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Geopolitical Calendar: Week of Feb. 26, 2018

February 25, 2018 12:30 pm worldview.stratfor.com
Geopolitical Calendar: Week of Feb. 26, 2018

Stay informed about the most significant meetings and events planned for the week ahead. Europe Feb. 25-26: Spain's King Felipe VI is visiting Barcelona for first time since the Catalan crisis began. Feb. 25-March 1: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is visiting six Balkan states, starting in Macedonia and ending…

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The U.S. and Turkey Go Their Separate Ways

February 25, 2018 12:30 pm worldview.stratfor.com
The U.S. and Turkey Go Their Separate Ways

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently said what many analysts have long been thinking: The relationship between Turkey and the United States has reached a "crisis point." The two countries' strategic partnership has been increasingly rocky as Washington and Ankara take diverging approaches to the Syrian civil war. But…

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South Korea: North Korea Offers To Open Talks With U.S.

February 25, 2018 10:00 am worldview.stratfor.com
South Korea: North Korea Offers To Open Talks With U.S.

North Korean officials in Pyeongchang for the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics said Pyongyang was open to talks with the United States, Reuters reported Feb. 25. Earlier, North Korea criticized a new round of U.S. sanctions announced Feb. 23. The North officials said U.S.-North Korean diplomacy should also include…

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Syria: Turkey, Iran Ignore U.N. Cease-Fire

February 25, 2018 10:00 am worldview.stratfor.com
Syria: Turkey, Iran Ignore U.N. Cease-Fire

Despite a U.N. demand for a 30-day cease-fire, Turkey and Iran said they would continue their military operations in Syria, Reuters reported Feb. 25. Pro-Syrian government forces would carry on with their attacks on a rebel area near Damascus, Iran said. Rescuers and residents said some nearby towns were hit…

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Shattuck: Heroes rushed to aid library stabbing victim

February 25, 2018 7:59 am bostonherald.com
Shattuck: Heroes rushed to aid library stabbing victim

Sadly but understandably, people will now see the Winchester Public Library as the place where a 22-year-old woman was viciously stabbed to death by a ruthless killer on an otherwise quiet Saturday morning in February.It doesn’t seem right. The old building is a gorgeous and tranquil place, set on a…

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Bank of America takes aim at gun-making clients

February 25, 2018 5:40 am reuters.com
Bank of America takes aim at gun-making clients

Bank of America Corp on Saturday became the latest financial heavyweight to take aim at gunmakers, saying it would ask clients who make assault rifles how they can help end mass shootings like last week's massacre at a Florida high school.

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Trump: He's Eyeing Veterans Day for a Military Parade

February 25, 2018 4:00 am military.com
Trump: He's Eyeing Veterans Day for a Military Parade

The U.S. Army Band marches down Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington during an Inaugural Day parade rehearsal on Jan. 15, 2017. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) The Associated Press 25 Feb 2018 By Darlene Superville President Donald Trump is eyeing Veterans Day for a military parade but says he'll scrap the idea if…

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Erosion closes a 2nd road in Civil War battlefield park

February 24, 2018 11:02 pm militarytimes.com
Erosion closes a 2nd road in Civil War battlefield park

VICKSBURG, Miss. — One road through a Civil War battlefield in Mississippi has been closed because heavy rainfall caused erosion. The Vicksburg Post reports that officials at the Vicksburg National Military Park found the problem Thursday. The road is near the museum of the USS Cairo, an ironclad gunboat. Park…

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Authorities investigate report of drug use at Naval Academy

February 24, 2018 10:53 pm navytimes.com
Authorities investigate report of drug use at Naval Academy

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Authorities have launched an investigation into a report of illegal drug use at the U.S. Naval Academy. Naval investigators have officially released only the broadest outlines of the alleged misconduct. Statements have not made clear what drugs are involved or how many midshipmen are under investigation. But…

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US sailor hit by helicopter blade dies

February 24, 2018 8:22 pm navytimes.com
US sailor hit by helicopter blade dies

SAN DIEGO — A sailor has died after he was struck by a helicopter blade at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base, north of San Diego. The Marine Corps says the sailor was hit by the spinning tail rotor of a Venom helicopter Wednesday evening and died at a hospital…

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