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    FP’s Situation Report: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula takes global spotlight; Senate threatens to scuttle Iran nuclear deal; Top U.S. war crimes diplomat steps down; and more of what you need to know from around the world.
    Jan15

    FP’s Situation Report: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula takes global spotlight; Senate threatens to scuttle Iran nuclear deal; Top U.S. war crimes diplomat steps down; and more of what you need to know from around the world.

    By David Francis with Sabine Muscat Yes-No-Maybe? AQAP claims it orchestrated the Charlie Hebdo attacks under orders by the network’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahri. That raises questions about just how much — if any — command and control core al Qaeda has over its franchises and how it manages to evade intelligence officials, who don’t...

    Ukraine steps up defences, citing growing Russian aggression
    Jan15

    Ukraine steps up defences, citing growing Russian aggression

    Ukraine’s parliament votes to refresh its front-line forces and resume partial conscription after a top security official warned that Russian forces backing separatist rebels had sharply increased military activity in the east. …read more Source:...

    Georgian Man Killed Fighting In Ukraine
    Jan15

    Georgian Man Killed Fighting In Ukraine

    Georgian authorities say a man from the South Caucasus nation has been killed fighting in eastern Ukraine. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Ukraine mourns 13 victims of bus blast in restive east
    Jan15

    Ukraine mourns 13 victims of bus blast in restive east

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine held a day of mourning Thursday after 13 people were killed two days ago when their bus was hit by what the government says was a shell fired by Russian-backed separatists. Surveillance camera footage of Tuesday’s deadly attack shows shells falling near the government checkpoint where the bus was hit, although...

    Ukraine mourns 13 victims of bus blast that government blames on Russian-backed separatists
    Jan15

    Ukraine mourns 13 victims of bus blast that government blames on Russian-backed separatists

    Ukraine is holding a day of mourning after 13 people were killed when a bus was hit by what the government says was a shell fired by Russian-backed separatists. …read more Source: FOX...

    Cameron to Lobby Obama on Last UK Resident Held in Guantanamo
    Jan15

    Cameron to Lobby Obama on Last UK Resident Held in Guantanamo

    Prime Minister David Cameron plans to lobby U.S. President Barack Obama for the release of the last British resident held at Guantanamo Bay on his two-day visit to Washington this week, a government source and the detainee’s lawyer said. The trip, starting on Thursday and focused on the economy and security, is his last planned visit to...

    Ukraine mourns 13 victims of bus blast in restive east
    Jan15

    Ukraine mourns 13 victims of bus blast in restive east

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine is holding a day of mourning after 13 people were killed when a bus was hit by what the government says was a shell fired by Russian-backed separatists. President Petro Poroshenko said respects would be paid Thursday for all people killed by rebel military offensives in eastern Ukraine. Separatists deny responsibility...

    US pushes Bulgaria on energy dependence, corruption
    Jan15

    US pushes Bulgaria on energy dependence, corruption

    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is urging Bulgaria to wean itself from its near-total dependence on Russia for energy and calling for the NATO member to boost anti-corruption efforts. In meetings with Bulgaria’s president, prime minister and foreign minister on Thursday in Sofia, U.S. officials said Kerry was...

    Obama, Cameron Pledge Firm Stand Against Extremists
    Jan15

    Obama, Cameron Pledge Firm Stand Against Extremists

    President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron say they will not allow terrorists to suppress free speech and free expression. In joint opinion piece published in The Times of London, the two leaders promised to “defeat these barbaric killers and their distorted ideology.” Obama and Cameron said the world would...

    Heroine of Ukraine’s war with Russia vows to continue hunger strike
    Jan15

    Heroine of Ukraine’s war with Russia vows to continue hunger strike

    Nadiya Savchenko, a fashion designer turned air force fighter who is now languishing in a Russian jail, has shattered stereotypes and become a symbol of Ukraine’s battle with its neighbour. …read more Source: Toronto...