Afghanistan Presidential Election Season Kicks Off

Candidates for Afghanistan’s April 5 presidential election officially launched their campaigns Sunday with a series of rallies held in Kabul, but it remains to be seen whether the next president will have a closer relationship with the United States than the obstreperous incumbent Hamid Karzai.  There are 11 candidates vying to replace Karzai, who cannot run again, reports the BBC. The […]

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Gunfire Paves Bloody Way To Thai Elections

Gunmen opened fire on pro-government demonstrators in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday, wounding at least six people and ratcheting up tensions just one day before Sunday’s key national elections. Around eight gunmen emerged from a crowd of anti-government protestors who are seeking to derail a national vote, CNN reports, firing on police and pro-government citizens for about half an hour. The Thai […]

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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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