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The Global Conflicts to Watch in 2016

Concerns about the Middle East, and especially Syria, have displaced other threats.<p>In the summer of 2012—around the time that the Islamic State’s inchoate plans for a caliphate merited a mere footnote in a U.S. congressional report on the year-old Syrian conflict—Robert Satloff argued that a civil …

Syrian crisis simplified: Who's fighting whom, and why?

WASHINGTON (AP) — One nation, two wars, a quarter-million lives lost, millions forced from their homes, and still no end in sight for the pitiless, …

Middle East

Could North Korea Really Unleash a Nuclear Catastrophe?

North Korea’s recent claim it had succeeded in making a hydrogen bomb was met with a mixture of alarm and skepticism from the international community.<p>…

Venezuelan socialists seek to undermine opposition congress

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan socialists took another step to undermine the opposition's landslide in congressional elections, creating a new grassroots assembly that critics fear could become a vehicle to override the incoming opposition-led legislature.<p>On Tuesday, National Assembly …

Venezuela

Who Is El Chapo? The World's Most Wanted Drug Kingpin Gets Nabbed

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>After a thirteen-year-long manhant, drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was apprehended in a …

Obama to Bypass Congress on Gun Control Reforms

The White House has announced that “in short order,” President Obama will implement a series of “executive actions” to tighten gun-control …

Russian President Putin pays a visit to Iran bearing gifts

Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a visit to Iran's supreme leader in Tehran on Monday and brought along two coveted deals.<p>Before leaving Moscow, Putin lifted a ban on uranium exports to Iran. The move is linked to Russia's plan to import enriched uranium from Iran, according to Russian …

South Asia

San Bernardino and the Mechanics of a Double Life

For all that investigators have learned about the San Bernardino terrorist attack, a mystery persists: How did Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik—a couple with an infant, an American family, and, in the father’s case, a reputation as an easygoing colleague—maintain a hidden life as …

The Latest: Asia stocks cheer Fed, currencies drop

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on the Federal Reserve's landmark two-day policy meeting that ended Wednesday. The central bank raised interest rates …

Economics

US, allies target ISIS oil supplies in Syria

The U.S. and Arab allies unleashed a new round of airstrikes against Islamic State militants in eastern Syria late Wednesday, targeting a dozen small oil refineries.<p>U.S. officials told Fox News the latest round of strikes was designed to hit so-called “modular oil refineries” -- essentially small, …

ISIS reportedly selling Christian artifacts, turning churches into torture chambers

The Islamic State is turning Christian churches in Iraq and Syria into dungeons and torture chambers after stripping them of priceless artifacts to sell on the black market, according to reports.<p>Ancient relics and even entire murals are being torn from the houses of worship and smuggled out through …

You Want War? Russia Is Ready For War

Syria is leading all these assumptions to collapse like a house of cards. So no wonder in a Beltway under no visible chain of command – the Obama …

War

'Chaos candidate': Trump attacked over Muslim ban plans

Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush has sharply criticised frontrunner Donald Trump in a debate for proposing to ban Muslims from entering the United States, calling him a "chaos candidate" adept at delivering one-liners.<p>But candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz refused to bash Trump on …

Government