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Xi orders rest home fire response

Beijing—President Xi Jinping on Tuesday ordered “all-out efforts” to treat the injured, comfort families of the dead and “properly handle” the aftermath of a fire at a rest home in central China’s Henan Province. He demanded a thorough investigation into the cause of the fire, which killed 38 people and injured six others on Monday, and that investigators pursue the liabilities of those responsible. ... Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Details

US urges peaceful solution to Burundi crisis

Washington—The United States strongly condemns the killing of Burundi leader of the opposition party Union for Peace and Development (UPD), Zedi Feruzi, and his bodyguard. We also strongly condemn the May 22 grenade attack in a market that killed several people and wounded many more. These attacks only undermine ongoing efforts to achieve a peaceful resolution to the current crisis through dialogue. ... Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Details

China rolls out active defense strategy roadmap

Beijing—China issued Tuesday its first white paper on military strategy, stressing “active defense” and pledging closer international security cooperation. The white paper, “China’s Military Strategy”, issued by the State Council Information Office, outlined a strategy that adheres to the unity of strategic defense and operational and tactical offense. ... Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Details

Does Terrorism Work?

NEARLY 14 years into the war on terror, there are signs of terrorism all around us, from Memorial Day tributes to the victims of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the raging congressional debate over reauthorizing the Patriot Act. Yet some of the most basic information about terrorism remains surprisingly elusive. For example: Does it work? ... Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Details

Japan to join U.S., Australia in S. China Sea war games

Tokyo—Japan will join a major U.S.-Australian military exercise for the first time in a sign of growing security links between the three countries as tensions fester over China’s island building in the South China Sea. ... Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Details

Iraq launches operation to drive IS from Anbar

Baghdad—Iraq on Tuesday announced the launch of a military operation to drive the Islamic State group out of the western Anbar province, where the extremists captured the provincial capital, Ramadi, earlier this month. ... Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Details

Heart of Europe is threatened if Palmyra falls to IS

THE news coming from Syria is painful. The barbaric forces of the Islamic State (IS) supported by “oil money” and Western military technology have defeated the Syrian government army and have occupied the historic town of Palmyra. IS forces despise all non-Sunni historic monuments in the Middle East, including Babylonian ruins and Shiite and Sufi shrines, and are determined to demolish temples and other parts of global heritage that are central for preserving the memory and the accomplishments of our ancestors. ... Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Details

Punish US Generals for Mismanaging Afghan War Funds

THE 64,000-square-foot facility in Helmand Province was constructed to 98 percent completion but never used, prompting calls from an inspector general and lawmakers for discipline of officers guilty of both “misconduct and mismanagement.” A $36 milli ... Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Details

Kuwait to host 42nd session of council of OIC FMs

Jeddah—Kuwait is to host the OIC’s 42nd session of the council of Foreign Ministers (CFM), entitled Joint Vision to Strengthen Tolerance and Reject Terrorism, on Wednesday and Thursday (May 27-28, 2015). In light of critical issues currently affecting the region and conflicts in the Muslim world, international and regional attention is focused on the meeting, particularly in anticipation of its outcomes and resolutions. ... Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Details

China, LatAm need heart-to-heart communication

Beijing—During his visit to Colombia, a country known to Chinese for the novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, Premier Li Keqiang brought with him not only entrepreneurs, but also Chinese writers. Li is currently on a four-nation visit to Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Chile from May 18 to 26. ... Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Details

China lodges complaint with US over spy plane flight

Beijing—China said it had lodged a complaint with the United States over a U.S. spy plane that flew over parts of the disputed South China Sea in a diplomatic row that has fuelled tension between the world’s two largest economies. Friction in the region has grown over China’s land reclamation in the Spratly islands. China last week said it was “strongly dissatisfied” after a U.S. spy plane flew over areas near the reefs, with both sides accusing each other of stoking instability. ... Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Details

Kremlin Is Dissolving Ukraine’s East-West Divide

IN HER latest Brookings essay, journalist Chrystia Freeland relates a personal narrative of the last 25 years in Ukraine. It makes for a very interesting read. One issue that Freeland’s essay highlights is how the Kremlin has tried to twist the issue of ethnic and regional divides in Ukraine for its own purposes. This type of effort to manipulate identity has echoes in numerous conflicts around the world. ... Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Details

Jewish settlers storm Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa complex

Jerusalem—Scores of Jewish settlers forced their way into occupied East Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday to mark the Jewish Shavuot holiday, a Palestinian official has said. “At least 60 Jewish settlers in groups – backed by Israeli police – stormed the holy compound through the Al-Magharbeh Gate,” Sheikh Omar al-Qiswani, Al-Aqsa Mosque director, told Anadolu Agency. ... Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Details

Polish president concedes defeat to rival Duda

Warsaw—Conservative opposition challenger Andrzej Duda has won a surprise victory in Poland’s presidential run-off, trumping incumbent centrist Bronislaw Komorowski with promises of change and generous social spending. An MEP and lawyer with a populist streak, Duda scored 52 percent support ahead of Komorowski, who mustered 48 percent, exit polls showed Monday. ... Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Details

Li’s visit to boost China-Chile trust, co-op

Santiago—Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s upcoming visit to Chile, his first official visit to the South American country since assuming premiership in 2013, is expected to provide a golden opportunity for the two countries to enhance mutual trust and practical cooperation. Li is scheduled to arrive Sunday in Chile, the last leg of his four-country Latin American tour, which has already taken him to Brazil, Colombia and Peru. ... Monday, May 25, 2015 Details