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In a documentary aired on Russian state television on Feb. 2, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin reiterated his charge that the U.S. missile defense system is aimed at Russia, not anyone else. "Today, neither Iran, nor North Korea poses a threat....

February 5th, 2012 • 9:16 AM

The combination of record and near-record cold weather in the main Japanese islands with the near-total shutdown of its nuclear generation facilities has the country flirting with the possibility of massive power blackouts in one or more regions. Yesterday morning, operations stopped at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Shin-Oita thermal power station in Oita.

February 5th, 2012 • 9:12 AM

Both Russia and China have vetoed the latest UN Security Council resolution on Syria, because, after days of negotiations, there were still elements of the resolution that were a clear violation of Syrian sovereignty. By a 13-2 vote, the resolution, sponsored by Morocco and several European states, was defeated.

February 5th, 2012 • 9:05 AM

A senior U.S. intelligence official has warned that the Inter Alpha Group-centered European private banking system is going to need an estimated 5 trillion euro in zero-interest loans this year, to avert a total crash.

February 4th, 2012 • 1:40 PM

Mental befuddlement or being in a "space fog" is a condition that has apparently been experienced by astronauts and cosmonauts during long-duration orbital missions, although, for understandable reasons, not widely publicized. In extreme cases, the confusion has endangered the safety of the crew.

February 4th, 2012 • 9:13 AM

The Russian Presidential election takes place March 4, one month from today. The follow-on rally to the "For Honest Elections" protests - which various Gorbachovites, liberals, and the Soros- and British-backed "color revolution" crowd are pushing as a drive against Prime Minister and Presidential candidate Vladimir Putin - took place as a march up Bolshaya Yakimanka St.

February 5th, 2012 • 9:15 AM

Morton Abromowitz, a former Ambassador and Project Democracy bigwig as director of the NED, nonetheless leveled a direct hit on Obama's moral hypocrisy, focused on his repeated refusal to lift a finger over North Korea's new hunger disaster.

February 5th, 2012 • 9:10 AM

Were the US to launch a nuclear strike, for any reason, the weapon of choice would most likely be Trident missiles launched from one or more Ohio class ballistic missile submarines. The US Navy has 14 Ohio class submarines in service, 8 assigned to the Pacific Fleet and based in Bangor, Washington and 6 assigned to the Atlantic Fleet, based in Kings Bay, Ga.

February 4th, 2012 • 4:29 PM

The White House announced this morning that British Prime Minister David Cameron will be welcomed to the White House for an official visit and a state dinner, on March 13-14. "The visit will highlight the fundamental importance of the U.S.-U.K.

February 4th, 2012 • 12:18 PM