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Remembering Trench Warfare in World War I

A century ago, Allied and German troops clashed in the First Battle of Champagne, marking the beginning of the extensive use of trench warfare on the Western Front in World War I.

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Kamran Bokhari on the Islamic State and the Shifting Middle East Landscape

"Iran’s trajectory is going up, and the Saudis are in trouble," says Kamran Bokhari, an adviser on Mideast affairs to the U.S.-based global intelligence company Stratfor. "The kingdom has major problems. It is in a multi-front struggle against Iran, the Shiites, Qatar, the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda and the Islamic State."

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Reva Bhalla on Putin's Message to the International Community

Stratfor's vice president of global analysis joined Bloomberg TV's "Bottom Line" for a discussion on Russia's mounting economic pressures, as well as other key geopolitical trends around the globe including U.S. nuclear talks with Iran and ECB President Mario Draghi's stimulus plan.

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Uzbekistan: Parliamentary Elections Held

Uzbekistan held parliamentary elections Dec. 21, France 24 reported. More than 20 million people registered to vote.

Tunisia: Officials Accumulating Presidential Election Results

The polls have closed, but officials are still accumulating the results of Tunisia's presidential election, Reuters reported Dec. 21.

Belarus: Government Takes Measures To Prevent Currency Run

Belarus has blocked access to shopping and news websites to prevent a run on the Belarusian ruble, France24 reported Dec. 21.

Lebanon: Military Needs French Helicopters, Prime Minister Says

Lebanon needs French helicopters to fight jihadists coming from Syria, Prime Minister Tammam Salam said in an interview Dec. 21, Reuters reported.

Egypt: Intelligence Chief Replaced

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a decree Dec. 21 retiring intelligence chief Mohamed Farid al-Tohamy, Reuters reported.

Egypt: Court Jails Suez Canal Worker For Spying

An Egyptian court sentenced a Suez Canal shipping services manager to 10 years after it found him guilty of spying for Israel, France24 reported Dec. 21.

Haiti: Florence Duperval Guillaume Named Interim Prime Minister

Florence Duperval Guillaume was named Haiti's new interim prime minister Dec. 21, Reuters reported.

Pakistan: Army Kills 59 Taliban Militants

The Pakistani army launched a series of raids against the Taliban in the country's northwest, killing 59 militants, Al Jazeera reported.

Egypt: Rafah Border Crossing With Gaza Strip Reopened

Egypt has reopened the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip, Reuters reported Dec. 21.

Israel: Police Arrest 8 Anti-Arab Extremists

Israeli police arrested eight members of the anti-Arab extremist group Lehava in a series of raids Dec. 20, France24 reported

Iraq: Kurdish Peshmerga Make Gains Near Mosul

Kurdish peshmerga forces advanced closer to the city of Mosul, Iraq, after taking ground from Islamic State militants near Sinjar town and Tal Afar, Reuters reported Dec. 21.

France: Police Kill Attacker, Open Counterterrorism Probe

French police killed a man who attacked three officers with a knife Dec. 20 at a police station in Joue-les-Tours, France24 reported Dec. 21.

North Korea: Pyongyang Denies Responsibility For Sony Hack

North Korea denied U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, an unnamed foreign ministry spokesperson said Dec. 20, Reuters reported.

Georgia: Government Open To Meeting With Putin, Prime Minister Says

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili expressed willingness to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the prime minister said Dec. 20, Trend news agency reported.

Germany: Europe Should Avoid Further Sanctions On Russia, Foreign Minister Says

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned against further EU sanctions on Moscow, the foreign minister said, Deutsche Welle reported Dec. 20.

Russia: Foreign Ministry Denounces New Western Sanctions

The Russian Foreign Ministry denounced the new Western sanctions against Ukraine's Crimea region, Russian officials said Dec. 20, Reuters reported.

Canada: Government To Impose New Sanctions On Russia

Canada will impose new sanctions on Russia, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said Dec. 19, TASS reported Dec. 20.

Iraq: Kurdish Forces Claim To Take Sinjar From Islamic State

Kurdish fighters claimed to recapture Sinjar, the northern Iraqi town controlled by the Islamic State, on Dec. 20, the Kurdistan Region Security Council said on Twitter, CNN reported.