Feb 1, 2017

Philippine communist rebels to end unilateral cease-fire

Philippine communist rebels said Wednesday they were terminating their unilateral cease-fire after accusing the government of failing to release all political prisoners and encroaching on rebel-held areas. The Communist Party of the Philippines and its military arm, the New People’s Army, said that the ...

Syria denies rumors Assad, 51, in critical condition

Jan 31, 2017

Syria denies rumors Assad, 51, in critical condition

The Syrian government has denied rumors that President Bashar Assad is suffering from ill health, saying he was “carrying out his duties quite normally. Speculation swirled in recent days on social media and Arab news websites saying Assad, 51, was in critical condition, citing ...

U.S. refugee program has been a lifeline for tens of thousands

Jan 28, 2017

U.S. refugee program has been a lifeline for tens of thousands

The U.S. refugee resettlement program that President Donald Trump suspended on Friday has long been the world’s most generous source of sanctuary for victims of conflict. A week after taking office, citing the supposed threat of violent extremists hidden among Muslim refugees, Trump halted ...

Trump's unpredictability already troubles U.S. friends

Jan 28, 2017

Trump's unpredictability already troubles U.S. friends

President Donald Trump’s “America First” rhetoric and confrontational negotiating style have sparked frantic calls to the White House and Congress from diplomats and lobbyists concerned that the United States no longer has their back. When word swirled through Washington on Thursday that Trump might ...

Power brokers endorse Syria cease-fire after two days of talks

Jan 25, 2017

Power brokers endorse Syria cease-fire after two days of talks

Russia, Iran and Turkey presented a united front at the conclusion of two days of talks in Kazakhstan between the Syrian government and the armed opposition, pledging support for the country’s shaky cease-fire and a joint mechanism to ensure compliance. They did not specify ...