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Ebola Cases Spiking in DRC

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Now officially the second-largest in history, the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) appears to be spiraling out of control.

US-Iran Tensions: Saudi Sabotage Rattles Oil Markets

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Two instances of sabotage on Saudi oil infrastructure suggest the possibility of Iranian blowback from mounting tensions with the United States.

Global Forecast: EU Parliament Election Round-Up

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Europeans will soon head to the polls in what are likely the most important European Parliament elections ever.

Gwadar Attack Highlights Risks to Belt and Road’s CPEC

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An attack on a luxury hotel by Baloch separatists has brought the risks imperiling the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) into sharp relief.

Will Trump’s Tough Stance on Iran Backfire?

President Donald J. Trump speaks to members of the public and media Oct. 11, 2017, in an aircraft hangar at the 193rd Special Operations Wing, Middletown, Pennsylvania. The president discussed his plans for tax reform at the event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tony Harp/Released)

Tensions are spiking between the Trump administration and the Iranian government, with the chances of a military miscalculation or limited exchange of fire increasing with each passing day.

Turkey Elections: Istanbul Heads for a Rerun

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The loss of Turkey’s most important municipality was apparently too much to bear. But will the move to push for a re-run end up backfiring on President Erdogan?

Carrier Groups and Cancelled Waivers: US-Iran Hostilities Mount

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Are the US administration’s latest moves a matter of posturing, or is there something bigger in the works?

Huawei Clash Erupts at Highest Levels of UK Politics

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A clash over China has caused the British Prime Minister to sack the Defence Secretary. It is also causing political turmoil in a country wracked by division over the Brexit.

A Bad Few Months for the F-35

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A mysterious crash in Japan and a rebuff from NATO ally Germany are just two of the latest setbacks for the world’s most expensive weapon platform.

Global Forecast: Brexit Round-Up

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Recounting some of the latest economic and political developments in the United Kingdom’s ongoing Brexit process.

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