The Obama administration is softening its demand that Afghanistan sign a security agreement by the end of the year or risk a withdrawal of all Americans troops, a threat that alarmed military officials and U.S. allies but did little to sway Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
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The decision, just a month before a peace conference that will seek an end to the grinding civil war in Syria, demonstrated again the frustrations of trying to cultivate a viable alternative to President Bashar al-Assad.
The EU's top diplomat says that President Yanukovych made clear that he will sign a deal with Brussels – just a day after the US warned it might use sanctions against Ukraine.
Exxon is calling for the U.S. to lift restrictions on exporting domestic oil. Its public support comes as it forecasts decades of abundant supply of petroleum in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Mexico's Senate has approved a measure to open the state-run oil fields to foreign investment for the first time in 75 years. The measure would let private firms explore and extract oil and gas with state-run firm Pemex, and take a share of the profits.
Juan Orlando Hernandez is officially declared president-elect of Honduras despite calls for an annulment by losing candidate Xiomara Castro.
In a telephone interview Wednesday, Mexico’s nuclear safety director, Juan Eibenschutz, flatly rejected complaints that authorities were slow in removing the cobalt-60, saying that they had done so “in world record time.”
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos' popularity rose for a third straight month in December and he would be re-elected next year in a second-round vote, a poll published on Thursday showed.
Anti-government protesters in Thailand pinned their hopes on winning support from the powerful security forces on Thursday to move forward a campaign to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and install an unelected administration.
The city-state faces serious manpower shortages in the coming years.
Delays in finalising Malawi’s climate change policy, which has been in the making for the last three years, are affecting millions of families living in disaster-prone areas across this southern African nation, says the country’s minister of environment and climate change management Halima Daudi.
Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych intends to sign a deal on closer EU ties after all, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has told reporters. She was speaking as pro-EU protesters continued to paralyse the centre of Kiev over the president's decision not to sign the EU association agreement.
Bosnian Serb wartime leaders Radovan Karadzic and Gen. Ratko Mladic would be on trial together on charges of genocide and other war crimes if military commander Mladic hadn't managed to remain a fugitive for three years longer than political leader Karadzic.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a rollout of Arctic military bases, one day after Canadian officials said they would claim jurisdiction over the North Pole.
Separatist parties in Spain's northeastern Catalonia region have agreed the wording of a referendum on independence from Spain on November 9, 2014, the head of the regional government announced on Thursday.
Egyptian riot police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of pro-Islamist protesters demonstrating near the headquarters of the ministry of defense in Cairo on Thursday, security sources said.
Thirteen international news organizations, including the BBC, The Associated Press and The New York Times, have written a letter to the armed opposition in Syria asking for assurances that their reporters will not be abducted.
Azerbaijan’s relations with Iran have deteriorated over the past two years, and the newly elected president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani—who bills himself as a pragmatist—has not yet clarified whether his term will revitalize Baku-Tehran ties.
Islamist fighters ran the top Western-backed rebel commander in Syria out of his headquarters, and he fled the country. The Islamists also took over key warehouses holding U.S. military gear for moderate fighters in northern Syria.
This has been a year when America re-embraced diplomacy after a frustrating decade of war, displaying a relentlessly pragmatic approach that recalls the days of such deal-making secretaries of state as Henry Kissinger and James A. Baker III.
Ukraine's civil conflict strikes many Americans as a distant and unimportant dispute, one hardly connected to their daily lives. Such a lack of interest in international affairs is understandable, perhaps, because of the focus on economic recovery since 2008, but it's badly misplaced given the stakes involved, not just in eastern and central Europe but around the world.
The US must take a stronger role in addressing three key challenges in Azerbaijan: energy development, with support for a new natural gas pipeline to Europe; democratic reforms, especially those that ensure free speech; and peace with Armenia over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Many Americans started 2013 with high hopes that congressional leaders would overcome, even if only partly, the polarization and political dysfunction that had slowed recovery. But optimism foundered over the course of 2013, while frustration soared.
Even as Guantánamo fades from public concern, the fate of the 162 men still detained there still reflects on us.
On Jan. 1, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will celebrate its 20th anniversary. And in the context of a continent that is more deeply interconnected than ever before largely as a result of the two-decade long agreement, it’s an ideal time to consider what the future holds for North America.
Thailand's king was once seen as a steadying hand in the nation's rocky politics. But does that kind of intervention help or hinder?
Bankers acceptance notes are financing tremendous speculation in China’s provinces. How long can this last?
Beijing has an opportunity to evolve its relationship with Central Asia, to the benefit of both.
After a groundbreaking ruling overturning a ban on gay sex, India’s highest court reinstated the regressive ban.
A meaningful way to honor Nelson Mandela’s spirit would be to speak out for human rights advocates and political prisoners worldwide.
We don’t have many Nelson Mandelas left, and we don’t really like the more pedestrian politicians that we’ve been saddled with.
A police crackdown failed to oust the Ukrainians seeking closer ties to Europe.
When Yanukovych came to power in 2010, I didn't believe the predictions that he would build an autocracy like in Russia. But I was wrong.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has been compared to many strongmen of the past – Joseph Stalin, Leonid Brezhnev, and Chile’s Augusto Pinochet, to name a few. But, after nearly 14 years in power, perhaps the best comparison may be a transgender cross between the former Argentine leader Juan Perón and his legendary wife, Evita.
A conventional-weapons attack is preferable to the nuclear war sure to come.
Forty-seven years after the 1948 lines were aptly described as 'Auschwitz lines,' Israel is letting itself be pushed back into them again.
With or without nuclear weapons, Iran and its allies are the chief impediments to Israeli hegemony in the Middle East.
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