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Threat level ‘high’ for great-power conflict

International | National intelligence director says risk greater ‘than at any time since the Cold War’
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/14/18, 02:55 pm

UNITED STATES: The risk of conflict among great powers “is higher than at any time since the Cold War,” according to the worldwide threat assessment delivered to Congress Tuesday by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. Contrary to statements by President Donald Trump about the defeat of ISIS in Iraq, the Coats report indicates ISIS “probably will maintain” its insurgency in Iraq and Syria “as part of a long-term strategy.”

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Immigration, race flashpoints in Italian election

International | A drive-by shooting of migrants has turned into a major campaign issue
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/13/18, 01:32 pm

A drive-by shooting targeting African migrants in Italy has fueled a nationwide debate about immigration and race ahead of the country’s general election on March 4.

In a retaliatory attack, 28-year-old Luca Traini on Feb. 3 shot six people from Africa in the streets of Macerata. Days before, authorities arrested a Nigerian immigrant accused of killing and dismembering an 18-year-old Italian woman.

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Migrant boat sinking kills at least 64

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/08/18, 10:48 am

At least 64 people died Saturday after a rubber dinghy sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast. The Italian coast guard said an anti-smuggling patrol aircraft spotted the dinghy struggling to stay afloat after something punctured it. Flavio Di Giacomo with the International Organization for Migration said some of the survivors told rescuers that about 150 people boarded the overcrowded dinghy before it took off from Tripoli, Libya’s capital. Italian navy and coast guard vessels rescued 86 people but failed to find any more survivors after launching a search.

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