World Topics

Jul 15, 2014

In Ukraine war, Putin playing a double game

As fighting intensifies in eastern Ukraine, signs are emerging that Russian President Vladimir Putin has adopted a twin strategy: pledge his willingness to support a negotiated settlement, but continue funneling arms to separatist rebels. “Putin in the last several weeks has been playing a ...

Jul 15, 2014

BRICS neutrality on Ukraine a victory for Putin

A summit of the BRICS group of emerging market countries will abstain from criticizing Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine, Brazilian officials said, a diplomatic victory for President Vladimir Putin. The summit statement will make only a passing reference to Ukraine and will echo the ...

Russia officers aiding rebels, Ukraine says

Jul 15, 2014

Russia officers aiding rebels, Ukraine says

Ukraine accused Russian army officers on Monday of fighting alongside separatists in the east of the country and said Moscow was once more building up its troops on the joint border. A missile that downed a Ukrainian transport plane carrying eight people near the ...

Bergdahl returning to duty after Afghan ordeal

Jul 15, 2014

Bergdahl returning to duty after Afghan ordeal

The U.S Army has given Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a desk job, ending the formal phase of his transition from Taliban prisoner to not-quite-ordinary soldier, and setting the stage for Army investigators to question him about his disappearance that led to five years in captivity. ...

U.S. spying hasn't hurt its global image: poll

Jul 15, 2014

U.S. spying hasn't hurt its global image: poll

Widespread global opposition to U.S. electronic surveillance since the revelations of National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has not badly harmed the overall image of the United States, and it remains far more popular around the world than rising power China, according to a ...

Warren backs Democratic hopefuls running key races

Jul 14, 2014

Warren backs Democratic hopefuls running key races

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is quickly becoming a top Democratic fundraiser and campaign powerhouse, hitting the road on behalf of candidates in key races the party will need to win to retain control of the U.S. Senate in November. Since March, the Massachusetts Democrat, a ...

Kerry in Vienna; extension of nuclear talks likely

Jul 13, 2014

Kerry in Vienna; extension of nuclear talks likely

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other officials gathering in Vienna face a deadline only days away for a comprehensive pact preventing Tehran from developing nuclear weapons. However, world powers and Iran appear set to extend the deadline to allow more time for ...

Jul 13, 2014

Republican governors' words shift on gay marriage

New signs emerged this weekend of an evolution among Republican governors on gay marriage, an explosive social issue that has divided American families and politics for years. While the Republican Party’s religious conservatives continue to fight against same-sex marriage, its governors appear to be ...