Category: CONFLICTS

Chinese spy ship is spotted off Japan’s Boso Peninsula

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A Chinese naval intelligence ship was spotted off the Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture several times from Wednesday to Saturday, the Japanese Defense Ministry said. The vessel did not intrude into Japanese territorial waters, the ministry said, but added it is rare for a Chinese naval vessel to sail back and forth in that area

NATO War Game Tests Intelligence- Sharing

ORLAND AIR BASE, Norway—A war game the North Atlantic Treaty Organization played recently in a Norwegian fiord about 650 miles from the Russian border has a familiar ring: Tensions between two countries explode into military conflict after one supports an insurgency in disputed territory. NATO officials say any parallels to the situation in Ukraine are

U.S., Allies Prepare to Act as Syria Intelligence Mounts

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Positions hardened in the international standoff over Syria, as U.S. officials said privately that a flood of previously undisclosed intelligence, including satellite images and intercepted communications, erased any last administration doubts that the Syrian regime had used chemical weapons against its own people. French, U.K. and U.S. military officials talked Tuesday about coordinating their response

Colombia and Nicaragua’s Maritime Dispute Intensifies

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Less than one year after the International Court of Justice settled a long-standing maritime border dispute between Nicaragua and Colombia, the two countries are verbally sparring again. The southwestern Caribbean is important to both Nicaragua and Colombia for both strategic and symbolic reasons, as they play into energy and security issues, as well as domestic

The regional struggle for Syria

A new ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations) report – The regional struggle for Syria – explains the competing interests and ambitions of the key regional players.  Click here to download the paper.

After Sanctions Vote, 2 Koreas Ratchet Up Attack Threats

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  SEOUL, South Korea — Angrily responding to the United Nations Security Council’s unanimous decision to impose tightened sanctions, North Korea said on Friday that it was nullifying all nonaggression agreements with South Korea, with one of its top generals claiming that his country had nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles ready to blast off. Matching the

North Korea says its rockets can hit U.S. mainland

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(Reuters) – North Korea has rockets that can hit the U.S. mainland, it said on Tuesday, two days after South Korea struck a deal with the United States to extend the range of its ballistic missiles. North and South Korea have been technically at war since their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a

48 Killed in Ethnic Clashes in Kenya

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At least 48 people, including 11 children, have been killed in clashes between two ethnic groups in Kenya's eastern Tana River region. Police said Wednesday the victims were either hacked to death or burned after fighting erupted between the Pokomo and Orma communities. There has been an ongoing dispute between the two groups.. Read more:

Bomb Blast Kills 8 in Southeastern Turkey

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A car bomb that exploded near a police station in southeastern Turkey has killed eight people and wounded 64 others. Police say the blast happened Monday night in the town of Gaziantep, near the country's border with Syria. The remote-controlled explosion also set several vehicles on fire. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for..

Tajik Officials: About 40 Dead in Fighting Between Troops, Militants

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Tajik officials say at least 12 troops have been killed in clashes with militants led by a former warlord accused of murdering a security services chief. A government statement said 30 rebel fighters were also killed in the fighting Tuesday in a remote mountainous region close to the Afghan border. The statement said troops captured

Attacks Kill 91 Across Iraq

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Iraqi officials say a wave of bombings and shootings has killed at least 91 people and wounded 172 others on the deadliest day in Iraq this year. Authorities said the attacks Monday included gunmen killing at least 15 Iraqi soldiers at a military base in northeastern Iraq as well as a series of explosions in

Russia, China Veto UN Resolution on Syria

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Russia and China have vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that would have imposed non-military sanctions on Syria in an effort to pressure President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Thursday's vote was 11-to-2, with two abstentions. It was the third time during the Syria crisis that Russia and China have voted against the resolution. The vote

State TV: Suicide Bombing Kills Syrian Defense Minister

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Syrian state television says a suicide bomber has struck the National Security building in Damascus, killing Defense Minister Daoud Rajha and Deputy Defense Minister Assef Shawkat, brother-in-law to President Bashar al-Assad. At least one rebel group has claimed responsibility for the attack that seriously wounded several other officials taking part in a high-level meeting Wednesday.

Kim Jong Un Named Marshal of North Korea

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been awarded the title of marshal, formally becoming the country's top military leader. State media announced the move in a brief special message Wednesday. It comes after a shakeup of the military's leadership this week, which included the departure of Ri Yong Ho, North Korea's top military figure

Roadside Bomb Kills 11 in NW Pakistan

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Pakistani officials say a roadside bomb has exploded in the country's northwestern tribal region, killing at least 11 people. The blast Wednesday struck a vehicle in Orakzai, one of the districts in the area along the Afghan border that is a known hub for Taliban- and al-Qaida-linked militants. There was no immediate claim.. Read more:

Kosovo Granted Full Sovereignty

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The multi-national group supervising Kosovo's independence has decided to grant it full rights of national sovereignty as of September. The International Steering Group — composed of 25 western nations — has been responsible for overseeing Kosovo's independence and helping establish democratic institutions in the former Serbian province, which has a two-million strong ethnic Albanian majority.

Turkish Cabinet to Discuss Syrian Attack Against Jet

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Turkey's cabinet is to meet Monday to discuss the downing of a Turkish military jet by Syria last week – an act Ankara says happened, without warning, in international airspace. The meeting comes a day before NATO ambassadors are scheduled to hold consultations requested by Turkey, under the alliance's founding treaty, which commits all members

More Clashes in North Nigeria as Violence Kills Close to 100

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Violent clashes between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria's north flared again Wednesday, bringing the death toll from four days of unrest close to 100. The clashes took place despite a round-the-clock curfew in the cities of Kaduna and Damaturu. Witnesses reported a large number of soldiers patrolling the streets. The wave of unrest began Sunday,

Libyan Authorities Retake Control of Airport From Disgruntled Militia

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The Libyan government says it has retaken control of Tripoli's international airport after disgruntled militiamen from a central region stormed the runway to protest the disappearance of their leader. Libyan officials say pro-government militias initially responded to the airport seizure, disarming some of the assailants and forcing others to flee before handing control of the

23 Killed in Iraq Blast

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Iraqi officials say a car bomb attack in central Baghdad has killed at least 23 people and wounded more than 65. The Monday morning blast in the Baab al-Muadham neighborhood damaged an office for a Shi'ite religious affairs foundation that manages religious and cultural sites. It was the deadliest single attack in months in the