Iraqis worry they won't be ready to retake Mosul

| Feb 21, 2015

Iraqis worry they won't be ready to retake Mosul

Questions persist about whether the struggling Iraqi military will be ready for the operation to retake the country’s second largest city from Islamic State militants in just a few months. Iraqi officials continue to insist they have not received the advanced weapons they need ...

Japanese carmakers move to counter shifts in key U.S. market

| Feb 17, 2015

Japanese carmakers move to counter shifts in key U.S. market

With car sales booming and the spring trading season about to get underway, Japanese and Korean carmakers are starting to feel the pressure from resurgent American competitors. But the Japanese carmakers, counting on the American market for profits, insist they welcome the competition and ...

Egypt now West ally after IS air raids in Libya

| Feb 17, 2015

Egypt now West ally after IS air raids in Libya

By targeting the Islamic State group with airstrikes in Libya, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, having crushed Islamist opponents at home, has become a key ally of the West against jihadis, experts say. His warplanes bombed IS camps and weapons stores in the Libyan city ...

Obama's Ukraine policy is at a crossroads

| Feb 10, 2015

Obama's Ukraine policy is at a crossroads

Russian-backed rebels’ violent offensive in eastern Ukraine leaves President Barack Obama with perplexing and urgent choices, but aides say he will exercise his typical caution in deciding his next move. Should Obama provide lethal weaponry to the Western-backed Kiev government to staunch Europe’s worst ...