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De-Escalation Off: US Deploys Troops To Poland

So what part of "All sides must refrain from any violence, intimidation or provocative actions," did the US not understand when they decided that deploying troops to Poland was in keeping with the four-party deal? As WaPo reports, Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expan [...] Read more ...

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18 Apr 2014

Turkey PM appeals to top court over Internet 'privacy breach'

Turkey's embattled premier made a formal complaint to the country's top court on Friday, saying secret recordings spread on the Internet were a violation of his family's rights. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the Constitutional Court that the failure of social media websites to remove leaked recordings featuring him and his family were a [...] Read more ...

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18 Apr 2014

Europe’s Security Catalyst by Ditmir Bushati

Russia’s annexation of Crimea and threats against Ukraine are a reminder to the countries of Eastern Europe, particularly those in the Balkans, of NATO’s centrality to national – indeed, European – security. But maximizing NATO's effectiveness requires it to deepen its engagement with its most vulnerable members. Read more ...

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18 Apr 2014

The Gospel of Francis by Peter McDonough

Pope Francis's decision to canonize both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II – the rival stars of Vatican II – reflects his weariness of polarization and preference for teaching by example. But will his big-tent strategy be enough to bring lapsed Catholics back into the fold? Read more ...

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18 Apr 2014

Social prayers at Pope Francis ceremony for Good Friday

Pope Francis attended an emotional night of prayers for hot-button social issues including domestic abuse, prison overcrowding and unemployment to mark the Good Friday before Easter. The prayers read out at each of the 14 stops along the way were written by Italian bishop Giancarlo Bregantini, known for his outspoken condemnation of the mafia. A pa [...] Read more ...

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18 Apr 2014

Hollande n'aura "aucune raison d'être candidat" à la présidentielle si le chômage ne baisse pas

PRÉSIDENTIELLE - François Hollande a déclaré vendredi 18 avril n'avoir "aucune raison d'être candidat" à un deuxième mandat si le chômage ne baisse pas d'ici à 2017, lors d'une visite de Michelin à Clermont-Ferrand. "Si le chômage ne baisse pas d'ici à 2017, je n'ai, ou aucune raison d'être candidat, ou aucune chance d'être réélu", [...] Read more ...

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18 Apr 2014

Turkey president rules out Russia-style job swap

Turkish President Abdullah Gul ruled out Friday a Russia-style job swap with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan but said he had no firm plans yet for his political future. Asked about speculation of a Putin-Medvedev-style job swap, Gul said: "I do not believe that such a formula would be appropriate for a democracy." Vladimir Putin became presiden [...] Read more ...

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18 Apr 2014

Zimbabwe's Mugabe slams Europe's 'homosexual nonsense'

Zimbabwe's strong man ruler Robert Mugabe lashed out at Europe's "homosexual nonsense" and condemned the refusal of its leaders to accept his grip on power in his latest marathon tirade on Friday. "The Europe of yesterday is gone, we have a Europe of today which has no principles at all," the 90-year-old told a crowd of thousands gathered in a Hara [...] Read more ...

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18 Apr 2014

Going nuts? Turkey looks to pistachios to heat new eco-city

Officials are currently examining plans to build the country's first ecological city with buildings both private and public heated by burning pistachio shells. And there can be few better locations for such a project than Gaziantep -- the south-eastern region close to the Syrian border which produces thousands of tonnes of the nut every year. "Gazi [...] Read more ...

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18 Apr 2014