demands
30/03/16 14:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World. The Syrian president supports U.N. peace talks — but even more so now on his own terms.
» UN chief: world must resettle 480,000 Syrian refugees
30/03/16 14:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news. As Europe prepares to deport refugees to Turkey, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon calls for global solidarity to meet crisis.
» Vladimir Putin sent Russian mercenaries to 'fight in Syria and Ukraine'
30/03/16 14:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news. Fighters from a private military company called Wagner were used for deniable military operations abroad, finds an investigation by a Russian newspaper
» Blood Test Detects Concussions
30/03/16 14:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. A new blood test has been developed to tell doctors whether someone has had a concussion up to a week after the injury.  Head trauma symptoms can often be subtle, and even delayed, especi...
» US Treasury Chief Warns Against Excessive Use of Sanctions
30/03/16 14:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. U.S. Treasury chief Jack Lew warned Wednesday against the excessive use of economic sanctions on other countries to change their behavior, saying they could imperil the U.S. role in the w...
» US to deploy armored brigade combat teams to Europe - Reuters
30/03/16 14:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Reuters US to deploy armored brigade combat teams to Europe Reuters WASHINGTON The U.S. military said on Wednesday that it would deploy rotations of U.S.-based armored brigade co...
» Kerry welcomes Argentina counterpart to U.S., hails 'restoration'
30/03/16 14:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday welcomed Argentina's "restoration" since the election of Mauricio Macri as the country's new president and said h...
» U.S. to deploy armored brigade combat teams to Europe
30/03/16 14:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Wednesday that it would deploy rotations of U.S.-based armored brigade combat teams to Europe, part of a wider effort to counter what t...
» Obama, Xi seen discussing North Korea, cybersecurity on sidelines of nuclear summit
30/03/16 14:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are likely to discuss North Korea, cybersecurity and human rights when they meet on Thursday before ...
» Turkey's Erdogan to meet with Biden, possibly Obama at White House: spokesman
30/03/16 14:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will sit down with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden this week on the sidelines of a nuclear summit, and will likely have a chance t...
» Thousands attend funeral for controversial Toronto mayor Rob Ford
30/03/16 14:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. TORONTO (Reuters) - Thousands of people turned out on Wednesday for the funeral of former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, whose tumultuous four years as the leader of Canada's largest city inc...
» U.S. Commander: Increased Rotation of U.S. Combat Units To Europe Beginning Next Year
30/03/16 14:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. A top U.S. military commander has announced more frequent rotations of U.S. combat units to Eastern Europe beginning early next year, citing an "aggressive Russia" as the...
» 'Local Leader' Of Banned Islamic Group Jailed In St.Petersburg
30/03/16 14:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. A court in the Russian city of St Petersburg has sentenced a man to 12 1/2 years in prison on charges of being a leader of the banned Hizb-ut-Tahrir organization.
» US to boost army presence in east Europe
30/03/16 14:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from BBC News - World. The US is to step up its troop presence in eastern Europe in response to an "aggressive Russia", the military announces.
» U.S. to deploy armored brigade combat teams to Europe | Reuters
30/03/16 14:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Today's Headlines – by Mike Nova. U.S. to deploy armored brigade combat teams to Europe | Reuters U.S. to deploy armored brigade combat teams to Europe | Reuters America Needs Frank Talk on ISIS –...
» America Needs Frank Talk on ISIS - The New York Times - Headlines
30/03/16 13:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NEWS: The World and Global Security Review. America Needs Frank Talk on ISIS - The New York Times Nuclear Materials Remain Vulnerable to Theft, Despite U.S.-Led Effort - The New York Times Dilma Rousseff L...
» Mr. Trump’s Dangerous Babble on Foreign Policy
30/03/16 13:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Donald Trump might use nuclear weapons to go after Islamic State terrorists. Or maybe not. In a recent spate of interviews, including with The Times , he was unable or unwilling to clarify his disturbing view...
» 12:35 PM 3/30/2016: “Nadiya for Boot”(?!)
30/03/16 12:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The World Web News. Russia ‘will release pilot Nadiya Savchenko if US releases world number one arms dealer Viktor Bout’ by Allison Quinn
» Russia 'will release pilot Nadiya Savchenko if US releases world number one arms dealer Viktor Bout'
30/03/16 12:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news. Ms Savchenko may be exchanged for Mr Bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko, both currently serving lengthy prison sentences in the US for illegal arms sales and drug trafficking
» Analysis: Russia Is Shipping More to Syria, Despite Draw Down - NBCNews.com
30/03/16 12:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. NBCNews.com Analysis: Russia Is Shipping More to Syria, Despite Draw Down NBCNews.com MOSCOW — When Vladimir Putin announced the withdrawal of most of Russia's military contingent from...
» Uncertainty in Turkey as migrant returns set to start under EU deal
30/03/16 12:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. ANKARA (Reuters) - Five days before Turkey is due to start taking back illegal migrants from Greece under a landmark deal with the European Union, uncertainty remains over how many wil...
» UK's Hammond Says Russia's Conduct 'A Threat To All Of Us'
30/03/16 12:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says Russia represents a threat to everyone because it disregards international norms. Answering questions at a news conference d...
» Militant interest in attacking nuclear sites stirs concern in Europe
30/03/16 12:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. PARIS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Meter-thick concrete walls and 1950s-style analog control rooms help protect nuclear plants from bomb attacks and computer hackers, but Islamist militants a...
» The Latest: Russia sending sappers to Syria’s Palmyra
30/03/16 12:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World. The Latest on Syria’s complex civil war (all times local):
» Obama shortens prison sentences for 61 drug offenders
30/03/16 12:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from AP Top News at 11:58 a.m. EDT. WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentences of 61 drug offenders on Wednesday including more than a third serving life sentences, working to give ...
» Families of U.S. Diplomats, Military Personnel Urged to Leave Turkey
30/03/16 10:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Step seen as a reflection of worries over the wave of terrorist attacks in Turkey and elsewhere in Europe.
» Photos of the Day: March 29
30/03/16 10:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. In photos chosen Tuesday by Wall Street Journal editors, the Vietnam War is remembered, oil is cleaned up in Taiwan, children play at the Greek-Macedonian border and more.
» Pentagon Readies More Robust U.S. Presence in Eastern Europe
30/03/16 10:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. The Pentagon has drawn up plans to position American troops, tanks and other armored vehicles full-time along NATO’s eastern borders to deter Russian aggression.
» Iran Will Continue Missile Program, Khamenei Says
30/03/16 10:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. ‘It’s the time of both missiles and dialogue,’ Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says.
» Russian warplane crashes into Far East village, no one hurt
30/03/16 10:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World. Regional authorities in Russia’s Far East say a military jet has crashed into a village, but its pilot ejected safely and no one was hurt on the ground.
» Turkey: 23 Kurdish rebels killed in the southeast
30/03/16 10:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World. The Turkish military says 23 Kurdish rebels have been killed in security operations in the country’s primarily Kurdish southeast region.
» Obama: drug abuse is a health problem, not a criminal one – video
30/03/16 10:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news + Video | The Guardian. US president Barack Obama says the nation’s heroin and opioid epidemic should not be considered a criminal problem . Speaking at the National Prescription Drug Abuse and ...
» Sleep tight and don't let the sharks bite at Paris aquarium Airbnb offer
30/03/16 10:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news. Airbnb offering underwater bedroom to rent at the Paris Aquarium - surrounded by sharks
» Jennifer Lopez and Sting sing at wedding of Russian billionaire's son
30/03/16 10:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news. Said Gutseriev marries student in lavish Moscow wedding with stars including Enrique Iglesias performing at reception
» Russian Police Convoy Bombed in Dagestan; 1 Dead, 4 Wounded - New York Times
30/03/16 10:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. CBS News Russian Police Convoy Bombed in Dagestan; 1 Dead, 4 Wounded New York Times MAKHACHKALA, Russia — ABC News A police convoy hit a bomb in Russia's restive North Caucasus, killin...
» Bombs Planted By IS Removed From Historic Palmyra
30/03/16 10:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Syrian officials says 150 bombs planted by the Islamic State extremist group have been removed by demining experts in the historic town of Palmyra.
» Russian Boycott Of Nuclear Terrorism Summit Leaves U.S. ‘Scratching Our Heads’
30/03/16 10:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Russia's decision not to attend the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., has left many U.S. officials scratching their heads.
» Latvia Blocks Russian Sputnik Site As Kremlin 'Propaganda Tool'
30/03/16 10:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Latvian authorities shut down Russia's pro-Kremlin news site Sputnik on March 29, calling it a "propaganda tool" and drawing an immediate rebuke from Moscow.
» Ukrainian Parties Fail To Form New Governing Coalition
30/03/16 10:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Last-minute demands raised by former Ukrainian President Yulia Tymoshenko's Fatherland party quashed hopes for a new governing coalition in Ukraine on March 29.
» The Daily Vertical: Protecting Russia's Culture Of Terror (Transcript)
30/03/16 10:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. How an autocratic regime chooses to prosecute its dissidents can be very revealing.
» The Daily Vertical: Protecting Russia's Culture Of Terror
30/03/16 10:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday.
» Lukashenka: Crisis In Ukraine's East Cannot Be Solved Without U.S.
30/03/16 10:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka says the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine cannot be solved without U.S. involvement.
» ISIS Fighters Laid Mines Around Palmyra’s Ancient Ruins Before Retreating, Syrians Say
30/03/16 10:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Islamic State fighters were reported to have booby-trapped Palmyra’s archaeological treasures before retreating.
» Nuclear Materials Remain Vulnerable to Theft, Despite U.S.-Led Effort
30/03/16 10:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Trucks transported highly enriched uranium in Kiev, Ukraine, in March 2012, part of an American-sponsored effort to remove from the country a stockpile of fuel large enough for eight or mor...
» Op-Ed Columnist: When the Necessary Is Impossible
30/03/16 10:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Stabilizing Iraq and Syria depends on crushing ISIS and Shiites and Sunnis agreeing to share power.
» Iran's Ayatollah: Missile program trumps talk - Fox News
30/03/16 10:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Fox News Iran's Ayatollah: Missile program trumps talk Fox News In a bold speech clearly aimed at Western negotiators and Iran's moderate political wing, Supreme Leader Ayatollah...