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Gunmen kill at least 8, take hostages at Tripoli, Libya hotel

A Libyan security official says that gunmen have stormed one of the most exclusive hotels in Tripoli and have taken an unknown number of hostages after killing at least eight. Essam Al-Naas, a spokesman for a Tripoli security agency, told the Associated Press that a standoff was ongoing Tuesday at the Corinthia Hotel, which sits […]

Japan Faces Massive Demographic Decline: Could "Womenomics" Help?

Tomoko Kiyota Demography, Japan Womenomics can ease Japan’s demographic problems and invigorate a sluggish economy. On Oct. 20, 2014, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe accepted the resignation of two women in his Cabinet – Obuchi Yuko, minister...Show More Summary

Greek Elections: An Impressive Albeit Pyrrhic Victory for SYRIZA If It Can't Garner Broader EU Support

The outcome of Sunday's Greek general election is a clear victory of SYRIZA's young leader, Mr. Tsipras, over conservative PM Mr. Samaras and his coalition partner, Mr. Venizelos. At the same time it is the electorate's strong reaction to Greece still being used as "the canary in the coal mine" of the prevailing policies of the northern EU countries. Show More Summary

China: Getting Ready to Dominate the Indian Ocean?

Abhijit Singh Security, China "A sustained “maritime presence” in the Indian Ocean Region, however, is all Beijing needs to strategically dominate the region."  After a PLA-Navy submarine docked twice in Colombo, Sri Lanka last year,...Show More Summary

How Iran Views the P5+1 Nuke Talks

Behnam Ben Taleblu Diplomacy, Middle East "Nowhere is Iran’s line of triumphalist thinking more evident than on the nuclear file." Ahead of the June 30 deadline for a comprehensive nuclear accord with Iran, international negotiatorsShow More Summary

Clean Water and Strong Institutions for Haiti

The cholera epidemic in Haiti has highlighted the international community's historic lack of attention to water and sanitation. Water and sanitation coverage in Haiti has stagnated for decades and is the lowest in the Western Hemisphere, far behind the average of other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Show More Summary

Ebb and Flow: Environmental Conservation off Cuban Shores

I stand on the Havana malecón -- this bustling city's majestic seawall only 90 miles from Key West. Ironically, it was built by the U.S.' Army Corps of Engineers during the 1898 American occupation of Cuba. I look north toward "La Yuma," the quirky name Cubans call the United States. Show More Summary

ISIS Still Strong Despite Major Defeat in Kobani

ISIS boasted about their control of Kobani last year but despite being expelled from the town they still hold land and resources

Narine pulls out of West Indies' World Cup squad

Spinner needs more time to work on his re-modelled action following suspension; No replacement named yet.

Trust Reality Rather Than President Obama's Words on Drones

As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we're threatened, which is why I've...worked to make sure our use of new technology like drones is properly constrained. -- President Obama A message to President Obama: saying something does not make it so. Show More Summary

IOC dismisses Saudi-Bahrain joint Olympics bid hopes

IOC chief wants Saudi Arabia to comply with rules on non-discrimination against women in sports.

How Does Russia See the World?

This essay is excerpted from the Winter 2015 issue of "Horizons," the journal of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development. ( MOSCOW -- International relations are going through a complicated stage of development -- as one historical epoch replaces the other, with a new polycentric world order now taking shape. Show More Summary

Obama's visit to India: Rhetoric vs actions

Major issues that the two leaders perhaps ought to have focused on seem to have been given only minor attention.

Gen. Martin Dempsey seeks essay contest to honor late Saudi king

The National Defense University plans to establish an essay and research competition focused on the Middle East in honor of Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah — a memorial directed by America’s top uniformed military leader. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey asked the NDU to set up the competition after Saudi Arabia’s long-serving King Abdullah […]

Survivors Mark 70 Years Since Auschwitz Liberation

Seventy years to the day since the liberation of Auschwitz, some 300 survivors gathered at the infamous Nazi death camp to reflect on the occasion. Candles are being lit at the execution site known as the Death Wall as world leaders attend a ceremony this afternoon. It could be the...

Houthis free top aide to Yemen president

Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak was relased on Tuesday, and handed over to local tribes in the southern province of Shabwa.

Obama defends US-Saudi ties

US president defends cooperation with the kingdom despite increasing concerns about human rights violations.

Several dead as convoy ambushed in South Sudan

Military says at least 11 people, including five journalists, dead in attack blamed on Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army.

Does your country have an image problem?

Independent policy advisor Simon Anholt talks about the complexities of "nation branding".

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