In Jakarta, that sinking feeling is all too real

Dec 23, 2014

In Jakarta, that sinking feeling is all too real

The Ciliwung River flows from a volcano south of the Indonesian capital, through the heart of one of the world’s most densely populated cities and almost into Jakarta Bay. Almost, because for the final mile or so of its course, the river would have ...

Dec 23, 2014

Iraq says Jordan to begin training Iraqi troops soon

Jordan will begin training the first group of army troops from neighboring Iraq in the next few weeks as part of the international effort to fight the Islamic State group, according to Iraq’s defense minister. Speaking after meeting Jordanian King Abdullah on Monday, Khaled ...

Dec 23, 2014

Going it alone, Obama made big moves in 2014

President Barack Obama rang in 2014 by declaring a “year of action” focusing on fairness, competitiveness and the power of American diplomacy. Since Congress seemed unwilling to help, the president acted alone, issuing more than 80 executive actions and related measures. On immigration, climate ...

Pope issues blistering critique of 'hypocritical' Vatican bureaucrats

Dec 23, 2014

Pope issues blistering critique of 'hypocritical' Vatican bureaucrats

To the Catholic Church’s “seven deadly sins,” Pope Francis has added the “15 ailments of the Curia.” Francis issued a blistering indictment of the Vatican bureaucracy Monday, accusing the cardinals, bishops and priests who serve him of using their Vatican careers to grab power ...

Dec 23, 2014

U.S. home sales hit slowest pace in six months in November

Fewer Americans bought homes in November as buying slid to its slowest pace in six months. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales of existing homes fell 6.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.93 million. That was down from ...