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Vladimir Putin: The rebuilding of ‘Soviet’ Russia

The world was stunned when Russia invaded Crimea, but should it have been? Author and journalist Oliver Bullough says President Vladimir Putin never kept secret his intention to restore Russian power – what’s less clear, he says, is how long the country’s rise can continue. On 16 August 1999, the members of Russia’s parliament –… Continue reading Vladimir Putin: The rebuilding of ‘Soviet’ Russia

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Deeply Bound to Ukraine, Putin Watches and Waits for Next Move

MOSCOW — The sudden collapse of the Kremlin-backed government in Ukraine has for now delivered a profound setback to President Vladimir V. Putin’s strategy to deepen political and economic ties with the country and thus keep it from embracing Europe. Even as Russia celebrates the closing of Olympic Games that defied some dire expectations, Mr.… Continue reading Deeply Bound to Ukraine, Putin Watches and Waits for Next Move

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Netanyahu denies wasting money on Iran attack plans

Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday dismissed allegations by predecessor Ehud Olmert that he wasted billions of dollars preparing for a strike on Iran that did not take place. Olmert, who once led the centrist Kadima party, told Israel’s Channel 2 television on Friday that 11 billion shekels… Continue reading Netanyahu denies wasting money on Iran attack plans

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No More Love Songs! Egypt TV bans ‘romantic’ songs amid unrest

The broadcasting of any “romantic” songs or music videos on Egyptian state television channels has been banned, a state-run newspaper announced on Thursday, adding that only “patriotic” tunes will be allowed to be aired. Nationalistic tunes “that are worth broadcasting” will be allowed on the country’s 23 state-owned channels, the al-Ahram news website reported. Meanwhile,… Continue reading No More Love Songs! Egypt TV bans ‘romantic’ songs amid unrest

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Track and Field Radio Index Debuts

Track and Field Radio Index, a media ratings, monitoring and market intelligence platform is taking off in Kaduna to provide independent, authoritative and effective measurement of media content, penetration and audience data using universally accepted statistical methods and tools; it is the first of its kind in Northern Nigeria. The Track and Field Radio Index,… Continue reading Track and Field Radio Index Debuts

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‘Qatar emir located Hamas leaders’

Qatar’s King Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has reportedly located the whereabouts of senior Hamas members during his recent visit to the Gaza Strip, and later provided Israel with the information to assassinate them. According to a report published by the Fars news agency, the emir of Qatar distributed a number of watches and… Continue reading ‘Qatar emir located Hamas leaders’

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U.S. Fears a Ground War in Gaza Could Hurt Israel and Help Hamas

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is increasingly concerned about the escalating violence in Gaza, believing that a ground incursion by Israel there could lead to increased civilian casualties, play into the hands of the militant Palestinian group Hamas and inflict further damage to Israel’s standing in the region at an already tumultuous time.

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War on Gaza is Possible, Israeli officials say

Israel has threatened to escalate its deadly air and ground attacks against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli blockade for the past five years. On Monday, Israeli officials said that they were mulling over various options to punish the Palestinians of the territory and had not ruled out the possibility… Continue reading War on Gaza is Possible, Israeli officials say

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Turkish musician in court for insulting Islam

Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say faces charges of insulting Islam in comments made on Twitter. Say’s supporters as well as his critics say the case risks damaging Turkey’s reputation on freedom of expression. In April Fazil Say wrote several comments on Twitter allegedly ridiculing Islam. One message asked whether a particular call to prayer,… Continue reading Turkish musician in court for insulting Islam

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Catholic church in France may become Mosque

A church in the central French town of Vierzon may be converted to a mosque, as Muslims across Europe are converting empty churches to fit their faith – but some locals are worried about the threat of radicalism. Vierzon has six churches, and in order to balance the books, the diocese is selling one of… Continue reading Catholic church in France may become Mosque

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