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    Israeli ex-Mossad spy chief Meir Dagan dies at 71
    Mar17

    Israeli ex-Mossad spy chief Meir Dagan dies at 71

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Meir Dagan, a former Israeli general and longtime director of its spy agency, died Thursday. He was 71. Dagan directed the Mossad from 2002 until he retired in early 2011. Under his leadership, the Mossad reportedly carried out covert attacks against Iranian nuclear scientists and unleashed cyber-attacks, including the Stuxnet...

    Russia-Backed Separatists Issue ‘Passports’ In Donetsk
    Mar17

    Russia-Backed Separatists Issue ‘Passports’ In Donetsk

    Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine’s Donetsk region have begun issuing their own passports. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Trump Presidency ‘More Dangerous Than Brexit’
    Mar17

    Trump Presidency ‘More Dangerous Than Brexit’

    A Donald Trump presidency in the U.S. is a greater threat to global stability than the U.K. leaving the European Union, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Trump is currently the hot favorite to be nominated as the Republican Party’s presidential candidate, recently taking Florida’s 99 delegates and forcing Marco Rubio...

    Obama, G7 Powers Urge Russia To Free Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko
    Mar17

    Obama, G7 Powers Urge Russia To Free Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko

    News media are reporting that U.S. President Barack Obama and the world’s top economic powers are urging Russian President Vladimir Putin to release jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    All over the world, people are overcoming huge challenges to make a career in video games
    Mar17

    All over the world, people are overcoming huge challenges to make a career in video games

    YouTube/ScreenshotAt this week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, a panel of game developers and critics gathered for the fourth annual #1ReasonToBe panel — as in, “the No. 1 reason to be” a woman or person of color who works in games and technology. The goal of #1ReasonToBe is to focus on the panelists’...

    How Russia Views Its ‘Compatriots’ in the Near Abroad
    Mar17

    How Russia Views Its ‘Compatriots’ in the Near Abroad

    Vera Zakem, Paul J. Saunders Politics, Eurasia The Kremlin sees ethnic Russians as a powerful ally in the region. Approaching the second anniversary of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea, formalized with his signature on a parliamentary bill on March 18, 2014, Russia’s dramatic intervention in Syria has shifted...

    Defense Chief Says Ukraine Still Needs Weapons
    Mar17

    Defense Chief Says Ukraine Still Needs Weapons

    Two years into a war that has been largely forgotten, Ukraine’s defense minister says his country still needs lethal assistance to stop further Russian aggression while the Ukrainian military continues to modernize. General Stepan Poltorak sat down with VOA recently to discuss the challenges Ukrainian armed forces face. He said his military...

    More Canadian troops sent to Eastern Europe on training mission
    Mar17

    More Canadian troops sent to Eastern Europe on training mission

    A fresh contingent of Canadian troops has arrived in eastern Europe to take part in NATO exercises meant to reassure jittery allies and the deployment follows a spike in violence between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists. …read more Source: Global...

    What We’re Following This Evening
    Mar17

    What We’re Following This Evening

    The refugee crisis: The number of migrants and refugees at the camp in Idomeni, a Greek village near the country’s border with Macedonia, is growing each day. Macedonia has constructed a razor-wire fence there to keep people from entering, but some have tried to break through. Simon Shuster at TIME has this harrowing dispatch from Macedonia...

    Obama urges Putin to release Ukrainian pilot Savchenko
    Mar16

    Obama urges Putin to release Ukrainian pilot Savchenko

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin (POO’-tihn) to release Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko (SAHV’-chen-koh) from Russian prison. …read more Source: U.S....