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Alexander Zakharchenko, the leader of pro-Russian rebels in Donetsk, meets with the media after talks on cease-fire in Ukraine in Minsk, Belarus, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. Ukraine and the Russian-backed rebels have signed a cease-fire deal that starts in less than two hours, a European official at the talks said Friday. (AP Photo)

East Ukraine becomes a pawn again

With the backdrop of the Russia hysteria in the American media and negotiations proceeding over a variety of issues between the Kremlin and the White House, the miserable, frozen conflict of East Ukraine is once again a pawn in the great game between world powers.

In this May 10, 2016, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un waves at parade participants at the Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

North Korea may have more nuclear weapons material than previously thought

- The Washington Times

North Korea may have produced more nuclear bomb-making material than analysts previously thought, according to a report by the website, 38 North. Thermal images taken of the Yongbyon nuclear plant from September to the end of June show that increased production of plutonium, as well as enriched uranium, was possible.

China's warships shadow U.S. in South China Sea

Chinese naval vessels with missiles that outgun U.S. Navy ships have regularly followed American vessels in the South China Sea since October of 2015. Coupled with the militarization of islands in the region, this practice makes U.S. freedom of navigation operations increasingly dangerous.

FILE - In this June 11, 2015, file photo, a hexacopter drone is flown during a drone demonstration in Cordova, Md. An appeals court has struck down a Federal Aviation Administration rule that required owners to register drones used for recreation.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Homeland Security concerned about drone terror strikes in the U.S.

- The Washington Times

The Islamic State has made great strides developing and using drone technology to attack opposition forces in the Middle East. Department of Homeland Security officials are concerned this expertise could be transferred to terror attacks in the West and specifically the United States.

President Donald Trump talks on the phone aboard Air Force One during a flight to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to address a joint gathering of House and Senate Republicans, in this file photo from Thursday, January 26, 2017.  (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) **FILE**

Trump ups the pressure as North Korea endgame looms

President Trump has made it very clear that China has not been effective in curbing Kim Jong-un's rogue regime. Mr. Trump made a big show at Mar-a-Lago and in subsequent meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping of giving Beijing the space to solve the situation and show the world that America was leaving no stone uncovered in the quest to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

Forensic experts examine the wreckage of a  car in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Ukrainian authorities say that a senior military intelligence officer has been killed in a car bomb in the country's capital. Police say that the driver of a luxury car has been killed instantly as the vehicle blew up at a Kiev intersection. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

Ukraine intel official killed in Kyiv terror attack

As the conflict in the Donbass region of East Ukraine smolders with seemingly a handful of soldiers on both sides being killed every week by artillery or sniper fire, the fight more and more seems to be spilling out of Donetsk and Luhansk, and into Kyiv proper.

A man passes by a TV news program showing a photo published in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper of North Korea's new type of cruise missile launch, at Seoul Railway station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 9, 2017. North Korea said Friday it has tested a new type of cruise missile that could strike U.S. and South Korean warships "at will" if it is attacked, in an apparent reference to the projectiles detected by Seoul when they were launched a day earlier. The signs read "Can hit on the ground." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) ** FILE **

North Korea tests rocket engine for ICBM

If there was ever a deadly challenge designed for newly elected President Donald Trump, North Korea is it. The hermit regime, which is hell-bent on threatening the United States and its allies in the Pacific with destruction, has just tested a large rocket engine that analysts believe is designed to power an intercontinental ballistic missile, you know, the kind that can destroy a U.S. city in 20 minutes.

Philippine National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa walks after an anti-terror simulation exercise at a bus terminal in Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Dela Rosa said at least several people have been killed in battle between government forces and suspected Abu Sayyaf militants on a central resort island, far from the extremists' southern jungle bases and in a region where the U.S. government has warned the gunmen may be conducting kidnappings. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippines' Duterte seeks U.S. help against Islamic State

Philippine President Duterte, after making big noise over the last year slamming the United States and cozying up to China and Russia, even looking to buy arms from the PRC and Moscow, and offering up possible basing opportunities, seems to have figured out that the Americans are the only ones who will help him defeats the Islamic State which has metastasized on the Philippine island of Mindanao and morphed into a full blown insurgency.