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What a climate deal means for oil markets

By Michelle Patron
December 8, 2015

An employee of Indonesian oil company Pertamina walks on the top of drums at the oil storage depot in Jakarta September 1, 2005. Indonesia's state oil company Pertamina increased prices of high octane gasoline by more than 40 percent and hiked the prices of some other industry fuels on Thursday to catch up with the rising cost of crude oil. REUTERS/Beawiharta  BEA/PN - RTRM69Y

An employee of Indonesian oil company Pertamina walks on the top of drums at the oil storage depot in Jakarta, September 1, 2005. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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The best science fiction movie of the year has a contradictory message

By Lynn Stuart Parramore
December 6, 2015

A location on Mars associated with the best-selling novel and Hollywood movie, "The Martian is seen in an image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter taken May 17, 2015.  This area is in the Acidalia Planitia region and in the novel and the movie, it is the landing site of a crewed mission named Ares 3.  REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona/Handout via Reuters  THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTS39QM

A location on Mars associated with the best-selling novel and Hollywood movie, "The Martian is seen in an image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter taken May 17, 2015. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona/Handout via Reuters

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Vladimir Putin targets Turkey first, terror second in state-of-Russia speech

By Lucian Kim
December 3, 2015

Honour guards stand at attention during the funeral ceremony of Oleg Peshkov, a Russian pilot of the downed SU-24 jet, at a cemetery in Lipetsk, Russia, December 2, 2015. Peshkov was awarded the Hero of Russia award posthumously. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1WTKJ

Honor guards stand at attention during the funeral ceremony of Oleg Peshkov, one of the pilots of the downed Russian SU-24 jet, at a cemetery in Lipetsk, Russia, December 2, 2015. Peshkov was awarded the Hero of Russia award posthumously. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

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Vladimir Putin: 25 percent violence, 75 percent propaganda

By Jason Fields
December 1, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Peter Pomerantsev

The media in Russia is lively, often entertaining and largely state controlled. Still, an illusion of freedom remains key for the Kremlin to maintain its grasp over a country that spans 11 time zones. In this episode of War College, we look at how Vladimir Putin crafts his message for both internal and external consumption.

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Why Syria is the canary in the coal mine for a new era of world conflict

By Michael Renner
December 1, 2015

Islamist rebel fighters ride on a motorbike along a deserted street in Idlib city April 6, 2015. Idlib, around 30 km (20 miles) from the Turkish border is only the second provincial capital to slip from government hands after Raqqa in the east, which Islamic State has turned into its de facto capital. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah - RTR4WA18

Islamist rebel fighters ride on a motorbike along a deserted street in Idlib city April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

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Syria, Yemen, Libya — one factor unites these failed states, and it isn’t religion

By Jack Goldstone
November 30, 2015

Sheikh Ghazi Rashad Hrimis touches dried earth in the parched region of Raqqa province in eastern Syria, November 11, 2010. Lack of rain and mismanagement of the land and water resources have forced up to half of million people to flee the region in one of Syria's largest internal migrations since France and Britain carved the country out of the former Ottoman Empire in 1920.     REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri (SYRIA - Tags: AGRICULTURE ENVIRONMENT) - RTXUR9R

Sheikh Ghazi Rashad Hrimis touches dried earth in the parched region of Raqqa province in eastern Syria, November 11, 2010. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri

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Is political correctness over ‘refugees’ putting lives in danger?

By Tej Parikh
November 27, 2015

Macedonian policemen hold shields as they stand on the borderline during clashes as hundreds of stranded migrants tried  to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the Greek village of Idomeni November 26, 2015. A few migrants ran across into Macedonia but were quickly detained by police. Police in riot gear guarded some 30-40 meters of the fence which was torn down, and a Reuters photographer saw riot police armed with assault rifles. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1VZT1

Macedonian policemen hold shields as they stand on the borderline during clashes as hundreds of stranded migrants tried to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the Greek village of Idomeni November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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Want to move your tank battalion to take on a threat? NATO’s got a form for that.

By Lucian Kim
November 26, 2015

An Abrams main battle tank, for U.S. troops deployed in the Baltics as part of NATO's Operation Atlantic Resolve, leaves Riga port March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins (LATVIA - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) - RTR4SLF7

An Abrams main battle tank, deployed in the Baltics as part of NATO's Operation Atlantic Resolve, leaves Riga port March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

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Why the U.S. sticks with an ineffective strategy against Islamic militants

By Jason Fields
November 24, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Joseph Trevithick

Predator and Reaper drones hang in the sky above Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq and Syria. Mostly they observe, search for targets – and occasionally they unleash Hellfire missiles. Targets may be large gatherings of suspicious figures, convoys or training camps. They can also be private houses, and sometimes they turn out to be weddings.

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In Syria, the joke’s on Washington

By Josh Cohen
November 24, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (C) attend a meeting on Russian air force's activity in Syria at the national defence control centre in Moscow, Russia, November 17, 2015. Russia said on Tuesday it had stepped up air strikes against Islamist militants in Syria with long-range bombers and cruise missiles after the Kremlin said it wanted retribution for those responsible for blowing up a Russian airliner over Egypt. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolskyi/SPUTNIK/Kremlin ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. - RTS7KOT

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (C) attend a meeting on Russian air force's activity in Syria at the national defence control centre in Moscow, Russia, November 17, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolskyi/SPUTNIK/Kremlin