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Libya government in Tobruk votes to return to UN talks

UN-recognized government says it will only meet for talks on peace if it is recognised as the country's sole government.

Obama v Netanyahu: The strategic conundrum

Disagreement between the world's superpower and Israel has proven to be in the interest of peace and stability.

ISIL and the history of destroying history

ISIL's iconoclasm is really about violent conquest, in which peoples and civilisations are threatened with extinction.

4 Things more Dangerous to Israel than Iran’s civilian Nuclear Enrichment

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) – Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s strident and continual harping on the alleged dangers of Iran to Israel’s security. Netanyahu has raised this issue repeatedly over…

Huge Numbers of Europeans Will Die From Air Pollution in the Next 20 Years

Europe is failing on a range of environmental indicators from air to water and biodiversity

Canadian pastor reported missing in North Korea

Hyeon Soo Lim had been invited to Pyongyang but has not been heard from for a month since arriving, fellow pastor says.

Thirty-Two Photos of the New Afghanistan

Indian photo-journalist Aaquib Khan flew to the rapidly changing Afghan capital of Kabul in 2014. He shared his insights into the city with Global Voices.

Coalition of the Presentable

According to President Obama and the Pentagon, five countries—Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates—joined the United States in last night’s airstrikes in Syria. It’s a staged family portrait: five Sunni governments united against extremism. Show More Summary

Jewish protesters in anti-Netanyahu rally outside AIPAC

US pro-Israel lobby attendees surprised by number of Jewish protesters, who say Israeli PM "does not represent Judaism".

Palestine to take Israel to Int’l Criminal Court for War Crimes

RT | – A Palestinian man stands at his makeshift shelter near the ruins of his house that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, on…

Gaza’s sole power plant to close as funding runs out

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza’s only power plant is due to shut down by the end of this week as donor funding for fuel in the coastal territory has run out, officials…

The problem with Iraq’s offensive against the Islamic State

BAGHDAD (IRIN) – As the Iraqi army and affiliated militias sweep into northern Iraq to try to re-take the city of Tikrit from so-called Islamic State (IS), the local civilians are fearful they…

“Kiss Me!” Bibi Tells Boehner: Bibi and Boehner as Mario and the Magician

By Raouf J. Halaby | (LeMonde Diplomatique) – Published in 1929, German author Thomas Mann’s novella Mario and the Magician is not only Mann’s evocatively compelling and poignantly potent comment on the…

Roughly 40 Americans Have Returned From Syria, U. S. Intel chief

About 40 Americans have returned from the jihadist battlefields of Syria — but they don’t pose a threat to American security, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said on Monday. Clapper said during a question-and-answer session at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City that about 180 Americans have attempted to travel or […]

Afghan villagers bury their dead after avalanches

Aid starting to reach villages where more than 200 people were killed, but many villages remain cut off.

“Why Are We So Busy Trying Not to Offend Putin?”

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine has raised fears that the Baltic states—all three of which are NATO members—could be next. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite warned of the danger when she spoke with the Washignton Post’s Lally Weymouth this week. Show More Summary

Venezuela asks US to slash embassy staff by over 80 % in 2 weeks

Venezuela has given the U.S. two weeks to slash its diplomatic mission here to less than 20 percent of its current size as tensions between the two nations rise. Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez made the announcement Monday after a rare meeting with the top American diplomat in Caracas. She said the U.S. mission must be […]

Kerry complains of 'cherry picking' in Ukraine deal

US secretary of state threatens Russia with more economic sanctions if ceasefire is not fully implemented.

Obama: Iran must commit to minimum10 year verifiable nuclear freeze

Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but the odds are still against sealing a final agreement, U.S. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday. Interviewed at the White House, Obama moved to dial back tensions over Israeli […]

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