Sunni militants blitz through western Iraq, capturing four more towns

Jun 23, 2014

Sunni militants blitz through western Iraq, capturing four more towns

Sunni militants have swept across the vast desert of western Iraq, capturing four towns and three border crossings and deepening the predicament of Nouri al-Maliki’s Shiite-led government in Baghdad. The latest military victories — including two border posts captured Sunday, one along the frontier ...

Moment of Messi magic sends Argentina into second round

Jun 22, 2014

Moment of Messi magic sends Argentina into second round

The way Iran was defending, it was always going to take a little magic from Lionel Messi to send Argentina into the second round of the World Cup. Until stoppage time on Saturday, Messi had been stifled by Iran’s solid back line. Then, out ...

Iraq crisis offers hint of vindication for Biden

Jun 22, 2014

Iraq crisis offers hint of vindication for Biden

As Iraq edges toward chaos, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is having a quiet moment of vindication for a grim forecast that was dismissed by the Bush administration. In 2006, Biden was a senator preparing for a presidential campaign when he proposed that Iraq ...

Messi magic leads Argentina past Iran

Jun 22, 2014

Messi magic leads Argentina past Iran

The way Iran was defending, it was always going to take a little magic from Lionel Messi to send Argentina into the second round of the World Cup. Until stoppage time on Saturday, Messi had been stifled by Iran’s solid back line. Then, out ...

Iraq's top cleric increases pressure on al-Maliki

Jun 21, 2014

Iraq's top cleric increases pressure on al-Maliki

The most respected voice for Iraq’s Shiite majority on Friday joined calls for the country’s prime minister to form an inclusive government or step aside, a day after President Barack Obama challenged Nouri al-Maliki to create a leadership representative of all Iraqis. Grand Ayatollah ...