News Alert No.89: Intense shelling in Donetsk, Ukraine

Donetsk Intense Shelling

“Loud explosions from heavy artillery fire” are reported by a Reuters correspondent “in the pro-Russian rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday [November 12, 2014]”. The same open source says “It was unclear who was shooting or what the intended target was”, and underlines that “shelling around Donetsk has intensified in the past […]

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News Alert No.88: Iraqi military pilots to train in Tucson, Arizona

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A number of F-16 fighter jests purchased by Iraq “will be delivered to Tucson, Arizona, for Iraqi pilot training due to the security situation in Balad in Iraq, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said” on November 10, according to a text published by Department of Defense (DoD) News. The same source says the […]

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News Alert No.86: The U.S., ready to renew diplomatic ties with Iran

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“Iran has held secret talks with American officials to discuss opening a US trade office in Tehran if a deal is reached over its nuclear ambitions and sanctions are lifted”, The Times reports on November 10, 2014. The same notoriously serious and credible British newspaper says such a move “would mean the countries renewing diplomatic […]

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News Alert No.85: The U.S. is trying to eliminate ISIL leaders

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The British Telegraph reported (quoting an AFP piece of news), on November 9, Iraq is investigating “whether Islamic State (ISIL) chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in air strikes by US-led coalition warplanes targeting the group’s leaders”. The same newspaper say “the death of the elusive Baghdadi would be a major victory for the coalition […]

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News Alert No.83: China tries to revitalize its economic growth

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Officials in Beijing decided to poor more than $100 billion in several massive infrastructure projects, aimed at revitalizing the slowing pace of economic growth of the country, Reuters reports on November 8. “China’s top economic planning body, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), approved 21 infrastructure investment projects between Oct. 16 and Nov. 5 […]

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News alert No.81: Unprecedentedly heavy combat losses of Afghan military forces

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“Afghan forces have been suffering unprecedented casualties this year”, Reuters reports on November 5, 2014. Local and Western sources say the ANSF (Afghan National Security Forces – which means the ANA, Afghan National Army, plus several branches of the Afghan National Police, ANP) were able to deny the Taliban and other radical groups any chance […]

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News Alert No.80: Major Republican gains in U.S. midterm elections

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“Republicans are one seat away from claiming a Senate majority that would give the party full control of Capitol Hill”, CNN reports on November 5, 2014 (a few minutes before 0400 GMT). At that moment, clear Republican victories had taken place in Colorado, Montana, South Dakota, Arkansas and West Virginia, and the electoral race was […]

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