Poll: Texans Wary of Domestic Use of Military

Texas voters think Gov. Greg Abbott was right to send the Texas State Guard to monitor U.S. military exercises here, and they consider federally ordered domestic military intervention likely under certain circumstances, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Abbott sent the Texas State Guard to monitor the so-called Jade Helm 15 military exercises in Central Texas earlier this year, after particularly vocal activists expressed fears that what was being billed as a...
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Iraqi F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes in Arizona near Mexico

The F-16 fighter jet that crashed in Arizona overnight was actually owned by the Iraqi Air Force, an Air Force official confirmed to ABC News today. Local law enforcement is on the scene, but Air Force officials have yet to get to the crash site and therefore they have not confirmed the identity of the pilot, who they suspect is an Iraqi trainee. The crash caused a large grass fire and it’s likely the pilot did not survive, authorities said. Officially, the Air Force is saying only that th...
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BRICS New Development Bank Gains Traction Quietly

While Beijing's Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has won overwhelming support (to the surprise of many, including China itself), another bank headquartered in China seems to be flying under the world's radar. Few people have heard of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB). This was the strong impression I got after visiting Washington, Sydney and Canberra over the last couple of months. The NDB idea was proposed in 2011 by the Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, and it initially encou...
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Putin Vows to Further Strengthen Russian Military

 Russia needs a mighty military to fend off threats near its borders, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, in a stance that reflects soaring tensions with the West over the crisis in Ukraine. The Russian leader, whose approval ratings reached an all-time high this month despite a bruising recession, said a "powerful army equipped with modern weapons is the guarantor of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Russia." Speaking at Thursday's Kremlin meeting with graduates of Russian mi...
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