Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August.
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U.S. President Barack Obama shook the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro at a memorial to Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, an unprecedented gesture between the leaders of two nations which have been at loggerheads for more than half a century.
While recent days saw a clutch of sledge-hammer-wielding protesters in Kiev toppling a statue of Vladimir Lenin, the Obama administration has tried to resist characterizing the situation as a Cold War-era political standoff between East and West.
American and British spies have infiltrated online fantasy games, fearing that militants could use them to communicate, move money or plot attacks, documents show.
Five people have been killed in widespread looting in Argentina after police in 17 provinces go on strike to demand higher salaries to match rising inflation.
Mexican authorities have formally arrested five men suspected of stealing a truck carrying highly radioactive material in a theft that raised international alarm, an official said Monday.
The Chinese yuan makes the list of top 10 most traded denominations for the first time, but Beijing’s currency reforms are still too tentative.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Tuesday rejected demands by antigovernment protesters that she step aside before the country’s February elections.
Tiny Hong Kong resents the influx of mainland Chinese in schools, hospitals and workplaces.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's spectacularly public ouster of his uncle, Jang Song Taek, could bring about more political turmoil as the purge extends to Jang's coterie of powerful relatives and supporters.
Until Thailand reaches a new political settlement that recognizes the popular power and economic expectations of the political forces in the north and northeast, its political crisis will continue.
Two French soldiers are killed in overnight fighting in the Central African Republic amid an operation to restore order to the troubled country.
Thousands of South Africans, celebrities and world leaders file into the 94,000-seat stadium in Soweto for the memorial service of the nation's apartheid-struggle hero and former president.
The largest gathering of world dignitaries since the funeral of Pope John Paul II presents a significant security challenge.
Two months after the deadly shipwreck off Lampedusa, Europe has done nothing to change course on its asylum policy. A new agreement between the EU and Turkey only reinforces the practice of pushing the refugee problem to Europe's periphery.
The decision to dissolve RIA Novosti, along with its international radio broadcaster, came as a complete surprise and signaled a major state media reorganization in Russia.
Ominous new action by Ukraine’s security forces included a raid on an opposition party’s headquarters, as Western officials grasped for a way to defuse the country’s intensifying political crisis.
Syrian government forces claimed victory over rebels along a highway linking Damascus with northern ports. Chemical inspectors hope to load weapons for decommissioning there.
In a rare example of regional cooperation, Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian officials have signed an agreement aimed at generating new water sources for all three and saving the Dead Sea, a unique nature site and prime economic asset.
Containment, not prevention, is president's real policy on Iranian nukes.
It’s time for the United States to examine how its own foreign policy promotes genocide, and take the actions necessary to curb it.
A radical and powerful wing of Mexico's national teachers union is fighting the government on a sweeping overhaul to the public educational system.
Signs are everywhere that a rollback of women’s rights has begun.
I think my previous insistence that the space race was over was naive. There are now many space races. One is taking place between China and India.
China’s recent declaration of an air-defense identification zone extending to territories it does not control is just the latest example of its jurisdictional creep that reflects a larger strategy to supplant the United States as the pre-eminent power in Asia.
The governing Congress Party suffered in state elections, spurring questions about next year’s national elections and the prospects for change on foreign policy and economic issues.
A new carrier like India’s does more than just denote blue-water capability.
No one should have doubted that, in the end, Nelson Mandela would be buried in his village, not in a grand public setting in Johannesburg. For it was Qunu that made Mandela a leader.
His country is inherently unstable and dangerous -- especially as a place to do business.
Within one year, the fortunes of the two main Palestinian movements, Fatah and Hamas, have seemingly reversed.
I'm skeptical about these peace talks, and I'm skeptical that a final agreement can be reached in the near future. Nevertheless, I think that among the Palestinians, there are partners for peace.
Alarmist predictions about a coming split between Israel and the United States ignore the complexity of Israel's internal politics and the flexility of the state's security establishment in directing foreign policy.
For the past 12 months, Bashar Al-Assad’s regime has been focused on the idea of defeating the armed opposition by resorting to military power. It thus strengthened its capabilities by acquiring more weapons and using the help of fighters from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
One of them is the government’s initiative in pursuit of finding a political solution to the Kurdish problem, which was suddenly thought to be in jeopardy with the killing of two pro-Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) demonstrators after police opened fire in Yüksekova, near the Iranian and Iraqi borders last weekend.
Experts no longer talk of Syria's civil war lasting months; they speak in terms of years, or even decades. As a result, lessening the horrors of the conflict and its consequences requires thinking not only about emergency action to save lives, but also about meeting longer-term needs that make those lives worth living.
The Paraguayan Senate is expected to vote on the incorporation of Venezuela to Mercosur as full member in an extraordinary meeting today.
Panama will host a meeting of the Central American Economic Integration Council of Ministers next week, according to Panamanian Trade Minister Ricardo Quijano.
Singapore's first major riot in four decades is forcing the wealthy island to confront a stubborn but vexing question: how to treat low-paid foreign workers whose muscle underpins much of the economy but whose presence increasingly riles its citizens.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Vietnam and the Philippines following a trip to the Middle East beginning December 11, the State Department said in a press release.
India and the United Arab Emirates are expected to sign a Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection agreement (BIPA) during the official visit of Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister, which begins December 12, the Ministry of External Affairs announced Monday.
Cambodia and Japan agreed to grant visa exemption to diplomatic and official passport holders, aiming at further enhancing bilateral ties and cooperation, said a press statement from the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military on Tuesday to boost its presence in the Arctic and complete the development of military infrastructure in the region next year.
Russia has deployed the first four Su-27SM3 fighter jets to Belarus. The aircraft will be stationed at the 61st air base in Baranavichi, reported local daily Belorusskiy Partizan.
EU governments have agreed on reforms to stop social dumping and exploitation of people relocated to another member state by their employer on short-term contracts.
Iran and the United Arab Emirates are close to reaching a deal on returning three Iranian-occupied islands in the Arabian Gulf to the UAE.
Pakistan announced Tuesday it had agreed with Iran to speed implementation of a much-delayed gas pipeline project designed to link Iran's giant South Pars gas field with consumers in South Asia.
Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi has met the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran to further ties with Beijing.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was due in Tehran on Tuesday evening for talks that officials said would focus on bilateral ties, a landmark nuclear deal and plans for a Syria peace conference.
Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz arrived in Astana on Monday for talks with Kazakh Defense Minister Adilbek Dzhaksybekov, Anadolu Agency reported.