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Obama’s Africa Summit Ends as Chinese Edge Challenged

Brian Wingfield and Chris Spillane / Bloomberg

As Barack Obama concluded the biggest ever meeting by a U.S. president with African leaders, U.S. businesses are searching for opportunities on the continent after a decade of entrenched Chinese investment.


Kerry in Kabul to try to break deadlock over Afghan presidency

Lesley Wroughton / Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Afghanistan on Thursday for his second visit in under a month to push a deal between the country’s two president candidates on how to share power after an audit of a disputed election is complete.


Russia publishes list of banned western foods in response to sanctions

Jennifer Rankin / the Guardian

Russia has banned fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy imports from the US, the European Union, Australia, Canada, and Norway, Russia’s prime minister told a government meeting on Thursday.


2 Senior Khmer Rouge Leaders Are Convicted Decades After Rule

Thomas Fuller and Julia Wallace / the New York Times

A court Thursday found the two most senior surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime, which brutalized Cambodia during the 1970’s, guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced them to life in prison.


40,000 Iraqis stranded on Sinjar mountain after Islamic State death threats

Richard Spencer / the Telegraph

Tens of thousands of members of Iraqi religious minority groups driven from their homes for fear of the jihadist group Islamic State are dying of thirst and heat on a desert mountainside in the north of the country, according to the United Nations and human rights groups.


Snowden granted 3-yr residence permit – lawyer


Edward Snowden has received a residence permit in Russia, which is valid for three years, starting on August 1, the former NSA contractor’s lawyer announced.


Spacecraft catches comet after 10 year chase

Al Jazeera

The European spacecraft Rosetta has become the first ever probe to catch up with and maneuver alongside a comet, a landmark stage in a decade-long mission that scientists hope will unlock some of the secrets of the solar system.


CDC issues emergency ‘all-hands’ call for Ebola response


The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday issued its highest alert for an all-hands on deck response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.


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10 Key Facts About Fusion

Paul Hamill

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21st Century U.S. – Egypt Relations – A Strategic Conference

American Security Project

On Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 leaders from the public and private sector in both the United States and Egypt joined together in Washington, D.C. to discuss the shifting nature of Egypt on a regional and international focus.


El-Baz Advocates for Free trade and ExIm at US-Africa Business Forum

Maggie Feldman-Piltch

Basil El-Baz, Chairman and CEO of Carbon Holdings, spoke out in support of the reauthorization of the ExIm Bank and a free trade agreement between the African continent and the U.S. at yesterday’s U.S.-Africa Business Forum CEO Discussion.


Replacing the Beretta M9: Is it Truly Necessary?

Matthew Wallin

The cost of replacing the Army’s 230,000+ M9 pistols will inevitably cost hundreds of millions of dollars in a time of shrinking budgets


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