An Iraq in peril struggles to hold together

Aug 1, 2014

An Iraq in peril struggles to hold together

Salman Khaled has already lived through Baghdad’s sectarian disintegration; with Iraq now splintering into Shiite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish regions, he says this time the survival of the country is at stake. “Things are really tense and it could get worse,” said the 23-year-old ...

Jul 31, 2014

Sanctions seen damaging Russia if not lifted quickly

U.S. and European sanctions against Russia’s energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for Ukrainian insurgents. The U.S. and European Union released details Wednesday of new ...

Jul 31, 2014

Republicans ready to push lawsuit against Obama

Republicans were ready to approve legislation Wednesday authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his signature health care law. The lawsuit was expected to pass through the House of Representatives on strictly party lines. Democrats ...

Dems cash in on anti-Obama chatter

Jul 30, 2014

Dems cash in on anti-Obama chatter

Impeaching President Barack Obama may be highly unlikely, but election-year chatter about it among conservatives has helped Democrats raise $1 million on Monday alone, their campaign chief said Tuesday. Since House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner announced plans in June to sue the president, ...

Boehner dismisses talk of impeaching Obama

Jul 30, 2014

Boehner dismisses talk of impeaching Obama

Republicans have no plans to begin impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner declared on Tuesday, putting the blame on Democrats for stirring up pre-midterm election tensions in Washington. Boehner is, however, hoping this week to pass Republican legislation ...

Kerry says he's not worried by criticism in Israel

Jul 30, 2014

Kerry says he's not worried by criticism in Israel

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that widespread criticism of his efforts to win a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas do not worry him and said he will continue to work toward that goal because Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked him ...

U.S. cleans up, but coal exports reach new heights

Jul 29, 2014

U.S. cleans up, but coal exports reach new heights

As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to ...

Islamic State militants destroy historic mosque in Mosul

Jul 28, 2014

Islamic State militants destroy historic mosque in Mosul

Islamic State militants blew up a mosque and shrine dating back to the 14th century in Mosul on Sunday, local residents said — the latest casualty in a week that has seen half a dozen of the Iraqi city’s most revered holy places destroyed. ...

Jul 27, 2014

More time for a deal with Iran

The biggest question about the four-month extension of negotiations over Iran's nuclear program is what impact Russian President Vladimir Putin's behavior, Israeli-Palestinian hostilities and the U.S. elections will have on them.