SOMNIA - Spotlight on Military News and International Affairs

Sunday, 21 December 2014 - Updated at 1905 hrs EST

Canadian News

International Commentary

International News

France 24
Two New York police officers killed in ambush - More - More

USA Today
We were tricked into thinking carrots improve vision - More

The New York Times
Military Hospital Care Is Questioned; Next, Reprisals

Council on Foreign Relations
The Tank That Won’t Go Away

Breaking Defense
Army, Guard Set On Collision Course For 2015

Defense One
The Drop in Oil Prices Could Save the Pentagon Billions of Dollars

The Associated Press
Tuskegee Airman Lowell Steward has died aged 95

The Fayetteville Observer
Afghanistan was Fort Bragg’s war

USA Today
JIEDDO improperly collected intelligence

The Washington Post
NASA just e-mailed a wrench to space

Smithsonian Magazine
Forget the 3D Printer: 4D Printing Could Change Everything

The Associated Press
Sony hacking saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage

Postmedia News
Angelina Jolie was daunted by challenges of Unbroken - More - More - More

Military Times
DoD extends review of Ebola quarantine policy

The New Yorker
Four charts that defined the world in 2014

Smithsonian Magazine
The Most Beautiful Drone Travel Videos of 2014

The Guardian
The 12 most important moments in science in 2014

The Observer
UK must probe its role in CIA torture, says UN legal expert

The Telegraph
Soldier investigated for touching Taliban suspect on nose with piece of paper

The Telegraph
There’s a tale of courage behind every military medal

The Telegraph
The Armed Forces will open all roles to women - including combat - More

The Telegraph
British troops to help fight against Boko Haram as SAS target ISIL

France 24
French police shooting linked to calls for jihadist attacks

France 24
Marc Dugain claims cover-up on MH370

The Associated Press
Christmas 1914: The day even WWI showed humanity - Photos

The Fayetteville Observer
Christmas 1944 was gloomy during Battle of the Bulge

Agence France-Presse
Belarus strongman looks to revive Ukraine peace talks

Bloomberg News
Poroshenko Says Ukraine Can’t Scrimp on Army

Bloomberg News
Putin’s Secret Gamble on Reserves Backfires Into Currency Crisis

The Washington Post
For Putin, a year of successes and failures

Agence France-Presse
In rural Russia, plunge of the ruble still a remote concern

Agence France-Presse
Russia makes Facebook block page of Putin’s top critic

France 24
Tunisians vote in presidential runoff

Agence France-Presse
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi replaces head of general intelligence

Agence France-Presse
Egyptian jailed for 10 years for spying for Israel

The Washington Post
Egyptian jihadists thank U.S. State Department for ‘terrorist’ designation

McClatchy Newspapers
Turkish court issues arrest warrant for cleric now in U.S.

McClatchy Newspapers
Turkey remains leery about presence of Kurdish refugees from Kobani

The Associated Press
Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

The Guardian
Iraqi Kurds push farther into Sinjar

France 24
Are IS group hackers taking jihad online?

Agence France-Presse
Iraqi Kurd chief Massud Barzani visits Mount Sinjar

Bloomberg News
U.S. Soldiers Fight Islamic State in Iraq, Kurds Advance

Breaking Defense
A-10s Strike Targets In Iraq

Agence France-Presse
‘Irresponsible’ non-OPEC output behind oil price plunge: UAE

The Guardian
Saudi and UAE oil ministers defend OPEC response to falling prices

Agence France-Presse
Roadside bomb kills seven civilians in Afghanistan

Agence France-Presse
Pakistanis pray, resolve to fight terror at stricken school

The Associated Press
Pakistan school attack arrests made, officials say

McClatchy Newspapers
First of 400 Pakistani militants hanged in wake of school massacre

McClatchy Newspapers
Pakistan’s gallows await 3,000 convicted terrorists

Bloomberg Businessweek
Movie? What Movie? North Koreans Unaware of Sony’s Humiliation

The Associated Press
President Obama levels fresh criticism on Sony

The Oberver
Sony calls in celebrity spin doctor to limit fallout

The Washington Post
North Korea’s legacy of terrorism goes far beyond hacking

The Washington Post
Vladimir Putin just invited Kim Jong-un to visit Russia. Really.

The Guardian
Anonymous warning about Man Haron Monis followed up, says PM

Quartz
Why Sanctions on Iran Are Not at All Like the Embargo on Cuba

The Associated Press
Cuba’s closer ties with U.S. won’t change socialist policies, Castro says

The New York Times
If Not David to the U.S. Goliath, Cuba Asks What Its Role Is Now

McClatchy Newspapers
As Cuba-U.S. relations thaw, Vietnam may offer lessons

The Vancouver Sun
Havana is a rolling car museum - More - Photos

McClatchy Newspapers
Rogue Mexican police units leave trail of bodies, including U.S. citizens

The New York Times
On This Day: December 21 - More

Agence France-Presse
La chute du prix du pétrole affectera les dépenses militaires

Agence France-Presse
New York : deux policiers assassinés par balles dans leur voiture

La Presse Canadienne
Policiers et militaires visés : les autorités devront réagir

Agence France-Presse
Cyber-attaque contre Sony : Washington oppose une fin de non-recevoir à Pyongyang

Agence France-Presse
Du « vandalisme », pas un acte de guerre, selon Barack Obama

Agence France-Presse
Policiers attaqués en France

Agence France-Presse
L’agresseur des policiers, un converti qui affichait le drapeau de l’EI sur Facebook

Agence France-Presse
Francfort : Des failles de sécurité dans le plus grand aéroport d’Allemagne

Agence France-Presse
Les Suisses pour l’interdiction du port de la burqa

Agence France-Presse
Poutine : « Personne ne parviendra à intimider ou à isoler la Russie »

Agence France-Presse
Moscou obtient de Facebook le blocage d’une page soutenant Navalny

Agence France-Presse
Présidentielle historique en Tunisie

Agence France-Presse
La Tunisie, berceau du Printemps arabe

Agence France-Presse
Tunisie : Un assaillant mort lors d’une attaque contre des militaires

Agence France-Presse
L’EI visé par 12 raids de la coalition à Alep

Agence France-Presse
En Thaïlande, des immigrés hantés par leurs disparus du tsunami

Le Point
À Cuba, les belles américaines ne sont plus que l’ombre d’elles-mêmes - Images

Journal Sud Ouest
L’éphéméride du 21 décembre

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