Current Affairs

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Ukrainian Army Soldiers Surrender in Debaltesvo “Cauldron”.

Ukrainian soldiers tell of how Kiev provided them with little support and only deployed “barrier squads” behind front line units to prevent them retreating. With English subtitles

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Ukrainian parliament passes law allowing army deserters to be shot

Men of eligible age for military service already face restriction leaving the country. Now a new law has been passed authorising the shooting of deserters

Many of the victims, some as young as 11, came from troubled backgrounds. Click to enlarge

PC under investigation over Rotherham sex abuse scandal dies in crash

Is a deadly cover-up underway in Rotherham?

Senators Urge Obama to Send Lethal Weapons to Ukraine

Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham foremost among those urging Obama to arm Ukraine

American Liar: Chris Kyle's Five Fibs

American Liar: Chris Kyle’s Five Fibs

Was Chris Kyle the American sniper or American liar? He got caught telling five big lies. …

Ukrainian soldiers in an armoured vehicle near the city of Artemivsk. Click to enlarge

US ‘considers arming Ukrainian army’ as fighting continues in the east

US considers whether to provide “lethal assistance” as pro-Russian rebels try to encircle Ukrainian Army units in eastern town of Debaltseve

Former Saudi Intelligence Chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan is thought to have close ties to Western intelligence. Click to enlarge

King Salman dismisses Prince Bandar from National Security Council

In an unexpected move, the new Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has dismissed the hawkish Prince Bandar bin Sultan from the National Security Council

Russian missile in Red Square parade. Click to enlarge

Nuclear arsenal will ensure military edge over NATO, United States, Russia says

The chief of armed forces has pledged to continue the modernisation and build-up of Russia’s military

Israeli soldiers secure Israel's northern border with Lebanon, Jan 28 2015. Click to enlarge

Israel confirms Hezbollah not interested in escalation

Israel’s northern border remains tense but quiet after Wednesday’s clashes

New volunteers for the Ukrainian interior ministry's "Azov" battalion take their oath of allegiance to their country during a ceremony in Kiev. Click to enlarge

Repost: Kiev used barrier squads to prevent troops from retreating – E. Ukraine militia

“Anti-retreat units from territorial defense battalions” are reportedly being deployed behind Ukrainian forward troops.

Greece’s new anti-austerity government set on collision course with Brussels

Greece’s youngest ever leader, 40-year-old Alexis Tsipras is demanding a straight writeoff of Greek debts

Shelling kills at least 30 in Ukraine as pro-Russia rebels launch new offensive

Pro-Russian rebels launched an offensive against the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine on Saturday

US, Iran in bilateral meeting in Davos: official

Top level bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Davos summit

Ukraine troops retreat after losing Donetsk airport to separatists

Pro-Russian separatists force Ukrainian army to abandon the ruined airport after days of bitter fighting

Yemen conflict: An old hand at work in the country’s bloody civil war

No matter how complex the new Yemeni civil war may appear one thing remains constant. Robert Fisk explains

UK sends warship to Falklands as Argentina lease supersonic bombers from Russia

Type 45 destroyer en route for the South Atlantic to counter the potential threat posed

Drone footage shows devastation at Donetsk airport

Drone footage shows devastation at Donetsk airport

Drone footage confirms that Donetsk’s $400 million airport now lies in ruins after months of conflict between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists

Video still of gunmen shooting a wounded policeman near the offices of Charlie Hebdo, Paris. Click to enlarge

Charlie Hebdo: Did French Authorities Have Foreknowledge?

Did French authorities have foreknowledge? Is that how they were able to set up a camera and film events in the streets outside even as the staff were being massacred inside?

Four killed in Niger anti-French riots, protests in Pakistan, Algeria

Instigated in the name of “free speech” — through an owned and controlled press

Europe plunged into energy crisis as Russia cuts off gas supply via Ukraine

Just as winter starts to bite … Russia shuts off gas supplies through Ukraine To six European countries