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Turkish Stocks Tumble as Russia Crisis Escalates

One of the comforting thoughts for observers of the escalating conflict between Russia and Turkey is that both have solid economic incentives to avoid escalating too much. This was emphasized by a 4.39 percent drop in the Turkish stock market, accompanied by the highest five-year debt insurance costs in several weeks, and the Turkish lira sliding 0.6 percent against the dollar.

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Venezuela Opposition Candidate Shot Dead at Rally

Caracas (AFP) – A Venezuelan opposition election candidate was shot dead while campaigning, political leaders said Thursday, raising tensions ahead of a legislative vote that could weaken the major oil producer’s socialist government.

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U.S. Troops Suspended over Strike on Afghan Hospital

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The blame for the accidental bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz has fallen on some American troops who, as a result, have been suspended from their duties and are under investigation by the military for not following the rules of engagement during the strike, the top commander of U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan told reporters.

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Mali Terror Attack Ropes China into Struggle Against Jihad

Last week’s Islamist terror attack on a hotel in Mali counted three Chinese railway executives among its 19 dead. On Thursday, China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, promised increased security cooperation with African nations in the wake of the attack.

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National Security ‘Reconfigures’ GOP Primary

The 2016 presidential race is undergoing a sweeping reconfiguration, with national security taking on new prominence following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and the downing of Russian fighter jet by Turkey that has the U.S. and its allies calling for calm on both sides.


Bashar al-Assad and the ‘Children of Monsters’

Breitbart News caught up to author Jay Nordlinger earlier this month. The dictator’s son commanding his attention also commands the world’s. The headlines call Bashar al-Assad a “butcher” and a “mass murderer.” Nordlinger calls him, or at least an earlier version of him, “shy” and “nerdy.”

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (C) walks surrounded by security officers to receive Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa (unseen) upon the latter's arrival in Riyadh to attend the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit on May 5, 2015.

WaPo: The Saudis’ ‘Religious-Industrial Complex’

From the Washington Post: The rise of the Islamic State has led to remarkable growth in Western criticism of Saudi Arabia. Often, these critics go far further than simply claiming that the Gulf kingdom, one of the West’s most important allies in the region, is not

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Iran Hacks State Department Social Media Accounts

Unimpressed by their “historic” nuclear deal with the United States, and its billions of dollars in sanctions relief, Iran’s hackers have escalated their attacks on U.S. government officials over the past four months.