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At the 2014 Kuala Lumpur World Youth Stamp Exhibition.
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

DID IRAN STRIKE ISIS IN IRAQ?
Iran denied claims made by Al Jazeera and confirmed by the Pentagon that Tehran’s warplanes had launched strikes against ISIS in eastern Iran. Reuters reports that the unnamed senior Iranian official also said that “any cooperation in such strikes with America is also out of question for Iran.” Iraq’s Interior Ministry meanwhile also denied yesterday’s reports that a wife of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was being detained in Lebanon, saying instead that the woman is in fact the sister of a man convicted of bombings in southern Iraq.

UN CONVOY ATTACKED IN SOMALIA
A new attack believed to have been carried out by the al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabab targeted a UN convoy near the airport in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, killing at least four people, AFP reports. Following the group’s recent deadly attacks in neighboring Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta replaced his interior minister and police chief. But opposition leaders have urged Kenyatta to “perform his duty” or resign, according to newspaper The Nation.

UKRAINIAN P.M. REVEALS NUCLEAR ‘ACCIDENT’
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said a recent accident had occurred at the Zaporizhye nuclear power plant in the southeast part of the country, Reuters reports. Yatsenyuk offered few details, indicating that the incident was more of a threat to Ukraine’s ongoing energy problems than to the health of nearby residents, and called on the energy minister to hold a news conference. History’s worst nuclear power accident, measured in both costs and casualties, occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in northern Ukraine.

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Geopolitics

Our 'Emotional' Divide: How The Ukraine War Reveals A World Broken In Two

Russia's invasion has created a stark global divide: them and us. On one side are the countries refusing to condemn Moscow, with the West on the other. It's a dangerous split that could have repercussions far into the future.

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Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — "The West and the Rest of Us." That's the title of a 1975 essay written by Nigerian essayist and critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. I've been thinking about his words as the war in Ukraine both reveals and accelerates divisions of the world that I believe are ultimately "emotional" in nature.

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With war returning to Europe and the risk of escalation, there is a gap between the Western view and that of the "others," a distinct "us and them." This gap cannot be explained in strictly geographical, political, and economic terms.

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