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    Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: Australian Law Firm Names Russia, Putin In Compensation Claim, Report Says
    May22

    Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: Australian Law Firm Names Russia, Putin In Compensation Claim, Report Says

    An Australian law firm has filed a compensation claim against Russia and President Vladimir Putin in the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of families of victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, shot down in 2014, media reported. The jetliner crashed in Ukraine in pro-Russian rebel-held territory on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people...

    Russia Opens Bidding For Upgrade Of Black Sea Coastal Artillery
    May21

    Russia Opens Bidding For Upgrade Of Black Sea Coastal Artillery

    The Russian Defense Ministry has opened bids on a contract to repair and upgrade a Black Sea coastal artillery system that is adjacent to the Russia-occupied Crimea Peninsula. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Belarusian President Invites Pope To ‘Peace Summit’ In Minsk
    May21

    Belarusian President Invites Pope To ‘Peace Summit’ In Minsk

    Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka is headed to Italy for trade talks with his Italian counterpart and other top officials. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Relatives Of MH17 Victims Seek Compensation From Russia, Putin: Australian Media
    May21

    Relatives Of MH17 Victims Seek Compensation From Russia, Putin: Australian Media

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – An Australian law firm has filed a compensation claim against Russia and President Vladimir Putin in the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of families of victims of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, shot down in 2014, media reported.The jetliner crashed in Ukraine in pro-Russian rebel-held territory on July 17,...

    U.S. and NATO should End New Cold War with Russia
    May21

    U.S. and NATO should End New Cold War with Russia

    U.S. and NATO should end New Cold War with Russia By Doug Bandow The NATO-Russia Council recently met in Brussels for the first time in nearly two years. “We are not afraid of dialogue,” announced alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Alas, the talks didn’t get very far. Afterward he explained: “it was reconfirmed...

    Russia mysteriously shut down its equivalent to the DEA
    May21

    Russia mysteriously shut down its equivalent to the DEA

    Thomson ReutersThe Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN), the Russian equivalent of the DEA, has been dismantled in a sudden move that apparently took the head of the agency completely by surprise. Viktor Ivanov who, like Vladimir Putin, is a former KGB agent, has been in the Russian leader’s inner circle for decades. Following the shutdown,...

    Despite high-profile disasters, air safety steadily improves
    May20

    Despite high-profile disasters, air safety steadily improves

    Since the start of 2014, more than 1,600 people have died in commercial aviation disasters. That rate is up from the preceding three years and results in part from some shocking incidents, including a pilot suicide and the downing of a passenger jet over Ukraine by an anti-aircraft missile. … Click to Continue » …read more Source: The News...

    Pentagon Rejects Joint Strikes With Russia
    May20

    Pentagon Rejects Joint Strikes With Russia

    The Pentagon is dismissing a Russian proposal to carry out joint airstrikes against al Qaida-linked terrorists in Syria. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu floated the notion Friday during a meeting that was broadcast on Russian state television, adding that the strikes could begin as early as May 25, and would be coordinated with the...

    The Snake Eats Itself
    May20

    The Snake Eats Itself

    Senators Rob Portman and Chris Murphy recently introduced the “Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016”, a bill that would create a new coordinating body, the Center for Information Analysis and Response. According to the bill, the Center, funded to the tune of $20 million, would: lead and coordinate the collection and analysis of information...

    EU Ministers Back Emergency System to Suspend Visa-Free Travel
    May20

    EU Ministers Back Emergency System to Suspend Visa-Free Travel

    European Union ministers meeting in Brussels have agreed on a mechanism aimed at suspending visa-free travel for foreign nationals abusing the privilege and approved funds to help Greece cope with Europe’s migrant crisis. The action would essentially make it easier and faster for EU members to suspend visa waivers granted to foreign...