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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov speaks to reporters upon his arrival in Damascus on December 10, 2014. (STR/AFP/Getty Images

Russia Positions Itself as Mediator in Syria and Lebanon

Moscow is trying to position itself as an indispensable actor in Lebanon and Syria to gain leverage over Washington on other issues.

Smoke rises from an airstrike against militia targets in Benghazi, conducted Oct. 22 by aircraft from the Libyan air force loyal to Gen. Khalifa Hifter. (ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. Campaign Against the Islamic State Could Expand

The jihadist group's connections to other countries, such as Libya, mean that a broader military campaign cannot be ruled out.

Armed police surround the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place, Sydney, in response to a hostage situation that developed Dec. 15. (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Australia: Hostage Situation in Sydney Possibly Linked to Raids

A number of recent raids and arrests across Australia may have prompted those planning terror attacks to move forward with their plans.