Hagel, Chinese Defense Chief Lock Horns Over Territorial Disputes

America’s top defense official sounded off on China’s decision to create an air defense zone last year that Hagel argued could endanger regional stability and antagonize relations with neighboring countries. Hagel had already backed Japan’s claim to disputed islands U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel warned China’s Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan against unilateral moves that could escalate tension in […]

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Ukrainian Officer Shot Dead by Russian Soldier

Tensions rise between Kiev and Moscow as Russian media claims a Ukrainian servicemen got into a drunken argument with Russian soldiers in eastern Crimea, recently annexed by Russia, and ended up being shot twice in the head A Russian soldier killed a Ukrainian naval officer Monday, the Guardian reports. Ukraine’s defense minister claimed the shooting took place in in eastern […]

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France Pulls Out of Event To Mark Rwanda Genocide

The withdrawal followed renewed Rwandan accusations that France played a “direct role” in the genocide 20 years ago that killed 800,000 Rwandans The French government has withdrawn from Monday’s 20th anniversary commemorations for the Rwandan genocide, after the country’s president accused France of participating in the 1994 mass killings. The French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira canceled plans to attend the […]

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First Female Mayor of Paris Takes Office

The first female mayor of Paris has taken office, hailing a “great advance for all women” and saying she feels the weight of responsibility in her new job. Anne Hidalgo donned the red, white and blue mayoral sash Saturday after at a City Hall vote enshrining her victory in the capital as part of nationwide municipal elections on March 30. […]

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Israel and Palestinians Look For Way Out of Talks Crisis

Despite U.S. despair, both Israeli and Palestinian negotiators say they want to continue talks. The problem is resolving the immediate diplomatic impasse, which many fear is the death knell of the U.S.-authored peace process The trajectory at least appeared to continue downward Friday for the future of peace talks between Israel and Palestinians. Before heading back to Washington from Morocco, […]

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Pope Francis Greets Queen Elizabeth In Vatican

Last week, Obama gave the Pope seeds. Today, the Queen gave him whiskey A highly anticipated meeting between Pope Francis and Queen Elizabeth was held on Thursday afternoon in the Vatican, where the two world leaders exchanged words and gifts in person for the first time. The pair met for half an hour, including 17 minutes in private. Last week, […]

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Israelis See Pollard as Hero and Hostage

The American sentenced to life for passing secrets to Israel has become a cause celebre in his adopted country The “Free Pollard” signs go up whenever an American official visits Israel, lining the sidewalks on the motorcade route. When President Obama stepped onto the tarmac at Ben Gurion International a year ago, one of the first things he heard was, […]

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Pakistani Court Indicts Musharraf in Treason Case

A special Pakistani court on Monday indicted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on five counts of high treason, a charge that potentially carries the death penalty and comes as a sharp blow to the country’s powerful military. The development is the first time that an acting or former army chief has been indicted for treason in Pakistan, where the military […]

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