Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden rejects speculation that he spilled intelligence secrets to China in exchange for asylum.
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President Barack Obama has appointed a new envoy to lead a renewed effort to close the detention center at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The following is a look at where things stand.
Enrique Peña Nieto, the Mexican president, vowed to press ahead with what he claimed would be a “transformational” reform of Pemex, the state-owned oil monopoly, a controversial move widely expected to unleash billions of dollars of foreign investment.
As many as 200,000 people have marched through the streets of Brazil's biggest cities, as protests over rising public transport costs and the expense of staging the 2014 World Cup have spread. The biggest demonstration was in Rio de Janeiro, where 100,000 people joined a mainly peaceful march.
The announcement that U.S. and Cuban officials will hold landmark talks this week toward restarting direct mail service between the two nations prompted a mix of reactions on Monday on whether the Obama administration plans a broader outreach to the Castro regime in the president’s second term.
The prospect of bank defaults could stall Beijing's efforts to rein in credit growth and reform the economy.
A growing number of Chinese officials have found themselves ensnared by extortion plots that leverage the public’s disgust for wayward behavior.
Piracy off the coast of West Africa has now overtaken Somali piracy, a report by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) and other seafarers' groups says. It says 966 sailors were attacked in West Africa in 2012, compared with 851 off the Somali coast.
A majority-white South African public school has drawn accusations of trying to segregate itself from the black population through its language policy, touching off a court battle that could eventually impact the racial makeup of some of the country's best public schools.
William Mukurazita's deposit at the bank has four legs and moos. Zimbabwe's first "Cattle Bank" has just opened its books in a unique kind of banking where owners bring in their animals as collateral against cash loans.
Barack Obama and European leaders on Monday launched talks on “the biggest bilateral trade deal in history” , an initiative that the US president has put at the heart of his second-term economic agenda.
Police conducted raids across Turkey on Tuesday and detained dozens of people in an operation linked to three weeks of protests against the country's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
President Barack Obama and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin clashed openly over Syria as the G-8 summit began Monday, sharply underscoring deepening differences over the civil war. With the conflict growing increasingly militarized, Messrs. Obama and Putin each said they agreed on the need for negotiations, pointing to upcoming peace talks in Geneva.
The bombing near the northern city of Aleppo appeared to be part of an effort by the Syrian insurgency to regain momentum after a series of defeats.
Netanyahu brushes aside Naftali Bennett's remarks, the latest in a series from members of his government calling for an end to efforts to form a Palestinian state.
The Muslim Brotherhood-backed leader faces criticism for not implementing Islamic law.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai also says he will send representatives to discuss peace with the Taliban.
The United States and its Western allies see a chance for a breakthrough on containing Iran’s suspected nuclear-weapons program with Hasan Rowhani, who won Iran’s presidential election last week. Mr. Rowhani on Monday said a plan drawn up by Iranian officials and French President Jacques Chirac eight years ago could be a possible solution.
Where Kennedy spoke of freedom, Obama must speak of the end of the security-skewed post-9/11 era.
Intelligence outsourcing breeds corruption and destroys accountability.
We are becoming a surveillance society, but there has to be a stopping point, because the information that is shared with one can easily be shared with all.
As happens with so much news these days, the Edward Snowden revelations about National Security Agency (NSA) spying and just how far we've come in the building of a surveillance state have swept over us. Here's my attempt to look beyond the daily drumbeat of this developing story.
The most vexing issue the world has dealt with is how the German people allowed the machinery of the German government to turn into a killing machine before its very eyes. How did evil triumph among one of the most civilized groups of people to have emerged on the European continent? The reasons why are still murky, the lesson learned: Never again.
As more U.S. military women break the silence about sexual violence committed by their comrades in arms, it is clear that sporadic “scandals” are not isolated incidents, but spring from the mycelium of U.S. military culture and ideology.
Former President Álvaro Uribe warns that negotiations 'validate' FARC terrorists.
Shale gas has been called a “game changer” for India. But some tough obstacles remain.
Two full years after it was first created, the All-Russia People's Front gained official status only last week under the new name of the People's Front for Russia.
We often hear how the world as we know it will end, usually through ecological collapse. Indeed, more than 40 years after the Club of Rome released the mother of all apocalyptic forecasts, The Limits to Growth, its basic ideas are still with us. But time has not been kind.
During the recent hearing on the constitutionality of the European Central Bank’s measures to prevent the eurozone from falling apart, Andreas Vosskuhle, President of Germany’s Constitutional Court, raised an important question: Do non-German economists condemn the ECB’s outright monetary transactions (OMT) as unequivocally as all but one of the German experts testifying?
Elected in part through Iranian conservatives' inability to unify behind a single candidate, Hassan Rowhani represents a compromise on the part of voters. But storm clouds are already apparent.
The recent presidential election in Iran proved that the Islamic Republic’s instinct for self-preservation trumps its ideology.
Rather than scrounging for replacement troops, the UN should ask why Israel should have any faith in the peacekeeping that has failed to protect it so many times in the past.
From Ghana to Egypt to the Horn, the departing president has leveraged economic and diplomatic ties to expand Iran’s reach in Africa.
The election of Hassan Rouhani, a moderate, pragmatic conservative, and around whom the forces of reform were united in the recent Iranian presidential elections, was a surprise according to many western reports trying to analyze whether there will be change in Iran. However, the fact is, there were indications pointing to this result.
A ban on political and even social gatherings, a bar on Kurdish language and culture; uprooting people, forced disappearances and a ‘caste’ of hundreds of thousands of local Kurds deprived of citizenship… life for Kurds in pre-war Syria was probably as dire as it is today for their kin in Iran.
Russia and the United States have signed a contract for the delivery of Russian Mi-17 helicopters for the Afghan army, a Russian government agency said Monday.
Two Salvadorans who mediated in a gang truce in their country that cut the homicide rate by at least 50 percent met Monday with gang leaders in Honduras, where they will help do the same.
Peruvian Minister of Foreign Commerce Jose Luis Silva announced that a planned free trade agreement with Russia could be extended to the Commonwealth of Independent States.
The British Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development signed a letter of understanding to implement a new cooperation program to extend their long-term collaboration.
Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Cuban Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Tuesday to discuss bilateral relations.
Afghanistan will send a team to Qatar for peace talks with the Taliban, President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday, as the U.S.-led NATO coalition launched the final phase of the 12-year war with the last round of security transfers to Afghan forces.
Chinese Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Zhang Yesui and his North Korean counterpart will hold strategic talks Wednesday in Beijing, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Monday.
At a joint commission meeting with Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said the two countries are seeking a strategic partnership agreement with a focus on trade and energy.
The opening ceremony of the inaugural ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting-Plus Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief and Military Medicine Exercise was held Monday at the Multinational Coordination Center in Brunei.
Indonesia and its neighbor Papua New Guinea agreed to use a “soft” approach in the border areas between the two nations often used by separatists to evade Indonesian security forces, leaders of the two countries stated Monday.
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius has said her country is committed to working with Viet Nam to combat emerging epidemics, especially infectious diseases, and to promote the transfer of technology to fight HIV/AIDS.
Ethiopia and Egypt have agreed to hold further talks on the impact of an Ethiopian dam to quell tensions between the two countries, the foreign ministers of both nations said Tuesday.
Central African Republic President Michel Djotodia arrived Monday in Khartoum where he held talks with his Sudanese counterpart Omer Al-Bashir.
In a deepening row over disagreement over protests in Turkey, Turkish Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin cancelled his plans to attend upcoming meetings of the European Parliament (EP) and the European Commission (EC) in Brussels while an EP delegation has also called off a planned trip to Turkey.
Allies of outgoing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have suffered a resounding defeat in local council elections, a clear rejection at the end of his term.