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Oct 27, 2015
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Britain’s top fictional spy also its greatest intelligence asset

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In the 62 years since James Bond first appeared in print, there’s no doubt he has helped boost the reputations of his real-life counterparts in British intelligence.

Now, Daniel Craig — the truest to author Ian Fleming’s original vision since Sean Connery, if not ever — is back on screen in “Spectre.” The franchise is as strong as ever.

Oct 12, 2015
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Columbus’ journey key to understanding today’s America. That’s not good

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Angela James, vice chairperson of the tribal council on the 250-member Pinoleville Pomo Nation, is seen in Ukiah, California, January 23, 2015. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

For most Americans, Columbus Day is little more than a day off and a chance to get some final sunshine before winter. For the descendants of the indigenous populations of the Americas, it must feel rather different.

Oct 1, 2015
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The war in Afghanistan has so far cost $33,000 per citizen. And will not end well.

Afghan local police (ALP) sit at the back of a truck near a frontline during a battle with the Taliban at Qalay- i-zal district, in Kunduz province, Afghanistan August 1, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Fourteen years old this month, the West’s war in Afghanistan had all but vanished from the headlines. Even before the fall of Kunduz this week, however — the first provincial capital to be taken by the Taliban in more than a decade — it was clear that all was not going well.

Sep 21, 2015
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When Vladimir Putin looks in the mirror, does he see Syria’s Assad?

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Election poster of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and a photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) are seen on a car at al-Qardahah town near Latakia city May 26, 2014. REUTERS/Khaled al-Harir

As Russia ups its game in Syria — apparently supporting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime with tanks, naval infantry and air defense systems — Vladimir Putin is deliberately putting the West in a very difficult position.

Jul 31, 2015
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As U.S. influence in Asia falters, allies increasingly look to themselves

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Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s new helicopter destroyer DDH183 Izumo is seen before its launching ceremony in Yokohama, south of Tokyo August 6, 2013. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

 Three years after the Obama administration announced its “pivot to Asia,” American allies in the region are looking somewhat unconvinced.

Jun 19, 2015
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How will the war against Islamic State end?

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Displaced Sunni people fleeing the violence in Ramadi, cross a bridge on the outskirts of Baghdad, May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

“Tell me how this ends,” U.S. Army General David Petraeus said in 2003, not long after the invasion of Iraq. What started as a private comment to a journalist later became his mantra.

May 8, 2015
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Scottish National Party victories real seismic change in UK election

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Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party, makes a speech on the final day of campaigning in Edinburgh Scotland, Britain May 6, 2015. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

There is no shortage of political intrigue for Britain’s political chattering classes to fixate on following Prime Minister David Cameron and the Conservatives win of a majority in Parliament on Thursday.

May 8, 2015
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Scottish National Party victories real seismic change in UK election

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Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party, makes a speech on the final day of campaigning in Edinburgh Scotland, Britain May 6, 2015. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

There is no shortage of political intrigue for Britain’s political chattering classes to fixate on following Prime Minister David Cameron and the Conservatives win of a majority in Parliament on Thursday.

Apr 29, 2015
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What does this election tell us about modern Britain?

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Britiain’s Prime Minister David Cameron gives a speech during an election campaign visit to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in London, England, on April 27, 2015. REUTERS/Adrian Dennis/Pool

Whoever comes out on top in Britain’s May 7 general election, they will have pledged some very substantial changes.

Apr 29, 2015
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What does this election tell us about modern Britain?

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Britiain’s Prime Minister David Cameron gives a speech during an election campaign visit to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in London, England, on April 27, 2015. REUTERS/Adrian Dennis/Pool

Whoever comes out on top in Britain’s May 7 general election, they will have pledged some very substantial changes.

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