| Jun 18, 2014

U.S. spooks work to fill Mideast intel gaps

The CIA and other spy agencies are scrambling to close intelligence gaps as they seek to support possible military or covert action against the leaders of the al-Qaida-inspired militant group that has seized parts of Iraq and threatens Baghdad’s government. The lack of clear ...

Turmoil tearing up old map of the Middle East

| Jun 16, 2014

Turmoil tearing up old map of the Middle East

Working in secret, European diplomats drew up the borders that have defined the Middle East’s nations for nearly a century — but now civil war, sectarian bloodshed and leadership failures threaten to rip that map apart. In the decades since independence, Arab governments have ...

Iraq holds 'ominous' lesson for Afghanistan

| Jun 15, 2014

Iraq holds 'ominous' lesson for Afghanistan

Afghans lining up at ballot boxes over the weekend could be forgiven for having some foreboding feelings about their country’s future amid the chaos now being unleashed in Iraq almost three years after U.S. troops withdrew. While the political, ethnic and security situations in ...

| Jun 14, 2014

Iraq Army falls to fear, sectarianism

The video, set to sweetly lilting religious hymns, is chilling. Islamic militants are shown knocking on the door of a Sunni police major in the dead of night in an Iraqi city. When he answers, they blindfold and cuff him. Then they carve off ...

Sports spectacles face backlash

| Jun 14, 2014

Sports spectacles face backlash

Plagued by delays and opposition at home, the World Cup in Brazil might be a turning point for sporting mega-events, forcing soccer’s governing body and the International Olympic Committee to accept less ambitious bids to reduce the risk of public backlash. Described by Brazil’s ...

| Jun 13, 2014

Details of JA-Zenchu reform left unclear

by Reiji Yoshida

Will the core entity of Japan’s monster agricultural conglomerate survive mounting public criticism of its huge vested interests? That question remained unanswered Friday as a deregulation panel submitted a policy recommendation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that includes a call to reform the Central ...

| Jun 11, 2014

A new 'anti-terror' weapon emerges

In desperate efforts to gain ground on battlefields, frustrated governments in the Mideast and Africa are using barrel bombs against their enemies, launching the cheap, quickly manufactured weapons as a crude counter to roadside blasts and suicide explosions that insurgents have deployed with deadly ...