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    Situation Report: Syrian rebel training put on ice; top defense official calls it quits; Kunduz under attack; Russia readying airstrikes in Syria; Ukraine wants attention; Kony search breeds suspect friends; and lots more
    Sep30

    Situation Report: Syrian rebel training put on ice; top defense official calls it quits; Kunduz under attack; Russia readying airstrikes in Syria; Ukraine wants attention; Kony search breeds suspect friends; and lots more

    By Paul McLeary with Adam Rawnsley Hold up. The U.S. has put the brakes on the troubled $500 million Syrian train and equip program, halting the intake of new fighters “as we re-evaluate our efforts,” a U.S. Army spokesman told FP. The change comes after a group of U.S.-trained Syrians handed over their brand-new American-issued …...

    Canada inches up to 13th place on global competitiveness ranking
    Sep30

    Canada inches up to 13th place on global competitiveness ranking

    GENEVA — Canada has moved up two notches to 13th position in the latest Global Competitiveness Report issued Wednesday by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum. The report says Canada improved its ranking mainly because of a lower budget deficit based on 2014 data and a more favourable assessment of its financial market development. It says...

    Russia Reportedly Orders U.S. Planes Out of Syria as Its Parliament Approves Sending Troops
    Sep30

    Russia Reportedly Orders U.S. Planes Out of Syria as Its Parliament Approves Sending Troops

    A military source told Fox News Wednesday that Russian officials issued a demarche, ordering U.S. planes out of Syria. But the unnamed source identified as senior defense official told Fox News that “there is nothing to indicate that we are changing operations over Syria.” In this Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 photo, plane directors, wearing yellow...

    Canada inches up to 13th place on global competitiveness ranking
    Sep30

    Canada inches up to 13th place on global competitiveness ranking

    GENEVA – Canada has moved up two notches to 13th position in the latest Global Competitiveness Report issued Wednesday by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum.The report says Canada improved its ranking mainly because of a lower budget deficit based on 2014 data and a more favourable assessment of its financial market development.It says...

    Vladimir Putin gets OK from Russian lawmakers to use troops in Syria
    Sep30

    Vladimir Putin gets OK from Russian lawmakers to use troops in Syria

    Russian lawmakers voted unanimously Wednesday to let President Vladimir Putin send Russian troops to Syria. The Kremlin sought to play down the decision, saying it will only use its air force there, not ground troops. Putin has to request parliamentary approval for any use of Russian troops abroad, according to the constitution. The last time he...

    Russian Lawmakers Give Putin O.K. for Troops in Syria
    Sep30

    Russian Lawmakers Give Putin O.K. for Troops in Syria

    (MOSCOW) — The upper chamber of the Russian parliament has voted unanimously to let President Vladimir Putin send Russian troops to Syria. The Federation Council on Wednesday discussed Putin’s request for the authorization behind the closed doors. Sergei Ivanov, chief of Putin’s administration, said in televised remarks that the...

    Russian Lawmakers Grant Vladimir Putin The Right To Use Force In Syria
    Sep30

    Russian Lawmakers Grant Vladimir Putin The Right To Use Force In Syria

    MOSCOW, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The Russian parliament on Wednesday unanimously granted President Vladimir Putin the right to deploy the country’s military in Syria, a move a top Kremlin aide said related only to the air force.Russia has been building up its military presence in Syria, where it supports the government forces of President...

    Putin asks parliament’s permission to deploy troops abroad: Kremlin
    Sep30

    Putin asks parliament’s permission to deploy troops abroad: Kremlin

    Moscow (AFP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday formally requested permission from the upper house of parliament to deploy troops abroad, as Moscow mulls air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria.Putin submitted to the Federation Council a proposal to deploy “a contingent of troops” abroad, the Kremlin...

    Upper House of Russian Parliament Approves Use of Military Force Abroad
    Sep30

    Upper House of Russian Parliament Approves Use of Military Force Abroad

    Such approval is generally considered a rubber stamp, but a similar vote preceded Russia’s actions in Ukraine last year. …read more Source: The New York...

    Russian lawmakers to consider giving OK to use troops abroad
    Sep30

    Russian lawmakers to consider giving OK to use troops abroad

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news agencies are quoting the chairwoman of Russia’s upper chamber of parliament as saying that lawmakers will consider the Kremlin’s request to use its army abroad.President Vladimir Putin has to request a parliamentary approval for any use of Russian troops abroad, according to the Russian constitution. The...