Iraqi leader Maliki asks Sunni rivals not to quit parliament over protest camp dispute

December 31, 2013

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Shiite prime minister, seeking to contain Sunni unrest, called on his Sunni political rivals Tuesday not to withdraw from the government over the dismantling of a protest …

In S. Sudan, rebels try to seize key town that could give them more leverage in peace talks

December 31, 2013

NAIROBI – The fierce clashes to control the South Sudanese town of Bor on Tuesday represent a pivotal development in the two-week-old conflict, giving rebels more clout in peace talks …

WorldViews: Obama’s foreign policy report card for 2013

December 31, 2013

Foreign policy is really hard; that’s the thing to keep in mind when reading this report card for United States foreign policy in 2013. Most countries have more foreign policy …

Putin travels east, comments on terror attacks

December 31, 2013

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin made a surprise New Year’s Eve visit to Khabarovsk, about 3,800 miles east of Moscow, diverting attention from the misery of suicide bombings in Russia’s …

Police in Mumbai try to curb New Year’s parties, citing threat to women

December 31, 2013

NEW DELHI — In an extraordinary move, the police in India’s financial capital of Mumbai sought to shut down the city’s pubs and restaurants early Wednesday in order to keep …

WorldViews: This photo of Kim Jong Un riding a ski lift is North Korea’s way of flipping off Europe

December 31, 2013

This photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sitting alone on a ski lift might not look like North Korea flipping Europe a giant middle finger. But that’s exactly …

In Afghanistan, Jan. 1 is a whole lot of people’s birthday — thanks to a lack of record-keeping

December 31, 2013

KABUL — The first day of January isn’t celebrated as New Year’s Day in Afghanistan. But since the American invasion, it’s become a new kind of holiday — a de …

5 questions about South Sudan you were too embarrassed to ask

December 31, 2013

What’s happening in South Sudan is complicated and can be difficult to follow; understanding how it got to be this way can be even tougher. Here, then, are the most …

Thousands flee flash-point South Sudan town of Bor

December 30, 2013

JUBA, South Sudan — Thousands fled the flash-point town of Bor as South Sudanese troops prepared for a possible assault by anti-government forces, including an ethnic militia called the “White …

Younger military veterans are angered by budget cuts to their pension benefits

December 30, 2013

After 25 years of service, including combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, Lt. Col. Stephen Preston retired from the Army and began collecting a pension of nearly $55,000 a year. …

Israel releases more Palestinian prisoners

December 30, 2013

JERUSALEM — The Israeli government Monday night released another 26 Palestinian prisoners serving long sentences for killing Israeli citizens, part of a deal struck between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu …

WorldViews: 9 questions about South Sudan you were too embarrassed to ask

December 30, 2013

South Sudan’s crisis began just two weeks ago, on Dec. 15, and it already has observers warning that it could lead to civil war. Fighting has killed an estimated 1,000 …

A second bombing in Russia shows security threat ahead of Winter Olympics

December 30, 2013

MOSCOW — Vladimir Putin’s daring bid to host the Winter Olympics in the politically dicey Caucasus Mountains was his way of showing the world that he had created a stylish, …

In China, one in five children live in rural villages without their parents

December 30, 2013

ZHUZHOU, China — Regulars of the Jianba barbershop in this southern city recently found it shuttered, with a curious note taped to the door.

Dear customers, I got a call

In Iran, hard-liners strike back

December 30, 2013

TEHRAN — Conservatives in Iran are enjoying their first major return to the spotlight since the surprise victory of Hassan Rouhani in the June presidential election, highlighting lingering divisions within …

Four Al Jazeera journalists detained in Egypt, accused of illegal ties to Muslim Brotherhood

December 30, 2013

CAIRO — Egypt’s government has detained four journalists working for the Qatar-based Al Jazeera English news channel, arresting them during raids on a five-star hotel and at least one private …

WorldViews: The best case for drones I’ve heard yet

December 30, 2013

The United States program of unmanned aerial vehicles is way beyond controversial. It is, in certain parts of the world, especially but not exclusively the parts where drones are used, …

South Sudan forces battle ‘White Army’ militia

December 30, 2013

JUBA, South Sudan — South Sudan’s army clashed Sunday with ethnic Nuer fighters, and government officials accused rebels of mobilizing the force despite the government’s offer of a truce to …

For American missionaries in South Sudan, it was a Christmas unlike any other

December 30, 2013

MALAKAL, South Sudan — It was Christmas morning, and the eight Americans and 10 South ­Sudanese orphans lay huddled under their beds, shivering with fear. Outside, rival soldiers were trying …

Erdogan vows graft scandal in Turkey won’t topple him

December 29, 2013

ISTANBUL — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Sunday that he would survive a corruption crisis surrounding his cabinet, saying those seeking his overthrow would fail just as mass …

Facing treason charges, Musharraf is defiant

December 29, 2013

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf, scheduled to face charges of high treason this week before a special tribunal, on Sunday adamantly defended his decision to suspend the …

Israel fires artillery shells into Lebanon after rockets fall

December 29, 2013

JERUSALEM —Five rockets were fired from southern Lebanon toward Israel on Sunday morning, with at least one landing several miles from a border town in Israel’s north. No injuries

Thousands of South Sudanese seeking refuge on U.N. base remain too afraid to return home

December 29, 2013

MALAKAL, South Sudan — The corpses of soldiers, dressed in camouflage fatigues, lay in the streets and ditches. Shop after shop had been plundered, leaving the poor and hungry to …

Afghanistan gains will be lost quickly after drawdown, U.S. intelligence estimate warns

December 28, 2013

A new American intelligence assessment on the Afghan war predicts that the gains the United States and its allies have made during the past three years are likely to have …

New Delhi gets ‘common man’ government with anti-corruption activist as chief minister

December 28, 2013

NEW DELHI — Tens of thousands of people wearing “I am the common man” caps cheered as a popular anti-corruption crusader was sworn in as the city’s chief minister in …

Divisions in South Sudan’s liberation movement fuel war

December 28, 2013

JUBA, South Sudan — U.S. and African officials seeking to mediate an end to South Sudan’s bloodshed are, in effect, trying to repair rifts in the very liberation movement that …

WorldViews: Video of the live Lebanese TV broadcast interrupted by Beirut car bomb

December 27, 2013

The car bomb that hit Beirut this morning, killing prominent Lebanese politician Mohamad Chatah, also interrupted a live broadcast on the Lebanese network Future TV. This scene, removed from the …

Powerful explosion rocks downtown Beirut; former ambassador to U.S., 4 others killed

December 27, 2013

BEIRUT — A powerful car bomb flung glass and heavy strips of metal across a wide intersection in downtown Beirut on Friday, killing a former cabinet minister and underscoring Lebanon’s …

WorldViews: This immediately iconic photo of Uruguay’s president must be seen to be believed

December 27, 2013

Uruguayan President Jos Mujica has a well-earned reputation for a personal style that is assertively … let us call it informal. It’s part of the 78-year-old politician’s practice of eschewing …

Relocation of Marine base on Okinawa wins local approval; U.S. hails step as ‘milestone’

December 27, 2013

SEOUL — For nearly two decades, fierce local opposition has stalled a plan to relocate a controversial U.S. Marine base on the island of Okinawa. But on Friday, Japan’s hawkish …

U.S. aid to Syrian refugees generally stops at the border

December 27, 2013

Only a tiny number of the more than 2 million refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war can meet the requirements to be resettled in the United States, frustrating international relief officials …

WorldViews: The final, ominous tweets of Mohamad Chatah, Lebanese politician killed in car bomb

December 27, 2013

Before a car bomb killed him this morning in Beirut, Mohamad Chatah was a well-known Lebanese politician who’d served as finance minister, ambassador to the United States and most recently …

Relocation of Marine base on Okinawa wins local approval

December 27, 2013

Japan won local approval Friday to begin the relocation of a controversial U.S. Marine base on the island of Okinawa, a move that officials in Washington hailed as a major …

At Mahane Yehuda outdoor market, a window into Jerusalem’s hungry soul

December 27, 2013

There are many windows, some clear, some hazy, into the soul of this holy city, but one of the best ways to see the real Jerusalem is to shop in …

Syria’s civil war tests whether borders drawn less than a century ago will last

December 27, 2013

AL-QASR, Lebanon — That half of his farm lies in Syria and half in Lebanon is a source of mystery and inconvenience for Mohammed al-Jamal, whose family owned the property …

Turkish prime minister struggles to contain corruption probe

December 27, 2013

ISTANBUL — A Turkish prosecutor accused police Thursday of obstructing his pursuit of a high-level graft case, adding to public scrutiny of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government as it …

Syrian government to allow food into rebel town in exchange for cease-fire, activists say

December 26, 2013

BEIRUT — A besieged town in the suburbs of Syria’s capital has agreed to a truce with President Bashar al-Assad’s government in exchange for badly needed food aid, Syrian activists …

Holiday rush at Mexico City’s hangover prison

December 26, 2013

MEXICO CITY — On the way home from a pre-Christmas fiesta, Mauricio Rodriguez, after “two tequilas,” felt clear-headed and focused, “not dizzy or anything.”

So when the IT help desk …

WorldViews: Japan and South Korea can’t even cooperate over peacekeeping in South Sudan

December 26, 2013

Before we get to the story of how Japan and South Korea came to be feuding over a bit of ammo-sharing between their peacekeeping forces in South Sudan, a bit …

WorldViews: Canada just enlisted Santa Claus in its effort to control the Arctic

December 26, 2013

If it were up to the Canadian government, children all over the world would have imagined Santa Claus soaring over their rooftops Wednesday while carrying the dark-blue passport of a …

Japanese prime minister’s visit to Yasukuni war shrine adds to tensions in Asia

December 26, 2013

SEOUL — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited a Shinto shrine Thursday that honors Japan’s war dead, including 14 war criminals, and is seen by Asian neighbors as a symbol …

Kidnapped American asks U.S. to negotiate with al-Qaeda for his release

December 26, 2013

A U.S. government contractor kidnapped by al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan in 2011 has recorded a video message calling on the Obama administration to negotiate with his captors, saying he feels …

Kellie Pickler serenades the troops in Afghanistan

December 26, 2013

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — It was Christmas in southern Afghanistan, and the country music star walked past the blast barriers to the makeshift stage. She wore camouflage leggings and rhinestone …

On Christmas, fighting rages in South Sudan

December 25, 2013

JUBA, South Sudan — South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Wednesday called for an end to ethnically based attacks on civilians, even as fighting raged in a key oil-producing region …

Egypt’s military-backed government declares Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization

December 25, 2013

CAIRO — Egypt’s military-backed government on Wednesday designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, criminalizing the activities and finances of a movement that rose to power in national elections last …

Snowden says spying worse than Orwellian

December 25, 2013

LONDON — National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden invoked George Orwell and warned of the dangers of unchecked government surveillance Wednesday in a televised Christmas message to the British people …

Communist Party feeling uneasy about Mao ahead of his birthday celebrations

December 25, 2013

BEIJING — A curious thing happened two weeks ago as China was preparing celebrations for the 120th anniversary of Mao Zedong’s birth. One of the main events — a symphony …

In South Sudan, ethnic attacks spark fears of civil war

December 25, 2013

JUBA, South Sudan — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to nearly double the number of peace­keepers in the world’s newest nation to more than 14,000 and urged swift …

In Philippine city of Tacloban, a conflicted Christmas for typhoon victims

December 24, 2013

TACLOBAN, Philippines — At dawn Mass at the Santo Niño Church, the Rev. Mark Marowen Adona, 31, told the Catholic faithful to follow the example of the Virgin Mary “to …

Car bomb kills 15 at Egyptian security headquarters north of Cairo

December 24, 2013

MANSOURA, Egypt — A car packed with explosives detonated outside a security headquarters building in this city north of Cairo early Tuesday, killing 15 people and wounding more than 130 …

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