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With Gas Cut Off, Ukraine Looks West

  Keeping Ukraine warm keeps Andriy Kobolev up at night. Mr. Kobolev, the head of Ukraine’s state energy company, Naftogaz, is scrambling to keep gas flowing into his country as winter looms. Russia’s energy giant, Gazprom, had provided a little more than half of Ukraine’s total gas supply, but suspended its shipments in June in the face of fighting in ... Read More »

Exclusive: Japan, U.S. discussing offensive military capability for Tokyo – Japan officials

Japan and the United States are exploring the possibility of Tokyo acquiring offensive weapons that would allow Japan to project power far beyond its borders, Japanese officials said, a move that would likely infuriate China. While Japan’s intensifying rivalry with China dominates the headlines, Tokyo’s focus would be the ability to take out North Korean missile bases, said three Japanese ... Read More »

Former South Korean Spy Chief Convicted in Online Campaign Against Liberals

 A former South Korean intelligence chief accused of directing agents who posted online criticisms of liberal candidates during the 2012 presidential election campaign was convicted Thursday of violating a law that banned the spy agency from involvement in domestic politics. Won Sei-hoon, who served as director of the National Intelligence Service under President Park Geun-hye’s predecessor, Lee Myung-bak, was sentenced ... Read More »

South Korea Sets Plan for North’s Economy After Possible Reunification

South Korea will release a preliminary plan in October to lay out how debt financing could help rebuild North Korea’s shattered economy after an eventual reunification, Seoul’s top financial regulator said Thursday. The plan is part of South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s push to prepare for the possibility of reunification and assumes debt can be secured against North Korea’s natural ... Read More »

North Korea Returns a Defector to the South

North Korea returned a South Korean man on Thursday who had defected to the North, in the first such repatriation since October. The 52-year-old man, identified as Kim Sang-geun by the North, was handed over to the South Korean authorities at Panmunjom, a village that straddles the border between the Koreas. North Korea said last week that it would send ... Read More »

Ebola Cases Rise Rapidly in Congo

The number of Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo doubled over the past week to 62, the World Health Organization reported Thursday, and more than half the afflicted patients have died. The outbreak in the country, where the Ebola virus was first discovered nearly 40 years ago, is a distinct strain from the far more drastic Ebola crisis ... Read More »

IMF in Talks With African Nations to Expand Bailouts for Ebola Crisis

The International Monetary Fund on Thursday warned the West African Ebola epidemic requires a “large scale” global intervention to control a crisis that is ravaging economies in the region. The IMF, the world’s emergency lender, said it is in talks to boost bailouts for Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia as the disaster slams economic output and overwhelms government financing. Each ... Read More »

HASC Cancels LCS Replacement Briefing Over Lack of Information

maneuvers during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) on July 11, 2014. US Navy Photo The Navy continues to tightly control all of the details around the development of the follow-on to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to the point that the service isn’t telling Congress the results from its investigation to find a new Small Surface Combatant (SSC). A planned ... Read More »

House GOP to hash out ISIS response Thursday

House Republicans will hold a special members conference Thursday morning focused on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The 9:00 a.m. meeting will take place just 12 hours after President Obama addresses the nation on his strategy for combating the militant group. “With the president’s speech tonight, we wanted to make sure we had a scheduled opportunity for ... Read More »

A Senate Race in America’s Military Space Hub

WHY IT MATTERS At the center of U.S. military space activities in Colorado, a subcommittee chairman on the Senate Armed Services Committee and a vocal progressive national security voice defends his seat with large contributions from the defense industry. THE RACE In Colorado, Mark Udall appeared to be among the safer Democrats in the 2014 election cycle. But with a ... Read More »

Levin doubts defense vote this month

“It’s not official. I’m going to continue to work on one key thing — that is to come up with a [unanimous consent] that has a limited number of relevant amendments agreed to,” he told reporters. “That’s the goal.” Levin, who is retiring, said he would continue to work with Sen. James Inhofe (Okla.), the panel’s top Republican, and, if ... Read More »

Syria request upends Hill’s sleepy September

President Barack Obama’s urgent request that Congress authorize the arming and training of Syrian rebels is scrambling delicate plans on Capitol Hill less that two months before the midterm elections. This isn’t the quick and clean September Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) were hoping for. The glide path toward avoiding a government shutdown is ... Read More »