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Baltic military shadow-boxing said to reach Cold War levels

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A daily game of Cold War cat-and-mouse is ratcheting up tensions in the Baltic and drawing the biggest military presence into the region for over 20 years, Swedish military officials say.

Eye-to-eye encounters with Russian combat jets and reports of suspected submarines in Swedish and Finnish waters are fuelling regional concerns about Russian assertiveness in the wake of the Ukraine crisis and reversing years of defense cuts.

Western officials say Russia has stepped up probing flights and mock bomb runs near Europe's borders since 2013, forcing jets from NATO nations and non-NATO allies like Sweden to scramble repeatedly. For its part, Moscow says NATO has dramatically increased reconnaissance flights near its borders.

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Chinese Tech Companies Chart Growth Abroad

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China's aspirations to become a far bigger player in the world of technology were on display last week when Beijing hosted the three-day Global Mobile Internet Conference.

The country is already the world's biggest smartphone consumer market and the world's leading high-tech manufacturer. Local companies are now eager to sell Chinese-designed products to consumers abroad.

A big part of that effort is focused on mobile, Internet-connected devices, which are expected to number 25 billion by 2020.

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US, Vietnam Commemorate Different Outcomes of War

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Vietnamese and Americans both commemorated the Vietnam War on Thursday with two very different ceremonies in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon.

In the morning Thursday, groups of Vietnamese dressed as laborers, farmers, and soldiers paraded outside of the Reunification Palace, where the arrival of communist tanks marked the end of fighting 40 years ago.

In the afternoon, the U.S. consulate dedicated a plaque to Charles McMahon and Darwin Judge, both Marines and the last Americans killed in the Vietnam War.

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Cancellation of Russia Trip Sparks Speculation on Kim Jong Un

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The sudden cancellation of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s visit to Moscow has set off a new round of speculation on what is happening inside the secretive regime. Analysts believe Kim has not left the country since taking control in late 2011.

Why the supreme leader of North Korea suddenly cancelled a planned visit to Moscow next week to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe is a mystery. 

No explanations have been forthcoming either from authorities in Pyongyang nor from the official state news agency. Russian officials said the decision was “linked to internal Korean affairs.”

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US Senate's Iran Nuclear Bill Surviving ‘Poison Pill’ Amendments

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A bill subjecting any nuclear deal with Iran to U.S. congressional review has, so far, survived a barrage of proposed amendments by Republican senators that, if adopted, would erode bipartisan support for the legislation and likely trigger a veto by President Barack Obama.

The underlying bill would give Congress a 30-day review period if and when a final nuclear accord with Iran is struck. No congressionally mandated sanctions on Tehran could be lifted during that period, and the legislature could vote to approve or disapprove the agreement.

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Saudi Arabia Repels Cross-Border Attack by Houthi Rebels

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Saudi Arabia says it has killed "dozens" of Yemeni Shi'ite rebels who were carrying out a large-scale cross-border attack on the kingdom.

In a statement, Riyadh's Defense Ministry said three Saudi soldiers were killed in the late Thursday fighting in southern Najran province.

The ministry says the rebels attacked border posts and control points. They were repelled by a combination of Saudi ground troops and airstrikes.

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Islamic Radicalization Stirs Concern in Bosnia

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Although political tensions in Bosnia-Herzegovina, tinted with ethnic remarks in the wake of a terrorist attack on a police station in Zvornik, seem to have subsided, international and local experts and officials remain concerned about Islamic radicalization in Bosnia.

A police officer was shot dead and two others were injured in the April 27 attack.

The United States and the European Union condemned the attack.  The U.S. State Department called on relevant agencies “to conduct a thorough and professional investigation” of the incident and to take all necessary measures so that the “situation is not politicized.”  

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