Beirut Bombing: Is Lebanon Edging Back Toward Civil War?

The massive explosion in downtown Beirut on Friday morning that killed Mohamad Chatah, a moderate Sunni politician who once served as Lebanon’s ambassador to Washington, blackened the sleek facades of the redeveloped neighborhood that also formed the backdrop to the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Both men were well known as critics of Hizballah, the Shiite Muslim […]

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Turkish Leader Lashes Out At Corruption Probe

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested that he is the target of an unfolding graft investigation that’s led to the arrests of dozens of officials and shaken the Turkish leader’s hold on power. Those investigating Erdogan and his government in connection to the mass bribery and corruption probe will be “left empty-handed,” Erdogan told reporters from Turkish daily newspaper Hurriyet in […]

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Stamps Are Getting 3 Cents More Expensive

Postal regulators announced Tuesday they’ve approved a 3 cent price increase for first-class stamps, bringing the cost of sending a typical letter to 49 cents. Officials attributed the hike to the decline in mail volume since 2008. The new price, effective Jan. 26, should allow the Postal Serivce to replenish $2.8 billion in revenue losses, the AP reports. The price […]

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Thanks, Putin, but No Thanks: Few Are Grateful for Russia’s Pre-Olympic Amnesty

It was an awkward debate for Russia’s dissidents and the Western politicians who support them. Should they thank President Vladimir Putin for the massive amnesty that freed Russia’s most famous political prisoners over the past week? Or was the attempt to whitewash Russia’s record on human rights in time for the Olympic Games in Sochi too brazen to deserve any […]

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Leader Says Iran Wants To Repair Relations With U.S.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani  says he wants to rebuild diplomatic relations with Western powers, even as he insists the country will “never never give up our right to nuclear energy.” Rouhani’s comments, in an editorial in a German newspaper Monday and accompanying Twitter messages on an account associated with him, came during a Christmas break in talks over Iran’s nuclear program. […]

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