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    Donald Trump Says He’d Meet With Kim Jong-un To Talk About North Korea’s Nukes
    May18

    Donald Trump Says He’d Meet With Kim Jong-un To Talk About North Korea’s Nukes

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is willing to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to try to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear program, Trump told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.In a wide-ranging discussion, Trump also said he disapproved of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in eastern Ukraine, called for a...

    ‘The Sound of God’: In Iraq, US Airpower Bolsters the Peshmerga’s Fight Against ISIS
    May17

    ‘The Sound of God’: In Iraq, US Airpower Bolsters the Peshmerga’s Fight Against ISIS

    MOSUL FRONT, Iraq—The old peshmerga general smiled at the sound of the U.S. fighter jets. “That’s the sound of God,” he said. Gen. Omar Hama Ali Farag held a pair of binoculars to his eyes, scanning Islamic State positions about a mile away, across the Great Zab River in the direction of Mosul. “There’s two Daesh fighters hiding...

    A tale of tulips, from ancient beginnings to contemporary spectacle
    May17

    A tale of tulips, from ancient beginnings to contemporary spectacle

    The other day I heard a radio contest in which the caller was asked to identify the country that embraced the tulip as its national flower: the Ukraine, Turkey or Holland. Naturally the caller guessed Holland and even the hosts seemed shocked when they revealed that the tulip is actually the national flower of Turkey. In fact, today 14 species of...

    OSCE Chief: More Diplomacy Needed on Ukraine
    May17

    OSCE Chief: More Diplomacy Needed on Ukraine

    The head of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) says stepped up international diplomacy is needed to prevent the situation in Ukraine from becoming an intractable conflict. “The risk of the frozen conflict remains, if there is no progress at the political level,” Lamberto Zannier told VOA. “The more this drags on, in a...

    New Police Force Finds Old Habits Die Hard in Ukraine
    May17

    New Police Force Finds Old Habits Die Hard in Ukraine

    The launch of Ukraine’s new police patrol force last year sparked an internet craze of citizens posting selfies with newly recruited officers. Their popularity stemmed not from their uniforms, body cameras and tablets, but the fact they did not demand bribes. The most visibly successful reform to have emerged from the pro-European Maidan...

    Putin Is Being Pushed to Abandon His Conciliatory Approach to the West and Prepare for War
    May17

    Putin Is Being Pushed to Abandon His Conciliatory Approach to the West and Prepare for War

    BEIRUT — Something significant happened in the last few days of April, but it seems the only person who noticed was Stephen Cohen, a professor emeritus of Russian studies at New York University and Princeton University. In a recorded interview, Cohen notes that a section of the Russian leadership is showing signs of restlessness, focused on...

    The U.S. Flails Before Russia on Syria
    May17

    The U.S. Flails Before Russia on Syria

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met in Vienna for another round of talks over how to bring the Syrian civil war to an end. The impasse, as it has been from the earliest days of this bloody conflict, is the ultimate fate of Syrian tyrant Bashar al-Assad. Bloomberg: The gains of recent months are...

    New Police Force Finds Old Habits Die Hard In Ukraine
    May17

    New Police Force Finds Old Habits Die Hard In Ukraine

    The launch of Ukraine’s new police patrol force last year sparked an internet craze of citizens posting selfies with newly recruited officers. Their popularity stemmed not from their uniforms, body cameras and tablets, but the fact they did not demand bribes. The most visibly successful reform to have emerged from the pro-European Maidan...

    Questions and Answers on the Olympic doping retests
    May17

    Questions and Answers on the Olympic doping retests

    LONDON (AP) — The IOC announced Tuesday that 31 athletes in six sports and from 12 countries could be banned from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after their doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Games came back positive in retests. Some questions and answers about the latest doping scandal in sports: ___ Q: How can athletes be caught for doping so...

    Europe’s Cheesy Musical Proxy War
    May17

    Europe’s Cheesy Musical Proxy War

    Ivan Plis Politics, Eurasia This year’s Eurovision Song Contest was a microcosm of regional dynamics. The Eurovision Song Contest isn’t supposed to matter. It’s the vehicle that launched ABBA and Céline Dion to stardom, the realm of ill-conceived, earnest performances that are as divorced from good musical taste as they are from...