A Syrian defector who smuggled out thousands of photos of mutilated corpses, showed some of those images in Washington on Monday and said they depicted prisoners who were tortured and killed by the security services of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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President Obama and European leaders have agreed on a new, coordinated set of sanctions against Russia in response to Moscow’s continued role in supporting separatist fighters in neighboring Ukraine, a senior administration official said Monday.
A Pentagon audit of nearly 750,000 weapons handed over by U.S. forces to Afghan soldiers and police found poor control and accountability of the arms and expressed concern that many could fall into the hands of militants.
The secretary of state has been furiously working on a Mideast ceasefire, but his ad hoc efforts were dealt another blow Monday when Israel rejected his latest peacemaking plan.
The displaced include nearly all of Syria’s 160,000 Christians, driven from their ancient homeland by three years of civil war, and 12,000 Burmese Muslims forced from their home by militant Buddhist groups.
In 2003 Venezuela’s then president, Hugo Chávez, fired more than 18,000 employees, almost half the workforce, of the state-run oil corporation, Petróleos de Venezuela. Their offence was to have taken part in a strike (pictured) called in protest at the politicisation of the company.
The UN Security Council has blacklisted the operator of a North Korean ship seized in July 2013 near the Panama Canal with Cuban weapons on board.
It was a homecoming of sorts for Lt. Col. Paul Larson, returning to this remote corner of southern Afghanistan at the twilight of America’s longest war. He was back to take stock of a slice of the battlefield that seemed brimming with possibility when he last led soldiers here a decade ago.
Mr. Zhou, who retired from the Politburo Standing Committee in late 2012, is the most senior Communist Party figure ever to face a formal graft inquiry.
In the latest sign of the change in climate, officials from a Chinese government agency that enforces antimonopoly laws and other business regulations visited four Microsoft offices across China on Monday, the company said.
Liberia President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has closed most of the country’s land borders, restricted public gatherings and quarantined communities that have seen Ebola outbreaks to try to contain the world’s worst outbreak of the deadly virus.
Energy company BP warned Tuesday that further international sanctions on Russia could hurt its profits because of its stake in the country's oil giant, Rosneft.
Intense fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine killed dozens of civilians, soldiers and rebels, as Kiev pressed on with an offensive on Tuesday including near the wreckage of Malaysian flight MH 17.
Italy has offered to help extinguish a huge blaze that has engulfed the biggest fuel depot in the Libyan capital, Libya's government says. It would send aircraft and a team of experts to contain the blaze which has hit two tanks, the government added.
The United States has concluded that Russia violated a landmark arms control treaty by testing a prohibited ground-launched cruise missile, according to senior American officials.
Gaza's only power plant was damaged as Israel carried out 60 air strikes, also targeting sites associated with Hamas, the group which controls Gaza.
Sanaa had enough problems before al-Houthi rebels were standing on the outskirts of the capital.
As the ambulance stopped in Iraq’s northern city of Kirkuk, people rushed in to help. They unloaded six children, from several months to 11 years old, all injured allegedly by an air attack in the neighbouring town of Tuz Khurmatu.
The sophistication and extent of the underground passages used by Hamas to infiltrate Israel from Gaza has stiffened Israeli resolve to destroy them.
President Ronald Reagan understood how important it was for world trade.
From Europe to the Middle East, we have seen how disaster follows U.S. retreat and disengagement from the world. But the one area where President Obama seemed to be leaning forward was drone strikes. He personally approved terrorist “kill lists” and has taken out many hundreds of terrorists with drones in Pakistan, Yemen and East Africa.
Undermine Putin and help the U.S. economy by capitalizing on our natural-gas bonanza.
In a few days, Mr. Chen Guangcheng, the blind “barefoot lawyer” who arrived in New York from Beijing 26 months ago amid a blaze of publicity, will go to Washington in the hope of reforming not America’s political system but China’s.
Obama has few good options in Iraq, but the worst choice would be emulating George W. Bush.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry made headlines recently by ordering 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. This bravado comes at a price: $12 million a month. Perry plans to send the bill the federal government. That’s one way to finance your presidential campaign ads.
As territorial frictions involving China and many of its neighbors persist in the East and South China Seas, the US needs a clearer regional strategy. America must simultaneously uphold its interests and alliance commitments and avoid counterproductive confrontation, or even conflict.
Tripoli is burning. Western Libya’s two biggest militias -- Islamist-leaning fighters from the coastal city of Misrata and anti-Islamist ones from the western town of Zintan -- are facing off for the first time since they collaborated to oust Muammar al-Qaddafi three years ago.
The crucifixion of a 3-year old, the U.S. helped Kiev shoot down Flight 17, and other tales the Kremlin media tell.
Both leftists and rightists see Putin’s Russia as perhaps the only force that can counteract American hegemony.
Russia is becoming a lonely pariah without alliances or military might, but its nuclear weapons may still give it leverage in world affairs.
Moscow should expect U.S. and European sanctions to widen considerably in the coming months, including restrictions on major industrial sectors.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is largely a proxy war rooted in broader rivalries throughout the Arab world.
Last week, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution, S-21, creating a "commission of inquiry" to investigate human rights violations in the Gaza war. Nowhere does the resolution mandate that the commission conduct a fair, impartial and balanced investigation.
We used to shoot and cry, as the old Si Heyman song says. Now we kill and justify. Hamas is out to kill Israelis, but when defending ourselves have we lost our interest in minimizing brutal tactics?
It is hard to find the words to describe the recent events in Mosul, in northern Iraq, and I can only turn to the words of Nabil Elaraby, the secretary-general of the Arab League, who said that what happened was a disgrace that must never be tolerated and a crime against Iraq and its history, against Arab and Islamic countries, and against all Muslims.
The Lebanese army has insisted on limiting its comments on reports about the decision by one of its soldiers to leave his post and join the Al-Nusra Front. It said only that it was "an isolated incident and the soldier is a deserter, not a defector."
The current conflict in Gaza was not of Israel’s choosing. Israelis, like all civilized humans, are shocked and saddened by the loss of innocent life and the destruction of war.
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala said Monday that his government is countering slow economic growth by boosting public spending on improved wages and better benefits for public health, education and security workers.
A 10-year-old girl died in a grenade blast while four others—including a soldier—were killed in a shootout hours later in Thailand's war-torn deep south, officials said Monday.
The Nepal government has begun preparations to make Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit from next Sunday special, as the first bilateral trip by an Indian prime minister in 17 years, is seen here as an opportunity to deepen ties and promote mutual interests.
India will sell 10 percent of its 100 percent stake in monopoly military aircraft producer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), a senior Defence Ministry official said. All formalities have been cleared and the 10 percent stake will be put on sale by October, the official said.
Rusatom Overseas, a subsidiary of Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom, said in a statement Tuesday it had signed a memorandum on a project to build floating nuclear power plants with China’s CNNC New Energy.
Nigeria's Islamist militant group Boko Haram has carried out two cross-border attacks into Cameroon since Friday, killing at least four soldiers and prompting the Cameroonian army to send reinforcements to the area, army sources said Saturday.
A spokesman for the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group in Central African Republic says a ceasefire has been "broken" after its fighters came under attack from the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia.
Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa is leading a delegation on cabinet ministers and government officials on a five-day official trade mission to India.
Britain on Monday announced major joint maneuvers in Poland in October, part of a string of NATO exercises in the region aimed at reassuring eastern European members jittery over a resurgent Russia.
More than 230,000 Ukrainians have been provided with refugee status in Russia, Pavel Astakhov, Russia's children's rights ombudsman, said Tuesday.
France and Japan will expand defense cooperation and conduct joint military exercises as part of a treaty signed in Tokyo by Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.
For the first time in 106 years of bilateral relations, Japan’s prime minister conducted an official visit to Colombia on Monday to discuss investment.
The Russian navy’s Vice-Admiral Kulakov, an Udaloy-class destroyer, is moving to the eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, where it will join the permanent Russian naval task force, Northern Fleet spokesman Capt. 1st Rank Vadim Serga said.
The International Monetary fund has announced a new, two-year $5 billion credit line for Morocco to support reform efforts.
Egyptian troops killed seven suspected militants and arrested five as part of an ongoing offensive in the volatile Sinai Peninsula, where the military has been trying to quell a spreading insurgency by Islamic militants, an army spokesman said.
U.S. authorities were set Tuesday to seize a cargo of crude worth more than $100 million from Iraqi Kurdistan anchored off the Texas coast after a judge approved a request from Baghdad, raising the stakes in an oil sales dispute between Iraq's central government and the autonomous region.
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