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An Armenian Tragedy: The Geopolitics of Terminology

The choice between "genocide" and "massacre" in describing the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 indicates either support for a small country aligned with Russia or close ties with a rising power in the Middle East and the Russian periphery. Read more…

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Stratfor's Rodger Baker on South Korea's Political Storm

"It's hard for this crisis not to have at least some impact [on South Korean President Park Geun-Hye]. Her administration has already faced a lot of criticism on reforms as well as international junkets," Baker said. This week's events interfere with her ability to focus on policy issues and help push them through the parliament, he added.

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Stratfor's Scott Stewart on the Latest Threats by ISIS

The nature of ISIS's recent threats actually speaks to the group's limitations, says Scott Stewart, vice president of tactical analysis at Stratfor. He says that if a militant group has the ability to conduct a strike, it's not going to foreshadow it online, "they're just going to do it. It's when they can't do it themselves that they need to ask others for help."

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Germany: Volkswagen Chairman Resigns

Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech resigned April 25 after losing a showdown with Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iraq, Jordan: 3 Islamic State Suicide Car Bombs Explode At Border Crossing

The Islamic State exploded three suicide car bombs at a border crossing between Iraq and Jordan on April 25, killing four soldiers, an Iraqi border police source said, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S.: Coalition Launches 15 Airstrikes Against Islamic State

U.S.-led forces targeted Islamic State militants in Syria with four airstrikes and conducted 11 strikes against the group in Iraq, the U.S. military said April 25, Reuters reported. Read more…

Nepal: China To Send Rescue Team Following Earthquake

Beijing will send the China International Search and Rescue Team to Nepal following a magnitude-7.9 earthquake, the China Earthquake Administration said April 25, Xinhuanet reported. Read more…

Ghana: Maritime Tribunal Allows Oil Development In Disputed Area

Ghana will be allowed to continue offshore oil development in an area disputed with Ivory Coast, the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea said April 25, Reuters reported. Read more…

Yemen: U.N. Appoints New Special Envoy

The United Nations appointed a new special envoy to Yemen on April 25, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said, AP reported. Read more…

Egypt: Presidency Extends State Of Emergency In Northern Sinai By 3 Months

Egypt extended a state of emergency imposed on parts of northern Sinai by three months, the presidency said in a statement April 25, Reuters reported. Read more…

Nepal: U.S. To Send Response Team, $1 Million Initial Aid After Earthquake

The United States will send a disaster response team to Nepal and has authorized an initial $1 million in aid after a major earthquake killed hundreds, U.S. aid officials said April 25, Reuters reported. Read more…

South Korea: Thousands Protest Ferry Disaster, Labor Policies In Seoul

Thousands of South Koreans marched in Seoul on April 25 to protest government labor policies and the handling of a ferry disaster a year ago, a National Police Agency official said, AP reported. Read more…

Greece: Governors Agree To Temporarily Lend Cash To Athens

Greece's governors and other local officials agreed April 25 to lend cash to the central government after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras assured them the measure would be temporary, officials said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Burundi: President To Run For Third Term

Burundi's ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy Party chose President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third five-year term April 25, the party said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iraq: Islamic State Partially Captures Barracks, Dam In Anbar Province

Islamic State militants in Iraq took partial control of a water dam and military barracks guarding it in Anbar province on April 25, security sources said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Rebels Enter Jisr Al-Shughour In Idlib Province

Syrian rebels entered the town of Jisr al-Shughour in Idlib province, northwestern Syria, on April 25, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, AP reported. Read more…

Nepal: Magnitude-7.8 Earthquake Kills Over 700

A magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, killing at least 711 people, a national police spokesman said, BBC reported. Read more…

Saudi Arabia: Islamic State Ordered Police Killings

A man arrested for shooting and killing two policemen and injuring two others during separate attacks in March and April, has ties to the Islamic State, the Daily Star reported April 24. Read more…

Mali: U.N. Peacekeepers Injured By Landmine

Seven U.N. peacekeepers were injured April 24 when their vehicle struck a landmine on the road between Kidal and Gao, World Bulletin reported. Read more…

Kenya: Official Abducted And Killed By Somali Militants

Kenyan official Mkutar Otieno was found dead after being kidnapped and shot by al Shabaab militants, Mandera County Police Commander Job Boronjo said, Xinhua reported April 23. Read more…

Iran, Turkey: Defense Ministers Promote Regional Cooperation

Iranian Minister of Defense Hossein Dehghan met with his Turkish counterpart, Ismet Yilmaz, during the Istanbul Peace Summit on April 24, IRNA reported. Read more…