President Obama would be open to a repeat of last year’s historic conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at next week’s United Nations General Assembly session, a senior administration official said Thursday.
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Congress gave final permission Thursday for the Pentagon to train and arm Syrian rebels, approving part of President Obama’s war plans before fleeing Washington for a two-month break, leaving the White House free rein to fight a war against the Islamic State on its own terms.
President Obama for years insisted that the new breed of "local" extremists in the Middle East weren't really part of al Qaeda, but now claims the Islamic State group is indeed the same as Osama bin Laden's original network — a rhetorical shift used by the White House to justify its widening war on terrorism without explicit authorization from Congress.
When world political leaders arrive next week for the annual ritual of addressing the United Nations, they will be speaking inside a newly renovated General Assembly hall – part of a hefty 2.1-billion-dollar, seven-year refurbishing project – with an extended seating capacity for 204 member states, 11 more than the current 193.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has clawed back support at the expense of her main opponent in next month's presidential election, a poll showed on Friday, suggesting the runoff that should decide the vote is too close to call.
Recognising the land rights of local people could provide cost-effective protection for many of the world's tropical forests, a report says.
China has recognised the need to temper carbon emissions by imposing a cap but is engaged in fierce debate over how to do so, the nation’s chief climate change negotiator said on Friday.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pressed China's president for a speedy resolution of boundary disputes, as Indian and Chinese forces faced off in the Himalayas, while also announcing plans for China to invest $20 billion in India.
Over 80 people had died from Ebola in Bong County, but there was no treatment center -- until this week.
A Zimbabwean opposition politician is among at least 80 people who died when a church hostel in the Nigerian city of Lagos collapsed a week ago.
Dozens of Russian energy ventures are in jeopardy due to Western sanctions on technology and funding. Looming over them all, a giant project the Kremlin is bent on saving no matter what.
The former president defeated by Hollande in 2012 is now expected to run as candidate to lead the centre-right UMP in run up to 2017 poll.
Moscow is keeping the option of military force on the table amid ongoing negotiations.
Scotland decisively turned away a bid for secession from Britain, with the “no” campaign winning 55.3 percent of the vote and the pro-independence side winning 44.7 percent.
Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Thursday that they said shows British journalist John Cantlie in captivity saying he will soon reveal "facts" about the group to counter its portrayal in Western media.
President François Hollande said French fighter jets had destroyed a depot in the northeast of the country, adding that more operations were to come.
The military successes of the Islamic State - at first apparently just a tatterdemalion bunch of ill-equipped jihadists before they became more clearly in focus as a force to be reckoned with - underlines the question of why regular armies across the Middle East and beyond have frequently proven to be ineffective under fire.
The U.S. is tracking multiple terror plots based out of Syria that target the West—threats that current and former intelligence officials say have been traced to al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and not to Islamic State.
The United States has made the same mistake in evaluating fighters from the Islamic State that it did in Vietnam -- underestimating the enemy’s will, according to James Clapper, the director of national intelligence.
As climate activists converge on New York, world leaders will meet behind closed doors with corporate honchos who bank on fossil fuels.
Why Marina Silva’s message resonates from the Amazon to the Middle East to the White House.
We need to stop overfishing and impose strict regulations on coastal development and pollution.
The Indian prime minister may be losing steam.
More evidence that terrorism is a global threat.
Make no mistake, Japan will emerge from economic contraction and carry out needed structural reforms.
Two different histories and two different worldviews. Why many Hong Kongers struggle with a national Chinese identity.
In mid-August, two United Nations peacekeepers from Burkina Faso were killed and several wounded in a suicide attack in the Timbuktu region of northern Mali.
Despite new pledges of international support, West Africa's Ebola outbreak is outpacing efforts to contain and combat it, says CFR's Laurie Garrett.
A recent projection of the West Africa Ebola outbreak is that it now may take 12 to 18 months to control and will infect 100,000 people.
The vote to say in Britain amounted to a powerful reminder of the virtues of democracy.
No doubt a “yes” vote is a little like jumping off the diving board without knowing how much water is in the pool.
Eurozone member countries should implement fiscal and structural reforms in exchange for short-run relaxation of fiscal constraints -- not to increase liabilities, but to focus on growth-oriented investments to jump-start sustained recovery. If they do, private investors would take note, accelerating the recovery process.
Neither NATO membership nor any other privileged association with the alliance should be an option for Ukraine, a fact the West should have learned long ago.
Most Europeans do not doubt the Jews’ right to an independent state, but they vehemently object to a reality in which we are keeping masses of people under occupation and consciously trampling their basic rights.
No one, not even Sisi’s opponents, can deny that the president has taken risky decisions on the domestic front and that he has been able to implement and pull these off.
At least five people were injured and two demonstrators were arrested Thursday on a second day of protests by Guatemalan peasants demanding passage of a law to promote comprehensive rural development.
Mexico’s Civil Rights Commission says it is investigating the circumstances of a June confrontation between the army and a suspected drug gang that left 22 people dead.
Panamanian Vice President Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado arrived on Thursday to discuss bilateral matters and Cuba’s possible participation in the 2015 Americas Summit in the Central American country.
Illegal logging is the source of more than 40 percent of mahogany and cedar that Peru exports to the United States, and is behind the death of those who oppose that sector of the lumber industry, such as the four Indian leaders murdered in early September by suspected illegal loggers, environmentalists said.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye for a summit meeting in a letter handed over on Friday, seeking a breakthrough in the two countries’ frosty ties over Japan’s wartime past, including running military brothels.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye will begin a week-long overseas trip today that will encompass a Korea-Canada summit and a speech at the U.N. General Assembly in New York.
President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda fired his prime minister, a former ally who is widely expected to seek the presidency in elections in 2016.
Zambian President Michael Sata attended the opening of parliament on Friday looking healthy and walking unaided, easing worries about his health after the 77-year-old was out of the public eye for three months.
The United States imposed sanctions on two military officers on opposite sides of the ethnic violence in South Sudan on Thursday in a demonstration of U.S. frustration that fighting has continued despite two ceasefires.
The prime minister of Guinea says seven bodies have been found after a group of local residents attacked Guinean health workers carrying out Ebola awareness efforts in a rural area.
Poland’s prime minister-designate on Friday named a new foreign minister to replace Radek Sikorski, who has been vocal internationally on the conflict in Ukraine.
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev will pay a two-day working visit to Baku.
Newly elected Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has started his official visit to Azerbaijan, AzerTag news agency reported.
Yemeni Shiite rebels agreed Friday to stop the fighting against Islamists and troops north of Sanaa, which has killed dozens this week, in their campaign for a new government and greater political clout.
Authorities in Bahrain have released Shia political activist Maryam Abdulhadi al-Khawaja but the charges against her still stand, the Gulf state’s interior ministry said in a statement.
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