Friday, February 12, 2016


A man selling pastries walks past the rubble of damaged buildings in the rebel held al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo on February 10.

The Costs That Come With Russia's Gains In Syria

Russia's bombing campaign has redrawn the Syrian battlefield and strengthened the hand of Damascus for peace talks. But those gains come at a high cost. More

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to reporters in Brussels about the alliance's plans to bolster its eastern flank.

Russian Media See NATO 'Beachhead' Near Russia’s Borders

News that NATO is bolstering its eastern flank was received frostily in Moscow, where pro-Kremlin media accused the alliance of inching duplicitously closer to Russia’s borders, bellicose saber-rattling, and even preparing for all-out war. More

Iranian students reenact the arrest of U.S. sailors by Iran's Revolutionary Gaurds Corps during a ceremony marking the 37th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Tehran on February 11.

Capture Of U.S. Sailors Reenacted At Celebrations Of Iran’s 1979 Revolution

The capture of 10 U.S. sailors by Iranian forces last month was reenacted at rallies in Iran celebrating the anniversary of the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. More

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (left) and Christine Lagarde (right) were all smiles at this meeting in September but the IMF head has since had some very harsh words for the Kyiv administration.

IMF Demand For Ukraine Reform Just Latest Red Flag For Poroshenko

The head of the International Monetary Fund's blunt criticism of Ukraine marks a new low point for a beleaguered administration in Kyiv's efforts to battle corruption. More

Will Russian President Vladimir Putin (center) use high-profile meetings abroad by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (left) and Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (right) to build real bridges, or to execute tactical moves in a mounting confrontation with the West?

News Analysis: Putin Pulls Levers As Russian Patriarch, PM Head Abroad

Two of Vladimir Putin's top allies head abroad this week on high-profile missions, but Putin is hanging back at home. Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill holds a historic meeting with Pope Francis in Cuba, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev addresses a security conference in Munich amid strong Western concerns over Moscow's actions in Ukraine and Syria. More


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