Russian and American troops are within ‘hand-grenade range’ of each other in Syria

A defense expert warns that ‘escalation is bound to happen’ between troops

China ready to play major role in developing Arctic — vice PM

China is prepared and is capable of making a contribution to developing the Arctic region, Vice-Premier of China’s State Council Wang Yang told the Arctic – Territory of Dialogue International Forum. “China is a party that makes its contribution to the Arctic affairs and is ready and capable of playing a great role in developing the Arctic,” the vice premier said at the forum, which kicked off in Arkhangelsk, a city in the north of European Russia, on Wednesday. Beijing is ready to make efforts to strengthen the Arctic ecosystem’s protection, deepen the scientific research, develop and use the Arctic resources rationally and improve the institutions and tools of the Artic management, he said…

As ISIS’s caliphate shrinks, Syrian anger grows

It must be the most beautiful front line in the world. Turn right at the ancient city of Qatna, drive east for 40 miles and you’ll come to a village called Telwared, the “Hill of Roses”. There are fields of yellow flowers, sheep and cattle and almond o…

Russian top diplomat suspects Jabhat al-Nusra could be used to topple Assad

Suspicions remain that the Jabhat al-Nusra terror group could be used to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with the US National Interest magazine. According to the diplomat, before Russ…

Bad for America

During a recent exchange on “CBS Sunday Morning,” ancient newsreader Ted Koppel called Fox News pundit Sean Hannity “bad for America.” But some people truly are “Bad for America.” To benefit the Ted Koppels of the world, here’s a list of some of the more noteworthy offenders.

Pelosi admits at AIPAC: ‘US is overwhelmingly partial to Israel’

Did you watch the outpouring of official support for Israel at the annual Washington conference of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee)? Washington is bitterly divided over every issue from climate change to health care to tax reform to th…