Confidential U.S. assessments, which the State Department tried to hide from the public, show nearly all Afghan Cabinet ministries are woefully ill-prepared to govern after the U.S. withdraws its troops, often describing the gaps in knowledge, capability and safeguards as “critical” and describing an infrastructure in danger of collapsing if left to its own accord.
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The United States has rarely, if ever, denied a visa to a head of state seeking to visit the United Nations to address the 193-member General Assembly, the highest policy making body in the organisation.
The head of the CIA just made a secretive journey to Ukraine -- to do what, he won’t say. But the answer could change the power equation in the hottest of geopolitical hotspots.
Gen. Wesley K. Clark and Philip A. Karber say that equipment like body armor and night goggles could help Ukraine face a Russian attack.
The Pentagon is laying out a road map for the future of its drone fleet, which includes unmanned planes with fuel-filled wings that can fly more sophisticated weapons systems to more isolated hot spots and smaller drones capable of operating in unison to swarm an enemy.
The Venezuelan government says it will not grant jailed opposition leaders an amnesty at talks aimed at ending anti-government protests.
Two security incidents within 24 hours involving Afghan government officials have taken some of the glimmer off of this month’s generally successful presidential election and renewed concerns about safety in Kabul.
The contraction comes just as foreign funds begin to dry up after a decade of projects to bolster the economy.
At least 3 people are dead, dozens are injured and nearly 300 passengers remain missing.
Communities in sub-Saharan Africa are being "hurt" by high fees charged by money transfer operators, charity Comic Relief says.
Popular unrest and failing health could complicate the president's likely fourth term.
France's prime minister has announced plans to cut 21 billion euros ($29 billion) from pensions, social care and health care as a part of a 50-billion-euro effort to rein in the country's debt and deficit.
Misinformation, conspiracy theories, exaggerations, overheated rhetoric and outright lies about the political crisis in Ukraine have come from the highest echelons of the Kremlin.
A soldier said the unit was part of the 25th brigade of Ukraine's airborne forces and that they have switched to the side of the pro-Russian forces, but that couldn't be confirmed.
Ukrainian troops meant to be restoring order in the country’s restive east have apparently defected to the side of separatists.
Jordanian warplanes hit and destroyed several vehicles trying to cross the border from Syria, a government spokesman said on Wednesday, underlining Amman's concern about incursions from areas controlled by Syrian rebels.
Iraq’s Ministry of Justice announced Tuesday that it would close the facility formerly known as Abu Ghraib prison, the site of an infamous torture scandal under the U.S. occupation.
A new video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years. And the CIA and the Pentagon either didn't know about it or couldn't get a drone there in time to strike.
It just might be the right time for a “Top Gun” sequel, considering we’re already on the highway to the danger zone.
To forestall the worst effects of global warming, nations need to take aggressive action in the next 15 years.
China has cancelled a multinational naval parade to mark the 65th anniversary of the PLA Navy later this month because of the continuing search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.
The Diplomat speaks with Dr. Milan Vaishnav about the issues driving India’s 2014 general election and what the future might hold for India.
We Nigerians must deal with our fear of examining the civil war and the wrongs of the past. Biyi Bandele's new film is a step forward.
Our government needs whatever help it can get.
An AFRICOM official says the U.S. has been "at war" in Africa for over two years.
Given Ukraine's rule-of-law problems, it is not surprising that one of the Euromaidan protesters’ top demands was for legal reform. Nor is it surprising that the new government in Kiev has focused on clearing out the judiciary and emancipating it from its political subservience.
It’s time for Putin to de-escalate this crisis.
Although many in eastern Ukraine opposed the Maidan protests, they do not have separatist sentiments.
Russia would likely not invade eastern Ukraine if Kiev grants greater autonomy to the country’s regional districts, writes CFR's Fred Kaplan.
To quote Lenin, what is to be done? Back to Brussels and Berlin? A close encounter with dreary Northern NATOstan, consumed by its paranoid anti-Russia obsession and enslaved by the infinitely expandable Pentagon euro-scam? Perhaps a jaunt to Syria war junkie Erdogastan?
With global rebalancing set to be high on the agenda at the next G-7 and G-20 meetings, Germany, with its persistent export surplus, will again come under pressure to boost household demand. But the German consumer is a sideshow, while the main acts are investment demand and monetary policy.
Turkey has maintained a generous open-door policy for Syrian refugees. As Syrian refugees continue to pour into the country, Turkey must address their long-term status within its borders.
We’re not dealing anymore with your grandfather’s Israel, and they’re not dealing anymore with your grandmother’s America either.
Regardless of how we characterize the armed conflict that has been taking place in Syria for more than three years between the opposition and the regime, its symptoms are not too dissimilar to the nature of any civil war.
UNASUR Foreign Ministers arrived in Venezuela on Tuesday to take part in the second session of the government-opposition talks, which will be held at the presidential palace of Miraflores, downtown Caracas.
The Dominican Republic and Turkey have signed agreements on economic and civil aviation cooperation.
The leaders of the community self-defense groups in 20 cities in the western Mexican state of Michoacan have reached an agreement with federal officials to begin demobilizing, officials said.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj on Wednesday, in an unscheduled meeting that suggests Japan has been asking for help from Mongolia to address the past abductions of Japanese citizens by North Korea.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel raised concerns about the humanitarian situation in Arakan State during meetings with Myanmar President Thein Sein and other high-level government officials in Naypyidaw.
Chad said Wednesday it had withdrawn its entire contingent from the Central African Republic, in the wake of accusations its troops had carried out an unprovoked attack in the capital Bangui last month.
Ghanaian and U.S. maritime forces completed a three-week combined maritime law enforcement operation as part of African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) on April 11.
The government of Djibouti says it has handed over 267 Eritrean prisoners of war to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), ending an incarceration that began in 2008, when the two neighboring countries engaged in a territorial dispute.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday to discuss China-Russia bilateral co-operation and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
The United Nations will release a report this week certifying that Iran's ability to make a nuclear bomb has been greatly reduced because it has diluted half of its material that can be turned most quickly into weapons-grade uranium, diplomats said Tuesday.
The Saudi Arabian intelligence chief, Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, has been “exempted from his duties” today, according to a Royal decree issued by King Abdullah Bin Abdel Aziz.
State media in the United Arab Emirates says Dubai's ruler has welcomed the Iranian foreign minister at his palace, a sign of warming ties between the two countries.
Lebanon's parliament is to convene on April 23 to elect a new president to succeed Michel Sleiman, whose term ends on May 25, the National News Agency reported Wednesday.
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