02 Aug 2015

Merkel to run for fourth term in 2017

“Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has governed Germany since 2005, has decided to run for a fourth term and has started planning her 2017 re-election campaign, Der Spiegel news magazine said on Saturday in an unsourced report. Peter Tauber, secretary general of Merkel’s Christian Democrat (CDU) party and effectively its campaign

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02 Aug 2015

U.S., Egypt begin strategic dialogue, first since 2009

“The United States and Egypt began strategic dialogue talks on Sunday, their first since their relationship was strained by the military ouster of President Mohamed Mursi after mass protests against his rule in 2013. Despite U.S. lawmakers’ concerns that Egypt is lagging on democratic reforms, Egypt remains one of Washington’s

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02 Aug 2015

Turkish troops killed in ‘Kurdish PKK suicide blast’

“Two Turkish security troops have been killed and 31 wounded in a suicide attack by Kurdish PKK militants, the regional governor’s office says. A tractor laden with explosives was driven at a military police station, reports by Turkish media say.” Source: Turkish troops killed in ‘Kurdish PKK suicide blast’ –

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01 Aug 2015

India, Bangladesh Swap Land Near Their Border

“India and Bangladesh swapped land along their border, ending a decadeslong dispute that had left more than 50,000 people virtually stateless. The South Asian nations share a highly irregular, 2,500-mile border, where because of a quirk in their shared history small pockets of land belonging to each had been surrounded

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01 Aug 2015

Gunmen Open Fire at Sri Lankan Election Rally

“Gunmen opened fire at an election rally on the outskirts of the Sri Lankan capital on Friday, killing one person and wounding a dozen others, police said, amid a campaign pitting the country’s ex-president against politicians who ousted him earlier this year.” Source: Gunmen Open Fire at Sri Lankan Election

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01 Aug 2015

Top US, Russian and Saudi diplomats to have trilateral meeting in Qatar, Moscow says

“Russia’s foreign minister has scheduled a trilateral meeting in Qatar with his U.S. and Saudi counterparts. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Sergey Lavrov will confer with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi Foreign Minister Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir during his two-day trip to Doha starting Sunday.

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31 Jul 2015

Latvia, Lithuania To Raise Defense Spending

“Following a meeting in Vilnius, Latvia’s and Lithuania’s defense ministers have announced plans to increase their countries’ military spending — to 2 percent and 1.5 percent of their gross domestic products, respectively, local broadcaster LSM reports.” Source: Latvia, Lithuania To Raise Defense Spending

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31 Jul 2015

Thailand Wants To Buy Submarines From China, US Wary Of Growing Relationship Between Military Junta And Beijing

“The Royal Thai Navy claims it urgently needs more submarines to compete with other Asian countries. The assistant commander made the claim aimed at persauding a skeptical public that the nation should invest in its military in a white paper sent to reporters, the Bangkok Post reported Thursday.” Source: Thailand

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31 Jul 2015

Israel readies Iron Dome on Lebanon border as Hezbollah anticipates arms from Iran

“One year after Israel’s vaunted Iron Dome defense system helped protect citizens from a rocket barrage launched from Gaza, the Jewish State has deployed the shield to the north, likely amid fears Lebanon-based Hezbollah could get an infusion of cash and weapons from Iran.” Source: Israel readies Iron Dome on

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31 Jul 2015

Debate: How Many American Troops Are Needed in Europe?

“Although top military leaders have testified before Congress that Russia has become the most serious threat to U.S. national security, the U.S. Army in Europe is trying to confront a renewed threat from Russia with a force that is a fraction of its Cold War size.” Source: Debate: How Many

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