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Dead Lines for Iran and Greece

An extension of Iran's nuclear talks will complicate, but not end, negotiations, while Greece's missed debt repayment deadline will have heavier consequences. Read more…

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Decade Forecast: 2015-2025

The United States' role as the pre-eminent power will be the sole constant in a decade of political fragmentation, economic shifts and changes in regional power structures. Read more…

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Beyond the Greek Impasse

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The Rise of Warlord Entrepreneurs

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The Jihadist Trap of Here and Now

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Tunisia Struggles With Militants

Geographic coherence, relatively strong political structures and anti-jihadist culture will enable Tunisia to withstand Islamist militants' attempts to turn the country into a jihadist base. Read more…

The Island Between the Two Koreas

A visit to the North Korean border at Ganghwado island brings to mind an 1871 clash between Korea and the United States — and the beginning of a complex relationship. Read more…

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Stratfor's Scott Stewart on Obama's Strategy for Training Iraqi Troops

Up to now, the U.S. training has typically focused on Shiites and Kurds. "In many ways, it's a continuation of the same thing," said Scott Stewart, a terrorism and security analyst at the global intelligence firm Stratfor. "It's an expansion of the training, and in a logical direction with Sunnis."

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U.S., Cuba: Embassies To Reopen July 1

The United States and Cuba have announced that their embassies will reopen to one another on July 1, AP reported June 30. Read more…

Venezuela: U.S. Senator Meets With Officials

United States Senator Robert Corker arrived in Venezuela on June 29 to meet with unspecified high-ranking Venezuelan officials, El Joropo reported June 30. Read more…

Iraq: Kurdish Region Maintains Oil Exports Through Baghdad

The Kurdish regional government has not decreased its oil exports through Iraq's state-owned oil company, Rudaw reported June 30. Read more…

Iran: Interim Nuclear Deal Extended To July 7

The U.S. State Department announced June 30 that it will extend the interim nuclear agreement with Iran to July 7, representative Marie Harf said, Associated Press reported. Read more…

Israel, Palestinian Territories: Authorities Stop Flotilla, Seize One Vessel

Israel deported former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki and European Parliament lawmaker Ana Miranda on June 30 for their participation in a flotilla to break the Gaza Strip blockade, Naharnet reported. Read more…

Tunisia: Gunman In Hotel Attack Had Militant Contacts In Libya

The gunman who killed 39 people in a Tunisian resort area last week had contact with militants in Libya before the attack, Reuters reported June 30, citing an unnamed official source. Read more…

Syria: Islamic State Beheads 2 Women

For the first time, the Islamic State has beheaded two women in Syria on accusations of sorcery, AFP reported June 30, citing the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Read more…

Iraq: Kurds Increase Independent Oil Sales

Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government has increased independent oil sales since mid-June after cutting its allocations to Iraq's state oil firm, Reuters reported June 30. Read more…

Turkey: National Security Council Considers Syrian Response

After meeting June 29, Turkey's National Security Council released a general statement that gave no indication of imminent cross-border action in Syria, Turkish daily Haberturk reported. Read more…

Puerto Rico: Government Can No Longer Make Debt Payments

In an interview with the New York Times, Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said the island is no longer able to make payments on the $73 billion in debt it owes creditors, CNN reported June 29. Read more…

Syria: Mortar Targets Damascus For Second Day

A mortar targeted Damascus on June 29, the second in two days, AP reported. Read more…

Egypt: State Prosecutor Dies After Convoy Is Bombed

Egyptian Attorney General Hisham Barakat died after his convoy was bombed in Cairo on June 29, AFP reported, citing security officials. Read more…

Tunisia: British Plane Sent To Retrieve Wounded

The United Kingdom dispatched a Boeing C17 military transport plane to Tunisia on June 29 to retrieve tourists wounded in last week's terrorist attack on a resort town, AFP reported. Read more…

Iraq: Senior Oil Company Leader Killed

Saad Hassan Mohammed Ali, the director of operations at Iraq's state-run North Oil Company, was shot by unknown gunmen as he left his neighborhood, Iraq Oil Report reported June 29. Read more…

U.S.: SpaceX Rocket Explodes After Liftoff

A SpaceX rocket, carrying supplies to the International Space Station, erupted June 28 after the vehicle went supersonic shortly after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, NASA officials said, AP reported. Read more…

Greece: Athens Imposes Capital Controls, Keeps Banks Closed

Greece will close banks June 29 and impose capital controls to prevent financial chaos following the breakdown of bailout talks with its international creditors, officials said June 28, Financial Times reported. Read more…

Iran: Nuclear Negotiations May Go Beyond Deadline, Officials Say

The six world powers seeking to negotiate a nuclear agreement with Iran plan to carry on negotiating beyond a June 30 deadline, a senior U.S. official said June 28, Reuters reported. Read more…

Armenia: President Suspends Power Hike Amid Protests

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian suspended an increase in household electricity rates June 28 in an effort to end the protests in the capital of Yerevan, the president said, Al Jazeera reported. Read more…

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