The Air Tragedy That Condemned Putin’s Russia

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It was a year ago last Friday (July 17) that the Boeing 777 Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down by a missile over eastern Ukraine, resulting in a loss of 298 lives. The shock of that tragedy awakened Europe and the wider global community to the grave risk
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Asia: On the Rocks

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Island disputes are a big thing in Asia. Japan and China both claim the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. Japan and South Korea tussle over Dokdo/Takeshima. Japan and Russia still haven’t definitively sorted out who owns the Kuriles/Northern Territories. You’d think that these existing island disputes are a sufficient headache. But no: Countries in the region are making
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A Death Knell for the North Korea Regime

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At the National Interest, Jamie Metzl, who has served on the National Security Council, writes of North Korea: … those predicting its imminent collapse have continually been proven wrong. But today, the North Korean madness may well be nearing its endgame. I predict it will be gone within a decade. Metzl writes that North Korea’s
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North Koreans facing drastic cut in food rations, says U.N. body

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SEOUL, July 9 (UPI) — The ongoing drought in North Korea is having a serious impact on food rations for ordinary citizens, the Food and Agriculture Organization said on Thursday. The state-sanctioned food supply was significantly reduced in July, from 410 to 310 grams daily per person, a FAO spokeswoman told Voice of America. South
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China Calls for Iran-P5+1 Nuclear Deal by Deadline

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China has called on all sides involved in the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program to show more determination for a comprehensive accord by the June 30 deadline, Press TV reports. Beijing hopes that all parties will pay attention to and reasonably resolve legitimate concerns, avoid interference, and make a timely political decision to reach a
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Malaysian Rare Earth Plant Complies with IAEA Recommendations, Report Concludes

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The Malaysian government has implemented all recommendations put forward by an IAEA-led review mission in 2011 on radiation safety at the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP), a rare earths processing facility completed in 2012 near Kuantan, Malaysia. This is one of the main conclusions of a report recently made public by the IAEA on the
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