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Q&A: Afghanistan's Tajiks plea for federalism

Ahead of a new talks with the Taliban, some Afghan leaders think federalism is the only way to secure long-term peace.

Portugal Makes Last-Minute Cuts to Avoid Budget Fight

By cutting its deficit faster, Portugal avoids becoming the first country that has its budget rejected by Brussels.

Geneva III: The Stillborn Conference and the Endemic Failure of the International Community

While approaching the fifth anniversary of the Syrian civil war on March 15 -- which claimed more than 300,000 lives, approximately 700,000 wounded, 4 million fled the country, and another 6 million displaced within Syria -- the international community has failed to put an end to bloodshed in this war-torn country. Show More Summary

Pope's sex abuse panel tells survivor to take a time-out

High-profile abuse survivor had clashed with Pope Francis' commission

Bomb Blew Hole in Passenger Jet, Somali Official Says

He said the findings are preliminary and the investigation is continuing

Bomb blew hole in passenger jet, Somali officials say

A Somali official says that a bomb blew a hole in a jetliner, killing one person and forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, on Tuesday. Ali Jama Jangali, Somalia's transport minister, said at a press conference Saturday that investigators concluded that...

Five Czech skiers killed in 'massive' avalanche in Austrian Alps, police say

Police in Austria say five skiers from the Czech Republic have been killed after being buried in a "massive" Alpine avalanche. Tirol police spokesman Helmut Schuetz said Saturday that two people were also injured after the avalanche struck the Wattener Lizum region, 30 kilometers (20 miles) southeast...

This Week in World War I, February 6-12, 2016

Mesopotamia January-February 1916: The Relief of Kut Al Amara British prisoners of war from the surrender at Kut Al Amara At the beginning of January 1916, General Sir John Nixon dispatched a relief force under Lieutenant-General Sir Fenton Aylmer to relieve the British force under General Charles Townshend besieged at Kut Al Amara. Show More Summary

French Outraged by Spelling Shake-Up

France is in uproar over reports that the official spellings of 2,400 words are being changed to make them less confusing for schoolchildren just learning the language, the Guardian reports. For example, "ognon" is now a fine way to spell onion in addition to the more familiar "oignon." And...

The Entitlement of Marco Rubio’s Supporters

The Republican senator's supporters want others to exit the race before the primaries have even got underway.

Israeli soldiers kill 14-year-old Palestinian boy in occupied village for allegedly throwing Molotov cocktail

Israeli forces are mounting pressure on occupied village of Halhul outside Hebron. A 17-year-old girl was detained for three days by soldiers who did not inform her family. And a 14-year-old boy was shot and killed on the road after allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails at passing vehicles.

Tel Aviv housecleaning service advertises higher rates for European help than Africans

"Not prepared to have an Arab cleaner for security reasons?" A housecleaning service in affluent Tel Aviv has the solution. No Palestinian workers, and higher rates for white help than black help.

Nigeria Lassa fever outbreak kills more than 100

At least 101 people killed by the viral illness since August as Abuja battles to contain latest flare-up of the fever.

Transgender ruling in Lebanon an 'empowering' moment

Activists celebrate case allowing transgender man to change official papers and hope it will help ease discrimination.

Thousands of Syrians brave cold, rain at Turkish border

Turkish border remains shut as thousands continue to flee government offensive on rebel-held areas of Aleppo City.

Silencing Critics of Israel

Israel doesn't accept criticism. In fact, whether from friend or foe, even mild criticism is viewed as an existential threat prompting Israeli officials to unleash a torrent of abuse in an effort to silence and/or punish critics. And...Show More Summary

Supporting farmers in Syria now is essential for a sustainable future

ROME -- The brutal and protracted conflict in Syria has taken an enormous human toll and the surge of refugees has catalysed a host of worrying collateral effects in the region and beyond. While we all hope for peace, it is imperative...Show More Summary

Daisy and Max: Gang violence in the US

A couple working to protect LA communities from gang violence is caught in the crossfire of the US war on gangs.

Seoul: North Korea moves up rocket launch window

Outside governments suspect planned rocket launch is a banned test of ballistic missile technology

Syria: Foreign Troops Will Go Home in Coffins

Syria Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem warned Saturday that Saudi or other foreign ground troops entering Syria would "return home in wooden coffins," and called on rebel groups fighting a massive government offensive in the north to "come to their senses" and lay down their weapons. His comments came after Saudi...

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