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Iranian Power Is Not Inevitable

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Bounties and the Hunt for International Terrorists

Stratfor's vice president of intelligence and former counterterrorism agent Fred Burton discusses the U.S. State Department's "Rewards for Justice" program he helped create in 1984, and how it's being used today to hunt down leaders of ISIS.

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Turkey: Kurdish Parties Clash, Two Killed

Clashes between supporters of Huda-Par, a Kurdish Islamist party, and the Kurdish left-wing People’s Democratic Party killed two people May 29 in Sirnak province, according to party leaders, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iraq: Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Hotel Bombings

The Islamic State claimed credit May 29 for the bombings of two five-star hotels in Baghdad on May 28, AFP reported. Read more…

Cuba: Washington Repeals State Sponsor Of Terrorism Designation

Washington formally removed Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism May 29, according to the State Department, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Rebels Make Gains In Idlib Province

Syrian rebels opposed to the government of President Bashar al Assad captured the town of Ariha in northwestern Idlib province the night of May 28 and four nearby villages the following day, Reuters reported. Read more…

Saudi Arabia: Bomb Detonates At Dammam Mosque

A vehicle carrying a bomb detonated May 29 near the al-Anoud Mosque in Dammam, Eastern Province, killing four people, although details are emerging, according to the ministry of interior security spokesman, Saudi Press Agency reported. Read more…

Ukraine, Russia: Crimea Sanctions To Remain Regardless, Washington Says

U.S. sanctions placed on Russia over the annexation of Crimea will remain regardless of Russia’s actions in Eastern Ukraine or cease-fire implementation, according to a message posted on Twitter by U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, Interfax reported. Read more…

Finland: President Appoints New Cabinet

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto appointed a new Cabinet on May 29 headed by Centre Party leader Juha Sipila, Yle Uutiset reported. Read more…

France: Voters Would Reject EU Constitution Again, Polls Indicate

French polling agency IFOP published a poll May 29 indicating that 62 percent of voters would reject the European Constitution if a May 29, 2005 referendum were conducted once again, EU Observer reported. Read more…

Cuba: Washington May Remove Cuba From Terrorism List

The United States could remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism May 29, The Miami Herald reported. Read more…

Colombia: Military Warns Of Imminent FARC Attacks

The Colombian military issued a warning May 28 stating that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia could conduct attacks in 70 Colombian cities, El Espectador reported. Read more…

EU: Lawmakers Reach Informal Deal On Juncker Plan

The European Parliament reached an informal agreement May 28 with EU member states on a 315 billion euro ($342 billion) public and private investment fund known as the Juncker Plan, EU Observer reported. Read more…

Yemen: Pro-Hadi Forces Take Areas Near Taiz

Popular Resistance Committee fighters loyal to Yemeni President Abd Rabboh Mansour Hadi took control of areas around the special operations forces barracks near the city of Taiz from former President Ali Abdullah Saleh's troops May 28, Al-Jazeera TV reported. Read more…

Israel, Palestinian Territories: French Foreign Minister Wants To Revive Two-State Solution Talks

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced that he would travel to Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Territories in June to revive talks about a two-state solution for Israel, Reuters reported May 28. Read more…

U.S.: Chief Negotiator Will Resign After Nuclear Negotiation Deadline

The lead U.S. negotiator in the Iran nuclear talks, Wendy Sherman, will leave the State Department after the June 30 deadline for a deal, Reuters reported May 28. Read more…

Iraq: 470 Bodies Exhumed In Tikrit

The remains of 470 people believed to have been executed by militants near Tikrit last year have been exhumed, the Iraqi health minister said May 28, AFP reported. Read more…

Russia: IMF Chief Says G7 Should Include Russia

International cooperation functions best when all the big players, including Russia, are included in dialogue, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said May 28, Sputnik News reported. Read more…

Colombia: Caqueta Car Bomb Attack Reportedly Foiled

An explosives-laden vehicle was found by local authorities on the road between the Caqueta department municipalities of Puerto Rico and San Vicente del Caguan on May 27, El Espectador reported. Read more…

Ethiopia: Ruling Party Wins Majority In Early Count

Based on an early count from a weekend election, Ethiopia's ruling party and its allies have won a majority in parliament, Reuters reported May 27. Read more…