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Fear of his enemies was the primary reason for Bashar Assad's call for help to Moscow. "But right after that came the fear of his friends," says a Russian official who long worked in his country's embassy in Damascus. The friend he refers to is Iran, the Syrian regime's most important protector. "As ... Continue reading »
Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Russia says its planes flew 12 sorties over Syria on Tuesday Russia's violation of Turkish airspace over the weekend "does not look like an accident", Nato has said. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia had not provided "any real explanation" ... Continue reading »
share share tweet pin email If you had complete power to engineer a long, vigorous life, you might start by choosing to be born in Japan. The country has the highest "healthy life expectancy" in the world, with Japanese boys and girls expected to live to 73 without any major illness or disability, a ... Continue reading »
STOCKHOLM/LONDON A Japanese and a Canadian scientist won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for discovering that elusive subatomic particles called neutrinos have mass, opening a new window onto the fundamental nature of the universe. Neutrinos are the second most bountiful particles after ... Continue reading »
AP photo Zbigniew Brzezinski stated that Russia should join the US anti-terrorist coalition in Syria. According to Brzezinski, the creation of Russia's own anti-terrorist coalition jeopardizes Washington's credibility in the Middle East. Brzezinski also said that the cooperation between Russia and ... Continue reading »
Doctors Without Borders announced that the death toll from the bombing of the group's Kunduz hospital compound has risen to at least 16, including 3 children and that tens are missing after the explosions that may have been caused by a U.S. airstrike. In a statement, the international charity said ... Continue reading »
The Bay Area loves to eat. Our lust — and respect — for food are centuries old. Maybe it’s a legacy of the Gold Rush, when “free lunch” was offered at the brothels that dotted just about every street corner of San Francisco. Because of this link, there’s always been a strong connection between food ... Continue reading »
Image copyright Reuters Image caption Moscow says it is hitting only Islamic State and other extremists' positions - Nato says this is not the case Nato has urged Russia to end air strikes "on the Syrian opposition and civilians", days after Moscow began raids to support Syria's government. Moscow s ... Continue reading »
In the wake of another mass shooting (among many this year), we are asking again: What causes gun violence? Is there a causal relationship between gun ownership and gun violence? We might know the answers to these questions, or at least have a body of empirical evidence getting us closer to the answ ... Continue reading »
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