Questions surround veracity of video claiming execution of Yukawa

Jan 25, 2015

Questions surround veracity of video claiming execution of Yukawa

The release and subsequent deletion of a new online video claiming that a Japanese hostage had been executed by militants of the Islamic State group has raised eyebrows, with some questioning the veracity of the recording. Japanese government officials said they had not confirmed ...

Washington and Riyadh uneasy allies in turbulent Middle East

Jan 24, 2015

Washington and Riyadh uneasy allies in turbulent Middle East

Long-standing ties between the United States, the world’s oldest democracy, and Saudi Arabia, an ultraconservative Islamic absolute monarchy, have strained at times, but the unlikely allies remain bound by mutual interests in regional stability and oil. The depth of the complex relationship was highlighted ...

Jan 23, 2015

Obama tries to out-Putin Putin

by Leonid Bershidsky

In his State of the Union address earlier this week, U.S. President Barack Obama showed that he's either blind to the dangers of the deteriorating relationship between Moscow and the West or is faking pride in a victory that is not even on the ...

Jan 23, 2015

Give Iran diplomacy a chance, Europeans urge Congress

Top European diplomats on Thursday waded into the political fray in Washington over Iran, urging U.S. lawmakers to hold off on new sanctions and pleading for time to allow nuclear talks to succeed. “Maintaining pressure on Iran through our existing sanctions is essential,” four ...