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  • The Syria peace conference: Diplomacy still the best option

     The Syria peace conference: Diplomacy still the best option
    Expectations are understandably low for an international peace conference on Syria that opens Wednesday in Switzerland. It isn't just that the meeting almost didn't happen because of a dispute over whether representatives of Iran would attend. There's...
  • Iran halts part of uranium enrichment efforts; West loosens sanctions

    Iran halts part of uranium enrichment efforts; West loosens sanctions
    TEHRAN — Iran suspended part of its uranium enrichment efforts Monday and the U.S. and European Union began loosening some economic sanctions, the first concrete steps toward a comprehensive deal to end the long confrontation over Tehran's nuclear...
  • Beyonce performs at Michelle Obama's 50th birthday, shares pics

    Beyonce performs at Michelle Obama's 50th birthday, shares pics
    Mrs. Carter goes to Washington — again! Beyonce helped pal Michelle Obama, you know, the first lady of the United States, celebrate her 50th birthday at the White House on Saturday. The "XO" singer, 32, who also performed at President Obama's...
  • U.N. disinvites Iran from attending Syria peace conference

    U.N. disinvites Iran from attending Syria peace conference
    BEIRUT – Bowing to intense pressure from Washington and its allies, the United Nations on Monday rescinded its invitation to Iran to participate in a long-awaited Syrian peace conference scheduled to begin on Wednesday in Switzerland. The move...
  • Syria opposition threatens to pull out of talks after U.N. invites Iran

    Syria opposition threatens to pull out of talks after U.N. invites Iran
    BEIRUT -- A furor has erupted about the United Nations’ decision to invite Iran -- a staunch backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad -- to a long-anticipated Syrian peace conference scheduled to begin Wednesday in Switzerland. The main U.S.-backed...
  • From his Pa. compound, Fethullah Gulen shakes up Turkey

    From his Pa. compound, Fethullah Gulen shakes up Turkey
    SAYLORSBURG, Pa. — Fethullah Gulen, a frail 75-year-old Islamic preacher with a gift for oratory, leads an ascetic life in a 26-acre compound tucked into rolling farmland and woods here, far from the political crisis and international intrigue he is...
  • China's detention of Uighur professor Ilham Tohti worries U.S.

    China's detention of Uighur professor Ilham Tohti worries U.S.
    BEIJING -- The U.S. government and human rights activists are voicing concern about the detention of a professor who has been an outspoken advocate for China’s Uighur minority group.  Ilham Tohti’s home in Beijing was ransacked Wednesday...
  • Senate committee: Real Benghazi scandal was not the talking points

    Senate committee: Real Benghazi scandal was not the talking points
    One reason “Captain Phillips” was such a satisfying movie was because it showed how the U.S. deploys its vast military might in the service of one puny life. There was something incredibly stirring about watching a Navy flotilla slice...
  • Kerry implores Syrian opposition to attend peace talks

    Kerry implores Syrian opposition to attend peace talks
    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John F. Kerry pleaded Thursday with Syrian opposition groups to not drop out of a peace conference scheduled to convene in Switzerland next week. With an umbrella group of opposition forces preparing to vote...
  • Kerry makes impassioned plea to Syrian opposition to join peace talks

    Kerry makes impassioned plea to Syrian opposition to join peace talks
    WASHINGTON – Secretary of State John F. Kerry pleaded Thursday with Syrian opposition groups not to drop out of a peace conference scheduled to convene next week to begin the process of setting up a new government for their war-scarred country....
  • Senate report cites CIA, State Department failures in Benghazi

    Senate report cites CIA, State Department failures in Benghazi
    WASHINGTON -- A Senate investigation has concluded that officials at the State Department and U.S. intelligence agencies ignored “ample warnings” of danger and failed to do enough to prevent an attack by militants on a U.S. mission and CIA...