• Pakistan military unlikely to stage a coup now: US experts

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    1: WASHINGTON: Pakistan's powerful military is not prepared to bring down the civilian government but would maintain its 'dominating influence', prominent US scholars have said amid efforts to find a successor to army chief General Raheel Sharif. The chances of a sudden change of government in Pakistan are remote as the military is not prepared to bring down the civilian set-up, according to Ambassador Robin Raphel. The former US assistant secretary of state for South Asia was among half a dozen American scholars who analysed the current political situation in Pakistan at a recent semin...Read More


  • Russia conducts Syria air raids using Iran base

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    1: Russia on Tuesday announced for the first time it had flown bombing raids against jihadist groups in Syria from an airbase in Iran after deploying its warplanes to the country. The raids mark a shift in Moscow’s military strategy in war-torn Syria, where its bombing campaign in support of long-time ally Bashar Al-Assad had until now been flown out from bases in Russia and the Russian airbase in Syria. “On August 16 Tu-22M3 long-range bombers and Su-34 frontline bombers, flying with a full bomb load from the Hamedan air base [Islamic Republic of Iran], conducted a group air strike again...Read More


  • Putin's praise for Trump may mask 'conflicted' feelings, Kremlin watchers say

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    1: The Russian president has shown warmth for the Republican nominee, and some fear a nefarious plot – but the ‘hysteria and paranoia’ may not be justified Acolourful and talented man” was how Vladimir Putin described Donald Trump back in December. In June, he went further: “Mr Trump has declared that he’s ready for the full restoration of Russian-American relations. Is there anything bad there? We all welcome this, don’t you?” These are the only comments Putin has made on Trump, but nevertheless, Trump’s potential Russia links have become one of the biggest stories of the election campai...Read More


  • Russians Suspected of Hacking Democrats Also Went After Republicans, Researchers Say

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    1: Cybersecurity experts have linked one of the groups that stole emails from the DNC to a campaign against lawmakers and officials, including John McCain. For weeks, Democratic politicians have been bracing for the release of more embarrassing emails that U.S. officials believe were stolen by Russian hackers and then handed over to WikiLeaks. But Republicans have reason to worry, too. Computer security researchers are linking one of the Russian groups that stole emails from the Democratic National Committee to a campaign that hacked the staff of at least three GOP lawmakers, as well as sta...Read More


  • Islamic State losses mount with liberation of Syrian town

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    1: The Islamic State group’s loss of the northern Syrian town of Manbij to US-backed fighters marks the latest in a string of defeats for the extremists across their self-styled caliphate in Syria and Iraq. The strategic town, which lies on a supply route between the Turkish border and the de facto IS capital, Raqqa, fell to the Kurdish-led Syria Democratic Forces on Friday after more than two months of heavy fighting and US-led airstrikes. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the fighting claimed more than 1,700 lives, including more than 400 civilians.