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A Day of Biden, Turkey, Syria Illustrates Convoluted Region

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...

Students Trapped in Attack on American University in Kabul

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...

Saving Face in Tehran

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

Why a 6.2-Magnitude Quake Reduced Towns to Rubble

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...

It's Heartbreaking To Watch The Elderly Wandering Amid The Rubble After Italy's Earthquake

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

The Burkini Ban And The Notion Of A 'Good' French Muslim Woman

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

Ancient manuscript in unreadable language to be published

“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"

Syria: Turkish-backed rebels 'seize' Jarablus from ISIL

Rebels take full control of strategic border town in massive operation backed by Turkish and US air strikes.

The failure of neoliberalism is being grossly overstated

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 Winner in France’s Burqini Ban? Its Inventor.

The woman who copyrighted the burqini says profits have increased 200 percent in wake of criticism.

Men abandon crocodiles at school in bizarre break-in

Security camera footage shows group of men with their heads covered in weekend robbery

In South China Sea, Beijing Acts Out Its Own Manifest Destiny

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

Biden: US understands Turkey's 'feelings' about Gulen

VP Joe Biden says the US is cooperating with the Turkish authorities but the extradition process may take time

Gitmo Detainee Seen Publicly for 1st Time in 14 Years

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...

Victims of attacks in Israel lose U.S. appeal vs Lebanese Canadian Bank

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 […]

US Central Command Chief Visits Lebanon to Meet Country’s Top Brass

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

Lebanese Canadian Bank shareholders sue Deloitte for failing to flag up money laundering

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 […]

Anti-Mugabe protests turn violent in capital Harare

Tear gas, water cannons and batons used to disperse rally in capital Harare with unconfirmed reports of injuries.

Gaza's Shifah Hospital

We go behind the scenes at Gaza's only hospital and revisit the harrowing attacks on the strip in the summer of 2014.

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