The failures of the Arab Spring to spread democracy have left many in the United States more inclined to side with Israel, which has lost backing elsewhere, analysts say.
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The Obama administration knew an attack was in the works three days in advance of the Islamic State’s offensive in northern Iraq, but U.S. efforts to mount a response were hampered by the Iraqi government’s insistence that it could handle the threat, two top U.S. architects of Iraq policy said Wednesday.
Two recent gun attacks mark a significant escalation in political violence in the country.
The Colombian armed forces say they have killed eight rebels from the left-wing National Liberation Army (ELN) in the east of the country. The air force and federal police took part in the operation, which targeted rebel bases in Arauca province.
The trial of one of Venezuela's main opposition leaders, Leopoldo Lopez, has begun in the capital, Caracas. He is accused of inciting violence during anti-government demonstrations.
The government of Mali and Touareg rebels representing Azawad, a territory in northern Mali which declared unilateral independence in 2012 after a Touareg rebellion drove out the Malian army, resumed peace talks in Algiers last week, intended to end decades of conflict.
Rival armed factions in the Central African Republic agreed to a tentative ceasefire on Wednesday at a peace conference held in neighbouring Congo.
Nigeria and three other states have pledged to speed up the creation of a 2,800-strong regional force to tackle militant Islamist group Boko Haram. Defence ministers of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger said they would each contribute 700 troops to the force.
Air Algérie lost contact with Flight 5017 after takeoff from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, as the jetliner headed to Algiers with 116 people on board, Algeria's state news agency and the plane's operator said Thursday.
Officials said the terrorist bombs in the northern city of Kaduna were intended for Muhammadu Buhari, a leading politician, and Sheik Dahiru Bauchi, a cleric.
Two Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down Wednesday over separatist-held territory not far from the site of the Malaysia Airlines crash as international outrage over the tragedy has done little to slow fighting in Ukraine.
Two Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down in contested airspace near the Russian border Wednesday as tension between the two countries increased a week after a missile struck a passenger jet, killing all 298 people onboard.
African migrants said they camped out for months to study the border guards' patterns as they prepared to scale the fences and enter Europe.
As about 1,000 relatives of the dead from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 gathered Wednesday to meet the first bodies returned to the Netherlands, European anger at Russia’s involvement in the months-long conflict in eastern Ukraine appeared to grow and the pro-Russian separatists in the region reportedly shot down two more military jets.
Each day, Kurdish security forces in northern Iraq skirmish with fearsomely armed Islamic State militants along their new, nearly 650-mile border. The Kurds have held their own so far. But without fresh arms supplies or financial assistance their fight is unsustainable, a senior Kurdish official said.
Though Iranian officials insist that the failure of negotiators to produce a deal by the original July 20 deadline isn't a serious setback, it means that talks will drag on until November, and that any easing of the sanctions that have been damaging Iran's economy are further off than many Iranians had hoped.
Israel said it takes precautions to avoid killing civilians, but has also accepted as inevitable that there will be large numbers of civilian casualties when its adversaries embed forces throughout Gaza.
Iraq's parliament elected senior Kurdish politician Fouad Masoum as president of the country on Thursday, the second step in the process of forming a government.
The ongoing effort to form a new government in Iraq “now has traction,” the Obama administration told Congress Wednesday, with the appointment of a new parliamentary speaker and an emerging consensus to install a federalist system that will give local communities more power and an equitable share of national resources.
Asked on "Meet the Press" Sunday whether this was the lowest moment in U.S.-Russia relations since the Cold War, America's robo-Secretary of State John Kerry replied: "We live in an extremely complicated world right now, where everybody is working on 10 different things simultaneously." Well, not everyone.
With a balanced budget and a gold-backed currency, China's economy could become even more formidable.
Democracy prevailed in Indonesia this week. Now leaders there and around the world must quickly get behind the country's president-elect.
While North Korean submarines may be technologically dated, its access denial strategy can still be effective.
Australia lost its leadership on climate change and bowed to rank populism when it repealed its carbon-pricing law.
Last week, Australia’s right-wingers made a move to outdo their American counterparts, when they won final legislative approval for repeal of Australia’s carbon tax on major polluters.
Vienna's opulent Palais Coburg was originally designed as a palace for Austria’s former Habsburg dynasty. But amid the tense negotiating sessions over the future of Iran's nuclear program, it could sometimes feel more like a prison -- for diplomats and journalists alike.
If hard sanctions aren't realistic, the EU should at least make a choice in favour of energy independence from Russia.
The last time the U.S. accused Russia of downing a civilian airliner, nuclear war nearly broke out.
The focus of the EU and U.S. response should go beyond the passenger jet downing and address broader concerns about Russia's policies toward Ukraine, says CFR's Stephen Sestanovich.
In Egypt last month, three journalists were found guilty of doing their jobs and given seven- and 10-year jail terms. Apparently, little has changed.
Whenever the Israeli army drafts the reserves -- which are made up of ex-soldiers -- there are dissenters, resisters, and AWOLers among the troops called to war. Now that Israel has sent troops to Gaza again and reserves are being summoned to service, dozens are refusing to take part.
It is hard to imagine two more unwelcome, uninvited visitors to Israel in the middle of a war against Palestinian terrorists than UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry. But even more unwelcome is that they are working together.
Hamas’ racism and messianism must be fought. An iron wall must be erected against them, and against all racism. But that can’t be done by a regime that is itself tainted with racism and messianism.
Israeli hearts are brimming with concern for Israeli soldiers in Gaza; but they have no compassion for victims on the other side, not even for children who are dying in gruesome numbers.
A host of Israeli newspapers have published calls for Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to obliterate Hamas, not just suppress it. Those calling for a full-scale invasion admit the war will cost the Israelis a high price, but say local public opinion is willing to accept those costs.
The peoples of the Holy Land are condemned to each other. Realizing that is their only way forward.
Seventeen Colombian members of the Urabenos have been placed on a special list of suspected criminals prohibited from doing business with the U.S. known as the “Clinton List,” according to a press release by the U.S. Department of Treasury.
The consortium made up of Spanish energy company Enagas and Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht signed a contract Wednesday with Peru's Energy and Mines Ministry for the construction and operation of a natural gas pipeline that will run from the Camisea gas fields to the Pacific port of Ilo.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is wrapping up his visit to Cuba after signing dozens of agreements for such things as investment by Chinese firms on the island.
The Peruvian government has acquired the Netherlands’ fleet replenishment ship HNLMS “Amsterdam,” which will be delivered to the South American country in December, a move signaling an effort to boost naval capabilities.
China has conducted a successful land-based anti-missile test on its territory, China’s Defense Ministry said Thursday in a statement published on its website.
Authorities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state have said international aid organizations are welcome to return to the area they left in April after Buddhist mobs disrupted their work helping displaced Rohingya Muslims.
India confirmed yesterday a meeting between the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan next month.
Pakistan on Thursday said it would restart work on improving trade ties with arch-rival India when the two nations’ foreign ministers meet in Islamabad next month.
Thai and Myanmar authorities will begin talks soon over plans for the repatriation of Myanmar refugees, but the U.N. refugee agency cautions that many obstacles remain to their safe return home, including land mines and the possibility of further conflict.
The South Korean government announced a $40 billion stimulus package to revive the swooning economy on Thursday.
China plans to extend a railway line linking Tibet with the rest of the country to the borders of India, Nepal and Bhutan by 2020 once an extension to a key site in Tibetan Buddhism opens, a state-run newspaper reported Thursday.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame named the former labor minister Anastase Murekezi as the new prime minister on Wednesday, a presidential statement said.
Officials from the SPLA faction of Riek Machar are planning to return to Uganda to meet President Yoweri Museveni after an earlier mission aborted due to poor coordination, says the delegation's spokesman.
The stalled South Sudanese peace talks between the government and the opposition will resume July 30, 2014, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has said.
Bulgarian lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to accept Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski's resignation Thursday, paving the way for an interim government to take over in August and a snap election in early October.
The United Arab Emirates has revised its 10-year-old counterterrorism law to respond to evolving threats.
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