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Head of MI5 - Andrew Parker warns of 'intense’ terror threat

The UK’s intelligence services are facing an “intense” challenge from terrorism, the head of MI5 has warned.

In his first substantial remarks since Britain was hit by a flurry of attacks this year, Mr Parker detailed the “acute and enduring” challenge posed by Islamist terrorism: “We’ve seen a dramatic up-shift in threat this year”. 227 more words

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US-backed Syrian forces liberate Raqqa

After more than four months of intense urban battles and coalition airstrikes, U.S.-backed fighters claim they have liberated ISIS’ de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria. 314 more words

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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl told a military judge on Monday that he’s pleading guilty to desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy.

“I understand that leaving was against the law,” Bergdahl said.

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The Demise of Dollar Diplomacy

October 17, 2017

The Demise of Dollar Diplomacy

by Barry Eichengreen*

http://www.project-syndicate.org

Pundits have been saying last rites for the dollar’s global dominance since the 1960s – that is, for more than half a century now. 1,319 more words

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Netflix Documentaries - One sided stories or bringing awareness of injustices and important issues?

If you have been following my blog you will be aware that I am a Documentary fanatic. When I was younger I always used to watch crime movie thrillers with my Mum, my Sister thinks that I have a phobia of kids movies as I was never interested in animated or Disney movies (apart from Toy Story, who doesn’t love Toy Story). 988 more words

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North Korea claim to need nuclear weapons because of American threat

A high-ranking North Korean official says the country’s development of nuclear weapons is necessary because of the threat posed by the United States and contends the nuclear program is for deterrence.

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"To Our Wives & Sweethearts" (may they never meet)

A two-star US Army general has been recalled to Washington, amid allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with the wife of an enlisted soldier, the US Army reported last week. 339 more words

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