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    U.S. troops begin training Ukraine’s active-duty military
    Sep15

    U.S. troops begin training Ukraine’s active-duty military

    Ryan MaassWASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) — U.S. military assistance to Ukraine expands to include training of active-duty troops in addition to the country’s recently formed national guard. …read more Source: United Press...

    Moscow Observers Ponder Russia’s Actions in Syria
    Sep15

    Moscow Observers Ponder Russia’s Actions in Syria

    As concerns build that an influx of Russian military aid to Syria could make the conflict there worse, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke Tuesday with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. The U.S. Defense Department expressed concern Monday about Russian moves in Syria, stating that Moscow appeared to be setting up an air base near the...

    Ukraine Police Force Grows: Amid Cooling Russia Tensions, Number Of Officers To Nearly Double
    Sep15

    Ukraine Police Force Grows: Amid Cooling Russia Tensions, Number Of Officers To Nearly Double

    Ukraine plans to almost double the size of its police force by the end of the year, Internal Affairs Minister Arsen Avakov said Tuesday, according to UPI. The force plans to add thousands of officers by the end of the year. “As of today, the number of our police amounts only to 3,200. We will have 6,000 police officers by the end of the...

    Russia In Ukraine, Syria: US Military To Revise Budget Over Cyberwarfare, Other Concerns, Pentagon Says
    Sep15

    Russia In Ukraine, Syria: US Military To Revise Budget Over Cyberwarfare, Other Concerns, Pentagon Says

    Russia’s involvement in both Syria and Ukraine has made the U.S. rework its defense budget for the next fiscal year, according to Bloomberg. Changes would be made to the budgets of the U.S.’s four military branches, the Pentagon’s comptroller said. …read more Source: International Business...

    Refugees and Responsibility in Europe and the U.S.
    Sep15

    Refugees and Responsibility in Europe and the U.S.

    The ongoing debates within Europe about whether migrants, refugees or exiles should be welcomed or the morally dubious debates about how many are acceptable, bearable or sustainable have been widely reported in the media. To some extent there is a similar debate in the US about Syrian refugees. The refugee issue is a global one which is often...

    Ukraine to nearly double size of police force
    Sep15

    Ukraine to nearly double size of police force

    Ed AdamczykKHERSON , Ukraine, Sept. 15 (UPI) — Ukraine will nearly double the number of its police officers by the end of the year, Internal Affairs Minister Arsen Avakov said Tuesday. …read more Source: United Press...

    Vladimir Putin Phones Elton John After Singer Requested Meeting on LGBT Rights
    Sep15

    Vladimir Putin Phones Elton John After Singer Requested Meeting on LGBT Rights

    Singer Sir Elton John announced on Tuesday that he had received a phone call from an unlikely source — Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Thank you to President Vladimir Putin for reaching out and speaking via telephone with me today,” John posted on Instagram. “I look to forward to meeting with you face-to-face to discuss LGBT equality in...

    Hasidic Jews Celebrate New Year In Ukraine
    Sep15

    Hasidic Jews Celebrate New Year In Ukraine

    Hasidic Jews from around the world gathered in the Ukrainian city of Uman to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Uman is a pilgrimage site and the burial place of Jewish spiritual leader Rebbe Nachman, a great grandson of the founder of Hasidism. (By RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service) …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Russia betting West will accept Syrian leader Assad, for a while at least
    Sep15

    Russia betting West will accept Syrian leader Assad, for a while at least

    In ramping up its military involvement in Syria’s civil war, Russia appears to be betting that the West, horrified by the Islamic State group’s spread and an escalating migrants crisis, may be willing to quietly tolerate President Bashar Assad for a while, perhaps as part of a transition, writes the Associated Press in an analysis...

    Russia could have a dark ulterior motive for propping up Assad’s regime in Syria
    Sep15

    Russia could have a dark ulterior motive for propping up Assad’s regime in Syria

    There may be more at play with Russia’s expanding role in Syria than just influence in the Middle East. Kemlin authorities reportedly have an ulterior motive for supporting the regime of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad: Getting jihadists out of Russia, where they might attack the homeland, and sending them into Syria. Russia...