Michael Hartman

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Iraq asks Saudi Arabia to remove ambassador

<b>Iraq has called on Saudi Arabia to replace its ambassador to Baghdad over comments he made about Iran's involvement in Iraq.</b><p>Shia Muslim politicians have been calling for Thamer al-Sabhan to be withdrawn. He has said Iranian-backed Shia militia are aggravating tensions with Sunni Muslims in Iraq.<p>He …

Homicides in Mexico have reached a grisly milestone

Violence in Mexico has been on the rise in recent months as fragmented criminal organizations clash around the country, competing with Mexican authorities and one another for control of illegal enterprises.<p>Data released by the Mexican government reveals that homicides, perhaps the most visible …

Libyan forces in final push to dislodge 'Islamic State' from Sirte

Pro-government forces have said they are in a "final battle" against the "Islamic State" in its stronghold of Sirte. A three month fight to retake …

Relations between US and Russia are coming out of a deep-freeze

In March 2009, shortly after the Obama administration first came into office, Hillary Clinton met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva. It was her first meeting with Lavrov since Clinton had become secretary of state.<p>Relations between Russia and the United States had been under …

Female genital mutilation: Egypt to toughen penalties

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1246000/1246384_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534402074_2ed43f5936196ca43d6a74567514b4fd<p><b>Egyptian authorities are to increase the penalty for those who force women into genital mutilation (FGM).</b><p>The statutory prison term recommended for …

Magnitude 7.1 earthquake strikes Atlantic Ocean

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 hit the southern Atlantic Ocean, north of Ascension Island on Sunday night. There were no reports of injuries or damage.<p>The United States Geological Survey recorded the tremor at 591 miles northwest of Georgetown, off the African coast, at 8:29 p.m. …

South Korea's Main Opposition Party 'Takes Stand Against THAAD'

South Korea’s main opposition party is likely to announce its antagonism to the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) …

US welcomes its 10,000th Syrian refugee ahead of schedule

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Obama administration will reach its target Monday of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees by October 1, National Security Adviser Susan Rice announced in a statement.<p>Rice said that the final Syrian refugee to hit this target would be arriving Monday afternoon, more than a month …

Man armed with suicide bomb and axe attacks church in Indonesia

Man carrying piece of paper bearing the Islamic State symbol attacked priest after bomb in his backpack failed to explode<p>A would-be suicide bomber has failed in an attempt to blow himself up during mass at a Catholic church in Indonesia, using an axe to assault a priest after his bomb did not …