Kurdish success at Kobani does not fit in Erdogan's vision of a Sunni-dominated region governed by Sharia and led by Turks.
The Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, approved a statement that named Russia as an aggressor country and named the Donetsk People's Republic and the Luhansk People's Republic as terrorist organizations.
Kurdish forces fired 20 Grad rockets into Mosul. This is the first Kurdish attack against the main base of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) forces in Iraq. ISIL said the rockets killed 30 civilians.
Be prepared for policy changes. The instinctive reaction of living systems is to contract during times of internal stress, and even more so during a leadership crisis.
Ukrainian President Poroshenko told the World Economic Forum in Davos that 9,000 Russian regular soldiers are in eastern Ukraine. In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov told him to prove it.
News services are reluctant to describe the weekend actions as a coup d'tat, but the effect is nearly the same.
Russia will not help the eastern regions to secede from Ukraine at least not yet nor will it allow them to be defeated.
The Ukrainian military says it has reclaimed almost all of Donetsk airport from separatist rebels after launching what it described as a "massive operation" overnight on Saturday.
Nigerian soldiers thwarted a Boko Haram attack Wednesday in the town of Biu. The Nigerian Defense Headquarters said five terrorists and two anti-aircraft guns had been captured.
This is a variation of "broken windows" policing. Thus far, the Chinese appear to be trying to be civil in suppressing Uighur terrorism.
North Korea is repackaging some old ideas for talks so as to promote itself as the leader in restoring peace and unity to Korea in 2015.
Boko Haram militants killed dozens of people and burned down homes in Baga in the past two days, in a second killing spree since seizing control there over the weekend.
The US and international media persist in asking how three guys could get the guns and other stuff needed to pull off a military commando-style attack in Paris and escape, at least for a while.
Kim might be properly humble in deference to his father and grandfather, but he showed he has no insight about economic management of a socialist state. In most sectors, North Korea profits when the people do not work.
Kurdish fighters have seized the security and government district of Kobani from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Kurds and their allies now control 80 percent of the border town.
West of Ukraine, Moldova is emerging as another potential flashpoint between Russia and the US.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the media today he sees a real opportunity to solve the Ukraine crisis in 2015. "But it should be understood that the crisis will continue until the Ukrainians, without prompters from Brussels or Washington, agree about it among themselves," Lavrov said.
The Kurds continue to make slow progress against ISIL forces. The Kurds now control more than 60% of Kobani, primarily with the pathetically small number of US air attacks in support.
After the loss of Crimea and Russian backing for eastern Ukrainian separatists, the Kyiv government and the Ukrainian people are no longer neutral about Russia.
One expert remarked that a 15-year old internet geek could knock North Korea off the internet because its access is so limited.
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