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Iran and Russia: More wary than friends

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Russia and Iran don't see eye-to-eye on oil matters

Iran and Russia, despite cooperation in Syria, have knotty issues on oil production and their stands on Sunni regimes in the Middle East. 

US storing oil as it targets BRICS

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US is running out of room to store oil

US is storing oil in big numbers. Plummeting prices and sanctions, together, are meant to get Russia, after Brazil and South Africa. 

Iranian sanctions: It’s off only on paper

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European banks have been told to keep off Iran

Though officially United States has lifted sanctions against Iran, in practice most of its restrictions remain in place. For the moment, it exists only on paper. 

After IS, Tehran would hold sway

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Iran could control Iraq and Syria

Once the Islamic State is blown away, Iran could hold sway over Iraq and Syria and become dominant in the region

Indo-China Cold War is bad news for BRICS

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Indo-China Cold War suits US interests

The Indo-US agreement on sharing military logistics to counter China’s assertiveness in Indian Ocean could have wider ramifications. 

Pak place tactical nukes on Indian borders

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India-Pak nuclear holocaust more real than ever

Pakistan is moving tactical nuclear weapons on its long border with India. Worryingly, its control lies with the commander on the spot

India look for Russian help on terrorism

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India faces a grave threat from Islamic State

With ISIS and Al Nusra on the run thanks to the combined capabilities of the Russian air force and Syrian Arab Army, terrorist organizations are moving to re

Why are Russia, China buying tons of gold?

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China and Russia hold the gold ace up their sleeves

China has abandoned its peg to US dollar; Russian central bank has been selling its holdings of US treasury debt-all to buy tons of dollars. 

Palmyra: So Mr Obama, who was helping ISIS?

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Palymra: And they said Russia helped ISIS

The Palmyra victory was the biggest defeat yet of the Islamic State. It poses a problem for the Obama administration

IMMIGRATION: Trump and his racist agenda

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Such scenes could become common in US

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was never birthed; it was always birthered.