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As President Barack Obama begins his second term, he faces a series of Middle East challenges far more daunting than when he began his presidency in 2009. These problems include: •what to do about the Arab-Israeli conflict, with peace talks between...
Tags: Likud, Culture, Israel, Peace Negotiations, Barack Obama
William PfaffPARIS -- Military interventions by powerful nations into lesser ones, such as now continues in Mali (and Afghanistan), and is being urged by many into the Syrian civil war, are inherently reckless since even the most powerful states can have the whole...
Tags: Vietnam, Mali, Bashar Assad, Entertainment, Russia
Victor Davis HansonWar seems to come out of nowhere, like rust that suddenly pops up on iron after a storm. Throughout history, we have seen that war can sometimes be avoided or postponed, or its effects mitigated -- usually through a balance of power, alliances and...
French troops backing a Mali government campaign to retake the northern half of the country from Islamic militants have been cheered as liberators since their convoys rolled into historic Timbuktu this week and hundreds of paratroopers dropped from the...
Tags: Muammar Gaddafi, Mali, France, United Nations, Islam
William PfaffPARIS -- I watched some of the Washington Sunday political talk shows this week on international television. The participants' main foreign preoccupation seemed to be the potential threat to America of al-Qaida of the Islamic Maghreb and the other bands...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama begins his second term straining to maintain a good relationship with Egypt, an important U.S. ally whose president is a conservative Islamist walking a fine line between acting as a moderate peace broker and...
WASHINGTON -- Republicans wanted nothing more than to summon Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Capitol Hill and grill her about the tragic fiasco in Benghazi. Sadly for them, they got their wish. Clinton's smooth and confident performance at...
Tags: Benghazi, Mali, Christopher Stevens, Religious Conflicts, France
Nearly a year after a Moroccan teen took her life after being wed to her rapist, the country is poised to change a law allowing "seducers" to escape prosecution by marrying their victims. Rights activists were heartened by Justice Minister Mustapha...
Algerian forces claimed a decisive victory this weekend over al-Qaida-affiliated Islamist militants who took over a giant natural gas plant near the country's border with Mali last week and threatened to kill hostages and blow up the facility. But the...
Tags: Mali, Muammar Gaddafi, France, Rebellions, Energy Resources
I was shocked and saddened to learn that two homeless people died alone on a frigid night last week in Costa Mesa ("2 homeless people found dead," Jan. 16). Every person deserves dignity. Every person deserves help. It prompted me to research Costa Mesa'...
AIN AMENAS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the middle of the Sahara desert on Saturday in a "final assault" that ended a four-day-old hostage crisis, according to the state news agency and two foreign...
A deadly hostage-taking at an Algerian gas complex and an armed international confrontation in Mali herald the opening of another front in the global war on terrorism and serve as stark reminders that Al Qaeda retains the power to inflict death and...
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