Sep 18, 2014

U.S. House approves arms for Syrian rebels

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted grudgingly to give the U.S. military authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces “do not and will not have a combat mission” in the struggle against Islamic ...

North Korea is a mystic draw for some Americans

| Sep 18, 2014

North Korea is a mystic draw for some Americans

by Foster Klug

One shouted about God’s love as he crossed a frozen river, clutching a Bible. Another swam, drunk and naked. Several U.S. soldiers dashed around land mines. Time and again, Americans over the years have slipped illegally into poor, deeply suspicious, fervently anti-American North Korea, ...

Sep 18, 2014

U.S. school police stock up on free military gear

School police departments across the United States have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles. At least 26 school districts across the country have participated in the Pentagon’s surplus program, ...

Sep 18, 2014

Ukraine leader to seek U.S. security pledge when he visits Obama

Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko will cast Russia as a global menace Thursday when he meets U.S. President Barack Obama in the hope of winning a “special status” guaranteeing his troubled nation’s security. The pro-Western president’s first tour of the White House since his May ...

Sep 17, 2014

U.S. man held after alleged attempt to swim to North Korea

South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across a river to rival North Korea, a South Korean defense official said on Wednesday. The man was apprehended Tuesday night while lying on a bank of the Han ...

Sep 17, 2014

San Francisco puts earthquake warning signs on buildings

The city of San Francisco stepped up the pressure on property owners who fail to comply with seismic retrofitting regulations this week, posting large red-and-white warning signs on the buildings to make the violations public. The move comes just weeks after Northern California was ...

Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in U.S. war strategy

Sep 17, 2014

Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in U.S. war strategy

Just kilometers from where former Guantanamo Bay terrorist suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar’s al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism. The contrast in images illustrates why tiny but rich Qatar is an intriguing player in what President Barack ...