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Ashura Attacks in Afghanistan

At least 60 people were killed and more than 170 were injured Dec. 6 in three militant attacks on gatherings in observance of the Shiite mourning period of Ashura.

Serbia Makes a Push for EU Candidate Status

December 8, 2011 1223 GMT
If the European Union votes down Serbia's EU candidate status Dec. 9, Belgrade may respond -- but its options are very limited. [more]

Mexico Security Memo: A Zetas Challenge to the Mexican Government

December 8, 2011 1217 GMT
In a narcomanta left at an undisclosed location, Los Zetas have apparently challenged the Mexican government for control of their plazas. (With STRATFOR interactive map) [more]

Estonia's Defensive Options Against Russia

December 7, 2011 1203 GMT
Estonia continues to assess its options to defend itself as Russia increases its military presence near the country. (With STRATFOR map) [more]

Sectarian Attacks in Afghanistan

December 6, 2011 2007 GMT
At least 60 people were killed and more than 170 were injured in three attacks on Shiite gatherings in observance of Ashura. (With STRATFOR map) [more]

Reconciliation an Unlikely Outcome of Ivorian Elections

December 6, 2011 1332 GMT
Though international observers hope the Dec. 11 parliamentary elections in Ivory Coast will help repair the damage from the country's 2010-2011 civil war, the elections are more likely to further political grievances. [more]
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Egypt and the Idealist-Realist Debate in U.S. Foreign Policy

December 6, 2011 0957 GMT
One part of the U.S. foreign policy establishment wants to be just, the other part wants to be tough. Neither realizes that such a distinction is the root of the problem. [more]
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The Covert Intelligence War Against Iran

December 8, 2011 0952 GMT
A kind of "cold war" between the United States and Iran has been under way for years, but the tempo of visible events seems to be increasing. [more]
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Central Europe Watches As Washington, Moscow Clash Over BMD

December 8, 2011 0407 GMT
Washington and Moscow are positioning themselves for a drawn out dispute over the United States' missile defense plans, which will impact Central European countries. [more]
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