Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week

Feb 12, 2016

Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week

Diplomats trying to secure a cease-fire for the civil war in Syria fell short early Friday in organizing a truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary “cessation of hostilities” in a week’s time. The deal appeared to be ...

North Korea orders military takeover of inter-Korean factory

Feb 11, 2016

North Korea orders military takeover of inter-Korean factory

North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that had been the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, calling Seoul’s earlier suspension of operations at the jointly run facility as punishment for the North’s recent rocket launch a ...

U.S. Senate passes bill to hit North Korea with harsher sanctions

Feb 11, 2016

U.S. Senate passes bill to hit North Korea with harsher sanctions

Seeking to derail North Korea’s drive for nuclear weapons, Republican and Democratic senators set aside their partisan differences Wednesday to unanimously pass legislation aimed at starving Pyongyang of the money it needs to build an atomic arsenal. The Senate approved the sanctions bill 96-0 ...

South Korea beefs up loudspeaker propaganda war with North

Feb 10, 2016

South Korea beefs up loudspeaker propaganda war with North

South Korea’s military said Wednesday it has stepped up border propaganda broadcasts targeting North Korean soldiers in protest at Pyongyang’s widely-condemned rocket launch. The army since last month has blasted across the heavily-fortified border a mix of news, propaganda messages and K-pop music using ...

Feb 10, 2016

U.S. plans to cut missile defense budget

The U.S. Defense Department plans to slash the budget for missile defense including programs to address a threat from North Korea as part of its budget request for fiscal 2017, the department said Tuesday. The Pentagon estimated the amount of the overall defense budget ...

Saudi offer to send troops to Syria comes with uncertainty

Feb 9, 2016

Saudi offer to send troops to Syria comes with uncertainty

Saudi Arabia’s offer to send troops to fight the Islamic State group in Syria is as much about the kingdom’s growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for more help from its allies in the Middle East. ...