News Alert No.84: Oil price drop affects Russian national power

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According to an article published on November 7, 2014 by Ria Novosti “by 08:24 a.m. Moscow time (05:24 GMT) December futures for the US WTI Light Sweet Crude Oil fell by 1.44 percent to $77.56 per barrel. December futures for Brent fell by 0.68 percent to $82.39 per barrel.”[1] On November 6, Putin said in […]

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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.82: Iraq: Expansion of the U.S. military mission. Obama authorizes the deployment of 1500 additional troops

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On November 7, Barrack Obama has approved the deployment of additional U.S. non-combat personnel to Iraq. According to a statement given by the Pentagon Press Secretary, Rear Admiral John Kirby, “up to 1,500” troops are to be deployed “over the coming months, in a non-combat role”, in order to “expand [the U.S.] advise and assist […]

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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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News Alert No.79: Iraqi Kurds fighting in Kobani

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Heavily armed military units of the Iraqi Kurds are already fighting in Kobani against the Islamic State (ISIL) forces, Reuters correspondents in Turkey and Lebanon report on November 3, 2014. The Iraqi Kurds were granted permission to go to Kobani using land routes across Turkish territory, and “the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors […]

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News Alert No.78: North Korea launched ballistic missile submarine

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According to an article published by Yonhap News on November 2, 2014, “North Korea has launched a new submarine capable of firing ballistic missiles, military and government sources in Seoul said Sunday [November 2, 2014], raising further concerns over the North’s evolving missile and nuclear threats.”[1] Apparently, according to military and government sources in Seoul […]

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