The Obama administration's standoff with Afghan President Hamid Karzai over a long-term security deal could drag into early next year, according to American officials, as both countries hold fast to demands that could force the U.S. to pull all its troops out of Afghanistan next year.
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Standing on the massive deck of the Navy's USS Ponce, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the United States is entering the new nuclear pact with Iran "very clear eyed" and it remains to be seen whether Tehran is serious about keeping its nuclear development peaceful.
Finding no country willing to accept the toxic arsenal, the U.S. looks to eliminate it miles away from any port.
The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals -- and map their relationships -- in ways that would have been previously unimaginable.
Westerners have joined al Qaeda-linked groups in Syria in unprecedented numbers, increasing the risk that they will strike their home countries, including the U.S., a key Republican lawmaker said Thursday.
South Korea pressed ahead with plans to expand its air-defense identification zone after a meeting with visiting U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Friday, a move that could complicate a dispute over airspace in East Asia.
China has suggested it will create more air defense zones, which worries Southeast Asian nations that have territorial disputes with China.
Protesters seeking to topple Thailand's government stayed off the street on Friday after halting their demonstration the day before out of respect for the king on his birthday but clashes were reported overnight, one at the occupied Finance Ministry.
Across South Africa, people paid tribute to the man they hail as the father of their nation -- a secular saint whose commitment to forgiveness and reconciliation gave birth to a nonracial democracy from a country so long riven by segregation.
In the space of 10 years, mobile phones and the Internet have changed African nations more significantly than any development since their independence from colonial powers. Now a growing group of entrepreneurs want to take things further.
Fighting broke out in Bangui, the capital, just before the United Nations Security Council approved a resolution to expand a force in the country.
The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to authorise the deployment of thousands of French and African Union troops in the Central African Republic but stopped short of approving a full U.N. peacekeeping force in the country.
Despite strong efforts to maintain its historic bonds with its former colonies in Africa, France's position is far from guaranteed.
The big winner in the German election back in September appeared obvious: Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat Union had obtained an almost historic victory, finishing just five seats shy of an absolute majority in the multi-party system.
The Six Day War was a watershed in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It brought major points of contention to the surface, but also generated potential for resolution.
Opposition activists again accused President Bashar al-Assad’s forces of using poison gas in Syria’s civil war on Thursday, and said victims had been discovered with swollen limbs and foaming at the mouth.
More than 50 people were killed in a deadly attack in the Yemeni capital Thursday when militants penetrated the headquarters of the nation’s Ministry of Defense in a two-stage assault that began shortly after the start of the workday.
Libyan security officials said they had yet to determine a motive for the killing, which came during a surge of assassinations and armed clashes in Benghazi.
Women’s rights activists in Morocco have criticised the Islamist-led government for excluding them from drafting proposed legislation to combat violence against women and for seeking to dilute the bill through changes.
Millions of Syrians need urgent help. Why are Americans ignoring this crisis?
In U.S.-Russian relations, Moscow has a deep-seated fear of destabilization. The U.S. should avoid isolating or forcing Moscow into a corner.
The battle in Thailand has been redrawn into one between ethical rule centered on the monarchy as the face of moral authority against the supposedly corrupt Yingluck Shinawatra regime.
Washington may be tempted to hope for better relations with the incoming Gen. Raheel Sharif, but that's probably an unrealistic scenario, at least in the short term.
From Thailand to Turkey to Ukraine, the relationship between ruling majorities and electoral minorities has become combustible – and is threatening to erode the legitimacy of democracy itself.
The country is once again in the grip of authoritarianism and political violence, the roots of which run deep.
Nelson Mandela lived one of the great lives of the twentieth century: he was an international icon who brought democratic rule and human rights to South Africa.
I would ask Mandela about his fight against apartheid and what it was like to inspire people around the world who were struggling for freedom. He would ask me about a subject that seemed to fascinate him: race and politics in America.
Nelson Mandela was the father of the current democratic South Africa that replaced the odious apartheid state.
Nelson Mandela fit the type of leader that Africans had in mind when they struggled for freedom from the European empires. Africans wanted leaders who would reconcile and reunite them, leaders who would restore to them the dignity robbed by colonialism – and in Mandela they finally got one.
Mr. Mandela’s quest for freedom in South Africa’s system of white rule took him from the court of tribal royalty to the liberation underground to a prison cell to the presidency.
The spontaneous, spirited resistance in Ukraine should inspire tired democrats around the world.
Following the uproar in the West over Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's "anti-EU and pro-Russian demarche," the Western political elite and media pundits have had a field day, explaining the unexpected turn of events by conjuring up nefarious machinations originating in the Kremlin.
The uneasy peace has shattered as the civil war spills over the border, renewing old enmities.
The U.S. deal with Iran could push the two enemies into each others arms -- and the Middle East into war.
The notion that the world is a safer place now that the United States and other powers have made a deal with Iran over its nuclear weapons program does not find a lot of believers in Israel, whose people live less than a thousand miles away from the Iranian capital and much closer than that from Tehran’s most militant friends.
I remember that during and after the Iraq–Iran War relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia deteriorated, and it led to mistrust and animosity between the two sides.
Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago have signed an agreement outlining a path to improve free trade and free movement between the two countries.
The U.N. is requesting that the government of the Dominican Republic restore the nationality of people affected by a recent court ruling, mostly offspring of undocumented Haitians, AP reports.
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, and the Chief Justice of Peru, Enrique Javier Mendoza Ramirez, have signed a framework agreement on legal cooperation in a ceremony at the OAS headquarters in Washington D.C.
The final legal battle between India and Bangladesh over 2,500 square miles of the Bay of Bengal, holding out huge potential for fishing, shipping and underwater resources, will begin December 9 at the Court of Arbitration in the Hague.
Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Friday he will visit the Philippines for two days from Saturday to inspect the aid activities of Japan's Self-Defense Forces on Leyte Island, which was ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan, and have talks with his Filipino counterpart Voltaire Gazmin.
Japan and Southeast Asian countries are in talks over expanding currency swap arrangements to help cushion their economies in financial emergencies, an official said Thursday, ahead of a Japan-ASEAN summit next week.
The water ministers in the eastern Nile Basin countries will hold a meeting in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum next Monday to discuss the implications of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam.
Kenya will deploy the military to deal with insecurity in northern regions, following the approval by the National Assembly.
Kenyan lawmakers have adopted amendments to a controversial media bill, despite international concern about press freedom.
Embattled Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on a visit seeking support for Ukraine's battered economy.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich is stopping off in Russia to have talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on his way back home from an official visit to China, Ukraine's UNIAN news agency said Friday.
The Direction Generale de l’Armement (DGA) signed a contract Dec. 3 with MBDA for a new anti-tank weapon, seen as a key program for the European missile maker, the French arms procurement agency said in a statement.
Iranian warships arrived in Mumbai on Thursday as part of a goodwill visit, even as the U.S. and five other major powers are engaged in another round of talks to limit Iran's controversial nuclear program.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will head to Armenia on Dec. 12 to attend the ministerial meeting of the Organization for the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC).
The Export-Import Bank of the United States has authorized $640.7 million in direct loans to Star Refineri A.S. (Star) in Turkey, which will finance the export of American-made oil refinery equipment.