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Ukraine Says It Won’t Pull Back Troops Until Rebels Cease Fire

Less than a day after the latest moves to reduce tensions in Ukraine, the efforts were dealt a blow as Kiev said Sunday it wouldn’t proceed with a withdrawal of heavy weaponry from war-torn provinces of eastern Ukraine until rebels there abide by a cease-fire signed earlier this month. The announcement came after the two sides agreed early on Saturday ... Read More »

Ukraine crisis: Forgotten death of Russian soldier

A thousand miles from Moscow, on a wooden bench in the yard of her parents’ house, Oksana shares memories of her brother Konstantin. She shows me the medal he’d been awarded for military service in the North Caucasus; some of his army photos, too, including a portrait on a military pendant. “This is the image we’re going to use on ... Read More »

Following ‘No’ Vote, UK Sorts Out Scotland’s Defense Future

The sigh of relief from the Defence Ministry was almost audible as it became clear in the early hours of Sept. 19 that Scottish voters had decisively rejected breaking up the 307-year-old political union with the rest of the United Kingdom. No heated negotiations over moving Britain’s submarine nuclear deterrent from its base on the Clyde near Glasgow, no haggling ... Read More »

NATO chief: Ukraine has cease-fire ‘in name only’

NATO’s top general said Saturday the two-week-old truce between Ukraine and pro-Russian militants fighting in the country’s east is a “cease-fire in name only,” and he said that by enabling a free flow of weapons and fighters across the border Russia has made it nearly impossible to determine how many of its troops are operating inside Ukraine. U.S. Air Force ... Read More »

China and Iran to Conduct Joint Naval Exercises in the Persian Gulf

Two Chinese warships have docked at Iran’s principal naval port for the first time in history, Iranian admirals told state television on Sunday, adding that both countries would conduct four days of joint naval exercises. On Sunday, Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, reported that Chinese Navy ships involved in protecting shipping in the Gulf of Aden stopped at an ... Read More »

Hong Kong Students Lead Democracy Fight With Class Boycotts

College freshman Joshua Wong skipped his campus tour last month to conduct an orientation of his own: leading hundreds of young people marching for greater democracy in Hong Kong. This week, the 17-year-old churchgoer is among thousands of students boycotting classes to protest an electoral proposal from China’s Communist Party that they say doesn’t grant a genuine choice in the ... Read More »

US seeks to keep artillery brigade near Korean DMZ

The U.S. wants to keep an artillery brigade stationed near the Demilitarized Zone after the planned relocation of American forces to the southern half of South Korea, according to media reports. The request to keep the 2nd Infantry Division’s 210th Fires Brigade at Camp Casey was made earlier this week during military consultations in Seoul, according to South Korea’s Yonhap ... Read More »

Benghazi assassinations stun residents amid Libya’s turmoil

A string of assassinations over a 24-hour period in Benghazi has heightened tensions in the already blood-soaked Libyan city, raising fears that the killings could initiate an even deadlier wave of violence as the country threatens to fracture. Benghazi residents said Saturday that they were stunned by the speed and scope of the assassinations, in which at least 10 people ... Read More »

100 tons of supplies to fight Ebola sent to West Africa

Humanitarian groups have sent nearly $6 million in medical supplies to West Africa to help in the fight against Ebola. The airlift left Saturday from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on a chartered Boeing 747 airplane bound for communities in Liberia and Sierra Leone, two of the countries hardest hit in the Ebola outbreak. The 100 tons ... Read More »

With Ebola crippling the health system, Liberians die of routine medical problems

While the terrifying spread of Ebola has captured the world’s attention, it also has produced a lesser-known crisis: the near-collapse of the already fragile health-care system here, a development that may be as dangerous — for now — as the virus for the average Liberian. Western experts said that people here are dying of preventable or treatable conditions such as ... Read More »

Column: An Answer All People Deserve

The 800-pound gorilla managed to remain quiet for a week, hidden, one might presume, by Washington’s most powerful of power players. The few who dared discuss the beast did so in veiled ways, and with hesitation. But if you listened carefully, the sound of the gorilla pounding the bars of his cage was faint. That all changed when Joint Chiefs ... Read More »

Stealth Is Dead! Long Live Stealth!

A Russian military expert has sounded a seemingly dire warning for the United States. Dr. Igor Sutyagin claims that stealthy fighter jets and bombers can’t stay hidden much longer as enemy radar technology improves. The U.S. military is betting hundreds of billions of dollars—in essence, its whole air-power investment—that detection-dodging stealth works … and will keep working for many decades ... Read More »

Opinion: A Mistral For Canada

The September decision by France to withhold delivery of two Mistral-class Landing Platforms Helicopter (LPH) building for Russia is an opportunity for NATO, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and for the French shipbuilding industry and economy. France should not suffer economically for taking a stand against Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine. Rather, NATO, France and Canada can benefit if a little ... Read More »

Why It’s OK for Obama To Ignore Military Advice

Many critics of President Barack Obama who want us to send thousands of American ground troops to destroy and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, claim that by pledging not to give a direct combat mission in Iraq and Syria to the troops, Obama is ignoring military advice that the consequences of taking this option ... Read More »

When the Pentagon Feared Israel’s Nukes

Israel’s nuclear weapons program is one of the biggest military open secrets in the world. Now we know a little more about the angst inside the Pentagon in the late 1960s, as Israel was months away from activating its nuclear deterrent. That’s all according to new documents obtained by the non-profit National Security Archive at George Washington University. In 2006, ... Read More »