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Russia Suspends Coal Exports to Ukraine

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Stratfor's Reva Bhalla on the U.S.-Iran Nuclear Negotiations

“Rouhani has been facing rising dissent, not just from the traditional IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] camp, but from a large segment of the public that is growing disillusioned with his policy because they’re not seeing the level of economic relief they were promised,” said Reva Bhalla, the vice president of global analysis at the geopolitical intelligence firm, Stratfor.

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Venezuela: ConocoPhillips Accuses Venezuela Of Impropriety

In a pre-suit discovery court filing Nov. 25, ConocoPhillips subsidiary ConocoPhillips Petrozuata accused Venezuela of trying to sell state owned oil firm Citgo Petroleum Corp, or Citgo, to avoid paying a billion-dollar arbitration award, Courthouse News reported.

Nigeria: Twin Bombings Kill 34 In Maiduguri

Two suicide bombs went off almost simultaneously in the International Market area of Maiduguri, Nigeria, killing 34 people in what was believed to be an attack by Boko Haram, Anadolu Agency reported Nov. 25.

Libya: Tripoli Airport Bombed, Again

Libya's internationally recognized government has bombed Tripoli's Mitiga airport, which is controlled by a rival government, Reuters reported Nov. 25.

Colombia: FARC Releases 2 Hostages, General Still Captive

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, better known by its acronym, FARC, released two Colombian soldiers it was holding hostage, according to a Nov. 25 update from Colombia Reports.

Iran: Leader Says West Failed To Prevail In Talks

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei released an online statement on his official website Nov. 25 saying the West had failed to defeat Iran in nuclear negotiations.

Egypt: Minister Asks Cyprus For Natural Gas

Egypt is ready to receive as much natural gas as Cyprus can export, Egypt's minister of petroleum and mineral resources said, Famagusta Gazette reported Nov. 25.

Tunisia: Presidential Election Results In Runoff

Early poll results show that Tunisian secularist leader Beji Caid Essebsi earned 39.46 percent of votes in the country's Nov. 23 election, short of the majority needed for a win, Reuters reported Nov. 25.

France: Delivery Of Warships To Russia Delayed

Paris has delayed the delivery of two Mistral warships to Russia because of the conditions in Ukraine, Les Echos reported Nov. 25.

Turkey: Ankara Arming Iraqi Kurds

Turkey has sent weapons to the Iraqi Kurdish fighters combating the Islamic State and has provided the group training, Kurdistan Regional Government Chief of Staff Fuad Hussein said, Hurriyet Daily News reported Nov. 25.

Russia: New Arctic Military Command Established

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia has created a new strategic military command to cover all operations in the Arctic, Xinhua reported Nov. 25.

Turkey: Military To Train 2,000 Syrian Rebels

U.S. and Turkish military forces will train some 2,000 Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State, a Turkish foreign ministry official said Nov. 24, The Daily Star reported.

Chile: Police Station Attacked With Molotov Cocktails

A group of masked people threw Molotov cocktails at a police station in Santiago Nov. 24, NTN 24 reported.

Nigeria: Boko Haram Captures Town Of Damasak

Boko Haram militants captured the northeastern town of Damasak in Borno state on Nov. 24, This Day Live reported.

Guinea: Ebola Sample Stolen By Gang

A gang of thieves stole a sample of the Ebola virus from a doctor traveling along the Kankan-Kissidougou corridor in eastern Guinea, RFI reported Nov. 24.

Qatar: Gulf Cooperation Council Leaders To Meet In Doha

The six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council will send their foreign minsters to Doha, Qatar on Nov. 25 to prepare for the group's summit in December, Gulf News reported Nov. 24.

U.S.: Defense Secretary To Resign, Reports Say

Chuck Hagel will reportedly resign as U.S. Defense Secretary after serving in the capacity for less than two years, BBC reported Nov. 24.

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