Apr 15, 2014

Kiev's grip loosening on restive eastern regions

Staff working for Serhiy Taruta, the steel baron appointed by Kiev as governor of the restive Donetsk region, say he is hard at work in the regional capital, but cannot disclose where, exactly, for security reasons. The governor is in an “operational headquarters suitable ...

In Ukraine, Russia tests Obama resolve

| Apr 15, 2014

In Ukraine, Russia tests Obama resolve

With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations. Obama has vowed repeatedly to enact biting sanctions against Russia’s ...

With gruesome images, UNSC to see Syria savagery

Apr 15, 2014

With gruesome images, UNSC to see Syria savagery

The bodies of the young men in the photographs are emaciated, their bones protruding. Starvation was only one form of torture they endured. Some bear the marks of strangulation. Others have vivid bruises and welts from being beaten. On Tuesday, the U.N. Security Council ...

Assad says Syria's civil war turning in regime's favor

Apr 14, 2014

Assad says Syria's civil war turning in regime's favor

President Bashar Assad said Sunday that the war that has torn Syria apart for three years and cost more than 150,000 lives is turning in the government’s favor, state news agency SANA reported. “This is a turning point in the crisis, both militarily in ...

Apr 13, 2014

Iran scraps plan to send warships to Atlantic

Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported Sunday that the country has temporarily called off a plan to dispatch warships to the Atlantic Ocean. The report quoted Iranian Navy chief Adm. Habibollah Sayyari as saying such changes of naval plans are routine, “considering the situation ...

In Assad's coastal heartland, Syrian conflict creeps closer

Apr 13, 2014

In Assad's coastal heartland, Syrian conflict creeps closer

For three years, residents of Syria’s Mediterranean provinces have watched from their coastal sanctuary as civil war raging further inland tore the country apart, killing tens of thousands of people and devastating historic cities. But a 3-week-old offensive by rebel fighters in the north ...