Egypt’s Former President Goes to Trial as Army Chief Eyes Top Job

The field marshal’s face is everywhere in Cairo. Hanging throughout the capital are portraits of Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the country’s Defense Minister and leader of Egypt’s armed forces, newly promoted to his superlative military rank, and the presumptive favorite to become Egypt’s president. The posters are plastered to shop windows and overpasses, painted in frosting on cupcakes and held aloft in […]

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Is the Assad Regime in League with al-Qaeda?

For months, anti-regime activist claims that the Syrian government has cultivated a beneficial relationship with al-Qaeda groups in order to undermine the opposition have fallen on deaf ears. After all, the idea that Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has staked his leadership platform on a campaign against “terrorists”—his term for all anti-government fighters and supporters—would engage with the most radical […]

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Microsoft Locks Up Gears of War Forever, Snatches Former Series Producer to Helm New Games

Do we need more Gears of War games? Microsoft thinks so. Enough so, in fact, that it’s gone and placed further locks, chains and other securing mechanisms around a franchise it already had pretty much squared away as the popular third-person shooter’s exclusive publisher. Make that the owner now, too: Microsoft announced just a few minutes ago that it’s picked up […]

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Syrian Peace Talks On Verge of Collapse

Syrian peace talks in Geneva faltered Friday after the western-backed opposition refused to take part in face-to-face negotiations with President Bashar Assad’s delegation, and Assad’s government threatening to return to Syria unless serious talks began within a day. The two sides will now meet with a U.N. mediator separately after the government rejected the opposition’s demands to begin a process […]

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Ceasefire in South Sudan Expected Today

A mediator and rebel spokesman involved in the negotiations between South Sudan’s government and a rebel opposition led by sacked vice president Riek Machar said Thursday that both parties are due to sign a temporary cease-fire before the end of the day, Reuters reports. In a text message seen by Reuters the regional grouping IGAD that is mediating the talks in […]

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Will Japan and China Go to War?

Could Japan and China be on course to military conflict? Asia hands all over the Pacific Rim have recently been forced to contemplate the possibility by the bellicose war of words between Beijing and Tokyo over territorial disputes, increased military spending and a visit by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to a controversial cemetery for Japan’s war dead. But even […]

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China Doubling Its Aircraft Carrier Fleet

The Chinese navy is building a second aircraft carrier, raising the stakes for the U.S. Navy—and China’s nervous neighbors—in the western Pacific. The South China Morning Post reported Sunday that construction of the follow-on flattop has begun in the port city of Dalian, and estimated it would be finished by 2018. It would be Beijing’s first carrier built from the […]

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