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February 10, 2016

U.S. Intel Chief Warns of Widening Array of Terror Dangers

By Guy Taylor | The Washington Times

President Obama's top intelligence official warned Tuesday that the country is facing an unusually broad range of security threats, from Islamic State recruitment of extremists inside the U.S., to Iranian support for terrorism, to the expanding pursuit by Russia and China of cyberspying technology and weapons capable of neutralizing U.S. satellites orbiting the earth. But it was Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper's claims on North Korea that drew the most attention.

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders Win in New Hampshire

By Patrick Healy and Jonathan Martin | The New York Times

The success by two outsider candidates dealt a remarkable rebuke to the political establishment, and all but guaranteed protracted, bruising races for each party’s presidential nomination.

Opinion

February 10, 2016

The Simultaneity Trap

By Eliot A. Cohen | The American Interest

The next President can’t help walking into four distinct strategy traps. The first one: The sheer scarcity of time.

John Kerry’s Desperate Push on Syria

By David Ignatius | The Washington Post

Secretary of State John F. Kerry said in an interview that the United States is nearing a final “crunch time” on Syria — in which it will either make progress toward a cease-fire or begin moving toward “Plan B” and new military actions.

Europe

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February 10, 2016

NATO Chief Expects OK For Greater Forward Presence

By John-Thor Dahlburg and Robert Burns | Associated Press

NATO defense ministers should approve plans Wednesday for increasing NATO's forward presence in Eastern Europe to deter Russia, and discuss what the alliance might do to stanch the ongoing flow of migrants into Europe, the organization's secretary-general said.

IMF Chief Warns Ukraine Over Slow Pace of Reform

By James Ellingworth | Associated Press

The head of the International Monetary Fund warned Ukraine on Wednesday that the organization would be unable to keep supporting the country financially if it doesn't step up its reform efforts.

Opinion

February 10, 2016

How Germany Will Cope With the Refugee Crisis

By Peter Wittig | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Germany took in 1.1 million refugees in 2015, the equivalent of the U.S. receiving 4.4 million. The huge number of people has presented our country with daunting challenges.

Off the Radar

February 9, 2016

Greek PM Strenghtens Ties With Iran

By Eric Maurice | EUobserver

Greece and Iran pledged Monday to strengthen the political and economic cooperation between their two countries in a series of meetings where Iran's geopolitical importance was emphasised.

Africa

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February 10, 2016

Somali Plane Revelations Add to Fears of Insider Attacks

By Robert Wall and Heidi Vogt | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Somalia’s transport minister on Tuesday said that an employee at the country’s civil aviation office aided the bombing of a Djibouti-bound plane last week, reinforcing concern among security experts that insider attacks are among the biggest threats to commercial flights.

Off the Radar

February 9, 2016

At least 21 people were killed, 40 wounded and dozens of houses burned in weekend attacks aimed at Hutus in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations said Monday, expressing alarm at rising ethnic violence.

Middle East

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February 10, 2016

Kurds Attack Syrian Air Base Held By Insurgents

By Bassem Mroue | Associated Press

Kurdish fighters backed by Russian airstrikes launched an attack in northern Syria on Wednesday in an attempt to capture a military air base held by Syrian insurgents, activists and a rebel commander said.

Opinion

February 10, 2016

Why Iraq Doesn't Prosecute Militia Atrocities

By Eli Lake | Bloomberg View

Since Iraq began sending tens of thousands of volunteer fighters in 2014 to battle the Islamic State, evidence has mounted that some of these militias have committed atrocities against civilians. But so far, the Iraqi legal system has turned a blind eye.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been busy meeting with Israeli delegations despite the uprising that began in October, even though both sides have been in a political standoff since the suspension of official peace talks in April 2014. It's not clear whether his efforts will pay off.

Off the Radar

February 9, 2016

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrives in India on Wednesday accompanied by a delegation of ministers, government officials, economists and business executives.

Asia / Pacific

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February 10, 2016

A top general in North Korea was executed this month on corruption charges, around the time its leader, Kim Jong-un, warned the party and military elites against abuse of power and other misdeeds, a South Korean official said on Wednesday.

South Korea said Wednesday that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to its recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its nuclear and missile programs.

China Breezes Past EU as Top Wind Power

By Lucy Hornby | Financial Times

China installed nearly half of the 63 gigawatts of wind power added globally in 2015, the Global Wind Energy Council said on Wednesday, and now accounts for about a third of the world’s installed wind power capacity.

Opinion

February 10, 2016

Paris Is on Wartime Footing

By Leela Jacinto | Foreign Policy

Three months after the Islamic State attacks, France is on the verge of declaring a state of emergency, forever.

United States

Top News

February 10, 2016

U.S. Intel Chief Warns of Widening Array of Terror Dangers

By Guy Taylor | The Washington Times

President Obama's top intelligence official warned Tuesday that the country is facing an unusually broad range of security threats, from Islamic State recruitment of extremists inside the U.S., to Iranian support for terrorism, to the expanding pursuit by Russia and China of cyberspying technology and weapons capable of neutralizing U.S. satellites orbiting the earth. But it was Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper's claims on North Korea that drew the most attention.

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders Win in New Hampshire

By Patrick Healy and Jonathan Martin | The New York Times

The success by two outsider candidates dealt a remarkable rebuke to the political establishment, and all but guaranteed protracted, bruising races for each party’s presidential nomination.

Opinion

February 10, 2016

The Simultaneity Trap

By Eliot A. Cohen | The American Interest

The next President can’t help walking into four distinct strategy traps. The first one: The sheer scarcity of time.

John Kerry’s Desperate Push on Syria

By David Ignatius | The Washington Post

Secretary of State John F. Kerry said in an interview that the United States is nearing a final “crunch time” on Syria — in which it will either make progress toward a cease-fire or begin moving toward “Plan B” and new military actions.

The Americas

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Europe

Top News

February 10, 2016

NATO Chief Expects OK For Greater Forward Presence

By John-Thor Dahlburg and Robert Burns | Associated Press

NATO defense ministers should approve plans Wednesday for increasing NATO's forward presence in Eastern Europe to deter Russia, and discuss what the alliance might do to stanch the ongoing flow of migrants into Europe, the organization's secretary-general said.

IMF Chief Warns Ukraine Over Slow Pace of Reform

By James Ellingworth | Associated Press

The head of the International Monetary Fund warned Ukraine on Wednesday that the organization would be unable to keep supporting the country financially if it doesn't step up its reform efforts.

Opinion

February 10, 2016

How Germany Will Cope With the Refugee Crisis

By Peter Wittig | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Germany took in 1.1 million refugees in 2015, the equivalent of the U.S. receiving 4.4 million. The huge number of people has presented our country with daunting challenges.

Off the Radar

February 9, 2016

Greek PM Strenghtens Ties With Iran

By Eric Maurice | EUobserver

Greece and Iran pledged Monday to strengthen the political and economic cooperation between their two countries in a series of meetings where Iran's geopolitical importance was emphasised.

Africa

Top News

February 10, 2016

Somali Plane Revelations Add to Fears of Insider Attacks

By Robert Wall and Heidi Vogt | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Somalia’s transport minister on Tuesday said that an employee at the country’s civil aviation office aided the bombing of a Djibouti-bound plane last week, reinforcing concern among security experts that insider attacks are among the biggest threats to commercial flights.

Off the Radar

February 9, 2016

At least 21 people were killed, 40 wounded and dozens of houses burned in weekend attacks aimed at Hutus in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations said Monday, expressing alarm at rising ethnic violence.

Middle East

Top News

February 10, 2016

Kurds Attack Syrian Air Base Held By Insurgents

By Bassem Mroue | Associated Press

Kurdish fighters backed by Russian airstrikes launched an attack in northern Syria on Wednesday in an attempt to capture a military air base held by Syrian insurgents, activists and a rebel commander said.

Opinion

February 10, 2016

Why Iraq Doesn't Prosecute Militia Atrocities

By Eli Lake | Bloomberg View

Since Iraq began sending tens of thousands of volunteer fighters in 2014 to battle the Islamic State, evidence has mounted that some of these militias have committed atrocities against civilians. But so far, the Iraqi legal system has turned a blind eye.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been busy meeting with Israeli delegations despite the uprising that began in October, even though both sides have been in a political standoff since the suspension of official peace talks in April 2014. It's not clear whether his efforts will pay off.

Off the Radar

February 9, 2016

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrives in India on Wednesday accompanied by a delegation of ministers, government officials, economists and business executives.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

February 10, 2016

A top general in North Korea was executed this month on corruption charges, around the time its leader, Kim Jong-un, warned the party and military elites against abuse of power and other misdeeds, a South Korean official said on Wednesday.

South Korea said Wednesday that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to its recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its nuclear and missile programs.

China Breezes Past EU as Top Wind Power

By Lucy Hornby | Financial Times

China installed nearly half of the 63 gigawatts of wind power added globally in 2015, the Global Wind Energy Council said on Wednesday, and now accounts for about a third of the world’s installed wind power capacity.

Opinion

February 10, 2016

Paris Is on Wartime Footing

By Leela Jacinto | Foreign Policy

Three months after the Islamic State attacks, France is on the verge of declaring a state of emergency, forever.

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