Baltic states fear 'hybrid warfare' from former Russian masters

Sep 2, 2014

Baltic states fear 'hybrid warfare' from former Russian masters

Nervously eyeing Russian naval maneuvers and military flights near their borders, the three ex-Soviet Baltic states fear they may emerge as the next geopolitical flash point after Ukraine in a confrontation that could test their cherished Western ties. With U.S. President Barack Obama heading ...

Sep 2, 2014

Obama: 'Revving' economy calls for higher wages

President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the U.S. minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy’s “revving” performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections. “America deserves a raise,” he told ...

Sep 1, 2014

U.S. lawmakers call for arming Ukraine government

U.S. Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday urged Washington to arm the Ukrainian government, saying it needed help to repel what they called Russia’s invasion of the country. Sen. Robert Menendez, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told CNN the United States, European ...

Pentagon says Iraq operations have cost U.S. $560 million so far

Aug 30, 2014

Pentagon says Iraq operations have cost U.S. $560 million so far

U.S. military operations in Iraq, including airstrikes and surveillance flights, have cost about $560 million since mid-June, the Pentagon said Friday. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the average daily cost has been $7.5 million. He said it began at a ...

Russian fund bypassed by U.S. sanctions

Aug 29, 2014

Russian fund bypassed by U.S. sanctions

by Jeff Horwitz

As President Barack Obama warns of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine, U.S. sanctions have so far avoided one prominent financial institution: the $10 billion Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which has partnered with brand-name American companies and whose ...

Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

Aug 29, 2014

Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

President Barack Obama played down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying “we don’t have a strategy yet” for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East. The president spoke shortly before convening ...

Obama woos veterans with mental health care, military home loans

Aug 27, 2014

Obama woos veterans with mental health care, military home loans

President Barack Obama sought to make amends with veterans on Tuesday, announcing steps to expand their access to mental health care and an initiative with financial firms to lower home loan costs for military families. The president was embarrassed earlier this year when it ...

Thousands attend Missouri funeral for Ferguson teen killed by cop

Aug 26, 2014

Thousands attend Missouri funeral for Ferguson teen killed by cop

Relatives said goodbye Monday to the 18-year-old Missouri man who was shot and killed by a police officer, remembering him as a “gentle soul” with a deep and growing faith in Christianity and ambitions that one day “the world would know his name.” Thousands ...