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Leaders at U.N.: Ukraine conflict threatens world order

Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian territory and its support of separatist fighters confronting government forces in eastern Ukraine threaten to revive the Cold War and destroy a world order based on rule of law, world leaders said Wednesday. Speaking on the opening day of the general debate of the United Nations General Assembly, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the conflict ... Read More »

An Orwellian nightmare for pro-Ukrainians in rebel-held east

Khutor and Nika move briskly on the sidewalk, but not fast enough to draw attention. They have tried to memorize the ‚Äúwrong streets‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ the ones where they know the pro-Russian rebels who seized this city now regularly stand guard in camouflage, AK-47s poised. But sometimes the two of them get it wrong. Like now. A muscular dirty-blond bearing a ... Read More »

Ukraine Picks Motley Group to Exchange for Prisoners

At first glance, the prisoner swap between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists appeared fair enough: On a deserted stretch of highway along the front line, each side released 28 captives, observing a principle of numerical parity. Under the watchful eyes of mediators from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the prisoners walked past one another to freedom. ... Read More »

India Weighing Nuclear Powered Carrier

India is considering powering its second domestically built aircraft carrier with a nuclear propulsion plant, according to a Tuesday report by news agency Press Trust of India. The design of the carrier is ongoing and nuclear power is still an option for the carrier, said Director General of Naval Design Bureau, Rear Admiral Atul Saxena, in response to questions from ... Read More »

Abu Sayyaf Group threatens to kill German hostages

The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), a jihadist organization based in the Philippines that previously was tied to al Qaeda and is now loyal to the Islamic State, has released a statement in which it threatened to kill a German hostage unless Germany backs out of the coalition with the United States. In a message released on Twitter in Arabic and ... Read More »

Teenager Shot Shows Islamic State Threat in Australia

Mohamed Elomar stopped talking to his father two years before leaving Sydney for Syria, where he started posing on social media with the heads of soldiers who were on the wrong side of Islamic State‚Äôs fight. ‚ÄúHe was beautiful,‚ÄĚ a ‚Äúmarvelous boy,‚ÄĚ Mamdouh Elomar said of his 29-year-old son. At some point, things changed. ‚ÄúHe said he didn‚Äôt want to ... Read More »

Hong Kong students skip classes to demand democratic elections

Thousands of Hong Kong college students are skipping classes this week to join a civil disobedience campaign to protest the Chinese communist government’s refusal to allow free elections for the semi-autonomous city. After a march and three days of large rallies, student leaders threaten to surround government buildings Thursday if Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying refuses to meet with ... Read More »

Chinese Leaders Discuss Replacing PBOC Chief

Chinese leaders are discussing replacing the central bank chief amid disagreements over the direction of financial policy, raising questions over how quickly and deeply Beijing wants to remake the economy amid slowing growth. Chinese leader Xi Jinping is considering removing Zhou Xiaochuan ‚ÄĒthe face of the Chinese economy to markets globally‚ÄĒas part of a wider personnel shuffle that comes after ... Read More »

French hostage Herve Gourdel beheaded in Algeria

France has confirmed that an Algerian jihadist group linked to Islamic State (IS) militants has beheaded tourist Herve Gourdel, seized on Sunday. Jund al-Khilafa killed Mr Gourdel, 55, after its deadline for France to halt air strikes on IS in Iraq ran out. French President Francois Hollande condemned the killing as a “cruel and cowardly” act. He said that French ... Read More »

Jonathan Says Boko Haram Devastating for Northern Nigeria

Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram‚Äôs insurgency is having a ‚Äúdevastating‚ÄĚ impact on three of the country‚Äôs northeastern states, President Goodluck Jonathan said. The violence by the militants, concentrated in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states in the majority-Muslim north of Africa‚Äôs biggest oil producer, ‚Äúis significant in terms of the killing and maiming of innocent people,‚ÄĚ he said in an interview ... Read More »

In Liberia, Home Deaths Spread Circle of Ebola Contagion

The family of the sick man, who had endured Ebola‚Äôs telltale symptoms for six days, took him by taxi to treatment centers here in the capital twice, only to be turned back at the gate each time for lack of beds. He died at home, his arms thrashing violently and blood spewing out his mouth, in front of his sons. ... Read More »

Restricted Airspace

They fly over outdoor concerts and battlefields. They come in all shapes and sizes, from futuristic-looking quad-copters to radio-controlled airplanes that sport a classic World War II body style. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are increasingly filling airspaces around the world. Antarctica is no exception. Researchers are using UAVs to carry high-tech radars capable of making detailed images in order to ... Read More »

Analysis: As Syria Strikes Begin, House Democrats’ Support Could Prove Key

If Congress votes on formal authorization of US airstrikes in Syria, which began Tuesday, the White House would have some work to do with skeptical House Democrats. American aircraft and warships pounded Islamic State (IS) group targets on Syrian soil for the first time early Tuesday morning, opening a new front in the 13-year-old war on violent Islamic groups. ‚ÄúThe ... Read More »

Congress under pressure to vote on Syria

Congress was already under pressure to vote on giving President Barack Obama authority to use force in Syria ‚ÄĒ then the Obama administration started dropping bombs on Monday. The White House has relied on previous authorizations of force to conduct humanitarian missions earlier in Iraq this summer and targeted strikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Now ... Read More »

Dem: Pentagon will need more funds to fight ISIS

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said Tuesday the Pentagon will need more money to fund the military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) ‚ÄĒ and suggested Arab nations should bear the cost. Nelson was asked on CNN if the Defense Department has sufficient funding for current operations and whether it would need more for the long campaign. ... Read More »