Moner Mohammad Abusalha, a Florida man who died in a suicide attack in Syria in May, traveled to the U.S. for several months after training with a group allied with Al Qaeda.
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A key committee of the World Bank’s governing board Wednesday spurned appeals to revise a draft policy statement that, according to nearly 100 civil-society groups, risks rolling back several decades of reforms designed to protect indigenous populations, the poor and sensitive ecosystems.
Argentina has defaulted on its debt - for the second time in 13 years - after last-minute talks in New York with a group of bond-holders ended in failure. So-called "vulture fund" investors were demanding a full pay-out of $1.3bn (£766m) on bonds they hold.
Politicians stand on the podium in the lower house of Congress, waving signs and shouting, “Viva Mexico, THIEVES!” Outside, crowds demonstrate. The sessions drag on into the wee hours until an earthquake forces everyone to evacuate.
A six-week Pakistani army offensive has succeeded in disrupting the militant groups that have long enjoyed free rein in the rugged North Waziristan tribal region along the border with Afghanistan, Obama administration officials say.
A prominent Uighur scholar was formally charged with separatism Wednesday and will face trial in Xinjiang, even as conflicting accounts of violence in the restive Chinese region have emerged from Uighurs and the government.
After two years of trying to improve ties with Russia, Japan follows the U.S., E.U. in announcing sanctions.
Upgraded facilities on Taiping Island will bolster Taiwan's maritime claims, but its ability to defend the island during a conflict will remain limited.
Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine epicentres of Ebola on Thursday, joining Liberia in imposing tough controls to curb the worst ever outbreak of the virus amid fears it could spread beyond West Africa.
The flamboyant son of Senegal's ex-President Abdoulaye Wade has called himself a "political prisoner" during his first appearance at a special court trying him on corruption charges.
It's the new frontier for the internet -- connecting billions of people in Africa and Asia who have yet to sample the delights of the digital world. Through an organisation called Internet.org, Facebook has put itself at the forefront of this mission.
In the past, Hamissou lived in peace with his neighbours. No one was bothered by his long, thick beard or the veil his wife, Aisha Hamissou, wore, or the religion they followed.
Spain's prime minister failed to strike a compromise Wednesday with the pro-independence leader of Catalonia to keep the northeast region from holding a November referendum on breaking away from Spain.
Anti-Semitic chants in European protests over the Mideast conflict spur worry and a crackdown.
Recent history of U.S. and EU sanctions—including against Iran, North Korea and Syria -- suggests that significantly stronger penalties could be needed to change the Kremlin's calculations on Ukraine.
Sunni extremists in Mosul have deemed historic sites, including tombs and shrines, heretical under Islamic law and have destroyed or plan to destroy them, leaving residents to mourn.
Led by Egypt, a coalition of Arab states has effectively lined up with Israel in its fight against Hamas, posing new obstacles to efforts to end the Gaza conflict.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international alarm over a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, said on Thursday he would not accept any ceasefire that stopped Israel completing the destruction of militants' infiltration tunnels.
Israel's military said it was calling up 16,000 reserves for its campaign against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, a day after some of the deadliest fighting of the 23-day conflict.
President Barack Obama’s call for a ceasefire to Israel’s assault in Gaza got him nowhere. Secretary of State John Kerry returned to the U.S. empty-handed after a try at a truce, amid a volley of ridicule from the Israelis.
The Middle East is in flames, not only Gaza but Syria, Iraq and Libya as well. Russia is massing troops on the border of Ukraine. Central Africa is a mess, as are Afghanistan and Pakistan. Parts of Mexico and Central America are ruled by criminal gangs and drug cartels. And those are merely the crises big enough to command front-page attention.
With metronomic regularity, there is a choreographed minuet of carnage. Israel is attacked. Israel defends itself. Perfunctory affirmations of Israel’s right of self-defense are quickly followed by accusations that Israel’s military measures are disproportionate.
Four myths American exceptionalists peddle about the U.S. president and America's role in the world.
Human Rights Watch continues to face charges from activists, including Nobel Laureates, who say the group is too close to Washington to criticize U.S. foreign policy.
Indonesia gets a sprout with a new president Having conducted an election that produced a successor president without excessive tumult or corruption, Indonesia may well be on its way to emerging as a major global player.
In early June, Chinese president Xi Jinping deployed eight SWAT-like inspection teams across China to ensure that local officials were meeting his new environmental targets.
The Haqqani Threat to the US-Pakistan Détente America and Pakistan have seen relations improve in recent months. Unfortunately, the Haqqani network could derail this.
With roughly 170 million inhabitants, Nigeria has Africa’s largest population. But it has only recently been acknowledged as having the continent’s largest economy -- 26th in the world -- following the release of “rebased” data putting GDP at $510 billion last year.
Education -- and science and technology in particular -- must be at the forefront of the debate about African development.
It has fallen to a legend of Solidarity to stand up to the political class and track the issue of secret C.I.A. prisons.
Outrage over NSA snooping and Berlin's reluctance to confront Putin have added friction to the alliance.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's chief weapons are his revanchist ideology and his hope to earn billions of dollars from selling gas to China and Europe.
Despite the biggest spike in anti-Semitic incidents since 2009, the U.K. hasn't reached France’s hate levels, where demonstrators shout out 'Hamas! Hamas! Jews to the gas!' But for how long?
While the U.S.-Russia relationship is becoming ever more adversarial, important areas remain where their interests converge.
Are sirens and bomb drills the new normal?
In a flagrant violation of international law, Israel's assault on Gaza has killed hundreds of civilians and devastated civilian infrastructure.
While the well-known preacher agreed with me about ISIS and its false brand of Sunni Islamism, he said this does not eliminate the dream of the return of the caliphate.
Bolivia's leftist president has declared Israel a "terrorist state" because of its offensive in the Gaza Strip, and his government will now require Israeli citizens to obtain a visa to visit the Andean nation.
California Gov. Jerry Brown turned his focus to education and energy Tuesday on the second day of a trip to Mexico, but talk about immigration reform remained high on his agenda. Brown signed an agreement to further the exchange of students and researchers and also met with Mexico’s energy secretary.
South Korean voters in 15 districts gave President Park Geun-hye's ruling party an enhanced parliamentary majority in by-elections Wednesday, and the political momentum to drive an economic stimulus program and regulatory reforms.
The release of four police officers abducted by Filipino communist guerrillas has sparked hopes that stalled peace talks will resume, a government official said Wednesday, although major obstacles remain.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino sought Wednesday to quash rumors that a coup is being plotted against him, with his spokesman insisting he had the military’s full support.
Ahead of Thursday's deadline, India came under increased pressure from WTO members, led by the U.S., to whittle down its opposition to the trade facilitation agreement.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has closed down all the schools in the country in an attempt to address the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. She also suspended her participation at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. next week, and will send Vice President Joseph Boakai to attend the summit on her behalf.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is in Nairobi, Kenya for the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).
President Paul Biya on Tuesday dismissed two senior army officers in Cameroon's far north following Boko Haram attacks in which at least seven people were killed and the wife of a senior official was kidnapped.
Uganda has set up a new institution to fight suspicious money transactions that could be fueling terrorism. The Financial Intelligence Authority, to be supervised by the finance ministry, comes after the enactment of the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2013.
Russia plans to hold the Arctic-2014 exercise, which involves Northern Fleet rescuers, emergency teams and border guards, in early August to test oil spill response in the Pechora Sea in the Arctic, Northern Fleet spokesman and Captain 1st Rank Vadim Serga said Thursday.
Tunisia's Defense Ministry says the army chief of staff has resigned, citing personal reasons, following a deadly attack by militants against Tunisian soldiers.
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