If you needed further proof of just how convoluted the situation in Syria is these days, look no further than Wednesday's visit by Joe Biden to Turkey. The main point of his trip didn't directly involve Syria—he was there to try to ease tensions with Ankara, which blames the...
An attack Wednesday on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul left dozens of students and foreign staff trapped inside and an unknown number injured or killed, Reuters reports. The attack by suspected militants armed with guns and explosives started around 6:30pm and was followed by more than an...
An Indian actor is refusing to apologize after she complimented Pakistan.
Paul R. Pillar Iran Russia, Middle East Well, that didn't last long, did it? Barely a week after the announcement that Russian warplanes were using a base in Iran to launch airstrikes in Syria, Iran withdrew its permission to use the base. Show More Summary
At a magnitude 6.2, the earthquake that struck central Italy this morning, killing at least 120, wasn't especially powerful. So why was it so devastating? Three factors: depth, geography, and age. Depth is pretty straightforward: The quake was a shallow one, at six miles down, which exacerbates the surface...
The elderly are always the first victims of an earthquake. They're the ones living in bare-brick, poor housing, their walls ravaged by time. They live in houses that, like them, were once familiar with strength and youth, but are now...Show More Summary
It certainly has become the "hot topic" at the end of this summer season in France. It wasn't anything about the Olympic Games and their charm. It wasn't anything about the continuous deterioration of the situation in Syria or YemenShow More Summary
“It has such an aura of mystery that when you see it for the first time it fills you with an emotion that is very hard to describe"
Rebels take full control of strategic border town in massive operation backed by Turkish and US air strikes.
Martin Jacques, modern Marxist par excellance, is simply screaming with joy at the idea that neoliberalism has failed. We fear that the catalogue of said failure is being really rather misunderstood. His contention is that poverty and inequality have increased as a result of all this global free marketry. Show More Summary
The woman who copyrighted the burqini says profits have increased 200 percent in wake of criticism.
Security camera footage shows group of men with their heads covered in weekend robbery
Dry Tortugas, Florida-I was visiting the Dry Tortugas, a collection of islands, sand bars and reefs 70 miles east of Key West, and, curiously, the first thing that came to mind was the South China Sea and disputes over similarly tiny specs. A giant brick bastion sits squat on the main island of the archipelago and is called Fort Jefferson. Show More Summary
VP Joe Biden says the US is cooperating with the Turkish authorities but the extradition process may take time
Between his capture by the CIA in Pakistan in 2002 and his appearance at a US government hearing Tuesday, Abu Zubaydah lost his left eye. How remains unclear (Dexter Filkins dedicates an entire piece to the question at the New Yorker ), but other details of what happened to him...
A U.S. court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by victims of Hezbollah rocket attacks in Israel who sought to hold Lebanese Canadian Bank SAL liable for financing Hezbollah through its New York account with American Express Bank. By a 3-0 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said it lacked jurisdiction […]
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — “General Votel met with Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Commander General Jean Kahwagi and other key leaders of the Armed Forces,” the statement said on Tuesday. “He also observed Lebanese marine command do exercises...Show More Summary
A Dubai-based investment group is suing the Middle Eastern arm of Deloitte and Touche after the accounting firm failed to flag up money laundering at a now-defunct Lebanese bank. Lebanese Canadian Bank paid over $100 million, or £76 million, in 2011 to settle claims brought by US authorities that it was involved in laundering drug […]
Tear gas, water cannons and batons used to disperse rally in capital Harare with unconfirmed reports of injuries.
We go behind the scenes at Gaza's only hospital and revisit the harrowing attacks on the strip in the summer of 2014.