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Brexit: How Europe fell out of love with the EU

When the ceiling fell in recently at the European Museum in the tiny Luxembourg village of Schengen, the local mayor was quick to deny that there was any wider symbolism


Chinese pouring billions into US real estate: study

Chinese nationals became the largest foreign buyers of US homes last year as they pour billions into American real estate, seeking safe offshore assets, according to a new study.


How France sank Japan's $40 billion Australian submarine dream

An employee looks at the propeller of a Scorpen submarine at the industrial site of the naval defence company and shipbuilder DCNS in La Montagne near Nantes, France, April 26, 2016.

In 2014, a blossoming friendship between Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe looked to have all but sewn up a $40 billion submarine deal. Then Frenc [ … ]


Cow bells in the DMZ: Swiss, Swedish generals uphold Korean truce their way

In a tiny mess hall set amid pine trees and rose bushes on the heavily fortified Korean border, a lunch of steak and asparagus is served. Outside, birdsong competes with the drone of North K [ … ]


Nails and nail varnish: Brussels bombers prepared a 'satanic' cocktail

Broken windows of the terminal at Brussels national airport are seen during a ceremony following bomb attacks in Brussels metro and Belgium's National airport of Zaventem, Belgium, March 23, 2016.

An empty apartment block on a quiet street turned out to be the perfect place for the three suspected Brussels attackers to prepare the home-made nail bombs used in Tuesday's airport and met [ … ]


Belgium's Muslims vow to fight radicalisation after attacks

Muslims offer prayers at the Grand Mosque in Brussels on March 25, 2016

After chanting "Allahu akbar", those gathered for Friday prayers at Brussels' Grand Mosque streamed outside to chant "Long Live Belgium," feeling the pressure to tackle radicalisation after [ … ]


Suicide bombing exposes divisions tearing at Turkey's stability

"Government resign!" chanted some of the mourners at the funeral on Tuesday of four young victims of the suicide bombing in Turkey's capital Ankara.


The road to Aleppo: how the West misread Putin over Syria

Souvenir mugs featuring Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah are seen among other items for sale in old Damascus, Syria, February 8, 2016.

Last July, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad seemed to be losing his battle against rebel forces. Speaking to supporters in Damascus, he acknowledged his army's heavy losses.


'State-of-the-art' subterfuge: how Iran kept flying under sanctions

An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria, January 15, 2016.REUTERS/LEONHARD FOEGER

In December 2012, aircraft trader James Kim received a letter from a company based in Cyprus offering to buy four jetliners. It was brief and to the point.


In American mosques, growing safety concerns — and more armed guards

From the suburbs of Los Angeles to the outskirts of Washington, D.C., mosques around the United States are warily stepping up security in the face of growing fears about reprisals on America [ … ]


Sirens ring out as air strikes hit IS Syria stronghold

An image made available on the jihadist website Welayat Salahuddin on June 11, 2014 allegedly shows Islamic State group militants posing with the trademark Jihadists flag after they seized an Iraqi army checkpoint in Salahuddin province

In the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold of Raqa, sirens ring out whenever a warplane approaches as jihadists flee their posts and vehicles to hide, activists say.


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