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Russia: Loss of Iranian nuclear deal would be ‘unforgivable’

Russian ministry also says it was disappointed by plans by the US to extend its Iran Sanctions Act by 10 years. Iran’s nuclear program was lost, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, the Interfax news agency reported. The ministry also said it was disappointed by plans by the United States to extend its Iran Sanctions Act by 10 years. Meanwhile ...

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America’s Attitude Toward Iran Risks Shifting Tehran’s East-West Balance Toward Russia

Russia’s Foreign Ministry announced this week that diplomats from Russia, the U.S. and regional powers in the Middle East would meet in Switzerland this weekend to discuss the crisis in Syria. The U.S. State Department has said the talks are aimed at finding, “a multilateral approach to resolving the conflict in Syria, including a sustained cessation of violence and the resumption ...

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Syria conflict: Heavy air strikes resume on Aleppo

Russian planes have resumed air strikes on rebel-held districts in the city of Aleppo, in what activists say is the heaviest bombardment in days. At least 25 people are reported to have died, including children. The bombardment follows a temporary lull called by the Syrian government, partly to allow civilians to leave rebel areas in the east of the city. ...

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Russia to hold military drills in Egypt this month

“The joint Russian-Egyptian drills will happen in mid-October 2016 on the territory of Egypt,” it said, without specifying their start date. The drills, called “Protectors of Friendship-2016”, will include 500 troops, 15 planes and helicopters and 10 military hardware units, the ministry said, describing the exercises as “anti-terrorist”. “The airborne delivery by parachute of several Russian airborne troops’ сombat vehicles ...

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Egypt denies talks on hosting Russian airbase

Egyptian officials have denied a report in the Russian media which claimed that Moscow and Cairo are negotiating a deal on a Russian airbase in western Egypt. Egypt’s Al-Ahram daily reported the president’s office as stating that it would not allow foreign foreign military bases on Egyptian coasts. Earlier on Monday, Russian newspaper Izvestia cited its diplomatic and military sources as ...

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Russian strikes in Syria

WRITTEN BY KALAHAN DENG Why is Russia bombing Syria? Russia says the strikes are to defeat Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). But most of their first strikes have been against non-Isil groups who are opposed to President Assad’s regime. Why would Russia bomb non-Isil groups? Russia’s spokespeople are sometimes vague – referring to Isil and terrorists in ...

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ISIS-linked terror cell foiled in southern Russia, 3 terror plots thwarted

A militant cell suspected of having links to Islamic State has been eliminated in southern Russia, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAC) reports. The group was planning at least three terror attacks in the region, including one on a Muslim Holiday. In a special operation in the Republic of Ingushetia on Friday, Russia’s security forces killed six militants in the city ...

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Russia launches huge nuclear war training exercise that ‘involves 40 million people’

‘Schizophrenics from America are sharpening nuclear weapons for Moscow,’ says Russian government-run TV network The Russian government has launched a nationwide civil defence training exercise to ensure the country is properly prepared in the event of a nuclear, chemical and biological attack from the West. Amid growing international tensions, particulary over Russia’s conduct in Syria, the Defence Ministry-run Zvezda TV network announced last week: “Schizophrenics from ...

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A ferocious assault on Aleppo suggests the U.S. may be wrong on Syria

BY KALAHAN DENG Syrian and Russian warplanes launched a ferocious assault against rebel-held Aleppo on Friday, burying any hopes that a U.S.-backed cease-fire could be salvaged and calling into question whether the deal would ever have worked. Waves upon waves of planes relentlessly struck neighborhoods in the rebel-held east of the city on the first day of a new offensive ...

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WHERE ARE WE HEADING WITH OUR WORLD?

WRITTEN BY KALAHAN DENG When confusion and misinformation get together in the dark, paranoia is born. Fears of war, violence, and oppression fester and grow in the minds of the populace pushing everything but a misguided assurance of certain doom into the shadows. Out of this cramped and huddled mindset we get the bastardized half-brother of critical thinking: conspiracy theories. ...

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