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Seal of the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, from the embassy's official Facebook page (Facebook) **FILE**

Explosion at U.S. embassy in Kiev investigated as terrorism

- The Washington Times

Although the U.S. embassy in Kiev denies an explosive device thrown over the fence just after midnight Wednesday evening was a terrorist act, the Ukrainian police are not so sure. There were no injuries in the blast. U.S. officials consider the explosion too small to be considered terrorism.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a joint news conference with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan after their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (Vasily Maximov/Pool Photo via AP)

Under the radar, Russia plays a double game in tense Korean crisis

- The Washington Times

President Trump has made a big deal since his election about his new relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, insisting Beijing is "working very hard" to pressure North Korea since the two leaders' meetings at Mar-a-Lago earlier in the year. Mr. Trump seems to be combining China's newfound sympathy to the U.S. position with a "big stick" — three U.S. aircraft carrier battle groups, which rotate off the North Korean coast.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with representatives of Russian major animation studios in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin takes an Orthodox route to cement power

Because of radical Islamic terrorism, your religious affiliation has become an existential issue across the globe. Whether you are a Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or Jew can literally mean life or death, no matter what country you are in. Western nations are not excluded from this scourge.

FILE - This May 11, 2015, file photo, shows land reclamation of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands by China in the South China Sea. China is protesting a U.S. Navy patrol that brought a guided missile destroyer near a group of manmade islands including Mischief Reef in the South China Sea that are controlled by Beijing. (Ritchie B. Tongo/Pool Photo via AP, File) **FILE**

China threatening and building in South China Sea

China has suggested Japan "speak cautiously" when discussing the South China Sea, in a veiled threat to the former bitter enemies during the second World War. The comments came yesterday when Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Japanese National Security Adviser Shotaro Yachi ended a round of talks on the region.

Turkish Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Sedat Onal, left, and Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov shake hands, as Russia's special envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev and Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaber Ansari, right, shake hands and UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura stand after the final statement following the talks on Syrian peace in Astana, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Russia, Iran and Turkey _ sponsors of talks in Kazakhstan between Syria and rebel factions _ pledged Tuesday to consolidate the country's nearly month-old cease-fire and set up a three-way mechanism to ensure compliance of all sides. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Kazakhstan, an unlikely purveyor of peace

With North Korea and Iran pushing the world towards Armageddon, there is one former nuclear power that has shown a measure of responsibility in the nuclear arena, and continues to be a catalyst for peace in the violent region of Central Asia.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for photographers prior to their bilateral meeting held on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Monday, May 15, 2017. (Etienne Oliveau/Pool Photo via AP)

China to Philippines: 'We'll go to war' over South China Sea

After winning a United Nations tribunal ruling last year over the South China Sea, Philippine President Duterte promptly made friends with China and Russia in an afront to the United States and Obama, due to U.S. criticism over Duterte's war on drug dealers and other human rights issues. It seems this newfound lovefest between the two South Asian nations is built on shaky ground.

CORRECTS TO UNDATED PHOTO - In this undated photo distributed by the North Korean government Monday, May 22, 2017, a solid-fuel "Pukguksong-2" missile lifts off during its launch test at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea fired a solid-fuel ballistic missile Sunday that can be harder for outsiders to detect before launch and later said the test was hailed as perfect by leader Kim Jong Un. The official Korean Central News Agency confirmed Monday the missile was a Pukguksong-2, a medium-to-long range ballistic missile also launched in February. The missile flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles) and reached a height of 560 kilometers (350 miles) Sunday before plunging into the Pacific Ocean. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

N. Korea boasts of nuclear warhead capable to reach U.S.

The regime of Kim Jong-un conducted its second successful missile test recently after several failures on the launch pad or immediately after launch. North Korea now says it is ready to mass produce the Pukguksong-2 intermediate-range missile and boasts it can now target the U.S. mainland with a projectile large enough to carry a nuclear warhead.

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, center, addresses the European Parliament, while EU Parliament president Antonio Tajani leaves in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

EU deepens its own crisis with attacks on Hungary, Poland

The European Parliament has condemned Hungary for human rights issues and a breakdown of the rule of law. Brussels is now threatening all-out financial war against both Hungary and Poland, among others, for alleged human rights abuses and anti-democratic policies and actions. But with conservative governments insisting on their sovereign right to protect their borders and preserve their national identities, Europe is headed for an existential crisis from which it may not recover in its current form.

Much of the architecture in Uzbekistan reflects ancient Persian history.

Uzbekistan: A place where religious tolerance prevails

Our media are inundated with stories of strife, especially from the arch of instability which reaches from the Atlas Mountains to Afghanistan. However, there are some areas where one can experience moderate and tolerant Islam, which lived for centuries in peace with Christians and Jews. Take Uzbekistan in Central Asia.

A woman walks by a TV news program showing images of North Korean missile launch, published in the country's Rodong Sinmun newspaper, at Seoul Railway station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, May 15, 2017. North Korea said Monday the missile it launched over the weekend was a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead. A jubilant leader Kim Jong Un promised more nuclear and missile tests and warned that North Korean weapons could strike the U.S. mainland and Pacific holdings. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

North Korea developing nuclear warheads faster than expected

South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo confirmed North Korea launched a missile Sunday which was large enough to carry a nuclear warhead and with the range to possibly deliver that warhead against targets on the mainland United States. This development is faster than many analysts had predicted for the North to acquire such a capability.

Polls (Illustration by Gary Varvel for Creators Syndicate)

Fake polls threaten U.S. democracy

Even the mainstream media had to admit after the 2016 presidential election that the corporate media polls were just simply wrong. Most likely they were wrong because of a progressive, anti-Donald Trump agenda that attempted to discourage Republican voters and lower turnout against Hillary Clinton.

Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in the Immortal Regiment march at the Red Square in Moscow on Tuesday to mark 72 years since the end of World War II and the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany. (Associated Press)

A change in the weather brings a chill to Russia's ambitions

After writing about Russia and her adventures abroad for almost a decade now, I've developed a personal barometer for how things are going inside the country -- and how they're being perceived from the outside. Over the past several years, especially since the Sochi Olympics, Moscow has been on a roll, with President Vladimir Putin skillfully playing a weak hand to almost single-handedly return Russia to a position of respect and prominence on the world stage.