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Foley case lays bare debate over ransoms

| Aug 22, 2014

Foley case lays bare debate over ransoms

The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime American and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf’s increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma is ...

In Gaza conflict, endgames emerge

| Aug 1, 2014

In Gaza conflict, endgames emerge

The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas has been escalating in the Gaza Strip, previous ceasefire efforts have taken on elements of farce, and bravado had ruled the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can nonetheless be ...

Congress eyes review in surveillance logjam

Dec 22, 2013

Congress eyes review in surveillance logjam

A White House review of U.S. surveillance programs has given Congress some temporary political cover after lawmakers failed this year to overhaul spy operations, and could break the legislative snarl that followed months of global outrage over privacy intrusions. Since last summer, a deeply ...