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World - North America

US spy chief: US and Russia could spiral into new Cold War WASHINGTON: Russia is "paranoid" about being challenged by NATO and its efforts to rival American power could push it into a new Cold War, the head of US intelligence said Tuesday."They're greatly concerned about being contained," the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.Clapper said that Russia fears the installation of a missile defense network in Europe could negate the threat posed to the West by its nuclear arsenal."I think the Russians fundamentally are paranoid about -- about NATO," he said."So, a lot of these aggressive things that the Russians are doing, for a number of reasons -- great power status, to create the image of being co-equal with the United States etc. -- I think could probably -- could possibly -- go on, and we could be into another Cold War-like spiral here," he added.Relations between Moscow and Washington are at a low point, ...


World - North America

Obama to propose $200mn to battle militants in Africa WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama is proposing about $200 million in new military spending to confront Islamist militants in north and west Africa, US defense officials said ahead of Tuesday's budget rollouts for the next fiscal year.U.S. officials declined to specify to which nations the funding would be directed. The disclosure comes as the United States and its allies discuss ways to halt the spread of Islamic State in Libya and elsewhere in Africa from its ...

World - North America

FBI confirms Clinton email investigation WASHINGTON: The FBI has formally confirmed it is investigating Hillary Clinton's private emails, giving fuel to a controversy that the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination has been unable to put behind her.In a letter dated February 2 that was made public on Monday, FBI General Counsel James Baker said the FBI's investigation into Clinton's use of a private e-mail server while she was secretary of state is "ongoing."Clinton has repeatedly denied doing anything wrong.Although ...

World - South Asia

UN urges Turkey to open borders to fleeing Syrians BEIRUT: The United Nations on Tuesday urged Turkey to open its borders to tens of thousands of Syrians who have overwhelmed nearby emergency camps after fleeing a major government offensive.The main border crossing north of Syria's second city Aleppo remained closed, forcing huge crowds including women and children to sleep in tents or in the open."There are no longer enough places for families to sleep," said Ahmad al-Mohammad, a field worker with medical aid group ...

World - Middle East

Iraq's largest dam at 'higher risk' of failure: US BAGHDAD: Mosul Dam in northern Iraq, the country's largest, is at now at a "higher risk" of failure that could devastate areas to its south, according to a US assessment released by the Iraqi parliament.The dam was built on an unstable foundation that continuously erodes, and a lapse in maintenance after the Islamic State jihadist group briefly seized it in 2014 weakened the already flawed structure."All information gathered in the last year indicates Mosul Dam ...

World - Africa

Sudan names new military chief amid Darfur clashes: ministry KHARTOUM: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir named a new military chief of staff Tuesday as his forces battle rebels in the Jebel Marra area of the western Darfur region, the defence ministry said.Bashir issued decrees appointing "Lieutenant General Emadeddin Adawi to the post of joint chief of staff", the ministry said in a statement.Adawi takes over from Lieutenant-General Mustafa Obeid Salim, who held the post from 2013 in what is usually a four-year assignment.The decrees also ...

World - Africa

Zimbabwe appeals for $1.5 bln to prevent starvation HARARE: Zimbabwe on Tuesday appealed to local businesses and charities for $1.5 billion (1.4 billion euros) aid to save more than a quarter of the population from starvation due to drought."The government of Zimbabwe requires a total of $1 572 009 953 with effect from February to December 2016," Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe's vice president told a news conference in the capital Harare."The amount of rainfall received to date is inadequate to meet basic household consumption ...