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ISIS Beheadings Hit a Terrifying New 'First'

The Islamic State has beheaded two female civilians in Syria "by the use of sword in public" for the first time, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The women were killed alongside their husbands in Deir Ezzor and Mayadin over the past two days. All were accused of...

The Philippines, Thailand, South Korea and Taiwan: Joining TPP?

Joshua Kurlantzick Trade, Asia Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership set for expansion?  After the Obama administration’s victories in Congress the past two weeks, it appears far more likely that the United States will become part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Show More Summary

This July Fourth: A New Push for Freedom From Terror

Crowded celebrations throughout the United States this July 4th are a tempting target for ISIS and other radical groups. From fireworks to festivals, children and parents, security and police will be stretched thin -- and terroristsShow More Summary

Asia Beware: China Unveils New Island Storming Warships

Zachary Keck Security, Asia New images reveal China is building a mobile landing platform and roll on/roll off ship. China’s Navy is steadily improving its power projection capabilities by building new amphibious assault ships. According...Show More Summary

Netanyahu issues ‘welcome letter’ as Gaza flotilla is seized by Israeli navy

Early Monday three Israeli naval ships seized a vessel bound for Gaza carrying activists and humanitarian aid while still in international waters, said activists. The Freedom Flotilla III, headed by the Swedish ship the Marianne of Gothenburg, was attempting to break the eight-year siege on the Gaza Strip. Show More Summary

In effort to thwart BDS, some Israel supporters urge partial settlement freeze

Frightened by the progress of the boycott movement, BDS, four hardline Israel supporters have called for changes in Israeli policy, freezing outlying settlement activity to improve Israel's image. They are Yair Lapid, Ari Shavit, Abe Foxman, and Michael Oren

Great Wall of China Is Disappearing

In a 2008 article headlined "The Great Wall of China Is Under Siege," Smithsonian reported that "no one knows just how much of the wall has already been lost." A Sunday report in the Beijing Times changed that. It reported via the State Administration of Cultural Heritage that 1,219...

Nord Stream Extension Belies Countries’ Non-Russian Gas Efforts

Some of Europe's richest countries prioritize their own energy security over the interests of the bloc as a whole.

What the U.S. Congress Fails to Realize When it Comes to TPP

Malcolm Jorgensen Trade, Asia The battle over TPA and TPP is about something much larger.  President Barack Obama finally has authority from the U.S. Congress for advancing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a signature foreign policy of his final term in office. Show More Summary

On Al Jazeera: $200m needed for Nepal heritage sites

A new daily segment from our correspondents on the ground, all over the world.

Liberia, recently declared Ebola-free, gets another case

Teen's corpse tests positive in remote region, forcing quarantine of entire community; disease stubbornly lingers in Guinea and Sierra Leone

Has India's southwest monsoon collapsed?

Early season flooding has lead to speculation of an excess monsoon, but is that realistic?

2 U.S. soldiers injured in deadly car bomb attack in Kabul

Taliban claims responsibility for suicide car bomb attack less than half a mile from the American Embassy

Rainbow flag covers Israeli separation wall near Ramallah

On Monday, Ramallah-based visual artist Khaled Jarrar painted a portion of Israel’s separation wall as a rainbow flag following the US Supreme Court decision in support of marriage equality. Jarrar said in a statement: “I went and painted the colors of the rainbow (on the wall) as these colors were circulated all over the world. Show More Summary

France beheading suspect appears to have ISIS ties

Man who decapitated his employer denies having terrorist motivations, but he sent snapshots of severed head to Syria, official says

Revisiting Egypt's 2013 military takeover

A breakdown of the misconceptions surrounding the removal of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

Gaza blockade: Does it break international law?

Israel's navy has seized an activist boat attempting to break a blockade of Gaza.

North Korea's worst ever drought will test new policies

Things seem to be more serious than the typical doomsday projections in North Korea this time.

Shattering the myths about Kuwaiti Shia

Kuwaitis' reaction to the Shia mosque attack challenges assumptions of ancient sectarian hatred.

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