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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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Pakistan: 500 Militants To Be Executed

Pakistan plans to execute around 500 militants in the coming weeks following the lifting of a moratorium on the death penalty, officials said Dec. 22, AFP reported.

Turkey: Islamic State Makes Arrests For Attempted Coup

The Islamic State has arrested four Turkish militants within its ranks for attempting to overthrow the group's top leaders, a video released by the militant group said, Ynet News reported Dec. 22.

South Korea: Nuclear Power Plant Hacked

Hackers infiltrated a South Korean nuclear power plant owned by Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co Ltd, Reuters reported Dec. 22.

Tunisia: Riots Break Out Over Election Results

Riots broke out in the southern Tunisian city of El Hamma du Jerid following the announcement that Beji Caid Essebsi won the country's presidential runoff, Reuters reported Dec. 22.

U.S.: Coalition Leads 22 More Airstrikes

The U.S.-led coalition has conducted 12 airstrikes in Syria and 10 in Iraq against the Islamic State, a U.S. military statement said, Reuters reported Dec. 22.

Russia: Gazprom Will Sell Foreign Currency Reserves

Russian energy company Gazprom will heed the request of Russian President Vladimir Putin and will sell its foreign currency reserves on the domestic market, Reuters reported Dec. 22.

Tunisia: Presidential Election Results Announced

Beji Caid Essebsi has won Tunisia's presidential election with 55.68 percent of the vote, Daily Star Lebanon reported Dec. 22.

South Sudan: China To Send 700 Peacekeepers

China will send some 700 troops to South Sudan to participate in a U.N. peacekeeping mission, ABC News reported Dec. 22, citing state media Xinhua News Agency.

Turkey: Military Draft Law Proposes Reform

Under a new draft bill sent to the Turkish parliament, the prime minister would have the final word on whether the military chief of the general staff should be tried by a civilian court for charges related to his position, Hurriyet Daily News reported Dec. 22.

Syria: Israeli Drone Downed, Army Says

The Syrian army said it shot down an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle conducting reconnaissance near Golan Heights, AFP reported Dec. 22.

China: Military Base Going Up Near Diaoyu Islands

The Chinese military is constructing a large base in the Nanji islands near the disputed Diaoyu Islands, unnamed sources said, South China Morning Post reported Dec. 21.

Saudi Arabia: Oil Output Could Increase

Saudi Arabia is prepared to raise its oil output to increase its market share, Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi said in an interview, Reuters reported Dec. 21.

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.