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With old geopolitical realities resurfacing across Eurasia and commodity prices stuck in a slump, 2016 is shaping up to be an unsettling year for much of the world. Read more…

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Amid Low Oil Prices, OPEC's Divisions Deepen

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Heterarchy: An Idea Finally Ripe for Its Time

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Syria: Al Assad's Government Unlikely To Fall Soon, U.S. Defense Official Says

U.S.-backed rebel forces are unlikely to defeat the government of Syrian President Bashar al Assad in the near term, U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency head Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Feb. 9, AP reported. Read more…

Iraq: KRG Meets On Salary Crisis As Workers Protest

The Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) met Feb. 9 to address salary issues and the region's economic crisis, NRTTV reported. Read more…

Cuba: President Plans To Step Down

Cuban President Raul Castro said in a January meeting that he plans to relinquish the presidency, Caracol reported Feb. 9. Read more…

Ukraine: IMF Withholding Aid Until Political Crisis Ends, Kiev Says

The International Monetary Fund has put aid to Ukraine on hold until it becomes clear whether the current government in Kiev survives, Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalia Yaresko said in a televised interview Feb. 8, RFE/RL reported. Read more…

North Korea: New Rocket Could Reach U.S., Seoul Says

The rocket North Korea launched on Feb. 7 appeared to be more powerful than one fired in 2012, with an increased range of 12,000 km (7,500 miles) making it capable of reaching most of the United States, the South Korean Defense Ministry said Feb. 9, Yonhap reported. Read more…

Nepal: Madhesis Formally End Border Blockade

Ethnic Madhesi protesters in Nepal lifted a four-month-old blockade along a major cross-border trade route with India on Feb. 8, Reuters reported. Read more…

Hong Kong: Protesters Clash With Police

Several people were injured in clashes between police and protesters in Hong Kong on Feb. 9, the South China Morning Post and local media reported. Read more…

Canada: Combat Operations Against Islamic State To End, Prime Minister Says

Canada will end its combat role in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Feb. 8, Reuters reported. Read more…

Libya: Presidential Council Seeks Extension To Form Unity Government

Libya's presidential council said Feb. 8 it needs one more week to form a national unity government, after the country's internationally recognized parliament rejected an initial line-up, AFP reported. Read more…

Saudi Arabia: Explosion In Riyadh Claimed By Islamic State

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for an explosion caused by a bomb attached to a vehicle in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Feb. 8, the Saudi Press Agency said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iraq: Army Deploys Thousands Of Troops To The North

The Iraqi army is deploying thousands of soldiers to a military base near Makhmur District, which lies 70 kilometers (43 miles) southeast of Mosul, The Daily Star reported Feb. 8. Read more…

Haiti: President Steps Down, Protests Erupt

Haitian President Michel Martelly stepped down Feb. 7, and the first day of Carnival celebrations was canceled as violent protests erupted, police said, Reuters reported Feb. 8. Read more…

Somalia: Plane Bomb Likely Concealed In Laptop, Intelligence Officials Say

The bomb that detonated on board a commercial jet above Somalia on Feb. 2 was likely concealed inside a laptop, Somali intelligence officials investigating the incident said Feb. 7, AFP reported. Read more…

North Korea: Pyongyang Planning Another Nuclear Test, Seoul Says

North Korea is preparing to carry out another underground nuclear test, according to South Korean intelligence officials, Yonhap reported Feb. 8. Read more…

Koreas: Warning Shots Fired At North Korean Patrol Boat

The South Korean navy fired warning shots at a North Korean patrol boat that allegedly crossed the two countries’ disputed maritime border Feb. 8, according to the South Korean Defense Ministry, AFP reported. Read more…

Tunisia: First Part Of Barrier Along Libyan Border Complete

Tunisia completed the first part of a 200-kilometer (125-mile) barrier along its border with Libya, designed to deter terrorism, security forces said Feb. 7, BBC reported. Read more…

Spain: Police Arrest Suspected Members Of Jihadist Groups

Spanish police have arrested seven people with suspected links to the Islamic State and other jihadist groups, officials said Feb. 7, BBC reported. Read more…

Algeria: Parliament Adopts Constitutional Reforms

Algeria's parliament adopted a package of constitutional reforms Feb. 7, authorities said, AFP reported. Read more…

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Annual Forecast 2016Free

With old geopolitical realities resurfacing across Eurasia and commodity prices stuck in a slump, 2016 is shaping up to be an unsettling year for much of the world. Read more…