China friendless in anti-U.S. drive

| Jul 12, 2014

China friendless in anti-U.S. drive

Nearly three decades after Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping famously instructed his diplomats to “be good at maintaining a low profile and never claim leadership,” a new generation of rulers has made it clear that they are ready to shed humility and show off their ...

Israel, Hamas resist truce as death toll soars

Jul 12, 2014

Israel, Hamas resist truce as death toll soars

Israel has said it will resist international pressure to stop its aerial bombardment of Gaza, which has claimed more than 100 Palestinian lives, as Hamas kept up its rocket fire against the Jewish state. Diplomatic efforts to end the hostilities have gathered pace, with ...

Benghazi testimony suggests twin attacks

Jul 10, 2014

Benghazi testimony suggests twin attacks

Newly revealed testimony from top military commanders involved in the U.S. response to the Benghazi attacks in 2012 suggests that the perpetrators of a second attack, on a CIA complex, probably were different from those who penetrated the U.S. diplomatic mission the evening before ...

Israel steps up offensive in Gaza as diplomacy kicks off

Jul 10, 2014

Israel steps up offensive in Gaza as diplomacy kicks off

With rockets raining deep inside Israel, the military pummeled Palestinian targets Wednesday across the Gaza Strip and threatened a broad ground offensive, while the first diplomatic efforts to end two days of heavy fighting got under way. Egypt, which has mediated before between Israel ...

Ukraine threatens rebels with a 'nasty surprise'

Jul 9, 2014

Ukraine threatens rebels with a 'nasty surprise'

Ukraine’s government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an “nasty surprise,” but the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold. President Petro Poroshenko, drawing confidence from the fall of the rebel bastion ...

Ukraine city struggles back after rebels are routed

Jul 8, 2014

Ukraine city struggles back after rebels are routed

For the first time in three months, Alla Grebenkova says she can go out on the streets of this city in eastern Ukraine without fear of being recognized as Ukrainian. “I lived in hell. It was complete chaos and lawlessness,” the 68-year-old teacher said ...

Islamists show online savvy in displaying menace, soft side

Jul 8, 2014

Islamists show online savvy in displaying menace, soft side

Tweets and online videos are emerging as weapons of war in the Islamic State’s campaign to seize a swath of Iraq, with the al-Qaida offshoot’s use of social media dwarfing efforts by other militant groups. Over the weekend, websites previously used by the group ...