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    Russian Submarines Match Cold War-era Patrol Intensity
    Mar31

    Russian Submarines Match Cold War-era Patrol Intensity

    Russian submarines have increased combat patrols to the level last seen during the Cold War, the navy chief said Friday. Adm. Vladimir Korolyov said that Russian submarine crews spent more than 3,000 days on patrol last year, matching the Soviet-era operational tempo. “It’s an excellent level,” he said in remarks carried by state RIA...

    US Secretary of State to Discuss Russian ‘Aggression’ With NATO 
    Mar31

    US Secretary of State to Discuss Russian ‘Aggression’ With NATO 

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he will discuss “Russia’s aggression in Ukraine” when he meets with NATO allies Friday. Upon arrival in Brussels, the top U.S. diplomat said he sees three important areas to discuss: NATO’s resources for its mission, the organization’s fight against terrorism, including Islamic State,...

    Cargo Vessels Evade Detection, Raising Fears of Huge Trafficking Operations
    Mar31

    Cargo Vessels Evade Detection, Raising Fears of Huge Trafficking Operations

    Hundreds of ships are switching off their tracking devices and taking unexplained routes, raising concern the trafficking of arms, migrants and drugs is going undetected. Ninety percent of the world’s trade is carried by sea. Every vessel has an identification number administered by the United Nations’ International Maritime...

    Tillerson Meets Turkey Leaders, Discusses IS
    Mar30

    Tillerson Meets Turkey Leaders, Discusses IS

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Thursday in Ankara with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, opening an overseas trip that comes as the U.S. examines its next steps in the campaign to defeat Islamic State militants and stabilize the refugee crisis with allies in the region. Tillerson was also scheduled to meet with President Recep...

    Counterterror Efforts High on Agenda in Tillerson’s Meetings with Turkey, NATO
    Mar30

    Counterterror Efforts High on Agenda in Tillerson’s Meetings with Turkey, NATO

    The United States is examining its next steps in the campaign to defeat Islamic State militants and stabilize the refugee crisis with regional allies, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson embarks on trips to Turkey and NATO headquarters this week. The top U.S. diplomat will press NATO allies to demonstrate a clear path to increase defense...

    US Senate Set to Ratify Montenegro as NATO Member
    Mar28

    US Senate Set to Ratify Montenegro as NATO Member

    The U.S. Senate is set to ratify Montenegro’s admission into the NATO alliance, an event many lawmakers viewed through the lens of a deepening struggle between Western nations and Russia. “This is more than the accession or non-accession of a small, 650,000-person nation,” said the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Republican...

    EU Top Court Upholds Sanctions Against Russia’s Rosneft
    Mar28

    EU Top Court Upholds Sanctions Against Russia’s Rosneft

    Europe’s top court on Tuesday upheld European Union sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine conflict, including on its largest oil group Rosneft, in a ruling that asserts the court’s jurisdiction over the bloc’s foreign policy. The EU slapped sanctions on Russia after it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and stepped them up as...

    Montenegro’s Bid to Join NATO Advances With US Senate Vote
    Mar28

    Montenegro’s Bid to Join NATO Advances With US Senate Vote

    Montenegro is one step closer to becoming NATO’s 29th member. Ratification of the treaty on Montenegro’s admission into the alliance cleared a procedural hurdle in the U.S. Senate Monday, setting the stage for a final vote later this week. Approving the treaty requires a two-thirds’ vote in the Senate, after which the president...

    Baltics’ Russian Media Use Online Humor to Combat Propaganda
    Mar28

    Baltics’ Russian Media Use Online Humor to Combat Propaganda

    Russia’s nationalist propaganda machine kicked into high gear after the 2014 annexation of Crimea sparked the worst East-West tensions since the Cold War. State media quickly fell behind the Kremlin line while Russia’s few independent media came under increasing pressure to conform or self-censor. As Russian authorities shrank the...

    Baltics’ Russian Media Use Online Humor to Combat Propaganda
    Mar27

    Baltics’ Russian Media Use Online Humor to Combat Propaganda

    Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the Kremlin’s propaganda machine has shrunk the field for independent media and increased cynicism about politics and current events. To combat the problem, one group of Russian journalists, “The Meduza Project,” moved operations to Latvia and focuses on online content and humor to...

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