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Understanding Russia: Why Punishments Might Backfire

Russia is not, as Western analysts sometimes imply, resurgent or gaining ascendancy. Instead, “the country is weak and probably declining.” That doesn’t make Russia any less dangerous. On the contrary: “in many ways, Russia is a threat precisely because its weakness undermines the geopolitical pursuit at the core of its foreign policy.”

Kerry seeks path to calm in Syria, holds talks in Geneva

Judge may end impasse that halted 9/11 case at Guantanamo

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — A lurching effort to try five prisoners at Guantanamo Bay by military commission for the Sept. 11 attack came to an abrupt halt 18 months ago, and a judge is expected to decide as early as Monday whether he can break the impasse and get the case moving again. Continue Reading

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